Ruts

Babylon's Burning Reconstructed

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One of 1980s punk rock favorites the Ruts' best-known songs, "Babylon's Burning," is re-imagined here in 16 widely varying remixes by contemporary artists from equally differing backgrounds. German punks Die Toten Hosen go for a fairly conventional wide-angle approach, while the Groove Corporation hew close to the Ruts' reggae tendencies with a rootsy bass and drum-heavy mix. Rob Smith's spare approach leaves just a vocal track over beatbox and guitar, and there are also drum-and-bass and ambient reworkings. An intriguing experiment that often produces fascinating results.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:00
2 2:39
3 4:13
4 5:25
5 3:12
6 2:50
7 2:40
8 3:30
9 5:53
10 5:18
11 6:12
12 3:15
13 3:59
14 3:37
15 3:17
16 3:50
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