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

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

The band announced his death on Facebook on Monday.

“It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Chris Bailey, singer and songwriter of The Saints, on April 9, 2022,” the statement said.

Chris lived a life of poetry and music and was stranded on a Saturday night.

Bailey was born in Nanyuki, Kenya in 1957 to Irish parents and 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.

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

Bailey was the only member who was with the band for its entire run.

The Saints were at the heart 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 single’s re-release in the UK, INXS frontman, Michael Hutchence, praised the Brisbane band for creating the sound that led to the Sex Pistols’ meteoric rise.

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

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