Richie Stotts

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Richard Eugene Stotts (born 27 October 1953) (better known as Richie Stotts) was the first guitarist and one of the founding members of the punk/metal group Plasmatics.[1]

In 1978, Richie was among the earliest musicians to sport a Mohawk,[2] taking inspiration from the Travis Bickle character in the movie Taxi Driver.[3] In an effort to keep up with his constantly outrageous stagemate Wendy O. Williams, he would also cross dress in various items like a nurse's uniform, a tutu, a wedding dress and a French maid.[4][5]

After leaving the Plasmatics in 1984, Richie pursued a solo career with his band King Flux and a graduate degree in Geology. Richie appears in a brief cameo in 9½ Weeks, movie with Kim Basinger. He's recognizable by the blonde mohawk and chainsaw tattoo[6] in a party scene.

He was a great friend of Joey Ramone and was one of several speakers[7] at a CBGB's all-star tribute put on by Mickey Leigh, Joey's brother, in 2001.[8] Dee Dee Ramone was also a friend; the two composed "Punishment Fits the Crime" which appeared on the 1989 Brain Drain album by the Ramones.

In 2004, he collaborated with singer-songwriter Carla Lother on several songs for her 100 Lovers album.[9]


See the Plasmatics and King Flux.


  1. ^ Star, Butch; Edouard Dauphin; Kruger (1982). Plasmatics: Your Heart In Your Mouth! (The First Four years). United States of America: Raging Rhino Entertainment. p. 7.
  2. ^ "Former Plasmatics Guitarist Collaborates With Adult Contemporary Singer -". Retrieved 2016-06-21.
  3. ^ Dauphin, Edouard and Butch Star (1982). Plasmatics: Your Heart in Your Mouth! (The First Four Years). United States of America: Raging Rhino Entertainment. 14, 64.
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  7. ^ "PUNK: From the Heart and to the Point". Retrieved 2016-06-21.
  8. ^ "Bands, Fans To Celebrate Joey Ramone's 50th Birthday | idobi". Retrieved 2016-06-21.
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