Slammin' Watusis

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Slammin' Watusis
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Slammin' Watusis, 1988
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genres Hard rock, alternative rock, punk rock, heavy metal
Years active 1985–1990
Labels Epic Records
Past members Lee Popa
Mark Durante
Frank Raven
Clay Watusi
Benny Saffire
Slammin' Watusis' second album, Kings of Noise

Slammin' Watusis was an American punk rock and heavy metal group. They signed a record deal with CBS Records in 1987,[1] which resulted in two albums, a self-titled debut album in 1988 and Kings of Noise in 1989. Both albums were released by Epic Records.

They were influenced by Kiss, The Dickies, The Damned, Jackie McClean, Jimmy Reed, and Francis the Talking Mule.[2]

The band had five members: lead singer and guitarist Lee Popa, guitarist Mark Durante, wind instruments Frank Raven, bassist Clay Watusi, and drummer Benny Saffire.

A spinoff band, The Blue Watusis, was formed to play a more blues-oriented sound.[3]


  1. ^ Donato, Marla (1988-02-03). "Slammin` Your Eardrums: The Watusis Wouldn`t Have It". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2015-03-11. 
  2. ^ Cohen, Scott (February 1988). "Watusi is What You Get". Spin. 3 (9): 13. 
  3. ^ "The Blue Watusis". Chicago Tribune. 1991-01-04. Retrieved 2015-03-11. 

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