Inside the Electric Circus

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Inside the Electric Circus
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1986 (1986-10)
RecordedJuly 1986 at Pasha Music House in North Hollywood, Los Angeles
GenreHeavy metal, shock rock
ProducerBlackie Lawless
W.A.S.P. chronology
The Last Command
Inside the Electric Circus
Live... In the Raw
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
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
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
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


Chart performance[edit]

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


  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). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  3. ^ "W.A.S.P. UK Record Collector - August 1989". Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  4. ^ a b "Inside the Electric Circus". Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  5. ^ a b c "W.A.S.P. - Inside The Electric Circus (album). 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.