This Day in Metal: August 17th 1984 W.A.S.P. released their debut album W.A.S.P.

This Day in Metal: August 17th 1984 W.A.S.P. released their debut album W.A.S.P.

Prior to its original release, the 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 determined to be morally objectionable. Capitol Records subsequently bowed to pressure and pulled the song. The band released it as a single in the UK in 1984 on the indie label Music for Nations, and the single subsequently became a highly sought after item in North America as an import. The song was reinstated on the album with the 1998 reissue.

The song "I Wanna Be Somebody", released as the album's second single with accompanying music video, was so popular that VH1 later placed it in their list of the "Top 100 Hard Rock Songs" of all time. "L.O.V.E. Machine" dates back to Lawless' pre-W.A.S.P. band Circus Circus, who frequently played the song live but never recorded it.

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 The Dungeonmaster (1984) and TerrorVison (1986).


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" 

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