Inside the Electric Circus

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Inside the Electric Circus
Studio album by W.A.S.P.
Released October 1986 (1986-10)
Recorded July 1986 at Pasha Music House in North Hollywood, Los Angeles
Genre Heavy metal, shock rock
Length 47:57[1]
Label Capitol
Producer Blackie 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
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 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]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Big Welcome" Blackie Lawless 0:51
2. "Inside the Electric Circus" Lawless 4:06
3. "I Don't Need No Doctor" Jo Armstead, Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson 3:28
4. "9.5.-N.A.S.T.Y." Lawless, Chris Holmes 4:50
5. "Restless Gypsy" Lawless 5:02
6. "Shoot from the Hip" Lawless 4:44
7. "I'm Alive" Lawless 4:24
8. "Easy Living" Ken Hensley 3:13
9. "Sweet Cheetah" Lawless, Holmes 5:18
10. "Mantronic" Lawless, Holmes 4:12
11. "King of Sodom and Gomorrah" Lawless, Holmes 3:52
12. "The Rock Rolls On" Lawless 3:57
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.