Today I’m bringing you a cult slice of punk ska fusion from The Slits.
Sadly this isn’t an original pressing (sob) but a reissue bought this year as my “birthday pressie to myself” from Amazon.
The Slits-Cut reissue 2005 on 4 Men With Beards label
Spend, Spend, Spend
Ping Pong Affair (Ping Pong is listed upside down and back to front)
Love Und Romance
Adventures Close to Home
“Created by The Slits and Palmolive”
Studio Ridge Farm”
“Photos Pennie Smith”
Originally made and released in 1979 on Universal-Island Records Ltd, it says much for the girls that demand is great enough to reissue it years later.
Fusing the punk origins of principal songwriter and ex Flowers Of Romance Sid Vicious cohort Viv Albertine with the wild teen shoutiness and sound system/early ska appreciation of lead vocalist Ari Up (just 14 when the band was formed), it bridges the gap between the dying days of Punk with the emergence of a new sound for the disillusioned masses.
It was the last time the band were a four piece as original member Palmolive left shortly after and hence is credited as an individual.
The Slits are probably one of the most underrated punk bands of the time, and often forgotten about due to the musically less superior likes of The Sex Pistols, sadly down to the fact they didn’t court controversy.
My favorite track, probably unsurprisingly, is Typical Girls. Written during a brief break up with The Clash’s Mick Jones, Viv was angry at a comment made in a magazine about what boys liked in their typical girl.
The angry shout of it is just great and should be used anywhere women are made to feel less than their best.