The Ruts

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: punk punk rock british punk british reggae Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Biography

This reggae-influenced UK punk unit comprised Malcolm Owen (England, d. 14 July 1980; vocals), Paul Fox (b. 11 April 1951, d. 21 October 2007; guitar/vocals), Dave Ruffy (drums) and John ‘Segs’ Jennings (bass). They first came to the fore in 1979 with the UK Top 10 single ‘Babylon’s Burning’. Their gigs of that year were the most stunning of punk’s second generation, with one in Bradford cited by Justin Sullivan of New Model Army as the biggest influence on his career. Their style resembled that of the Clash, but while Owen was occasionally compared to Joe Strummer, there was something just as original sparking the group’s songwriting. The strident ‘Something That I Said’ gave them another hit and their debut album, The Crack, though not representing the band as well as their blistering singles, was well received. The rampaging ‘Staring At The Rude Boys’ neatly displayed their rock/dub talents, but their...

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