Singer Stiv Bators and guitarist Brian James, who were previously founding members of legendary punk bands, The Dead Boys and The Damned, respectively, formed Lords of the New Church in 1982

Singer Stiv Bators and guitarist Brian James, who were previously founding members of legendary punk bands, The Dead Boys and The Damned, respectively, formed Lords of the New Church in 1982. With their formidable intercontinental punk rock pedigree, the Lords’ music maintained elements of punk with a more melodic, produced and commercially accessible sound. While this alienated some of the hardcore punk audience, it brought the Lords a much wider and more diverse fan base. The band’s self-titled debut album garnered a Top 40 hit in Canada in 1982 with the single “Open Your Eyes” and also included the new wave nugget “Russian Roulette”.  The 1983 follow up album, Is Nothing Sacred, opened with the Lords’ biggest hit, “Dance With Me”, which is now considered a new wave classic and found more success with French act Nouvelle Vague’s seductive cover in 2006. The Lords recorded only three studio albums and one live album in their career together before Bators ended the band onstage after a concert on May 2nd, 1989, at the London Astoria. Bators died soon after, being struck by a car in Paris in 1990.