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  • The Slits - I Heard It Through The Grapevine

    4:01

    I bet,
    I bet,
    I bet,
    I bet you're wondering how I knew
    'Bout your plans to make me blue
    With some other guy you knew before
    We're two of a kind, you know I love you more
    It took me by surprise I must say
    When I found out yesterday

    Oh, I heard it through the grapevine
    Not much longer will you be mine
    Oh, I heard it through the grapevine
    I am just about to lose my mind
    Honey, honey yeah

    I know a man ain't supposed to cry
    But these tears I can't hold inside
    Losin' you would mean my life, you see
    'Cause you mean that much to me
    You could have told me yourself
    That you love, love

    I heard it through the bass line
    How not much longer will you be mine
    Oh I heard it through the grapevine
    And I'm just about to lose my mind
    Honey, honey yeah

    People say believe half of what you see
    Run and hide from what you hear
    But I can't help bein' confused

    If it's true please tell me dear
    Do you plan to let me go
    For this other guy you knew before?

    I heard it through the grapevine
    Not much longer will you be mine
    Oh, babe I heard it through the grapevine
    Ooh I'm just about to lose my mind
    Honey, honey
    I heard it through the grapevine
    Not much longer will you be my baby

    I bet you're wondering how I knew
    'Bout your plans to make me blue
    With some other girl you knew before
    We're two of a kind, you know I love you more
    Do you plan to let me go
    For this other guy you knew before?
    Just about to lose my mind
    I'm just about to lose my mind, honey

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  • The Slits - I Heard It Through The Grapevine

    4:00

    The Slits - I Heard It Through The Grapevine

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  • The Slits - Man Next Door - Berlin 1981

    8:50

    The Slits perform Man Next Door in Berlin at Tempodrom on June 19,1981.

  • The Slits - Typical Girl

    4:39

    The Slits - Typical Girl on Fox Rox

    For a nearly complete archive of the past five year's worth of performances, check out and subscribe to the Fox Rox Youtube Channel. WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/FOXROXVIDEOS

    ©2006 BCTV

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  • THE SLITS typical girls 1979

    3:57

    yes i know, it's a classic, here with the beautiful original cover art that stuck me to this cherished girlband, a bloody must anyway.... in memory of Ari.

  • The Slits - Peel Session 1981

    25:24

    The complete session recorded by The Slits on 12 October 1981 for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and broadcast on the 26th of that month.

    Tracklist:

    1. Difficult Fun (0:07)
    2. In The Beginning (5:48)
    3. Earthbeat & Wedding Song (16:52)

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  • The Slits-Vindictive

    2:18

    Bio by She Rox All Female Bands: The all female British punk band the Slits formed in 1976, and were an integral part of the British punk scene of the late 1970's that produced bands like the Clash, which the Slits toured with, and the Sex Pistols. Punk music was more about attitude then musical skills and the Slits fit right into this along with their male counterparts, their harsh sound and attitude earned them their punk credits, led by vocalist Ariane Forster (Ari Up), drummer Paloma Romero (Palmolive) guitarist Viv Albertine, and bassist Tessa Pollitt. The original line up was all female and this did gain the Slits a bit more notoriety among the punk rock boys, however drummer Palmolive left to join the all female punk pop band the Raincoats, the Slits carried on with several other drummers including a few males ,the band however along with their albums covers would only feature the female trio that was left, The Slits reformed years later in 2005, with Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt, along with new members and released one EP in 2006, the new line up toured and played until 2010, when the sudden death of singer and founder Ari Up (Ariane Forster) due to cancer ended the band. like us at

  • The Slits - Live

    1:11

    From the 1980 documentary Women In Rock directed by Wolfgang Buld.

  • THE SLITS on Dirty Laundry TV

    6:33

    One of the last video interviews with Ari Up and the Slits.

    For more episodes like this, go to:

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  • The Slits - Kill Em With Love

    5:26

    The Slits performing Kill Em With Love on Fox Rox
    For a nearly complete archive of the past five year's worth of performances, check out and subscribe to the Fox Rox Youtube Channel. WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/FOXROXVIDEOS

    ©2006 BCTV

  • THE SLITS - TRAPPED ANIMAL FULL ALBUM

    1:1:02

    THE SLITS - TRAPPED ANIMAL [FULL ALBUM]

    01 - Ask Ma
    02 - Lazy Slam
    03 - Pay Rent
    04 - Reject
    05 - Trapped Animals
    06 - Issues
    07 - Peer Pressure
    08 - Partner From Hell
    09 - Babylon
    10 - Cry Baby
    11 - Reggae Gipsy
    12 - Be It
    13 - Cant Relate
    14 - Had a Day



  • THE SLITS –Newtown–

    3:30

    It's difficult to describe the impact the Slits had on the music scene twenty years ago, as now it's difficult to imagine a pre-punk world with few female artists. They came out of the heart of London's punk scene: Viv Albertine and Palmolive were members of Flowers Of Romance along with Sid Vicious and Keith Levine, rehearsing in Joe Strummer's squat. Meanwhile an all-girl group were rehearsing as The Castrators, including Kate Korus and Tessa Pollitt. Palmolive then teamed up with 14-year old Ari, the wildly brattish, precocious daughter of a former rock chick, German heiress Nora. Kate Korus joined The Slits as guitarist, before moving on to form The Modettes. Tessa and Viv then joined the ranks, completing the definitive early line-up.


    After a few gigs they were invited by the Clash to support them on the 'White Riot' tour. The band quickly acquired a violent, chaotic image, attacking bands like Sore Throat and Throbbing Gristle on stage, and chosen by Derek Jarman to trash cars in his 1977 film 'Jubilee'.

    Their music fitted the image - shambolic and loud, with abrasive guitar, shouted choruses, and crazy Ari's screeched vocals over Palmolive's hammered, stuttering drums.


    Their uncompromising attitude, combined with gleefully subverting any and every notion of traditional female behaviour - skirts raised over heads, obscene and aggressive gestures, indeed anything to put the shits up people - scared the A&R men away. Peel Sessions in '77 and '78 was all the public got to hear, apart from gigs, which included tours with the Buzzcocks and Rich Kids.

     Other punk bands who'd taken their time - Siouxsie & The Banshees, Adam & The Ants - eventually got signed in 1978, but not the unpredictable, unmanageable Slits. Record companies telling them they 'weren't tight enough' led them to part company with Palmolive and her trademark drum style.

     Her replacement was Budgie from seminal Liverpool group Big In Japan (later a Banshee and Creature). But by the time of their long-awaited debut album 'Cut' on Island in 1979, they had become bored with punk.

  • The Slits - Ive heard it through the Grapevine

    3:59

    The Slits are performing at Gebäude 9 in Cologne, 21st May 2010. Here with a fabulous groovy version of the song I heard it through the Grapevine first time released on their debut album Cut in 1979.
    The Slits have released their latest full length double vinyl album called Trapped Animals in 2009. A fresh, nice'n catchy Punky Reggae album with some serious Dub!!!



    The Line up here is:
    Ari Up (Vocals) Tessa Pollitt (Bass) Hollie Cook (Organ & Vocals) Anna Schulte (Drums) and Honeychild Coleman (Guitar)

  • The SLITS -Fade Away- live from grove R.I.P Ari UP

    3:55

    Rest in Peace, Arianna Forster - 1962-2010
    The SLITS covering reggae classic Fade Away (originally by Junior Byles) recorded live in Ladbroke Grove august 2009
    Vocals/Percussion - ARI UP
    Bass - TESSA POLLITT
    Keyboards- HOLLY COOK
    minxy cat- JINX
    produced mixed & edited by- Timandbarrytv

  • The Slits - Peel Session 1977

    11:35

    The complete session recorded by The Slits on 19 September 1977 for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and broadcast on the 27th of that month. This recording is taken from the repeat on 14 March 1979 with track 4 taken from the repeat on 28 August 1979.

    Tracklist:

    1. Vindictive (0:22)
    2. Shoplifting (2:52)
    3. New Town (4:44)
    4. Love And Romance (8:44)

  • The Slits Were Often Running for Their Lives in 1970s London

    2:39

    A clip from Girl in a Band: Tales from the Rock 'n' Roll Front Line. First broadcast on 30-10-2015.

  • Viv Albertine in conversation with Ian Svenonius in Primavera Pro 2017

    56:48

    Viv Albertine, lead guitarist and songwriter for seminal band The Slits, television and film director, and author of “Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys” will be in conversation with musician, author and host, Ian Svenonius (Nation of Ulysses, the Make Up, Weird War, and Chain & the Gang), master of the interview having honed his skills through his Soft Focus series (Vice) interviewing artists such as Sonic Youth, Kevin Shields and Ian MacKaye. Anything can happen!

  • The Slits - Earthbeat

    4:02

    Earthbeat (Official Video)
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    Lyrics

    Earthbeat it pauses in space
    Trippin' trippin' trippin' through a holy sky
    Trippin' trippin' trippin' trippin' through a holy sky
    Even the air is dizzy earthbeat
    Even the leaves are wheezing earthbeat
    Even the clouds are coughing earthbeat
    Sun beats furiously
    Creatures basking around

    Future yobs
    Future you're to leave is small
    Yobs yobs
    Future you're to leave is small

    Even the earth is dizzy earthbeat
    Even the leaves are wheezing
    Even the clouds are coughing
    Earthbeat earthbeat
    Burning energy illicitly
    Lightbulbs flickering
    Bhanya lei
    It'll strech steeply
    Bhanya lei
    It'll strech steeply

    Even the earth is dizzy
    Even the clouds are coughing
    Even the leaves are wheezing
    Even the earth is dizzy earthbeat
    Even the leaves are wheezing
    Even the clouds are coughing

    Earthbeats earthbeats earthbeats earthbeats
    Earthbeats earthbeats earthbeats earthbeats

    Even the earth is dizzy
    Even the leaves are wheezing
    Even the clouds are coughing

    Earthbeats earthbeats earthbeats earthbeats…

  • The Slits - Typical Girls

    5:04

    The Slits - Typical Girls

    Don't create
    Don't rebel
    Have intuition
    Can't decide

    Typical girls get upset too quickly
    Typical girls can't control themselves
    Typical girls are so confusing
    Typical girls - you can always tell
    Typical girls don't think too clearly
    Typical girls are unpredictable (predictable)

    Typical girls try to be
    Typical girls very well

    Typical girls are looking for something
    Typical girls fall under a spell
    Typical girls buy magazines
    Typical girls feel like hell
    Typical girls worry about spots, fat, and natural smells
    ... stinky fake smells

    Typical girls try to be
    Typical girls very well

    Don't create
    Don't rebel
    Have intuition
    Don't drive well

    Typical girls try to be
    Typical girls very well
    Can't decide
    what clothes to wear

    Typical girls are sensitive
    Typical girls are emotional
    Typical girls are cruel and bewitching
    (She's a femme fatale)
    Typical girls stand by their man
    Typical girls are really swell
    Typical girls learn how to act shocked
    Typical girls don't repel

    Who invented the typical girl?
    Who's bringing out the new improved model?
    And there's another marketing ploy
    Typical girl gets the typical boy

    The typical boy gets the typical girl
    The typical girl gets the typical boy

    Are emotional...

  • The Slits - Typical Girls

    3:46

    video

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  • Walk About

    4:45

    Provided to YouTube by The state51 Conspiracy

    Walk About · The Slits

    Return Of the Giant Slits

    ℗ 2007 Blast First Petite

    Released on: 2007-10-08

    Producer: Dennis Bovell
    Producer: Dick O'Dell
    Producer: The Slits
    Music Publisher: Sony Music UK

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • The Slits - Difficult Fun

    4:07

    The Slits - Difficult Fun (Audio)
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    Lyrics

    He's lying by the river
    He's rested and unsatisfied
    He's searching for the better but finds that

    Difficult fun is hard to come by
    Difficult fun is hard to come by
    And empty fun is easy
    And empty fun is easy to find

    Fun is not easy

    He's lying around the gloam
    He’s rested and unsatisfied
    Leaving a trail behind him
    Fighting better on habits

    Difficult fun is hard to come by
    Difficult fun is hard to come by
    And empty fun is easy
    And empty fun is easy to find

    Fun is not easy to find

    Pleasure seeking
    Pleasure seeking
    Is easy

  • The Slits - Once Upon A Time In The Living Room

    3:41

    Untitled (Bootleg Retrospective 1977-80)

  • The Slits - Ping Pong Affair ????

    4:16

    This song is by The Slits and appears on the album Cut (1979).

  • THE SLITS man next door 1980

    4:42

    mesmerizing bside of the third single recorded by this cherished girlband, abstract dub version !!!

  • THE SLITS - Man Next Door

    5:20

    photo:ZIGZAG EAST NO.1 1981/04/01

    There is a man that live next door
    In my neighborhood
    In my neighborhood
    And he gets me down

    I play music late at night
    Always a fuss an' fight
    Always a fuss an' fight
    All tru' the night

    A've got to get away from here
    This is not a place for me to stay
    I've got to take my family
    We'll find a quiet place to be
    We'll find a quiet place to be

    Hear the pots and pans they fall
    Bang against my wall
    Bang against the wall
    No rest at all

    I play music late at night
    Always a fuss an' fight
    Always a fuss an' fight
    All tru' the night

    I've got to get away from here
    This is not a place for me to stay
    I've got to take my family
    We'll find a quiet place to be
    We'll find a quiet place to be
    Disclaimer: I do not own anything in this video, it's just made for musical purposes. No copyright infringement is intended.
    Note: Pending all comments for review. I need to protect myself from sexual expression, violence and political issues. Thank you for your understanding.

  • the slits - the man next door .avi

    8:50

    the slits, interpretando the man next door en el tempodrom de berlín en 1981. coros y danzas, neneh cherry.

  • Or What Is It

    4:25

    Provided to YouTube by The state51 Conspiracy

    Or What Is It · The Slits

    Return Of the Giant Slits

    ℗ 2007 Blast First Petite

    Released on: 2007-10-08

    Producer: Dennis Bovell
    Producer: Dick O'Dell
    Producer: The Slits
    Music Publisher: Sony Music UK

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • the slits - love und romance - john peel sessions

    2:24

    the slits - love und romance - john peel sessions

  • THE SLITS - World Of Grown Ups @ Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, 12/10/09

    5:49

    THE SLITS performing in SF on the first of three US dates. A proper US tour to support their new album TRAPPED ANIMAL (2009) is planned for 2010.

    Ari Up - Vocals
    Tessa Pollitt - Bass & Backing Vocals
    Anna Schulte - Drums
    Michelle Hill - Guitar & Backing Vocals

  • THE SLITS - “Vindictive’ aka ‘Lets Do The Split’

    3:08

    You've might have caught this previously unreleased Slits track, Lets Do The Split, on EPIX- PUNK series. Minimal picture video, its the song that kicks ya in high gear.. Thank you Mr Lydon, Nora, Tessa Pollitt, Viv Albertine, Palmolive, Iggy Pop, Natasha, Epix and Ariane Forster

    #Vindictive #LetsDoTheSplit #DoTheSplit #TheSlits

    © 2009 Retroactive Interface (ASCAP)
    ℗ 2009 Narnack Records LLC

  • The Slits - Wedding Song

    2:48

    Follows Earthbeat as recorded during the BBC Peel Session. Recorded on October 12th, 1981 with first transmission on October 26, 1981.

  • The Slits - So Tough

    3:03

    The Slits - So Tough

  • The Slits - Vindictive

    2:24

    Vindictive by The Slits, taken from the Peel Session recorded on 19 September 1977.

  • I Heard It Through The Grapevine The Slits

    1:51

  • The Slits - World Of Grown Ups

    6:08

    PUNKCAST#1062-02-03 The Slits performing live at the Syrup Room, Brooklyn, on Nov 3 2006. The song is from Ari-Up's solo album 'Dread More Dan Dead'

    More info:

  • The Slits - Difficult Fun

    5:49

    Difficult Fun by The Slits, taken from the Peel Session recorded on 12 October 1981.

  • The Slits Fade Away Live Keystone Berkeley 11:23:80

    4:24

    From the HAMMER ARCHIVES -This is an audio recording of my live radio broadcast of the Slits at the Keystone Berkeley 11/23/80.This was recorded as well as broadcast live on KALX-FM. The complete show is also uploaded as well as each individual track. Like all of my live recordings this was mixed direct to 2-Track Reel To Reel using headphones.Sitting in the club with the loud P.A. sound trying to drive the amp in my mixing board loud enough to hear what I was mixing.If you've ever been to a live concert,then,you know how loud it can be.Mixed on a cheap Peavey MkII 12 channel mixing board to Technics RS-1500 2-Track Reel To Reel.I will be posting most of my live recordings from San Francisco from 1979-1981. Recorded,Mixed & Produced by: Terry Hammer ; (p)1979-1980 : Terry Hammer.

    You can find a complete list of all of my live broadcasts on my website at:

  • the Slits Live Berlin 1981

    1:17

    Never before seen clip of The Slits playing in West Berlin, at the Tempodrom on June 19,1981 Berlin Wall. Ari, Viv and Tessa, with Neneh Cherry, Bruce Smith and Steve Beresford. Filmed by Christine Robertson.

  • The Slits - New Town Demo

    3:40

    Video: The Slits performing New Town Live @ The Vortex
    Song: The Slits - New Town [Demo Version]

  • The Slits Improperly Dressed

    4:29

    From the wonderful 1981 album titled Return of The Giant Slits. Produced by Dennis Bovell and Dick O' Dell.

  • The Slits - Instant Hit

    2:37

    Instant Hit by The Slits, taken from the Peel Session recorded on 17 April 1978.

  • the slits - i heard it through the grapevine

    4:59

    A slowed down and reverbed version of The Slit's 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' from their 1979 album, 'Cut'. The film footage used in this video is found archival footage that is available in the public domain.

    Feel free to write any requests for slowed + reverbed songs in the comments section below.

    All rights and writing credits belong to the artist and visual/filmmakers, I just slow them down and add reverb to them for fun!

  • The Slits - heard it through the grapevine

    4:03

    taken from the We do 'em our way punk compilation lp 1980 ,i cleaned up this is from side 2

  • The Slits - Be It

    4:45

  • The Slits - Shoplifting

    1:38

    sur leur 1er album, Cut, sorti en 1979.

    Babylonian won't lose much
    And we'll have dinner tonight


    [Cette vidéo est diffusée à des fins éducatives et non lucratives]

  • THE SLITS John Peel 12th October 1981

    25:16

    THE SLITS John Peel 12th October 1981

  • The Slits - Ping Pong Affair

    4:18

    Blinkblinkblink

  • The Slits - So Tough

    2:18

    The astonishing musical primitivism of the early Slits. While it was expected of first wave U.K punk bands to boast of 'not being able to play', in reality most of them were competent enough to hold down a steady rhythm & have mastery of the basic chords required to play rock & roll. The Slits were one of the only bands to have genuinely started from a position of musical incompetence, & got by for the first few years on sheer energy & incredible charisma (for anybody who thinks this track is just a dreadful racket, I recommend getting this on C.D & blasting it at high volume, & you'll be blown away by how thrilling & exciting this is).
    By the time The Slits got signed, & made their first album ('Cut') in 1979, they had significantly improved as musicians. 'Cut' remains for me THE definitive post-punk album, wonderfully unique, & one of the most inventive albums I've ever heard (forget PIL's 'Metal Box', often held up as the ne plus ultra of post-punk, but in reality is just a self indulgent racket made by three druggies with a cacophonous & paranoid lead singer). The Slits 'Cut' IS the real deal, & still astonishing to listen to almost 40 years after it's release.
    There's very few recordings of The Slits in this early 'bashing away without being able to play' period, other than their early John Peel sessions , & a few bootlegs. However, those who can appreciate the extraordinary energy that infuses the early Slits are well advised to seek these out.

  • The Slits - Typical Girls - Live at the Core

    6:23

    See the Slits perform Typical Girls at 90.3 The Core live!

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