W.A.S.P. (band)

W.A.S.P. in performance (Stavanger, 2006).jpg
W.A.S.P. performing live in Stavanger, Norway, in 2006.
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active
  • 1982–1989
  • 1991–1993
  • 1995–present
Associated acts
MembersBlackie Lawless
Doug Blair
Mike Duda
Aquiles Priester

W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 by Blackie Lawless, who is the last 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 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," "Mean Man," "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.

Band name

There has been much speculation over the origin of the band's name, and whether it actually stands for anything, since it is written as an acronym. One possible interpretation is "White Anglo-Saxon Protestants," being the original meaning of the acronym. The song "Show No Mercy," the B-side of the band's first single "Animal," contains the repeated lyric, "White Anglo-Saxon / A violent reaction."

The original U.S. release of the band's debut album W.A.S.P. had the words "We Are Sexual Perverts" inscribed on both sides around the label in the center, while "Winged Assassins" is inscribed on the spine of the first vinyl pressing. When asked about the band's name Lawless has avoided giving a straight answer: in one interview he answered, "We Ain't Sure, Pal."[7] In another, broadcast on the radio program Metal Shop, Lawless said that if one didn't know what it meant (implying White Anglo-Saxon Protestant), "It's a bug."

In a February 2010 interview, Lawless stated the main reason for the name was the periods. He claimed no band had ever used them before (although R.E.M. formed two years earlier) and, in essence, the periods created a "question mark of uncertainty" to make W.A.S.P. stand out more. He then went on to say, "Look where we are: it did!"[8]

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