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  • Audio CD (30 Jun. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B0000073VV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,673 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2003
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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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'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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It is really a mystery why the slits never became very popular, the music that they played was revolutionary and really transcended the punk movement. This album has such a unique sound every element of it from the bouncy ska styled bass lines, to the snappy reverberated guitar to the forthright and unique drum style and especially to the distinctive use of vibrato and whistle regester singing. The whole thing comes together in such a unique way that will never happen again. The first and possibly the greatest proper girl band.
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