Lords of the New Church

Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


This rock band was made up of several well-known personalities, and was often described as a punk ‘supergroup’. The personnel comprised Brian James (18 February 1961; guitar, ex-Damned), Stiv Bators (b. Steven John Bator, 22 October 1949, Youngstown, Ohio, USA, d. 3 June 1990, Paris, France; vocals, ex-Dead Boys), Dave Tregunna (b. 1954, Derby, England; bass, ex-Sham 69) and drummer Nicky Turner (b. 4 May 1959; ex-Barracudas). When Jimmy Pursey left Sham 69, the rest of the band had continued in the Wanderers, drafting in Stiv Bators. It was at this point that James contacted Bators with a view to setting up a group. Miles Copeland took on their management, their name coming from his original suggestion, Lords Of Discipline.

The Lords Of The New Church made their live debut in Paris in 1981. Their debut vinyl, ‘New Church’, helped to increase criticisms about the band’s apparent blasphemy, hardly dispelled when the...

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