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-> ''"We ain't sure, pal."''
-->-- '''Blackie Lawless''', when questioned about the meaning of band's name.

W.A.S.P. is a Heavy Metal band from USA. Initially formed from the ashes of Sister, Circus Circus and London, W.A.S.P. gained notoriety for their shock rock antics (throwing raw meat to the audience, naked models tied to torture racks etc.) and the feud with PMRC in the 80's over their "objectionable" lyrics. Despite its attempts to ban the band, [[StreisandEffect the outrage only resulted in higher album sales]]. The band took a more serious turn lyrically and sonically in the 90's with ''The Crimson Idol'' and, with the exception of ''Helldorado'', has continued to this day. The frontman, Blackie Lawless, is the only member of the band from the original albums, very much a case of IAmTheBand.

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!!Discography:

* 1984 - ''W.A.S.P.''
* 1985 - ''The Last Command''
* 1986 - ''Inside the Electric Circus''
* 1989 - ''The Headless Children''
* 1992 - ''The Crimson Idol''
* 1995 - ''Still Not Black Enough''
* 1997 - ''Kill, Fuck, Die''
* 1999 - ''Helldorado''
* 2001 - ''Unholy Terror''
* 2002 - ''Dying for the World''
* 2004 - ''The Neon God Part One: The Rise''
* 2004 - ''The Neon God Part Two: The Demise''
* 2007 - ''Dominator''
* 2009 - ''Babylon''
* 2015 - ''Golgotha''

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!!Band provides examples of:

* AsHimself: Them making an appearance in ''Film/TheDungeonmaster''.
* TheAlcoholic: Former lead guitarist Chris Holmes was definitely this in the 80's, as his infamous interview in "The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II" proves. He's been sober for years now, though.
* BadassBiker: Evoked in "Hellion", "Mean Man", and "Savage".
* BadassBoast: "Widowmaker", "Mean Man".
* BreakupBreakout: After leaving the band, former guitarists Randy Piper and Chris Holmes, created their own bands, Randy Piper's Animal (which later broke up and reformed as Where Angels Suffer) and Mean Man, respectively. While neither band has achieved the success of W.A.S.P., they've both developed followings.
* ChainsawGood: Blackie Lawless wore a codpiece with a circular saw on it in band's earlier stage shows.
** "Chainsaw Charlie" begins with not one but three chainsaws revving up before the music kicks in.
* ConceptAlbum: ''The Crimson Idol'' tells the story from birth to death of rock messiah Jonathan Aaron Steel with eerie parallels to the life of KurtCobain.
* CoverVersion: Band has covered [[Music/TheRollingStones "Paint It Black"]], "[[Music/UriahHeep Easy Living]]", "[[Music/JethroTull Locomotive Breath]]", [[Music/TheWho "The Real Me"]], [[Music/LedZeppelin "When the Levee Breaks"]], [[Music/{{ACDC}} "Whole Lotta Rosie"]], [[Music/{{Queen}} "Tie Your Mother Down"]], "[[Music/EltonJohn Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting]]", [[Music/DeepPurple "Burn"]] and "Promised Land" by Music/ChuckBerry, "Mississippi Queen" by Mountain, "I Don't Need No Doctor" by Music/RayCharles, "Somebody to Love" by Music/JeffersonAirplane.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: On the cover of ''[[http://content.answers.com/main/content/img/amg/pop_albums/cov200/drf800/f847/f84740rf9kc.jpg The Crimson Idol]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Kill, Fuck, Die'', which featured industrial influences and rougher production.
** Hell, they were this to the glam scene in general, both in terms of sound and onstage theatrics.
* DrugsAreBad: Blackie Lawless is one of the VERY few 80s rockers who didn't do drugs (though he did drink alcohol). ''The Headless Children'' album's anti-drug message was somewhat lost on most hard-partying fans in the late 80s.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Eagle-eyed viewers can catch a glimpse of Blackie Lawless and Randy Piper as bikers in the very odd 1980 movie, ''Can't Stop the Music'' (the story of the Village People, starring the Village People themselves).
* EpicRocking: "The Heretic (The Lost Child)", "Thunderhead", "Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)", "The Idol", "The Great Misconceptions of Me", "The Horror", "Wasted White Boys", "Sister Sadie (And the Black Habits)", "The Last Redemption" and "Heaven's Hung in Black".
* FunWithAcronyms: Band's name is a memorable example. However, two out of six of the songtitles are actual acronyms; those being "D.B. Blues" (Douchebag Blues) and "Rebel in the F.D.G." (Rebel in the Fucking Decadent Generation). Other two are {{Spelling Song}}s ("L.O.V.E. Machine" and "B.A.D."), one is a phone number ("9.5. - N.A.S.T.Y.") and one is a case of XtremeKoolLetterz ("X.T.C Riders").
* GreatestHitsAlbum: There are three: ''First Blood, Last Cuts'' and 1 CD and 2 CD versions of ''The Best of the Best''.
* HeAlsoDid: Blackie Lawless replaced Johnny Thunders in the New York Dolls shortly before that band imploded.
* HeavyMeta: "Rock Rolls On", "War Cry", "Rock and Roll to Death"
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse: On the cover of ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/fi/thumb/6/6e/WASP_Babylon.jpg/252px-WASP_Babylon.jpg Babylon.]]''
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Mephisto Waltz" and "Euphoria".
* IntercourseWithYou: They were shock rockers, what did you expect? Examples include "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)", "9.5. - N.A.S.T.Y.", "Don't Cry (Just Suck)".
* IWasQuiteALooker: Blackie Lawless has never been a heart throb exactly, but he was at least quite handsome in his [[http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/blackie-lawless/images/2516778/title/blackie-lawless-photo younger days]]. Fast forward to [[http://metalsucks.junipconcepts.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/blackie-lawless-2014.jpg 2015]]...
** In his defense, Blackie looked great for his age up till about 2012 or so, when he had serious health issues (such as a broken femur) that obviously took years off his life.
* LargeAndInCharge: Band leader Lawless is 6 foot 3 inches tall and typically towers over his bandmates.
** Chris Holmes is even taller than Blackie. His guitar looks like a tennis racket in his hands.
* LoudnessWar: ''Helldorado'' album.
* MoneySong: "Fistful of Diamonds" from ''The Last Command''.
* MoodDissonance: Due to W.A.S.P.'s themes getting darker album by album in the 90's, return-to-form album ''Helldorado'' with it's IntercourseWithYou songs and badboy attitude weren't taken well by fans.
* MurderBallad: "Jack Action".
* NewSoundAlbum: Starting with ''The Headless Children'', they switched from singing mostly about being a badass and having lots of sex, and began writing about more serious social and political themes. Aside from the IndustrialMetal influences on ''Kill, Fuck, Die'' and the throwback ''Helldorado'', they've continued with it to this day.
* NotChristianRock: Songs like "My Wicked Heart" and "Babylon's Burning".
* OldShame: "Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)" has become this for Blackie ever since he became a born-again Christian (again). As such, he's swore never to play it live again. Though, interestingly enough, t-shirts related to the song are still easily obtainable from the band's own website...
* OneLetterTitle: "U" from ''Kill, Fuck, Die''.
* PowerBallad: "Forever Free", "Hold on to My Heart", "Evermore".
* ProtestSong: "Goodbye America" from ''Still Not Black Enough''.
* RockOpera: ''The Crimson Idol'' chronicles the rise and fall of fictional musician Jonathan Steele.
** ''The Neon God'' and it's sequel is a story of a boy with an ability to [[ManipulativeBastard manipulate people]].
* SelfTitledAlbum
* SeventiesHair: Former rhythm guitarist Randy Piper had this in the music videos for "I Wanna Be Somebody", "L.O.V.E Machine", "Wild Child" and "Blind In Texas".
* SignsOfTheEndTimes: "Babylon's Burning"
* SkunkStripe: Are a part of Blackie Lawless' distinctive looks - even when he doesn't have them, it's like they were there, obscured by lighting or whatever.
* SomethingBlues: "D.B. Blues" from ''Live Animal'' single and ''Inside the Electric Circus''.
* SpellingSong: "B.A.D." and "L.O.V.E. Machine".
* SubduedSection: "Helldorado", "Blind in Texas".
* TakeThat: "Harder Faster" (from ''Live...in the Raw'') was written with PMRC in mind.
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