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The book is titled 'Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.' One of the best memoirs by a musician I've read, although while it covers much more in topics than music, it's a good insider's story on the birth of punk in Britain. It's as much a social history as it is about the music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSR43Ryg3lU&t=109s

Instant Hit is a track I really like, with Budgie on drums. He reminds me of Brad on this track at times.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQy9bpkcnqU
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I read it last year. I liked the parts about the birth of punk and The Slits, but to be honest I found the rest of the book a bit dull and gave up way before the end.

She has another book called To Throw Awat Unopened, which has got great reviews.
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I enjoyed most of it, I've read it a couple of times now. Another example of how central art school was to the emergence of many a musical movement in Britain.

I didn't initially gravitate towards The Slits' music. Not that I disliked it, I was just more preoccupied with ska and reggae and everything in those scenes. Also they sounded so different - they weren't rock based and didn't sound like anything in pop music at that time.

Horace was certainly taken by them and says as much in Ska'd for Life.
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I think The Slits epitomised the spirit of punk in a way few other bands could. Their first Peel session is rightly considered a classic.

Viv is always interesting when interviewed. She gives a unique view the early days of punk.

I'm not sure I really wanted to read about her 'romance' with John Lydon though.... Shocked
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Trojan wrote:
I think The Slits epitomised the spirit of punk in a way few other bands could. Their first Peel session is rightly considered a classic.

Viv is always interesting when interviewed. She gives a unique view the early days of punk.

I'm not sure I really wanted to read about her 'romance' with John Lydon though.... Shocked


Yes I know what you mean, re Lydon. She explains she was trying to get across what not to do when the conversation runs out, yep, that was the 'lesson'.

As a band they weren't great virtuoso players but they had strong, original ideas which is ultimately better than just having great technical ability.

Here's a good interview from 2013 or so, at the British Library.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpzuxyakTb0

'Spend, Spend, Spend'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL9xJoUJ6QE
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Imani wrote:
Trojan wrote:
I think The Slits epitomised the spirit of punk in a way few other bands could. Their first Peel session is rightly considered a classic.

Viv is always interesting when interviewed. She gives a unique view the early days of punk.

I'm not sure I really wanted to read about her 'romance' with John Lydon though.... Shocked



'Spend, Spend, Spend'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL9xJoUJ6QE


The piano at the beginning reminds me of things Jerry played on In The Studio.

Speaking of piano players, there's a couple of pictures of Mike Barson's brother Dan in the book...a childhood friend of Viv's.
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Imani wrote:
Trojan wrote:
I think The Slits epitomised the spirit of punk in a way few other bands could. Their first Peel session is rightly considered a classic.

Viv is always interesting when interviewed. She gives a unique view the early days of punk.

I'm not sure I really wanted to read about her 'romance' with John Lydon though.... Shocked


Yes I know what you mean, re Lydon. She explains she was trying to get across what not to do when the conversation runs out, yep, that was the 'lesson'.




Add to the fact that Viv's bandmate, Ari Up, was soon to be Mr Lydon's step daughter then it all ends up a bit Jeremy Kyle.
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Trojan wrote:
Imani wrote:
Trojan wrote:
I think The Slits epitomised the spirit of punk in a way few other bands could. Their first Peel session is rightly considered a classic.

Viv is always interesting when interviewed. She gives a unique view the early days of punk.

I'm not sure I really wanted to read about her 'romance' with John Lydon though.... Shocked


Yes I know what you mean, re Lydon. She explains she was trying to get across what not to do when the conversation runs out, yep, that was the 'lesson'.




Add to the fact that Viv's bandmate, Ari Up, was soon to be Mr Lydon's step daughter then it all ends up a bit Jeremy Kyle.


Actually it's a shame Ari is no longer with us, as that would have made for a classic piece of British television.
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Interview that took place at the LittFest, Sweden, 2015.

https://youtu.be/9GDH9-M52lw
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