William Reid (musician)


William Reid
On stage with Jesus and Mary Chain at Coachella 2007
On stage with Jesus and Mary Chain at Coachella 2007
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Adam Reid
Born (1958-10-28) 28 October 1958 (age 63)
Glasgow, Scotland
GenresAlternative rock
Occupation(s)Songwriter, music and lyrics Musician, composer, singer
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar, synthesizers, vocals
Years active1983–present
LabelsCreation, Blanco y Negro, Sub Pop
Associated actsThe Jesus and Mary Chain, Lazycame

William Adam Reid (born 28 October 1958) is a Scottish musician, songwriter and singer, best known as being lead guitarist, songwriter, co-founder and occasional singer of the Scottish alternative rock band, The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Musical career

The Jesus and Mary Chain

William, along with his brother Jim, the lead singer, formed the (at times unstable) core of the band. The early sound of The Jesus and Mary Chain was defined by Reid's extremely distorted and feedback laden hollowbody guitar work, often using the Shin-ei Companion WF-8 fuzz-wah box to get his unique sound, which verged on white noise. Reid effectively ended the band in late 1998, when he walked off stage fifteen minutes into a show at the House of Blues.

The Jesus and Mary Chain reformed in early 2007 to play concert dates in Europe and the US.


After The Jesus and Mary Chain split up in 1999, Reid began performing solo under the name Lazycame. Reid has also been involved in the production of the Sister Vanilla album, Little Pop Rock, featuring the Reid brothers' younger sister, Linda Reid.

Personal life

Reid was born in Glasgow, raised in East Kilbride and attended Hunter High School. He has three children.


The Jesus and Mary Chain


  • Tired of Fucking (Four song EP, 1998) UK #198


  • Taster (6 song EP, 1999)
  • Finbegin (album, 1999)
  • Yawn! (5 songs + 14 hidden tracks, 2000)
  • Saturday The Fourteenth (album, 2000)