“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.