The best band I never saw were undoubtedly The Ruts. Rock solid, with great songs and great attitude. With an inherent understanding of reggae they to my mind were the real deal.... but, but The Clash I hear you say.... You're Just A..... I say!
In 1988 I went to Brunel University way out on the Western extreme of the Metropolitan Line. In my time there I lived in a variety of places, most notably Hayes and Southall. This was The Ruts manor, but of course by 1988 Malcolm Owen was long in his grave and Ruts DC were no more.
However, I got to know people who were acquainted with the band and for whom they were still a great source of local pride. If The Ruts were criminally overlooked (not uncommonly described in the dubious annals of punk rock history as a second division band), Ruts DC faired even worse, struggling in difficult times with an audience largely resistant to their efforts to move the band in new directions.
Formed the year after Malcolm's tragic demise (Don't Bring Harry indeed!). The surviving members made the decision to continue under the moniker Ruts DC (Da Capo or back to the beginning). In 1981 they realeased the magnificent 'Animal Now' album. It's a very introspective album, perhaps unsurprisingly so given the band's experiences over the previous two years. It succeded in the sense that it hoisted the Ruts banner, but carried it in something of a diferent direction. Sadly, 'Animal Now' has had only the shortest of runs on CD... write to your MPs!
Hurrah's NYC December 1980
More details can be found in this Louder than War interview with Andy Peart.
So by way of celebration of one of the greatest punk bands ever to have been spat at, here's a nice sounding boot of the band in Edinburgh in 1981.
NEW LINK: https://rapidshare.com/files/530348923/RutsDCEdinburghNiteClub6thMay1981.zip
- A Different View
- Demolition Dancing
- Dangerous Minds
- It Was Cold
- Love In Vain
- Mirror Smashed
- Formula Eyes
- West One (Shine On Me)
- Staring At The Rude Boys
- No Time To Kill
- Jah War
- A Different View