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W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 which gained notoriety for its "shock rock" image, music and live performances. WASP First titled Album This is an album cover. ... WASP First titled Album This is an album cover. ... Heavy Metal is a genre of music that emerged as a defined musical style in the 1970s, having its roots in hard rock bands which, between 1967 and 1974, took blues and rock to create a hybrid with a thick, heavy, guitar-and-drums-centered sound, characterised by the use... Shock rock is an umbrella term for bands in many different music genres which combine rock music with elements of shock value in a stage performance involving acts of theatricality, sex and/or violence which are designed to push the limits of decency. ...

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History

The band, formed in Los Angeles, California, initially consisted of Blackie Lawless, Rik Fox, Randy Piper and Tony Richards. The band became famous for its raunchy and at times shocking live shows; Lawless was known to tie semi-naked models to a torture rack and hurl raw meat into the audience. The band's debut single, entitled Animal (Fuck Like A Beast), was equally controversial. Nickname: City of Angels Official website: http://www. ... Blackie Lawless (born Stephen Duren on September 4, 1956) is an American singer and guitarist. ... Rik Fox, born Richard Suligowski, is a Polish-American bass-guitar player. ... Randy Piper is an American musician who made his name in the early days of W.A.S.P. and now has formed his own band called Animal (band) with other former members from W.A.S.P., Chris Holmes and Tony Richards. ... Tony Richards is an American musican who was the first drummer from the Heavy Metal band W.A.S.P. but was replaced soon afterwards. ...


The first lineup didn't last for long, as Rik Fox left the band to join (then unknown) vocalist Ron Keel & guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen in the band Steeler. He was replaced by Don Costa. Shortly afterwards, Don Costa also left the band and his position on the bass was filled by Lawless. At the same time, guitarist Chris Holmes joined the band. Yngwie J. Malmsteen (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck, June 30, 1963) is a guitarist from Sweden who achieved widespread acclaim in the 1980s due to his technical proficiency and fusion of classical music elements with heavy rock guitar. ... Don Costa (July 10, 1925 – January 19, 1983) was a United States pop music arranger and record producer. ... Chris Holmes (Christopher John Holmes) born in Glendale, California and grew up in Pasadena, California. ...


W.A.S.P. signed to Capitol Records for their debut album, W.A.S.P., on August 17, 1984. The debut was at one time planned for release under the name "Winged Assassins". The idea was obviously forgotten though. The band's first single Animal (Fuck Like A Beast) was omitted from the album in the United States to prevent the album from being banned from major chain stores. Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // History The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at... W.A.S.P. is the debut eponymous album by the band of the same title, released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). ...


"L.O.V.E. Machine" and "I Wanna Be Somebody" helped the album sell well, and set the band up for "Blind in Texas", a song written in Minnesota, by Blackie Lawless. The song was released on the next album The Last Command on November 9, 1985. The Last Command is still W.A.S.P.'s highest charting album, peaking at #47 on the Billboard album chart. "Blind In Texas" is still their best known song, 20 plus years later.-1... See also: 1984 in music, other events of 1985, 1986 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Paul Simon...


W.A.S.P. became a very prominent target of the Parents Music Resource Center, an organization led by Tipper Gore and dedicated to opposing music with lyrics deemed violent or sexual. This pushed the band's reputation to such bad levels that concert halls were getting bomb threats, band members were getting written death threats by the hundreds, and singer Blackie Lawless had been shot at twice (albeit without getting hit). But in the end the publicity helped sales greatly. The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was an American committee formed in 1985 by the wives of several congressmen. ... Mary Elizabeth Gore, commonly referred Tipper Gore (born August 19, 1948) is the wife of former Vice President Al Gore and was Second Lady of the United States from 1993 until 2001. ...


Inside the Electric Circus was released on November 8, 1986. The album saw Lawless finally switch to guitar replacing the departed Piper, who left W.A.S.P. to audition for Alice Cooper's band. Unfortunately for Piper, Kane Roberts would be Cooper's guitarist. Also former King Kobra bassist Johnny Rod joined W.A.S.P. on bass. 'A tired record by a tired band', as Blackie calls it, spawned a minor hit single "95-N.A.S.T.Y.". It was a critical review of this single that convinced Lawless of the necessity to take some time off and reconsider the band's creative direction. Johnny Rod is an American guitar player. ...


In 1987 W.A.S.P. had their song "Scream Until You Like It" on the movie Ghoulies 2. The same year concerts on the Inside The Electric Circus album tour were recorded. On November 27 1987, the Long Beach arena concert was released as the Live... In The Raw album. Unfortunately by the time the live album was released Steve Riley left W.A.S.P. to join L.A. Guns, a band that had just recorded their debut album L.A. Guns with drummer Nikki Alexander. Alexander left just after the album was recorded, and Steve Riley stepped in. L.A. Guns are a rock band from Los Angeles, California which came to prominence in the 1980s. ...


W.A.S.P.'s fifth album, The Headless Children, was released on April 15 1989. This was their first album without any sexually explicit songs and also the first one that sold rather poorly. It reached #48 on the Billboard 200, but quickly fell off the charts. However, it was critically acclaimed to be W.A.S.P.'s best work at the time, and according to a recent Lawless interview, it is now actually the biggest selling W.A.S.P. album. The Headless Children is the fourth album by W.A.S.P., released in 1989 (see 1989 in music). ... The Billboard 200 is a listing of the 200 highest selling music albums in the United States, published weekly in Billboard magazine. ...


The band effectively disbanded in November 1989 with Blackie Lawless embarking on a solo career. Lawless was originally slated to play T-1000 in the Terminator 2: Judgment Day movie, but was later replaced by Robert Patrick after Arnold Schwarzenegger deemed Lawless 'too tall'. Blackie started work on a solo project, but under pressure from both promoters and fans had to release it as a W.A.S.P. album. Ironically, many critics feel that this album, The Crimson Idol, has been the best W.A.S.P. output so far. Blackie Lawless (born Stephen Duren on September 4, 1956) is an American singer and guitarist. ... Robert Patrick in police disguise. ... Terminator 2: Judgment Day (commonly abbreviated T2) is a 1991 movie directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Robert Patrick. ... Robert Patrick as the T-1000, in Terminator 2: Judgment Day Robert Patrick (born November 5, 1958 in Marietta, Georgia, USA) is an American actor. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, Golden Globe award winning actor, and Republican politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... The Crimson Idol is a concept album by American heavy metal band W.A.S.P., originally released in 1992 on Capitol Records (1993 in the United States). ...


The follow up to The Crimson Idol was Still Not Black Enough, a collection of dark introspective tunes that extended the Crimson Idol mythology (but this time, without Lawless 'hiding behind' Jonathan Steele, as he stated in the liner notes) as well as included cover songs as 'bonus tracks'. The initial European edition included a different track listing from the American and a subsequent American re-issue featured yet a different track listing. No version to date includes all the various tracks on one disc.


Chris Holmes returned to W.A.S.P. in 1996 and together they released K.F.D. (1997) and Helldorado (1999). They also recorded two live albums from these two tours, Double Live Assassins and The Sting, respectively. The Sting CD and DVD were taken directly from the experimental webcast. Apparently Blackie had no control over this release and was unhappy with the results with their poor sound and picture quality. Chris Holmes (Christopher John Holmes) born in Glendale, California and grew up in Pasadena, California. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Helldorado is the eighth album by W.A.S.P., released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The Sting was an Oscar winning caper film from 1973 based in the 1930s and centered around a convoluted plot by two professional grifters (Paul Newman and Robert Redford) to con a mob boss (Robert Shaw). ...


The band continued with Unholy Terror in 2001. Chris Holmes left the band again in 2002, citing that he wanted to 'play the blues'. He hooked up with fellow ex-W.A.S.P. member Randy Piper's band Animal, but fell out soon. It's interesting to note that Holmes has claimed he never played on 'Unholy Terror'. 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


Dying for the World, released in 2002, was written and recorded in less than a year which is very fast by Lawless' perfectionist standards. Its liner notes feature one of Lawless' strongest statements about political correctness, inspired by the 9-11 terrorist attacks. For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ... 9-11 can refer to: The September 11, 2001 attacks A collection of interviews of Noam Chomsky by a variety of European publications and individual interviewers during the month after the September 11, 2001 attacks September 11 (month-day date notation) 9 November (day-month date notation) The North American...


In April 2004, W.A.S.P. released the first part of The Neon God, subtitled The Rise , a conceptual album about an abused and orphaned boy who finds that he has the ability to read and manipulate people. The second part, The Demise, was released in September 2004.


In 2005, W.A.S.P. headlined American Metal Blast.


Current Band Members

Blackie Lawless (born Stephen Duren on September 4, 1956) is an American singer and guitarist. ...

Former Band Members

Stet Howland is a drummer. ... Tony Richards is an American musican who was the first drummer from the Heavy Metal band W.A.S.P. but was replaced soon afterwards. ... Johnny Rod is an American guitar player. ... Frankie Banali has been one of the former drummers of the heavy metal band Quiet Riot. ... Chris Holmes (Christopher John Holmes) born in Glendale, California and grew up in Pasadena, California. ... Randy Piper is an American musician who made his name in the early days of W.A.S.P. and now has formed his own band called Animal (band) with other former members from W.A.S.P., Chris Holmes and Tony Richards. ... Steve Riley is a drummer who has played in various bands including W.A.S.P. and L.A. Guns. ... Bob Kulick is a guitarist best known for his studio-work with Kiss. ...

Trivia

  • The band can be seen briefly in the movie The Dungeonmaster (1985) about an evil wizard.
  • Blackie can be seen in the movie This is Spinal Tap; he is in a mock commercial having wine and food with a female: this can be seen in the VHS version that came out shortly after this movie came to video.
  • W.A.S.P. contributed Scream Until You Like It for the horror film Ghoulies II.
  • Some people believe the initials of W.A.S.P. stand for "We Are Sexual Perverts" or "We Are Satan's People". "We Are Sexual Perverts" is inscribed on their first album into the vinyl next to the label. Another possible abbreviation is "White Anglo Saxon Protestants" (see WASP). When asked, Blackie normally doesn't give a straight answer; in one interview, he answered "We Ain't Sure, Pal".
  • According to Blackie, with the exception of only one member, every time someone left the band was because of drugs.
  • In the song Sunset and Babylon (with lead guitar Lita Ford), the Rainbow Bar and Grill of West Hollywood is mentioned. Opened in 1972, it catered to some of the world's biggest rock and roll celebrities (and is today known as a favorite bar of some celebrities, mostly rock musicians). Blackie met Rod Smallwood in this bar.
  • Ken Hensley, former member of Uriah Heep, played keyboards on the The Headless Children album.
  • At one time they had a flame-throwing cod piece (it shot fire from the crotch). It was used to add effect to their songs. It also would leave the lead singer severely burned when it back fired one day.
  • The band played many gigs in the legendary Troubadour (nightclub), where they made a name for themselves.
  • FEB, 2006 - The band is currently confirming plans for a US/Europe/Asian tour. Blackie, in an interview, stated that "the tickets will cost no more than US$15 each at any show" and the sets will be at least 90 minutes because he is "tired of shitty bands charging $50 and playing less than an hour."

The Dungeonmaster is a 1985 low-budget movie with Jeffrey Byron and Leslie Wing about an evil wizard. ... This Is Spinal Tap is a 1984 mockumentary directed by Rob Reiner and starring members of the semi-fictional heavy-metal glam rock band Spinal Tap. ... WASP (an acronym for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) is a term, sometimes derogatory, that denotes either an ethnic group, or the culture, customs, and heritage of the American elite establishment. ... Lita Ford on the cover of her 1988 album Lita Lita Rosanna Ford (born September 19, 1958) is a heavy metal singer and guitarist whose peak popularity was during the 1980s. ... The Rainbow Bar and Grill is a bar and restaurant on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California, adjacent to the border of Beverly Hills, California. ... Rod Smallwood, co-manager of heavy metal band, Iron Maiden and co-founder in 1976 of Sanctuary Records, now the worlds largest music management company. ... Ken Hensley (born 24 August, 1945, London, England) is a keyboard (especially Hammond organ) player, guitarist, singer and songwriter. ... Uriah Heep is a British rock band, officially formed in 1969 in England, when record producer Gerry Bron invited keyboardist Ken Hensley (previously a member of The Gods and Toe Fat) to join Spice, a band signed to his own Bronze Records label. ... The Headless Children is the fourth album by W.A.S.P., released in 1989 (see 1989 in music). ... Elton John -- August 25, 1970 The Troubadour is a nightclub located in West Hollywood, California, at 9081 Santa Monica Boulevard just east of Doheny Drive and the border of Beverly Hills. ...

Discography

Studio albums

W.A.S.P. is the debut eponymous album by the band of the same title, released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). ... -1... The Headless Children is the fourth album by W.A.S.P., released in 1989 (see 1989 in music). ... The Crimson Idol is a concept album by American heavy metal band W.A.S.P., originally released in 1992 on Capitol Records (1993 in the United States). ... Kill. ... Helldorado is the eighth album by W.A.S.P., released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). ...

Live albums

  • Live...In the Raw (1987)
  • Double Live Assassins (1998)
  • The Sting (2000)

Compilations

  • First Blood Last Cuts (1993)
  • The Best Of The Best (2000)

References

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