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The Slits

The Slits formed in 1976, when 14-year-old Ari Up recruited her friends Tessa, Viv and Palmolive to form a new all-girl punk band, with Ari on vocals.

The following year, they supported The Clash during their UK tour. Still without a record contract, The Slits then recorded two sessions for John Peel, in 1977 and 1978. Later, after their period with Island Records, they recorded one final Peel session in 1981.

The Slits’ BBC sessions have long been celebrated as favourites of John Peel’s, and it is easy to hear why. In fact, the band’s debut session was always hailed by Peel as “one of our first classic sessions”.

These first two sessions explode with vibrant punk energy, aggression and wit. The third session, recorded just months before the band split, also pulsates with colour and life, but points clearly to the direction in which they were heading and the areas they were exploring – dub, funk, free improvisation, African music and hip-hop.

Just a few months before her sad passing, Ari Up granted approval to Hux Records for the release of the complete Peel session recordings.

This compilation includes all three sessions, plus one previously unreleased bonus track, recorded by the band on a reunion tour in 2006. This limited edition digipack has a 16 page booklet featuring extensive liner notes and photos.

Track Listing:

1. Love And Romance
2. Vindictive
3. New Town
4. Shoplifting
Peel session, recorded 19th September 1977

5. So Tough
6. Instant Hit
7. FM

Peel session, recorded 17th April 1978

8. Difficult Fun
9. In The Beginning
10. Earthbeat
11. Wedding Song
Peel session, recorded 12th October 1981
12. Vindictive

Recorded live at Monsterland, Brooklyn, 29th October 2006

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Initially broadcast in 2001, these sessions capture Jack and Meg with famed BBC DJ John Peel and are arguably the best document of the White Stripes at the time. These have been widely bootlegged since the original broadcase, but this is an official and authorized repress of the 2016 release in celebration of their 15 year anniversary. This double vinyl set includes both live White Stripes recordings – one from July 25th, 2001 and the second from November 8th, 2001.

The complete session recorded by Swell Maps on 16th October 1978 for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and first broadcast on the 27th of that month. Swell Maps were an experimental DIY rock group of the 1970s from Birmingham, that foreshadowed the birth of post punk movement.

Consisting of brothers Epic Soundtracks (real name Kevin Paul Godfrey) and  Nikki Sudden (real name Adrian Nicholas Godfrey) two teenagers from Solihull, plus Biggles Books (Richard Earl), Phones Sportsman (David Barrington), John “Golden” Cockrill and  Jowe Head (Stephen Bird), the band cut the single “Read About Seymour” as their debut in 1977, soon after the brothers left Solihull school. It is widely considered  to be one of the classic punk era singles, 

After recording their first John Peel session Swell Maps went into WMRS studio to record their first album A Trip to Marineville, which was released in 1979. It featured hard rocking punk numbers like “H.S. Art” interspersed with ambient styled instrumentals and other experimental sound interludes like “Gunboats”. The album went No. 1 on the new Independent chart at the time.

Tracklist:

1. Another Song (0:07)
2. Full Moon In My Pocket / Blam!! / Full Moon etc (1:51)
3. Harmony In Your Bathroom (8:00)
4. International Rescue (12:01)
5. Read About Seymour (14:17)