Ivy Room Presents
SMOKERS, The Pathogens, Dreadful Children
Doors: 8:00 PM
Show: 9:00 PM
21 and over
“You’re not gonna sing again, are you?”
From (I’m) Stranded turns 40: remembering the Saints and the sound that changed Brisbane, by Andrew Stafford:
“The Saints were seers. They’d formed in mid 1973, the same year as the release of the first New York Dolls album and Iggy and the Stooges’ Raw Power, and, while they hadn’t beaten the Ramones on to record – the New Yorkers had released their first album four months earlier – they were ahead of all the UK punks (the Damned’s New Rose was released a month later, in October 1976) and Sydney’s Radio Birdman.
But arguably more important than chronology and the Saints’ place in the bigger scheme of things was their determined independence. There were no venues to play in Brisbane, so the band hired out suburban halls. No local record company was interested in what they were doing, so they hired out a local studio, paid for the recording themselves and put out the song on their own label, Fatal Records.
This fact was noted in Jonh (John) Ingham’s review in Sounds: “This Queensland combo had to record and release on their own label; for some reason Australian record companies think the band lack commercial potential. What a bunch of idiots.” EMI in London – partially in an attempt to claw back lost credibility after sacking the Sex Pistols – duly instructed its baffled representatives in Sydney to sign the band.”
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