Ugly Kid Joe  Uglier Than They Used Ta Be

Ugly Kid Joe's album "Uglier Than They Used Ta Be."

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They're uglier than they used ta be ... and also back on the Billboard charts, where they used ta be.

Veteran rock band Ugly Kid Joe returns with the self-referential (and self-deprecating) Uglier Than They Used Ta Be, new at No. 21 on Billboard's Hard Rock Albums chart (dated Nov. 7) with 1,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. It's the band's first charted album (and first appearance on any list) since 1995.

The California-based group, on hiatus between 1997 and 2010, broke through in 1992, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with its As Ugly as They Wanna Be EP.  Later that year, the LP America's Least Wanted debuted, peaking at No. 27 in April 1993) Helping spur the band's rise, Ugly Kid Joe scored two Billboard Hot 100 top 10s in 1992-93: "Everything About You" (No. 9) and its cover of Harry Chapin's 1974 No. 1 "Cat's in the Cradle" (No. 6).

In 1995, the group's album Menace to Sobriety hit No. 178 on the Billboard 200. The act released Motel California in 1996 before disbanding (until 2010) in 1997. Uglier Than They Used Ta Be marks the second Ugly Kid Joe release since its 2010 reunion; in 2012, the band released the EP Stairway to Hell.

The new album was partly funded by a Pledgemusic campaign -- similar to legacy act The Zombies, who also just made a return to the Billboard charts with Still Got That Hunger.