Top Tracks: “W.A.S.P.” – W.A.S.P.

W.A.S.P. released their debut studio album W.A.S.P., on August 17, 1984. The album has been known by three distinct titles. The spine of the original European vinyl edition had Winged Assassins printed on it, while early cassette versions had the title of the album’s opening track, “I Wanna Be Somebody” inscribed in strong letters on the cover. The album’s actual title is just W.A.S.P., however it is more often known as such.

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The controversial track “Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)” was removed from the album by Capitol Records due to its labeling as one of its “Filthy 15” songs. The song was later released as a single in the UK in 1984, becoming a highly sought-after item in North America.

The 1998 reissue features the original track list with the song reinstated. The song “I Wanna Be Somebody” was so popular that VH1 placed it in their list of the “Top 100 Hard Rock Songs” of all time.

The album’s songs have been covered by other bands, including Tiamat and Anders Manga, Children of Bodom and In Aeternum, Fallen Man, Lullacry, Fozzy, Alghazanth, Sentenced and more.

The song “Tormentor” was also featured in the films The Dungeonmaster (1984) and TerrorVision (1986).



Blackie Lawless – lead vocals, bass, producer
Chris Holmes – lead & rhythm guitars
Randy Piper – lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Tony Richards – drums, backing vocals

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  1. I love W.A.S.P.🀘🀘I have been a huge fan since the first release, but it wasn’t until six months ago, that I finally had the chance to see them live, in a small theatre in Greensburg, Pa. It was awesome! Metal Forever 🀘☠️🀘

  2. W.A.S.P. has been one of my favorite bands since the first time I heard Live….in the Raw. My cousin introduced me to them back in 1989. I’ve been a huge fan since.

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