W.A.S.P.

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": heavy metal hard rock hair metal metal 80s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

This theatrical shock-rock troupe was formed in 1982 in Los Angeles, California, USA, their name apparently an acronym of We Are Sexual Perverts. Outrageous live performances included throwing raw meat into the audience and the whipping of a naked woman tied to a ‘torture rack’ as a backdrop to a primitive metal attack. The band, formed by singer Blackie Lawless (Steven Duren, 4 September 1956, Staten Island, New York, USA) with guitarists Chris Holmes (b. 23 June 1961) and Randy Piper and drummer Tony Richards (b. Anthony Richard Orlando, USA), were snapped up by Capitol Records, who then refused to release their debut single, the infamous ‘Animal (F**k Like A Beast)’, on legal advice. It was subsequently licensed to independent labels. Their 1984 debut album W.A.S.P. was an adequate basic metal recording, although it lacked ‘Animal’ (later reissues reinstated the track), while The Last Command, with new drummer Steve Riley (b. 22...

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