Monday, March 26, 2012

W.A.S.P.: (1986) Inside the Electric Circus

While W.A.S.P. remained a gimmick-heavy live act (around this time, Blackie Lawless had a codpiece that would shoot sparks!), they attempted to grow musically with each successive release -- most evidently beginning with 1986's Inside the Electric Circus. While Lawless was the band's main leader and songwriter from the beginning, he had even more of a say in the musical direction by switching to rhythm guitar from bass when original guitarist Randy Piper exited the band (ex-King Kobra member Johnny Rod joined on bass). By selecting a pair of early-'70s hard rock classics to cover -- Humble Pie's "I Don't Need No Doctor" and Uriah Heep's "Easy Living" -- it was clear that W.A.S.P. wanted their fans to pay more attention to the music. But it's not to say that the group completely abandoned their brash heavy metal roots -- the U.K. single "9.5.-N.A.S.T.Y." and the album-opening title track packed plenty of scream-along excitement. [The 1998 reissue contains a pair of B-sides previously unavailable on CD: "Flesh and Fire" and "D.B. Blues."] ...Greg Prato

1.The Big Welcome
2.Inside The Electric Circus
3.I Don't Need No Doctor
4.9.5 N.A.S.T.Y.
5.Restless Gypsy
6.Shoot From the Hip
7.I'm Alive
8.Easy Living
9.Sweet Cheetah
11.King Of Sodom and Gomorrah
12.The Rock Rolls On
13.Flesh and Fire (Bonus)
14.D.B. Blues (Bonus)

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