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Wasp -The Nightmare Begins lp [orange]


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Orange vinyl with gatefold cover. Limited 50 copies

W.A.S.P. began following the demise of Circus Circus, a Los Angeles-based band featuring Blackie Lawless and Randy Piper. The original line-up of W.A.S.P. was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1982 by Lawless, Piper, Rik Fox, and Tony Richards. The first lineup did not last for long, as Rik Fox was let go and went on to join the band Steeler with vocalist Ron Keel and guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. He was replaced by Don Costa, the bassist in Richards’ former band, Dante Fox (which later evolved into Great White). Shortly afterward, Costa also left the band and his position on the bass was filled by Brayden Parker. At the same time, guitarist Chris Holmes joined the band. The band became notorious for its raunchy and, at times, shocking live shows. Lawless was known to tie semi-naked models to a torture rack, and to also hurl raw meat into the audience. This album was recorded live at the Reseda Country Club in Los Angeles on the 8th of October 1983. W.A.S.P. was headlining with Malice and Abattoir opening up. The Reseda Country started out as a drug store in the 50s and became a music venue in 1980 when Chuck Landis purchased the site. It originally featured country music acts, hence its name. Lots of metal acts would perform at the venue during the late 80s as well as punk, hardcore and crossover artists. Then it became a boxing and wrestling club during the 90s and the venue can be seen in the 1997 film Boogie Nights where it appeared as the fictional club Hot Traxx. The venue was closed in 2000. This recording is raw but features some early live versions of tracks that would appear on the bands debut album a year later.

Track list:
1. Show No Mercy
2. I Wanna Be Somebody
3. Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)
4. Sleeping (In The Fire)
5. School Daze
6. Tormentor
7. Hellion

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