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W.A.S.P.

One of the heavier bands to come out of the early-'80s L.A. metal scene, W.A.S.P. quickly rose to national infamy thanks to their shock rock image, lyrics, and live concerts. Unfortunately, once the novelty and scandal began to wear off, W.A.S.P. found it difficult to expand, or even maintain, their audience by relying only on their music.

Leader Blackie Lawless (bass/vocals) was already a rock & roll veteran when he relocated to the West Coast and founded W.A.S.P. with guitarists Chris Holmes and Randy Piper and drummer Tony Richards. The band soon established a reputation as a ferocious live act, thanks in large part to Lawless' habits of tying a semi-naked model to a torture rack and throwing raw meat into the audience. And with the release of their self-explanatory independent EP, Animal (F**k Like a Beast), W.A.S.P. became impossible to ignore.

They signed to Capitol Records, and with songs like "I Wanna Be Somebody" (an absolute anthem to blind ambition) and "L.O.V.E. Machine" leading the way, their self-titled 1984 debut was an instant success. W.A.S.P. took their horror show on the road, and their momentum continued to build with the following year's The Last Command, which featured new drummer Steven Riley and the band's biggest hit, "Blind in Texas." Later that year, the band gained even more prominence as one of the biggest targets of Tipper Gore and the P.M.R.C. (Parents' Music Resource Center), a group of Washington housewives leading a crusade against violent, sexist song lyrics. Though the incident (which included Senate hearings on the issue with guest speakers as disparate as Frank Zappa, John Denver, and Dee Snider from Twisted Sister) would cause more publicity than actual results, it served to make W.A.S.P. a household name -- for good and for worse.

Ironically, the band toned down its act for 1986's Inside the Electric Circus, a lackluster, repetitive album that saw Lawless switch to guitar (replacing the departed Piper) and the hiring of bassist Johnny Rod. The blood and guts were largely gone (as were the good songs), and despite releasing a strong live album entitled Live...In the Raw the following year, the band's popularity began to plummet. The all-time low arrived with the release of Penelope Spheeris' heavy metal "rockumentary" The Decline of Western Civilization 2: The Metal Years. An exposé about the L.A. metal scene, the film's most dramatic and depressing sequence showed an inebriated Chris Holmes drinking himself into a stupor in full stage gear while lying on a float in his mom's swimming pool. In a movie filled with debauchery and decadence, this scene was by far the scariest.

Released in 1989, Headless Children (featuring ex-Quiet Riot sticksman Frankie Banali) was a return to form, but it couldn't revert the band's slump and W.A.S.P. disbanded soon after. Lawless eventually returned as a one-man show for 1993's The Crimson Idol, an ambitious rock opera/concept album billed as Blackie Lawless & W.A.S.P. Resurrecting the band's old shock rock antics, but alas, not fame and fortune, the album flopped, and the following year's greatest-hits set, First Blood...Last Cuts, seemed like W.A.S.P.'s last chapter.

But the resilient Lawless returned once again, luring guitarist Chris Holmes back into the fold and recruiting bassist Mike Duda and drummer Stet Howland for 1996's Still Not Black Enough. This lineup continued to tour and record for a number of independent labels, with their albums including 1997's K.F.D., 1999's Helldorado, and 2001's Unholy Terror. The band released Dying for the World in 2002, an exceptional collection of unusually serious material inspired by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It was followed in 2004 by the conceptual Neon God, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2, with Dominator arriving in 2006. Issued in 2009, Babylon saw the group drawing inspiration from the biblical visions of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, while 2015's Napalm-issued Golgotha, their 15th studio long-player, would be the last LP to feature longtime drummer Mike Dupke, who left the group prior to the album's release. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Babylon

1. Crazy

2. Live To Die Another Day

3. Babylon's Burning

4. Burn (Cover)

5. Into The Fire

6. Thunder Red

7. Seas Of Fire

8. Godless Run

9. Promised Land (Cover)

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Track List: Best Of The Best

Disc 1

1. Animal (F**k Like A Beast)

2. I Wanna Be Somebody

3. Show No Mercy

4. L.O.V.E. Machine

5. Hellion

6. Sleeping (In The Fire)

7. Wild Child

8. Ballcrusher

9. Blind In Texas

10. Sex Drive

11. I Don't Need No Doctor

12. 9.5. - N.A.S.T.Y.

13. Restless Gypsy

14. King Of Sodom And Gomorrah

15. Scream Until You Like It

16. Harder, Faster

17. Mean Man

18. The Real Me

Disc 2

1. The Headless Children

2. Forever Free

3. Locomotive Breath

4. Titanic Overture

5. The Invisible Boy

6. Chainsaw Charlie (Murders In The New Morgue)

7. Hold On To My Heart

8. The Great Misconception Of Me

9. When The Levee Breaks

10. Helldorado

11. Damnation Angels

12. Dirty Balls

13. Cocaine Cowboys

14. Saurdays Night's Alright For Fighting

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Track List: Dominator

1. Mercy

2. Long Long Way To Go

3. Take Me Up

4. The Burning Man

5. Heaven's Hung In Black

6. Heaven's Blessed

7. Teacher

8. Heaven's Hung In Black (Reprise)

9. Deal With The Devil

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Track List: The Sting / Helldorado

Disc 1

1. Helldorado (Live)

2. Inside The Electric Circus (Live)

3. Chainsaw Charlie (Murders In The New Morgue) (Live)

4. Wild Child (Live)

5. L.O.V.E. Machine (Live)

7. Sleeping (In The Fire) (Live)

8. Damnation Angels (Live)

9. Dirty Balls (Live)

10. The Real Me (Live)

11. I Wanna Be Somebody (Live)

12. Blind In Texas (Live)

Disc 2

1. Drive By

2. Helldorado

3. Don't Cry (Just Suck)

4. Damnation Angels

5. Dirty Balls

6. High On The Flames

7. Cocaine Cowboys

8. Can't Die Tonight

9. Saturday Night Cockfight

10. Hot Rods To Hell

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Track List: Golgotha

1. Scream

2. Last Runaway

3. Shotgun

4. Miss You

5. Fallen Under

6. Slaves Of The New World Order

7. Eyes Of My Maker

8. Hero Of The World

9. Golgotha

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Track List: Last Runaway (Single)

1. Last Runaway

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Track List: The Crimson Idol

Disc 1

1. The Titanic Overture

2. The Invisible Boy

3. Arena Of Pleasure

4. Chainsaw Charlie (Murders In The New Morgue)

5. The Gypsy Meets The Boy

6. Doctor Rockter

7. I Am One

8. The Idol

9. Hold On To My Heart

10. The Great Misconceptions Of Me

11. The Story Of Jonathan (Prologue To The Crimson Idol) (Bonus Track Single B-Side)

Disc 2

1. Phantoms In The Mirror

2. The Eulogy

3. When The Levee Breaks (Led Zeppelin Cover)

4. The Idol (Live Acoustic)

5. Hold On To My Heart (Live Acoustic)

6. I Am One (Live Donington 1992)

7. Wild Child (Live Donington 1992)

8. Chainsaw Charlie (Murders In The New Mourge) (Live Donington 1992)

9. I Wanna Be Somebody (Live Donington 1992)

10. The Invisible Boy (Live Donington 1992)

11. The Real Me (Live Donington 1992)

12. The Great Misconceptions Of Me (Live Donington 1992)

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Awesome Jam by Wasp, 95 nasty. Your everything I need! 95 nasty, totally awesome! Wasp kicks a**! Rock on!
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Been a fan of W.A.S.P. since the beginning. Truly a great band, thanks for the memories mista Lawless !!
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Metal up!!
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the earlier stuff is best-I:m a big fan of blackie !
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I really like
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Wild Child this one's 4 u KK my bud.. Excellent tune... ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Sleeping in the fire.bad a**!!
Metal up! !!W.A.S.P. Blackie and chris Holmes great musians.
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I am 55 and still like to jam
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Always been a saw men
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F**kin-A,,, L. O. V. E... MACHINE... Sweeeet jam, Luv W. A. S. P... excellent concert. Kk this is all u my friend. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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❤❤❤❤❤
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Wild child one of my favorite tunes.wasp kick a**!!!
METAL UP PEEPS!
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F**k yes!!!hellio n ! ! #
METAL UP PEEPS!
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Why'd they bushit ? If all I'm doing is sitting here all alone listening to this & rocking out ?
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I'm a mean M.F.Man! Kickass Jam Bob wasp Blackie Lawless and Chris Holmes was this s*** man. I just love wasp, rock and roll! and rock on!
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Oh hell yeah! W.A.S.P. This kicks a**! wild child ,,that whole album rocks! I bought it back then. I seen wasp a couple times, live. Kickass shows!! W.A.S.P. where Bad a**! Blackie Lawless , @ W.A.S.P. Rocks!! Rock on!
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Every time I hear ballcrusher reminds me of april....hhm m m . l o l
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\ ^ ^ | ⚡️ ❤️ ⚡️ | ^ ^ /
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TO ROCK WITH ⚡️ ROCK HARD ⚡️ EF THE BULL
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I'm in needs of a love machine A.S.A.P.
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Kick-A** jam buy Wasp. Wild Child. I'm a wild Child, come and love me I want you! I need you to touch me, cuz I want what you do! Yeah I love it! Wasp rocks a**! Rock on!
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jamieb12871
They wrrrr

Wondetfull

Seen 'em w/ MAIDEN '84-5
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Scream until you like it! !!!!!!
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Perfect love for sin
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H⚡️E⚡️A⚡️D⚡️ L E S S
C⚡️H⚡️I⚡️C⚡️ K E N
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Justin briber rocks hard in mosh
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ANOTHER HAEFLINGER MEMORY... HAHAHA! DRANK GREYHOUNDS WITH CHRIS HOLMES LONG AGO AT JEZEBELLES
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William..you ' r e a downer man.
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W.A.S.P. got me through some s**tty childhood abused beaten days. Probably why I'm a 6'9 mean a** motherfucker n o w ! ! ! oh yeah I f**kin said it. DILLIGAFF?
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Ahhh the memories on the strip with blackie and Chris bad a** days for a kid from nowhere
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Saw W.A.S.P. open for Metalica on the Ride The Lightning Tour!
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Blackie for president!!! !
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Can you Dig this
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Washington. Wives??????? s u x k s
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Never gona stop!!!sup aprl!!!
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F**kin-A KK,, agreed 100%. I Wanna Be Somebody,,, Bad F**kin A** tune.... ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Ohhhh yessss!!!kra n k it!!love this song!!
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W.a.s.p. lawless get your head banging.I wish I were bk in 85 his voice has do much power.
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First three albums please
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best band of all time in my opinion wasp
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F**k A!!!one of my all time faves!!!wild child gets me pumping. Blast it!
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Arghh sleeping in the fire is a contagious song,idk why i even like it soooo much,but i do haha
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my fav band; these dudes are so f... viral, contagious, authentic, arrogant, luv them !!
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kik a** song play on blackie lawless they can suck me suck me eat me raw lmfao love it
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WASP was underrated.
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Let's give them what they deserve brings back all old days been rocked 30 years swish said it rock on
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I got to see Wasp in concert on the Last Command tour in Tampa great show
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Doesn't get much better than Love Machine. Turn that s**t up!
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Blind in Texas ...awesomw
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Thank you Blackie Lawless. Because of you I got threw the 80's cause I wanted to be somebody. Flying the WASP flag till I die!
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