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
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
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)