The Ruts

The Ruts

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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The Ruts Discography


V 2132 The Ruts The Crack (Album) Virgin V 2132 UK 1979 Sell This Version
LINK LP 013 The Ruts Live And Loud!! Link Records (4) LINK LP 013 UK 1987 Sell This Version
DOJOLP 52 The Ruts Live(LP) Dojo DOJOLP 52 UK 1987 Sell This Version
WIN CD 009 The Ruts, Penetration (2) The Ruts, Penetration (2) - BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert(CD, Album) Windsong International WIN CD 009 UK 1991 Sell This Version
OZITDAN LP 8018 The Ruts Live At Deeply Vale 1978 Dandelion Records OZITDAN LP 8018 UK 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SJP 795A The Ruts In A Rut (Single) People Unite SJP 795A UK 1978 Sell This Version
2814 188 The Ruts Jah War (Single) Virgin 2814 188 France 1979 Sell This Version
VS 285 Ruts* Something That I Said (Single) Virgin VS 285 UK 1979 Sell This Version
VS 271 Ruts* Babylon's Burning (Single) Virgin VS 271 UK 1979 Sell This Version
101 965, 101 965-100 Ruts* Staring At The Rude Boys (Single) Virgin 101 965, 101 965-100 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
VS 370 Ruts* West One (Shine On Me)(7") Virgin VS 370 UK 1980 Sell This Version
RSO 71 XTC / Ruts* XTC / Ruts* - Take This Town / Babylon's Burning(7", Single) RSO RSO 71 UK 1980 Sell This Version
VS 583-12 The Ruts 4 Track EP(12", EP) Virgin VS 583-12 UK 1983 Sell This Version
BO 4 Ruts* Stepping Bondage(7", Single) Bohemian BO 4 UK 1983 Sell This Version
SFPS 011 The Ruts The Peel Sessions (EP, Maxi) Strange Fruit SFPS 011 UK 1986 Sell This Version
VSCDT 1411 The Skids* vs. The Ruts The Skids* vs. The Ruts - The Skids vs. The Ruts (Maxi) Virgin VSCDT 1411 UK 1992 Sell This Version
DR 999 Ruts* Babylon´s Burning - The Reconstructed Dub Drenched Soundscapes ...(7", Single, Ltd, Num) Dude Records (2) DR 999 Germany Unknown Sell This Version


V 2188 Ruts* Grin And Bear It (Comp, Album) Virgin V 2188 New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
258 446-222 The Ruts You Gotta Get Out Of It(CD, Comp) Virgin 258 446-222 UK 1987 Sell This Version
SFRLP 109 The Ruts The Peel Sessions Album (Comp) Strange Fruit SFRLP 109 UK 1990 Sell This Version
RRCD 182 The Ruts Demolition Dancing(CD, Album, Comp) Receiver Records Limited RRCD 182 UK 1994 Sell This Version
STEPCD 044 The Adverts / The Ruts The Adverts / The Ruts - Live And Loud!! (Comp) Step-1 Music STEPCD 044 UK 1995 Sell This Version
CDOVD 454, 7243 8 40194 2 6 The Ruts Something That I Said - The Best Of The Ruts (Comp) Virgin, Virgin CDOVD 454, 7243 8 40194 2 6 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
CAN CAN 009 Ruts* In A Can (Album, Comp) Harry May Record Company CAN CAN 009 UK 2000 Sell This Version
SMD CD 332 The Ruts Criminal Minds(2xCD, Comp) Recall 2cd SMD CD 332 UK 2001 Sell This Version


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May 15, 2013
formed in london in 1977 with an original line up of malcolm owen(vocals),paul fox(guitar),dave ruffy(bass)and paul mattock(drums),ruffy moved back to drums and roadie vince 'segs' jennings came in on bass(this info is on the back of the 'stepping bondage' 7"-released on the bands own 'bohemian' label)..and it was segs that took over vocals after malcolm died,not paul...segs (still vocals/bass) & dave ruffy (drums)re-activated ruts dc around 2011-2012.

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