Inside the Electric Circus

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Inside the Electric Circus
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1986 (1986-10)
RecordedJuly 1986 at Pasha Music House in North Hollywood, Los Angeles
GenreHeavy metal, shock rock
Length47:57[1]
LabelCapitol
ProducerBlackie Lawless
W.A.S.P. chronology
The Last Command
(1985)
Inside the Electric Circus
(1986)
Live... In the Raw
(1987)
Singles from Inside the Electric Circus
  1. "9.5.-N.A.S.T.Y." / "Easy Living"
    Released: 1986[2]
  2. "I Don't Need No Doctor"
    Released: 1987

Inside the Electric Circus is the third studio album by heavy metal band W.A.S.P., released in October 1986[3] through Capitol Records; a remastered edition featuring two bonus tracks was reissued in 1997 through Snapper Music.[4] The album is the band's first to feature singer and bandleader Blackie Lawless playing guitar, having switched from bass to rhythm guitar.[4] It reached No. 17 and 35 on the Norwegian and Swedish albums chart respectively,[5] and No. 60 on the U.S. Billboard 200;[6] it remained on the latter for 19 weeks.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[8]

Greg Prato at AllMusic gave Inside The Electric Circus three stars out of five, calling it "[an attempt] to grow musically with each successive release".[8]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Big Welcome"Blackie Lawless0:51
2."Inside the Electric Circus"Lawless4:06
3."I Don't Need No Doctor" (Ray Charles cover)Jo Armstead, Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson3:28
4."9.5.-N.A.S.T.Y."Lawless, Chris Holmes4:50
5."Restless Gypsy"Lawless5:02
6."Shoot from the Hip"Lawless4:44
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."I'm Alive"Lawless4:24
8."Easy Living" (Uriah Heep cover)Ken Hensley3:13
9."Sweet Cheetah"Lawless, Holmes5:18
10."Mantronic"Lawless, Holmes4:12
11."King of Sodom and Gomorrah"Lawless, Holmes3:52
12."The Rock Rolls On"Lawless3:57
Total length:47:57

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1986 Norwegian albums chart 17[5]
Swedish albums chart 35[5]
1987 Billboard 200 60[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Inside the Electric Circus (CD edition "Capitol CDP 7 46346 2").
  2. ^ "W.A.S.P. - 9.5.-N.A.S.T.Y. (song). finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  3. ^ "W.A.S.P. UK Record Collector - August 1989". waspnation.com. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  4. ^ a b "Inside the Electric Circus". waspnation.com. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  5. ^ a b c "W.A.S.P. - Inside The Electric Circus (album). finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  6. ^ a b "Inside the Electric Circus - W.A.S.P. | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  7. ^ "W.A.S.P. - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  8. ^ a b Prato, Greg. "Inside the Electric Circus - W.A.S.P.". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-03-26.