The Slits formed in 1976, a time when punk and disco were happening on different sides of the musical spectrum.
The Slits formed in 1976, a time when punk and disco were happening on different sides of the musical spectrum. But the all-girl Slits—singer Ari Up, guitarist Viv Albertine, bassist Tessa Pollitt and drummer Palmolive—managed to cleverly bridge the gap between the two, albeit in off-kilter fashion and with a Jamaican dub bent. After a tour with the Clash in 1978, the Slits hooked up with Dennis Bovell, who helmed this, the act's debut. Originally released in 1979, "Cut" stands the test of time: its feisty beats and rhythms, coupled with Up's stylish warbling and howling, could very well have been created in New York's Lower East Side today. While the highlights are numerous, "Typical Girls," "Instant Hit" and "Newtown" remain personal favorites. Bonus tracks include a deliciously lopsided cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." And yes, the album's original cover art (sans Palmolive) remains gloriously intact.—MP