The Ruts- Grin And Bear It (1980)
During 1980-81 us schoolboys experienced a fair amount of grief.
Bongo mourned for Lennon, Psycho cried when Marley died, Curtis caught us all out. But I mourned most of all for Malcolm Owen, who died from a heroin overdose on July 14th 1980 at the age of 26.
These Southall boys, part of the People Unite collective, fused punk and reggae sounds and themes with streetwise political sensibilities.
A sort of working class version of The Clash…
Malcolm Owen -vocals
Paul Fox -guitar
John "Segs" Jennings -bass
Dave Ruffy -drums