Ruts, The

Also known as Ruts
Members of Ruts, The: David Ruffy, John Jennings, Malcolm Owen, Paul Fox (7)
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.myspace.com/therutsofficialpage

Discography of Ruts, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 You Gotta Get Out Of It 17 Audio 1987 Virgin
2 Babylon's Burning 2 Audio 1979-06-08 Virgin
3 The Crack 12 Audio 1979-09-28 Virgin
4 Staring At The Rude Boys / Love In Vain 2 Audio 1980 Virgin
5 West One (Shine On Me) 2 Audio 1980-08-22 Virgin
6 Something That I Said 2 Audio 1979-08-31 Virgin
7 The Skids vs. The Ruts 4 Audio 1992 Virgin
8 Something That I Said - The Best Of The Ruts 17 Audio 1995-02-20
9 The Peel Sessions Album 14 Audio 1990 Strange Fruit
10 Jah War 2 Audio 1979 Virgin
11 The Ruts 4 Audio 1983 Virgin
12 Jah War 2 Audio 1979 Virgin
13 Babylon´s Burning - The Reconstructed Dub Drenched Soundscapes ... 2 Audio Dude Records (2)
14 Grin And Bear It 10 Audio Virgin
15 The Best Of The Ruts 17 Audio 2004 EMI Gold
16 Staring At The Rude Boys 2 Audio 1980-03-27 Virgin
17 Grin And Bear It 10 Audio 1980
18 The Crack 12 Audio 1979 Virgin
19 Live And Loud!! 15 Audio 1987 Link Records (4)
20 Jah War 2 Audio 1979 Virgin
21 Stepping Bondage 3 Audio 1983 Bohemian
22 The Crack 15 Audio 1990 Virgin
23 Stepping Bondage (Demos 1978-1980) 17 Audio 2004 Last Year's Youth Records
24 The Crack 12 Audio 1979 Virgin International
25 Babylon's Burning 2 Audio 1988 Old Gold (2)
26 Grin And Bear It 10 Audio 1981
27 In A Rut 20 Audio 2002 Harry May Record Company
28 Cold Distant Lights (Why Not Vote Socialist) 15 Audio 1980 SUS
29 Grin And Bear It 10 Audio 1980 Virgin
30 The Crack 12 Audio 1979 Virgin
31 Babylon's Burning (Reconstructed Dub Drenched Soundscapes) 16 Audio 2005 Collision: Cause Of Chapter 3
32 The Crack 12 Audio 1979 Virgin
33 In A Rut 2 Audio 1979 People Unite
34 In A Rut 20 Audio 2002 Taang! Records
35 The Peel Sessions 5 Audio 1987 Strange Fruit
36 The Crack 12 Audio 1979 Virgin
37 Live At Deeply Vale Festival 13 Audio 2006-08-07 Ozit-Morpheus Records
38 Get Out Of It!! 18 Audio 2006-08-07 Ozit-Morpheus Records
39 Criminal Minds 32 Audio 2001 Recall 2cd
40 Original Punks 35 Audio 2008 Music Club Deluxe
41 Demolition Dancing 15 Audio 1994 Receiver Records Limited
42 The Skids vs. The Ruts 2 Audio 1992 Virgin
43 The Peel Sessions 5 Audio 1986 Strange Fruit
44 The Crack 15 Audio 1990
45 The Punk Singles Collection 17 Audio 2006 Captain Oi!
46 Live And Loud!! 28 Audio 1995 Step-1 Music
47 Something That I Said 2 Audio 1979
48 Staring At The Rude Boys / Love In Vain 2 Audio 1980
49 Grin And Bear It 10 Audio 1980 Virgin
50 The Crack 12 Audio 1980 Virgin


Formed in London in 1978 with an original line up of Malcolm Owen (vocals), Dave Ruffy (drums), Vince Segs (bass) and Paul Fox (guitar) the Ruts were a Hard Punk band. Their first single 'In A Rut' only just missed out on getting into the Top 40, though it did earn them three sessions with BBC Radio One and a contract with Virgin. The next single 'Babylon's Burning' was a hit going in to the top ten, this was followed by a couple more sucessful singles. They began to attract attention from hard-line Skinheads who disagreed with the bands anti-racist stance. This resulted in violence at some of their gigs which caused Owen, who was already having problems with heroin to become depressed. The first release of the 80's for the band 'Staring At The Rude Boys', was sadly also to be Owens last as he died in the July from a heroin overdose.

The band continued with Fox taking over the vocals, under the new name 'Ruts DC' although without Owen the band just wasn't the same. They finally split up in 1983 after releasing two more albums.


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