While many hair metal acts bit the dust when there lyrics on drugs, sex and rock and roll failed to lift the smile of those wallowing in the pities of Grunge Blackie Lawless and Wasp showed there was a lot more to their abilities to write a good song than what was about their looks and hair somthing which this neatly compiled two disc best of edition shows.
I didn't pay too much attention to "hair metal" or WASP back in the 80's but I wholly agree with the other comments that Blackie's longevity is testament to the band's quality. I moved heaven and earth to see them last November (2009)and was greatly affected by their out and out performance in Dudley. In short I felt like I was 17 again (I'm 47) as the years just rolled away. I was quite surprised at just how many hits they had and had to have a CD. I duly bought the Best of the Best and it has really grown on me. Although I had only previously heard the hits, I tend to like most of the tracks and like their outre lyrics and behaviour. This isn't Mozart but it's no less great because of that. I have disc one in the car (company Volvo don't you know) and nothing de-stresses me like a good rock album on my way home. This fits the bill nicely.
Favourite track this week? Ballcrusher...Blackie showing his delicate side on this Valentine's lament...NOT. A great laugh and not taken too seriously. Would definitely travel to see them again and will look forward to this.
Nice packaging on the CD. Reminded me a bit of Bad News, now there was a band.
I first got into WASP in the early '90s. I even saw them on tour here in the U.K. I lost touch with them in the last ten years. But remembered them and got this and it all came back why I got into them in the first place. Fantastic great rock/metal music. They are still going which says a lot about Blackie Lawless and his ability to write a great tune. I Wanna Be Somebody, Hellion & Blind In Texas are up there in my opinion with the best.