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Plasmatics

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The Plasmatics were an American punk band, formed by Yale graduate and radical anti-artist Rod Swenson, around the late Wendy O. Williams. The band was a controversial group known for wild live shows that broke countless taboos as part of an assault on American popular culture.

In addition to chainsawing guitars onstage, blowing up speaker cabinets and sledghammering television sets, Williams and the Plasmatics blew up automobiles live on stage. Williams was arrested multiple times and was seriously beaten in Milwaukee by the Milwaukee police after being charged with public indecency. The group was banned in London where they were labeled as anarchists, and riots followed in Zürich and elsewhere.

Williams's and the Plasmatics' career spanned seven albums, several which were released as Wendy O. Williams solo albums. She received a Grammy nomination for one of them as Best Female Rock Vocalist. The influence of the group's innovative mix of punk rock and heavy metal has been felt far and wide.

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Discography

  • "Butcher Baby/Fast Food Service (Live)/Concrete Shoes (Live)" (7" single, 1978)
  • "Meet The Plasmatics" (12" EP, 1979)
  • "Dream Lover/Corruption/Want You Baby" (7" single, 1979)
  • "Butcher Baby/Tight Black Pants (Live)" (7" single, 1980)
  • "Butcher Baby EP" (12" EP, 1980)
  • "Monkey Suit/Squirm (Live)" (7" single, 1980)
  • New Hope For The Wretched (LP, 1980)
  • Beyond The Valley Of 1984 (LP, 1981)
  • "Metal Priestess" (12" EP, 1981)
  • Coup D'Etat (LP, 1982)
  • Maggots: The Record (LP, 1987)
  • Coup De Grace (LP, 2000)
  • Put Your Love In Me: Love Songs For The Apocalypse (LP, 2002)
  • Final Days: Anthems For The Apocalypse (LP, 2002)
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