W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 by Blackie Lawless , who is the last remaining original member of the band. They emerged from the early 1980s Los Angeles heavy metal scene. The band's popularity peaked that decade, yet they continue to record and tour, making them one of the most enduring of the West Coast heavy metal bands. W.A.S.P. gained notoriety for their shock rock -themed image, lyrics and live performances. They have sold over 12 million albums.