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A Little Madness to Be Free

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Released  July 1984
Artist  The Saints
Label  New Rose
A Little Madness to Be Free (1984)  All Fools Day (1986)
Release date  July 1984
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Recorded  A Studio Sydney, Australia. Additional recording at Richmond Recorders Melbourne, Australia. Mixed at Alberts Studio Sydney, Australia
Producer  Lurax Debris (Chris Bailey)
Genres  Rock music, Post-punk, Pop punk
Similar  All Fools Day, The Monkey Puzzle, I Thought This Was Love - But, Everybody Knows the Monkey, Prodigal Son

A Little Madness to Be Free was the sixth album to be released by Australian band The Saints. This time around, frontman Chris Bailey persuaded original members, Kim Bradshaw (bass) and Ivor Hay (drums), to rejoin the band. On the album tour, the bass player was ex-The Birthday Party man Tracy Pew.


Track listing

All tracks composed by Chris Bailey

The Australian version

  1. "Ghost Ships" – 3:41
  2. "Some One to Tell Me" – 2:48
  3. "Down the Drain" – 2:28
  4. "It's Only Time" – 3:26
  5. "Imagination" – 3:00
  6. "Wrapped Up and Blue" – 3:35
  7. "Walk Away" – 3:00
  8. "Photograph" – 3:56
  9. "The Hour" – 5:43
  10. "Angel" – 3:34

The 'New Rose' version

The French 'New Rose' release included an extra track "Heavy Metal" and an alternate track listing omitting "Wrapped Up and Blue".

  1. "Down the Drain"
  2. "Walk Away"
  3. "Photograph"
  4. "The Hour"
  5. "Angels"
  6. "Imagination"
  7. "Only Time"
  8. "Someone to Tell Me"
  9. "Heavy Metal"
  10. "Ghost Ships"


  • Performers - Chris Bailey, Alex Hamilton, Chris Burnham, Emile Kiss, Fiona Morphett, Iain Shedden, Ivor Hay, Janine Hall, Michael Charles, Pearl Bayly, Richard Daniell, Sally Schinckel-Brown
  • Engineers – Tony Cohen and David Hemmings
  • Executive producers - Neville Bicci Henderson and Paul Comrie-Thompson
  • Photography - Bob King
  • Trivia

    The title of the album is a reference to the quote "A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free," by Kazantzakis.


    1Ghost Ships3:42
    2Someone to Tell Me2:48
    3Down the Drain2:28


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