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Encyclopedia > The Slits
The Slits

The Slits on the cover of Cut (1979)
Country London, England
Years active 1976–1981
Genres punk
post-punk
Labels Island Records
CBS
Members Ari Up
Viv Albertine
Tessa Politt
Palmolive
Kate Korus
Suzi Gutsy
Budgie

The Slits are an all female punk rock band. The quartet was formed in 1976 by members of the bands The Flowers of Romance and The Castrators. The members were Ari Up (Arianna Forster) and Palmolive (Paloma Romera) (who later left to join The Raincoats), with Viv Albertine and Tessa Pollitt replacing founding members Kate Korus and Suzi Gutsy. Palmolive was replaced by male drummer Budgie (aka Pete Clarke), formerly of The Spitfire Boys and later to join Siouxsie and the Banshees. Image File history File links Cut_cover. ... Cut is the debut album by The Slits. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Island Records was founded in Jamaica in 1959 by Chris Blackwell and Graeme Goodall but moved to the UK in May 1962. ... CBS (an abbreviation for Columbia Broadcasting System, its former legal name) is one of the largest television networks, and formerly one of the largest radio networks, in the United States. ... Ari Up Ari Up is the stage name for the lead vocalist of the influential UK punk group the Slits. ... Viv Albertine was the guitarist for the influential female punk group The Slits. ... Tessa Pollitt (born in 1959) was the bass guitarist for the punk rock outfit, The Slits, between 1976 and 1981, when the band finally dissolved. ... Palmolive in 1977 during the White Riot Tour Palmolive was the stage name for Spanish born drummer Paloma Romera. ... Peter Clarke, (born August 21, 1957), better known as Budgie, is an English drummer. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... The Flowers of Romance were an early punk band, formed in the summer of 1976 (see 1976 in music) by Jo Faull and Sarah Hall. ... Ari Up Ari Up is the stage name for the lead vocalist of the influential UK punk group the Slits. ... Palmolive in 1977 during the White Riot Tour Palmolive was the stage name for Spanish born drummer Paloma Romera. ... The Raincoats were formed in 1977 by Ana da Silva (vocals, guitar) and Gina Birch (vocals, bass) while they were students at Hornsey College of Art, London, England. ... Viv Albertine was the guitarist for the influential female punk group The Slits. ... Tessa Pollitt (born in 1959) was the bass guitarist for the punk rock outfit, The Slits, between 1976 and 1981, when the band finally dissolved. ... Peter Clarke, (born August 21, 1957), better known as Budgie, is an English drummer. ... The Spitfire Boys were the first Liverpool punk band to release a single (Mein Kampf c/w British Refugee). The Spitfire Boys were mainly notable for including in their line-up Budgie (aka Pete Clarke), who went on to drum for The Slits and later Siouxsie & the Banshees (as well... Siouxsie and the Banshees are a British gothic rock band. ...

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Career

At their outset, the Slits played a brand of brash, fun, snotty, catchy punk rock naturally suited to supporting The Clash on their 1977 White Riot tour along with the Buzzcocks and the Subway Sect (documented both on- and offstage by Don Letts in The Punk Rock Movie). The Clash were an English rock band active from 1976 to 1986. ... White Riot was the first single put out by seminal punk band The Clash, in 1977. ... Buzzcocks are a British rock music group. ... One of the original (and best) British punk bands, Subway Sects posthumous reputation has suffered because of their comparatively small output. ... Don Letts is a British film director and musician. ... The Punk Rock Movie was assembled from Super 8 camera footage shot by Don Letts, the disc jockey at the Roxy club during the early days of the UK punk rock movement, between 1977 and 1979. ...


As also captured on a legendary Peel Session, the Slits' originally extremely raw and raucous live sound was subsequently cleaned up and considerably polished by the time of their reggae influenced, dub heavy, Dennis Bovell produced 1979 debut album Cut (Island Records). The album's cover art depicts the band naked save for mud and loin-cloths. John Peel John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was a British disc jockey and radio presenter. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Dub is a form of Jamaican music, which developed in the early 1970s. ... Dennis Bovell (1953, Saint Peter, Barbados, West Indies) is a legendary reggae guitarist and music producer. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... Cut is the debut album by The Slits. ... Island Records was founded in Jamaica in 1959 by Chris Blackwell and Graeme Goodall but moved to the UK in May 1962. ...


Their sound and attitude became increasingly experimental and avant-garde during the early 1980's, when they formed an alliance with Bristol post punk mavericks The Pop Group, sharing a drummer (Bruce Smith) and releasing a joint single, "In The Beginning There was Rhythm/Where There's A Will" (Y Records). However, by the time of their second 'official' LP release Return Of The Giant Slits (a 'semi-official' bootleg of poorly recorded early material having been released in the interim by Rough Trade), many felt that their initial energy, exuberance and innovativeness had deserted them. Various Slits became involved with On-U dub-jamming project New Age Steppers along with free improvisers such as Steve Beresford and also a young Neneh Cherry. The band has had such fans as Johnny Rotten and British DJ, John Peel. A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Post-punk was a musical movement beginning at the end of the 1970s, following on the heels of the initial punk rock explosion of the mid 1970s. ... The Pop Group were a post-punk band from Bristol, United Kingdom whose uncompromising, dissonant sound spanned punk, free jazz and dub reggae. ... A bootleg recording is a audio or video recording of a performance that was not officially released by the artist or under other legal authority. ... Free improvisation or free music is improvised music without any rules beyond the taste of the musicians involved, and not in any particular style. ... Beresford at the Red Rose club, London, 1990 Steve Beresford (born 1950) is a British musician. ... Neneh Cherry performing live in Vienna (ca. ... John Lydon John Joseph Lydon (born January 31, 1956), also known as Johnny Rotten (a nickname derived from the state of his teeth) was the iconoclastic lead singer of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd (PiL) and an Irish individualist anarchist. ... Autobiography John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, and journalist. ...


Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt reformed the band with new members in 2006, and released the EP "Revenge Of The Killer Slits". The EP features former Sex Pistol Paul Cook and Marco Pirroni (ex-Adam & the Ants, and Siouxsie and the Banshees) as both musicians and co-producers. The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (1967) as a 33 ⅓ LP vinyl record A gramophone record (also phonograph record, or simply record) is an analogue sound recording medium consisting of a flat disc with an inscribed modulated spiral groove starting near the periphery and ending near the centre of the disc. ... The Sex Pistols were an iconic and highly influential English punk band, formed in London in 1975. ... Born on July 20, 1956, Paul Cook was raised in the Hammersmith area of London. ... Marco Pirroni is a rock guitarist from England who has worked with Adam Ant, Sinéad OConnor, and others in a career spanning the late 1970s to the present (early 21st Century). ... Adam Beck is gay was a new wave band during the late 1970s and early 1980s. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes . ...


Cook's daughter Holly is a member of the current lineup. She is a backup singer.


The band toured the United States for the first time in 25 years during 2006's "States of Mind" tour.


Members

The Slits personnel
(1976)
(1976-1978)
(1979)
(1980-1981)
(2006)

Ari Up Ari Up is the stage name for the lead vocalist of the influential UK punk group the Slits. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Classical and Bass Guitar The guitar is a fretted and stringed musical instrument, used in a wide variety of musical styles, and is also widely known as a solo classical instrument. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... Palmolive in 1977 during the White Riot Tour Palmolive was the stage name for Spanish born drummer Paloma Romera. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Ari Up Ari Up is the stage name for the lead vocalist of the influential UK punk group the Slits. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Viv Albertine was the guitarist for the influential female punk group The Slits. ... Classical and Bass Guitar The guitar is a fretted and stringed musical instrument, used in a wide variety of musical styles, and is also widely known as a solo classical instrument. ... Tessa Pollitt (born in 1959) was the bass guitarist for the punk rock outfit, The Slits, between 1976 and 1981, when the band finally dissolved. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... Palmolive in 1977 during the White Riot Tour Palmolive was the stage name for Spanish born drummer Paloma Romera. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Ari Up Ari Up is the stage name for the lead vocalist of the influential UK punk group the Slits. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Viv Albertine was the guitarist for the influential female punk group The Slits. ... Classical and Bass Guitar The guitar is a fretted and stringed musical instrument, used in a wide variety of musical styles, and is also widely known as a solo classical instrument. ... Tessa Pollitt (born in 1959) was the bass guitarist for the punk rock outfit, The Slits, between 1976 and 1981, when the band finally dissolved. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... Peter Clarke, (born August 21, 1957), better known as Budgie, is an English drummer. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Ari Up Ari Up is the stage name for the lead vocalist of the influential UK punk group the Slits. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Viv Albertine was the guitarist for the influential female punk group The Slits. ... Classical and Bass Guitar The guitar is a fretted and stringed musical instrument, used in a wide variety of musical styles, and is also widely known as a solo classical instrument. ... Tessa Pollitt (born in 1959) was the bass guitarist for the punk rock outfit, The Slits, between 1976 and 1981, when the band finally dissolved. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Ari Up Ari Up is the stage name for the lead vocalist of the influential UK punk group the Slits. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... A backup vocalist is a vocalist that sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, with other backup vocalists, or alone but in the background of a song. ... Classical and Bass Guitar The guitar is a fretted and stringed musical instrument, used in a wide variety of musical styles, and is also widely known as a solo classical instrument. ... Classical and Bass Guitar The guitar is a fretted and stringed musical instrument, used in a wide variety of musical styles, and is also widely known as a solo classical instrument. ... Tessa Pollitt (born in 1959) was the bass guitarist for the punk rock outfit, The Slits, between 1976 and 1981, when the band finally dissolved. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ...

Discography

Studio albums

Cut is the debut album by The Slits. ... Island Records was founded in Jamaica in 1959 by Chris Blackwell and Graeme Goodall but moved to the UK in May 1962. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Live albums

Rough Trade on 130 Talbot Road (nearby Notting Hill station) Rough Trade Records is a British independent record label. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...

Compilation albums

Strange Fruit Records is an independent record label in the United Kingdom. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jungle Records is a British-based record label specalizing in classic punk rock releases. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Singles

I Heard It through the Grapevine is an R&B/soul song written by Motown songwriters Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong in 1967. ... The Pop Group were a post-punk band from Bristol, United Kingdom whose uncompromising, dissonant sound spanned punk, free jazz and dub reggae. ... Rough Trade on 130 Talbot Road (nearby Notting Hill station) Rough Trade Records is a British independent record label. ... Rough Trade on 130 Talbot Road (nearby Notting Hill station) Rough Trade Records is a British independent record label. ...

Trivia

The Slits also appear in Don Letts' The Punk Rock Movie (1979) and live footage of the band playing at London's Vortex Club is included in the Punk! The Early Years DVD. Don Letts is a British film director and musician. ... The Punk Rock Movie was assembled from Super 8 camera footage shot by Don Letts, the disc jockey at the Roxy club during the early days of the UK punk rock movement, between 1977 and 1979. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... DVD (sometimes called Digital Versatile Disc, or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


References

The cover of the 1989 7th edition of the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles Guinness World Records - British Hit Singles & Albums is a music reference book, published in the United Kingdom, by Hit Entertainment, the company that owns such childrens entertainment brands as Bob the Builder and Thomas...

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NationMaster - Encyclopedia: The Slits (2457 words)
The Slits remain an important band in British rock history, and had such fans as Johnny Rotten and legendary British DJ, John Peel.
Interesting Slits Fact 1: Palmolive was so named when Paul Simonon of The Clash asked her what her name was.
Interesting Slits Fact 4: Viv and Palmolive were fired from The Flowers Of Romance by Sid Vicious for an alleged lack of talent (which coming from Sid, is very fucking amusing).
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Bio: Along with the Raincoats and Liliput, the Slits are one of the most significant female punk rock bands of the late '70s.
Upp agreed on the spot, and the Slits, with borrowed equipment and knowledge of two, maybe three chords, were a reality.
But the Slits, due primarily to their interest in incorporating other forms of ethnic music into their mix, were leaping beyond what was commonly accepted as punk rock, and as a result, were no longer seen as a punk band.
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