Sir Bob Geldof said “Rock music in the seventies was changed by three bands—the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and The Saints.” So when I heard that Ed Kuepper was reforming The Aints for a third version with bassist Peter Oxley (Sunnyboys), drummer Paul Larson (The Celibate Rifles), keyboardist Alister Spence (Laughing Clowns) and a three piece brass section, I knew I had to be there.
Not only were they to perform selected songs from the holy trilogy of Aussie Punk Rock: ‘(I’m) Stranded’ (1977), the hugely influential ‘Eternally Yours’ (1978), and the genre-defying ‘Prehistoric Sounds’ (1978) but they were to play some song from that era that never got recorded. I was in heaven hearing some of these new songs for the first time.
I have photographed Ed Kuepper over a dozen times but I have never seen him so happy, as he let loose on these much loved Saints songs from 'Know Your Product', 'Swing For The Crime', 'Messin' With the Kid' to 'I'm Stranded'.
Photography by Carbie Warbie.