Fanatics! Tonight, a very special show, but aren’t they all. Tonight, we will pay tribute to one of our favorite bands, the Ruts. Malcolm Owen, the band’s amazing vocalist, passed away on July 14th, 1980 at the age of twenty-six of a heroin overdose.
One of the more frustrating things about the passing of Malcolm, besides the awfulness of it fact was that the band was so good and had only just begun. There were a handful of singles and the iconic album The Crack, almost all the songs of their catalog we have played multiple times over the years. Many of you Fanatics have written to me over the years and told me what a great discovery it was for you to connect with their amazing music.
Tonight, we are going to listen to a lot of Ruts. That’s what it’s all about. It’s not the happiest occasion but it sure is a good excuse to listen to some damn good music.
Here are some Ruts information sites if you want to know more:
At this point, I don’t think you need me to tell you anything about this amazing band. We have been over and over this story many times over the years. However, if there are any of you who are new to our show, welcome and please search out the Ruts and listen to their music. Tonight could be a good introduction.
I will talking about the band and my interactions with them during the show. The above links will give a ton of information and places to get their records.
Looking forward to being back with you all live on Graveyard Sunday. Grab a shovel, tune in and STAY FANATIC!!!
01. The Ruts - In A Rut / The Punk Singles Collection
02. The Damned - Love Song / single
03. The Buzzcocks - Whatever Happened To / Singles Going Steady
04. Joy Division - Digital / Heart & Soul box set
05. Wire - Practice Makes Perfect / Chairs Missing
06. The Ruts - Something That I Said / The Crack
07. The Mob - Shuffling Souls / Let the Tribe Increase
08. Newtown Neurotics Hypocrite / single
09. The Fall - Pay Your Rates / Grotesque
10. The Ruts - You’re Just A… / The Crack
11. The Ruts - Babylon’s Burning / The Punk Singles Collection
12. Crisis – Frustration / Holocaust Hymns
13. The Wall – Ghetto / The Punk Collection
14. The Ruts - It Was Cold / The Crack
01. The Ruts - Staring At The Rude Boys / The Punk Singles Collection
02. Angelic Upstarts - Teenage Warning / Teenage Warning
03. The Stooges - Not Right / The Stooges
04. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers - Born To Lose / 1977 UK 12”
05. The Ruts – Give Youth A Chance / Criminal Minds
06. The Ruts - The Crack / The Punk Singles Collection
07. The Ran-Dells – The Martian Hop
08. The Newcomers - The Martian Hop / Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1972-1975
09. The Jackson 5 - The Love You Save / AM Gold - The Early ‘70s
10. The Ruts - West One (Shine On Me) / The Punk Singles Collection
11. The Ruts - Jah War / The Punk Singles Collection
12. The Ruts - S.U.S. / The Crack
13. The Ruts - Demolition Dancing / Peel Sessions
14. The Ruts - H-Eyes / The Punk Singles Collection