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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


New Documentary About The Slits Set To Premiere In London

Director William E Badgley’s much-anticipated documentary about pioneering pro-feminist punks The Slits, Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits is to premiere in London during October 2017.

The film will premiere at the British Film Institute at London’s Southbank (NFT1) on 14th October 2017 at 9pm and will again be shown at Screen 1 of the Hackney Picturehouse on Sunday 15th October at 3.20pm. Tickets for both screenings go on sale from the respective venues at 10am on 14th September.

With a running time of 86 minutes, the new film tells the hitherto overlooked story of the world’s first all-girl punk band, who formed in London in 1976 and were contemporaries of The Clash and The Sex Pistols.

Widely regarded as the pioneering godmothers of punk, The Slits were fronted by the irrepressible and iconoclastic Ari Up, the daughter of John Lydon’s long-term wife Nora Forster.  The documentary film about first wave British punks and the first all girl punk band, THE SLITS, starring Viv Albertine, Ari Up, Palmolive, Tessa Pollitt, Neneh Cherry, Don Letts, Budgie, Bruce Smith, Gina Birch, Paul Cook, Hollie Cook, Viv Goldman & many others!

Renowned for their ground-breaking, dub-infused 1979 debut Cut, The Slits inspired generations of artists, from Sonic Youth to Sleater Kinney and Bikini Kill. They also helped coalesce a musical movement known as ‘Punky Reggae’, which saw outsider tribes of punks and Rastafari come together.

Here To Be Heard draws upon stunning personal archives and including interviews with key surviving band members bassist Tessa Pollitt, guitarist Viv Albertine and original drummer Paloma McLardy (aka Palmolive), in addition to commentary from insiders such as Roxy Club DJ/ film-maker Don Letts and Cut producer Dennis ‘Blackbeard’ Bovell. The film tells the story of a group that literally changed the cultural landscape of Britain in the patriarchal 1970s with their furious feminist battle cry.