RECORD STORE TALES Part 302: Blackie Lawless
W.A.S.P. singer, founder and leader Blackie Lawless is known among fandom for his raging douchebaggery. Witness a recent event in Russia, where Blackie ignored the one and only fan at the train station asking for his autograph. Everybody should understand a human being’s need for privacy when they live in the limelight, but asking for an autograph at a train station is hardly imposing, especially when they’re the only fan in the place.
Blackie don’t sign nothin’!
Even back in the Record Store days, I was hearing stories about Blackie being an asshole to fans. Witness the evidence below, an interaction I had with a customer in the late 1990’s:
Customer: Hey, do you have any W.A.S.P. albums?
Me: We might…are you looking for a specific one?
Customer: No. Just one that has a picture of the singer. Blackie’s his name right?
Me: Yup, Blackie Lawless.
Customer: Here’s the thing. I just want to see what he looks like. I was in Toronto a couple months ago, and I swear I saw this guy. I asked him, “Hey, are you in a rock band called W.A.S.P.?” The guy said no, but I was sure it was him. I said, “Come on, you’re him. You look exactly like him.” He had the long black hair, and he was really tall, man.
Me: Well, Blackie’s definitely known for his hair and his height. Sounds like him. Hey, I have a CD called Headless Children here and there’s a picture inside. Let’s take a look.
So we grabbed the W.A.S.P. CD and opened up the booklet.
Customer: That’s him! That’s the fucking guy! I knew he was lying to me! What an asshole.
Me: Yeah, he’s known for being one of those too!