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In my latest video I argue that - love it or hate it - the offspring's 1994 album Smash is one of the most important alb...
21/04/2024

In my latest video I argue that - love it or hate it - the offspring's 1994 album Smash is one of the most important albums in Punk Rock History. Take a look and let me know what you think.

This month in Punk Rock History... Brendan dives deep into the 90's punk era and the OffSpring's groundbreaking album Smash. For daily punk from Brendan chec...

This month marks the anniversary of the release of smash. In this video I argue that it is one of the most important alb...
21/04/2024

This month marks the anniversary of the release of smash. In this video I argue that it is one of the most important albums in punk rock history. Please check it out and let me know what you think.

10/04/2024

The Saints lead singer and songwriter Chris Bailey passed away on this day in 2022 (April 9)

Chris Bailey had a profound effect on music, not only in Australia, but around the world.

He was born in Kenya to Irish parents, and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland until the age of seven, when his family emigrated to Australia.

Bailey went to Inala, Oxley, and Corinda State High Schools, and it was at high school that he met future Saints Ed Kuepper and Ivor Hay.

They didn’t know at that time that the band they started in Brisbane, Australia, would go on to be pioneers of a genre sweeping the world that they didn’t really fully identify with.

Bob Geldof of The Boomtown Rats said, "Rock music in the Seventies was changed by three bands—the S*x Pistols, the Ramones and The Saints".

The Saints took great pains to point out that they were not “punk” as such.
No spiky hair, studded belts or safety pins.
Nor were there any Ramones-style leather jackets.

There was considerable punk attitude though, with the flat, deadpan vocals, 100 mile an hour guitar thrash, and nihilistic lyrics.

Ed Kuepper explained that they played faster and faster as they were nervous in front of audiences.

"Chris and I met when we were about 14 during detention at Oxley High School and became close friends which later developed into what I always thought was an extremely strong artistic partnership," Kuepper write after Bailey’s passing.

"I couldn't have hoped for a better singer.”

The Saints debut single “(I’m) Stranded”, originally released on the band's own Fatal Records label, pre-dated vinyl debuts by UK punk acts such as the S*x Pistols, Buzzcocks, The Damned and The Clash.

With Chris Bailey as the band’s only constant member, The Saints continued and morphed through the decades, releasing a string of excellent albums such as their debut “(I’m) Stranded”, “Eternally Yours”, “The Monkey Puzzle”, “All Fools Day”, and “Prodigal Son”.

Bailey also wrote “Just Like Fire Would” which was released by The Saints in 1986, and later covered by Bruce Springsteen on his 2014 album “High Hopes”.

In March 1989, the Saints had an Australian Top 40 hit with a cover of the Easybeats' song "Music Goes 'Round My Head", which also featured in the 1988 film Young Einstein's soundtrack.
Their version of "The Music Goes Round My Head" reached #19 on the US Alternative Songs chart.

Chris Bailey also released seven solo albums over the years.

One of the most underrated Australian musicians…..R.I.P.

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