PUNKNET 77 - Ruts


The Ruts were one of a second wave of English punk bands which were inspirated by the Sex Pistols, the Clash and the Damned. Although in the earlier day reggae music was often played in punk club, when there still was only few punk records available, Ruts were the first bands along the Clash to take direct influences from it. Ruts were also known from straightforward political lyrics.

The line-up was: Malcolm Owen (vocals), Paul Fox (guitar), John "Segs" Jennings (bass), and Dave Ruffy (drums). Owen died of a drug overdose in July 14, 1980, after which the group changed its name to the Ruts D.C. (D.C. = Da Capo = new beginning), the style was also changes to more dub oriented music. However, without Owen, the group's original spirit was never quite the same.


In a Rut / H Eyes (People Unite RUT-1)
Babylon's Buring / Society (Virgin VS-271) -79
Something That I Said / Give Youth a Chance (Virgin VS-285) -79
Jah War / I ain't Sophisticated (Virgin VS-298) -79
** LP ** The Crack (Virgin V-2132) -79
- later Virgin CD CDV 2132 with 3 b-sides
Staring at the Rude Boys / Love in Vain (Virgin VS-327) -80
West One (Shine on Me) / The Crack (Virgin VS-370) -80
** LP ** Grin and Bear It (Virgin V-2188) -80
Babylons Burning / XTC: Take This Town (RSO RSO-71) -80
Babylon's Buring (12" 4 track EP; Virgin VS-583-12) -83
** LP ** Live and Loud!! (Link LP-013) -87
** LP ** Ruts Live (Dojo) -87
** CD ** The Peel Sessions (Strange Fruit/WMD 672011) -91
** CD ** You Gotta Get Out of It (Virgin)
** CD ** Choice Cuts (best of the Ruts) (Virgin CDOVD-454) -95
** CD ** Something that I Said (best of) (Caroline 1704 1251 2)
** CD ** Demoliton Dancing (Receiver)
** CD ** Peel Sessions (1979) (Strange Fruit SFR-CD-109)
** CD **Windsong - Live in Concert (1977) (with Penetration; Windsong WIN-CD-009)

After singer Malcolm Owen died band chagned it's name to Ruts D.C. (D.C. = Da Capo = New Beginning) but the style wasn't the same.


Different Views / Formula Boys (Virgin VS-396) -81
** LP ** Animal Now (Virgin V-2193) -81
Whatever we do / Push Yourself (Bohemian BO-2) -82
** LP ** Rhythm Collision (Bohemian BOLP-4) -82
Weak Heart / Militant / Accusation (12"; Bohemian 12-BO-3) -83
Stepping Bondage / Lobotomy / Rich (Bohemian BO-4) -83
** MC ** Rhythm Collision Dub Vol. 1 (under name Ruts DC and the Mad Proffesor; re-release of the Rhythm Collision LP; ROIR A-151) -87

Most important tracks on compilations:

Cash Cows: West One (Shine on Me) (Virgin MILK-1) -80
Virginity: Babylon's Buring (2LP; promo; Virgin VPR-1)
Unauthorized Virgin Bootleg: Staring at the Rude Boys (Virgin VB-1) -81
Rock 80's vol. 2: Staring at the Rude Boys (Virgin/Polygram 2473-815 (Greece)) -81
Rock 80's Vol. 3: No Time to Kill (Virgin/Polygram 2473-822 (Greece)) -81
Fun, Filth and Fury!: Babylon's Burning (Caroline CAROL1872-2) -91
Fun, Filth and Fury!: In a Rut (Caroline CAROL1872-2) -91
New Wave Club Class-X, Volume 5: Jah War (Antler Subway AS 5090)
Rock & Wave Volume 1: Hits from the Underground: Babylon's Burning (Columbia 472733) -92
Three Minute Heroes: 20 of the Finest Punk & New Wave Singles: Babylon's Burning (Virgin VTCD9) -92
A Kick Up the Eighties Volume 7: Young at Heart: Staring at the Rude Boys (Old Gold OG 3526) -92
Best Punk Album in the World...Ever!: Babylon's Burning ( UK; Virgin VTDCD 42) -95
The Number One Punk Album: 47 Punk Rock Classics: Babylon's Burning (Polygram TV 535 658-2) -96

Ruts links:

Ruts - The Rough Guide to Rock
Malcolm Owen, died July 14, 1980
Ruts - Trouser Press
Ruts - All-Music Guide

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Created by JJu: February 6, 1996        Staring at the Ruts Boys

Last Updated: January 14, 1999