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Mean Man – The Story Of Chris Holmes

The guitar sound is what hooked me to WASP and when I saw the “Love Machine” clip, Chris Holmes had my attention. Running around and pretend slamming his guitar. He was a maniac.

In the 80s, he was called the new Lemmy, just crazier. He’s come full circle, fronting his own band and sounding like Lemmy when he sings.

Like so many artists, he never understood what he signed in the 80s. All of his publishing money goes to someone else because of it. He mentioned that if he understood what publishing was, Blackie and he would have gone head to head and he would have been out of the band pretty early on.

He mentioned how WASP ceased to be a band after the first album. All you need to do is look at the album covers.

They showed the footage of him in the pool in the “Decline Of Wedtern Civilization”. And Blackie was pissed because of it.

Psycho Squad is mentioned his post WASP band circa 1991 and 1992. But they couldn’t get a record deal after 18 months and broke up.

He’s reunion with Blackie in 1995 and the subsequent albums with WASP. I recently reviewed “Unholy Terror” and Holmes is mentioned as the lead guitarist, but he said he didn’t play a note on it.

He’s touring Europe now, playing small clubs and living in his mother in laws basement. He’s trying to make a name for himself. For his brand.

The “Mean Man” brand.

Check it out.

P.S. thanks to Ken Taylor for recommending the doco on the “Unholy Terror” review.


11 thoughts on “Mean Man – The Story Of Chris Holmes

  1. \He’s touring Europe now, playing small clubs and living in his mother in laws basement\. . . . . mad respect for him, hes sharing his art with people who adore him – z e r o regrets 🖤🖤🖤

    • 100 percent man. A lifer when it comes to music. He never stopped and to see him with his meet and greets, there was this WASP collector in the doco that turned up with 100s of WASP records for Chris to sign and he was like no problem

  2. Ken Taylor says:

    Great read and thank you for the shout out, might have to download and watch for this weekends lockdown entertainment! 🙂 GF wont be happy lol

    • I started watching it, my wife crashed out and then she woke up when he was talking about control freak Blackie and now she hates Blackie. Lol.

      Yes happy lockdown. Sydney is approaching week 7 of it and it doesn’t look great. Delta is relentless .

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