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Bristol, United Kingdom (1981 – 1983)

Rip Rig + Panic was a post-punk band, founded in Bristol in 1981. It was named after a jazz album of the same name by Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Its members included singer Neneh Cherry, Sean Oliver, Mark Springer, and Gareth Sager and Bruce Smith - the latter two formerly of The Pop Group.

The group strayed from more conventional post-punk, mixing avant-garde elements with jazz and african influenced percussions and sounds. They were led by Cherry’s innovative pop/soul singing style. They also recorded with Don Cherry and Nico (on a BBC radio session).

The band notably made a guest appearance in an episode of the UK sitcom The Young Ones performing their 1982 single You’re My Kind Of Climate. Springer left Rip Rig and Panic after ‘Attitude’ and released Piano on Illuminated records in 1984, and several brilliant piano albums, mainly on Exit records, later. Rip Rig & Panic became Float Up CP in 1983 and produced the album Kill Me in the Morning. The band dissolved shortly thereafter. Sager formed Head, CC Sager and went solo after that. . Neneh Cherry has a well documented solo carreer. Bruce Smith drummed for PiL and others.


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  • Musilov

    Got an answer from Mark S's facebook yesterday. He's top, also his paintings. 'Weekend' and the last Pax sound great!!!!!!

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Musilov

    Thanks a lot, Cherry Red. I would like a re-release of Float Up C P 's 'Kill me in the morning' as well, especially for an added 'Desert heart', such a beauty!!!!!

    11 Sep 2013 Reply
  • megajosh2

    A post-punk band named after a Rahsaan Roland Kirk album? I've gotta take a listen to these motherfuckers.

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Musilov

    Just got my Cherry Red versions of 'I am cold' and 'Attitude'; still waiting for 'God'. It's great to hear the 12" versions of 'You're my kind of climate' and 'Storm the reality asylum' again; also a brilliant dance mix of the former! They're still my favourite band of all time, although Cabaret Voltaire comes up close.

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Knadsen

    For those who don't know, they are releasing all three albums on CD with bonus material in a months time. Pre-orders are up on amazon.

    24 Apr 2013 Reply
  • zoraxx

    "Rip Rig + Panic" not!! "Rip Rig & Panic" Musilov, You and Only You...........

    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • zoraxx

    Junk = Jazz & Funk..............

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Musilov

    Listener's trend is going up: where are the other 1000?

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Musilov

    Last week, driving to Pukkelpop, I listened to 'God' full volume in the car. It was 35°C in the car and when 'The blue blue third' came on, man, that was heaven. Didn't remember this album to be SO BRILLIANT!!!!! Beats all those guys with beats in their cars.

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Musilov

    The listener's trend is going down: boo-ooh!

    14 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Musilov

    ABSOLUTELY CHAOTIC GENIUS - (mixed is for djs)

    18 Jun 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    A mixed bag.

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Musilov

    Yes, you need to. Everybody needs to, but they don't know. oh, 'The blue blue third', wonderful music with the summer weather. Also check 'Storm...', '...Climate' and fucking 'Beat the beast'.

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • kmullin

    i probably need to listen to this

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • Musilov

    Not yet panicking, are you?

    4 May 2012 Reply
  • Musilov

    Yes, after 2 months, another RRigger.

    3 May 2012 Reply


    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Musilov

    Hey, RRippers, still nobody there?

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Musilov

    Yeah, never heard anything like rr+p in 30 years' time. Despite an ongoing flow of new upstarts from Britain and America... And still, they're not really recognised, apparently not even by Pop group fans. The mark of true genius.

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
  • strajnic

    Still fresh after all these years!

    18 Dec 2011 Reply
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