Cut (The Slits album)

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Studio album by The Slits
Released September 7, 1979
Recorded Spring 1979
Studio Ridge Farm Studio, Rusper, England
Genre Post-punk, dub[1]
Length 31:52
Label Island
Producer Dennis Bovell
The Slits chronology
Bootleg Retrospective
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Blender5/5 stars[3]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[5]
Record Collector5/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[8]
Smash Hits9/10[9]
Spin Alternative Record Guide10/10[10]

Cut is the debut album by English punk band The Slits. It was originally released on 7 September 1979 on the Island Records label (ILPS 9573) in the UK and on Antilles (AN 7077) in the US. It reached number 30 on the UK album charts at the time.[11] In 2004 it was voted at no 58 in The Observer's list, The 100 Greatest British Albums.[12] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[13] Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain listed the song "Typical Girls" in his top 50 favourite recordings of all time.

Track listing[edit]

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.

In 2009 Island Records released a two-disc 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition consisting of the remastered original album plus bonus tracks and selections from the band's appearances on BBC's John Peel Sessions on the first disc and a second disc entitled "unCut" with demos and alternate mixes.

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" (stylized as "ƃuoԀ ƃuᴉԀ Affair" on the record sleeve) – 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 19/09/1977)
  15. "Vindictive" (John Peel Session 19/09/1977)
  16. "Newtown" (John Peel Session 19/09/1977)
  17. "Shoplifting" (John Peel Session 19/09/1977)
  18. "So Tough" (John Peel Session 17/04/1978)
  19. "Instant Hit" (John Peel Session 17/04/1978)
  20. "FM" (John Peel Session 17/04/1978)

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)


The Slits


  • Budgie – drums
  • Bruce Smith - uncredited voice on "Love und Romance"
  • Dennis Bovell – sound effects
  • Max "Maxi" Edwards - drums on "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
  • Mike Dunne - engineer
  • Pennie Smith - photography
  • Rema, Stuart Henderson, The Slits - production on "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"


  1. ^ a b Raposa, David (23 February 2005). "The Slits: Cut". Pitchfork. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Dougan, John. "Cut – The Slits". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Wolk, Douglas. "The Slits: Cut". Blender. Archived from the original on 3 April 2005. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "The Slits: Cut". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the '70s. Ticknor and Fields. ISBN 0-89919-026-X. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  6. ^ Rigby, Paul (August 2008). "The Slits – Cut". Record Collector (352). Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Mar, Alex (10 February 2005). "The Slits: Cut". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 6 June 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  8. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2004). "The Slits". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 745–46. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  9. ^ Starr, Red (20 September – 3 October 1979). "Albums". Smash Hits: 25. 
  10. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  11. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 508. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  12. ^ "Observer Music Monthly's top 100 British albums". The Observer. London: Guardian Media Group. 20 June 2004. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  13. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (7 February 2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5. 

Further reading[edit]

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

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