Wendy O. Williams – WOW

Wendy O. Williams - WOW
Released in 1984 (Passport), and in 2000 (Plasmatics Media)

Track List:
01. I Love Sex (And Rock And Roll)
02. It’s My Life
03. Priestess
04. Thief In The Night
05. Opus In Cm7
06. Ready To Rock
07. Bump ‘N’ Grind
08. Legends Never Die
09. Ain’t None Of Your Business

Band Members:
Wendy O. Williams – vocals
Michael Ray – guitar
Reginald Van Helsing (Gene Simmons) – bass and backing vocals
T.C. Tolliver – drums

Additional Musicians:
Wes Beech – guitar (1)
Paul Stanley – guitar (6)
Ace Frehley – guitar (7)
Micki Free – guitar (8)
Eric Carr – drums (8)
Mitch Weissman – piano (5)
The Boys – backing vocals

Produced by Gene Simmons.

This is the first solo outing from the ex-Plasmatics singer Wendy O. Williams. Gene Simmons of Kiss produced and played bass (under a pseudonym) on this effort that featured Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and the late Eric Carr as guest musicians. Songs like “I Love Sex (And Rock and Roll)”, “Priestess”, “Bump ‘N’ Grind” and “It’s My Life” (the video featured Wendy performing dangerous stunts herself) really kick your ass! There is also the slower paced “Opus In Cm7”.

Williams played loud and in your face metal similar to a female fronted Judas Priest. Sadly she took her own life in April of 1998. Wendy O. Williams was truly a visionary ahead of her time and genuinely loved metal; I have nothing but the utmost respect for her as she had the guts to be different. Wendy is greatly missed and WOW deserves two thumbs up!

Reviewed by Pam for Sleaze Roxx, March 2004.

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