Chris Bailey, the founding singer and songwriter behind the pioneering Australian punk rock band the Saints, has died. The information was revealed in an announcement on the Saints’ social media, noting that he died on Saturday, April 9. “Chris lived a lifetime of poetry and music and stranded on a Saturday night time,” it reads.
Bailey was born in Belfast, and when he was younger, his mother and father emigrated to Brisbane, Australia. He shaped the Saints within the early Seventies with Ed Kuepper and Ivor Hay. Following the discharge of the “(I’m) Stranded” single in 1976, the band’s debut album (I’m) Stranded arrived in 1977. It was adopted in fast succession by 1978’s Prehistoric Sounds and Eternally Yours.
All advised, the band launched 14 studio albums. “I’ve managed to maintain my head above water and take pleasure in my obsessions, of which making data is one,” Bailey mentioned in a 2013 interview. “Not that I’m content material with life, as a result of I definitely am not, however I’m proud of the best way issues have panned out. I do know people who find themselves extra profitable than I who really feel trapped in pop stardom. There’s loads to say for being a rat bag on the outskirts of present enterprise as a result of present enterprise has all the time sucked and all the time will. I’m form of comfortable being within the prairie on the skin, goddamnit.”
Throughout the band’s profession that lasted with exhibits that adopted their final album, 2012’s King of the Solar, Bailey was the one constant member of the Saints’ rotating lineup. Bailey launched a number of solo albums below his personal title within the ’80s and ’90s. In 2021, an authentic 7″ copy “(I’m) Stranded” was added to the treasure assortment of the John Oxley Library—the State Library Of Queensland.