Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Slits: Live in Acton, 1978

The tributes to Ari Up have been flowing in...

callpastorjerkface said...
I remember hearing "Typical Girls" for the first time on a New Music special on punk that was broadcast 'round about 1988. The song just completely blew my mind. It was such an original and invigorating way of combining various strands of music into a crackling catchy whole. It's funny listening to it now I can dissect the pieces from whence it came much more readily but this takes nothing away from it's greatness. And make no mistake "Typical Girls" is a Great Song.
Rest in peace Ari.

wilfofhove said...
They don't make 'em like her any more. A genuine free spirit.
Saw The Slits supporting The Clash at Cardiff Top Rank in '78. It changed my life, that gig.
Extremely sad news.

biopunk said...
Fuck, I hate cancer.
I think I the first song I heard by the Slits was 'Grapevine' or 'Typical Girls'. I was hooked by the vocal harmonies juxtaposed with the discordant music. Not to mention that 'risque' purple cover of Cut...
Love 'Vindictive' on the Peel Session - "You find your place, I'll find mine!"

roberto said...
the Slits had a truly unique style,not another xerox punk band, i see them live in 81 at the time of their second album,the record was boring but on stage the songs were all another story,full of warmth...and yes,Ari was beautiful...

Doug said..
Thanks for this.The Slits were certainly hyped back in the day(especially the NME) and initially I was not impressed.Slowly the debut album started to grow on me.Definitely DIY.Other bands that took me awhile to appreciate were Pere Ubu and The Pop Group.
Ari Up RIP.

Singing Bear said...
Incredibly sad news. I was a bit of fan back in the late 70's. Loved 'Typical Girls' in particular. Ari was also a fine contributor to New Age Steppers.
The Slits were a great band and extremely innovative.
RIP, Ari.

Sarest said....
These rocknroll Peel versions of Cut songs are great. Still prefer the reggae n. originals, but they really stretched with these.
Wish I'd seen 'em at some point. RIP Ari. What a spirit.

bat29 said..
Sad news about Ari Up. Thanks for posting this one. Been looking for it.

Jugghead said...
I used to be into the whole faster is better trip-till I heard the Slits. Heard it through the Grapevine, Typical Boys, and how about the "Punk Rock Movie"? I could watch that footage for days. She was beautiful and I'm glad I saw 'em here in Los Angeles, she even signed a picture for me...Archie

The Slits: Live in Acton, 1978 link is in the comments

For The Chart Attack's 14 reasons Ari was cool go here, for the Guardian's obit go here, for some live shows go visit Mondo de Meubles or Noise Addiction.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this music.
    One thing about The Slits that's easily forgotten is just how revolutionary they were. Pre-punk, women in rock were expected to conform to a peculiarly narrow blueprint - they were either expected to crassly play up their sexuality or else put themselves across as sweet, malleable muppets who kept their opinions to themselves. The Slits truly broke the mould. After The Slits women in rock were not afraid to be themselves and could play little heed to what was expected them from a (still) male-dominated music industry. I don't think The Slits get enough credit for all this.

  3. Many thanks for this post not seen this gig before will look forward to hearing it the slits where a one off never to be repeated its so sad that something like this happens especially as they had reformed and brought out a superb comeback album she will be sadly missed

  4. Thanks for sharing this-I've been listening to it and it captures the spirit of the slits perfectly..cheers :)

  5. I cannot adequately express how much of an effect Ari and the Slits had on me as a fourteen year old punk back in '77 - she was truly "one of us" - she was the same age as "us" and she was up there doing it for "us". Suffice to say she will be very sadly missed. Thanks for sharing, Jeffen.

  6. many thanx 4 the slits,great stuff.
    rip ari


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