‘There is no hesitation in stating Ari Up is one of the most significant people in music. Let alone one of the most significant people in punk rock and new wave music.
All of the members of The Slits should be named as a hugely significant individuals. Each made this most punk of bands what they became. Ari Up formed the band with Palmolive, and was a driving force through Cut and was the band’s mouthpiece via her role as vocalist. She was also present when the band reformed for a time in the noughties. A constant, wild presence.
The most punk of bands I hear you question? The Slits? Definitely. In my opinion. Without doubt.’
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Paul Matts is a writer from Leicester, England. His debut novel ‘Toy Guitars’ is due to be published in 2019, and he is the author of the short stories ‘Revenge can be Sweet, ‘The Bench’ and ‘One More season’. His work has been featured in Punk Noir Magazine and Unlawful Acts. A further novella, ‘Donny Jackal’ has recently been completed. He previously promoted live shows as 101 Productions and owned The Attik night club from 2001-2007. He was also a songwriter and guitarist in The Incurables.
Paul runs a music blog and has recently started a series entitled 101 Significant Figures. This will focus on under-appreciated individuals in the punk and new wave movement. See www.paulmatts.com for more details.