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This weekend I’ll mostly be listening to… The Saints September 4, 2010

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture, This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
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Singer long haired? Check. Guitarist long haired? Check. Punk sound via garage and rock and roll? Check.

Yep, it’s Australian punk, or more particularly Australian punks The Saints. Formed in Brisbane in 1974, releasing their first single No Time, still today a remarkably powerful and almost contemporary sounding outing, two years later. And then there’s (I’m) Stranded, and the eponymous debut album.

Punk? Yes, but in the same way the Ramones were punk, or the Damned were punk, minimal, rather than minimalist. Loud, very loud, metallic, but not metal. Rock and roll but not rock, or roll. And all of it short bursts of song, 1.59 or so for Demolition Girl.

Much as I love that song I think Know Your Product from two years later, and one of the tracks from ‘Eternally Yours’ (indeed it’s paired with another track entitled No, Your Product), is one of their finest moments, a great cynical sprawling horn backed track that attacks advertising and is nicely representative of the album.

There’s an awful lot more to them, as there has to be for any band that could have had Chris Bailey and Ed Kuepper as a founder members and Marty Willson-Piper as a later member and contributor.

But in the spirit of their songs… that’s all I’ll say about them.

Enjoy.

No Time (1976) first single

Stranded (1976)

Lipstick on Your Collar (1977 – from the One Two Three Four EP)

Demolition Girl (1977 – from the One Two Three Four EP)

Know Your Product (1978)

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1. Crocodile - September 5, 2010

When John Peel was putting together his first ‘punk’ programmes, The Saints were in there, along with the first singles from The Damned and a couple of others in the UK, Richard Hell in NY, and bands of the mid-seventies who seemed to be precursors of what was happening – Dr Feelgood, The New York Dolls, even Eddie and The Hot Rods. The Saints belonged to the latter group and I’ve had a soft spot for them since then. Anything better ever come out of Oz? Some talk of the Gobetweens, but I’d take ‘This Perfect day’ or ‘Stranded’any day.

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WorldbyStorm - September 5, 2010

I still love the Church, from whence Mr. Willson-Piper sprang, and of course the Go-Betweens, but comparisons are invidious! They’re all fantastic in their own, and the other thing is that Australia was a sort of test chamber… Amazing stuff.

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2. EamonnDublin - September 5, 2010

did they play here about 3 years ago? Think I remember seeing them.

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WorldbyStorm - September 5, 2010

They did IIRC, and I wasn’t able to make it. Did you like them?

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sonofstan - September 5, 2010

I was at that – Marty Wilson-Piper on guitar if I recall. It was good enough, except Chris Bailey was taking the Sir Les approach to Australian cultural outreach, and thoroughly alienated much of the audience – the rest of the band didn’t appear too pleased with him either. I was there with an Australian friend, who couldn’t stick it: I guess there is no hell quite like watching someone from your country confirm every prejudice people in your adopted country might have.

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WorldbyStorm - September 5, 2010

That’s a real pity, not least because Bailey was born to Belfast parents (in Kenya so it says).

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EamonnDublin - September 5, 2010

yes. The saints were always good.

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WorldbyStorm - September 5, 2010

V. true.

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3. Mark P - September 5, 2010

A surprisingly good band given the musical wasteland from which they sprung.

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WorldbyStorm - September 5, 2010

Actually, I know what you mean on the macro level, Australia hasn’t really contributed too much of interest – INXS – urgggh! But on a micro level post 1976, and perhaps this was the Saints influence, there were thriving garage, punk and new wave scenes, but low level. In a way though I think that’s better.

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4. sonofstan - September 5, 2010

That’s a real pity, not least because Bailey was born to Belfast parents (in Kenya so it says).

Yeah, that was part of it, now that you remind me – trying to wind up a Dublin audience with him being from Belfast an’ all……the impression was that he hadn’t much updated his picture of the country since his parents left here.

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WorldbyStorm - September 5, 2010

Ah God. What a waste.

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5. Garibaldy - September 5, 2010

Youse are all missing out with all this punk etc. Check this out

http://perezhilton.com/tv/Cee_Lo_Green_Fuck_You/?ptvid=dc76ba9bcc6df

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WorldbyStorm - September 5, 2010

I think you should put that up as a “This weekend I’ll mostly be listening to this song”

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yourcousin - September 6, 2010

Decent song, but seriously, what were you doing on that website?

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WorldbyStorm - September 6, 2010

That question had crossed my mind… 🙂

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Garibaldy - September 6, 2010

I’m down with the kids YC.

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yourcousin - September 6, 2010

If you say so…

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6. Budapestkick - September 5, 2010

Did Algy Ward play with these guys?

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WorldbyStorm - September 5, 2010

So wiki tells me.

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7. ejh - September 6, 2010

Paul Lewis is playing Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto at the Proms, a little after seven o’clock tonight. It’s one of the great works of art that Western civilisation has produced. I really recommend that you do not miss it.

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ejh - September 6, 2010

I should have course have remembered to add that it’s on BBC Radio Three (in about ten minutes as I write).

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WorldbyStorm - September 6, 2010

EJH thanks a mill for that. Any other recommendations always welcome.

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8. PJ Callan - September 6, 2010

I think that the lead singer of The Saints might have had an Irish collection?

I was told by an Aussie comrade that the Saints had their first gig at a BBQ organised by the old Communist Party of Australia in Brisbane.

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9. PJ Callan - September 6, 2010

….just saw that Bailey’s origins was mentioned at post #4 and that he was from Belfast, I thought there was a Dublin connection?

Doc Neeson from The Angels was also a Belfast/Aussie rock singer. Not a bad band either.

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