Reviews by clayton
This album shows the Slits at their peak even though it's early in the life of the band, they would so suffer from too many distractions later on, Typical Girls is great fun and if you can see the video for it on youtube please do and on the cover of the Marvin Gaye track, they emote anger, sadness and confusion , like anyone being cheated on, leaving the original feeling a little flat. As for the rest of the album, it's full of hits and misses , usually on the same song. Some will dismiss it, others will not, either way it paved the way for others to follow.
I remember when this album came out, Rolling Stone rated it the worst album of the year or maybe ever, this alone got my interest in hearing this album and when I did I was not disappointed. The album rocks from beginning to end tackling issues from personality,Vietnam, spouse abuse, outcast, a nice cover of the Bo Diddley track "Pills",loneliness and drugs of course. So this review should be taken for what it is, my view point, you might agree with Rolling Stone, in which case, put this CD down and move over to the Easy Listening section, it's okay, to each their own I always say.
What a pleasant surprise when I got this disc from the Library, having seen his show at the Second Chance in Ann Arbor years ago, I knew what to expect but to find the first album included was brilliant, its a great transition from his Dolls work to the solo work, with the classic Funky but Chic, Girls, Lonely Tenement and Frenchette . All his songs have a great impact, the only weakness for me has always been his inability to end a song, in concert this is great but in a studio it diminishes the strength of the track for me, being from the "leave them wanting more" school. Now onto the "Live it Up" portion of the disc, there are some great live recordings here, the Animals medley, Frenchette, Funky But Chic, Stranded in the Jungle and a nice finale of Personality Crisis . There are other good songs here, but the one's I've mentioned are the gems for me. Hearing the live stuff again reminded me of how great a venue like The Second Chance was and how it is needed now more than ever, with performances from the Ramones,Wall of Voodoo, Divine, The Dead Boys, Sonic Rendezvous and so many more, damn this used to be a fun town.
This DVD doesn't contain all the footage but it does have a lot of great performances not to be missed
I'm a fan of the early 70's Coop, and as so I've always wanted to hear the first album and now I'm glad I never did. The first effort is so disjointed and without direction, that it's amazing when you hear the second album Easy Action, which starts to give you a preview of coming attractions with references to West Side Story, a subject brought up again later on Schools Out. So listen to this and wonder at the jump made from this to Easy Action to Love it to Death,Killer,Schools Out,Billion Dollar Babies and finally Muscle of Love which for me is the last album, I know Welcome to my Nightmare is liked by many, it was a little too soft and schlocky for me, to each their own.