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The Ruts

Background information
Origin London, England
Genre(s) Punk Rock
New Wave
Post-punk
Years active 1978 – mid 1983
Label(s) People Unite, Virgin Records, Bohemian
Website The official Ruts Myspace Page
Former members
Paul Fox
Malcom Owen
Dave Ruffy
Segs (Paul Jennings)
Gary Barnacle

The Ruts were a reggae-influenced British punk rock band, notable for the 1979 Top 10 hit "Babylon's Burning", and an earlier single "In a Rut", which was never a hit but was much played and highly regarded by the noted disc jockey John Peel. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links The Ruts group picture. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... New Wave was a music genre that existed during the late 1970s and the early-to-mid 1980s. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... For the U.S. record producer see Paul Fox (producer) Paul Fox (11 April 1951 — 21 October 2007) was a British musician and singer, best known from his work with the UK punk band, The Ruts. ... Gary Barnacle (born 1955 in Dover, England) is a saxophonist and brass instrument arranger primarily noted for session work, during the 1980s, with a large number of popular music acts, including pop singer Kim Wilde (whom he dated in the mid-80s). ... Reggae is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... For other persons named John Peel, see John Peel (disambiguation). ...

Contents

Career

Original UK 45 rpm single picture cover: The Ruts - "Babylon's Burning"

The band consisted of Malcolm Owen (vocals), Paul Fox (guitar), John "Segs" Jennings (bass) and Dave Ruffy (drums). As part of the People Unite collective based in Southall the band were active in anti-racist causes, and their song "Jah War" is about the Special Patrol Group's violence in Southall in 1979, in which Blair Peach was beaten to death and Clarence Baker was severely injured. Image File history File links The Ruts - Babylons Burning. ... Image File history File links The Ruts - Babylons Burning. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... For the U.S. record producer see Paul Fox (producer) Paul Fox (11 April 1951 — 21 October 2007) was a British musician and singer, best known from his work with the UK punk band, The Ruts. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... A sunburst-colored Fender Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass[1][2]; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... It has been suggested that Southalls South Asian community be merged into this article or section. ... Anti-racism includes beliefs, actions, movements, and policies adopted or developed to oppose racism. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... It has been suggested that Southalls South Asian community be merged into this article or section. ... Clement Blair Peach (25 March 1946 - April 23, 1979) was a New Zealand-born teacher who became a symbol of resistance when he died as a result of police brutality during a demonstration in London, United Kingdom. ...


The Ruts backed Laurel Aitken on a John Peel session for BBC Radio 1, in April/May 1980. The line-up was Aitken, Fox, Jennings, Ruffy, Owen and Gary Barnacle. Laurel Aitken (April 22, 1927–July 17, 2005) became famous as one of the originators of Jamaican ska music in the late 1950s. ... BBC Radio 1 (commonly referred to as just Radio 1) is a British national radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music and speech and is aimed primarily at the 14-29[1] age group. ... Gary Barnacle (born 1955 in Dover, England) is a saxophonist and brass instrument arranger primarily noted for session work, during the 1980s, with a large number of popular music acts, including pop singer Kim Wilde (whom he dated in the mid-80s). ...


Malcolm Owen died from a heroin overdose on 14 July 1980 at the age of 26. The b-side "H-eyes" of "In a Rut" was a song against heroin use, and two other songs, "Dope for Guns" from the album The Crack, plus "Love in Vain" (b-side of "Staring at the Rude Boys") were also anti-drug songs. For other uses, see Heroin (disambiguation). ... The term drug overdose (or simply overdose) describes the ingestion or application of a drug or other substance in quantities greater than are recommended or generally practiced. ... (Redirected from 14 July) July 14 is the 195th day (196th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 170 days remaining. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... “B-Sides” redirects here. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ...


The band continued as Ruts D.C. (D.C. standing for Da Capo meaning 'back to the beginning') but never repeated their earlier success. As Ruts D.C., the band toured Germany in the autumn of 1980, playing at the small nightclub To Act in rural Bavaria (Weißenohe, near Nuremberg). However, without the charismatic persona, stage presence and great voice of Owen (and despite guitarist Paul Fox handling the vocals), the band struggled to re-live their past glories.[citation needed] Da Capo is a musical term in Italian, meaning from the beginning, often abbreviated D.C.. It is a composer or publishers directive to repeat the previous part of music. ... Laser lights illuminate the dance floor at a Gatecrasher dance music event in Sheffield, England A nightclub (or night club or club) is a drinking, dancing, and entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ... For other uses, see Bavaria (disambiguation). ... Nürnberg redirects here. ...


On Monday 16 July 2007 the band reformed for the first time in 27 years and played a special one off benefit gig for Paul Fox, following his diagnosis with cancer. Hardcore U.S. punk singer and long time Ruts fan, Henry Rollins (of Black Flag), stood in for Malcolm Owen. They were supported by Tom Robinson, The Damned, Misty in Roots, UK Subs, Splodge, John Otway and the Peafish House Band which featured Lee Harris, (The Blockheads), Tony Barber of The Buzzcocks and Rowland Rivron they backed Edward Tudor-Pole and TV Smith. is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Lung cancer is a disease of uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Henry Rollins (born February 13, 1961 as Henry Lawrence Garfield) is an American singer and songwriter, spoken word artist, author, and actor. ... Tom Robinson (born June 1, 1950, in Cambridge) is an English songwriter and broadcaster probably best-known for the UK hit songs 2-4-6-8 Motorway (1977), Sing If Youre Glad To Be Gay (1978) and War Baby (1983). ... This article is about the music group. ... Misty-in-Roots began life as a Southall based British roots reggae band in the late nineteen seventies. ... The UK Subs are an English punk band, the mainstay of which is vocalist Charlie Harper (born David Charles Perez, 25 April 1944), originally a singer in Britains R & B scene. ... Splodge was a fictional character who originally had his own comic strip in the UK comic The Topper. ... Otway at Glastonbury Festival, 2002. ... Buzzcocks were a punk rock band, formed in Manchester, England in 1976. ... Rowland Rivron (born 1958) is a comedian, musician, writer and a successful British television presenter. ... Edward Tudor-Pole (born December 6, 1955 in London) is an English musician, singer (as Eddie Tenpole) and actor. ...


Fox, who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in mid-2007, died on 21 October of the same year at the age of 56.[1] Lung cancer is a disease of uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. ... is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Discography

Original UK 45 rpm single picture cover: The Ruts - "Staring At The Rude Boys"

Image File history File links The Ruts - Staring At The Rude Boys. ... Image File history File links The Ruts - Staring At The Rude Boys. ...

Singles

  • "In a Rut" [b/w "H-Eyes"] (1978) (Label:People Unite)

All remaining are on the Virgin label. In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ...

  • "Babylon's Burning" [b/w "Society"] (1979)
  • "Something That I Said" [b/w "Give Youth a Chance"] (1979)
  • "Jah Wars" [b/w "I Ain't Sofisticated"] (1979)
  • "Staring At The Rude Boys" [b/w "Love in Vain"] (1980)
  • "West One (Shine On Me)" [b/w "The Crack"] (1980)
  • "Different View" [b/w "Formula Eyes"] (1981) As RUTS DC

Albums

as The Ruts

As Ruts D.C. The Crack was The Ruts first album, released in 1979 and containing the UK hit singles: Babylons Burning (No. ... Grin & Bear It was The Ruts 1980 second album and featured a compilation of singles, B-sides and live performances. ... The Peel Sessions was the 1986 album release of the sessions The Ruts recorded in May 1979 for Radio 1s John Peel Show. ...

  • Animal Now (Virgin) 1981
  • Rhythm Collision (Bohemian) 1982

Audio sample

The Ruts - Babylon's Burning excerpt

An excerpt from Babylon's Burning
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References

  1. ^ Guardian newspaper obituary - October 2007

External links

  • The official Ruts Myspace
  • Obituary of Paul Fox, The Times, 27 October 2007

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