8/10 .. Thank you very much for the review 🙂
Thanks Stephen Allely for a wonderful review 🙂
The Ruts (aka Ruts DC – which I shall henceforth refer to them as due to it being on their stage banner tonight..) are a band harking from a time and place more openly confrontational than this era, namely, late seventies and early eighties London, UK. (Specifically, 1977-1983)As were many of the punk bands of the time, they were active in the anti-racism and anti-Thatcherite movements, more on the iron lady later on though.
Rock Against Racism
Fans of the Ruts invade the stage, West Runton Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk, 1979 (pic taken by Syd Shelton)
On 30 April 1978, Syd Shelton was woken by people parading past his building in Charing Cross Road, singing Clash songs. It was 4am butShelton, a photographer and activist from Yorkshire, was delighted. He was helping organise a Rock Against Racism march later thatmorning from Trafalgar Square to east London. A stage had been set up in Victoria Park and the Clash were playing, as were Steel Pulse, Ray Spex and the Tom Robinson Band, but the organisers were worried no one would walk seven miles to see a concert. “When I went down at 7am,”
Switzerland to Milano
We arrive at Sedel club Lucerne -and we are greeted by the sight of a cow ! .We’ve only been away for 8 days but the sight of an alternative life form is thrilling .She stares back at us -hopefully shes thinking the same thing ?
The club is cool , dub music playing -i’m happy . I enter the dressing room / kitchen and i’m greeted by friendly,welcoming faces and the succulent smell of chicken cooking on a bed of herbs –ahhhhhhhh .Don’t worry ,there’s a vegetarian option for our man Leigh .I gotta say ,i’m pleased it isnt beef as I wouldnt want to upset my new found friend .
The food is hot and very tasty and I just about digest it in time to take the stage -all good .Nice people come to our gigs -a lot of people seem to be smoking -a bit harsh on the old vocal chords but we survive the onslaught and at least it saves on dry ice ! Once again I wonder how is it that people smoke like troopers ( where does that saying come from?) -in clubs and bars all over germany. I dont really like the smoke but I kinda like the fact that they just ignore the european ruling .I’ve never been one for rules .
The gigs good ,we dont get many echoes though from the house soundman -in general we have been lucky on this tour though.Thank you Martin and all at Sedel club .
In the morning we hit the road for Milano The scenery is breathtaking but difficult to capture as we plunge into tunnel after tunnel catching fleeting glimpses of expansive lakes and moutain peaks .. Continue Reading →
After much planning ,changing of those plans ,re-packing and decisions beyond my control ,we have passed through the Swiss border . Talk of searches,fines ,merchandise tax, smuggling and such have luckily not materialised and we sail past the border guards on the beautifully sunny day .
I started the journey with an early morning Jazz woodbine .These days this treat is usually reserved for the odd evening or for purely inspirational purposes .Today,as we move very slowly through the German traffic I am indeed inspired ,but today it’s not lyrics or music that are flowing from my mind- It’s ideas for the new Pledge campaign. As some of you may know -I like to wear a hat (except in bed )-right now,I have to wear several at the same time ….
Musical and lyrical Inspiration has been flowing over recent months though so the actual creation process of this bunch of songs is going well .Now,we‘ve decided to go for it and raise the money ourselves .We’ve come up with some good ideas and we’re hoping to announce the new campaign next week .
We’ve been playing some of the new tunes live and their performance and audience reaction is proving to be invaluable to the process .I wish we could run a few more in soundchecks but there’s never any time. :—Today Mutti has asked us if we could cut down our usual allocated 10 minute services break to 5 !
Out of necessity ,we’re getting this down to a very fine art now–Like locusts ,we descend on the unsuspecting truck stop ,we think and move as one .The van is re-fuelled ,the coffee and sandwiches bought , the facilities utilised to optimum efficiency and before you can say Gusuntheit ,we’re sitting in traffic again. – We’re going to be late ….
No matter though.I have time to let my mind drift back to the last 2 gigs .Cologne and Essen . Continue Reading →
Good day, well we are in the Van and for for 6 hours driving to Torun in Poland.
it’s a very tedious drive through vast agricultural plains, it’s nothing but “van van van van van van van van van van fields fields fields fields
fields fields fields fields stop at services, terrible grub, lukewarm coffee, van van van van van vanvan van van van van van van fields fields fields fields fields fields
fields fields van van van van van van van van van van fields fields fields fields fields fields fields,
We eventually reach Torun and check in to the hotel Copernicus, we stayed here before and some of you may remember my tale of this soviet era hotel from a year ago? Well the food is no better but I’m happy to report that the rooms have been refurbished, and that if one had a cat, you could swing it around with no problem at all.
We were supposed to be doing a gig together with Slaughter and the Dogs tonight but they have cancelled so we are playing Pub Pamela again it’s a strange gig though, we have to be finished by 6:30 pm as the local Moto-Cross team are on the telly?
We meet Anna an English translator, who is a friend of Mutti, she has travelled from Warsaw speaks BBC English and brings us a present of Żubrówka vodka, a firm favourite of mine, it’s been around since the 16th century it has a great flavour with hints of vanilla and almond, it’s distilled from rye and has a mildly narcotic effect. Thanks Anna.
We take to the stage and play a shortish set, the people are happy to see us and the girls get down to the reggae tunes. We chat to quite a few folk afterwards, many have seen us before. Continue Reading →
PSYCHIC BLOG -BERLIN to BERLIN
It’s a long way back to Germany. It was great to be back in Berlin . After playing the SO36 club twice in recent times there seems to be a bit of a buzz about us returning to Kreuzberg -this time to play another left wing stronghold -The Clash .Apparantly the poster /flyer has misled certain people into thinking that The Ruts and The Clash are playing -now that would have been a gig and a half.Unfortunately ,neither Joe,Mick ,Paul or Topper appear but no matter -the receptive crowd are totally with us – we lock it down and enjoy ourselves immensely.
It’s a late one and after a couple of celebratory Schnapps I head to bed -which,rather inconveniently ,is 8 foot in the air -see the photo and imagine yours truly ascending the rickety ladder ,
quickly realising that the Pilsner levels need adjusting and descending again ,Finally I lay down for the 3 hours sleep time that has been allocated for this particular stop over .
FOUND IN TRANSLATION
This gig is like no other but it reminds me of very early RuTs gigs where we’d play anywhere just to get a chance for another gig. .I believe Mr Ruffy has filled some of you in on the finer details. Continue Reading →
Segs and Ruffy run Sosumi business on their day off in Berlin, check out here what they have to say
Did you ever wake up in the morning – with a Zomby Woof behind your eyes ?”
So sang Frank Zappa and the answer is … Well yes . This morning this mythical creature has taken up a , hopefully temporary , residence in the unoccupied space between my frontal lobe and my eyelids .I’m fully clothed , on a put- u- up single bed , in a Travelodge . What day is it?
Right… It’s Sunday morning .That must make last night –
Saturday night in Glasgow !
This is an obviously re- occuring celebration of life well , a concept really . Renowned and sometimes feared the world over .
Last night,once again, Ruts DC’s right on righteous path converged with the slow- rolling medicine show that is Alabama 3 .