Rip Rig & Panic

Rip Rig & Panic

Evolving out of Bristol's the The Pop Group, Rip Rig And Panic was formed in 1981 as a conceptual musicians' collective, taking its name from an album by Roland Kirk. The group's prime movers were multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Gareth Sager, jazz trumpeter Don Cherry's step-daughter Neneh Cherry (b. Neneh Mariann Karlsson, 10 March 1964, Stockholm, Sweden; vocals), Cherry's partner and drummer Bruce Smith, Sean Oliver (d. March 1990; bass) and Mark Springer (3) (piano). Powerful and disturbing live, their playful, anarchic jazz-funk was well captured on the irreverent 1981 debut album God, which appeared as two 45 rpm discs, but was too radical for daytime airplay or significant sales. They performed at the first WOMAD festival in 1982 shortly before Cherry returned to Sweden to have her first baby. Sean Oliver's sister Andrea temporarily took over vocals, and Louis Moholo joined on drums. The equally experimental second album, I Am Cold, appeared in 1982, followed by the more accessible Attitude in 1983. Unwilling to compromise further, but feeling the strain of constant innovation, they split in 1985, only to realign as the smaller outfit Float Up CP, and, briefly, God Mother And Country, before Cherry went on to a successful solo career, with Andrea Oliver contributing to some of her songs. Sean Oliver, who went on to co-write Terence Trent D'Arby's Wishing Well (The Cool In The Shade Mix), died of sickle-cell anaemia in 1990. Sager formed Head, while Springer released a solo album before going on to work on film and television soundtracks. He returned to solo recording with 1998's Eye.

Rip Rig & Panic Discography


V 2213, V2213 Rip Rig + Panic* God (Album) Virgin, Uh Huh Prods V 2213, V2213 UK 1981 Sell This Version
2473 844 Rip Rig & Panic I Am Cold (Album) Virgin 2473 844 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
205 368 Rip Rig + Panic* Attitude (Album) Virgin 205 368 France 1983 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

VS 468 Rip Rig + Panic* Bob Hope Takes Risks (Single) Virgin VS 468 UK 1981 Sell This Version
VS 445 Rip Rig & Panic Go, Go, Go! (This Is It) Virgin VS 445 UK 1981 Sell This Version
VS 507-12 DJ Rip Rig & Panic You're My Kind Of Climate (Single) Virgin, Virgin VS 507-12 DJ UK 1982 Sell This Version
VS 533 Rip Rig + Panic* Storm The Reality Asylum Virgin VS 533 UK 1982 Sell This Version
YW-7410-AX Lyuichi* - Kazumi*Lizzy*Rip Rig & PanicP.I.L* Lyuichi* - Kazumi*Lizzy*Rip Rig & PanicP.I.L* - Tokyo-Paris-London-New York, Dancing Night(12") Shan-Shan, Columbia YW-7410-AX Japan 1982 Sell This Version
VS 582 Rip Rig & Panic Do The Tightrope Virgin VS 582 UK 1983 Sell This Version
VS 577-12 Rip Rig + Panic* Beat The Beast Virgin VS 577-12 UK 1983 Sell This Version


OVEDC 329 Rip Rig + Panic* Knee Deep In Hits (Comp) Virgin, Virgin OVEDC 329 1990 Sell This Version