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Plasmatics

Aside from the fact that many of the Derby Dames physically resemble Wendy O. Williams, the late Mohawk-sporting, scantily clad singer of the Plasmatics, derby girls also share a love of extreme adventure with Williams, who performed all her own stunts, from jumping off the top of a moving school bus before it exploded to taking a chainsaw to a guitar. So it's not surprising that most of the songs on this classic metal-punk album — from the militant-sounding metal of "Masterplan" to the sweaty, sadistic "Sex Junkie" — blend perfectly with a full-contact sport on wheels.
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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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