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Cut [Box set, Deluxe Edition, Explicit Lyrics, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Slits Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Deluxe Edition, Explicit Lyrics, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B002J8LVNQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,638 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Instant Hit 2:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. So Tough [Explicit] 2:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Spend, Spend, Spend 3:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Shoplifting [Explicit] 1:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Fm 3:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Newtown 3:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ping Pong Affair 4:150.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Love Und Romance 2:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Typical Girls 3:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Adventures Close To Home 3:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Heard It Through The Grapevine 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Liebe And Romanze (Slow Version) 4:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Typical Girls (Brink Style Dub) 4:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Love And Romance (John Peel BBC Radio 1 Session 1977) 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Vindictive (John Peel BBC Radio 1 Session 1977) [Explicit] 2:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Newtown (John Peel BBC Radio 1 Session 1977) 3:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Shoplifting (John Peel BBC Radio 1 Session 1977) [Explicit] 1:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. So Tough (John Peel BBC Radio 1 Session 1977) [Explicit] 2:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Instant Hit (John Peel BBC Radio 1 Session 1977) 2:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. FM (John Peel BBC Radio 1 Session 1977) 3:340.79  Buy MP3 


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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. I Heard It Through The Grapevine ("Rough Mix") 3:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Instant Hit (8 Track Demo) 2:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Spend, Spend, Spend (8 Track Demo) 3:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Newtown (8 Track Demo) 3:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Adventures Close To Home (8 Track Demo) 3:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Instant Hit ("Rough Mix") 2:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. So Tough ("Rough Mix") [Explicit] 2:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Spend, Spend, Spend (Toast Version) 3:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Shoplifting ("Rough Mix") [Explicit] 1:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. FM ("Rough Mix") 3:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Newtown ("Rough Mix") 4:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Ping Pong Affair ("Rough Mix") 4:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Love Und Romance ("Rough Mix") 2:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Typical Girls ("Rough Mix") 4:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Adventures Close To Home ("Rough Mix") 3:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. So Tough (Outtake) [Explicit] 1:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Instant Hit (Instrumental Outtake) 2:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Typical Girls (Instrumental Outtake) 3:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Spend, Spend, Spend (Dub Version) 3:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. In The Beginning, There Was Rhythm (Early Version) [Explicit] 5:520.79  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

Known to the legions of John Peel's listeners as a regular session act who had created an amusingly chaotic punk noise, The Slits are a great example of a band who, having taken a while to actually get a record deal, became something far greater. Cut, their debut, is a startlingly complex and compelling hybrid of punk, dub and pop that thirty years on sounds as fresh and contemporary as ever. So how did the band go from throwaway scenesters to post-punk icons?

The answers are twofold: Drummer and producer. Originally an all-female crew with Ari Up, Palmolive, Tessa Pollitt and Viv Albertine all springing from the mid-'70s Ladbroke Grove squat clique, by 1977 they'd supportd the Clash on their White Riot tour but lost their drummer Palmolive to the Raincoats. Drafting in former Spitfire Boy, Budgie (he of later Siouxsie and the Banshees fame) they then took their time finding a producer for their debut. Unusually they chose eminent dubmeister Dennis Bovell, who took their feminist radicalism and laissez faire approach and bolted it tto a deeper, spacier reggae vibe. Suddenly Ari Up's vocal resemblance to Larry the Lamb became a charming layer in the chiming rhythmically complex gumbo that they'd now found as their sound. Budgie's spritzy hi-hat and metronomic capabilities allowed the band to spread out and get playful.

The lyrics are a mutant mix of faux Jamaican jive and 'couldn't-give-a-toss' West Londonisms. On ''Shoplifting'' Ari warns of the approach of the 'Babylon' while then urging us to 'do a runner!'. Consumerism gets another bashing in ''Spend Spend Spend'' while the feminist backlash to punk's boys club ethics came to the fore in ''So Tough'' (about John Lydon and Sid Vicious) and ''Instant Hit'' (about Keith Levene). The album's peak comes with the hilarious ''Typical Girls''. Shifting time signatures with aplomb, it features a lovely tune disguising a bitter attack on sexual stereotypes.

The whole album straddles the fine line between amateurism and avant garde. Along with its confrontational cover depicting the band as mud-caked amazons it was to prove a template for the true outpourings of post-punk like The Pop Group and the aforementioned Raincoats. At last women really were to be taken seriously! --Chris Jones

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cut above... 22 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
Much praise has been heaped on "Cut" already (and justifiably so) therefore I'll confine my comments to the bonus material. The remastering is superb throughout and Tessa Pollitt's basslines, in particular, are now much more prominent...even the demos & rough mixes sound fantastic and they give real insight into how the tracks evolved. It's also great to have the early Peel sessions included as this gives the listener a chance to hear the band with original drummer Paloma Romero (Palmolive). Her style is much more primitive sounding than that of her successor, Budgie.
There is a real sense of fun about this collection and if you compare the Peel material to the finished article, it shows just how proficient they became in the space of a couple of years...

Do yourself a favour and buy this!
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Slits - feminist icons of the punk era. 17 Nov 2000
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Format:Audio CD
The Slits, contemporaries of The Clash and Public Image, fused reggae, dub, and punk into their own highly original sound.
"Cut", their long out-of-print debut album, paved the way for the Afro-Pop of Talking Heads, the reggae/new wave hybrids of Grace Jones and Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound System, and the trip hop of the nineties (imagine Bjork fronting Massive Attack).
Along with their pals, The Raincoats, The Slits were one of the few all-female bands to garner critical acclaim, a cult following, and avoid being marketed as sex objects by their record company.
No punk era CD collection is complete without "Cut", one of rock's lost classics. Buy it while you can!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, unique and brilliant! 6 Mar 2003
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This album was released at about the same time as John Lydon's Public Image limited started making waves and it displays a similar late 70's reggae influence. The sound is quite singular and dates from the immediate post-punk era, but with a surprising melodic appeal. My favourite tracks include Instant Hit, New Town and Typical Girls, which should all have been hit singles as they're quite melodic and accessible. There's a dub feel throughout although to me this is more pop than anything else. Intelligent pop, that is, with strong and sometimes angry lyrics. It's a very valuable album that has proved influential down the years, in a sense, predating the rrriot girrl phenomenon by more than a decade. Punk gave us strong women like Siouxsie, Nina Hagen, Poly Styrene of X Ray Spex, and The Slits. The music has stood the test of time very well and can be enjoyed by most people into reggae, post-punk or clever pop music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars slits yeehaa 26 May 2011
By tone58
Format:Audio CD
Had vinyl - an old favourite - finally found CD on Amazon - essential listening for an old hippified punk. Raw, brash and superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, catchy and essential 14 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you're reading this to try and answer the quandry: 'do I buy the Slits album 'Cut' or not? Is it worth the price?' then a quick, succinct answer would be YES. Now, i'm not usually a punk rock/reggae fan (i'm more dub/post-punk) so i was weary about the mix. One concentrated listen to this album (with the bass turned up) is all one needs to be convinced. 'Cut' is all about fun. I imagine Ari Up (vocals) bouncing, stepping, and stomping around the studio in a gleefull, giggly trance while the others bob and sway in a similar fashion. The drumming, courtesy of Mr. Siouxsie (Budgie), is light, playful and skittery while providing appropriate thump and propulsion when needed. Every track is charming, witty, naughty and innovative -the girls' personalities are at the forefront of the music as they chatter, squeal, shout, giggle, chant, bawl and, at times, coo their way through the album with effortless cool. If you can track down audio samples, listen with the volume up. Did i mention the songs were catchy? You'll be humming, drumming and singing 'So Tough', 'Ping Pong Affair' and 'Typical Girls' for weeks. Oh. . .and the cover of 'Heard it Through the Grapevine' is, quite simply, storming. Again, volume should be L-O-U-D. You won't be disappointed.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
The post-punk era remains one of most fertile periods in pop music- The Sex Pistols kickstarted it all...but were about as inventive musically as Eddie Cochran. But soon the music would catch up with the progressive epiphanies of punk- the influence of dub/reggae (see Don Letts recent compilations) on punk became apparrent with such releases as The Clash's Complete Control (produced by Lee'Scratch'Perry)& their classic London Calling (eg Rudie Can't Fail) Many other bands became to experiment with these dub-inflections: XTC, Gang of Four, PIL, This Heat, The Pop Group, Scritti Politti and, of course, The Slits.
The Slits had formed like The Banshees et al at the start of UK punk in 1976 and honed their craft, developing their individual sound (memorably captured on The Peel Sessions set) While Siouxsie is rightfully revered as a punk icon (largely cos of the Grundy show & no, it doesn't excuse the use of the swastika!), The Slits appear to have been sidelined in the increasingly simplistic/conservative musical history people are sold these days by VH-1, Mojo et al. Which is bizarre, as their debut album proper- Cut- remains both one of the all-time great debut albums AND one of the most influential albums to be produced in the 1970s...
The infamous cover alone sees Ari Up, Viv Albertine & Tessa Politt naked daubed in mud- without this empowering cover there would have been no Boss Hogg, no PJ Harvey...it was also memorably recreated by Mudhoney in 1990! Quite ironic when you think that The Slits label was Island- who put out the Roxy Music albums such as Country Life with female nudity. So, cover alone it's of great influence!
The music has been of influence also- Ari Up's vocals are not far from Patti Smith at times, but the music is so original...
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if you havent heard this album ... listen now
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cut by the Slits
I don't know why it has taken me so long toi add this classic to my collection. It sounds like nothing else I've ever heard. Magnificent
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Of course there was nothing inevitable about punk in its late 1970s British incarnation -hell even the likes of Emerson, Lake and Palmer were having hits at the time- but this is... Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2010 by N. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Never the girls who lived next door
Unless you were a member of the Bloomsbury Set or had some zest, female lives generally unfurled according to a predetermined biological genetic clock pre 1970. Read more
Published on 15 July 2010 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
3.0 out of 5 stars A real slice of eclectic rock
Slits, like many of their Punk peers such as The Clash and The Ruts, used dub reggae to effect within many songs. This album features pretty much all of their essential numbers. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2010 by djay
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One of the best 70's Post-punk albums...
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Published on 10 Jan 2010 by Jose Soares
4.0 out of 5 stars Thirty years on
Thirty years after it was initially released this disc sounds every bit as fresh, as iconoclastic as challenging as ever. No home should be without it.
Published on 12 Nov 2009 by 192
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and charming post-punk classic now enhanced
This album, released at about the same time as John Lydon's Public Image Limited started making waves, has now been enhanced by the addition of two tracks. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2008 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars Life-changing, alternative and vital
The Slits are yet another one of those infuriatingly underrated bands who have never achieved the recognition they deserve, despite being highly praised by the likes of John Peel,... Read more
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