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Live ... In the Raw

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Music critics have always pointed out the similarities between theatrical rockers Kiss and W.A.S.P. — Blackie Lawless' and Gene Simmons' blood spewing, makeup and costumes, high-decibel rock, and so on. (Ace Frehley even produced W.A.S.P.'s first demo!) Kiss used the live album format for their big commercial breakthrough, 1975's classic Alive!, and W.A.S.P. hoped the same would happen for them with 1987's Live...In the Raw. While it didn't work out that way, it served as a worthwhile document of the band' s live show — but the biggest problem is that W.A.S.P. concerts always relied mainly on visuals. Still, the band offers heavy versions of such fan favorites as "L.O.V.E. Machine," "Wild Child," "I Wanna Be Somebody," "Blind in Texas," "I Don't Need No Doctor," and "Sleeping (In the Fire)." Also included is a live version of a previously unreleased original, "Harder Faster," as well as the soundtrack-only studio cut "Scream Until You Like It" (from Ghoulies II). [The 1998 reissue contained four extra tracks: live versions of "Shoot From the Hip," "Widowmaker," and "Sex Drive," plus an acoustic take of "Sleeping (In the Fire)."]

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Formed: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the heavier bands to come out of the early-'80s L.A. metal scene, W.A.S.P. quickly rose to national infamy thanks to their shock rock image, lyrics, and live concerts. Unfortunately, once the novelty and scandal began to wear off, the band found it difficult...
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