BATORS, STIV

DISCONNECTED (MUNSTER)

BATORS, STIV - DISCONNECTED 165029
Format:
1 LP
Release:
12.07.2024
Label:
MUNSTER
Kat.-Nr.:
165029
Barcode:
8435008845612
HIGHLIGHTS Originally released in 1980, this was Stiv Bators' first solo album. Now reissued with 2 bonus tracks, not available on the original version, a slightly different picture on the cover (the actual unfiltered photo as used on the 1980 issue) and a booklet with extensive liner notes and photos.

Bators was the man who destroyed Rocket from the Tombs, from which he hijacked half the members to found one of the most influential American punk bands to have existed, The Dead Boys.

Stiv had turned in his broken teeth for a more power pop oriented solo career. This is not an album recorded by a has-been former punk idealist; instead it's a true step forward into another unknown arena packing all the glare and attitude that remained from the last.

The music is more similar to 60's power pop than the vicious punk rock that Bators became known for originally, while a member of The Dead Boys.

New generations continue to discover it. It still holds up very well and sounds as fresh and vibrant as ever.

DESCRIPTION On August 11th of 1980, Stiv Bators, David Quinton Steinberg, George Cabaniss and Frank Secich flew to Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada.

They were there to do the West Coast leg of the "URGH! A Music War" tour. On the bill of the tour were Pere Ubu, Magazine, the Members, and they were billed as Stiv Bators and the Dead Boys or just the Dead Boys.

After the tour they were supposed to embark on a 6-week tour of Australia, New Zealand, and the Far East.

During the beginning of the Urgh Tour the Australian Tour was abruptly canceled. Greg Shaw who owned Bomp Records decided that since the band were already going to be in California that they should do Stiv's solo album which they had planned to do after returning from Down Under.

So, Bators and the rest of the group set up camp at the infamous Tropicana Motel in West Hollywood and Greg booked them into Perspective Studios in Sun Valley, CA.

Before going into Perspective, they went into Andy Chappel's Stone Fox rehearsal studio in North Hollywood, CA for a few days to rehearse the songs and arrange them for the album.

"We had 'Evil Boy' (Zero-Secich), David Quinton's 'Make Up Your Mind' and my song 'A Million Miles Away'.

We also rearranged mine and Stiv's 'The Last Year' changing the key from D to F# and making it much easier to sing in a power pop vein.

In addition, we had 'Swinging A Go-Go' another great contribution by George Cabaniss. Stiv and I had written two more for the album 'Ready Anytime' and the album closer 'I Wanna Forget You (Just the Way You Are)'.

We also had a moody dark instrumental (written by Cabaniss-Quinton-Secich) that we were playing around with for some time.

Stiv was supposed to write lyrics for it, but he never got around to it, so we left it as an instrumental.

It had a great vibe and reminded me of the John Cassavetes 1956 film "Crime in The Streets" and was thus christened that.

The last song we picked for the LP was 'I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)' which was the one cover we did that suited Stiv's voice perfectly.

After a few days of rehearsing at Stone Fox, we went into Perspective Studio in Sun Valley, California.

Greg hired Thom Wilson (who would later become a famous punk rock producer of Offspring, Iggy Pop, Dead Kennedys, T.S.O.L., Bad Religion and many others).

Stiv co-produced with Thom and Andy Chappel and Thom did the engineering." Frank Secich recalls.

In September, after the "Disconnected" mixing sessions, Stiv went to Baltimore to film "Polyester" with Movie Director John Waters and actors Tab Hunter and Divine.

Stiv then went to the UK to record with the Wanderers doing their LP "Only Lovers Left Alive".

He wanted to have both bands going simultaneously but logistically and practically they all knew that could never work.

The "Disconnected" Band would do one last tour to support the album release of "Disconnected".

The LP was released by Bomp Records on Monday December 08th, 1980. Later that night, John Lennon was murdered in New York City.

So many of the principal characters involved in the creation of "Disconnected" have passed on.

Stiv Bators (June 3rd, 1990), Greg Shaw (October 2nd, 2004), Thom Wilson (February 8th, 2015), and George Cabaniss (July 17th, 2020).

But "Disconnected" lives on and on and has left quite a legacy for itself. There have been over 100 cover versions internationally of the songs from "Disconnected" and it has been in print and reissued in various forms in many countries around the world.

New generations continue to discover it. It still holds up very well and sounds as fresh and vibrant as ever.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. EVIL BOY
  • 1.2. BAD LUCK CHARM
  • 1.3. A MILLION MILES AWAY
  • 1.4. MAKE UP YOUR MIND
  • 1.5. SWINGIN A-GO-GO
  • 1.6. CRIME IN THE STREETS (*BONUSTRACK)
  • 1.7. TOO MUCH TO DREAM
  • 1.8. READY ANY TIME
  • 1.9. THE LAST YEAR
  • 1.10. I WANNA FORGET YOU (JUST THE WAY YOU ARE)
  • 1.11. JUNEBUG SKILLET (*BONUSTRACK)