I'm truly honored to be able to post these photos that involve some of my favorite people on the planet...these are previously unpublished shots of Ruts DC (thats The Ruts without deceased lead singer Malcolm Owen for those who don't know) taken in NYC by Godlis. Above are, left to right, Dave Ruffy (drums), Paul Fox (guitar), and Segs Jennings (bass, vocals).
Godlis seems to think they were either taken in December 1980 or January 1981 here in New York. If accurate, Ruts DC were yet to release their first album as Ruts DC which would come out a few months later in spring of 1981, and called Animal Now. The band were in town at the time playing a few shows in the north east including the Peppermint Lounge in New York, and the 9:30 Club in Washington DC. I'm sure Jack Rabid of Big Takeover could tell us exactly when the gigs took place.
I happened to discover these while doing some work for Godlis a couple of years ago. There they were, just sitting in a filing cabinet amongst many other proofsheets and 8 x 10's shot for various record companies and publications at the time. Big thanks to both Godlis and The Ruts for permission to post these. Hope we'll see them on The Ruts new site sometime soon! (See more after the jump.)