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dcruts19.jpg The Crack on The Crack

Ruts DC (formerly The Ruts) are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their classic debut album titled, hey, ‘The Crack’. How could we not cover that?

Henry Rollins is just one of the many artists who was inspired by The Ruts’ incendiary debut album ‘The Crack’, opining: “I cannot explain to you the impact that this LP had. It is simply one of the best albums of its time. A true treasure that does not age but only impresses the more you play it.” It arrived in 1979 when punk was on the wane: The Sex Pistols had imploded and The Clash were off trying to conquer the US. But The Ruts managed to marry the pell-mell rush of punk’s whiplash riffs with the immediacy of Oi! and dubby reggae (best exemplified by the classic ‘Jah War’). There was also plenty of social comment too with tracks such as ‘Babylon’s Burning’ – which hit the charts – becoming a real anthem of the band with its prescient attacks on racist-related violence. As well as playing the album in full on their latest tour the band will also be releasing a brand new remastered vinyl reissue of the original album on February 8. Support on all dates comes from The Professionals, a band who number former Sex Pistol Paul Cook among their ranks. Should be a cracking night out.

Ruts DC + The Professionals, Thursday 21 February, Riverside, Newcastle, 7pm, £19.80. riversidenewcastle.co.uk