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The Saints

The Saints

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  • The Basics

    The Poms had the Sex Pistols, the Yanks had the Ramones, but we had the Saints, perhaps the holiest of that triumvirate because their buzzsaw assault on the world’s ears began the earliest, in the unsuspecting Brissie of ’73. The band’s sound would mutate out of all recognition, so kick off with the feral intensity of “(I’m) Stranded.”

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  • Next Steps

    The remnants of the Saints’ punk origins can be heard in their early ’80s phase, which produced “Miss Wonderful” on Monkey Puzzle, the first album released after Ed Kuepper’s departure. By the time the outfit had reached the end of the decade it was reborn, still helmed by Chris Bailey: cue up the ripe sounds of All Fools Day.

    $3.38 Next Steps
  • Deep Cuts

    Although fans of the Saints tend to split themselves in two camps — either the punk hardcore or the late-’80s sophisticates — everyone can unite over 2005’s excellent Nothing is Straight in My House, cut with the Church’s guitarist, Marty Willson-Piper. Chris Bailey leads his band back to the hard edge with dark cuts like “Nylon Pirates.”

    $6.76 Deep Cuts
  • Complete Set

    When the Saints moved to England in ’77, and scored a chart hit with “This Perfect Day,” EMI wanted to promote the band as punk hipsters, replete with the requisite trouser rips and safety pins, but the lads refused to mess with their shirt-and-jumper image. In a way, that defiance sums up the Saints’ genuine non-conformity, and prefigured a career-long tendency to follow the muse rather than the trend. Punk trailblazers, jazz-blues experimentalists, pop craftsmen . . . at the end of the day, the Saints remain Aussie rock superheroes.

    $10.14 Complete Set
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  • Released: 02 November 2010

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