The Slits

Formed 1976. Disbanded 2010.

UK punk band

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Viv Albertine - Interview with Nemone

Nemone welcomes Viv Albertine from The Slits in for the Record Exchange.

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The Slits were a British punk and post-punk band. The quartet was formed in 1976 by members of the bands The Flowers of Romance and The Castrators. The members were Ari Up (Ariane Forster), who died of cancer in October 2010, and Palmolive (Paloma Romero, who later left to join The Raincoats), with Viv Albertine and Tessa Pollitt replacing founding members Kate Korus and Suzy Gutsy. Palmolive was replaced by the drummer Budgie (Peter Clarke), formerly of The Spitfire Boys and later of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Although not all line-ups were exclusively female, the three main female members appeared on most record covers and publicity photos, and the group was generally presented as a female band.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Trapped Animal

    Trapped Animal 2009

    Reviewed by Everett True
    This is as good as can be expected – and fortunately, that is pretty good.
  2. Review of Cut

    Cut 1979

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    At last women really were to be taken seriously…
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