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Sunday, 6 September 2009

THE LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH - Truth Is The Sword


Put on yer eyeliner and squeeze into those leather/PVC trousers, it’s time to Rock’N’Roll out with The Lords Of The New Church. The Lords were always a good night out in the 80’s with the eyeliner running and the bollocks sweating by the end of the evening. I’ve had these couple of shows knocking about for a while waiting to post, but never got around to it until now that is. This post was inspired by a recent series of ones on The Lords over at Music Ruined My Life Blogspot which included some fine critical comments on the band; who could go from a song like their 1982 single Open Your Eyes, which I think is one of the best political statements made by a Rock’N’Roll group ever (It easily sits up there with anything by The Clash or Crass) to say, something like the singles b-side Girls, Girls, Girls without any hint of irony. A truly unique and individual group who were greater than the sum of their parts which were top quality in themselves; ex members of The Damned, Sham 69, The Barracudas and The Dead Boys. What was to be expected was what we received; 100% Honest Grade A Rock’N’Roll with a few minus B moments. What more could you ask from a band? Anyway what you’ve got here is a recording from The Loft in Berlin in 1984 and there’s one from The Reading Festival in 1986 just for good measure. I think Stiv rode on to the stage on a motorbike at this one, or was that Dumpy from The Rusty Nuts. Fucked if I can remember. Enjoy!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Crikey! I think that may be a flyer from the ‘85 Croydon Underground gig. What a bloody great night of rock n roll that was, to be sure. The Lords supported By Twenty Flight Rockers. Didn’t get much better than that in 1985. It was a club warm up gig for the Hammersmith Palais show. Didn’t get back home to Finchley until around 4.00am in the morning, courtesy of the night bus from Trafalgar Sq. Happy days!

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jeffen said...

Thanks for the good words and the great additions. It is true that the Lords ability to switch from the political to the outright sleazy was another of their curious facets.

Longy said...

Nice one Nuzz. Many thanks for these.

RevolutionaryBum said...

Thanks for the posts ! This will round out a killer compilation of live Lords... Volume set @ 10+, Relax and let your ears bleed =)

Saoirse said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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Saoirse said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Patricia

http://forextradin-g.net

Saoirse said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Patricia

http://forextradin-g.net

The Warden said...

Caught the Lords in NYC and it ranks as one of the top shows of the punk era for me. I was lucky enough to catch the Dead Boys and Wanderers live as well, but it was the Lords of the New Church that stands out. Brian James might have been the best punk guitarist not named Robert Quine.

Longy said...

Nuzz,I have just dug out a Stiv Bators and friends gig (on video) from Opera On The Green London 89. Its not dvd quality and isn't fantastic on the sound side of things but its a great document for Stiv fans. Let us know if you want it.