Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Da Prince Of Punk: The Lords.

Stiv was never satisfied with "the Dead Boys" he longed to be an artist surrounded by the best musicians all playing the best music .

In 1979 Stiv hooked up with another rouge musician, Frank Secich formerly of the band "Blue Ash", together they wrote and played in different apparitions of "The Dead Boys"and "The Wanderers", they also played and collaborated together in Stiv's solo recording career for "Bomp Records". He still didn't have the notoriety he cherished. Even though his performances were legendary, from hanging himself on stage to busting up every club on the east coast, to carving his stomach with the mic stand. At one "Dead Boys' show he was doing his regular performance of taking his microphone cord heaving it over a light pod and hanging himself. He had total control, he was never in any danger. Until this night that is. A bunch of rowdy guys started to pull on Stiv's feet when he was doing his stunt. They pulled him so hard he blacked out. That night Stiv Bators was pronounced dead...only to be revived minutes later by a stubborn Doctor. Bad enough he almost died, his career was also dieing. In late 1979 "Punk Super Groups" were raising out'a the ashes of the dead English and American punk bands. The most prominent was the group "The Professionals" formed out'a the disbanded "Sex Pistols", with Steve Jones and Paul Cook. Unlike the "Pistols" this band was tight and "Professional". Stiv was about to raise out'a those same ashes. Music was fantastic back then... ToO BAd NoBOdy WaS LiSTen'N! The U.S. radio market just wasn't giving "The New Music" any air play what-so-ever. It was truly a underground music scene. It even spawned a whole subculture! The media and radio stations were afraid to promote "The New Music" or it's street lifestyle. Of coarse unless it was a horseshit media fluff story that made light of the Punk lifestyle or made the kids seem all violent. OK that part was true! Stiv was floating from one band to an other, from one country to another. Living in England to New York to Scotland. Obviously at this time the music industry was floundering in mediocrity, Disco was dead, in fact it really never was a money maker for the Major labels! The promise of millions of dollars of sales never really happened on disco records. That, made for clubs, anyone can make a record attitude, almost killed the Major labels. The record industry was saddled with untalented one hit wonders. They needed a shot in the arm, but it would have'ta be cheap! Shhh...We can still hear that meeting at "Capital Records"..."Hmmm...what should we do"?..."Oh ya! Do ya remember that grungy New York sound"? "Maybe we could market it differently"? "Well we can't call it Punk, that's just vile". " Oh I know that'll never sell"! "OK it's a NEW sound, so lets call it, New Wave"! Genius!!! By clean'n up these Punks, the record companies marketed the former street bands like the "Cars" into balless, clone bands.

Stiv Bators had a different idea. Not that he wasn't approached by major labels, cause he was. He decided to sign with small label that was instrumental in launching "The Police" into the the American market, I.R.S. By signing with a English based company he could have the distributing of "A&M" and the freedom to make the music he wanted to make. American record executives never could and still don't understand how to manage real talent. In England they seem to understand that the best way is to leave the talent alone! Unlike the other musicians that were signing with larger labels, Stiv was still into the performance and the music . He decided to approach a friend he met on the road, Brain James of the now defunct band "The Damned". Together they took in Terry Chimes the former drummer of the "Clash", and Tony James of the English power punk band "Generation X" . Tony's lead singer was about to sell-out for millions of bucks. He was to become the biggest selling artist of the eighties, except for Michael Jackson of coarse. His name is Billy Idol. Stiv decided to call themselves "The Lords Of The New Church" after a record he worked on and never released, "The Lord Of The New Creatures". This was a great idea a real Super Power Punk Group! The problem was James and Chimes had their ideas and Stiv had his, so... with Brain in tow they reformed "The Lords" with new band mates Dave Trechnna of "Sham 69" and Nick Turner of the "Barracudas". This band was tight, way tight! With the additions of Nick, Dave, and Brian, Stiv had something he never had before quality musicians with great vocals. Anyone of these guys could be lead vocalists. In 1981 they recorded their first album, "The Lords Of The New Church". In early 1982 I remember seeing the album at "Records On Wheels" days after it's release. I had no idea this was Stiv's new band. It was a black album with a skull head dagger on the front. On the back no mention of the bands names, just the song titles and the words..."Truth is the sword of us all" . I wish I could tell ya I bought it sight unseen, but I didn't, I put it back on the shelf. A friend of mine who was in the Punk band "The Low Lifes", turned me on to it about a month later.

Listening to this album was a eye opening experience. It wasn't about teen angst or doing drugs or fuck'n...It was political. About a closed society, about the hypocrisy of the Catholic church, about the brainwashing in the media, films and music! In fact the music on this album was a pure high energy/ power/ punk blend with dance rhythms. "a new Gothic sound". There were definitely Satanists overtones. Not like the phony way "Black Sabbath" did it in the 70's. The band used quotes from Aleister Crowley. They looked and sounded like real Satanists! Looking back I now know they weren't, but back then it was a great gimmick! Their look was dark. big puffy black hair, black leather mixed with black spandex. They borrowed "their look" from a little known Finnish band called "Hanoi Rocks", the worlds first and best "Hair band"! Michael Monroe, the lead singer of "Hanoi Rocks", was heavily influenced from the "Dead Boys" so it was a symbiotic relationship. In fact Monroe formed a tribute band to Stiv in the 90's Demolition 23!

Watch a few vids. I think you'll love them!

"Russian Roulette"

Promoting war through films and media.

"Open Your Eyes"

This song is relatable even today.

"The Lords" made great music until 1989. Until...Stiv injured his back and couldn't preform for awhile. His good buddy Brian James wrote in "Variety" magazine that the "The Lords Of The New Church were auditioning for a new singer". Who knows if it was a prank? He sez it was. Stiv loved jokes, giving and receiving. I don't think he thought that this one was very funny? On their next gig...on the last song of the night.... he fired each and every one of his band mates... one at a time... ending with Brian! I think Stiv's joke was funnier!!! That was the end Of "The Lords". Stiv and his new model girlfriend Caroline Warren, took up residence in Paris France, where Stiv wrote music and took it easy for almost two years. He would do the odd show or movie role. For example he was in the movie "Tape Heads" with John Cusack and Tim Robins. A cult classic!

In 1990 Stiv wanted to reform the "Lords Of The New Church". He was fresh with new music and excitement. He called all his former mates, all were good to go and so was a new record deal. The next day after their new deal...


Caroline loved Stiv and she did the right thing when he died. She very quietly spread Stiv's ashes on the grave of his childhood hero's grave, Jim Morrison.

dead boy

To paraphrase Michael Monroe: '...Jim Morrison was our great grandfather, Iggy Pop our grandfather and Stiv Bators our Father...' Stolen From "The Lords Of The New Church " Web Site.

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Die Muräne said...

Interesting post and good music. Cool!

I remember this Tony James having a 'band' much later called 'sigue sigue sputnik'. haha, very crazy guys, but really comercial in their own way.

wallycrawler said...

Ya I was kind'a a fan of SSS. They were kind'a interesting. They were formed by Tony. Total hype no substance. Pretty hair though! They were to take the world by storm. That didn't really happen. They did get a huge contract though.

I also remember another big hype band that didn't last long was Adam and the Ants. With Adam Ant. He became a semi-B-movie actor for a time after.

It was funny back then. Music corporations would throw money at anything to see if it would stick. That kind'a hold to today doesn't it?

D.M. Your The 21st. Century Boy

TK Kerouac said...

Oh, a music blog now!!!

wisdomstuff said...

LOL @ Tracy. Wally, don't you think it only fair you post something for HNT. You have fans, you know?

wallycrawler said...

T.K. being a man of the world I have many interests and yes music is one'a them. In fact I've posted at lest 10 different music posts. Hey maybe more.

Now that I've done my music history for the month stayed tuned for more "Celebrity Asses"!

Anywho all these posts are just a smoke screen for me to tell my life stores, ya know that!

And Wise-Gal you have seen me at my very lest so I don't have anything more to prove on HNT. And ya know what? Neither do you. Your easily the hawtest gal do'n it! Not to say T.K. is anything to sneeze at.

Toby said...

The last time I saw Billy Idol was when he was with the WHO at Marcus in Milwaukee... about 2003ish.

You said you put your "G" on the Giants? More power to you. What did you win? ;-)

Die Muräne said...

Yeah, I'm a space cowboy ;)

wallycrawler said...

Toby, the 1st. and only time I seen Billy Idol was at the "El Mocambo" I think it was his St. tour as a singles act. Shit I wish I could remember if Steve Stevens was with him?! Man I got fucked-up that nite. I think it was 82? Man...

Shit did I say? Giants? Fuck?! Really you sure I said Giants? Hang on I'm come'n over!

wallycrawler said...

WOW Toby I thought I was lose'n my mind!

I didn't bet the Super Bowl. I did bet on the Chargers vs. Pats almost three weeks ago. And fuck man that scared the hell out'a me! I could have easily lost my shirt, except the Pats ran the clock out.

No man I was gonna bet the Pats + 10 but nobody would take that bet. The best I could get was +11. I'll never give more than 10 in a Super Bowl. So I would have lost huge either way. I was very fortunate. But thanx fer ask'n!

Any way I did win 2-3 weeks ago and not as much as you'd think on a wager with that many points.

Toby said...

The only time I made a wager on a super bowl was in '97 (Super Bowl XXXI). The first time the Pack was in it in 30 years. I bet the Pack would be the first to score and I picked it would be a touchdown pass to Dorsey Levens. Rison was the one to catch the pass and it dropped my winnings from $500 to $50. Oh well.

Glad to know you didn't lose your shirt and the wife still loves you. ;-)

Better luck next year for all of us. The odds-makers in Vegas already pick the Packers. Haha.

[The Green Bay Packers didn’t reach the Super Bowl this season, but they could next season.

At least that’s the opinion of the MGM Mirage Race & Sports Book oddsmakers in Las Vegas.

They released their odds Monday for next year’s Super Bowl winner and they gave the Packers 6/1 odds to win the “Big One.” Those odds are even better than those of the New York Giants, who won Sunday’s Super Bowl.

The Giants are 8/1 odds to successfully defend their title.

Not one other NFC team has better odds of winning Super Bowl XLIII than the Packers, although the Dallas Cowboys are also 6/1. The only teams with better odds than the Packers are the New England Patriots at 5/2 and the Indianapolis Colts at 5/1.

The Chicago Bears are 25/1 odds — a far cry from their 8/1 odds a year ago.]

wallycrawler said...

Betting on games week'ta week is hard enough. Fuck, bet'n on them a year away is imposable!

Anyway good luck next year with da "Pack" I really don't think it takes much to make the playoffs in the NFC. So they'll be there. And the "Giants" proved it this year sometimes that's all it takes.

I think if they played The Super Bowl 10 more times the "Giants" wouldn't win again. The "Pats" just didn't show up, they were way overconfident, Much like the "Bills" when they played the "Giants" in 90.