With their unique blend of raucous punk rock laced with reggae and dub, the Ruts were one of the most exciting bands to emerge from Britain's late-'70s scene.
Their sole album "The Crack" (1979) is among the pure punk rock masterpieces of all times.
Their career was cut cruelly short by the death of their singer Malcolm Owen in 1980, but still the group released six crucial singles and a seminal album in their short lifetime.
They were also a powerful force within Britain's Rock Against Racism movement, ensuring a political legacy at least as vital as their music.
The rise of the neo-Nazi National Front and its deliberate recruitment of young people, saw the bandmembers take on an increasingly political stance of their own, adding their own voice to the growing grassroots opposition to the fascist threat.
After Owen's death the remaining Ruts, Segs Jennings, Dave Ruffy and Paul Fox with the addition of sax player Gary Barnacle, kept things going using the name Ruts D.C and pushing the sound of The Ruts at its logical progression.
Their punk is more dark and their reggae is more dub!This record is a forgotten treasure, one of the most fascinating records of the post punk scene.
01. Mirror smashed
02. Dangerous minds
03. Slow Down
05. Different view
06. No time to kill
08. Walk or run
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