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Rozz Williams was just seventeen years of age when he and Ron Athey formed Premature Ejaculation in the summer of 1981, a good six months before Christian Death entered the studio to record their first album, Only Theatre of Pain. If the seven untitled tracks on Premature Ejaculation - (Part 1) are primitive and raw, then this is hardly surprising taking into account Rozz and Ron's relative inexperience and their lack of proper recording equipment, or indeed, even instrumentation. While it is true that Rozz had been involved in various bands since he was fifteen, no recordings survive and it would be difficult to believe that any such recordings would have captured anything but their basic 'live' sound during rehearsals. At the time of creating this recording, Rozz and Ron were heavily influenced by NON and Throbbing Gristle. It is almost impossible to listen to Premature Ejaculation - (Part 1) and not make instant comparisons with Boyd Rice's debut offering, commonly known as The Black Album. Premature Ejaculation - (Part 1) and the bonus 'live' recording have both never been released before in any form.
Premature Ejaculation - (Part 1) consists of seven untitled tracks (from 1981). Each track consists of a series of harsh sounds and two include some vocalisation. We have included bonus material, dating from 1982 at the latest, which is in fact a very free jam session. Although Rozz titled the session 'Better Than None at All', it is clearly not a recording of the live performance of the same name given by Premature Ejaculation at the Arts Building in Pomona on 18 October 1981. Even so, it gives us a unique opportunity to hear how they sounded during this early period.
The original cassette sleeve for Premature Ejaculation - (Part 1) survives and is in the possession of John Collins. It must be noted that Rozz did not actually make the cassette sleeve in 1981, since he did not start using the year 1334 in his artwork until the early 1990's. Rozz had at one time titled the cassette Auto-Erotism (Part 1) but scored this off the front cover with a heavy black marker.
"I've always been a great believer in provoking a reaction. I would rather make a record that is loathed by ten people than one which is ignored by everyone; I'd rather play a show which the audience walks out of en masse, than one they just stand around and talk through."
( Rozz Williams )
Rozz Williams was the internationally renowned vocalist of legendary deathrock bands Christian Death and Shadow Project.
Although Christian Death and Shadow Project helped build Rozz a large and dedicated fanbase, he himself did not want to be restricted either to the gothic genre or to standard musical structures in general. In fact two years after forming Christian Death in 1979 at the tender age of sixteen,and well before he had even entered a studio,
Rozz was already working with performance artist Ron Athey on his first experimental recordingsand been banned by local clubs for terrorising audiences . Raw to the extreme, these recordings and many that followedwould never be released in his lifetime or indeed even in the years since his untimely death on 1st April 1998.
The story behind the forthcoming releases:
I'd like to introduce myself as I am behind the forthcoming series to restore and release Rozz's old lost 'experimental' recordings.
While making initial investigations, a further eight original cassettes have also been located and are now with Ron Marrs, the Rozznet webmaster.
A lot of the PE and Heltir material has not been released before. I know that there have been attempts in the past to release some of this rare material though Malaise Media and Malaise Music but without success. I realise that it is impossible to please everybody, but my intentions on this are real and sincere. I like the idea of calling this Rozz Williams - The Lost Recordings, and it will just feature Rozz's 'experimental' projects.
It is a fan project with the purpose of making a professional quality product of Rozz's long lost PE and Heltir tapes for those who have always wanted to hear them.
There will not be any real mass promotion and of course all material that has been sold commercially will not be included in the project.
The material is to be remastered with each cd professional pressed.
The original cassette sleeves (where they exist) will be modified to fit standard jewel cd cases and each will be professionally printed.
We are sourcing all material from Rozz's original cassettes, where available, otherwise using first generation copies.
is a great attention to detail in the remastering and restoring processes, and I feel very happy to help make these historic lost recordings available for fans to hear.