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The Stabilizers were an American pop/rock band from Erie, Pennsylvania, founded in the early 1980s by musicians Dave Christenson (lead vocals), England-born Rich Nevens (guitars and occasional keyboards) and Dan Haight (drums). They spent the first few years touring the Pennsylvania area and recording original compositions on a 4-track recorder. Then, in 1985, they were signed to Columbia Records and in 1986, released Tyranny, their first and only album. By this time, only Christenson and Nevens remained in the official band lineup, with Haight and other previous bandmembers not appearing on the recording.
The guitar and synth-laced album followed in the style of other 1980s bands such as a-ha, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears and Mr. Mister. The first single from Tyranny was "One Simple Thing," which peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1986 and number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987, helped by the band's performance of the song on American Bandstand. Two music videos were released to promote the album: "One Simple Thing", which was directed by David Fincher - who would go onto greater success directing the feature films Alien 3, Se7en and Fight Club - and "Tyranny", directed by David Hogan.
The "Tyranny" single failed to chart, and for the next five years, The Stabilizers disappeared from view. However, in 1991, an unreleased track from the Tyranny sessions, "Maybe This Time," surfaced on the soundtrack to the film If Looks Could Kill. Although no additional music has been released from the band since then, Tyranny has been re-released digitally via the iTunes Store.
- Tyranny (Columbia Records, 1986)
- Erie_Newscast.mp4 @YouTube.com (features local broadcasts chronicling The Stabilizers' return to Erie to kick off their national tour) Retrieved 10-3-2015.
- Billboard.com: Stabilizers: Artist Chart History. Accessed 2007-05-27.
- http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p14367 Allmusic.com
- Includes brief biography, and photographs
- Includes comments in the reviews from Dave Christenson's former girlfriend