Tuesday, September 6, 2011


It's Friday.  I pull the truck around behind the house around 10 PM and open up the doors on the passanger side,  stereo cranked and ready to go.  Lets try something old and something new.  The extra long Labor Day weekend means extra time to work on the bathroom.

First up were The Slits, a British punk rock band that formed in 1976 by members of the bands The Flowers of Romance and The Castrators. The members were Ari Up (Arianna Forster), who died of cancer in October 2010, and Palmolive (Paloma Romero, who later left to join The Raincoats), with Viv Albertine and Tessa Pollitt replacing founding members, Kate Korus and Suzy Gutsy. Palmolive was replaced by the drummer Budgie (aka Peter Clarke), formerly of The Spitfire Boys and later of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Although not all line-ups were exclusively female, the three main female members appeared on most record covers and publicity photos, and the group was generally presented as a female band.  The group supported fellow punk band The Clash on their 1977 White Riot tour along with the Buzzcocks and the Subway Sect.  Club performances of The Slits during this period are included in The Punk Rock Movie (1978). In November 1978, The Slits toured with the Clash again on the "Sort it Out Tour" and were joined by The Innocents who opened the shows.

This particular recording is from a pair of Peel Sessions in 1977 and 1978, capturing the Slits' originally raw and raucous live sound before it was cleaned up and polished by the time of their debut album.

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 One of the members of the Villiers Terrace Bunnymen forum posted a copy of the rare Avalanche EP, released in October 2000 by the Bunnymen. The EP was released on CD by Gimme Music and was only available to buy on the internet.

In 2003 the EP was re-released with two bonus tracks: the first being the Electrafixion version of "Baseball Bill" and the second being a remixed version called "Baseball Bill (Sgt Fuzz Remix)".

Download the 2003 version here:

The evening was closed out with PIL performing live at the Hollywood Palladium, CA on june 10, 1983. John opens the show with "No spittin. Leave that for the silly boys."  Great sound, great show.

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