The Saints (73- Australian rock band)

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The Saints are a rock band, originating in Brisbane, Australia founded by Chris Bailey (singer-songwriter, later guitarist), Ivor Hay (drummer), and Ed Kuepper (guitarist-songwriter) in 1974. Alongside mainstay Bailey, the group has had numerous line-ups. In 1975, 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.

In early 1979, the Saints had imploded, leaving Bailey to continue the band, with a variable 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 classic "Just Like Fire Would" on his High Hopes album.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1977 (I’m) Stranded 8
1978 Eternally Yours 5
1978 Prehistoric Sounds 3
1981 The Monkey Puzzle 1
1982 I Thought This Was Love, but This Ain't Casablanca 2
1984 A Little Madness to Be Free 1
1984 A Little Madness to Be Free / Live in a Mud Hut 1
1987 All Fools Day 2
1988 Prodigal Son 1
1991 Permanent Revolution 1
1996 Howling 1
1998 Everybody Knows the Monkey 1
2005 Nothing Is Straight in My House 3
2006 Imperious Delirium 2
Spit the Blues Out 1
The Monkey's Puzzle + Paralytic Tonight Dublin Tomorrow 1
The New Rose Years 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 Best of The Saints 1
1989 Scarce Saints: Hymns of Oblivion 1977–1984 1
1990 Songs of Salvation 1976–1988 1
1996 Know Your Product: The Best Of 2 2
2000 Wild About You (1976-1978) 1
2004 All Times Through Paradise 1
2006 The Greatest Cowboy Movie Never Made 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1976 (I'm) Stranded 1
1977 Erotic Neurotic 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1977 One Two Three Four 2
1981 Paralytic Tonight Dublin Tomorrow 1

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