Still, as a former Alice Cooper drummer, Smith knows his way around a kit and his rock intuitions make him a formidable asset on his lone Plasmatics LP. Compared to Deutsch's performance on the last record, this is more varied with fills aplenty and a solo or two. The recording quality is so sharp it injects some of that live energy. Come for the topless chick blowing up a Caddy, stay for the impeccable musicianship. That song is unique for another reason: it has no vocals. A weird happening considering the album marks a turning point for Wendy O.
Subsequent performances would dwarf this one, but there's no room for complaints when she has eradicated the faults that ruined New Hope for the Wretched. Rather than sounding like the product of troubled digestion, her vocals are a fiery metal yell. Angry is her default, yet other modes of expression are represented.
Some say the band was all performance; one in an endless line of pop music acts full of sound and fury. These critics would have better standing—or any standing at all—had the Plasmatics story ended in By proving the band possessed the talent to survive past the initial media hubbub, Beyond the Valley of is important in Plasmatics history. As an early melding of punk rock and heavy metal, it is also important in music history.
Pig Is a Pig. Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes. Plasmatics: Wendy O. Additional personnel: Neal Smith drums ; The Angels background vocals. The late, confrontational Wendy O.
Williams was, for a few years at least, the battered face of punk rock. She and her Plasmatics were one of the first acts of the punk era to push their performances beyond the club scene--blowing up cars, smashing televisions, and engaging in public nudity and other acts that made them a police target. At times as much metal and New Wave as it is punk, the album features the meaty drums of Alice Cooper's Neil Smith and increasingly metallic guitars.
Williams uses her croak to maximum effect, flirting with Blondie girl-group pop on "Summer Night" and approaching hardcore on "Sex Junkie.
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