W.A.S.P. (1982–PRESENT). Blackie Lawless (vocals/bass), Chris Holmes (guitar), Randy Piper (guitar, replaced by Johnny Rod on bass as Lawless shifted to guitar, Stet Howland), Tony Richards (drums, Frankie Banali, Mike Duda).
W.A.S.P. are one of the longest-lasting eighties shock metal bands, best known for their over-the-top behavior and the clever and twisted lyrics of leader Blackie Lawless. The show was impressive for a while and Lawless even portrayed himself as a freedom of speech crusader, but the music was never much to being with. Guitarist Chris Holmes is notorious for a scene in the film The Decline of Western Civilization, Part II: The Metal Years in which he gets insensible while constantly drinking vodka in a swimming pool as his mother watches. Ultimately, W.A.S.P. is Alice Cooper without the songs, or much like Alice Cooper today, all show.
Discography: Animal (Fuck Like a Beast) (Restless, 1983); W.A.S. P. (Snapper, 1984); The Last Command (Snapper, 1985); Inside the Electric Circus (Snapper, 1986); Live … in the Raw (Snapper, 1987); The Headless Children (Snapper, 1988); Live Animal (Enigma, 1990); The Crimson Idol (Snapper, 1993); Still Not Black Enough (Raw Power, 1996); K.F.D. (Castle, 1997); Double Live Assassins (CMC International, 1998); Helldorado (Snapper, 1999); The Sting [live] (Snapper, 2000); Unholy Terror (Metal-Is, 2001); Dying for the World (Metal-Is, 2002); The Neon God Pt. 1 (Sanctuary, 2004); The Neon God Pt. 2: The Demise (Sanctuary, 2004); Dominator (SPV, 2007).