Power Pop #9: Stiv Bators – Make Up Your Mind

I admit that I don’t really know much about The Dead Boys or The Lords Of The New Church, which is probably criminal. Especially because I love the Stiv Bators solo singles/albums that he released in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Things like Make Up Your Mind, Not That Way Anymore, Last Year, It’s Cold Outside are absolutely perfect. I’ve heard them a million times and they still sound bloody amazing. Anyone of them could and should be featured, because this punk rocker released some of the best pop songs there is (not that he wrote all the songs. Some were covers, some he co-wrote… This great track was written by David Quinton if I’m not mistaken).

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  1. I love Disconnected. Just for your information, Stiv was a big fan of mid-1960s garage rock. If you are familiar with the Nuggets collections, then you’ll have a good idea of what inspired him musically. In fact, “Too Much to Dream” (Electric Prunes) and “It’s Cold Outside” (The Choir) both came from Nuggets, along with “A Question of Temperature” (Balloon Farm) on Lords of the New Church’s debut and “Hey Little Girl” (The Syndicate of Sound, which wasn’t on the original Nuggets that Stiv would have listened to, but is on the modern 4-disc Rhino Records edition) on the Dead Boys’ debut.

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