Premature Ejaculation (band)

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Premature Ejaculation
Premature Ejaculation band.jpg
Left to right: Ron Athey, Rozz Williams
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, United States
Genres Industrial, dark ambient
Years active 1981, 1987–1998
Labels Happiest Tapes on Earth, Dark Vinyl, Baader Meinhoff, Gymnastic, Triple XXX, Cleopatra, Malaise Music
Associated acts Heltir, EXP
Past members Rozz Williams, Ron Athey, Chuck Collison, Lee Wilds

Premature Ejaculation was an American industrial band from Pomona, California, formed in 1981 by Rozz Williams and Ron Athey and dissolved in the same year. The band was reformed in 1987 by Williams and several other members not including Athey, and the group disbanded once again after the death of Williams in 1998.



Premature Ejaculation was formed originally in 1981, by Rozz Williams following the break-up of his band Christian Death the same year and his live-in boyfriend, performance artist Ron Athey.[citation needed] Unlike the deathrock band Christian Death, Premature Ejaculation did not use standard "rock band" instruments; instead, sound was created using various objects and lo-fi devices.[citation needed] They made two recordings, Premature Ejaculation Part 1 and Premature Ejaculation Part 2. These were never released, and only distributed copies were sent to friends.[citation needed]

They played very few live performances because clubs began refusing to book them due to their controversial stage theatrics.[citation needed] One of the acts included Athey eating a dead cat (the animal was roadkill), documentation of which can be seen in the book Hardcore California.[1] Christian Death was reformed in the summer of 1981, and Premature Ejaculation was dissolved.[citation needed]


The band reformed in 1987, two years after vocalist and songwriter Rozz Williams left Christian Death.[citation needed] He was joined by Lee Wilds, and then Chuck Collison and Kris Fuller.[citation needed] The group's themes remained avant-garde throughout and focused on the bizarre and taboo. They would use sound clips from crying babies to chainsaws and film clips. In their early live shows, the duo would sometimes throw meat and animal eyeballs into the crowd.[citation needed]

Collison played a big part in the re-formed group, especially in regards to higher quality electronic gear and better recording facilities which he brought.[citation needed] Collison started his own record label The Happiest Place on Earth to release the groups recordings.[citation needed] Its name was soon changed to The Happiest Tapes on Earth, in order to avoid potential legal problems which may arise from Disney.[citation needed] Collison appeared on the majority of Premature Ejaculation's material.

The first two full-length records were released via their own record label. At first, these were only available in the cassette format. Death Cultures was the first to be released in 1987, and this was followed by Blood Told in Spine and then Assertive Discipline in successive years. In total, the reformed group released seven recordings, Anesthesia being the most popular of which,[citation needed] and was released on the more professional German label Dark Vinyl Records. They also released on the Cleopatra and Triple XXX labels.

Premature Ejaculation, although not always Williams' most well-known project of the 1990s (see Shadow Project with Eva O), remained active in some form or another right up until his death in 1998, and left behind a prolific back catalogue of releases. The group's last record, Wound of Exit, was released posthumously.



  • PE – Pt.1 (1981)
  • PE – Pt.2 (1981)
  • A Little Hard to Swallow
  • Living Monstrocities / Descent
  • Body of a Crow (1986)
  • Death Cultures (1987)
  • Assertive Discipline (1988)
  • Death Cultures III (1988)
  • Night Sweats (1988)
  • Blood Told in Spine (1991)
  • Blue Honey / Pigface Show & Tell (1988)
  • Anesthesia (1992)
  • Necessary Discomforts (1993)
  • Estimating the Time of Death (1994)
  • Dead Horse Riddles (1994)
  • Wound of Exit (1998)
  • 6 (2001)
Video releases
  • Death Cultures III (1988)
  • Not the Real Criminal (1989)
  • The End is Here (1989)


  1. ^ Belsito, Peter; David, Bob (2004). Hardcore California. Los Angeles: Last Gasp.