Video of song: “Typical Girls”
Try to imagine a music world that includes PJ Harvey, Sleater-Kinney, and (shudder) Hole without trailblazers the Slits. Meeting at a 1976 Patti Smith concert, fangrrls Ari Up and Palmolive decided (along with Tessa Pollitt) to do it themselves, becoming one of the first all-female punk bands. Equipped with brash attitude and 2 1/2 chords, the Slits scored a spot on the Clash's ´77 White Riot tour. Cut, their first proper album, came out in ´79 and remains a singular fusion of punk aesthetics and roots reggae (then a big influence on U.K. punk). No doubt inspiring the Spice Girls to reform, Tessa and Ari's recharged Slits is back with much of the old fiery indignation and deep riddims intact. The Slits perform on Monday, July 30, at the Independent at 8 p.m. Admission is $20; call 771-1421 or visit www.theindependentsf.com for more info.-- M.K.