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Headless Children
     

The Headless Children

by W.A.S.P.
 

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With 1988's The Headless Children, W.A.S.P. attempted to be taken as serious artists (for the most part). And while singer/guitarist/leader Blackie Lawless expressed excitement about the band's current lineup, which included longtime guitarist Chris Holmes, bassist Johnny Rod

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With 1988's The Headless Children, W.A.S.P. attempted to be taken as serious artists (for the most part). And while singer/guitarist/leader Blackie Lawless expressed excitement about the band's current lineup, which included longtime guitarist Chris Holmes, bassist Johnny Rod, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali, and Uriah Heep keyboardist Ken Hensley -- the complete group never toured. With the band concentrating more on the music than the gimmicks (the group was pictured sans ghoulish makeup and costumes), The Headless Children remains W.A.S.P.'s most accomplished work. The album's best-known tracks remain their cover of the Who's Quadrophenia anthem "The Real Me" and the rocking "Mean Man" (an autobiographical tale about guitarist Holmes), while a pair of epics -- "The Heretic" and the title track -- and perhaps W.A.S.P.'s best ballad, "Forever Free," were also standouts. While longtime fans may prefer the gross-out heavy metal of their early albums (W.A.S.P. and The Last Command), The Headless Children is their best constructed album. [The 1998 CD reissue contained six added bonus tracks -- among them a cover of Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath" and live versions of "L.O.V.E. Machine" and "Blind in Texas."]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2011
Label:
Snapper Uk
UPC:
0636551597425
catalogNumber:
974
Rank:
53386

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Performance Credits

W.A.S.P.   Primary Artist
Lita Ford   Background Vocals
Ken Hensley   Keyboards
Frankie Banali   Percussion,Drums
Chris Holmes   Guitar,Group Member
Blackie Lawless   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Johnny Rod   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Ron Wallace   Background Vocals
Tom Nellen   Background Vocals
Cathi Paige   Background Vocals
Minka Kelly   Background Vocals
Mark Humphreys   Background Vocals
Kevin Wallace   Background Vocals
Dianne Fennell   Background Vocals
Jimi Image   Background Vocals
Mike Solan   Background Vocals
Melba Wallace   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ian Anderson   Composer
Pete Townshend   Composer
Duane Baron   Engineer
Chris Holmes   Composer
Blackie Lawless   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Alex Woltman   Engineer
Kosh   Art Direction
Hugh Gilmour   Reissue Design
Mikey Davis   Engineer
Dante Bonutto   Liner Notes
Dom Lawson   Liner Notes

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