Wendy Orlean Williams (May 28, 1949 – April 6, 1998), better known as Wendy O. Williams, was a true pioneer in the world of punk rock and heavy metal. Dubbed "The Queen of Shock Rock," Williams was widely considered the most controversial and radical female singer of her day.
Williams became a music icon as the lead singer of the punk rock band Plasmatics. In 1979, she was approached by the manager Rod Swenson, who recruited her to join his newly formed punk rock band, Plasmatics. The band shortly became known on the New York City underground scene, performing at legendary clubs such as CBGB. Williams’ infamous stage theatrics included blowing up equipment, near-nudity and chain-sawing guitars. The Plasmatics’ message of “destroy the status quo” and “do not trust the government” was far ahead of its time.
After releasing three albums with Plasmatics, Williams embarked on a solo career and in 1984 released her debut album, WOW. In 1985, she was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance category during the height of her popularity as a solo artist. She followed with the albums Kommander of Kaos (1986) and Deffest! and Baddest! (1988). The final Plasmatics record Maggots (1987), a masterpiece concept album, was widely overlooked by the metal community. Wendy O. Williams also made an impact on the world of cinema in Tom DeSimone's film Reform School Girls (1986), a film now regarded as a cult classic with 80’s Grindhouse film enthusiasts. Sadly On April 6, 1998, Williams committed suicide near her home in Storrs, Connecticut. But her legacy has lived on now for more than 35 years!
Now it is 2015 and we, the Amazing Plasmatics and Wendy O. Williams Secret Service Historical Society, demand that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognize Wendy O. Williams for all of her achievements in the world of music and art!
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