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Max’s Icon: Wendy O. Williams and The Plasmatics

Max’s Icon: Wendy O. Williams and The Plasmatics

Banned in London, busted in Cleveland and Milwaukee, the legendary Wendy O. Williams (aka “Queen of Shock Rock”, “Queen of Punk,” “Dominatrix of the Decibels”, and “High Priestess of Metal”) and the Plasmatics, the band of changing musicians built around her by radical anti-artist Rod Swenson, revolutionized American culture and music creating a seismic shock wave still being felt today.

“Way more than a rock band,” as John Levy said in a recent interview on VH1, Wendy O. Williams and the Plasmatics “were a phenomenon.” They introduced the mohawk to mass American culture, fused punk and metal when these groups despised each other and produced stage shows which included the chainsawing of guitars and the blowing up of full size cars that Roman Kozak of Billboard called “The absolute limit of what can be accomplished in rock and roll theatrics” and have yet to be equalled today.

Learn more about Wendy O. Williams and The Plasmatics HERE

Photo: Wendy O. Williams and Joey Ramone in 1981 by Allen Tannenbaum