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New Hope for the Wretched/Metal Priestess [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
This two-fer reissue from New York shock merchants the Plasmatics makes for a somewhat odd pairing, with the band's most punk-friendly album, 1980's New Hope for the Wretched, matched up with the 1981 EP Metal Priestess, where the band made its first clear bid for acceptance by the world's heavy metal kids. Truth be told, the shift isn't as disorienting as some might expect; a listen to New Hope makes it clear guitarists Richie Stotts and Wes Beech already had at least one toe dipped in the hard rock pool from the very beginning, though their more metallic inclinations were reigned in by the forward velocity of songs like "Tight Black Pants," "Butcher Baby," and "Monkey ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
This two-fer reissue from New York shock merchants the Plasmatics makes for a somewhat odd pairing, with the band's most punk-friendly album, 1980's New Hope for the Wretched, matched up with the 1981 EP Metal Priestess, where the band made its first clear bid for acceptance by the world's heavy metal kids. Truth be told, the shift isn't as disorienting as some might expect; a listen to New Hope makes it clear guitarists Richie Stotts and Wes Beech already had at least one toe dipped in the hard rock pool from the very beginning, though their more metallic inclinations were reigned in by the forward velocity of songs like "Tight Black Pants," "Butcher Baby," and "Monkey Suit," as well as the noisy experimentalism of their cover of Bobby Darin's "Dream Lover." On Metal Priestess, however, the band embraced a more arena-friendly sound, and seem quite comfortable with the creative shift; while "Doom Song" and "Lunacy" are slower and more histrionic than the material on New Hope, "Black Leather Monster" and live-in-concert covers of "Masterplan" and "Sex Junkie" from Beyond the Valley of 1984 show the band could still do fast 'n' loud while trading gloom and doom for their more Dead Boys-esque approach. And while Stotts and Beech play metal with real authority, it's singer Wendy O. Williams who really rises to the occasion, delivering the goods with greater skill than ever before. For this CD issue, New Hope for the Wretched has been tagged with three live bonus tracks, which like the live stuff on Metal Priestess feature a suspiciously enthusiastic audience who often seem louder than the band; while the EP would have better matched with Beyond the Valley of 1984, anyone nostalgic for mohawk-topped anarchists with a Black Sabbath jones will like this just fine.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2001
  • Label: Plasmatics Media
  • UPC: 663609010629
  • Catalog Number: 20106
  • Sales rank: 43,095

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tight Black Pants (1:47)
  2. 2 Monkey Suit (3:27)
  3. 3 Living Dead (1:34)
  4. 4 Test Tube Babies (1:54)
  5. 5 Won't You (2:28)
  6. 6 Concrete Shoes (2:56)
  7. 7 Squirm (3:29)
  8. 8 Want You Baby (1:56)
  9. 9 Dream Lover (5:43)
  10. 10 Sometimes I (3:58)
  11. 11 Corruption (2:40)
  12. 12 Butcher Baby (3:32)
  13. 13 Tight Black Pants (1:56)
  14. 14 Living Dead (3:52)
  15. 15 Sometimes I (3:55)
  16. 16 Lunacy (5:08)
  17. 17 Doom Song (5:22)
  18. 18 Sex Junkie (3:08)
  19. 19 Black Leather Monster (3:41)
  20. 20 12 Noon (3:30)
  21. 21 Masterplan (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Plasmatics Primary Artist
Wendy O. Williams Vocals
Jimmy Miller Percussion
Jean Beauvoir Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Stu Deutsch Drums
Tony Petri Drums
Joey Reese Drums
Chris Romanelli Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Richie Stotts Guitar
Wes Beech Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Dan Hartman Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Jimmy Miller Producer, Audio Production
John Michaels Assistant Photographer
Andy Krehm Mastering
George Marino Mastering
Ed Stasium Producer
Eddie Ciletti Engineer
Rod Swenson Producer, Concept, Audio Production
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