W.A.S.P.

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CLASSIC OR MARTINI SEILLING WHORES

anthony, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

We Are Sexual Perverts.

DavidM, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

insect and band: servant of hell

Tracer Hand, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

The song title for "Animal (I Fuck Like a Beast)" is classic (or it was when I was 14). The song itself, though ...

Anyone ever hear that Blackie Lawless was Sheena's dad?

Tadeusz Suchodolski, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

MARTINI SELLING WHORES

I'm enjoying the idea of the Stingray operation being purely a front for this.

Graham, Friday, 31 August 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Flaming codpiece = classik!!

AP, Saturday, 1 September 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

eight years pass...

W.A.S.P., loading into First Avenue nightclub, Minneapolis, mid-80s

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v1980/137/10/671523335/n671523335_1909154_1255.jpg

For Nick Lachey, Forever Ago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 8 June 2010 19:40 (twelve years ago) link

two years pass...

such an underrated band

tallarico dreams (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Wednesday, 18 July 2012 15:17 (ten years ago) link

three months pass...

I can't believe there's been a W.A.S.P. thread all this time.

A. Begrand, Friday, 16 November 2012 17:11 (ten years ago) link

"Wild Child" is such a jam!

Mule, Friday, 16 November 2012 17:17 (ten years ago) link

that chris holmes vid was O_O

also where can I get me a CHP guitar

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 21 November 2012 00:56 (ten years ago) link

Still love the first three albums.

誤訳侮辱, Wednesday, 21 November 2012 01:03 (ten years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qKlZELdJh8

del griffith, Wednesday, 21 November 2012 01:23 (ten years ago) link

^ sadder than chinese democracy

del griffith, Wednesday, 21 November 2012 01:24 (ten years ago) link

wow, i saw that brilliant WASP video earlier today and didn't realize he was the same as the pool guy. i can't believe he's still alive!

billstevejim, Wednesday, 21 November 2012 02:04 (ten years ago) link

I super-love WASP - and yeah, the first 3 albums are unfuckwithable

So the pool video, I was always led to beleive that that was faked, that it was really water or something. Does anyone know the real story? Is that just apocryphal and he really was plowed? I mean, I'm sure on any other day he'd be just as drunk or whatever, but I was just always confused about how real that really was.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 21 November 2012 02:36 (ten years ago) link

*that it was really water in the vodka bottle
yes I know it was really water in the pool, lol

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 21 November 2012 02:37 (ten years ago) link

I've heard the same story about the pool excerpt being hammed up a little bit for the documentary, but after seeing the condition he's in now...life imitates art?

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 21 November 2012 05:14 (ten years ago) link

yeah I know it kinda seems moot now lol

wonder if that pool was full of meth as well

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 21 November 2012 06:30 (ten years ago) link

That s/t is perfect. And not with "Animal" tacked on at the beginning like the reissue, either.

The next three albums were very solid, but I missed the pure shock rock of the first one.

A. Begrand, Wednesday, 21 November 2012 06:36 (ten years ago) link

The video for "They All Lie And Cheat" posted earlier... i think it deserves to be embedded for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=_qNOWn4wYCs

billstevejim, Friday, 23 November 2012 20:16 (ten years ago) link

wtf that didn't work.......
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qNOWn4wYCs

billstevejim, Friday, 23 November 2012 20:16 (ten years ago) link

Is his band called CHP? Why does he have an association with CHP? That guitar is horrendous.

I'm a big fan of songs where the drums were clearly among the last things recorded and barely line-up with the rest of the song.

billstevejim, Friday, 23 November 2012 20:19 (ten years ago) link

I think it stands for Chris Holmes Project?

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 November 2012 20:31 (ten years ago) link

wow so I was grooving to The Headless Children and I read Chris Holmes's Wikipedia and it links to an interview where it turns out Chris Holmes is reaaaaallly racist

http://headbanger.ru/interviews/230?lng=en

too many encores (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 29 November 2012 06:08 (nine years ago) link

Ugh fuck

If you will not name your dog "Ping Pong" you are no longer my friend (jjjusten), Thursday, 29 November 2012 06:13 (nine years ago) link

To be fair, it's not like I ever thought that dude was a deep thinker but that interview is super gross.

If you will not name your dog "Ping Pong" you are no longer my friend (jjjusten), Thursday, 29 November 2012 06:14 (nine years ago) link

Was wondering if the "over here you can say that word to everyone" was high level trolling, and then saw the .ru in the URL and got sad

If you will not name your dog "Ping Pong" you are no longer my friend (jjjusten), Thursday, 29 November 2012 06:15 (nine years ago) link

On the positive side, memo to myself, this is the Christmas where I buy myself inside the electric circus

If you will not name your dog "Ping Pong" you are no longer my friend (jjjusten), Thursday, 29 November 2012 06:17 (nine years ago) link

oh good he's a "yeah I said it" guy

so brave to take a stand IN EUROPE you drunk punkass stain

ugh

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 29 November 2012 06:32 (nine years ago) link

three months pass...

shit i forgot to buy inside the electric circus

i will fix this maybe tonight

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Saturday, 16 March 2013 19:30 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

oh man

:(

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 19 March 2014 01:43 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

I just realized I'd never actually heard the infamous "Animal (Fuck like a Beast)" and it's on Spotify.

What a fucking ridiculous song.

"I got pictures of naked ladies
Lying on their beds"

quite an opening couplet

Ma$e-en-scène (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 5 August 2015 14:24 (seven years ago) link

wasp rules

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 5 August 2015 15:01 (seven years ago) link

It's a classic song.

A. Begrand, Wednesday, 5 August 2015 15:07 (seven years ago) link

wasp was so committed to their trashiness it's admirable

Ma$e-en-scène (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 5 August 2015 16:13 (seven years ago) link

I loved the b-side of "Animal," "Show No Mercy," too.

Also obligatory:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd36mSbmNcE

That's Night Court's Richard Moll as The Dungeonmaster, which also was the name of the movie here in the U.S.

Devilock, Wednesday, 5 August 2015 16:55 (seven years ago) link

their lyrics & steez are almost completely unsupportable and yet they are 100% awesome

this is the wasp conundrum

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 5 August 2015 20:01 (seven years ago) link

finding that movie in our local video store was a huge event in my teens

the lion tweets tonight (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 5 August 2015 21:06 (seven years ago) link

Richard Moll was underused overall in 80s metal videos.

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 5 August 2015 21:07 (seven years ago) link

also unless you got "Animal" on the buzzsaw-codpiece-shaped picture disc you was strictly amateur

the lion tweets tonight (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 5 August 2015 21:08 (seven years ago) link

great works of art of the 20th century

http://www.rockofages.uk.com/stock/38528.jpg

the lion tweets tonight (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 5 August 2015 21:10 (seven years ago) link

Sadly I only have the same version as Tipper.
http://i.imgur.com/vSlQgaV.jpg

Relieved there was no digital social media in my teen years because somewhere there is a photo of me crotch-brandishing that album and trying to do my dweebiest Chris Holmes impression by lying amid whatever empty beer cans I'd pilfered from my parents.

xxxpost re unsupportable steez: Blackie did move away from the weird S&M barbarian lyrics for Headless Children and presumably everything after but it came off about as genuinely prudent as when any 80s metalhead tried social commentary. The music on Headless was stellar though. (And Crimson Idol and Still Not Black Enough.)

Devilock, Wednesday, 5 August 2015 21:48 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

I bought KFD at a thrift store. It's dumb and loud and obnoxious and I liked pretty much every moment of it.

SOMEONE'S got to program the propaganda simulacra (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 10 September 2016 04:41 (six years ago) link

haven't heard that one but i will f/w the s/t, Headless Children, and Crimson Idol anyday.

Neanderthal, Saturday, 10 September 2016 06:08 (six years ago) link

It's their "industrial" album but that just means shitty plastic drums and more distortion, still sounds like W.A.S.P. tho

SOMEONE'S got to program the propaganda simulacra (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 10 September 2016 08:09 (six years ago) link

Weird factoid from their Wikipedia page:

Lawless was originally slated to play the T-1000 terminator in the movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but was later replaced by Robert Patrick after Arnold Schwarzenegger deemed Lawless "too tall" (1.93m).[12]

Pull your head on out your hippy haze (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 10 September 2016 18:15 (six years ago) link

oh man what a movie that would have made

Neanderthal, Saturday, 10 September 2016 18:58 (six years ago) link

Have a feeling that stealth would be difficult with Blackie's voice

Neanderthal, Saturday, 10 September 2016 18:59 (six years ago) link

and then there's the hair.

SOMEONE'S got to program the propaganda simulacra (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 10 September 2016 19:37 (six years ago) link

anybody seen them live recently? part of me was sour on it since he's all born again now and won't play "Animal" anymore, but then I looked at some clips and they seem to play a lot of *other* old classics? so it might be more like a Megadeth scenario where he won't disavow his past material completely, just *certain* songs with *certain* content?

cos I'd be pissed if I went to see WASP in 2016 and he was only doing like post-2005 material.

Neanderthal, Saturday, 10 September 2016 19:43 (six years ago) link

lol I just looked at a setlist and it appears he still plays classics.

however on a live video of Chainsaw Charlie, I am 99% sure he changed the lyrics from "I"m a cocksucking asshole" to....something else, more benign.

setlist from a recent show:

On Your Knees / Inside the Electric Circus / The Real Me
L.O.V.E. Machine
Last Runaway
Crazy
The Idol
Take Me Up
Arena of Pleasure
Thunderhead
Hellion / I Don't Need No Doctor
Heaven's Hung in Black
Encore:
Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)
Wild Child
I Wanna Be Somebody

Neanderthal, Saturday, 10 September 2016 19:45 (six years ago) link

I'm a... godfearing christian?

SOMEONE'S got to program the propaganda simulacra (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 10 September 2016 20:01 (six years ago) link

I've always wondered how he's managed to maintain that shrill voice of his. it's painful (yet awesome to listen to), and yet he still pulls it off pretty well live. I know the band used to sometimes play little extra vamps that weren't in the original recording to give him time to "reload" before a second verse, but that was a minor affectation.

I think my favorite vocal of his is the chorus of "Chainsaw Charlie", his voice is almost a chainsaw in itself.

Neanderthal, Saturday, 10 September 2016 20:10 (six years ago) link

seven months pass...

we are satan's people

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 20 April 2017 21:22 (five years ago) link

"We are sexual perverts" was the one I heard.

Vernon Locke, Thursday, 20 April 2017 22:59 (five years ago) link

weird to be rocking out to Murders in the New Morgue then finding this thread bubble up while I'm waiting for my ears to stop ringing


I'm the president of showbiz, my name is Charlie
I'm a cocksucking asshole, that's what they call me
Here from my Hollywood tower I rule
I'm a lying motherfucker, the chainsaw's my tool

that whole bridge is just nuts

Devilock, Friday, 21 April 2017 04:39 (five years ago) link

love that song. I think he changes up the lyrics nowadays due to being born again even though they still play that one.

Neanderthal, Friday, 21 April 2017 11:35 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

"Rebel in the FDG" is quite possibly the best W.A.S.P. tune ever

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Monday, 14 January 2019 03:52 (three years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK4QwwiQVBY

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Monday, 14 January 2019 03:53 (three years ago) link

I always think about how years ago i read that “I Wanna Be Somebody” was one of Axl Rose’s favorite songs to listen to backstage to get fired up

It made me like him more but also seemed kinda weirdly appropriate that he might take it TOO seriously lol

PS i love WASP

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 14 January 2019 04:28 (three years ago) link

my karaoke k-jay friend has that song available to sing. debating doing it one night when i'm really liquored up. doubt anybody's ever sang it there!

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Monday, 14 January 2019 04:29 (three years ago) link

that would be a fkn workout to karaoke
godspeed

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 14 January 2019 05:46 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

CHAINSAWWWWWWW
CHARLIE'S MORGUEEEEEE

... that's Traore! (Neanderthal), Sunday, 26 January 2020 06:12 (two years ago) link

"I Don't Need No Doctor" came on today, and damn, that has aged well.

A. Begrand, Sunday, 26 January 2020 08:27 (two years ago) link

oh shit yeah I Don't Need No Doctor is amazing

when i was a teenager and they were getting popular i thought they were full cheese but as time goes on i appreciate them more and more

Corduroy Stridulations (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 26 January 2020 08:58 (two years ago) link

I'm just impressed with anybody who is willing to shred their voice like that for several decades.

I think my fav albums are the s/t, Crimson Idol, and Headless Children.

... that's Traore! (Neanderthal), Sunday, 26 January 2020 16:34 (two years ago) link

huh I Don't Need No Doctor was written by....Ashford & Simpson!
tho WASP obv covering the Humble Pie version

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 26 January 2020 21:23 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I've been listening to the Crimson Idol today and loving it - especially side two. Does this album have more tom fills per square metre than any other album? It's absurd!

I have a signed, red vinyl copy of this. One recently went for £500 on Discogs. What a world.

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Friday, 21 February 2020 20:44 (two years ago) link

ten months pass...

YOU SAY YOU DON'T WANNA RUN AND HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE

Looking for Cape Penis house (Neanderthal), Friday, 15 January 2021 21:16 (one year ago) link

CRY OUT!!!

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 15 January 2021 21:38 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

just how much does Blackie lip sync at shows now, does anybody know? is it like an 'on occasion' thing or a "this is basically the TMNT 1991 Pizza Hut World Tour" thing?

cos they're coming here in November and I feel like I wanna see em before Blackie hangs it up, and I can take a little fakery but if it's the Rockafire Explosion i'm out

Gymnopédie Pablo (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 15 June 2022 19:24 (five months ago) link

five months pass...

i guess it's okay as long as there's a historical footage reel playing behind you while you're singing it

also what the fuck is with that mic stand

made entirely of styrofoam (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 10:03 (four days ago) link

it totally reads as a "reacting to the PMRC, the original wokes" moment and not a desperate old fart trying to juice his flagging career

made entirely of styrofoam (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 10:06 (four days ago) link

WASP is a great band and Lawless is an interesting cat -- mind you, nobody finds Blackie Lawless more interesting than Blackie Lawless, but for solid hard rock jams with some cool anthemic choruses he's elite in my book

J Edgar Noothgrush (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 13:18 (four days ago) link

I've only ever listened to the first three albums, but they're great. Will check out The Headless Children today, but I don't know how much farther into their catalog I'll get.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 13:44 (four days ago) link

Headless Children might be my fav...other than the s/t

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 17:26 (four days ago) link

even one of their new post-born again albums wasn't half bad.

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 17:29 (four days ago) link

Animal is a tune sito

this display name blocked by FIFA (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 17:33 (four days ago) link

I’m glad as hell blackie still out there doin the damn thing

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 24 November 2022 00:00 (three days ago) link

I'd go see this tour, Blackie seems rejuvenwted amd the setlist is terrific. His last album was very good, too.

The s/t was so huge for me in 1984, but Headless Children absolutely rips. After the band's middling run in 86-87, the ferocity of Headless Children was blindsiding. Banali on drums just elevated the whole thing.

A. Begrand, Thursday, 24 November 2022 00:08 (three days ago) link

yeah that was a big moment for me. out west KNAC was really feeling its power & the post-thrash moment while frayed was showing so much promise and here comes this really ambitious record that's loud as hell. and yeah Banali just goes off the whole time

J Edgar Noothgrush (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 24 November 2022 00:17 (three days ago) link

never seen them live, idk if i will see them this time but nevertheless i concur that they absolutely rule

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 24 November 2022 01:53 (three days ago) link

I got a ticket. I know he's using backing vocals live to enhance but w/e, Paul Stanley is doing it too. And it's my first chance.

Headless Children has "Rebel in the FDG" which I once played on repeat for an hour while trying to look cool driving a Mitsubishi Lancer.

I did not look cool but my car sounded cool

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Thursday, 24 November 2022 02:41 (three days ago) link

Has he ever spoken in detail about his brief time in the NY Dolls?

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 24 November 2022 04:15 (three days ago) link

apparently he did in this interview: https://www.metaledgemag.com/interviews/blackie-lawless-on-death-threats-getting-shot-at-twice-and-the-worst-mishap-hes-ever-had-with-the-sawblades

I learned something today! thanks.

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Thursday, 24 November 2022 05:42 (three days ago) link

Speaking of playing guitar, one of the cool facets of your arc is that brief stint you did playing guitar with the New York Dolls. What songs did you enjoy playing most with the New York Dolls?

Lawless: Well, I only did two shows with them. So, it's not like, you know, it was a lot of stuff, but the song that always sticks out to me is “Personality Crisis.” There's just a viciousness about that song I think stands up to this day. I've always wondered why somebody didn't redo that song. I mean, it's tailor made for something that could be done from time to time.

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Thursday, 24 November 2022 05:47 (three days ago) link

I will ride for Crimson Idol, pretentious as it is. "Chainsaw Charlie" and "Invisible Boy" are great.

but yeah it was really a solo album yadda yadda.

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Thursday, 24 November 2022 06:00 (three days ago) link

For those who haven't seen the Live in the Raw VHS, which has interviews and stuff amid the live footage, the origin story of "I Wanna Be Somebody" is told:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmpiSF2PgNs

Devilock, Thursday, 24 November 2022 07:14 (three days ago) link

TIL: Bob Lefsetz was an early manager for W.A.S.P.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 24 November 2022 07:21 (three days ago) link

Everyone probably knows this but Blackie sings and plays on the post-Dolls Killer Kane Band 7" that got reissued on HoZac

made entirely of styrofoam (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 24 November 2022 13:29 (three days ago) link

or "issued" i guess, don't think it originally came out in '76 but it was on the Sons of the Dolls bootleg

made entirely of styrofoam (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 24 November 2022 13:30 (three days ago) link

Nikki Sixx was in Sister with Lawless for a hot second before Lawless fired him & the other dudes that went on to form London

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 24 November 2022 17:22 (three days ago) link

I love Headless Children but would also ride for The Crimson Idol. Banali is immense on the latter - in full Keith Moon mode.

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 25 November 2022 17:04 (two days ago) link

"Thunderhead" and "Man-eater" are such massive tunes.

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Friday, 25 November 2022 17:30 (two days ago) link

Used to love W.A.S.P. as an impressionable burgeoning metalhead. They were the one band that my friends who were into more underground stuff still listened to as we all started to migrate from the more melodic/commercial fare, and I was with them. The first few albums were great and I still have fond memories of jamming "Inside the Electric Circus" on my cassette Walkman on field trips my senior year of HS.

But the band didn't age very well and I really didn't have a desire to see them when they came by the area a few weeks ago with Armored Saint.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 25 November 2022 20:23 (two days ago) link


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