From May 2010, The Slits, re-energised after the release of 2009's Trapped Animal, an album recorded thirty years after their debut Cut, took to a festival stage in Barcelona.
Ari Up, a familiar but unique figure, and only original member, fronted the band, backed up by long time bass playing Slit Tessa Pollitt; drummer Anna Schulte: guitarist Michelle Hill; and helping out with vocals, and doing a mighty fine job, Hollie Cook (son of ex-Pistol Paul).
Six months later, Ari was dead.
Listening to this, no one could have anticipated that (including the band at the time, apparently).
A wonderful performance by Ari - an artist who believed remaining in key was nothing more than bourgeois, and no doubt patriarchal - the perfect crystallization of a truly authentic artist.
There won't be another.
Long live Ari Up!
Long live The Slits!
The Slits - Live, Barcelona (2010)
Heard it Through the Grapevine
Partner from Hell
Let's Do the Split
CD rip, excellent quality.
Have a punky reggae party here
(No matter what Bob would have thought....)
If you haven't checked out Hollie Cook's album yet, do.
A very nice piece of old skool styled lovers rock.