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, Don Cherry's step-daughter, vocalist Neneh Cherry (b. Neneh Mariann Karlsson, 10 March 1964, Stockholm, Sweden), drummer Bruce Smith, bass player 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 (The Cool In The Shade Mix), died of sickle-cell anaemia in 1990.
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Albums

V 2213, V2213 Rip Rig & Panic - God album art 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 art Rip Rig + Panic* I Am Cold (Album, Maxi) Virgin 2473 844 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
205 368 Rip Rig & Panic - Attitude album art Rip Rig + Panic* Attitude (Album) Virgin 205 368 France 1983 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

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

Compilations

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

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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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