is the debut album by the American W.A.S.P. 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.
Overview [ edit ]
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.
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,  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.
The song "Tormentor" was heard in the films
(1984) and The Dungeonmaster (1986).
Track listings [ edit ]
6. "Hellion" 3:39 7. "Sleeping (In the Fire)" 3:55 8. "On Your Knees" 3:48 9. "Tormentor" Lawless, Holmes 4:10 10. "The Torture Never Stops" 3:56
Personnel [ edit ]
Mike Varney – producer Duane Baron – engineer, mixing
Stephen M. Fontano – engineer
Jim Scott, Hanspeter Huber – assistant engineers David Tarling – pre-production
Certifications [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Prato, Greg. "W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P. review". . AllMusic Rovi Corporation . Retrieved . August 31, 2011
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
Arroyo, Hermer. "Classic Review: W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P." Metal Crypt. Michel Renaud/The Metal Crypt . Retrieved . November 29, 2012
Götz, Kühnemund (1984). "Review Album : W.A.S.P. - I Wanna Be Somebody". (in German). No. 8 Rock Hard . Retrieved . October 17, 2019
Vh1 Top 100 Hard Rock Songs Archived January 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
Torture Division » Downloadgraphy
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