Cut is the debut studio album by English punk band The Slits, released on 7 September 1979. It was recorded at Ridge Farm Studios in Rusper and produced by Dennis Bovell.Wikipedia
I'd like to believe they went with "The Slits" as their band's name because "Gash Wound" would have been too on the nose. For review purposes, one has to include the incredible cover of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", which is officially listed as a Bonus Track and was the B-Side to "Typical Girls" (Both songs are classic 5's). It puts the album over the top for me. Make that your Side 1, Track 1 and you've got a classic album. One could add one point for the audacious album cover photo, only to learn the girl on the far left was all of 17-years old in said photo so let's call that a wash. What else? Their original drummer's name was Palmolive, who felt that posing topless for the album's cover was a bridge too far and got thrown out of the band. Apparently none other than the great Nenah Cherry provides backup vocals on this album. According to my math, Nenah would have been 15 or 16 years young at the time, which is just insane. This album is a blast.
I found that I was relieved when my phone unexpectedly lost connection and the music was paused, I preferred the sweet sweet silence to this.
Not my favorite. I know that The Slits were a ground-breaking, genre-defying band and, for that alone, they deserve a place on this list. That said, this album is a total mess. There's really one good track here ("Typical Girls") and the rest is kinda noise for the sake of noise. It's okay. But it's not good punk. It's just punk.
I read several positive reviews for this album because I was trying to understand it. Nearly all of them mentioned its influence and apologized for the sub-par musicianship. I'm sure they inspired a lot of people, but if the music isn't good, I'm not sure I need to hear it before I die. I can't imagine getting hit by a bus and my last thought being, "But I never got to that album from The Slits!" Best track: Adventures Close To Home
How have I never heard this??
What a fun pop punk album full of reggae & ska flavours! Loved it!
Hier, nous avons été victimes d'un énorme soucis technique au bureau, qui m'a empêché de pouvoir écouter mes albums générés comme à mon habitude. En effet, un electricien devait venir s'assurer que le système d'alimentation de l'étage était en bon état, et effectuer quelques réglages si necessaires. Seulement, après quelques minutes passées à examiner les differents circuits électriques, la lumière de l'étage commença à crépiter, pour ensuite clignoter. Après quelques minutes, nous étions plongés dans la pénombre. Pas d'inquiètude cependant, puisqu'un professionnel était déjà sur place, il devait sûrement tester la robustesse du système. Après plusieurs dizaines de minutes sans lumière, je me rendis à la cuisine pour chercher un verre d'eau. Quelle ne fut pas ma surprise: la cuisine était absolument inondée. Soudain, je fut pris d'un flash mental très puissant. Je me rendis au bureau de mon directeur, et lui demandais des informations sur la société de maintenance des locaux de notre étage. Un brin surpris, il me dit que la société en question était intitulée "Die Türe AG". Commençant à comprendre, je me rendis dans la salle électrique, et y découvrit une carte de visite laissée par l'electricien: Joachim Mörrisone, Elektriker. Je partis alors dans un franc rire, m'exclaffant: "Ahahahah, sacré Jim".
I love this album. It's so interesting and the vocals are great and the structure is fresh. Love it.
Short, sweet and perfect British punk.
Firstly, I wouldn't call this punk, it's a reggae album to my ears. Secondly, this is a masterpiece in uncanny irrelevance. It's just so FUN to listen to. I love the layered vocals They can't really sing, at least not in the traditional sense. But it doesn't matter. They make it work. And I love the way the bass, guitar and percussion make such a tight groove. The music is quite exotic sounding. A wonderful discovery!
I have never been aware of the band THE SLITS before, although I am a fan of the Punk and Post-Punk era of music. I believe part of the reason is that the band is known for me is that they are from the UK and are probably unknown in the US. Also, being an all-girl group also probably contributed to the lack of awareness with the male punk groups grabbing the headlines and making the reviews. After listening to CUT, I must say it is excellent. The use of dub music reminds me of Public Image Limited which formed later and being an all-girl group really impresses me now. They should be as well known as the boys were. Their music is fun, catchy and probably groundbreaking with the use of dub. This is one is the reason why I am going to enjoy joining the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die is to listen to music that I am barely aware of and give me a deeper appreciation. THE SLITS are no longer falling through the cracks in my book. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, this was the only album issued in the book. Rate Artist: THE SLITS (5) Rate Album (Year): CUT (1979 Original) (4.5) Rate Album (Year): CUT (2000 UK CD Reissue with Bonus tracks) (4.5) Rate Album (Year): CUT (2009 UK 2CD Deluxe Edition) (5)
I know this album. Love this album. Get bothered by this album. Love this album again - and this time I realised why. It's lyrically seminal - avante garde even for 2022 - it's unique, it's powerful - rhythmically sophisticated and musically interesting. Every song has it's place in the album - but this is not an album that you listen to in the background while doing something else, this is one of those that demand your full attention. I listened to it three times in a row this time round - first while doing something else - and that kept me wondering why the hell I used to like this album - then I wore headphones, and gave it it's due attention, and there I was rewarded and realised what's so great about it. Loved it.
fierce, female, fabulous, five stars
eu gostei muito e não conhecia <3
Reminded me of Dresden Dolls, energetic “post punk”. Apparently Kurt Cobaon really like track “Typical Girls”.
absolutely loved this album. Had never even heard of this band before but you can here the influence on Blondie it had
Known about this album for years, never listened. Love the “dubbiness“ of these songs.
Brazen and brace. I am a massive Clash and Sex Pistols fan but wish the legacy of the Slits was as revered. Punky, reggae ska and pop thrown in a blender. From what I've read they copped a lot of abused and threats which to me makes the righteously dangerous
Guitar and bass provide a consistent road over which the percussion and vocals coast and swerve. And that percussion comes through in that this is a highly percussive album. Not hammering to the ears, though; There's plenty of energy here but the band is discursive while they are always together. The result is music both tight and loose, a sound that comes close to others but is always its own and good at it.
Great album. What struck me was how much the songs changed, in-song. Great listening album, with bits and pieces popping up to raise your interest. Grapevine, obv, plus Newton and Instant Hit were the big ones for me.
Good shit, good vocals
As JF said, not bad at all, definitely could re-listen with the right context (African girls dancing around me ideally)
This is just a great record that was so ahead of its time.
Found this really unique, love the singing style. Excellent cover of Grapevine as well
Loved this album. Like a female version of Talking Heads. Recent artists reminds me of are Remi Wolf and Nilüfer Yanya. First song comes in hot.
Never heard this before but really enjoyed it.
I thought L7 was the original merry prankster all girl band but credit to the Slits! Loved "shoplifting". They sound like a less manufactured version of the Clash.
Weird interesting out of tune vibes
Rock meets reggae meets world music. The Slits were more punk than all the boys.
I'm so glad we met by chance
The Slits know how to throw down and rock. They have a funky sound while still raging for traditional punk sound. Hearing them perform this album opening for The Clash would have been a bonkers show. One of my favorite punk albums.
Lots of fun from beginning to end. I love punky girls. That Grapevine cover is a hoot.
Continued on into the bonus tracks with no complaints from me. Good album.
Unusual, punky, fun
Manchmal arg chaotisch, aber ich mags trotzdem.
Been meaning to listen to this band for years and they did not disappoint. Incredible baselines and great lyrics delivered with great shakey effect making his a banging listen which I will defo revisit. Made me want to pogo in the air and shout 'Oi' take down the establishment and give everyone a hug.
These ladies are fun. I’m a sucker for female-driven punk - something about it is just MORE punk to me. This was good, sloppy 70s punk, but they were savvy enough to show some flashes of really crafty licks and arrangement that showed like, “yeah, we know how to play we just don’t give a shot because we’re punk. Badass.
Really cool marriage of reggae rhythms with punks sensibilities./ did attitude. 4 🌟
sure why not
The mixing early on was a bit off but I really enjoyed it!
Génial Prefs: Instant Hit, So Tough, Shoplifting, FM, Ping Pong Affair, Love Und Romance, Typical Girls, Adventures Close To Home, I Heard It Through The Grapevine Moins pref: Newtown
Love the Slits. No dogs in space do a really solid podcast on them, and how important they happened to be for the genre as a whole, even thoughts it's not strictly punk.
-Fast high hats & nice singing in "So Tough" -Cool bass groove and catchy chorus in "FM" (song that says "Frequent Mutilation" a bunch) -"Adventures Close To Home" has some catchy bass and an interesting enough baseline -"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" has a very strong bass line and I like the passion in the lyrics of the chorus, as well as the bongo blast in a later chorus -"Liebe And Romanze" was actually a pretty cool slow, grooving instrumental. I actually liked the 2 bonus tracks the most... -A weaker 4, but pleasant and interesting ideas. I don't have much desire to go back but I feel it separated itself from the 3's enough
Kinda fun until the last track
Cooler than I’ll ever be
I liked this a lot (not just for the album cover). Some of the lyrics weren’t that great, but a lot of them were solid. Just fun.
Early manifestation of Bjork fusion, edge and creativity in terms of instrumentation, experimentation of vocals…but infused with more punk.
I can't help but think of Ludwig Wittgenstain's quote that "the limits of my language means the limits of my world", when I hear an album like this. It's an amazing thing, when something entirely new enters into the world, because before it there were just some unstructured inklings waiting to be connected. Then after it, there is a blueprint and a new path for anyone that wants to follow and build on it. This album is elegantly simple and spectacularly raw. The fusion of reggae/dub and punk, with an Avant Garde and art-house affect is sublime. I'd point to 'Newtown', with its punchy guitars, high-hat and tom laden drums, matchbox and dropped silverware utility percussion, and the moaning and vibrato vocals, as a perfect example of what I'm talking about. While it is uncomfortable for me to point out the importance of this also being an all-female band, because I wish we lived in a world where that wasn't something extraordinary at all, I am glad that these women were who they were, had the environments they had, and gave this music to the world. In turn, they gave the language for many in the world to move past the limits they didn't fully comprehend a way past yet.
Not enough from the era with female,pov
I mean, it's not really my genre, but it sounded so weird.. I loved it. Never heard this kind of polyphony (maybe?) before in a song
Enjoyed it quite a lot! Can hear the reggae/Ska sound in it that was punk at the time right?
Pretty avant garde and difficult, but surprisngly catchy.
Not my style but I see why it is so influential
I can hear Bjork in this a lot actually - especially in Shoplifting.
Better than expected. Dubby and post punk. Didn’t know it was an all girl group. Still, not what I’d listen to by choice though
Actually not that bad
Weird singer, some songs okay
I loved this album... The first time 'round....
Very different, not one of my favorite albums but I could totally see how they formed a style for other bands. Heard it through the grapevine was a great cover.
This is a well fun album, BUT I didn't love every track. Some of them were a little irritating to me. I wish I could give a 3.5.
It... Is... Oh... Kay... I... Guess....
it's listenable, but confusing.
Son graciosas, pero no me ha gustado mucho ... Les daré un 3. Es como punk.
some nice tunes, needed to be more poppy or rocky though
Ehh not really a fan, it was a bit overwhelming and harsh. I did like their cover of I Heard it Through the Grapevine, could be fun in some contexts? 2.5-3 stars
really trying to keep my dislike of german accents from influencing me here. i found it pretty annoying at first but honestly it kinda grooves. lyrics are dumb but in the way that i tend to expect from punk music. pretty weird but honestly a fairly fun listen. 3-
Phwoar! I'd love to cut their slits...ideally if at least one of them was underage.
not bad, not amazing either. good use of dub, not sure i'm fully on board with the main singer.
enjoyed some of it
Excellent stuff, really enjoyed it found it interesting and fun to listen to!
al principio se me hizo extraño but know i most def fuck with it weird vibes but i respect them its bold and different ahead of its time
Love the closing track, just this distorted, distopian jam. Weird album overall but really dug it.
Good British Punk
I got this album from Ed, a guy at work, and pulled one song off after listening once - Typical Girls. The Slits. Perfect name for a punk girl band and that cover art is perfectly outrageous. Ed and I worked in an open space, most of us were pretty artsy but I still felt funny about having six boobs covered in mud on my desk for everyone to see. After listening to this again, I've fallen pretty much just about where I was in 2002 on this album. Despite the reggae guitar, there's some interesting repetitive patterns that deserve another listen... but then only one more. To quote Billy Waldman "I hate reggae music. I hate it." Two tracks that stood out on this recent listen. The first, Instant Hit makes me feel like I'm passing time with a smile. The second was absolutely wretched, the cover of Heard it Through the Grapevine, made me feel like I need to clean my ears with a wire brush. Musically, this is probably a dos-star album, but these three girls made their mark on the punk scene in the late 70's and I'm pretty sure they didn't get a group hug welcoming them. It must've been a difficult go even with the help of Johnny Rotten. So, they score massive punk points for pushing thru and releasing more music after this.
Great name, interesting album. Have to check out some more from the Slits!
nice and funny at times, cringe at others... good listen
This was alright. More weird than good. My favorite song on this album was definitely 'I heard It Through The Grape Vine', however, I knew that before listening. That song was the reason I was excited for this album, and it was not that.
Man, there's a whole lot going on here. First impression is like a mix of Talking Heads (vocal delivery), The Police (rhythm section), Gang of Four (jarring electric guitar lines) and pre-dating Bjork's general sense of nuttiness by DECADES. A very unique sound. Album cover rules too!
On the line. Do Iike it?
Weird vocal; a bit ploddy. Liked the dub element, but overall pretty average!
not bad I don't love it as much as I hoped
Björk got inspired form them!
cool early punk album similar to siouxie and the banshees, the female driven punk really has a different style
Wow - that is the sound of the Cellar Bar, B'ham Uni, 1979/80. Makes me feel there's something going on, but I'm not part of it.
The best of this album IMO: - So Tough - Newtown - Liebe And Romanze (Slow Version) Unique album. Very weird. I enjoyed it. I wonder if Björk knows this band, if she does I can hear the influence. 3.2/5
Quite liked this, would like to listen to more of their albums and see where they go with this
A new one on me. As punk goes not bad
nothing special, until I got to heard it through the grapevine. one of the craziest covers I've ever heard...loved it.
Interesting...had seen many references to this album but never heard the sound before. Enjoy that it is very unique within the scheme of other post-punk albums. 3/5
Quand meme original avec de bonne reprise 3.25
I expected this to be a dude punk band. I was wrong. I loved this record (not just for the record cover, either!). Cool vocals, rhythms, chink-chink-sqwink guitars, and that piccolo snare! It's really just groove music with a lighter hand. I know nothing about this band but I'll revisit this record, for sure. Sounds like something you'd be tapping your foot to in a head shop while buying tapestries and incense.
Interesting more than good. The non-album Heard It Through The Grapevine cover is definitely where this band's sound best comes together, although that could just be down to my familiarity with the track. I think I need to live with this one for longer, but right now it's a 3.
One of the first and best post-punk punk-funk punk-dub albums. Dennis Bovell's production is great, the lyrics are witty and subversive and in Typical Girls there's an irresistible single. Absolutely of its time, very listenable.
Probably the best post punk album we’ve heard from the list yet. Very interesting musically, I think the vocals are great. It’s jarring quite a lot though. Love the moments where the piano is just atonal af.
Have we already had a Slits album? I love the bass and drums throughout this. I'm sure it wasn't, but it sounds like the album might have been written with the music being added after the lyrics and melody. The instruments drop in and out and seem to mold around the vocals. Really good Adventures Close to Home
Was expecting some straightforward noise punk, but was pleasantly surprised by the creativity on show. It's got a bouncy, mildly chaotic energy about it that I like, and it sounds like it could've been released in the 00s. 3.5
This one was enjoyable but overall forgettable. It is really cool that this comes from an all-girl group as not only is this rare to see in general but also happens to be in the post-punk genre dominated by males. The Slits seemed to be having fun (I think) but the music was pretty sloppy for the most part with a lot of the tracks blending into one another. The only song that ended up standing out to me was their cover of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" which I thought was excellent. It was a great twist on the original Marvin Gaye version and surprisingly fit their style perfectly. Outside of that, I didn't find any of the other songs very memorable or catchy, but I still liked listening to them. This is probably not one I would come back to, but I can understand why it might be on this list. 2.5/5.
The kind of thing that hits me like an interesting anthropological experiment - the trenchant 70s feminism, the crazy German ululating vibrato - but it’s hard to imagine electing to listen to it for the kinds of reasons I listen to music.
Siento que solo fue otro disco de punkyto de finales de los 70 principios de los ochenta. Me gustó la voz de la que canta y tienen buenos momentos con algo como new-wave-esco y de hecho el cover a "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" me latió bastante, pero no tanto como para hacer que el disco entero sea parte de la lista.
Listenable and uncommon
I dig the reggae influenced post punk sound. Favorites: "Instant Hit", "So Tough", "Typical Girls"
Kind of a bizarre al um that I am just now beginning to appreciate . Dissonant chord progressions, strange, otherworldly vocals, great drumming and cool reggae-esque rhythms that were quite unique at the time. The songs continue to grow on me with repeat listens. 3.5 🌟 with a bullet
I liked it better than I thought I would. Not sure why I wasn’t excited for it as I’ve been hoping for more female artists but it was a good punk album.
I appreciate where they're going with this, but it's really not all that fun to listen to. I find it a bit of an atonal hodgepodge mess, and my tolerance level is higher than most. They do get points for creativity and the scratchy, jagged guitars are pretty spot on. It's not boring. Fave Songs: FM; Newtown; Instant Hit; Ping Pong Affair
Somewhere between root reggae and post-punk. Usually not for me, but I was enjoying the vibe. Favorite track: "Instant Hit"
Interesting, considering how inexperienced they were at this point.
I thought that the vocals on this album were really quiet, but there were a number of really enjoyable songs. Newtown and heard it through the grapevine in particular stood out. I love that on these older albums it is pretty normal to include covers of great songs (when the levee breaks by zeppelin is also a cover). I feel like this practice is one of the things that makes rap music so special, and I wish we saw more of this in other genres of modern music.
A noisy album with a reasonable amount of ska undertone. It's catchy enough in some respects. Vocals sometimes seem to be an afterthought.
I'm not entirely sure if I like this or not. I like lots of stuff from the same era/genre but The Slits have never really appealed to me. I did enjoy this listen though, and am glad to have heard it. The album has a great carefree feel to it, and I always love to hear a band enjoying themselves as they appear to be doing here. Favourite tracks include Ping Ping Affair, and of course the very quirky cover of I Heard It Through The Grapevine.
Off-kilter, spiky songs with a feminist streak that take equal influence from punk and reggae. “Typical Girls” was a standout track for me. The bonus track cover of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” is a gem too.
It has a few decent moments, but it feels a bit lame at times.
It grew on me over the course of the day. But I definitely wanted to like it more than I actually did.
As an album? it's okay. As a band name? it's awesome. as a cover of grapevine? it's as good as it gets
I always like this sound, although it also brings to mind Gilda Radner playing Candy Slice, punk rocker... and I kinda weirdly love their cover of I Heard it Through the Grapevine.
Made no impression
Fem punk album that seems to have helped inspire others
3.5 stars. Post-punk all female. Not a big fan of the vocals, but like the music. "Newtown" has creative instruments. Standout is "Typical Girls", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
Definitely enjoyed it more than I was expecting. I like that it’s so silly and quirky, but sometimes the singing gets a little too out there. Some decent cuts on it though. 5/10
I was happy to have given this a second and third listen, for the first listen did nothing to me. The rambling half punk only did something to me with their great cover of Heard It Through The Grapevine. But the second and third listen brought forth much more of the fun that this album has. Great tunes, great attitude. Punk
Not for me
I'm not sure if I love or hate the music yet....but I certainly enjoyed learning about these fucking crazy, brave, independent, influential women.
Meh. Not for me
I can see how they led the way for other acts but doesn’t mean I’ll ever listen to it again
Not what I was expecting at all, tbh. Still sounds really fresh too.
I normally love spiky punky girl bands but The Slits didn’t quite do it for me. Full of attitude and a lack of polish but I just don’t think i vibed off the dub reggae sound. When their most familiar track is a cover of Heard It Through The Grapevine you have to wonder what’s wrong with the rest of this.
I am a bit familiar with The Slits and I have to say I wasn't too thrilled about getting this album... but I was pleasantly surprised by it as a whole. It does sound dissonant and even amateurish at times, but strangely that also seems to add to it! It has this particular groove that I sometimes crave... not very often, but once in a blue moon. So I'm glad it exists.
I didn't like this as much as I had hoped, but I'll definitely dive into the rest of the discography.
77-vuoden punkbändi kuuntelee reggaeta ja muuta sellaista luodakseen musiikkia, joka ei ole reggaeta, mutta ehdottomasti on jotain muuta. Miten tällaiseen soundiin voi päätyä? En tiedä, ei ainakaan täysin tahallaan, mutta joka tapauksessa lopputulos houkuttelee kuuntelemaan levyä uudelleen ja uudelleen, kunnes siitä alkaa pitää. Asiaa auttaa, että levyllä on muutama helvetin kova kappale, kuten avausbiisi ja Grapevine.
A-puoli oikein hyvä, onneksi B-puolellelin on jätetty I heard it through the grapevine. Sanoisin post-punkiksi, asennetta on ja huuteluharmoniaa, joka on hauskaa.
Nice organic rhythms, but the vocals are a bit too strange for me. Track 9 and 11 are the best.
A lot of stuff happening on this album but the ‘heard it through the grapevine’ cover was well done
Was not expecting the heavy reggae influence here. Even though I don't think this album comes together for me, a few of the tracks on here are definite bops.
not for me, but interesting
it is just too weird. this ska/reggae/rock with little melody and off-kilter vocals. probably an acquired taste.
Interesting, unique music. Not very enjoyable as a whole but some great songs. Best version of I Heard It Through the Grapevine. 5-6/10
What? They allowed this album cover? I do like the screaming, but this is a once a year album, maybe.
I really don't like this. This woman sucks at singing and the music is just awful-sounding.
Some of the music was kinda nice, but the singing absolutely ruined all but a couple songs for me.
I just didn't give a fuck about this at all. Sorry Scott. I can barely remember it.
No tenían ni idea de tocar por lo que musicalmente el disco apenas tiene valor, sin embargo históricamente lo tiene y mucho. Chicas punkis empoderándose a través de riffs imprecisos y bases reggae. Curioso
This is bad
i love tiddies 🥰🥰🥰 that whistle tone in ‘newton’ though 😳 idk guys i’m on ‘love und romance’ and the crazy is kinda growing on me 😼 I FEEL LIKE IM ON DRUGS nah cause ‘love und romance’ is a state of mind are they having group sex? no ‘typical girls’ makes me feel like a businesswoman in the 80’s I LOVE IT HERE i heard it through the grapevine is the most sonically cohesive song so far and it very much slaps liebe and romanze has 0 rights ok i need to throw up
I really don’t think this is for me. It’s okay but just not what I like.
relatively boring listen, but interesting sound.
Well… That was weird… And also really interesting? But good? This was weirder and wilder than I knew 1979 was capable of. It feels very unrestrained and raw. Sometimes that can be a great thing, but here it’s a bit too much. This is apparently a much-lauded album, and inspired many later artists. I’m not surprised they were influential, but it just goes a bit too far for me. The incorporation of dub reggae and ska create a cool underlying punk sound, and the I like how the lyrics challenge norms. And I usually like singers who scream and let their voices crack. While this is a touch too unrestrained and raw for me, much credit to these ladies for saying “fuck it” with their attitude, style, ethos, and music.
Didn't even realize it was Punk at first, but by song three I caught on. I now realise this was an early counter culture album. Wouldn't listen to it again but appreciate it for what it is and what it contributed to the punk movement.
Un dels treballs postpunk més aclamats, però al qual mai li he trobat la seva excepcionalitat. És clarament un producte de l'època, amb els seus ritmes desacompassats i la seva atonalitat, però per mi està lluny dels millors treballs del génere. No desentona amb la producció mitja del període, però ja....
Lo escuché desordenado y monótono
Un album globalement naze de la part de notre sympathique groupe de femens. Mes collègues présents en salle des profs au moment où j'écoutais cet album sur mon enceinte semblaient du même avis tant les regards tournés vers celles-ci paraissaient hostiles. "Mets moins-fort, pour l'amour de dieu !" me criait-on de temps à autre. Des paroles pleines de sagesse auxquelles je répondais parfois un "Vous connaissez Robert…" rempli de malice.
Punk de donde?
Hi- So Tough, Typical Girls, I Heard It Through The Grapevine Lo- Everything else Punk/Reggae-ish, cover that makes me uncomfortable to have on my screen at work...An actually kind-of enjoyable version of I Heard It Through The Grapevine...This album is mostly just obnoxious noise, but it does sound like a less-refined L7 to my ears. I like L7, though, and I don't like this.
aðeins of produceraðar á þessarri, mun betri live
I get how important this album was in the history of punk but I just don't think it's aged very well. Most of the tracks meander about the album is very samey.
With a name like The Slits I was really hoping for some punk or riot grrrl sound. Not to be. I’m all for kooky/arty female 70s music, but the cover of heard it through the grapevine was the only standout here.
I don't think this album has a place here.
Interesting. I like it, but really need to hear it again.
I appreciate that this is probably kind of a groundbreaking album but I do not think it is for me
Fun and experimental. Couple good songs towards the end
Pros: - It's an interesting sound. Reggae music with sort of melodic sort of spoken word vocals --<>-- is how I would try to understand it? Cons: - Surprisingly boring for the amount of experimenting and looseness going on? Maybe it's the reggae sort of backdrop behind the vocals?
*Sigh* This is tedious. There isn't a good song on this album, except for the cover version of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine", but even this version is botched. The singer can't sing, but at least the rest of the band has a decent command of their instruments. Still, there is nothing here to warrant repeated listening (if at all). 1.5/5
Quirky and disjointed post punk with dub influences. I heard it thru the grapevine is an inspired cover but the rest of the album doesn’t excite me much.
The cover of Grape Vine is classic, but the rest sounds like it could be out takes from a Clash or Specials album. The lead vocal gets hard to listen to after about 90 seconds. My co judge owned this and knew all the songs, but agrees on the final mark.
So if it weren’t for them we would’ve never had the Go-Go’s Hmmm.
Osjetim da je ovaj album bio influence nekom dalje, kasnije. Međutim, meni je okej album, iako je inovativan što se tiče fusion punk/reggae zvuka, na prvu mi nije sjeo.
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Meh very eclectic and all over the place. Not a fan of what I've heard so far. Very avant-garde. Not for me. It's not so bad that I was able to get through the whole album without skipping/fast forwarding.
Cool record. I had heard about this, and that it was punk, but not punk rock. An apt description for a fusion of styles like this.
Listened to this alone in the car on my way to a meeting. Glad it was only 32 minutes long. Appreciated some of the percussion and bass, but not much else.
Glad I didn't like this, because now I don't have to admit to liking a band called The Slits.
Pretty good early punk. Not usually what I’m in the mood for, but I can dig it.
Wasn't awful but I found it pretty hard to listen to the whole thing.
Not for me. Unique punk surf pop stuff if youre into that
Creative, but I wasn’t into it.
Interesting combination of new wave, punk, and reggae.
Great debut record. Mixes genres (psychedelic rock, garage rock, doo-wop, r&b, etc.). Pretty accessible for a Captain Beefheart record, but is just enough “out there” to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Didn't care for this one all that much which is weird because there are later albums of theirs that I very much enjoyed.
The instrumentation's fine, but I found the vocals exceptionally underwhelming.
Good to hear it wasn’t typical punk, but a kind of minimal scratchy post punk vaguely ska sound. Clearly they are having fun especially on Shoplifting: “do a runner”! However, Viv’s autobiography is more enjoyable, recommended even.
early punk, super weird. not good
Punk/reggae all female learned instruments as they went A couple decent moments but not my thing
Just wasn’t for me
The worst so far. One continuous terrible song.