An Ode to Wendy O. Williams (and the Plasmatics)

::We interrupt this Blog with a chainsaw::
Believe it or not my first introduction to Wendy O. Williams was during a English class in high school. Mr. (sorry I can’t remember his last name) rolled in a TV, and VCR from the AV department and proceeded to shock, stimulate, and barrage our ears and eyes with the magic wonder and mystery that was Wendy O. Williams. He made it clear he was a big fan of hers and since she is famous for her Mohawk (did she have a mohawk? I was not paying attention to her hair at the time), strategically placed electrical tape/pasties/clothes?, and taking a chainsaw to a car while performing most of the guys in the class (who knows, maybe a couple of girls also) became instant fans also.

Mind you, this is during the early 80’s when MTV actually played music videos and it just got so crazy as to what and who would be shown on MTV it seemed like it was open season on the ears, eyes, and whatever sensibilities there may have been left over from the post disco studio 54 age. MTV garnered the reputation of being almost like a pirate radio station. You watched it during the day with your parents and they would be kind enough to show simple minds or Tiffany and when you watched late at night you just might get to see Punk Bands, Billy Idol, and even Wendy O. Williams. A complete overload of orange, green, purple hair, tattoos, piercings, ripped jeans, and badass anti-establishement rock music.

Because I truly want my blog to be rated G (PG at best) I will not post a youtube video here as an example. Never mind Lady Gaga, or Nicki Minaj, they are just mere novices when compared to the fierce full throttle bat in the face explosion that was Wendy O. Williams. Now where did I leave that chainsaw??

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2 thoughts on “An Ode to Wendy O. Williams (and the Plasmatics)

  1. She always scared me. I knew she had died, but I didn’t realize it was suicide (bizarre details: she left her boyfriend a package of special noodles, massage oil, fed some squirrels, then shot herself?), after prior suicides including hammering a knife into her chest where it lodged in her sternum??

    1. Yes sadly it seems Wendy was fending off some pretty nasty personal demons. My wife suffers from debilitating depression, anxiety, and even has been suicidal herself in the past so my heart goes out to anyone who needs mental health help. I haven’t completely wrapped my imagination around a concept or image yet but I fully intend to make her the subject of a future art piece as an homage to her violate spirit.

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