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‘Babylon’s Burning’: The Story Behind The Ruts’ Incendiary Punk Classic - uDiscover Music

Posted by Jacquelyn Bailey on May 24, 2019
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‘Babylon’s Burning’: The Story Behind The Ruts’ Incendiary Punk Classic - uDiscover Music

Proving punk was anything but dead, The Ruts’ legendary second single, ‘Babylon’s Burning’, blazed a trail up to No.7 in the UK Top 40 during the summer of 1979 and catapulted the West London quartet right into the heart of the mainstream.

Having first formed late in 1977, The Ruts played virtually every pub, club, benefit gig and community centre in London over the next 12 months, but their dedication paid dividends. After their debut single, ‘In A Rut’, was released through UK reggae outfit Misty In Roots’ People Unite label, in January 1979, they became one of the hottest properties on the scene. Hailed as Single Of The Week in UK rock weeklies Sounds and NME, the song’s success led to the highly promising punks inking a deal with Virgin Records early in April 1979.