A gig with Walter Lure…

While in Europe recently I got a call from Smutty Smith (of the Rockats) asking if I would be interested in doing a show with Walter Lure from the Heartbreakers to take place on the 9th October?

The group would feature Walter on guitar and vocals, my old pal Neal (X) Whitmore from Zigue Zigue Sputnik on guitar, Phil Bloomberg from The Polecats on bass and yours truly on bass

Yes! Yes! Yes! Says I, what’s the deal?

It was to be a one off gig at the after show party of a photo exhibition of the legendary Bob Gruen, entitled ‘Rock Seen’ featuring many of his pictures including, John Lennon Blondie, The Clash, David Bowie, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, The New York Dolls, Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol.

So a week later we had worked out a set list mostly Heartbreakers with a smattering of U.S.garage and UK rockabilly. (See below)

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Ruts D.C. at The Garage Oct 25th

They say there is a time and place for everything, and without doubt Saturday 25th October at London’s The Garage, will be a night when the city’s music scene explodes for one of its most thrilling adventures this year. Presented by Home Grown in association with Satellite, the night will see the legendary RUTS D.C. unleash their inimitable and inspirational ‘dubbed out grooviness’, a sound to leave feet and emotions romping with relish.

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My memories of Poly Styrene (Marianne Joan Elliot-Said)

What struck me about her at the time was her look and attitude, her lyrics had slogans that screamed. at you.
She influenced so many young women, she was a feminist in natural, common sense and non political way.

She was a real believer in punk attitudes and self expression. and lived in St Leonards in East Sussex, which is a part of the world known and enjoyed by both Segs and I.

In 1977, I remember seeing her on on TV interviewed by Tony Wilson on ‘So It Goes’, she was quite child like but perfectly eloquent. No bile or hatred spoke her mind in a way that was very ‘matter of fact ‘ and although quite shy, was astonishingly natural for someone so young.

In April 1978 there was a huge Rock against Racism gig Victoria Park in London we Ruts played on the back of a truck along with Misty In Roots both on the march and in the park.

(here’s a pic taken on the March in Trafalgar square you can see the late Paul Fox behind my old Gretsch drums with Me and Bassie from Misty on the right)

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later that day Poly played whith her band X-Ray specs along with Steel Pulse, Aswad, , Tom Robinson,Sham 69 and The Clash

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It was a righteous day of solidarity I will always remember.
X-Ray Specs was quite short lived and I think Poly had more important things to do in her life and this has been well documented elsewhere , I do remember however meeting her in September 2007,

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In July of that year The Ruts had got together with Henry Rollins to played a gig in London for Paul Fox who was suffering with lung cancer.
We were deemed newsworthy again and I was asked by New Yorks’ SPIN magazine to take part in a ‘punk’ special they were doing.

Poly was then a confident charming woman as eloquent as ever with a very positive outlook.

So I am most happy to come along to contribute to both her memory and Teenage Cancer Trust.

Ruffy

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Ruts Dc Perform PolyFest 2 Sunday 5 October 2014

Segs: RUTS DC will be playing 3 numbers tomorrow night ( Sunday) at PolyFest .This is yearly festival held to celebrate the life of Polystyrene – singer/ songwriter for X-Ray Spex and solo performer in her own right .
Poly sadly passed away in 2011?? but her legacy lives on through her work and indeed this festival .
I still have a 12inch single of Oh Bondage up yours b/w I’m a Cliché . These were both big tunes for Ruffy and I .We played them a lot in amongst the other great records of the time . The message of ” Oh Bondage was ground breaking , inspiring many of our female friends to allow themselves to be themselves while at the same time encouraging us males to shake off some of the restrictions that had been imposed by a pre- punk society .
That record epitomised the punk message and she continued to change attitudes throughout her whole life .
Come and set yourself free for an evening .
She’d like that .

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