The Saints

(I'm) Stranded

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Just as rock & roll was a single name given to a variety of musical phenomena happening around the same time (rockabilly, doo wop, rhythm & blues, and other pop forms that embraced aspects of these styles and kids could dance to), what became known as "punk rock" or "new wave" in the mid-'70s encompassed music made by many different musicians whose main uniting factor was an annoyance with what was going on in mainstream rock. While the Ramones were reducing rock & roll back to three-chord juvenile delinquent noise in New York (and let me stress that that's a good thing), and the Sex Pistols were trying to bring down the British government and make money doing it in the U.K., down under in Australia, the Saints were taking the classic sounds of high-attitude '60s rock & roll (such as the Easybeats and the Pretty Things), stripping it to the bone, and cranking it up to 80 mph on their debut single, "(I'm) Stranded." It was a simple exercise in rock classicism, but executed with enough sneering, nervous energy to make it clear the Saints were up to something new. Chris Bailey's snarl was the stuff of a thousand garage bands elevated to true greatness, and Ed Kuepper's guitar was pure power-chord energy, but there was just enough melody in the song (and enough jangle in Kuepper's overdubs) to prove these guys were not mere noise merchants. Part of the beauty of punk's first wave was that as the style was working out its own parameters, anything seemed like suitable grist for the mill, and "(I'm) Stranded" showed a certain amount of pop-smart sophistication wasn't out of place in punk rock -- a direction the band would pursue much further with their second album, Eternally Yours.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
(I'm) Stranded 1977 Captain Oi! Records 3:32
Burning Ambitions: A History of Punk, Vol. 1 1984
Various Artists
Cleopatra
Songs of Salvation 1976-1988 1991 Raven 3:34
D.I.Y.: Anarchy in the UK: UK Punk I (1976-77) 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 3:33
Best of Punk Rock, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Scarface
Know Your Product: The Best of the Saints 1996 EMI Music Distribution 3:34
7799: Big Hits On the Underground 1999 Last Call 3:33
Rage the Album 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:32
Wild About You (1976-1978) 2000 Raven 3:33
Do the Pop!: The Australian Garage-Rock Sound 1976-1987 2002
Various Artists
Do The Pop 3:30
No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 3:33
World's Best Ever Beer Songs 2004 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
All Times Through Paradise 2004 EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:30
Gary Crowley's Punk Rock Juke Box 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:30
Just Say Sire: The Sire Records Story 2005
Various Artists
Rhino 3:31
Songs from the 100 Best Australian Albums 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:29