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).

Kate Korus was sacked and went on 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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Albums

AN 7077 Cut — The Slits The Slits Cut (Album) Island Records AN 7077 US 1979 Sell This Version
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BASIC 2 Typical Girls Live In Cincinnati & San Francisco USA — The Slits The Slits Typical Girls Live In Cincinnati & San Francisco USA(LP) Basic Records (2) BASIC 2 UK 1980 Sell This Version
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Y3LP Untitled (Bootleg Retrospective) — The Slits The Slits Untitled (Bootleg Retrospective) (Album) Y Records Y3LP UK 1980 Sell This Version
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25•3P-338 Return Of The Giant Slits — The Slits The Slits Return Of The Giant Slits (Album, Single) CBS 25•3P-338 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
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EM 306, none Live At The Gibus Club — The Slits The Slits Live At The Gibus Club (Album) Castle Music EM 306, none Italy 2005 Sell This Version
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NCK7050 Trapped Animal — The Slits The Slits Trapped Animal (Album) Narnack Records NCK7050 US 2009 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

K7686, WIP 6505 Typical Girls — The Slits The Slits Typical Girls (Single) Island Records K7686, WIP 6505 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
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Y4, RT 044 Man Next Door — The Slits The Slits Man Next Door Y Records, Rough Trade Y4, RT 044 UK 1980 Sell This Version
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Y1, RT 039A In The Beginning There Was Rhythm / Where There's A Will.. — The Slits The Slits / The Pop Group The Slits / The Pop Group - In The Beginning There Was Rhythm / Where There's A Will.. (Single) Y Records, Rough Trade Y1, RT 039A UK 1980 Sell This Version
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YUS 1 Man Next Door — The Slits The Slits Man Next Door (Maxi) Human Records (2) YUS 1 US 1980 Sell This Version
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RT 064 Animal Space / Animal Spacier — The Slits The Slits Animal Space / Animal Spacier (Single) Human Records (2) RT 064 UK 1980 Sell This Version
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CBS A1498, A 1498 Earthbeat — The Slits The Slits Earthbeat (Single) CBS CBS A1498, A 1498 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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SFPSC 021 The Peel Sessions — The Slits The Slits The Peel Sessions (EP) Strange Fruit SFPSC 021 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
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SAF14, SAF-14 Revenge Of The Killer Slits — The Slits The Slits Revenge Of The Killer Slits (Maxi, EP) S.A.F. Records, S.A.F. Records SAF14, SAF-14 US 2006 Sell This Version
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4766321, 00602547663214 The Slits — The Slits The Slits The Slits(10", Cle) Island Records, Universal Music Catalogue 4766321, 00602547663214 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
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Compilations

SFPMACD 207 Double Peel Sessions — The Slits The Slits Double Peel Sessions (Comp) Strange Fruit SFPMACD 207 UK 1989 Sell This Version
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CLP 0065 In The Beginning (A Live Anthology 1977-81) — The Slits The Slits In The Beginning (A Live Anthology 1977-81) (Comp) Jungle Records, EFA CLP 0065 US 1997 Sell This Version
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SFRSCD052 The Peel Sessions — The Slits The Slits The Peel Sessions (Comp) Strange Fruit SFRSCD052 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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Videos

CADIZDVD166 Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits — The Slits The Slits Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits Cadiz Music CADIZDVD166 UK 2018 Sell This Version

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