Born in Webster, New York , she came to prominence as the lead singer of the punk rock band Plasmatics. Her onstage theatrics included partial nudity, exploding equipment, firing a shotgun , and chainsawing guitars. Performing her own stunts in videos, she often sported a mohawk hairstyle. In , during the height of her popularity as a solo artist, she was nominated for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Leaving home at 16, Williams hitchhiked to Colorado , earning money by crocheting string bikinis.