Slits , The "Return Of The Giant Slits" LP
Side A: Earthbeat, Or What It Is?, Face Place, Walk About
Side B: Difficult Fun, Animal Space / Spacier, Improperly Dressed, Life On Earth
Labeling THE SLITS groundbreaking just doesn’t (pardon the pun) “cut” it. No other post-punk band was as confrontational—an all-female trio calling themselves The Slits and posing muddily topless on their debut album cover was about as in-your-face as a feminist statement gets—or as determinedly uncommercial. Indeed, after being dropped by their label, Island, despite having made Cut, of the signature albums of the era, VIV ALBERTINE, TESSA POLLITT and ARI UP treated Sony, their new label, to an even more radical record, 1981’s Return of the Giant Slits. Already far removed from the male-dominated, louder-faster ethos of punk rock, The Slits, with new drummer BRUCE SMITH of THE POP GROUP and multi-instrumentalist STEVE BERESFORD in tow, added world music and free jazz to Up’s Ono-esque ululations, Albertine’s skittering guitar, and Pollitt’s dubwise bass riddims. Predictably, Sony dropped the record like a hot potato, not even bothering to release it in the U.S., and it has only been intermittently available on CD in the 35-plus years since. But the reputation of Return of the Giant Slits has continued to grow, with Albertine herself recently commenting, “It’s more experimental than Cut and brings in even wider musical influences. In some ways, I think it’s a better record.” Now, Real Gone Music is “returning” Return of the Giant Slits to availability. Fluorescent yellow vinyl edition limited to 1,000 copies that includes the original printed inner sleeve.