why aren't they more legendary?
among the heaviest of the UK punks
"in a rut" the next step on from "submission"
hard rock with big, rolling bass
i suppose it is only those two songs that are titanic-ly great though really
this other hit of their is more than solid
'Staring AT the Rude Boys' is alright - accused by some in the music press of fomenting violence
the guys in the Ruts were kinda hippies - met at Deeply Vale Music Festival ! - realised which way the wind was blowing and changed their approach and no doubt hair styles and trousers.
then there's the whole reggae thing - the alliance with Misty in Roots
a bit like a politically conscious Sublime that one
same deadly drug takes out the lead singer
the last single (of the Malcolm Owen line-up) - getting a bit mainstream hard rock here
Stiff Little Fingers are another band lost to time as well, aren't they? they were so huge for about a year - remember a boy at my school had their logo all over his folders and briefcase
But no young person today would check them out, when going through the checklist of History You Must Acquaint Yourself With
whereas Buzzcocks, Wire, Slits, Clash, X Ray Spex would be most definitely be on that list...