Monday, July 25

The Slits - "Man Next Door" - Berlin 1981

"One of the few 45s I still own, The Slit’s wonderful cover of 'Man Next Door,' a reggae classic associated with both John Holt (who wrote it) and the 'Crown Prince of Reggae,' Dennis Brown (who covered it. So Did Massive Attack). This non-album, 1980 production was mixed by Adrian Sherwood, Adam Kidron and the Slits themselves. The B-side is a tripped out dub version. Once I was able to get my hands on some 'real' (Jamaican) dub, I was disappointed that it seldom lived up to the psychedelic standards set here. In this live clip, The Slits perform an epic, nearly 9-minute-long romp all over 'Man Next Door' augmented by Steve Beresford on sound effects, Bruce Smith (The Pop Group, PiL) on drums and a young Neneh Cherry on backing vocals (and great dance moves!) at the Tempodrom in Berlin on June 19,1981. Turn this up LOUD and wish you had been there…"
Dangerous Minds (Video)
YouTube: Man Next Door - Berlin 1981

2010 October: Ari Up (17 January 1962 – 20 October 2010), 2012 July: Subatomic Sound System meets Lee Scratch Perry & Ari Up of the Slits (7″ vinyl), 2014 September: Live in Cincinnati and San Francisco 1980, 2015 August: Return Of The Giant Slits (1981/2007), 2016 May: "Typical Girls" / "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (1979)