The Slits

The Slits

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This UK feminist punk outfit formed in 1976 with a line-up featuring Ari-Up (b. Arianna Foster; vocals), Kate Korus (b. Katherine Corris, New York, USA; guitar), Palmolive (b. Paloma Romero; drums, ex-Raincoats) and Suzi "Gutsy" Webb (bass).

Korus soon left to form the Mo-dettes and Gutsy quit to team up with the Flicks. They were replaced by guitarist Viv Albertine and bass player Tessa Pollitt and it was this line-up that supported the Clash during the spring of 1977.

The band were known for their uncompromising attitude and professed lack of technique, but their music was as aggressive and confrontational as the best of the punk fraternity. Their failure to secure a record contract during the first wave of the punk explosion was surprising. By the time they made their recording debut, Palmolive had been ousted and replaced by Big In Japan percussionist Budgie (b. Peter Clark, 21 August 1957).

Signed to Island Records, they worked with reggae producer Dennis Bovell on the dub-influenced Cut. The album attracted considerable press interest for its sleeve, which featured the band naked, after rolling in mud.

The departure of Budgie to Siouxsie And The Banshees (replaced by the Pop Group's Bruce Smith) coincided with the arrival of reggae musician Prince Hammer and trumpeter Don Cherry, whose very young stepdaughter, Neneh Cherry also joined for a short period. A series of singles followed, including a memorable version of John Holt's "Man Next Door".

By 1981, The Slits had lost much of their original cutting edge and it came as little surprise when they disbanded at the end of the year. Ari-Up revived The Slits in the new millennium for a series of low-key live sets.
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The Slits Discography

Albums

The Slits Cut (Album, Comp) Island Records US 1979 Sell This Version
The Slits Untitled (Bootleg Retrospective) Y Records UK 1980 Sell This Version
BASIC 2 The Slits Typical Girls Live In Cincinnati & San Francisco USA(LP) Basic Records (2) BASIC 2 UK 1980 Sell This Version
The Slits Return Of The Giant Slits (Album, Single) CBS Japan 1981 Sell This Version
The Slits Live At The Gibus Club (Album) Castle Music Italy 2005 Sell This Version
The Slits Trapped Animal (Album) Narnack Records US 2009 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Slits Typical Girls (Single) Island Records Australia 1979 Sell This Version
The Slits Man Next Door (Maxi) Y Records, Rough Trade UK 1980 Sell This Version
The Slits / The Pop Group The Slits / The Pop Group - In The Beginning There Was Rhythm / Where There's A Will.. Y Records, Rough Trade UK 1980 Sell This Version
ATS 501 The Slits / The Pop Group, Delta 5 The Slits / The Pop Group, Delta 5 - In The Beginning There Was Rhythm / Where There's A Will.. / Anticipation(12") Arletty ATS 501 Finland 1980 Sell This Version
HUM 4 The Slits Animal Space(7", Single) Human Records (2) HUM 4 UK 1980 Sell This Version
The Slits Earthbeat (Single) CBS UK 1981 Sell This Version
XPS 125 The Slits American Radio Interview(7", Promo) CBS XPS 125 1981 Sell This Version
The Slits The Peel Sessions (EP) Strange Fruit Canada 1987 Sell This Version
The Slits Double Peel Sessions (Comp) Strange Fruit UK 1989 Sell This Version
The Slits Revenge Of The Killer Slits (Maxi, EP) S.A.F. Records US 2006 Sell This Version
4766321, 00602547663214 The Slits The Slits(10", Cle) Island Records, Universal Music Catalogue 4766321, 00602547663214 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Compilations

The Slits In The Beginning (A Live Anthology 1977-81) (Comp) Jungle Records US 1997 Sell This Version
The Slits The Peel Sessions (Comp) Strange Fruit UK 1998 Sell This Version