Formed in the Brisbane suburb of Oxley in 1974, The Saints are considered to be pioneers of the punk music genre and are widely acknowledged as one of the most influential bands of all time. Their first single, (I’m) Stranded, was released in September 1976. Old Boy and bassist Kym Bradshaw (1971) is one of those band members which also comprised of guitarist and songwriter Ed Kuepper, singer-songwriter Chris Bailey and drummer Ivor Hay.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the release of (I’m) Stranded and the original line-up of the The Saints, a giant mural (pictured above) was unveiled at Upper Roma Street in Brisbane on Wednesday 6 December 2017. Funded by Arts Queensland, it is part of a cultural heritage trail and Brisbane’s growing street art scene. Poignantly, it is located just around the corner from 4 Petrie Terrace which was a combined practice space and home for some members of the band. The project was coordinated by Dr John Willsteed, a creative industries lecturer at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and former bassist for alternative rock band The Go-Betweens (which was co-founded with Robert Forster by Old Boy Grant McLennan (1974)) after whom Brisbane’s Go Between Bridge is named.
Most of Kym’s working life however has been in investment banking in the City of London, the highlight of which was working for the ‘Royalty of Banking’, N M Rothschild and Sons. After six years at night school, Kym obtained a French Business Diploma from L’Acadamie Francais in Paris and later became a Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute in England after a slog of ‘competitive’ exams. He says: “It just goes to show anyone can achieve anything if they are prepared to work hard enough. A lesson for today’s students at Churchie.”
Featured Image (L-R): Ed Keupper, Kym Bradshaw, Ivor Hay, Chris Bailey
To read more about Kym, please click here to visit his website.
Set aside an hour and click here to view Stranded (The Saints History), the ABC’s documentary from 2015.