William Whitfield "Whit" Crane IV (born January 19, 1968) is a founding member and lead singer of the rock band Ugly Kid Joe, which formed in 1989 and disbanded in 1997, reforming in 2010.
Work outside Ugly Kid Joe
During Ugly Kid Joe's inactivity, Crane went on a year-long tour with New York hard rock band Life of Agony before forming Medication with ex-Machine Head guitarist, Logan Mader. Due to a series of internal issues, Medication disbanded in February 2003.
Over the years, Crane has performed guest vocals on several songs, including "Reaching Out" with Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray (from the Lynn Strait tribute album Strait Up), "Born to Raise Hell" by Motörhead (also featuring rapper Ice-T) and "Voodoo Brother" by Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest.
Crane's filmography includes Ellie Parker, in which he has a cameo appearance as an acting student, and Motörhead's 25 & Alive Boneshaker, where he appears as himself.
In 2006, former Ugly Kid Joe bandmate Shannon Larkin asked Crane to join a side project he formed with members of Godsmack (minus Sully Erna) called Another Animal, as primary vocalist. Crane accepted, and the band released its self-titled debut album in 2007. In support of their debut, the band went out on tour, opening for labelmates Alter Bridge. However, they have suffered poor record sales, and the future of the band is currently unknown.
In 2011, he performed with metal tribute band Hail! in Istanbul, Turkey. He still makes regular appearances with Motörhead - the latest being at the O2 Academy Glasgow on 9 November 2012 singing "Killed by Death".
- 1994 Born to Raise Hell / Motörhead with Ice-T and Whitfield Crane - Single, Airheads Original Soundtrack
- 1994 N.I.B. / Nativity in Black
- 1996 Burnin' Up / Doom Squad - A Tribute to Judas Priest: Legends of Metal
- 1997 Voodoo Brother / Glenn Tipton - Baptizm of Fire
- 1998 Live Wire, Ride On / The Sensational Whitskiteer Band - Thunderbolt: A Tribute To AC/DC
- 2000 Live Wire (Wired Remix) / Remixed to Hell: AC/DC Tribute
- 2000 Reaching Out / Strait Up: A Tribute to Lynn Strait
- 2001 Sanitarium / Metallic Assault: A Tribute to Metallica
- 2002 Lord Of Thighs / One Way Street: A Tribute to Aerosmith
- 2004 Master of Puppets / Metallic Attack: The Ultimate Tribute
- 2013 Killed By Death / Critical Solution - Evil Never Dies
- 2013 Essence / Sight of Emptiness - Instincts
- 2015 Richards/Crane - World Stands Still