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The Lords Of The New Church

Formed in 1981, the Lords of the New Church had a formidable intercontinental punk rock pedigree. Singer Stiv Bators and guitarist Brian James were founding members of Cleveland's Dead Boys and London's the Damned, respectively, both successful and influential punk pioneers. (Note: Much like Keith Richard(s), Stiv spelled his surname both with and without a terminal "s" at various points in his career. Throughout his time with the Lords, however, he was billed as Bators.) Bassist Dave Tregunna and drummer Nick Turner were veterans of Sham 69 and the Barracudas, which were less seminal but still well-known. But while the Lords' music had elements of punk, it was more melodic, better-produced, and played with a higher degree of professionalism. This alienated some of the hardcore punk audience, but brought the Lords a much wider and more diverse fan base.

The genesis of the Lords was in 1980 when Bators and James, having split from their previous bands, renewed an aqcuaintance that began when the Dead Boys opened for the Damned on CBGB dates and an English tour. The two experimented for a time with different rhythm sections, rehearsing briefly with ex-Generation X bassist Tony James and ex-Clash drummer Terry Chimes (how's that for a punk rock supergroup?). A lineup of Bators, James, Tregunna, and Damned drummer Rat Scabies played a single 1980 gig as the "Dead Damned Sham Band." But by the time the Lords' self-titled debut album appeared in 1982, Turner had replaced Scabies to form the lineup that would remain fixed throughout the band's most productive years.

Though the album was well-received, the Lords became more notorious for their live shows, or more specifically for Bators's crazed abandon as a performer. A devotee of Iggy Pop, Bators had in his Dead Boys days developed a reputation for being unafraid to risk his life in pursuit of rock & roll glory. He suffered innumerable on-stage injuries during his career, the most famous being the time he reportedly nearly hung himself during a Lords show. As the story goes, a favorite stunt of Bators' where he looped the mic cord around his neck went awry, resulting in his being clinically dead for several minutes. Nonetheless, Bators survived to record two more successful albums with the Lords, 1983's Is Nothing Sacred? and 1984's The Method to Our Madness. After this, though, the Lords appeared to lose their creative impetus.

They continued to record sporadically including an amusing single where they violated Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and two excellent new tracks for the best-of Killer Lords, but by 1985, the Lords had slowly begun to disintegrate. Tregunna left, was replaced for a time by Grant Fleming, and then returned. A second guitarist, Alistair Simmons, was added and then sacked. Turner quit and was replaced by Danny Fury. After 1988, Bators back injury led James to advertise for a replacement singer -- a temporary one, he claimed -- the Lords split acrimoniously, but not before Bators played the encore of his last show wearing a T-shirt that bore an enlargement of James' newspaper ad. Possibilities of any future Lords reunions were quashed when Bators died in 1990 of injuries sustained when he was struck by a car in the streets of Paris. ~ Bill Cassel
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Gospel Truth

Disc 1

1. Making Time

2. Bang Bang Baby May'be

3. Real Bad Time

4. Things Go Bump

5. Walking The Dog

6. Follow

7. Dance With Me (Version II)

8. Gun Called Justice (French Radio Session Interview)

9. Interview

10. My Alibi (Demo)

11. Never Be Another (Demo)

12. Wine Women And Song (Demo)

13. New Victorians (Real Bad Time) (Demo)

14. Loyal To The Queen (Demo)

Disc 2

1. New Church (Live At The Agora Club '82)

2. Questions Of Temperature (Live At The Agora Club '82)

3. Girls, Girls, Girls (Live At The Agora Club '82)

4. Livin' On Livin' (Live At The Agora Club '82)

5. Eat Your Heart Out (Live At The Agora Club '82)

6. Russian Roulette (Live At The Agora Club '82)

7. Fortune Teller (Live At The Agora Club '82)

8. Open Your Eyes (Live At The Agora Club '82)

9. Lil' Boys Play With Dolls (Live At The Agora Club '82)

10. Portobello (Live At The Agora Club '82)

11. Apocalypso (Live At The Agora Club '82)

12. Holy War (Live At The Agora Club '82)

Disc 3

1. Question Of Temperature (Live In Lyon '86)

2. Pretty Baby Scream (Live In Lyon '86)

3. Crossroads (Live In Lyon '86)

4. Russian Roulette (Live In Lyon '86)

5. Making Time (Live In Lyon '86)

6. Livin' On Livin' (Live In Lyon '86)

7. Happy Birthday (Live In Lyon '86)

8. Gun Called Justice (Live In Lyon '86)

9. Mindwrap (Live In Lyon '86)

10. Dance With Me (Live In Lyon '86)

11. For Your Love (Live In Lyon '86)

12. Black Girl, White Girl (Live In Lyon '86)

13. The Lord's Prayer (Live In Lyon '86)

14. New Church (Live In Lyon '86)

15. Things Go Bump (Live In Lyon '86)

Disc 4
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Track List: Rockers

Disc 1

1. Lil Boys Play With Dolls

2. Livin On Livin

3. Apocalypso

4. Black Girl White Girl

5. Downtown

6. Partners In Crime

7. Pretty Baby Scream

8. I Never Believed

9. Fresh Flesh

10. Method To My Madness

Disc 2

1. New Church

2. Question Of Temperature

3. Girls Girls Girls

4. Livin On Livin

5. Eat Your Heart Out

6. Russian Roulette

7. Open Your Eyes

8. Lil Boys Play With Dolls

9. Holy War

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Track List: The Lords Prayers I

Disc 1

2. Question Of Temperature

3. Crossroads

5. Happy Birthday

6. Gun Called Justice

8. Dance With Me

9. Lords Prayer

10. Things Go Bump

11. You Really Got Me

12. New Church

Disc 2

1. Method To My Madness

2. Partners In Crime

3. Kiss Of Death

4. Bad Timing

5. Dance With Me

6. Murder Style

7. Livin' On Livin'

8. The Seducer

9. Open Your Eyes

10. Gun Called Justice

11. When The Blood Runs Cold

13. Pretty Baby Scream

14. Live For Today

15. Holy War

17. New Church

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Track List: Killer Lords

1. Dance With Me

2. Hey Tonight

3. Russian Roulette

4. M-Style

5. Black Girl White Girl

6. Live For Today

7. Method To My Madness

8. Open Your Eyes

9. I Never Believed

10. Lord's Prayer

11. New Church

12. Like A Virgin

13. Girls, Girls, Girls

14. Opening Nightmares

15. Dreams & Desires

16. I'm Not Runnin' Hard Enuff

17. Fresh Flesh

18. Sorry For The Man

19. Gun Called Justice

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Track List: The Methods To Our Madness

1. Method To My Madness

2. I Never Believed

3. Pretty Baby Scream

4. S.F. & T.

5. When Blood Runs Cold

6. Fresh Flesh

7. Murder Style

8. The Seducer

9. Kiss Of Death

11. My Kingdom Come

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Track List: Is Nothing Sacred

1. Dance With Me

2. Bad Timing

3. Johnny Too Bad

4. Don't Worry Children

5. The Night Is Calling

6. Black Girl White Girl

7. Goin' Downtown

8. Tale Of Two Cities

9. World Without End

10. Parteners In Crime

11. Live For Today

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Track List: The Lords Of The New Church

1. New Church

2. Russian Roulette

3. Question Of Temperature

4. Eat Your Heart Out

5. Portobello

6. Open Your Eyes

7. Livin' On Livin'

8. Li'l Boys Play With Dolls

9. Apocalypso

10. Holy War

12. Girls Girls Girls

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djgforce11
Yo bobonnit go blow a dead baboon!
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Cleveland rocks..... rocket from the tombs.
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They are untalented noisemakers. Thumbs down losers
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Man fell sshort of just one song of me liking them. This could have been kick-a** to hear a remake of this song don't real thought. Maybe some else will take their version and remix it to achieve what they could not do.
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That is not the original cover of the first LP..
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Glo.who said he was?
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glo32492
Brian James was not in the Dead Boys...
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They never sucked
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Good band, but it blows Pandora made "Open Your Eyes" the lead song. Much better other songs. I still dig., em. Hesus....hel l of a line up and history I never knew. I just liked some of their music back in the day.
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THE. best. band. ever.
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One of my all time favs!
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One of the best punk bands ever!

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