Magazine article The Spectator

'Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys', by Viv Albertine - Review

Magazine article The Spectator

'Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys', by Viv Albertine - Review

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Credit: Ian Thomson

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys Viv Albertine

Faber, pp.421, £14.99, ISBN: 9780571297757

Viv Albertine is deservedly famous as the guitarist of the tumultuous, all-female English punk band The Slits. Their debut album, Cut , released in 1979, combined jangly Captain Beefheart-style guitarwork with reggae rhythms and sardonic social commentary. Ariane 'Ari Up' Forster, the vocalist, added an element of wild-child abandon to Tessa Pollitt's infectiously heavy bass lines. The album is a masterpiece.

Albertine's memoir takes its title from her mother's routine complaint to her: 'Clothes, clothes, clothes, music, music, music, boys, boys, boys -- that's all you ever think about!' Albertine came to Britain from her native Australia in 1958, aged four. She lived in some poverty with her sister, French father and Swiss mother in the north London suburb of Muswell Hill, home of the Kinks pop band. …

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