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Thursday, 11 October 2012

The Ruts - Live in Paris January 1980

In my mind The Ruts were one of the best live bands around in the late 70's. Dave Ruffy and Segs Jennings provided a pulsating rhythm track that drew upon the energy of punk and the the deep cool vibes of reggae. Paul Fox added guitar that was so off the charts at times that you wondered if he had just stepped out of the future and was bringing back sounds that were quite alien to our ears and that would frame the sound of rock guitar for years to come, and Malcom Owen of course added the passion with lyrics and an intense vocal performance. Put together it was one of the most amazing sounds ever.

The video captured below sees them on stage in Paris and with under 20 minutes of performance (filmed by French TV) they blaze through six tracks: Jah War / Babylon's Burning / You're Just A... / It Was Cold / In a Rut / Society.

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