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The Ruts: The Virgin Years

Album Review

Compilation of the short-lived UK post-punks’ recorded output, including a live disc.

Like Ian Curtis, Malcolm Owen, The Ruts’ lead singer, died tragically in 1980. Scant consolation as it is, you do wonder how they would have coped with the 80s – or, for that matter, the 90s and the following decade. At the very least, both men are permanently and exclusively associated with the brief era in which they burned brightest and with supreme relevance.

Having mustered the £105 necessary for their first recording session, The Ruts quickly signed to Virgin – they liked the fact their reps didn’t wear business suits – and in the blink of an eye were on Top Of The Pops in 1979, busting out Babylon’s Burning.  


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