Wasp (album)

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Wasp
Studio album by Shaun Cassidy
Released September 1, 1980
Genre Pop
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Todd Rundgren
Shaun Cassidy chronology
Room Service
(1979)
Wasp
(1980)
Greatest Hits
(1992)

Wasp was the fifth studio album released by teen-idol, Shaun Cassidy in 1980. In an attempt to salvage a sinking pop career, Cassidy recruited Todd Rundgren to help "reinvent" his music career. Members of Rundgren's group Utopia also played on the record and the work had a decidedly "new wave" feel.

The majority of tracks featured on Wasp were cover songs. The album featured a version of David Bowie's song, "Rebel Rebel" where Cassidy included a passage from The Crystals' "He's a Rebel." Other covers included Peter Townshend's "So Sad About Us," Ian Hunter's "Once Bitten, Twice Shy," the Talking Heads' "The Book I Read," The Animals' 1965 hit "It's My Life," and The Four Tops' 1966 hit "Shake Me, Wake Me." All of the other songs were written by Rundgren and various members of his band. Unlike his previous four albums where he wrote at least one song, Cassidy was given a co-writing credit on "Cool Fire."

The reinvention of teenybopper Cassidy as an edgy new wave artist was not enough to capture the attention of audiences. The album was Cassidy's second album not to chart on Billboard, essentially spelling the end of Cassidy's pop music career. He would score a final hit in Europe in 1989, with the standalone single "Memory Girl".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rebel, Rebel" (David Bowie)
  2. "Cool Fire" (John Wilcox, Roger Powell, Shaun Cassidy, Todd Rundgren)
  3. "The Book I Read" (David Byrne)
  4. "Pretending" (Todd Rundgren)
  5. "Shake Me, Wake Me" (Holland–Dozier–Holland)
  6. "It's My Life" (Roger Atkins, Carl D'Errico)
  7. "So Sad About Us" (Pete Townshend)
  8. "Wasp" (Todd Rundgren)
  9. "Selfless Love" (Todd Rundgren)
  10. "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" (Ian Hunter)