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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B0006UEVEU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sprung from the same UK punk scene as the Clash, the Slits are more often lumped in with all-female groups like Switzerland’s Liliput. It's a logical impulse, but the truth--as ever--is more complicated. For one thing, they weren't all female after Palmolive left to join the Raincoats and Budgie (Siouxsie and the Banshees) stepped in as drummer. Then there's the unclassifiable musical concoction reggae producer Dennis Bovell helped them create. It's punk, it's no wave, it's dub--and ultimately has more in common with the post-punk of PiL or the Pop Group. Met with critical accolades, Cut failed to ignite the charts and was their only recording for Island (they broke up two years later). This welcome reissue features revealing liner notes--in both senses of the word--and two bonus tracks, an off-kilter "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and an extended version of "Love Und Romance." --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True "punk" music of its time April 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Oh, in the day, so to speak, either you knew this band or you didn't. If you didn't you weren't a "punk". Back in '78-'79, the music scene was ever evolving. A Punk band meant anybody who could pick up a musical instrument and create something wonderful with that instrument. The Slits were and are a prime example. The music is very sparse, the vocals raw, and sound as influenced by reggae as the punk sounds of the time. The music was anti-consumerism, anti-conformism, anti-suburbia. As in the best punk bands of the time they were more against the perceived middle class social values of the time (values that both Europe and the U.S. had embraced) and not really for anything. They were a perfect example of the rebellion of the time.
I remember seeing this band in a small club in Massachusetts. The audience was a combination of punk rockers, curiosity seekers, and a small group of bikers who were obviously very much excited at seeing a band advertised on local posters with the naked women on the Cut album cover. Right into the first song these very tough and drunk guys started to shove people aside so that they could stand in front of the stage and taunt the band with sexist remarks. Well Avi wasn't going to have anything like this at her show and quickly showed the goons who was in charge. She took her microphone, swung it out and proceeded to hit the idiots on the head with the swinging mic. Well after they left in pain (don't remember if they were led out or left voluntarily) the band proceeded to give us all a rousing good show. Typical girls indeed. They were one of many great bands from a time when the best music and the best bands were to be found outside of the charts.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far out February 25, 2005
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I was definitely into the first wave of English Punk as it happened. I was into The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Buzzcocks, Siouxsie, and The Damned. But the time I heard about the Slits, I had already moved on to the post-punk music of bands like Gang of Four and Magazine. The local LA hardcore scene was going on too. I was this close (hand gesture) to buying this album in 1979. Later I would see Ari Up play at a CMJ festival in 2001 or so. Now I hear this record, I feel that I might have missed out on something. Like a lot of kids at the time, I was into reggae and ska music. The Slits took that background and turned it into something really original. This record is like the missing link between Siouxsie and Metal Box. As you see, many of the records of the time were trying to do something new and push the form forward. Punk rock was the smallest box imaginable to peep out from. At the time we thought that it was a good thing that the Sex Pistols broke up. It was good that The Clash and PIL did a bunch of albums that sounded differently. We did not think that bands like The Ramones and The Damned would be doing the same thing for twenty years. So this is a brilliant record. The record company did get them to do "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" as a commercial ploy. They released "Typical Girls" instead. The album "Cut" did make it into the UK Top 40. That was all the success they had. Their second album bombed and they broke up a few years later.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this on LP when it came out on import LP in 1979 and have waited for a CD reissue ever since - thanks KOCH for putting out a nice package, with personal, insightful liner notes and amazing bonus tracks, including the infamous reggae-dub cover of "I HEAR IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE" that Island chief Chris Blackwell allegedly tried to get the girls to release to radio in place of the far-more-hard-sell "TYPICAL GIRLS" -and maybe things would have been different for The Slits? No matter, CUT is one of the best post-punk/dub/reggae/no-wave/whatever you want to call it albums ever - criminally ignored, often overlooked, but still highly influencial - one listen and you'll know why - with their riddum-dub basslines and infectious chattering call-&-response vocals, The Slits (not trained musicians) managed to concoct a ground-breaking, if off-kilter krew. Pals of THE CLASH and DON LETTS, The Slits were at least two decades ahead of their time. Maybe that's why they weren't a big success the first time out? No one knew quite to make of 'em, much less girls. But along with other circa 1979 LPs like THE CLASH'S LONDON CALLING, PUBLIC IMAGE's PUBLIC IMAGE, BOOMTOWN RATS's THE FINE ART OF SURFACING, THE B-52S and PRETENDERS self-titled debuts and many others, you realize what an amazing year 1979 was for music, smashing rules and finding a bright new path ahead. That was then, this is now...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk about an influential album. March 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
And, again, the beauty of CD's adding extra trax. Who can beat that. 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' was always one of their special songs that's a delight to find here.

What's with the SLITS? Nobody like them before or since. Really feels like their own musical journey they took experimenting and, in the main, successfully, in a direction few have ever gone again that I'm aware of.

They melded that reggae feel into several of their songs that a number of early punk bands were happy to also do on occasional song. These gals though wove it more intricatly into the songs DNA so to speak.

Plus a number of their other songs feel like they deconstructed the classic pop song in the name of punk and feminism and reconstructed them as they wished to create something that often hit the mark, occasionally feeling like indulgence. In a real sense they are part of the roots of Riot grrl along with the RAINCOATS, KLEENEX, BUSH TETRAS, X-RAY SPEX and I'm sure someone else.

Ok, it's a nice album cover. What? None of my other favorite bands took their shirts off and covered themselves in mud. I'm confident they did this cover in the name of freedom of self rather than of exploitation.

There's not a lot out there that the SLITS did. This is their main release. With the addition of the two extra trax yer gettin' a lot of what they did. That's why I'd highly recommend the Peel sessions CD as well which is quite worth hearing and not simply a recreation of this album. chrisbct@hotmail.com
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Different...
In fact, it's one of the more "different" things I've ever heard...

I bought this disc on a whim after authoring the Find a Grave bio for Ari Up, lead vocalist... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert C. Hufford
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't get any better than this...
Truly sad that they aren't as well known today as they rightfully should be. Arguably one of the BEST records to come out of the early days of punk. RIP Ari... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robin E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard-to-find punk classic.
This is a brilliant album made by an all female group (except for the drummer in later years) that encapsulates the whole D-I-Y inventiveness and anarchic wit of the whole era. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rory K. Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars New love
Had a compilation CD with the Slits on it and loved "Typical Girl", so I gave the album a try. Wonderful.
Published 17 months ago by sheil kafi
3.0 out of 5 stars Complies with ADA regulations
Accessible, if there is such a thing when it comes to Punk. The gem in this ash can is Heard It Through The Grapevine. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Robert H. Command
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band!!
The Slits had a great sound and this album has great songs. Newtown is one of my favorite songs of all time. Ari Up is exquisite!
Published on December 11, 2010 by Susan
4.0 out of 5 stars Three stars for the Deluxe Edition, Five for the album itself
This is a review/rating of this particular package, the 2-CD Deluxe Edition of Cut. Cut is one of my favorite albums of all time, and I would give the album itself five stars. Read more
Published on October 27, 2010 by Chasedbybees
5.0 out of 5 stars AN UN-SUNG CLASSIC GETS ITS DUE
Even now, 25 years after first hearing this album, I feel The Slits are an acquired taste. I bought this album as a 15 year-old who'd just gotten into punk, expecting another... Read more
Published on January 8, 2010 by Ruswell Milner
4.0 out of 5 stars ALREADY GREAT ALBUM WITH ADDITIONAL GOOD LIVE/ROUGH MIXES
Two discs 63,68 minutes each approximately. The original album has been remastered (along with the extra tracks) and the sound is a bit cleaner and immediate sounding. Read more
Published on January 2, 2010 by Stuart Jefferson
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprising leap forward if not always gelling as it should
Despite the hype among critics over the impact of the "punk revolution", its real legacy is not so much in revolutionising popular music as in the modern day "culture wars" and the... Read more
Published on July 16, 2009 by mianfei
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