Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Slits: Who invented the typical girl? Who's bringing out the new improved model?

The Slits are anything but "typical girls." This all-girl experimental punk-rock quartet from the UK formed in 1976, releasing two albums, "Cut" and "Return of the Giant Slits" and then called in quits in 1981. After a VERY long hiatus and several line up changes, they decided to reform 2006, releasing "Return of the Killer Slits," touring the US, and continuing to work on stuff together today.

Their dub/punk fusion was considered to be very "avant-garde" compared to the sound other punk bands from their time were producing, and because of their uniqueness they still remain one of the most influential bands of all time.

I remember the first time I heard The Slits. My friend Nicky made a mixtape for me way back in tenth grade. She put on the song "So Tough" and I was instantly drawn to their genre-bending sound.

If you haven't heard them yet, you're in luck! Myself and fellow classmate/CJAM volunteer Nicole Markham are hosting the Women's Radio Collective's "Milk and Vodka" tomorrow night from 5-6 and it's going to be a complete hour dedicated to The Slits! We're going to be going through their discography and playing our favs, so be sure to tune into CJAM 91.5fm.


  1. You & Nicole? I'm in :) Can't wait to hear!!