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Plasmatics, The - 1982 Coup D'Etat


ARTIST: Plasmatics, The
ALBUM: Coup D'Etat
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST-12237
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: Reissue List


LINEUP: Wendy Orleans Williams - vocals * Richie Stotts - lead guitar * Wes Beach - rhythm guitar * Junior Romanelli - bass, keyboards * T. C. Tolliver - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Put Your Love In Me * 02 Stop * 03 Rock N Roll * 04 Lightning Breaks * 05 No Class * 06 Mistress Of Taboo * 07 Country Fairs * 08 Path Of Glory * 09 Just Like On TV * 10 The Damned

WEBLINKS: Official Website | Wikipedia Page

They came from the era of punk. Their peers included The Ramones and The Dictators. They literally turned the New York music scene on its head back in 1978. Wendy O Williams was the driving force of the band, a focal point who made female peers like Joan Jett, Pat Benatar and Ann Wilson look pussy-cat tame by comparison. The Plasmatics blazed their own path through the turn of the 70's decade. At one point, they were a headline act without actually being signed to a label. Venues all over New York City were fair game, the band introducing audiences to exploding cars, chainsaw threatened guitars, destroyed TV sets and speaker cabinets, and of course 'the Mohawk', which is where it all started for that hairstyle. Thank you Jean Beauvoir. In the early days, Beauvoir was the bassist in the band, but he had departed by the time they landed their third studio album (this time for Capitol Records) in 1982, titled 'Coup D'Etat'. There's quite a bit of written history already on The Plasmatics very own website, so you can read it there rather than me repeat it in this article.

The Songs
Produced by Dieter Dierks and engineered by Michael Wagener, this has got 'big ticket' written all over it. Certainly this is less punk and more rock/metal, with a dash of all the popular bands of the day, including Aussies AC/DC. Wendy's voice is as tough as nails; apparently she nearly lost her voice because of the strain she put on it in the studio. This is a good listen years later. I never really got into this back in 1982, but I'm making up for lost time. Things kick off with the immense 'Put Your Love In Me', sexual innuendo at its extreme with a solid rhythm section and gruff vocals that make World War III's singer Mandy Lion quiver under his Stetson. Keeping up the assault, 'Stop' is hardly that; instead, it's an anthem for the disaffected youth of the day. 'Rock N Roll' has a touch of the aforementioned Acca Dacca, and they put the 'boof' into the Motorhead standard 'No Class', which absolutely locks this album into metal territory. 'Mistress Of Taboo' has a punkish sort of energy, the bullet-like drum-work a stand-out. I can imagine Joan Jett doing a cover of this. 'Path Of Glory' has a rolling thunder approach to its delivery. A couple of tracks put an anchor on the metronome, such as the unusual 'Lightning Breaks', plus the pairing of 'Country Fairs' and 'Just Like On TV'.

In Summary
Despite all the hoopla, Capitol released the band from their contract soon after. Maybe The Plasmatics were too outrageous for the label. Perhaps some bright spark in A&R thought they could be remodelled as the new Tubes! Yeah right. However, the band continued on into 1983, but a new album eventually came out in 1984 under Wendy O Williams' name, entitled 'W.O.W' (released by Music For Nations in UK/Europe and Passport Records in North America), which was produced by Gene Simmons, who knew the band because they supported the Masked Ones on their 'Creatures Of The Night' tour. I can't recall if Tipper Gore targeted this lot like she did others through the mid 80's. I do remember Wendy appearing on Motorhead's 'Killed By Death' playing Lemmy's girlfriend. In 2005, Rock Candy reissued the album with bonus tracks, plus it got a complete remaster. In 1998, Williams took her own life, after retiring from the business at the start of the 90's. R.I.P Wendy O Williams.

The Plasmatics - 1982 The Damned

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#1 | reyno-roxx on March 02 2018 10:13:14
Rest in Peace Wendy. One of the nicest individuals I have ever met.
T.C. Tolliver was the original drummer in Angel and also played in the Cherry People.
#2 | gdazegod on March 02 2018 10:33:50
I just watched that video of Wendy being interviewed by Joan Rivers. Excellent!

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#3 | gdazegod on March 02 2018 10:39:43
Here's another one, from January 1983.

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#4 | reyno-roxx on March 02 2018 11:03:38
Wendy was the best!
#5 | Explorer on March 02 2018 16:14:31
I love that W.O.W album, and this one ain't bad either.
#6 | jefflynnefan on March 03 2018 00:55:29
They were the loudest band I ever heard live in concert. Ears popping left and right.....

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