“Open Your Eyes” to the Greatness of Stiv Bators

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Last year, at the request of his beautiful wife Jenn, I flew out to Dallas to surprise my friend (and former band-mate) BC at dinner for his birthday on December 2nd. It turned out to be one of the greatest weekends of my life. BC had been my partner in crime for drinking and creativity for almost a decade here in LA before he decided he’d had enough of Hollywood slumlords and skipped town in 2008, leaving me to my own destructive devices (or “vices” if you prefer). Needless to say, the three of us had the best time I’d had in a very long time in Dallas.

One of the things we did, before heading over to the Texas Theater for drinks (the site where law enforcement nabbed Lee Harvey Oswald after he allegedly shot Officer J. D. Tippit on November 22, 1963), was to check out the Sixth Floor Museum for some JFK “assassination porn.” At the time I was knee-deep into Russ Baker’s Family of Secrets, and hearing Russ mention in interviews about the museum being “part of the cover-up” gave me a perspective I wouldn’t have otherwise had (it’s a must-see, but keep Baker’s words in mind as you walk through and you’ll see what I mean).

Upon returning home, full of inspiration and not ready to leave Dallas completely behind, I asked my friend Anthony, guitarist of Slow Motorcade (I think you get the reference), to guest-DJ on my podcast to talk some JFK.

He and I put together a collection of JFK-inspired songs for the show, and the highlight of the set was his choice of “Open Your Eyes” by The Lords of the New Church. Despite having been a casual Lords fan for many years, I never paid attention to a single word. I’m so grateful to Anthony for giving me a second look at this “killer” Lords track. I’ve been obsessed with the song ever since.

That obsession went to a whole new level this past week as I have been memorizing the lyrics of the song for a solo gig I have coming up. It is astounding how ahead of his time Stiv Bators was (or probably more likely, the rest of the world just hadn’t caught on to how things really work until it was shoved in our faces). Feast your eyes and ears on this brilliance (from 1982 no less)!

 

Video games train the kids for war

Army chic in high-fashion stores

Law and order’s done their job

Prisons filled while the rich still rob

 

Assassination politics

Violence rules within our nation’s midst

Well ignorance is their power tool

You’ll only know what they want you to know

 

The television cannot lie

Controlling media with smokescreen eyes

Nuclear politicians picture show

The acting’s lousy but the blind don’t know

 

Open your eyes see the lies right in front of ya

 

They scare us all with threats of war

So we forget just how bad things are

You taste the fear when you’re all alone

They gonna getcha when you’re on your own

 

The silence of conspiracy

Slaughtered on the altar of apathy

You gotta wake up from your sleep

Cos meek inherits earth… six feet deep

 

Open your eyes see the lies right in front of ya

Stiv Bators

Stiv Bators

John Dissed is a rock & roll musician and “deep politics” junkie from Los Angeles, CA. To get a taste of what that sounds like, download his latest single, “Honeypot”, for free here.

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