Last weekend Dee and I were in Belfast for Stiff Little Fingers‘ (SLF) homecoming gig on their 40th Anniversary tour. They had a great supporting cast of The Stranglers, The Outcasts and this week’s TBT selection, Ruts DC.
The original Ruts were also around during the punk days, and probably best known for Babylon’s Burning. Their lead singer died of an overdose, and their guitarist died about 10 years ago. Now a 3 piece band, with the original bassist (Segs Jennings) and drummer (Dave Ruffy), their set had some of their old classics and some newer numbers which sounded great. The DC in their name is from the musical notation Da Coda, or “go back to the beginning”.
I had the pleasure of seeing Jennings and Ruffy last year when they did an acoustic tour as part of Dead Men Walking, along with Jake Burns from SLF and Kirk Brandon from Theatre of Hate. That was a very intimate gig: Saturday’s was the opposite!
The gig was sold out, with over 5000 tickets for an outdoor event. The weather gods looked kindly on us, and the gig gods were even kinder. I spent the whole gig in the front row, right in the middle: I was in seventh heaven. And to cap it all off, Ruts DC were staying in my hotel and I had the pleasure of meeting Segs the next morning.
On the Dead Men Walking tour, they talked about this song, It was based on a real night out that they were at, along with Jake from SLF and others, where a serious fight broke out and all the various factions got involved. The song itself is very textured, and tells the story really well. I hope you enjoy it!