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. By 2005, the group had re-located to Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Willson-Piper joined the band to record the album Nothing Is Straight In My House, as well as co-writing the track Passing Strange. Willson-Piper also joined the band for the following tour.
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