Ari Up, Viv Albertine and Tessa Pollit speak about how The Slits proved that young women could be responsible for some of the most influential and innovative music of the punk movement. Words by Janine Bullman. Ahead of their forthcoming show at Offset festival in September, I spent two weeks on the trail of The Slits. A few days later I meet Viv Albertine, one time guitarist and Slits songwriter, at the book launch of new biography Typical Girls? The Story of The Slits , and just in the nick of time, after much running around and plenty of patient finger drumming, I finally got hold of band mouthpiece Ari Up, on the phone from her home in New York. Ari splits her time between Brooklyn and Jamaica and is notoriously hard to pin down. There are just one or two who felt so pressured they had to buy into society.
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Nudity and music go together like peanut butter and jelly, so it makes sense that there would be some general nakedness going on in album art. Banned covers so nudity-filled that they have caused society to stop and take notice. So, Verbicide presents to you the top 10 nude album covers. Blind Faith was famous for two things: being a super-group consisting Eric Clapton , Ginger Baker, and Steve Winwood, and for this cover depicting a nude year-old girl playing with a very phallic airplane. In truth, she was the younger sister of the original cover model, who, true to her age, asked for a horse as payment.
A throaty chortle comes down the phone line. It was November of and Ari was speaking to me from England, where she was visiting friends and doing some recording. Here at BLURT we were proud to publish an interview with Ari exactly a year ago in which she talked about working again with Slits bassist Tessa Pollitt, about putting together the new album, about being a mother and more.
The album cover that made a generation salivate at the notion of licking away a truckload of whipped cream to reveal what was underneath. Fun facts: it was actually shaving cream, and model Dolores Erickson was three months pregnant. Not the most flattering photo ever Lennon described the picture of him and Ono as "two slightly overweight ex-junkies". But it has that post-coital look — and was only distributed in the United States after a brown paper bag covered the previously unseen Beatle genitalia. That was apparently the logic on this European variant cover for the classic Hendrix double album, which anticipated the seas of naked flesh by art photographer Spencer Tunick and suggested that listening to "Crosstown Traffic" on headphones was just the prelude to an orgy. Decades before American Pie popularized the notion of coitus with dessert, an Ohio rock band had one of the most lurid album covers ever. The cover illustration was in the tradition of Norman Rockwell, except for the giant speakers and the slice cut into the apple pie, which revealed a spread vulva — shown in pornographic detail, lubricated and dripping. The title, slang for a blowjob, came from a Dr.