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Rozz Williams

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Rozz Williams (born November 6, 1963 in Pomona California, died April 1, 1998 in West Hollywood, California) was the lead singer and founder of Christian Death. Other projects he started included Shadow Project and Premature Ejaculation. He was born Roger Alan Painter in Pomona, California and was raised in a strict Southern Baptist family with his three older siblings (two brothers and one sister).

While his older brothers preferred to listen to bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, with his sister adhering to Janis Joplin and other similar artists, Rozz, as a child, preferred musicians along the lines of David Bowie, Roxy Music, T-Rex, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, and The New York Dolls. When he reached adolescence, in the late 1970s, he became attracted to the American punk rock scene and shaved his head.

By the age of sixteen, Roger began performing in bands. He took the name of Rozz Williams from a gravestone he found in his favorite cemetery. His first bands were called The Crawlers, No, then The Upsetters. Rozz sang and played the guitar, though the band never performed on stage. Rozz then went on to form The Asexuals. In addition to being the lead vocalist, he played the organ and guitar, with Jill Emery also contributing vocals as well as playing bass, and Steve Darrow on drums. Their performances were limited to a few parties.

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  • ValentinE_28

    Another year... R.I.P. Rozz Thank you for all that great music and art you gave us. You are missed.

    1 Apr 7:33pm Reply
  • high_as_bells

    Still thinking about you.

    1 Apr 4:58am Reply
  • Jaina999

    Happy gothday, dear Rozz! ❤

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • miyukiyuketsu

    I was only 1 year old when "Only Theater of Pain" came out, but I only really discovered Christian Death and Rozz Williams' music somewhat recently. I listen to a lot of music from "before my time," but if there is one artist I wish I would have known about when I was younger it would have been Rozz/Christian Death.

    30 May 2014 Reply
  • StrayDogInDelhi

    Hope you are well there, Rozz. [3]

    22 May 2014 Reply
  • Divuar

    Hope you are well there, Rozz.

    2 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Candyscar

    16 years. R.I.P

    2 Apr 2014 Reply
  • pink_flamingo_

    http://www.lastfm.it/music/Christian+Death/+images/92678965 If you are a Christian Death fan, please flag this pic as abuse. thank you guys

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • nichtsein000

    Surely this man was the son of God.

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • LysergicDream

    "i don't care if any one is influenced or inspired by my music..." - rozz williams.. opinions are like assholes, they stink and everyone has one. Your definition of special really isn't important is it

    19 Feb 2013 Reply
  • nicejumping

    Come on, the same people listening to Christian Death were listening to The Cure. Nothing really wrong with the latter band until they started putting out albums for the sake of it.

    17 Aug 2012 Reply
  • rasen-virus

    "Nothing really special" .. of course, Rozz didn't play rapcore, nu metal and all that big variety of genres she are into, probably everything out of her poor limited box is nothing special.... just ignore this brainless attention whor*

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • LysergicDream

    bqad2 and you know what's special and not? Go listen to the Cure and stay away from the good stuff. Your opinion isn't needed.

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • bqad2

    This cateater is overrated. Nothing really special.

    23 Jun 2012 Reply
  • thebloodwisdom

    Oh mystic one, you are felt beyond your earthly years

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • BrendoDiego

    Grande Rozz!

    16 Dec 2011 Reply
  • android9791

    miss him dearly

    22 Nov 2011 Reply
  • JazmineAguirre

    Happy Birthday, Roger Alan Painter! I love you with all my heart and soul.

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Mr_Alex_1993

    Happy birthday Rozz!

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • circenocturna

    HBD rozz williams

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
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