W.A.S.P. (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 17, 1984
RecordedJune - July 1984
StudioRecord Plant, Los Angeles, California
GenreHeavy metal
ProducerBlackie Lawless, Mike Varney
W.A.S.P. chronology
The Last Command
Singles from W.A.S.P.
  1. "L.O.V.E. Machine"
    Released: 1984
  2. "I Wanna Be Somebody"
    Released: August 1984
  3. "Sleeping (In the Fire)"
    Released: 1984 (promo)
  4. "School Daze"
    Released: November 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal5/10[2]
Metal Crypt4.25/5 stars[3]
Rock Hard9.0/10[4]

W.A.S.P. is the debut album by the American heavy metal band W.A.S.P., released August 17, 1984. The album has been known under three different names; the spine of the original vinyl release had Winged Assassins printed on it, while early cassette releases of the album had the name of the album's first track, "I Wanna Be Somebody", printed in bold letters on the cover. The album is officially entitled simply W.A.S.P., which it is typically referred to as.


Prior to its original release, controversial track "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)" was deleted from the album. The Parents Music Resource Center had labeled the song as one of its "Filthy 15", songs that the group (not the public) determined to be morally objectionable. Capitol Records subsequently bowed to pressure and pulled the song. The band released the song on the independent label Music for Nations in the UK as a single in 1984, and it was reinstated on the album's 1998 reissue.

The song "I Wanna Be Somebody", released as the album's first single with accompanying music video, achieved such success that it was ranked No. 84 on VH1's list of the "Top 100 Hard Rock Songs" of all time.[5]

Several of the album's songs have been covered by other bands. "Sleeping (In the Fire)" has been covered by Tiamat and Anders Manga, "Hellion" by Children of Bodom and In Aeternum, "L.O.V.E. Machine" by Fallen Man,[6] Lullacry, Fozzy and Alghazanth, "I Wanna Be Somebody" by Sentenced, Catamenia, Witchery, Avulsed and Gates of Ishtar, and "The Torture Never Stops" by the death metal group Torture Division.[7]

The song "Tormentor" was heard in the films The Dungeonmaster (1984) and TerrorVision (1986).

Track listings[edit]

Side one
1."I Wanna Be Somebody" 3:43
2."L.O.V.E. Machine" 3:51
3."The Flame"Lawless, Chris Holmes, J. Marquez3:41
4."B.A.D." 3:56
5."School Daze" 3:35
Side two
6."Hellion" 3:39
7."Sleeping (In the Fire)" 3:55
8."On Your Knees" 3:48
9."Tormentor"Lawless, Holmes4:10
10."The Torture Never Stops" 3:56


  • Mike Varney – producer
  • Duane Baron – engineer, mixing
  • Stephen M. Fontano – engineer
  • Jim Scott, Hanspeter Huber – assistant engineers
  • David Tarling – pre-production




Country Organization Year Sales
U.S. RIAA 1998 Gold (500,000)[citation needed]
Canada CRIA 1985 Gold (50,000)[15]


  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P. review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 406. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
  3. ^ Arroyo, Hermer. "Classic Review: W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P." Metal Crypt. Michel Renaud/The Metal Crypt. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  4. ^ Götz, Kühnemund (1984). "Review Album : W.A.S.P. - I Wanna Be Somebody". Rock Hard (in German). No. 8. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  5. ^ Vh1 Top 100 Hard Rock Songs Archived January 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Fallen Man
  7. ^ Torture Division » Downloadgraphy
  8. ^ W.A.S.P
  9. ^ a b c "Sisältää hitin: Levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1961: W > W.A.S.P." Sisältää hitin / Timo Pennanen. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  10. ^ "W.A.S.P. – I Wanna Be Somebody (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d "W.A.S.P. Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  12. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 41, No. 8, October 27, 1984". Library and Archives Canada. October 27, 1984. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  13. ^ "W.A.S.P. Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on January 29, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  14. ^ "W.A.S.P. – I Wanna Be Somebody (Song)". Charts.org.nz. Media Control Charts. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  15. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: Search for W.A.S.P." Music Canada. Retrieved October 17, 2019.