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W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band of the 1980s, consisting of Blackie Lawless[?], Chris Holmes[?], Randy Piper[?] and Tony Richards[?]. They initially became famous for their raunchy live shows and their early single, entitled "Fuck Like A Beast". They signed to Capitol Records for their debut LP, W.A.S.P.[?] in 1984 (1984 in music). "L.O.V.E. Machine" and "I Wanna Be Somebody" helped the album sell well, and set the band up for "Blind in Texas" (off The Last Command from 1985). The band became a target of the PMRC, an organization led by Tipper Gore[?] and dedicated to opposing violent and sexual lyrics. The publicity helped sales greatly, though PMRC's efforts were unsuccessful.

The later 1980s saw the band's fortunes dwindle swiftly and the band disbanded in 1989 (1989 in music). They reunited in 1996 and released Still Not Black Enough[?], followed by a series of independent releases (1996 in music).

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