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Ari Up (Slits) preview in The Daily Yomiuri on 26th October 2007

Gettin' down with Ari Up and the Slits

Stephen Taylor / Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer

"It's party time, not performing."

To the background of jazz music in a coffee shop from a pre-Starbuck's-era Japan in a quiet Tokyo suburb, Ari Up, vocalist of the Slits, said, explaining what audiences can expect of the band on its upcoming tour of Japan.

As one of the first all-female punk bands, the Slits were determined not to compromise their principles in spite of attempts by punk svengali Malcolm McLaren to mold them in his own design.

"Malcolm wanted to turn us into the female Sex Pistols. He had his vision that we were going to be like this, he started telling us how to play, instead of just being a manager," the dreadlocked 45-year-old explains.

The group's debut album, Cut, was released in 1979 and this was followed by Return of the Giant Slits two years later.

Performing with Ari and bassist Tessa Pollitt, who have been in the band since 1976, will be English dub reggae producer Adrian Sherwood.

The Slits plus Adrian Sherwood will play Oct. 26, 6 p.m. at O-East in Shibuya, (03) 5458-4681; Oct. 28, 6 p.m. at Club Quattro in Nagoya, (052) 264-8211; Oct. 29, 6 p.m. at Big Cat in Osaka, (06) 6258-5008.
(Oct. 26, 2007)

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