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Australians Ed Kuepper (guitar), Chris Bailey (vocals & bass) and Ivor Hay (keyboards) formed a high school band in Brisbane, Queensland, called Kid Galahad and The Eternals in 1973, with Kuepper already writing songs that The Saints would later perform. In 1975, Hay switched to bass and Jeff Wegener joined on drums.

This line-up played one gig (for the Communist Party at the Brisbane Trades Hall) before Wegener left and Hay switched instruments again, this time to drums.

Doug Balmanno took over on bass, followed in quick succession by Kym Bradshaw. The Saints were born.

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The band recorded a howling milestone single called (I’m) Stranded, releasing it in 1976 on their own independent label (it was later re-issued by EMI), and copies found their way to England where the single received rave reviews.

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.

The band recorded one album in Australia (also called I’m Stranded) and two in England – Eternally Yours (1978) and Prehistoric Sounds (1978). One single – This Perfect Day – showed potential of a commercial breakthrough when it made #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

saints_026They played shows in the UK with The RamonesTalking Heads and many new English bands.

In England, Bradshaw was replaced by Alasdair Ward but with the band suffering a lack of support from their record company, they called it a day late in 1978 (with Hay joining The Hitmen, Ward joining The Damned and Kuepper forming The Laughing Clowns).

To the contempt of many fans (and the continuing annoyance of Ed Kuepper, who took the hard road with his Laughing Clowns), Chris Bailey, with Ivor Hay and ring-ins Jim Dickson, Cub Callaway and Charlie Georgees, played a number of sell-out homecoming shows in Sydney in ’79. Suitably inspired, Bailey decided to keep The Saints going by himself.

Returning to London with a new line-up, he cut some demos on 8-track, four of which eventually saw the light of day on the self-released Paralytic Tonight, Dublin Tomorrow EP.

With some of his most enduring songs, his best-ever singing, and a wonderfully low-rent ambience, Paralytic found Bailey heading away from any post-punk stance, towards a classic style of ’60s-based rock & roll that came on like a skid row Flamin’ Groovies.

saintsSimple Love was later re-recorded for 1981’s The Monkey Puzzle, the first of many albums for Bailey’s own ever-changing line-up of The Saints. The band achieved Top 40 success at home and college radio notoriety in the States in the mid-’80s.

By 1982, the group were touring Australia with Janine Hall on bass, Iain Shedden (ex-The Jolt) on drums,  and Chris Burnham (ex-Supernaut) and Laurie Cuffe on guitars.

Bailey released his first solo album, Casablanca, in 1983.

A Little Madness to Be Free was released in July, spawning the popular single Ghost Ships.

Regular line-up changes ensued, with Ivor Hay returning for All Fools Day (1986). The album reached the Top 30 in Australia and included the Top 30 single, Just Like Fire Would.

By 1994, Bailey had moved to Sweden but continued recording and performing as The Saints with various backing musicians, moving eventually to the Netherlands.

Chris Bailey
Vocals, guitar
Ed Kuepper 
Guitar
Kym Bradshaw
Bass
Ivor Hay
Drums
Janine Hall
Bass
Iain Shedden

Drums
Chris Burnham 

Guitar
Jeffrey Wegener 

Drums
Alasdair Ward 

Bass
Mark Birmingham 

Drums 
Laurie Cuffe 

Guitar
Tracy Pew 

Bass
Richard Burgman 

Guitar 
Louise Elliott 

Saxophone 
Arturo LaRizza 

Bass 
Joe Chiofalo 

Keyboards
Tony Faehse 

Guitar 
Peter Jones 

Drums
Michael Bayliss 

Bass 
Marty Bjerregaard 

Drums
Andy Faulkner 

Guitar 
Andreas Jörnvill 

Drums
Joakim Täck

Bass
Ian Walsh 

Guitar 
Måns Wieslander 

Guitar
Peter Wilkinson

Drums
Eddie Nyström 

Guitar 
Caspar Wijnberg 

Bass
Marty Willson-Piper

Guitar

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