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One of the creepier videos of the '80s: 'Dance with Me'



Oh how we love Martha Quinn and relish any chance to drop her name on the Stuck in the '80s blog. A topic covered in the oral history books about MTV is the romances of Quinn during her VJ tenure, including the curious pairing between her and Stiv Bators - lead singer of the Lords Of The New Church and their near hit Dance With Me.

Who would ever thought that America's sweetheart Martha Quinn would fall for a Goth rocker from Cleveland? Bator was leader of The Dead Boys that helped create the CBGB sound of the late '70s where Bator made his reputation for outrageous and dangerous behavior on stage. At the start of the decade he formed the Lords Of The New Church that had a more accessible dance sound with songs like Dance With Me that peaked at No. 85 on the pop charts in 1983.

The video for Dance With Me borders on creepy with voodoo and other odd characters. Though not a pretty face, Bator's bad boy routine caught the eye of our favorite young pixie VJ. Quinn and Bator would part ways around the time Quinn was released from MTV in 1986 and in 1992 Quinn married Jordan Tarlow, a guitar player from the Fuzztones.

In 1990, Bator would be hit by a car in France. He was taken to the hospital but left before being treated claiming he felt okay. He would die later that night from a concussion. Bator's ashes (per his request) were spread over Jim Morrison's grave in Paris.

[Last modified: Friday, July 29, 2016 12:13pm]


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