Cut (The Slits album)

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Cut
Studio album by The Slits
Released 1979 September
Recorded 1979 Spring;
Ridge Farm Studio,
Rusper, England
Genre Post punk
Length 31:52
Label Island Records
Producer Dennis Bovell
The Slits chronology
Cut
(1979)
Bootleg Retrospective
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
BBC (Positive)[2]
NME (favorable)[3]
Robert Christgau B+[4]
Pitchfork Media (9.3/10)[5]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[6]
Smash Hits 9/10[7]

Cut is the debut album by The Slits. It was originally released in September 1979 on the Island Records label (ILPS 9573) in the UK and on Antilles (AN 7077) in the US. Although it only made a brief impact on the UK top 30 at the time, in 2004 it was voted at no 58 in the Observer's list, The 100 Greatest British Albums.[8]

The album was re-released on CD in Europe in 1990 and in 2000 within the Island Master series (IMCD 90 and IMCD 275). In 2004 Koch Records licensed the master to Cut from Island Def Jam (who still held the rights to the album) and reissued the album on CD for the first time ever in the United States; previously, the album had been only available to Stateside fans on CD as an English import, since the album's original American release (on the Island subsidiary Antilles, during Island's association with Warner Bros. Records) had long since gone out of print.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Viv Albertine, Tessa Pollitt, Ariane Forster (aka Ari Up) and Paloma Romero (aka Palmolive)

Side one[edit]

  1. "Instant Hit" – 2:43
  2. "So Tough" – 2:41
  3. "Spend, Spend, Spend" – 3:18
  4. "Shoplifting" – 1:39
  5. "FM" – 3:35

Side two[edit]

  1. "Newtown" – 3:48
  2. "Ping Pong Affair" – 4:16
  3. "Love und Romance" – 2:27
  4. "Typical Girls" – 3:57
  5. "Adventures Close to Home" – 3:28

Bonus tracks

  1. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield)
  2. "Liebe and Romanze" (Slow Version)

2009 Deluxe Edition[edit]

Disc 1

  1. "Instant Hit"
  2. "So Tough"
  3. "Spend, Spend, Spend"
  4. "Shoplifting"
  5. "FM"
  6. "Newtown"
  7. "Ping Pong Affair"
  8. "Love und Romance"
  9. "Typical Girls"
  10. "Adventures Close to Home"
  11. "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
  12. "Liebe and Romanze (Slow Version)"
  13. "Typical Girls (Brink Style Dub)"
  14. "Love and Romance (John Peel Session 1977)"
  15. "Vindictive (John Peel Session 1977)"
  16. "Newtown (John Peel Session 1977)"
  17. "Shoplifting (John Peel Session 1977)"
  18. "So Tough (John Peel Session 1978)"
  19. "Instant Hit (John Peel Session 1978)"
  20. "FM (John Peel Session 1978)"

Disc 2

  1. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Demo)"
  2. "Instant Hit (8 Track Demo)"
  3. "Spend, Spend, Spend (8 Track Demo)"
  4. "Newtown (8 Track Demo)"
  5. "Adventures Close to Home (8 Track Demo)"
  6. "Instant Hit (Rough Mix)"
  7. "So Tough (Rough Mix)"
  8. "Spend, Spend, Spend (Toast Version)"
  9. "Shoplifting (Rough Mix)"
  10. "FM (Rough Mix)"
  11. "Newtown (Rough Mix)"
  12. "Ping Pong Affair (Rough Mix)"
  13. "Love und Romance (Rough Mix)"
  14. "Typical Girls (Rough Mix)"
  15. "Adventures Close to Home (Rough Mix)"
  16. "So Tough (Outtake)"
  17. "Instant Hit (Instrumental Outtake)"
  18. "Typical Girls (Instrumental Outtake)"
  19. "Spend, Spend, Spend (Dub Version)"
  20. "In the Beginning, There Was Rhythm (Early Version)"

Personnel[edit]

Photography by Pennie Smith

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dougan, John. "The Slits: Cut" at AllMusic. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  2. ^ Jones, Chris (18 April 2007). "The Slits Cut Review". BBC Music. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Morley, Paul (September 1979). "Cut review". NME (IPC Media). ISSN 0028-6362. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Slits". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Raposa, David (23 February 2005). "The Slits: Cut". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Bangs, Lester (12 June 1980). "The Slits: Cut". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow) (RS 319). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. 
  7. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (20 September – 3 October 1979): 25. 
  8. ^ "Observer Music Monthly's top 100 British albums". The Observer (London: Guardian Media Group). 20 June 2004. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Weisbard, Eric; Craig Marks (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 

External links[edit]