Album: (I’m) Stranded
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“(I’m) Stranded,” the debut single from Australia’s The Saints, is one of the key early documents of punk rock, as it came out in that period where the U.K. punk bands had begun to form, but before they’d actually released anything. And, of course, it was basically like the Saints had heard Ramones and decided — rightly, of course — hey, we can do this!
Which might not strictly be true: in one of those James Burke things, the Saints were apparently coming up with their short, noisy and fast aesthetic at the same time the Ramones were. Either way, when copies of “(I’m) Stranded” washed up on the U.K. in late 1976, it definitely struck a few chords for people who only knew a few chords.