Stiv Bators Hero And Legend

stiv1 Bators was struck by a taxi while crossing a street in Paris. He was taken to a hospital but reportedly left before seeing a doctor because he had already been waiting several hours, was told to keep waiting, and he did not feel well and wanted to go home. Reports indicate that he died in his sleep as the result of a concussion. Steven John Bator, known as Stiv Bators (October 22 1949 - June 3 1990) was an American rock and roll and punk rocksinger and sometime guitarist from Youngstown, Ohio, best known for his bands The Dead Boys and The Lords of the New Church. Bators was also in the bands Rocket From The Tombs, Frankenstein, The Wanderers, and The Whores of Babylon (with Dee Dee Ramone and Johnny Thunders). He also recorded as a solo artist on Bomp. In 1981, he co-starred in the John Waters film Polyester. Stiv also made a guest appearance as "Dick Slammer," the lead singer of "The Blender Children" in the 1988 film Tapeheads. With the Dead Boys Bators pioneered the punk rock sound, look and attitude and the band was a popular staple at CBGB's in the late 1970's. Dead Boys Stiv Bators and his friends, guitarist  Jimmy Zero and bassist  Jeff Magnum, were looking for musicians in Cleveland, Ohio in 1975. They were huge fans of  Iggy Pop and wanted to play Iggy covers and have fun. At the same time guitarist  Cheetah Chrome and drummer  Johnny Blitz had a band called  Rocket From The Tombs together with  David Thomas and  Peter Laughner (Thomas and Laughner later formed  Pere Ubu) but it was a bit too arty for Chrome and Blitz. Rocket From The Tombs broke up and Bators, Zero & Magnum met Chrome & Blitz in the summer 1975 and together they formed a new band. Calling themselves  Frankenstein, they did their first gig that Halloween. Frankenstein did only four gigs in Cleveland and made one demo-EP titled  "Eve Of The Dead Boys" with three songs -  "Sonic Reducer",  "High Tension Wire"  and "Down In Flames". It was hard to find gigs in Cleveland's conservative clubs and they broke up frustrated after three months. In Easter 1976 Stiv was invited to New York by  The Heartbreakers guitarist  Johnny Thunders (ex-member of the New York Dolls). Stiv liked the New York atmosphere so much that after returning to Cleveland he wanted to go back with the rest of the Frankensteins. The band was now called  the Dead Boys, taking the name from their Frankenstein song  "Down In Flames" ( "Dead boy, running scared"). They relocated to New York in July 1976 and their first CBGB's appearance in August was secured on their behalf by  Joey Ramone ( The Ramones), who had met them earlier in Youngstown, Ohio. Impressed with Stiv's outlandish and raucous behaviour, Ramone had a hunch that their music would be as impressive as Stiv's personality. The original Dead Boys line-up was Stiv Bators (vocals), Cheetah Chrome (guitar), Jimmy Zero (guitar), Johnny Blitz (drums) and Jeff Magnum (bass). The Dead Boys started to hang around - and play - at CBGB's. They were opening for  The Damned on three nights and every critic agreed that this relatively unknown band from the Midwest blew the English punk rockers right off the stage. Soon the Dead Boys met  Seymour Stein from Sire Records. Stein had recently signed The Ramones  and was now so impressed about the Dead Boys that he  signed them to Sire in January 1977. At that point  Hilly Kristal - the owner of  CBGB's - arranged  Jim Sliman to look after the band and soon Sliman found himself being their tour manager - although they were not touring! The Dead Boys were known as a really wild live-act. They abandoned all artistic pretensions, their motto was:  "Fuck art, let's rock!". They also reflected the frustrated feelings of kids in those days. The kids followed the band because they were something fresh in the American music scene, they looked new and sounded new. Often overlooked in chronicles of the New York punk scene, the Dead Boys were one of the most controversial bands playing at CBGB's between 1976 and 1979. They were part of the American punk rock scene together with the bands like  The Ramones,  Johnny Thunders And The Heartbreakers and  Television. Having absorbed what had already happened in England ( The Sex Pistols and  The Damned) and the USA ( the Stooges), the Dead Boys took it a dozen steps further, uncovering new levels of violence, nihilism, masochism and vulgarity. Their gigs were brash, aggressive, threatening and, above all, outrageously provocative. Their legacy is perhaps summarized by the much-covered punk anthem,  "Sonic Reducer", most famously revived live in the 1990's by  Pearl Jam. the Dead Boys' first album,  "Young Loud And Snotty" was released in 1977. It was one of the earliest punk albums released on a US label and still is maybe one of  America's rawest rock records. The album - which was recorded in four days - was produced by  Genya Ravan, who made it loud and raw. She encapsulated the anarchic, pile-driving, punk rock sound. The title was perfect punk poetry, and every track offered a slap in the face. At the end of 1977 the Dead Boys made a successful tour in England with  The Damned. After coming back to US in December they started making demos in Ohio for their next album which was recorded in Miami at the Criteria Studios and titled as  "We Have Come For Your Children". It was released in 1978 and after that the Dead Boys did a four month tour in US. The album was produced by the late  Felix Pappalardi (ex-member of  Mountain) but the band and Pappalardi couldn't get along - he didn't know how to produce this type of rock'n'roll. The album has inferior sound when compared to the first album, but equally strong playing. There were many great songs like  "3rd Generation Nation",  "(I Don't Wanna Be No) Catholic Boy" and  "Ain't It Fun", the latter co-written by guitarist Cheetah Chrome and Cleveland legend Peter Laughner - and later covered by  Guns N' Roses featuring  Michael Monroe on vocals on 1993 GNR album  "The Spaghetti Incident". The US tour was the beginning of the end for the band. They ran out of money and Stiv, Jimmy and Johnny were sent back to Cleveland. They all got together for the one last time in New York for the live album at CBGB's, which fulfilled their final obligations to Sire Records. However, Sire couldn't ever release that album because Stiv purposely sang off-microphone to make sure Sire would be unable to release the album without his help. Later, in 1981 the album was released by Bomp Records under the name of  "Night Of The Living Dead Boys" after Stiv had redone the vocals again. The album included one new song,  "Detention Home" which was written by  Jimmy Zero. Actually, that song was already recorded once in the studio for the second Dead Boys album but was left off by the producer Felix Pappalardi. The final shock for the band was the stabbing of their drummer Johnny Blitz. He was sent to intensive care in critical condition and was nearly killed of his wounds. At the same time Blitz laying at the hospital, Sire Records decided not to renew their contract and the band finally called it quits in 1979. After that they did a few re-union gigs with various of line-ups and in 1987 they got together and recorded an EP. Some of those re-union gigs have been recorded and released later, usually by Bomp Records. the Dead Boys will be remembered and revered for two great albums, some demented live performances and a unique frontman. Modern thrash bands owe them a particular debt of gratitude and their young, fresh aggression can still be seen as quintessentially punk rock. In July 1997 Bomp Records released the rough mixes of the first Dead Boys album entitled  "Younger, Louder & Snottier" and probably they will release a previously unreleased live recording. They are also trying to get the rights for the second album  "We Have Come For Your Children" (which is really rare nowadays), possibly remixing it with Cheetah Chrome. In the 1980's Bators was romantically involved with Bebe Buell, mother of then-infant Liv Tyler, and Bators lived with the two of them in Bangor, Maine for a period. He subsequently moved to England and began The Wanderers with members of Sham 69. Bators remained an ex-pat, marrying an English woman and after their divorce moving to Paris, where he remained until his untimely death. Bators died shortly after being struck to the ground by a taxi cab on the street in Paris; his girlfriend took him to see a doctor, but the emergency room wait was too long, so he went home, where he died in his sleep of a concussion. Bators was a fan and devotee of Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors, and had his ashes spread over Morrison's grave in the Père Lachaise Cemetery; supposedly these were his wishes, but it's doubtful he was seriously contemplating his death when he indicated this wish Stiv Forever[gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="title"]

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