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|Tags:||punk punk rock punk metal female vocalists hard rock heavy metal|
Formed in 1979 in New York City, USA, the Plasmatics was a theatrical hardcore band that incorporated into its performances such violent acts as blowing up Cadillacs and chainsawing guitars in half. Assembled by and masterminded by former pornography entrepreneur Rod Swenson, the original personnel of the group included vocalist Wendy O. Williams (1949, d. 6 April 1998, Starrs, Connecticut, USA) a former star of sex shows, who wore see-through lingerie, but for the most part, appeared topless with strategically placed masking tape. The remainder of the band comprised Richie Stotts (guitar), who wore a blue mohawk haircut and a pink tutu on stage, Wes Beech (guitar), Stu Deutsch (drums) and Chosei Funahara (bass, later replaced by Jean Beauvoir).
After releasing two EPs on the independent Vice Squad label in 1979, the Plasmatics signed with Stiff Records in the USA and the UK, releasing New Hope For The Wretched in 1980. It was largely panned...