Lords Of The New Church – Open Your Eyes (1982)

Lords Of The New Church – Open Your Eyes (1982)

“Open Your Eyes” is a song written by Brian James and Stiv Bators of English/American rock band The Lords of the New Church, and released in July 1982 as the second single of their debut studio album The Lords of the New Church (1982).

The song reached number 7 on the UK Indie Chart, and became the band’s only single to chart on the Canadian charts peaking at number 34, and the US Mainstream Rock at number 27.

Steven John Bator (October 22, 1949 – June 04, 1990), known professionally as Stiv Bators, was an American punk rock vocalist and guitarist from Girard, Ohio. He is best remembered for his bands Dead Boys and The Lords of the New Church.

Stiv Bators was born Steven John Bator on October 22, 1949, in Youngstown, Ohio (some sources say  Cleveland), to Mr and Mrs. Steven John Bator Sr. He was of Pennsylvania Dutch and Czech-Romani descent; “Stiv” is the Czech equivalent to Steven. He was in Catholic school for 12 years.

Stiv Bators was hit by a mysterious taxi cab, his death shows too much truth in song lyrics can make your world a little more dangerous. In mid-1990, Bators died in Paris after being hit by a car. He was taken to a hospital but reportedly left before seeing a doctor after waiting several hours and assuming he was not injured. Reports indicate that he died in his sleep as the result of a traumatic brain injury. He was survived by his parents.

Dave Tregunna said that Bators, a fan of Jim Morrison, had earlier requested that his ashes be spread over Morrison’s Paris grave and his girlfriend complied. In the director’s commentary of the film Polyester, in which Bators had a small role, director/producer John Waters stated that Bators’ girlfriend Caroline confessed to him that she snorted a portion of Stiv’s ashes so that she could be closer to him.

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