The Lords Of The New Church formed in 1981 by singer Stiv Bators of The Dead Boys and guitarist Brian James of The Damned. Bassist Dave Tregunna (Sham 69) and drummer Nick Turner (the Barracudas) rounded out the punk \"supergroup\". Their self-titled debut was released in 1982. It had elements of punk but was more melodic and better produced. This alienated the hard core punk audience but opened the album up to a wider fan base.