The Plasmatics’ theatrical assault on consumer society, middle-class sexual mores and moral hypocrisy took forms so crude and broad as to approach carny shtick. Originally conceived as a New York punk band, the Plasmatics’ pyrotechnics led them into metal territory in the early 1980s. Wendy O. Williams, the band’s singer, vital force and sole consistent member, took her own life at the age of 48, a decade after the Plasmatics’ last release.
According to Williams’s obituary in Rolling Stone, she left the farm she had grown up on in upstate New York at the age of 16. Williams found her way to Manhattan, where... Read More