The Saints – This Perfect Day (EP) (1977)

FrontCover1.jpgThe Saints are an Australian rock band originating in Brisbane in 1973. The band was founded by Chris Bailey (singer-songwriter, later guitarist), Ivor Hay (drummer), and Ed Kuepper (guitarist-songwriter). Contemporaneously with American punk rock band the Ramones, the Saints were employing the fast tempos, raucous vocals and “buzz saw” guitar that characterised early punk rock. With their debut single, “(I’m) Stranded”, in September 1976, they became the first “punk” band outside the US to release a record, ahead of better-known acts including the Sex Pistols and the Clash. They are one of the first and most influential groups of the genre. Alongside mainstay Bailey, the group has also had numerous line-ups – in early 1979, Ivor Hay and Ed Kuepper left, while Bailey continued the band, with a changing line-up. All Fools Day peaked in the Top 30 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart in April 1986. Bailey also has a solo career and had relocated to Sweden by 1994. The band was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 2001. The Saints continue to record and perform. In 2014 Bruce Springsteen covered their song “Just Like Fire Would” on his High Hopes album. (by wikipedia)


And here´s a very rare EP from The Saints including their single hit ”

“This Perfect Day” is a single by punk band The Saints . It was produced by Chris Bailey and Ed Kuepper and recorded and mixed at Roundhouse and Wessex Studios, London, in late 1977.

The single made #34 in the UK charts, the band’s only British Top 40 entry. The band appeared on Top of the Pops to promote the song.

Kuepper later mentioned, “I wrote it on my father’s classical guitar, on Christmas Day (1976) at my parent’s place when everybody had gone to church.”

A re-recorded version of the song later appeared on The Saints’ 1977 album Eternally Yours.

The Fall covered the song for their 1999 LP The Marshall Suite. Baby Woodrose covered the song on their 2004 album Dropout!.


Critic Jon Savage said that the song, “speeded up the Rolling Stones “Paint It Black” riff into pure extinction. “This Perfect Day” is almost too fast: The group nearly come off the rails before singer Chris Bailey brings everything to a grinding halt in an extraordinary cluster of negatives.”He later said the song was, “the most ferocious single to ever grace the UK Top 40.”

Steve Taylor said “This Perfect Day” was, “the band’s masterpiece. A short statement of resistance – delivered over a chugging beat and inventively deployed guitar. The Guardian considered the song “quite the most startling, wound-up noise recorded under the punk banner to that point. Bailey spat out the opening lines, atop the band’s adrenalised clatter.” Mojo called it, “an ultimate expression of teenage nihilism.” (by wikipedia)

As I wrote, this EPis very rare …:

“Important Notice – Due to an administrative error, this limited 12” pressing of The Saint’s “This Perfect Day” c/w “L-I-E-S” single contains a third, additional title not available on the normal 7″ pressing. The additional title, “Do The Robot”, has consequently been withdrawn from future releases consideration and will now be available only on this 12″ pressing”.  (taken from the liner notes)


Chris Bailey (vocals)
Kym Bradshaw (bass)
Ivor Hay (drums)
Ed Kuepper (guitar)


01. This Perfect Day (Bailey/Kuepper) 2.10
02. L-i-e-s (Bailey/Kuepper) 1.57
03. Do The Robot (Kuepper) 2.41




Don’t talk to me about what you done
Ain’t nothing has changed it all goes on
And they’ll keep laughing till the end
I’ve seen them drive around in cars
All look the same get drunk in bars
And don’t talk back we got no social rights

Oh perfect day
What more to say?
Don’t need no one to tell me what I don’t already know

We got no high times always flat
If you go out you don’t come back
It’s all so funny I can’t laugh
Oh perfect day
What more to say?
Don’t need no one to tell me what I don’t already know

Don’t talk to me about what’s you done
Ain’t nothing has changed it all goes on
And they’ll keep laughing till the end
Oh perfect day
What more to say?
I don’t need no one to tell me what I don’t already know

Don’t need nothin’
Don’t need no one
I don’t need nothin’, nothin’ at all