W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 by Blackie Lawless, who is the only remaining original member of the band. They emerged from the early 1980s Los Angeles heavy metal scene. The band’s popularity peaked that decade, yet they continue to record and tour, making them one of the most enduring of the West Coast heavy metal bands. W.A.S.P. gained notoriety for their shock rock-themed image, lyrics and live performances. They have sold over 12 million copies of their albums.

W.A.S.P. was a prominent target in the mid-1980s of the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), an organization that pushed for warning labels on recorded music. The band immortalized its fight with the PMRC on the song “Harder, Faster” from their 1987 live album, Live…In the Raw. Some of their most notable songs are “Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)”, “I Wanna Be Somebody”, “L.O.V.E. Machine”, “Wild Child”, “Blind in Texas”, “Forever Free”, “Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)” and “The Idol”, as well as their cover versions of Ray Charles’ “I Don’t Need No Doctor” and The Who’s “The Real Me”. The band’s most recent album, Golgotha, was released in 2015.

Discography

Studio albums

  • 1984 – W.A.S.P.
  • 1985 – The Last Command
  • 1986 – Inside the Electric Circus
  • 1989 – The Headless Children
  • 1992 – The Crimson Idol
  • 1995 – Still Not Black Enough
  • 1997 – Kill Fuck Die
  • 1999 – Helldorado
  • 2001 – Unholy Terror
  • 2002 – Dying for the World
  • 2004 – The Neon God: Part 1 – The Rise
  • 2004 – The Neon God: Part 2 – The Demise
  • 2007 – Dominator
  • 2009 – Babylon
  • 2015 – Golgotha US:93
  • 2018 – ReIdolized (The Soundtrack to the Crimson Idol)

Live albums

  • Live…In the Raw (1987) US:77
  • Double Live Assassins (1998)
  • The Sting: Live at the Key Club L.A. (2000)
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When I kicked this site off back in 2003, I had no idea that it would turn into what it has become. I am very proud of what we've done and achieved over the years. Musically I have a soft spot for 80s inspired hard rock, but my favourite music and bands are all to be found in the progressive universe these days.

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