Artist : The Saints
Album : (I'm) Stranded
Source : Vinyl
Year : 1977
Genre : Punk
The Saints are an Australian rock band, formed in Brisbane in 1974.
They are considered to be one of the first and most influential punk groups.
By 1975, contemporaneously with the Ramones on the other side of the world, The Saints were employing the fast tempos, slurred vocals and buzzsaw guitar that characterised early punk rock.
With the release of their first single "(I'm) Stranded" in late 1976, they beat on to vinyl a host of more widely-known punk acts like the Sex Pistols, the Buzzcocks and The Clash.
In September 1976, with bass player Kym Bradshaw, The Saints independently recorded and distributed copies of their debut single "(I'm) Stranded".
In the UK, Sounds magazine declared it "Single of this and every week" and the band was signed to a three-album contract with EMI.
Later the same year they recorded their first LP, released in February 1977, also called "(I'm) Stranded".
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 and spiky hair. The Saints insisted on maintaining a more downbeat image. Nevertheless one single "This Perfect Day", showed potential of a commercial breakthrough when it made number 34 in the UK; further movement up the charts was frustrated by EMI's failure to press enough copies of the record to satisfy demand.
The original members of the band were schoolmates Chris Bailey (singer-songwriter, later a guitarist), Ed Kuepper (guitarist-songwriter) and Ivor Hay (drummer).
Their musical inspiration came from sources as diverse as 1950s rock 'n' roll such as Little Richard and Elvis Presley and 1960s proto-punk bands like The Stooges and MC5.
The founding members of the band, other than Chris Bailey, left during the 1970s. During the 1980s, The Saints progressively adopted a more mainstream, classic rock style and they achieved increasing commercial success in Australia.
1. (I'm) Stranded (3.32)
2. One Way Street (2.56)
3. Wild About You (2.35)
4. Messin' With The Kid (5.54)
5. Erotic Neurotic (4.07)
6. No Time (2.48)
7. Kissin' Cousins (2.00)
8. Story Of Love (3.11)
9. Demolition Girl (1.42)
10. Night In Venice (5.41)
11. Lipstick On Your Collar (2.36)
12. River Deep Mountain High (3.54)