Tuesday, 5 August 2014

The Slits - Typical Girls

Considering the Slits formed in 1976, it's quite a surprise that it took them until 1979 to release an album and a single. The Slits were an all girl band except for the Drummer Budgie (later with Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Creatures) consisting of Ari Up, Palmolive, and Viv Albertine. I saw the Slits a few times and their gigs were very raw and angry, so (Like many) I was surprised when I bought this single at how commercial and professional it was.

'Typical Girls' is excellent but for me it's their b-side cover of the Marvin Gayes classic 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' that stands out. If there done well I have always been a fan of covers, especially if the format is changed, and in my opinion this version is brilliant.

So which one do you prefer, the original or the cover? leave a comment, I know where my vote is.

Band: The Slits
Label: Island
Year: 1979
1. Typical Girls
2. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Ripped from glorious scratched vinyl:

If you like this then buy their debut album, you will not be disappointed, it includes both sides of this single.
Cut: Remastered
Cut: Remastered


jeff said...

awesome blog!.i much appreciate your efforts. and i too have spent a small fortune over the years pacifying my "search".
i'am constantly amazed by how many bands slipped thru my fingers over the years. "masterswitch", "anti-social", never heard of um, did'nt even have um on a mixed tape. the likes of which i thought i had perfected in the summers of my discontent. guess not. anyway, the search continues, thanks to you. not record shop basements anymore or circling "must haves" on zeroxed
trade lists. just some clicks and fine memories are a save away. later.

garychching said...

Thanks for your comment and feedback Jeff. Much appreciated.