[TypicalGirls] Fwd: Viv on playing with The Slits again!

robin dudley rodudley at hotmail.com
Sat Nov 22 13:04:32 EST 2008

there are a few clips of the slits at ladyfest on youtube. kudos to viv for getting up there. a lot to learn in a short time...it sounds like she felt upstaged to say the least! not surprising under the circumstances, as joly suggests...also ari is just plain surer of herself than when she was 15 and less in awe of viv. will they/won't they? time will tell. the slits have surely been lacking a really strong guitarist but things have changed completely. they don't all live near each other anymore, so that rapport is harder to build...

> Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008 22:47:15 -0500
> To: typicalgirls at lists.ibiblio.org
> From: joly at punkcast.com
> Subject: [TypicalGirls] Fwd:  Viv on playing with The Slits again!
> > So, odds of seeing her play w/ the slits here in the states is looking slim to none...
> I wouldn't place too much money on that tho.  While what Viv says is somewhat true it's basically because Ari has been carrying the whole thing
> along for the last nine years and it's unlikely Viv could get up to speed in two shows.. - but there is ALWAYS room to create around Ari, and I bet 
> both Viv and Ari are thinking now.. after all they both did their best work with each other. I think, for sure, Viv has to make a bit of room on her own
> to begin with, but it's one giant step for woman forward from being a housewife with no interest!
> joly
> HunnyPi007 at aol.com wrote:
> >Viv has a Myspace page (<http://www.myspace.com/albertine>MySpace.com - viv albertine - UK - Alternative - www.myspace.com/albertine) and blogged on Saturday about playing with The Slits again: 
> >
> >"This month I played with The Slits in Barcelona and Manchester (the London show is cancelled due to a mix-up). I learnt the old songs and 4 new ones. We got along really well and I loved Adele, Holly and Anna. I was surprised how interesting my old guitar parts were, I really liked playing them. The thing is that The Slits have morphed into Ari's backing band, there's not much room for creativity or individuality. Plus she and I have gone in very different directions musically. Ari is a fantastic front woman, very funny and sexy, a great dancer, loads of charisma but I felt uncomfortable in the role of almost session musician. So I'm not going to join the band, although I may do some guest appearances occasionally. Now I'm concentrating on my own music and my sculpture."
> >
> >None of her music is on the page, though, but it seems that she's playing with Keith Levine now, so I guess things are coming full circle for her anyway (i.e., Flowers of Romance). The page also indicates that she's on a major label. There's a picture of her playing at a "Raincoats anniversary party" from last month that I'm sure all of us wish we were at. She looks pretty much the same (save for shorter hair and no hats) and still has her unique flair for fashion and style.
> >
> >So, odds of seeing her play w/ the slits here in the states is looking slim to none...
> >= 
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