Cleopatra Records Release Rozz Williams / Christian Death Anniversary Tribute
Cleopatra Records Release
Rozz Williams / Christian Death
To mark the anniversary on the 1st April of the death of singer Rozz Williams from cult US band Christian Death, Cleopatra Records have just released a two-track remix single of Spectre (Love is Dead) by UK artist and producer Kill Shelter.
The remix was made using the original recordings from 1985 and was taken from the Cleopatra archives.
“It was an absolute honour to be asked to work on the tribute remix of Spectre (Love is Dead) by Christian Death for Cleopatra Records. At it’s heart, the original is a love song steeped in regret and I was keen to emphasise the pain and personal torment that runs through the lyrics. The remix plays to the tortured soul and this is offset with driving dark energy suitable of a club remix.” – Pete Burns, Kill Shelter
Rozz Williams tragically took his own life on the 1st April 1998 at the age of 34.
The Spectre (Love is Dead) remix by Kill Shelter follows on from the 2019 tribute single Spiritual Cramp by Californian band Creux Lies and Forever Came Today (Balvanera Remix) by Shadow Project (Williams) on Cleopatra Records.
The single is currently available on Bandcamp and all streaming platforms and will be available on Vinyl & CD later in the year.
Born 6 November 1963, Rozz Williams, nee Roger Alan Painter, was an american musician, artist and poet who was best known for his work with the band Christian Death.
Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1979 by Rozz Williams, Christian Death played a fundamental role in developing what became known as the Deathrock scene following the release of their debut album Only Theatre of Pain in 1982. Under Williams, they went on to write and release two more albums; Catastrophe Ballet (1984) and Ashes (1985).
In mid-1985 Williams decided to leave the band to follow his interest in experimental music and performance art. Since then Christian Death have gone on to write over 14 albums and still continue to this day.
Tragically, Williams committed suicide in West Hollywood on 1 April 1998.
Kill Shelter is UK based artist and producer Pete Burns. His work blends elements of Post-Punk, Darkwave and contemporary Electronica with heavily processed guitars.
The critically acclaimed debut album “Damage” was originally released by Unknown Pleasures Records and was one of the fastest selling releases in the label’s history. The album brought together some of the finest emerging underground talent from around the world. “Damage” was supported by a 7” double A-side single on Burning World Records and a premium white vinyl release on Manic Depression Records.
Following a series of remixes including She Past Away’s “Soluk” for their tenth anniversary release “X” on Metropolis and Fabrika Records and Agent Side Grinder’s “Into the Wild” amongst many others, Kill Shelter has just released a new collaboration album entitled “A Haunted Place” with Antipole (NOR) on Manic Depression Records. He is currently working on new material for two full length album releases.
Cleopatra Records is a Los Angeles-based independent record label founded in 1992 by entrepreneur and music fan Brian Perera.
It has since grown into a family of labels, including Hypnotic Records, Purple Pyramid Records, Deadline Music Records; and X-Ray Records, encompassing a variety of genres with an emphasis on unique and experimental artists.
Cleopatra Records has been primarily known for ushering in the second wave of gothic and industrial music with an eclectic roster of artists including Christian Death, Nosferatu, Rosetta Stone, Switchblade Symphony, Leæther Strip, The Electric Hellfire Club, Razed in Black, X Marks the Pedwalk, Spahn Ranch, Genitorturers, Download (featuring members of Skinny Puppy) and others as well as new wave artists Gary Numan, Missing Persons, Information Society and others.
The label also published a massive tome of unreleased photos and ephemera of gothic rock legends Bauhaus, Bahaus Undead, curated by founding member Kevin Haskins. That led to a record deal for Haskins’ project with Daniel Ash, Poptone, featuring newly recorded versions of songs by Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love & Rockets.