Samstag, 1. April 2017

The Ruts - The Crack (1979)

Early punk's greatest glory, and greatest flaw, was that most of the bands were signed before they'd reached true musical proficiency. No wonder they sounded so unique - they weren't capable of imitating their influences yet. Not so with the Ruts, who were able to deliver a powerful musical punch with their debut album, something virtually unique among old-school British punk bands.

Easily able to recreate not just first-wave punk stylings, but classic rock as well, the Ruts' influences ran the gamut of genres from Motörhead to Marley, the New York Dolls to the Banshees. Thus, "The Crack" was one blindingly original album, far removed from its contemporaries. At the core, the quartet's sound was based primarily on '70s rock, played fast and hard, bringing them into the sphere of the street punks, an evolving genre later tagged Oi!, and eventually mutating into both speed metal and hardcore.

The album features a clutch of headbanging pogo-til-you-puke blasts of fury, anthemic shout-alongs one and all. But the Ruts were capable of much more than simplistic punk-rockers in a metal mode. Some songs feature a wondrous gothic drone; "It Was Cold" was indebted to both Magazine and the Police, while other tracks give nods to pub rock and R&B. Out of this mass of sounds and styles, the Ruts hammered out intriguing hybrids, darkly shadowed, but occasionally emerging into the pop light. "Dope for Guns," for example, weds a hard rock verse to an anthemic poppy chorus, then ties the knot with a reggae riff, while "Is It Something That I Said" pushes toward Buzzcocks territory.

The seminal "Jah War," inspired by the Southall riots, is simmering roots reggae/dub, but seared by classic rock guitar leads, totally redefining the rockers genre. The group was, if anything, even stronger lyrically. "Babylon's Burning" turns a powerful punk-rocker into an epic, with singer Malcolm Owen capturing the anger, frustration, and horror of anyone caught up in a riot. On "Jah War," he deliberately cools his passions, giving the words more nuanced power than if he allowed his anger to break free. On the sinister "S.U.S.," a response to England's infamous stop and search law, the group combines to create an ominous atmosphere of paranoia, a sound more chilling than that of any modern black metal band. The CD reissue also includes the B-sides from the group's three singles, the dub-heavy "Give Youth a Chance," the slamming, if somewhat silly "I Ain't Sophisticated," and the jokey "The Crack," where more excellent dub is interspersed with the group's rather amusing take on early rock & roll.

1Babylon's Burning2:35
2Dope For Guns2:11
4Something That I Said3:53
5You're Just A...2:55
6It Was Cold6:48
7Savage Circle3:05
8Jah War6:55
9Criminal Mind1:34
11Out Of Order1:50
12Human Punk4:34
13Give Youth A Chance3:07
14I Ain't Sofisticated2:16
15The Crack5:49

The Ruts - The Crack (1979)
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8 Kommentare:

Philippe Huleux hat gesagt…

Bonjour. Le lien pour télécharger ne fonctionne pas. Merci de nous faire partager ces trésors musicaux.

zero hat gesagt…

Hello Philippe, I checked the link - it works fine! Please try again... Best wishes!

Anonym hat gesagt…

Hey, however, it's not possible to click the link, it's not active on this webside. There is no leading to the download site. Please, can you fix it? Thanks!

Anonym hat gesagt…

Den Link kann man nicht anklicken! Da rührt sich nix!

Anonym hat gesagt…

Dude, is some way the link is highlighted but it does not show up as a link. Sorry it doesn't work.

Anonym hat gesagt…

I too just tried the link and got the same result.

zero hat gesagt…

Sorry for the problem. It works with ie, but not with firefox. Here´s the link:

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