TYPICAL GIRLS by THE SLITS
The Slits are a British punk rock band. The quartet was formed in 1976 by members of the bands The Flowers of Romance and The Castrators. The members were Ari Up (Arianna Forster) and Palmolive (Paloma Romero, who later left to join The Raincoats), with Viv Albertine and Tessa Pollitt replacing founding members, Kate Korus and Suzy Gutsy. Palmolive was replaced by the drummer Budgie (aka Peter Clarke), formerly of The Spitfire Boys and later of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Although not all line-ups were exclusively female, the three main female members appeared on most record covers and publicity photos, and the group was generally presented as a female band.
THE DEATH OF ARI UP (OCT 20, 2010)
The death of the singer, real name Arianna Forster, was revealed in a statement on Lydon’s website which said she would be “sadly missed”. Punk-reggae act The Slits were known for tracks including their cover of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Typical Girls”. Munich-born, Up was 14 when she formed the band with members including Palmolive - real name Paloma Romero - in 1976.
In a tribute on The Slits’ My Space page, her manager Jeff Jacquin paid tribute to her “unyielding passion for music and life”.
“She influenced generations of women and created some of the most memorable music of our time, but Ari’s true magic was how she affected people on the street, face to face, every day,” he said.
“She ate life up and spit it out.”
The singer’s mother, German publishing heiress Nora Forster, is married to former Sex Pistols star Lydon, who she has been with for 30 years.