Ruts DC  - London Punks


Formed: London, England, UK

Band Bio (Ruts) / Discography


Vocals/Guitar - Paul Fox
Bass - John "Segs' Jennings
Drums - Dave Ruffy
Saxophone - Gary Barnacle

Ruts D.C. - Different View - Advert

Following Malcolm Owen's death, the remaining members of Ruts carried on as Ruts D.C. (for "da capo", meaning "back to the beginning"), abandoning punk for a brave but pretty boring mix of dub reggae, jazz and rock on two albums, Animal Now (issued in May 1981) and Rhythm Collision (from July 1982), a collaborative effort with Mad Professor. Ruts D.C. split in 1983.

Ruts D.C. - Animal Now - Press AdvertRuts D.C. - Animal Now - Press Advert

In December 2008, Segs and Ruffy cobbled together a new Ruts DC lineup (Leigh Heggarty on guitar, Seamus Beaghan on Hammond organ, and Molara on additional vocals and percussion) and reunited with the Mad Professor, although the resulting album (Rhythm Collision Vol. 2), was not released until 2013. This version of the band did some touring and even played at the Rebellion Festival in August 2012. In a nod to their infamous tour of 1979, they went out on the road with The Damned in November and December 2013 and in 2014.


Subsequent studio albums: Rhythm Collision Volume 2 (2013), Music Must Destroy (2016).

Singles & Albums

Ruts D.C. - Different ViewDifferent View (7", 1981)

Ruts D.C. - Animal NowAnimal Now (LP, 1981)

Ruts D.C. - Whatever We DoWhatever We Do (7", 1982)

Ruts D.C. - Ruts D.C. Present Rhythm Collision Vol. 1Ruts D.C. Present Rhythm Collision Vol. 1 (LP, 1982)

Ruts D.C. - Weak HeartWeak Heart (12", 1983)

Extraneous Releases

Dangerous MindsDangerous Minds (7", 1981)

Ruts D.C. and The Mad Professor - Rhythm Collision Dub Volume 1Rhythm Collision Dub Volume 1 (Tape, as Ruts D.C. And The Mad Professor, 1987)

Ruts D.C. / Mad Professor - Rhythm Collision DubRhythm Collision Dub (CD, as Ruts DC / Mad Professor, 1996)

Dub Clash '96Dub Clash '96 (12", as Small Axe AKA Ruts DC, split with The Power Steppers, 1996)

Rhythm Collision RemixRhythm Collision Remix (CD, as Ruts DC Vs. Zion Train, 1999)

Ruts DC vs Mad Professor vs Zion Train - Rhythm Collision Vol.1 & Remix VersionsRhythm Collision Vol.1 & Remix Versions (2xLP/2xCD, as Ruts DC vs Mad Professor vs Zion Train, 2002)

Rhythm Collision ReloadedRhythm Collision Reloaded (CD, 2009)

Various Artists

Cash Cows UK LP 1980 (Virgin): West One (Shine On Me)

Burning Ambitions (A History Of Punk) UK 2xLP 1982 (Cherry Red): In A Rut

Oi! Chartbusters Volume 3 UK LP 1988 (Link): Babylons Burning

Punk - Past, Present And Future ... The Released Emotions Compilation (1988-1993) UK CD 1993 (Released Emotions): Babylon's Burning

The Best Punk Album In The World ... Ever! 2 UK 2xCD 1996 (Circa): Staring At The Rude Boys

1-2-3-4 Punk & New Wave 1976-1979 UK 5xCD 1999 (Universal): In A Rut

No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion US 4xCD 2003 (Rhino): Babylon's Burning



Ruts D.C. - The Official Website for The Ruts and The Ruts DC

X-Ray Music - Out of date, but a pretty good Ruts discography/sessionography here

Punk 77

Record Collectors Of The World Unite



All Music

The Guardian - Paul Fox obituary


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