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


  1. ...and The Ruts too...I shed a few tears when I heard the news on John Peel also!

  2. There doesn't seem to be a download available (yet?) nor with The Damned actually!

  3. Sorry Mona- lazy html from me for the Ruts- fixed now.
    Damned was ok when I checked- but just in case
    Thanks for pointing it out

  4. Dear Walker,

    Sorry for bombarding you today (got a day off) and, again, if this is unwelcome, please dlete it. Just thought, to say thanks, that you may not have this: the rarest Ruts' earliest known recordings, paid for by a fan, in studio quality.

    Ruts - Freerange Studio Session (01.10.77) @ 160 kbps

    01. Rich bitch (demo)
    02. Out of order (demo)
    03. Lobotomy (demo)
    04. Stepping bondage (demo)


    PS: Sharebee is a free multiple-host uploader - you upload once to them and in seconds, they automatically upload in turn to Rapidshare, Megaupload, Badongo, zshare and Depositfiles ... and keep the links alive!

    Cheers, Dave Sez: go get, you won't regret!

  5. Thanks Dave...comments are always welcome- so bombard as often as you like)) Thanks for the links, thanks for your support and enjoy the music

  6. Thanks, Walker, for your hospitality, and OK, I'll bombard away with some more rare Ruts - as far as I know, the last recording of the whole band together, backing Laurel Aitken in April 1980 for a Peel session. Thanks to the great Gobshyte for this!

    Laurel Aitken and The Ruts - Peel Session

    Rec: 28/04/1980 TX - 12/05/1980
    Producer - Tony Wilson
    Engineer - Dave Dade
    Studio - Maida Vale 4

    Big Fat Man
    Rudi Got Married
    Jesse James
    Rock Me Baby/Caledonia

    Laurel Aitken (Organ, Vocals)
    Paul Fox (Guitar, Backing Vocals)
    Gary Barnacle (Saxophone, Organ)
    Segs (Bass)
    Dave Duffy (Drums, Backing Vocals)
    Malcolm Owen (Backing Vocals) Track Listing:

    Recorded two months after the Ruts' last Peel session (11/02/1980), and three months before Malcolm Owen's tragic death.


    Cheers, Dave Sez.

    PS: your Television - Double Exposure post is about to be bombarded with Television live 2007 ... yes! Verlaine, Smith and Ficca still playing together.

  7. Gobshyte of mondo-de-muebles has done it again - another feast of Ruts! As all Ruttophiles will know, there are hardly any good-quality recordings of the Ruts live, the best so far being the BBC Radio 1 Ruts/Penetration live CD, Deeply Vale '78, Strathclyde '79 and Marquee '79 all being low quality. However, three new releases go to make up the shortfall:

    Ruts - Live And Loud!! (1980, venue unknown, great quality):

    Ruts - It Was Cold In Hamburg
    Very good audience recording
    Markthalle, Hamburg, 80.01.23

    01. SUS
    02. Demolition Dancing
    03. Backbiter
    04. Out of Order
    05. Jah War
    06. Babylon's Burning
    07. Criminal Mind
    08. Rude Boys
    09. You're Just A ...
    10. It Was Cold
    11. In A Rut
    12. Society


    and a high-quality two-track extract (Jah War/Babylon's Burning) from Ruts - 79.12.07 Paradiso Amsterdam here:


    Many thanks and cheers, Dave Sez.

  8. Sad to hear today that the great Always Searching for Music blog is closing down - your last chance to go and see its amazing archives including this A- quality recording of the Ruts DC in Edinburgh:


    More live Ruts DC - an A+ quality soundboard recording from the Hammersmith Odeon - comes thanks to the ever-wonderful and inspiring nuzzprowlinwolf:


    and some vintage Ruts with Malcolm on French TV rounds it off for today:


    Thanks to them all and cheers, Dave Sez.

  9. And don't miss this out-of-print, just reposted classic - the two best second-wave bands, IMHO:


    Cheers, Dave Sez.

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  12. That second pic, if I remember correctly, was from a gig in Exeter - Malcolm had thrown a cymbal into the air and head-butted it as it came down; he was taken to hospital afterwards for some stitches.I'm not trying to glamorise what he did, but that's what I call "4REAL", Ritchie!!

  13. You know your stuff PPT! It was indeed, Exeter.
    Thanks for your contributions- nice to know there's some life out there!

  14. Cheers, man..took me three attempts but got there eventually heheh.
    I think your blog is a cut above - Dave Sez pointed me in your direction; top geyser is Dave ;)

  15. geezer even!! heheh having vocabulary problems; must be the Voddy!!

  16. Haven't heard much from Dave Sez for a while but he certainly is a human musical goldmine.

  17. The project he's spending quite a bit of time on recently is one of his "Megaposts" on Know Your Conjurer..the subject of this latest one is Here & Now/Planet Gong/Fuck Off Records - it's turning into a bit of a monster, with over 100 comments and tons of music to download!! Have a look here:



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