Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)

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"Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)"
Single by W.A.S.P.
B-side "Show No Mercy"
Released April 1984 (GB)
Format 7" single, 12" single, cassette
Genre Heavy metal, shock rock
Label Music for Nations
Writer(s) Blackie Lawless
Producer(s) Mike Varney
W.A.S.P. singles chronology
- "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)"
"I Wanna Be Somebody"
Single by W.A.S.P.
A-side "Animal (F**k Like a Beast)"
(live at Long Beach Arena, California, March 1987)
B-side "Hellion" (live Oct. 1984)
"Mississippi Queen"
Released 1987 (USA)
Format 7" single, 12" single, cassette
Label Restless Records (USA)
Writer(s) Blackie Lawless
"Live Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)"
Single by W.A.S.P.
B-side "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)" (studio)
"D.B. Blues"
Released 1988 (GB)
Format 7" single, 12" single, cassette
Label Music For Nations (GB)
Writer(s) Blackie Lawless

"Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)" is a song by heavy metal band W.A.S.P., originally intended for their debut self-titled album, but was dropped before the album's release, although it appears as a bonus track on the 1998 reissue. Written by Blackie Lawless, the song was released as the band's first single. Due to his religious beliefs, Blackie Lawless will no longer perform this song live.[1]

In the USA the song was first released in a live version in 1988. The studio version was available in that region only in 1998, on the reissue of W.A.S.P.'s debut album.


Recorded in early 1984, the debut single intended for the self-titled album of W.A.S.P. was close to not being released at all after being dropped from the album. Deemed too controversial, Capitol Records did not want to risk the album being banned from major retail chains.

The record company had subsequent plans to release the single only in Europe, in a black plastic bag and with a warning sticker about the explicit lyrics. Capitol backed out at the last minute and the single was shelved until the band was able to strike a one-off publishing deal with the independent label Music For Nations.

The single was finally released in April 1984, complete with the original sleeve and art depicting a codpiece and a circular saw blade.

The song is often performed at W.A.S.P. concerts with an intro similar to the 1984 Lyceum performance, which goes like this:

Any of you metalheads come here tonight...looking for a little bit of pussy?

I thought so, I know how we do it back in America, but there's only one way to do it. I wanna know how many of you metalheads fuck like a beast!

If you fuck like a beast, you're an animal!

Its overtly raunchy and sexual lyrics have since been recognized by the Parents Music Resource Center; it is number 9 on their "Filthy Fifteen" list.

Story behind the lyrics[edit]

For a long time, the song contained nothing but two lines from the opening verse: "I've got pictures of naked ladies, lying on their beds".

According to a 1997 article that accompanied a reissue of W.A.S.P's debut album which features this track, the basis of the song, according to an article in Kerrang! Magazine was that Lawless had observed a photo of two lions mating in National Geographic Magazine.

The Kerrang! article was penned by Assistant Editor Dante Bonutto, who had written the magazine's first cover feature on the band, originally published in April 1984.

There is another, slightly contradicting story circulating about the origin and concept of the song, brought forward by Blackie Lawless himself. In the introduction to the song on the live album Sting Lawless states he was inspired to complete the song after watching comedian Sam Kinison perform as an opening act for W.A.S.P at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. In the stand-up routine Kinison was ranting and raving about his (alleged) wife, whom he kept calling a beast because of her apparent sexual appetite. After seeing Kinison's performance Lawless said he put two and two together and completed the song.


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