A debut-album is always important. It's the album that will make or break you. In 1983 four gasoline fuelled rebels emerged from the LA-cesspool and put their own special mark on US Metal. Far more over the top than the Glam Metal-bands that where playing around - W.A.S.P. fused Rock'n'Roll with Heavy Metal and a stage show that revolved around naked women, real flesh and as much grossness as could be put together in a two hour show! But what of the music on this debut offering?
Well if I tell you that some five of the thirteen tracks are still played by Blackie and Co on stage then you'll not be surprised to hear just how refreshing it was to hear W.A.S.P. all those years ago. Never one to dodge controversy W.A.S.P. came out with the song-titles that they knew would cause maximum offence and increase their public presence. Of course I refer to "Animal (I Fuck Like A Beast)" that has passed into legend and is the perfect introduction to the band. Hey, it's a Metal-classic as well. And for fact finders was originally intended to be the first track when this album was first released. The lyrics are sexist, gross and perverted, but that was W.A.S.P. and not many could better them. Tracks two and three "I Wanna Be Somebody", great opening salvo! and "L.O.V.E. Machine" are W.A.S.P.-standards - songs that get better and better after a few beers and to get the party going. My personal live-favourite "On Your Knees" with its driving riff and, again, strong chorus is always a W.A.S.P. live highlight. Don't forget "The Hellion", which is as good an ode to Metal-fans the world over as I can think.
Always recognized more for their stage antics than musicianship W.A.S.P. did know how to write a song or two. Backed with Blackie's inimitable vocals and drive for a good time all of the time! W.A.S.P.'s debut is a great party-album and should always be available if you wanna karaoke!