[TypicalGirls] Spin Slits live review

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Sat Nov 4 19:21:10 EST 2006


The Slits Reunited at Maxwell's

November 3, 2006

Amidst the dozens of hip new indie pop acts from Sweden and noise
collectives out of Brooklyn, CMJ made room for a classic last night at
New Jersey's Maxwell's: The Slits, recently reformed after 25 years
with two of their originals -- Ari Up (vocals) and Tessa Pollitt (bass)
-- and four new members. The rejuvenated six-piece created a veritable
wall of sound with five of them lined up on guitar, bass, and vocals at
the front of the stage, while drummer Anna Schulte held the group
together in back.

The set mostly consisted of older material, including "FM," "Typical
Girls," "Shoplifting," and "Newtown" from the Slits' seminal 1979 album
Cut. Ari Up kept the audience -- which ranged from giddy teenagers to
fifty year-old punks -- enthusiastic by passing around the mic and
inviting "typical girls and typical boys" onstage to dance. The band
laughed heartily, shouted "Jersey!" and "shook their money makers" (Ari
Up's favorite phrase of the night) with youthful energy. Surely, it was
a different show from those when they opened for the Clash 30 years
ago, but an astonishingly strong performance nonetheless.



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