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Pompeii 99 was a rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1981. They released one single and one album before the core members of the band (Valor Kand, Gitane Demone, and David Glass) joined Rozz Williams for a new version of Christian Death and eventually continued with the Christian Death name after all the original members had left the group. According to Gitane Demone, their music was inspired by Fleetwood Mac, contrary to Valor's claims that they were deathrock. Aside from Valor, the main songwriter during this period was Cram Netod (Marc Doten) who later went on to perform with Double Naught Spy Car and The Negro Problem.


The group began when Valor Kand (guitar, vocals) responded to an ad put in the paper by Gitane Demone (keyboards, vocals). The two would become band mates as well as lovers. Gitane Demone would give birth to their son Sevan in 1984. As a child, Sevan would contribute vocals to many Christian Death songs.

The album Pompeii 99 would put out, Look at Yourself (1981 or 1982), on their own Nostradamus label, was eclectic in sound, mixing pop cheerfulness with ska, and lyrics about androids, being one of a kind, and a song that boasts about the fact that the song is about nothing. Other musicians on this album, besides Valor and Gitane, were Poli-Sci (vocals, organ, synth), Cram Netod (bass, piano, guitar, vocals), and David Parkinson/Glass (drums, percussion, vocals). Gitane Demone has stated that the sound of the band on this album was premature. After...
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