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!

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?

Ari Up (1962 – 2010)


Ari Up (1962 – 2010)

Goodbye to Ari Up, the vocalist of The Slits.

SLITS, THE CUT                                                                                                                     ISLAND UK

ILPS 9573                           LP

1979 10 TRKS UK

SLITS, THE CUT re                                                                                                                ISLAND UK

548186.2                            CD

1979 12 TRKS re-mastered, 2 x bonus tracks

SLITS, THE EARTHBEAT / BEGIN AGAIN, RHYTHM (PS)                                              CBS UK

CBSA 1498                         7″

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

SLITS, THE LIVE AT THE GIBUS CLUB                                                                             CASTLE US

CAS 36213.2                      CD

2005 12 TRKS Live 1/26/78

SLITS, THE MAN NEXT DOOR / (Version) (PS)                                                                Y UK

Y 4                                        7″

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve (RT 044)

SLITS, THE PEEL SESSIONS, THE                                                                                   STRANGE FR UK

SFPMACD 207                   CD5

1989 7 TRK CD EP CD5

SLITS, THE RETURN OF THE GIANT SLITS                                                                    EPIC/SONY JPN

MHCP 208                          CD

1981 9 TRKS (’04 issue)

SLITS, THE SLITS, THE                                                                                                        Y UK

Y 3                                        LP

1981? 10 TRKS plain cover

SLITS, THE TYPICAL GIRLS                                                                                                ISLAND UK

12WIP 6505                       12″

1979 4 TRKS with pic sleeve


ANS 102                              7″

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve + poster

SLITS, THE TYPICAL GIRLS LIVE IN CINCINNATI & SF pirate                                     PIRATE

BASIC 2                               LP

1980? 9 TRKS LIVE

SLITS, THE US RADIO INTERVIEW / FACE DUB promo                                               CBS UK

XPS 125                              7″

1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo


ARI UP DREAD MORE DAN DEAD                                                                             COLLISION DE

CCT 3002.2                        CD

2005? 12 TRKS