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
StudioPasha Music House, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
GenreHeavy metal, shock rock
Length47:57
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: 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
SourceRating
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
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]

W.A.S.P.
Production

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "W.A.S.P. UK Record Collector - August 1989". waspnation.com. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  2. ^ a b "Inside the Electric Circus". waspnation.com. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  3. ^ a b "W.A.S.P. Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on January 29, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  4. ^ "W.A.S.P. - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  5. ^ a b Prato, Greg. "W.A.S.P.- Inside the Electric Circus review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  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.
  7. ^ a b "Sisältää hitin: Levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1961: W > W.A.S.P." Sisältää hitin / Timo Pennanen. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "W.A.S.P. – Inside the Electric Circus (Album)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "W.A.S.P. – Inside the Electric Circus (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  10. ^ a b c "W.A.S.P. Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 45, No. 11, December 06, 1986". Library and Archives Canada. December 6, 1985. Retrieved October 17, 2019.