- (This page is about the Australian punk band. For the English instrumental band of the same name, see Saints(2)).
The Saints are an Australian punk rock band originating in Brisbane in 1973. The band was founded by Chris Bailey (singer-songwriter, later guitarist), Ivor Hay (drummer), and Ed Kuepper (guitarist-songwriter). Contemporaneously with American punk rock band the Ramones, the Saints were employing the fast tempos, raucous vocals and "buzz saw" guitar that characterised early punk rock. With their debut single, "(I'm) Stranded", in September 1976, they became the first "punk" band outside the US to release a record, ahead of better-known acts including the Sex Pistols and the Clash. They are one of the first and most influential groups of the genre.
Alongside mainstay Bailey, the group has also had numerous line-ups - in early 1979, Ivor Hay and Ed Kuepper left, while Bailey continued the band, with a changing line-up. All Fools Day peaked in the Top 30 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart in April 1986. Bailey also has a solo career and had relocated to Sweden by 1994. The band was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 2001.
The Saints continue to record and perform. In 2014 Bruce Springsteen covered their song "Just Like Fire Would" on his High Hopes album.
Links to Peel
"This is Peel's Big 45, and it fits neatly into the programme. From Australia, these are the Saints, and I think one of the best singles of the year, there. It's called (I'm) Stranded"
In 1977, he nominated the track at number 35 in his own 1977 Festive Fifty, where he choose his favourites of the year. Peel continued playing the band's material in the late 70's, but lost interest in their new material by the mid 80's, although close colleague Andy Kershaw played their 1986 track "Just Like Fire Would" on Peel's show on 05 November 1986, whilst sitting in for his colleague who was away in Japan.
Peel's favourites the Fall recorded a cover version of the Saints' "This Perfect Day" for their 22nd session in the autumn of 1998. A version of the song was included on the group's album "The Marshall Suite" the following year, attracting a couple of plays on the Peel show in April / May 1999.
Festive Fifty Entries
- 1977 Festive Fifty: (I'm) Stranded #35
- 11 November 1976: (I'm) Stranded (7") Fatal
- 07 December 1976: (I'm) Stranded (7") Fatal
- 09 December 1976: (I'm) Stranded (7") Fatal
- 10 December 1976: (I’m) Stranded (single) Power Exchange
- 20 April 1977: Erotic Neurotic (LP - (I'm) Stranded) EMI
- 25 October 1977: One Way Street (2x7" - One Two Three Four) Harvest
- 28 October 1977: Lipstick On Your Collar (7" - One Two Three Four) Harvest
- 23 December 1977: I'm Stranded (single) Power Exchange FF #35
- 01 February 1978: Know Your Product (7") Harvest
- 29 March 1978: (I'm) Misunderstood (LP - Eternally Yours) Harvest
- 25 September 1978: 'Every Day's A Holiday, Every Night's A Party (LP-Prehistoric Sounds)' (Harvest)
- 02 October 1978: (I'm) Stranded
- 28 February 1980 (Mike Read): Lipstick On Your Collar (7") EMI
- 04 September 1980: Miss Wonderful (LP – The Monkey Puzzle) New Rose
- 16 December 1980: In The Mirror (7") New Rose
- 16 December 1980: (I'm) Stranded
- 23 March 1983: Follow The Leader (album - Out In The Jungle) Flicknife
- 06 February 1988 (Radio Bremen): (I'm) Stranded (album - (I'm) Stranded) EMI
- 23 February 1988: (I'm) Stranded (7") EMI
- HO John Peel 10 1989: This Perfect Day
- 11 September 1997: I'm Stranded (7”) Fatal
- 03 November 1998: This Perfect Day (LP - Eternally Yours) Harvest
- 20 November 2001: 'Lost And Found' (LP 'Eternally Yours') Harvest