2/3/17

The Saints - Know Your Product / Run Down (1978)



Don't panic, nobody's dead, it's only that Ed Kuepper on his fb page has stated that this single was released on the 3th of February 1978, 39 years ago, and looking at the promo clip and listening to the song, I couldn't believe it was almost 40 years I had listened to this song for the first time. Given that it seems like yesterday and that it is likely that in 40 years I'll be dead for long, it is like to discover I'm already dead. But wtf this personal statement. The important is that I hadn't re-up the Saints singles I had posted and it's an opportunity to do it. This single is, as most of Saints ones, a complete gem, an eternal standard and must be everything but forgotten. Cath it here (the B-side is great again although not unissued). Below what I wrote in the first post 6 years ago.

This single was the one associated with the Eternally Yours album (in February 1978). The brass addition shows that the Saints were running away from their punk roots (actually their Stooges roots) to incline toward their R 'n' B influences, more the Kuepper's than the Bailey's ones. The song is really a gem and is now a complete classic (lyrics below). How Ed Kuepper did to write so many standards in 2 years, it's a mystery? The B-side (unfortunately not a non-album track, featuring on Eternally Yours) is also a good one with a superb harp work. A very rare video shot below with the opening seconds in which the band presents the song.

Know Your Product. I'm just sitting in my chair when a voice comes on the air Says "Why don't you try it? You'll feel allright!" Got some great new brand of smokes "Cool your head and clear your throat "Keeps you young and so in touch." Cheap advertising, you're lying Never gonna get me what I want I said, smooth talking, brain washing Ain't never gonna get me what I need "Our new soap that's peachy keen saves your soul and keeps you clean "It's recommended, used by the queen "Gonna improve your IQ, help in everything you do "It's economic, don't cost too much." Said advertising, you're lying Never gonna give me what I want I said, smooth talking, brain washing Ain't never gonna get me what I need (I said take it, Come on, Soul man. Let's shoot the professor! Alright!) I'm just sitting in my chair when a voice comes on the air Says "Why don't you try it? You'll feel allright!" "It's a great new brand of smokes "Cool your head and clears your throat "Keeps you young and so in touch." Said advertising, you're lying You're never gonna give me what I want I said smooth talking, brain washing You're never gonna get me what I need (What do I care? Yeah! Hey man, Where's the professor? We need him now! Gonna tell you 'bout them Yeah we take it all the way 'round the world For that west coast feel Yeah man. Yeah everything, let it out It's not what you love Look out on the radio

2 comments:

kingpossum said...

Mega, thanks for the post. And the reassurance that nobody died. The highlight tune from a stone cold classic LP. It's always marvelous to hear this stuff.

Unknown said...

One of my absolute favorite punk albums from this era. Like many, bought "I'm Stranded" when it came out in the US in early/mid 70s as a punk kid but when this arrived just some months later, it BLEW my teenage mind. Horns with punk! Fuck yeah! But it also pointed the way that punk could be and should be so much more than it was limiting itself to at the time. For that, it deserves eternal respect.