Rudi release ‘The Cloak of Darkness EP’ ft 4 previously unreleased tracks…

Spit Records have confirmed the release of ‘The Cloak of Darkness EP’ from Belfast legends Rudi; the EP features four previously unreleased tracks which were recorded in back 1980.

1. Crimson
2. Tigerland
3. When I Was Dead
4. Bewerewolf!

Rudi epitomised the sound of Northern Ireland punk; because of the then political situation Northern Irish punk was cut off from the UK and so developed its own sound; a sound that was captured via Good Vibrations Records; The band’s debut release was the “Big Time” 7″ single, the debut release for Terri Hooley’s Good Vibrations label in May 1978. It received positive reviews in the music press, and was later described by Henry McDonals of The Observer as “one of the most perfect pop songs to come out of this island“.

Rudi were blighted by bad luck; band members were jailed’ promised record deals with Uk labels failed to materialise, they were even offered a contract by Pete Waterman who at the time was working for Ariola Recordsa, they turned this down and went with a label funded by Paul Wellar subsequently scoring a ‘Single of The Week’ for the track ‘Crimson’, success didn’t follow and the band called it day.

‘The Cloak Of Darkness’ was been pressed up on 300 numbered copies only, so order now to avoid disappointment

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


  1. Those songs have been released before. I have a CD ‘BIG TIME the best of RUDI’, brought out on Anagram records, a division of Cherry Red
    Records Ltd, 1996.

    • Tony, my understanding is that these are alternate/demo versions of the tracks – I was assurred this material has not been released previously.


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