“Even John Paul Jones, Geddy Lee, Sting, and Steve Harris dig this guy”: Cordell Crockett of Ugly Kid Joe reels off 5 albums that shaped his sound

Cordell Crockett of Ugly Kid Joe performs at KK's Steel Mill on November 11, 2022 in Wolverhampton, England.
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Forever famed for their none-more-catchy 1992 hit Everything About You California's Ugly Kid Joe continue to deliver their brand of funked-up rock in venues around the globe. 

Asked how he got into the bass guitar, bassist Cordell Crockett recalled that his father – Guitar Player magazine co-founder and music legend Jim Crockett – was an influential figure. “The first time I heard the sound of the bass it was the song Love Rollercoaster by Ohio Players. My mother told me it was a bass guitar, so we hit my father up for a bass. I started taking lessons from Jim Aitkin who wrote for Keyboard magazine. Jim taught me the blues and I never looked back.”

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.