RUFFKUT - Fight For The Right Mini LP (1984) USA
02. Fight For The Right
03. To The Top
04. Run For Your Life
05. Rich Bitch Lady
Tommy Henriksen - Bass
John Roggio - Guitar
Gene Henriksen - Vocals/Drums
Jay Nova - Drums
Ruffkut were a traditional good time Heavy Metal power trio formed in Long Island New York by guitarist John Roggio in the early 1980's.
With Bass player Tommy Henriksen and his brother Gene on drums & vocals the band was complete and became very popular on the local club scene, playing cover versions initially but adding their own material to the set as time went on.
By 1984 they had enough material to enter a local studio and record a five song Mini LP which sadly was to be their only release.
Now quite sought after, the scarce "Fight For The Right" Mini LP was privately pressed by the band and only available at Ruffkut gigs and from a few local record stores, but the quality of the songs & production bely the shoestring budget they had at their disposal, and the disc is a surprisingly good listen.
Although very much of it's time, the bands upbeat VAN HALEN influenced Metal holds up remarkably well in the here & now and is beginning to pick up a cult audience 20+ years after its recording.
Following the record's release the band expanded to a quartet, with Jay Nova joining on drums leaving Gene Henrikson free to concentrate on the vocals.
Unfortunately, this arrangement was short-lived and Gene was shown the door in 1985, and replaced by another Henriksen brother!
Bassist Tommy would leave the band in 1986 to join German Metal band WARLOCK, and subsequently played on DORO's solo debut as well, later playing and recording with WAR & PEACE & ex-DOKKEN guitarist GEORGE LYNCH.
Ruffkut carried on playing the club circuit for a few more years, but appear to have split around 86/87 after shortening the bands name to THE KUT.