What’s your favourite song performed by The Saints? (I’m) Stranded? Know Your Product? One of their energetic covers?
If first “fell in love” with the sound of The Saints when I was a student. “Cooler” friends introduced me to sound of The Saints – fast paced, fuzzed-up guitar with a low-fi, “not-too-slick and over-produced” vibe.
I practised and practised my cheap guitar until I could play in that fast chord style – but I had always trouble working out what the lyrics were. It was only years later – I understood what Chris Bailey was actually singing!
I always loved his snarled “Come On!”
I loved “(I’m) Stranded” – but what really got me hooked was their unusual combination (for the time) of “punk” guitar and fat horns and edgy lyrics of “Know Your Product”.
That’s my all-time favourite Saints song!
What’s yours? Come on – please share in the comments section below.
I remember thinking I was so cool blasting out The Saints – until one day I was amazed that my mother knew the lyrics to “my” band.
She educated me that Lipstick on Your Collar was a cover from her generation. I imagined a young Chris Bailey enjoying the original version – probably listening to an old 45 from his family or a cool aunt or uncle.
I also loved their fuzzed-up version of the old Elvis song “Kissing Cousins” from the movie of the same name.
I imagined that Chris Bailey had probably been an Elvis movie fan too as a kid. One of his later projects was Kid Galahad (another Elvis movie). I always thought his shaky leg movement was just a hint of Elvis too. I could be wrong – that was just my take.
Lots of “later” Australian bands also loved The Saints. Hunters & Collectors covered “Know Your Product”. Midnight Oil also performed that song live.
Bruce Springsteen on a recent Australian tour covered “Just Like Fire Would”. Sometimes visiting artists try to throw in a song by a local act. IMHO this cover was a suitable and intelligent choice and the lyrics and musical style really suited Springsteen’s natural style. It didn’t seem forced or token.
A few days ago, fans had a real blast from the past when Hunters & Collectors performed “Know Your Product”. The band got up their old mate on stage – Peter Garret from Midnight Oil!
As a friend of mine and fellow music fan wrote: iconic band with an iconic guest performing an iconic song.
If you haven’t seen it – below are links to:
1. The Saints original
2. the recent Hunters & Collectors and Peter Garret version.
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A blast from that song – inspired this Know your Product(ivity) post! Yes, I love a good pun and can’t help myself!
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