Stiv Bators

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Steven John Bator, 22 October 1949, Youngstown, Ohio, USA, d. 3 June 1990, Paris, France. Bators’ first bands, Mother Goose and Frankenstein, were transmuted into seminal US ‘no wave’ band the Dead Boys. They moved to New York in 1976, and although they officially split in 1978 there were frequent reunions. Bators moved to Los Angeles where he recorded demos with friend Jeff Jones (ex-Blue Ash). He also gigged with Akron band Rubber City Rebels. The first release from the demos was a version of the Choir’s 60s single, ‘It’s Cold Outside’, which was released on Greg Shaw’s Bomp Records label. A second guitarist and debut album (USA only) followed in 1980, on which the duo was augmented by guitarist Eddy Best and drummer David Quinton (formerly in Toronto’s the Mods).

After appearing in John Waters’ cult movie Polyester, Bators formed a touring band, with Rick Bremner replacing Quinton. By 1981,...

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