Ugly Kid Joe’s Singer Explains ‘Rad Wings Of Destiny’ Album Title

July 6, 2022

In case you haven’t heard, Ugly Kid Joe has a new album, “Rad Wings Of Destiny”, coming out on October 21!

The band re-teamed with producer Mark Dodson for “Rad Wings Of Destiny” – he’s the same guy who produced the band’s debut album, “America’s Least Wanted”.

Talking to France’s Loud TV, UKJ’s frontman Whitfield Crane said, “I love Judas Priest. Ugly Kid Joe has a penchant for poking a little humour into the universe — the universe needs a little humour — and also giving respect to things that we love. So we love Judas Priest. We’re from California. We say ‘rad’ all day long. So ‘Rad Wings Of Destiny’.”

Asked about the lead single, “That Ain’t Livin'”, Crane said, “I wrote the riff in Greece. We worked on the song as a band in Mallorca, Spain. We tracked the song in El Paso, Texas. And then we couldn’t finish all the vocals in El Paso. So then I found myself living in Lisbon, Portugal. And I flew to London to meet the producer and I tracked the vocals in London.”

Asked about lyrical themes covered on “Rad Wings Of Destiny”, Crane said: “‘That Ain’t Livin” is just — if you feel stuck in a nine-to-five rut, stop. Embrace life… We cover a version of The Kinks’ ‘Lola’, which is really cool; we did great on it. But I’ll let the thematic structure of the album, I’ll let that remain a mystery for someone to figure out themselves. I think if I project what I think it is, sometimes that takes away from somebody feeling what it is for them.” 

Ugly Kid Joe reformed in 2012 (after a 15 year hiatus). They released the EP “Stairway To Hell” that year and the full-length “Uglier Than They Used Ta Be” in 2015.

‘Bout time for new music from Ugly Kid Joe!


Written by Todd Hancock