Rip Rig + Panic

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Rip Rig + Panic
Origin Bristol, England
Genres Post-punk
Years active 1981–1983
Associated acts The Pop Group, Float Up CP
Past members Neneh Cherry
Gareth Sager
Mark Springer
Bruce Smith
Sean Oliver
Andrea Oliver
David De Fries

Rip Rig + Panic were a post-punk band founded in 1981,[1] who broke up in 1983. They were named after a 1965 jazz album by Roland Kirk. They were formed by Sean Oliver (bass), Mark Springer (piano, sax, vocals), Gareth Sager (guitar, sax, keyboards, vocals) and Bruce Smith (drums, percussion) (the latter two formerly of The Pop Group) with singer Neneh Cherry.[2] Their other members included saxophonist Flash (David Wright), singer Andrea Oliver, trumpeter David De Fries and viola-player Sarah Sarhandi.

The group strayed from more conventional post-punk, mixing avant-garde elements with jazz and led by Cherry's innovative pop/soul singing style. Their second album, I Am Cold, included a number of tracks featuring jazz trumpeter Don Cherry, who was Neneh Cherry's stepfather.[3] They also appeared with Nico on a BBC radio session.

The band notably made a guest appearance in an episode of the British sitcom The Young Ones performing their 1982 single "You're My Kind of Climate".[4] Rip Rig + Panic became Float Up CP in 1985, and produced the album Kill Me in the Morning.[5] The band dissolved shortly thereafter.

Mark Springer has continued to record as a solo artist and has a number of CDs available. Sean Oliver died in 1990.[6]


Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 1990: Knee Deep in Hits


  • 1981: "Go! Go! Go! This Is It" / "The Ultimate In Fun (Is Going To The Disco With My Baby)"
  • 1981: "Bob Hope Takes Risks" / "Hey Mr E! A Gran Grin With A Shake Of Smile"
  • 1982: "You're My Kind Of Climate" / "She Gets So Hungry At Night She Eats Her Jewellery"
  • 1982: "Storm The Reality Asylum" / "Leave Your Spittle In The Pot" / "It's Always Tic For Tac You Foolish Brats"
  • 1983: "Beat the Beast" / "1619, A Dutch Vessel Docked In The USA With 20 Humans For Sale"
  • 1983: "Do The Tightrope" / "Blip This Jig It's Shamanic" / "Do The Tightrope (instrumental)"


  1. ^ Laszlo, Skip (1982). "Rip Rig & Panic". The Wire (2): 27. 
  2. ^ "Rip Rig & Panic". Discogs. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Neneh Cherry unearths footage of Rip, Rig And Panic with Don Cherry". Wire. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Rip Rig and Panic". Bristol Archive Records. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Cameray, Bob (1986). "Easr Across the Water". Spin 2 (1): 60. 
  6. ^ Barber, Nicholas (15 November 1998). "How We Met: Neneh Cherry and Andrea Oliver". Independent. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 

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