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1) The Saints are a punk-rock band formed in 1974 in Brisbane, Australia. Their musical inspiration came from sources as diverse as 1950s rock ‘n’ roll and 1960s Detroit punk band The Stooges. The Saints music pioneered the fast tempos and buzzing guitars parallel to more widely-known punk acts like The Ramones and The Sex Pistols.

In mid-1977 the band moved to the UK, where it became apparent that they and their label had different ideas as to how they should be marketed. EMI planned to sell The Saints as a typical punk band complete with ripped clothes. The Saints insisted on wearing collared shirts and sweaters, and left their hair long. The original line-up consisted of vocalist Chris Bailey, guitarist Ed Kuepper and Ivor Hay on drums with Kym Bradshaw and later Algy Ward on bass.

Kuepper, Hay and Ward left the band in 1978, but Chris Bailey continued touring and recording as The Saints with a revolving line-up of musicians throughout the 80’s including the late Janine Hall on bass. The Saints’ commercial breakthrough into the US came in 1986 with the album “All Fools Day”, with the video for “Just Like Fire Would” receiving airplay on MTV.

After releasing a couple of records under his own name, Bailey reformed The Saints in 1996. Once again without any of the other founding members but they have reunited occasionally to perform live. The Saints music could often be heard in the background during episodes of Neighbours in the 1990’s!

The current line-up is:
Chris Bailey - Guitar and vocals
Caspar Wijnberg - Bass
Peter Wilkinson - Drums

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  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    есть пара неплохих песен, на втором альбоме даже небезынтересные аранжировки, но в целом - калька с ramones

    19 Mar 1:29pm Reply
  • LCDnewOrder

    @KiwiFlash, what's wrong with The Ramones? The Ramones and The Saints are equally good, don't be a bitch and hate on one and like the other

    27 Feb 7:26am Reply
  • eduabc

    i fucking love the saints!

    17 Feb 4:44pm Reply
  • KiwiFlash

    Fuck the Ramones, though

    16 Jan 2:36pm Reply
  • prunellaluke

    They don't sound punk, let alone like the Ramones. Good though. And great story from flashbleu.

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • PsyHead_GR

    Underrated [5] no need to compare them with the Ramones!

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • kanto_sho

    why even bother to compare with Ramones? like compare beatles with stones etc

    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • wretched-one

    This Perfect Day....Brilliant!!

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • creamsicklesky

    The Music Goes Round My Head & (I'm) Stranded >333

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • flashbleu

    I once saw Chris Bailey solo in Hobart. He dealt with a heckler by getting him to go on stage and try and do better. While the poor sap was standing there with a guitar getting booed, Chris came up to me and chatted. He said it was probably against his socialist principles watching someone else work whilst he got paid but what the hell. I promised him a drink if he played Grain Of Sand. He said he'd play it anyway and as soon as he got back on stage, he did. I bought him the drink anyway. Will always respect this man.

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • funcionalismo

    aint nobody tells me what to do nooow ive heard all the lies & been promised the worlddd

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • rustco

    Check out my mates band "Thursdays Friend" LastFm page. Cool band from Adelaide Australia. Free downloads of Grunge/Punk. Peace!

    31 Oct 2012 Reply
  • KurtBell

    Can't wait for the new album that is meant to be coming out this month.

    5 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Stretchead

    underheard

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
  • nikoinista

    Underrated [4] but NOT better than Ramones!

    31 May 2012 Reply
  • Dylbear

    such a fuckin cool band

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • L57NT

    Underrated [3] Much better than Ramones.

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • AnMiyu

    Underrated [2]

    13 Mar 2012 Reply
  • tkdcoach

    Underrated

    13 Dec 2011 Reply
  • MalcolmSchmidt

    yeah!

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
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