The Slits’ Viv Albertine claims band never received royalties for 1979 debut ‘Cut’

Punk group split in 2010 after singer Ari Up died

The Slits guitarist Viv Albertine has appealed to the record label Rough Trade for financial help.

Albertine claims that their former record label Island, has never paid them any royalties for their debut album ‘Cut’.

The punk band formed in 1976 and split after singer Ari Up died in 2010. Their debut LP was released in 1979 and it was re-released in 1990 and 2000. According to Albertine it is being re-issued again in purple vinyl.


She wrote on Twitter: “Dear @RoughTrade – the rotters @islandrecords still not paying #theslits any royalties for #cut after nearly 40 years – can you help us?”

The Slits released two further official albums ‘Return Of The Giant Slits’ and ‘Trapped Animal’ before they split and one unofficial LP – ‘The Slits/Bootleg Retrospective/Untitled’.

They launched a Kickstarter funding page for a new documentary on the experimental punk band last year.

Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits features unseen film footage of the band through the ’70s and ’80s plus contributions from associated bands and friends including the Sex Pistols, Culture Club and PiL.

The film has been put together by Executive Producer Jennifer Shagawat, the band’s friend and former tour manager. She began compiling the film with frontwoman Ari Up before her death in 2010.


Ari Up formed The Slits in 1976 at the age of 14. The band supported The Clash on their 1977 White Riot tour and went on to release two albums, 1979’s ‘Cut’ and 1981’s ‘Return Of The Giant Slits’ before splitting up in 1982. The band reformed in 2005 without original member Viv Albertine.

The Slits frontwoman Ari Up died of cancer aged 48 in October 2010.