Picks and Pans Review: Music on Video

UPDATED 08/22/1988 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/22/1988 at 01:00 AM EDT

>VIDEOS: IN THE RAW W.A.S.P.

Here's your long-awaited chance to get to know W.A.S.R, the ghoulish, scuz rock band from L.A., much, much better. In between clips from the band's concerts and videos, we get some extensive up-close-and-personal footage of lead singer Blackie Lawless, a bowlegged missing link who pretends to drink blood from a human skull onstage. Blackie warmly reminisces about how an episode of Barney Miller inspired one of the band's early hits and explains how the boys created their stage act, the refinements of which include flames, cheekless leather pants and the tradition of heaving raw meat into the audience. That's fine until the audience reciprocates, says guitarist Chris Holmes, who was once knocked unconscious by a flying frozen rump roast. The whole video has a cheap and badly lit look and would be slightly repulsive if it weren't so funny. It is, in other words, a paradigm of heavy-metal music. (IVE/Radio Vision, $19.95)

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