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October 22, 2010

Some may say that here at the THEG we have an inordinate focus on death. To those people we say: So what? Who asked you?

Johnny Lydon reports that his step-daughter Ari Up (real name Arianna Forster) passed on on Wednesday. Ari Up was the lead singer of the awesome girl punk band The Slits.

From the Times obit:

In 1975 her mother brought her to a Sex Pistols concert, where Ms. Forster was struck by the sight of a frenetic Johnny Rotten — her mother’s future husband — hurtling across the stage. The next year she went to see the Clash, and it was there, she told Pitchfork, that she met a drummer called Palmolive and together they founded the Slits. The first song the two played together was “Blitzkrieg Bop” by the Ramones.

“They had embraced rhythms beyond basic punk, while their lead singer, Ari Up, reveled in every quaver and yelp,” the critic Jon Pareles wrote in The New York Times in 2009. “She sang mocking critiques of trendiness, romance and consumerism as the music juggled rock, ska, reggae and something like funk. The Slits came up with odd-angled chord progressions that better trained musicians wouldn’t touch.”

In the late ’70s the Slits toured as the opening act for the Clash, then the reigning protagonists of political punk rebellion. The Clash’s singer and guitarist, Joe Strummer, taught chords to Ms. Forster; the other Clash guitarist, Mick Jones, helped her band mates tune their instruments.

Rest in peace, Arianna.

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  1. October 22, 2010 1:34 pm

    The Slits were a great band. R.I.P. Arianna. Another original bites the dust.

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