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Plasmatics

Beyond the Valley of 1984

Beyond the Valley of 1984 (1981)

Maggots: The Record

Maggots: The Record (1987)



Plasmatics were an American punk rock and heavy metal band formed by Rod Swenson and Wendy O. Williams in New York City, New York, in 1977. The band was a controversial group known for wild live shows that broke countless taboos. In addition to chainsawing guitars, blowing up speaker cabinets and sledgehammering television sets, Williams and the Plasmatics blew up automobiles live on stage. Williams was arrested in Milwaukee by the Milwaukee police before being charged with public indecency.

The Plasmatics’ career spanned five studio albums, and multiple EPs. The band was composed of vocalist/front person Wendy O. Williams and various other musicians rotated behind her over time. Aside from Wendy and manager Rod Swenson, guitarist Wes Beech was the only other permanent member of the group. Guitarist Richie Stotts was a co-founder of the band and a mainstay of the pre-breakup core group (1978–1983). [5] Jean Beauvoir, bass player in the lineup made significant contributions to the band both musically and visually, sporting a blond mohawk hairstyle during what is considered the most impactful years of the bands existence. A style he introduced and retained throughout his ongoing career. In addition to Wendy O. William’s solo efforts, Jean Beauvoir was the only member to achieve post Plasmatics success. He went on to become a multi-platinum solo artist, producer and songwriter, producing and writing with groups such as The Ramones, KISS, Debbie Harry (Blondie), The Pretenders and many others. After the full breakup of the band following the release of Coup d’Etat, Richie was edited out of band videos and was not referred to by name in a 2006 compilation DVD released by Plasmatics Media LLC (via plasmatics.com).