Inside the Electric Circus

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Inside the Electric Circus
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1986 (1986-10)
RecordedJuly 1986
StudioPasha Music House, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
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: October 1986
  2. "I Don't Need No Doctor"
    Released: October 1987

Inside the Electric Circus is the third studio album by heavy metal band W.A.S.P., released in October 1986[1] through Capitol Records; a remastered edition featuring two bonus tracks was reissued in 1997 through Snapper Music.[2] The album is the band's first to feature singer and bandleader Blackie Lawless playing guitar, having switched from bass to rhythm guitar.[2] It reached No. 60 on the US Billboard 200 chart,[3] where it remained for 19 weeks.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[5]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal5/10[6]

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".[5] Canadian journalist Martin Popoff considered the album "slightly more simplified and hard rock-based" than previous works and reminded in his review how Lawless "in retrospect considered this record a failure."[6]

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






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  6. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 407. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
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