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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 same Los Angeles scene that spawned Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Dokken, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Guns N’ Roses, Great White, Stryper, L.A. Guns, Leatherwolf and others. The band’s popularity peaked in the 1980s, 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.
The band 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. “I Wanna Be Somebody” was the most successful single from W.A.S.P.’s debut album and it was ranked at No. 84 in VH1’s 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs of All Time. Their most recent album, Golgotha, was released in 2015.
Blackie Lawless – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, bass, drums, keyboards (1982–present)
Doug Blair – lead guitar, backing vocals (1992, 2001, 2006–present)
Mike Duda – bass, backing vocals (1995–present)
The Last Command (1985)
Inside the Electric Circus (1986)
The Headless Children (1989)
The Crimson Idol (1992)
Still Not Black Enough (1995)
Kill Fuck Die (1997)
Unholy Terror (2001)
Dying for the World (2002)
The Neon God: Part 1 – The Rise (2004)
The Neon God: Part 2 – The Demise (2004)