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Spanners In The Works Go Start Your Gang...

Although their roots were in Punk Rock, The Lords of the New Church were a bona fide super group. Their début album announced to the world that The Lords were not your average run of the mill punk band. They had ambitions; featuring true punk rock royalty in the form of Stiv Bators (Dead Boys) on vocals and Brian James (The Damned) on guitar. Drummer Nicky Turner (The Barracudas) and bassist Dave Tregunna (Sham 69) they would become the last beacon of truth in a world nearing its end. In spite of their punk lineage, The Lords sound was steeped in straight up Rock’n’Roll, with a knack for big anthems and melodic hooks, balanced with Gothic atmospherics and politically charged lyrics. Coupled with a tribal image that incorporated punk, glam and Goth styling’s, their appeal straddled the genres.
While you can’t call The Lords of the New Church entirely successful you can’t fault their effort. Brian James and the Treguna/Turner rhythm section provided a wide-screen setting. But the face, mouth and heart of the Lords was Stiv Bators, who casts himself here in the role of rock & roll poet/preacher/prophet.
The eponymous debut album is a seedy concoction of spidery guitars, sleazy bass lines, jungle drums and gothic keyboards. The haunting single “Open Your Eyes” easily dwarfs the output of the other Goth heavies of the time simply because it had killer hooks.
Lords of the New Church is very much an artefact of the Thatcher/Reagan era and somewhat dated in its approach, but Bators core message of personal freedom and the fervour and sincerity with which he delivered it, have retained their resonance across the years. Consider these few lines from The Lords anthem “New Church”, which may not be high art, but makes their point and also serves as a neat summary of The Lords ethos:
“Truth Can’t be found on the television,
Throw away youth ya gotta take a stand
Music is your only weapon,
Spanners in the works go start your gang”

Ripped from the Sons of the Dolls blog to MP3 @ 320kbps

Track List
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
11.   The Young Don’t Cry *
12.   Girls Girls Girls *
13.   I’m Not Running Hard Enough *
14.   Hey Tonight *
15.   Substitute *


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