Pam Does Wendy O.

“Wretched Hope in Neon”

Wendy O. Williams, leader of the 80’s punk band “Plasmatics” by Pamela T. in pastel chalk and Magic Marker.


She was probably thinking of her cousin, my nephew, first on the left, who played guitar and keyboards with the band in his youth.

“The Plasmatics were a controversial group known for chaotic, destructive live shows and outrageous theatrics. These included chain sawing guitars, destroying speaker cabinets, sledgehammering television sets and blowing up automobiles live on stage. Williams was arrested in Milwaukee by the Milwaukee police before being charged with public indecency for simulating masturbation with a sledge hammer on stage.

The Plasmatics visited the UK  on tour, which met with strong opposition from the Greater London Council  particularly for their intention to blow up a car on stage and Williams’ constant semi-nudity.

Debbie Harry in 2014 said of Williams, “She was such a big deal back then. She showed her tits and she blew up cars on stage and broke TVs – and now it would just be normal.”

After my nephew’s stint with Wendy and the Plasmatics, he went to Columbia Law and is today a successful New York attorney living in the ‘burbs with a wife and son.  His dad, my brother-in-law lives 15 minutes from me.  I spoke with him last week.



About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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6 Responses to Pam Does Wendy O.

  1. beetleypete says:

    Look how the ‘rebels’ calmed down! 🙂
    Nice work by Pam. (As always)
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. jfwknifton says:

    I just read about her on Wikipedia. What a tragic story.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. The Biomic Soldier says:

    The name of the art piece is entitled ‘Wretched Hope in Neon’.

    I am Pamela’s husband, and I can attest that my wife absolutely idolizes Wendy O. Williams as a musician and just as a person overall.

    Liked by 1 person

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