Rip Rig & Panic

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Evolving out of Bristol's The Pop Group, Rip Rig And Panic was formed in 1981, taking its name from an album by Roland Kirk. The group's primary members were multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Gareth Sager, vocalist Neneh Cherry, drummer Bruce Smith, bassist Sean Oliver, and pianist Mark Springer (3). 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 group split in 1985, and realigned as the smaller Float Up CP, and then 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, died of sickle-cell anaemia in 1990.
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V 2213, V2213 God — Rip Rig & Panic Rip Rig + Panic* God (Album) Virgin, Uh Huh Prods V 2213, V2213 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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2473 844 I Am Cold — Rip Rig & Panic Rip Rig + Panic* I Am Cold (Album, Maxi) Virgin 2473 844 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
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205 368 Attitude — Rip Rig & Panic Rip Rig + Panic* Attitude (Album) Virgin 205 368 France 1983 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

VS 468 Bob Hope Takes Risks — Rip Rig & Panic Rip Rig + Panic* Bob Hope Takes Risks (Single) Virgin VS 468 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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VS 445 Go, Go, Go! (This Is It) — Rip Rig & Panic Rip Rig & Panic Go, Go, Go! (This Is It) Virgin VS 445 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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VS 507-12 DJ You're My Kind Of Climate — Rip Rig & Panic Rip Rig & Panic You're My Kind Of Climate (Single) Virgin, Virgin VS 507-12 DJ UK 1982 Sell This Version
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VS 533 Storm The Reality Asylum — Rip Rig & Panic Rip Rig + Panic* Storm The Reality Asylum Virgin VS 533 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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VS 582 Do The Tightrope — Rip Rig & Panic Rip Rig + Panic* Do The Tightrope Virgin VS 582 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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VS 577-12 Beat The Beast — Rip Rig & Panic Rip Rig + Panic* Beat The Beast Virgin VS 577-12 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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none John Peel Session 14th September 1981 — Rip Rig & Panic Rip Rig + Panic* John Peel Session 14th September 1981(3xFile, MP3, EP) Virgin none 2009
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Compilations

YW-7410-AX Tokyo-Paris-London-New York, Dancing Night — Rip Rig & Panic Lyuichi* - Kazumi*Lizzy*Rip Rig & PanicP.I.L* Lyuichi* - Kazumi*Lizzy*Rip Rig & PanicP.I.L* - Tokyo-Paris-London-New York, Dancing Night(12", Comp) Shan-Shan, Columbia YW-7410-AX Japan 1982 Sell This Version
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TD-3061 Special DJ Copy — Rip Rig & Panic Rip Rig & Panic Special DJ Copy(12", Comp, Promo, Smplr) Columbia TD-3061 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
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OVEDC 329 Knee Deep In Hits — Rip Rig & Panic Rip Rig + Panic* Knee Deep In Hits (Comp) Virgin, Virgin OVEDC 329 1990 Sell This Version

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gherreme

gherreme

October 2, 2022
‘Attitude’ is my alltime favourite album, from a time of grey macs and Joy Division clones, it was so different. My alltime favourite bands are Rip Rig + Panic, Cabaret Voltaire, X-ray Spex and Poisonous Cxnt, in no particular order.
Bradx

Bradx

August 24, 2020
I saw them in 1981 at Sussex University. The poster advertised them as 'Rig, Rip & Panic". I've got one somewhere as I nicked it after the gig. I can't remember anything about the night apart from I shouted for "Knee Deep In Shit" and one of the band said "yes, we are".
keithjudge

keithjudge

July 21, 2018
I dispute the fact that they played the first WOMAD in 1982...I'm sure that they cancelled at the last minute to be replaced by the godawful Haysie Fantayzee!
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