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This has to be a record label cash grab – Blackie would never choose some of the tracks on here. Sure, most of them were past hits, but the whole thing is so biased that it should have only covered the ‘80s tracks and spared the ‘90s ones. Not only will you find some of the band’s most popular hits, but you’ll also find some lame ones, too, just so they could even it out. To MTV fans, they’ll eat it up anyway, but what sort of MTV drone would go from Lady GaGa to W.A.S.P.?
Ten out of the fifteen tracks presented are from the first four W.A.S.P. albums: five from the debut, three from the sophomore, one from the third, and one from the fourth.
What kind of fucking song selection is that? That move assumes that the band’s only worth material is on the debut, which is far from the truth. They’re the same studio version like the rest of these songs, but you can’t call this a Best Of… compilation and shun the rest of their discography – especially considering that this volume is supposed to include tracks from 1984 – 1999. Still Not Black Enough? Kill Fuck Die? You have a track from The Crimson Idol, but you have two from Helldorado!? Whoever put this together really doesn’t give a shit about the band – there are much stronger hits to choose from like “Jack Action,” “Black Forever,” “The Headless Children,” and “Kill Fuck Die.” Then again, the common music fan’s head would explode if they were given that much to handle.
Regardless of trying to please me with the track choices, it still has the typical staples that most fans heard first. You got the classic “Animal…,” the anthem “I Wanna Be Somebody,” the bar-loving “Blind In Texas,” and arguably Inside The Electric Circus’ best track, “9.5.-N.A.S.T.Y..” Even “Chainsaw Charlie…” makes it on here in its full form, which is a worth track that shows a different side to the band, especially when the rest of it is the balls-out W.A.S.P..
Two new tracks are featured here: “Unreal” and “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” (apparently a cover). Both of them are decent additions but bring nothing new to the table. They’re more on the hard rock side, which isn’t bad, but that’s the side where Blackie doesn’t necessarily show what he is truly capable of. The choruses are catchy like the ‘80s songs, but it isn’t much to hang on to since those choruses are much better.
For a new listener tuning in, there really isn’t that much of a reason to go out and buy this. In fact, this serves no purpose for regular W.A.S.P. fans – collectors shouldn’t even be suckered by this. You might as well buy the first three albums and skip this all together. I must admit, though, if you’re new to W.A.S.P. and happen to stumble upon hearing this, then it would likely satisfy your curiosity and give you a reason to check out even more from the band. Everyone has some starting point…