This Perfect Day
Personnel: Bailey (vcs), Kuepper (gtr), Ivor Hay (drs), Kym Bradshaw (bs)
Writers: Chris Bailey, Ed Kuepper Producers: Kuepper and Bailey
THIS SINGLE - the last from The Saints' first, primal phase - tightens the mesh turther into an ultimate expression of teenage nihilism. Starting with a riff that echoes Paint It Black, Chris Bailey spits the words over a rock-solid rhythm section and Ed Kuepper's overdriven, monstrous-sounding guitar. Winding itself into a final paroxysm - "I don't need nothing/Nothing at all!" - This Perfect Day accelerated punk's furious speed into a brick wall, just as the movement reached its commercial and creative peak. The Saints' only Top 40 hit, it was promoted by a lamously static TOTP appearance. In that, The Saints were true to the negation that This Perfect Day freezes at its liberating zenith.
(Jon Savage - Mojo 2001)
Australia's best known punk export. who are currently midway through their debut Briish tour, have their third single released today by Harvest Records. The "A" side, "This Perfect Day," is culled from their debut LP, the flip side, "L-I-E-S," can only be found on the single. In an interesting marketing ploy, the first 12,000 copies of the 12" have an extra track with an apologetic warning sticker attached. It says that "Due to an administrative error.. .this 12" pressing contains a third, additional title not available on the normal 7" pressing. The additional title, 'Do The Robot,' has consequently been withdrawn from future release consideration and will now be available only on this 12" pressing."
"I wrote it on my father's classical guitar, on Christmas Day (1976) at my parents' place when everybody had gone to church."
Ed Kuepper, Saints - 1989