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W.A.S.P.’s Debut “W.A.S.P.”: “Still Stinging Strong @ 30 Years”

One of the things that I love doing with these Music Milestones is to not only celebrate the longevity of these albums but also get to showcase the ones that were so instrumental in my own Metal upbringing. Such is the case found in the realization that W.A.S.P.’s self-titled debut album had reached its thirtieth anniversary today.

My own personal music journey into what W.A.S.P. was all about was based upon first reading about them in one of the popular music publications of the time. I think it might have actually been Hit Parader based on their having an up and coming sort of column but my memory is slightly faded on whether it was this or Circus. At the time I rarely read anything other than those two magazines. Anyway, they were described as being even wilder than Motley Crue who I was really enjoying and to outdo them seemed to be something that I needed to indulge in. During my lunch breaks I used to walk up to Park Row in Manhattan to hit both J&R Music World and a smaller place called Bondy’s. It was in Bondy’s that I first caught site of the bands EP “Animal, F**k Like A Beast” and I grabbed it. Once home and blasting it to my parent’s dismay, I could not wait for more from this really aggressive and over the top obnoxious Metal band. My fellow fans and I would get the chance when this album was released and while I don’t recall purchasing this on the actual day, it was not long afterward that I would own it and blast it at high volumes. For those new to the program, W.A.S.P. was founded and fronted by their at the time bassist Blackie Lawless who also did all the lead vocals. On guitars we had both Randy Piper and Chris Holmes while Tony Richards pounded the drums. Lawless was the writer on a majority of the tunes on the debut with the exception of “The Flame” and “The Torture Never Stops” that found Holmes being a major contributor.
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