The Slits

The Slits

Working through all of my books, it became time to read about The Slits.  The only book I have ever been able to find is “Typical Girls? The Story Of The Slits” by Zoe Street Howe (Omnibus Press).

I was intrigued by the famous “mud tits” cover of a fairly major label LP “Cut” (Island Records UK) – but the music was good!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Slits

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ari_Up

At nearly the same time as “Cut”, there was a less than legitimate “Live” LP that was around – “Typical Girls Live in Cincinnati & San Francisco”, but it seemed to sound good, too.

Also at the same time, there was an LP of ‘demos’ that was around on Y Records, the label famous for having been set up by Dick O’Dell.  It doesn’t have  a proper cover, just the “Y” logo and a bunch of names scrawled on it.

Much later, there was a 2nd proper LP “Return Of The Giant Slits” (Epic Records UK), which, to my obviously limited knowledge, has only ever been released on CD in Japan (with a bonus track, “Earthbeat” sung in Japanese).  Not as good as “Cut”, but still rather good.

Flash forward many years:  Ari Up’s “Dread More Dan Dead” CD appeared in front of me in Toronto, Canada, about 2005/6, as she had been “touring”.

I never remember seeing them play around here, perhaps they did?

Claremont, CA

1910 FRUIT GUM COMPANY – GOODY GOODY GUMDROPS (PS), BUDDAH JPN 7″ W/PS

BAJA MARIMBA BAND – COMIN’ IN THE BACK DOOR, ALMO US 7″

BLACKFOOT SUE – CELESTIAL PLAIN, A&M US 7″ promo

CLARKE, STANLEY – JOURNEY TO LOVE, EPIC UK LP re-issue

CRAMER, FLOYD – YOUR LAST GOODBYE (PS), RCA US 7″ W/PS

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA – SWEET TALKIN’ WOMAN (PS), JET JPN 7″ W/PS

FAME, GEORGIE – SITTING IN THE PARK, EMI / COLUMBIA UK 7″

FARLOWE, CHRIS – OUT OF TIME / BABY MAKE IT SOON, MGM US 7″

FARYAR, CYRUS – BROTHER FRIEND, ELEKTRA US 7″ promo

FERRY, BRYAN – SLAVE TO LOVE (PS), E.G. UK 7″ W/PS

FIRESIGN THEATRE / etc.PLAYBACK, COLUMBIA US 7″ W/PS promo-only

FRAMPTON, PETER – DO YOU FEEL LIKE WE DO? (PS), A&M JPN 7″ W/PS test pressing

GENESIS – FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME (PS), CHARISMA DE 7″ W/PS

GUESCH PATTI – ETIENNE (PS), PATHE FR 7″ W/PS

HARMONICATS – EVERYBODY LOVES A CLOWN, COLUMBIA US 7″ promo

HENDRIX, JIMI – CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC / ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER, REPRISE US 7″ re-issue

HERMAN’S HERMITS – EAST WEST / WHAT IS WRONG WHAT IS RIGHT, EMI / COLUMBIA UK 7″

HOT BUTTER – TEQUILA (PS), MUSICOR DE 7″ W/PS

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE – PRETTY AS YOU FEEL (PS), RCA US 7″ W/PS promo

LEWIS, GARY / PLAYBOYS – LOSER, THE (PS), LIBERTY US 7″ W/PS

MANFRED MANN – MIGHTY QUINN (PS), PHILIPS JPN 7″ W/PS

MILLER, STEVE / LOL COXHILL – MILLER’S TALE, MATCHLESS UK 2LP

PLANER, NIGEL (as ‘NEIL’)MY WHITE BICYCLE (PS), WEA UK 7″ W/PS

PROCOL HARUM – SALTY DOG, A (Live), A&M US 7″ promo

PROCOL HARUM – WHITER SHADE OF PALE, (PS), DERAM JPN 7″ W/PS

RHINOCEROS – YOU’RE MY GIRL, ELEKTRA US 7″ promo

SHOW OF HANDS – STANLEY’S THEME, ELEKTRA US 7″ promo

VANITY FARE – EARLY IN THE MORNING (PS), PHILIPS JPN 7″ W/PS

VILLA, CLAUDIO – ADDIO…ADDIO… (PS), CETRA IT 7″ EP W/PS

VIVABEAT – MAN FROM CHINA / ON PATROL (PS), CHARISMA UK 7″ W/PS

WARD, CLIFFORD T. – I GOT LOST TONIGHT (PS), MERCURY UK 7″ W/PS

WHEELER, BILLY EDD – DUST MARKS, CAPITOL US 7″ promo

45’s

1910 FRUITGUM COMPANY – WHEN WE GET MARRIED (PS), BUDDAH JPN 7″ W/PS

CYMBAL, JOHNNY – MR. BASSMAN (PS), MCA JPN 7″ W/PS promo

DEEP PURPLE – STRANGE KIND OF WOMAN (PS), WARNER JPN 7″ W/PS

EARTH, WIND and FIRE – GETAWAY (PS), CBS / SONY JPN 7″ W/PS promo

EARTH, WIND and FIRE – SING A SONG (PS), CBS / SONY JPN 7″ W/PS promo

GREENBAUM, NORMAN – CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE (PS), REPRISE JPN 7″ W/PS promo

HEATWAVE – GROOVE LINE (PS), G.T.O. JPN 7″ W/PS

LEVEL 42 – IT’S OVER (PS), POLYDOR US 7″ W/PS

LEWIS, GARY / PLAYBOYS – SHE’S JUST MY STYLE (PS), LIBERTY US 7″ W/PS

SAWADA, KENJI – AMAPOLA (PS), POLYDOR JPN 7″ W/PS

VILLAGE PEOPLE – CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC (PS), ARRIVAL NL 7″ W/PS

John Wetton

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wetton

I will never forget finding Mogul Thrash, before I knew who was in them.  It was a terrible album on RCA UK.

Later, I discovered John Wetton was the bassist of Family, a band I loved very much.  I still think his best work was with Family.

Later still, he joined King Crimson…then Asia…had a solo career…while there are those who favor his K.C. activities, I always loved his work on “Fearless” and “Bandstand”, making my favorite Family 45 “Burlesque”.

 

Recent Vinyl

Happy birthday Robin Zander (of Cheap Trick)!

Found recently on vinyl:

ADAMSON, BARRY – MOSS SIDE STORY, MUTE UK LP

ADAMSON, BARRY – OEDIPUS SCHMOEDIPUS, MUTE UK LP

DALTREY, ROGER / WILKO JOHNSON – GOING BACK HOME, CHESS EU LP

GILMOUR, DAVID – RATTLE THAT LOCK, COLUMBIA US LP

LODGE, JOHN – 10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO, ESOTERIC UK LP

MANDEL, HARVEY – GAMES GUITARS PLAY, PURPLE PYR US LP re-issue

MELEE, GIL – NEW FACES – NEW SOUNDS, BLUE NOTE US 10″ W/PS re-issue

NUMAN, GARY – PREMIER HITS, BEGGAR’S BAN UK 2LP collection

OLDFIELD, MIKE – VOYAGER, WARNER UK LP

PABLO, AUGUSTUS – THIS IS AUGUSTUS PABLO, 17 NORTH PARADE US LP re-issue

STEWART, ROD – GASOLINE ALLEY, VERTIGO UK LP re-issue

TANGERINE DREAM – MONOLIGHT – PART II, VIRGIN US 7″ promo