Chris Bailey, lead singer of Australian band The Saints, dies | Australian music

Chris Bailey, the lead singer of legendary Australian band The Saints, has died.

The band announced his death on Facebook on Monday.

“It is with great pain in our hearts that we have to inform you of the death of Chris Bailey, singer-songwriter for The Saints, on April 9, 2022,” the statement read.

“Chris lived a life of poetry and music and got stranded on a Saturday night.”

Born in Nanyuki, Kenya in 1957 to Irish parents, Bailey lived in Belfast for the first seven years of his life before his family emigrated to Australia.

They lived in Inala in Brisbane and he met bandmates Ed Kuepper and Ivor Hay at Corinda State High School. They originally called their band Kid Galahad and the Eternals and changed the name to The Saints in 1974.

On Monday, Kuepper, who left the band in 1978 after musical disagreements with Bailey, expressed his sadness at Bailey’s death, saying the couple had “an extremely strong artistic partnership” and that he “couldn’t have asked for a better singer.”

The group had their first hit with (I’m) Stranded in 1976 and released their first LP of the same name in 1977. They released 13 more records.

Bailey was the only member to be with the band for the entire run.

The Saints were at the core of the Australian punk scene in the 1970s and (I’m) Stranded is considered one of the most influential punk songs of all time. In a promotional video for the UK re-release of the single, INXS frontman Michael Hutchence credited the Brisbane band with creating the sound that led to the Sex Pistols’ rapid rise to fame.

Bailey was remembered Monday as a “co-creator of punk music.”

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