Today is the 33rd anniversary of the death of Malcom Owen. Malcom was the fronman for the very excellent and vastly underrated South London band The Ruts. He died of a drug overdose at his parents house after a period where he had been clean. Listening to The Ruts at their prime one can only wonder what they could have become had Malcom stayed clean.
Click on the links to listen and to watch the music.
Their first single was 'In A Rut' released in 1979 on Misty in Roots' People Unite Label.
Dope For Guns.
Black Man's Pinch.
In A Rut.
Staring At the Rude Boys.
Love in Vain (b-side to 'Staring at the Rude Boys'). - Quite possibly one of the saddest songs ever recorded.
Watching that show again still brings a wee tear to my eye as we remember that only a few months after it that Paul Fox sadly passed away.