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W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982. They emerged from the same Los Angeles scene that spawned Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Dokken, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Guns N' Roses 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. They have sold over 12 million copies of their albums.

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.

In October 2007, W.A.S.P. embarked on The Crimson Idol Tour, to celebrate that album's 15th anniversary. It is the first time that the album, often regarded to be among the band's finest work, was performed in full from start to finish. The tour kicked off in Greece, in Thessaloniki at the Principal Club Theater on October 26, 2007.

Blackie Lawless remains the last member from the original line-up. They released their most recent album in November 2009, entitled Babylon.

On September 21, 2012, the band celebrated the 30th anniversary of their first ever live show by kicking off a world tour at The Forum in London. The set for the tour was split into three sections: songs from the first four albums, a cut-down rendition of the Crimson Idol performance and a final segment for newer material.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1984 WASP 4.35 8
1985 The Last Command 5 6
1986 Inside the Electric Circus 7
1989 The Headless Children 8
1992 The Crimson Idol 3 4
1995 Still Not Black Enough 3 2
1997 Kill Fuck Die 2
1999 Helldorado 2
2001 Unholy Terror 1
2002 Dying for the World 3
2002 W.A.S.P. / The Last Command 1
2003 Inside The Electric Circus / The Headless Children 1
2004 The Neon God, Part 1: The Rise 2
2004 The Neon God, Part 2: The Demise 1
2007 Dominator 2
2009 Babylon 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 First Blood... Last Cuts 1
1998 Business the American Way 1
2000 The Best of the Best 2

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1987 Live... In the Raw 4
1998 Double Live Assassins 1
2000 The Sting 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1984 School Daze 1
1984 Animal (F**k Like a Beast) 2
1984 I Wanna Be Somebody 1
1985 Blind in Texas 1
1986 9.5.-N.A.S.T.Y. 1
1986 Wild Child 2
1987 Scream Until You Like It 1
1988 Live Animal (F**k Like a Beast) 2
1989 Forever Free 3
1989 Mean Man 1
1989 The Real Me 3
1992 Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue) 2
1992 Hold on to My Heart 1
1992 I Am One 1
1992 The Idol 4
1993 Sunset & Babylon 1
1995 Black Forever 2
1997 Kill Fuck Die 2


Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Animal (F**k Like a Beast) 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1992 I Am One 1

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