W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982. They emerged from the same L.A. scene that spawned M?tley Cr?e. Ratt. Quiet RIot and others. The band's popularity peaked in the 1980s, yet theu 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.