W.A.S.P. (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 17, 1984
GenreHeavy metal, shock rock
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. "Sleeping (In The Fire)"
    Released: 1984 (promotional single)
  3. "I Wanna Be Somebody"
    Released: 1984
  4. "School Daze"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Metal Crypt4.25/5 stars[2]
Ultimate Metal Reviews(7.3/10)[3]

W.A.S.P. is the debut album by 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 an independent label 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.[4]

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,[5] 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.[6]

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

Track listing[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

Chart positions[edit]


Chart Peak
U.S. Billboard 200[8] 74


Country Certification Date Sales certified
U.S.[9] Gold June 4, 1998 500,000




  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "W.A.S.P. W.A.S.P. review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
  2. ^ Arroyo, Hermer. "Classic Review: W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P." Metal Crypt. Michel Renaud/The Metal Crypt. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
  3. ^ "W.A.S.P.--W.A.S.P. (1984)". Ultimate Metal Reviews. UMR. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
  4. ^ Vh1 Top 100 Hard Rock Songs Archived January 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Fallen Man
  6. ^ Torture Division » Downloadgraphy
  7. ^ W.A.S.P
  8. ^ "W.A.S.P. Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
  9. ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved August 10, 2009)