Themes From Great Cities

It might have come to your attention that I'm not a regular poster of love and understanding, which you will just have to get used to. I will however, have bursts of creativity where I move completely randomly from post to post with no rhyme or reason. I have recently posted a few singles (7 & 12”) and the odd bootleg which have been received very well by all who visit. More of the same will continue as you, dear readers, seem to be enjoying them.

Some of the rips are my own, but many more are from other blogs and I’m just sharing the wealth. If other bloggers out there wish to share the rips from my posts, please as I do, host them yourself. To combat this, the FLAC files that are over 6 months old will be replaced with MP3 files.

Finally I am happy to re-up old posts where the link has expired. Please comment in the relevant posts comments box.


Open Your Eyes

Although their roots were in Punk Rock, The Lords of the New Church were a bona fide super group. Their debut 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”

Originally ripped by the Sons of the Dolls blog with additional *special bonus tracks to MP3 @ 320kbps and now I’ve added the 1988 US CD release in FLAC

The Lords Of The New Church; 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
11.   The Young Don’t Cry *
12.   Girls Girls Girls *
13.   I’m Not Running Hard Enough *
14.   Hey Tonight *
15.   Substitute *



  1. Fresh link please repost. Thanx..

  2. Sweet stuff! I reslly Like Method to our Madness and eventi more Is Nothing Sacred...
    To me they were a wave band... Punk pedigree yes but sweet sickened Heart.

    1. They were one of a kind Fabio

  3. Nave you ever heard of a legendary italiano band named Carillon Del Dolore?

  4. 2010 - Carillon del Dolore / Petali del Cariglione (1984-87) material.
    1998 - per portati questo scrigno (early demos)

  5. I'd never heard of Carillon Del Dolore before today, I'll have a listen while I'm working tomorrow.

    Thank you Fabio

  6. Ugh, that cover painting. I can't even tell which one is supposed to be Stiv. That first album is a great one, updating the sounds of 60's garage rock and 70's punk for the material girls & boys of the 80's. I still get "Livin On Livin" stuck in my head.

    1. This is one of my favourite albums, it gave me the look, the black leathers, the sounds I wanted to hear all encapsulated in ten tracks of pure joy...yeah the cover sucks but I'm still singing along when they come on in the car...