Jul 14, 2011

A Tribute To Malcolm Owen

Like today, on July 14th 1980, Malcolm Owen, lead singer of The Ruts, was found dead from heroin overdose in the bathroom of his parents' house. He was 26 years old.

Malcolm was a charismatic frontman with brilliant voice and his death was a major blow.

He was heroin user before The Ruts and turned back to it after his wife left him. The irony is that "H-eye" is a song against heroin use. "Dope For Guns" and "Love In Vein (don't want you in my arms no more)" are also anti-drug songs.

In 1981 The Damned wrote a song called "The Limit Club", about their deceased friend which mentions the "velvet claws" that Fox talked about with reference to Owen's heroin addiction.

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