Friday, April 4, 2014

The Boss and the Saints

I was somewhat surprised when I turned on the radi-adi-o and heard that some fella named Bruce Springstone covered one of my favorite songs by The Saints, an Australian band which released the first non-US punk single (a personal favorite of mine).

According to teh wiki, he debuted a live version in Australia, and followed it up with a single release this year:

Here's a recent live version by The Saints:

I'd compare The Saints to X- a band which matured from its punk roots to a more "rootsy", country-inflected sound. Hopefully, nobody in The Saints has become a 'bagger-friendly whackaloon. Yeah, that would be a bad thing.

Now, which other Australian punk bands are going to get a big American rawkstar to cover them? How soon before I hear a song by the Celibate Rifles:

Or the Radio Birdman (never knew their name was a mondegreen until today):

On the radi-adi-o?


Smut Clyde said...

Impressed I am that you got through the entire list of great Australian bands without mentioning the Bats or the Chills. ZRM will want a word.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Celibate Rifles

Now that's a band name!

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Smut, old chum, I am aware of all antipodean musical traditions. AK referred me to a Flying Nun retrospective- I know the knowledge.

Thunder, the name is a spoof of the Sex Pistols.