Cut by The Slits | With Nick Banks
November 21 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm5£
The CAT Club presents: Classic Album Tuesdays
An evening of music and conversation. Nick Banks presents The Slits classic debut album, ‘Cut’, and will talk about what this album meant to him, his life and music with Sheffield author (Professor) Steve McKevitt.
Cut is a formative record for Pulp’s Nick Banks. Released in 1979, it’s a provocative burst of energy from the first all-girl punk band (Viv Albertine, Palmolive, Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt) to emerge from the McLaren-Westwood circle that lit the punk fuse three years earlier. The provocation starts with the cover; an image of three warrior-like women smeared in mud. The album is not a standard 3-chord thrash of punk. As guitarist Viv Albertine recalled, ‘We were much more revolutionary than the Pistols and The Clash. They were rock bands, whereas we were using world music and reggae, filtered through our own musicality. Our favourite album was Dionne Warwick Sings Burt Bacharach, which we deconstructed. My guitar style was based on the anonymous guitarist on that.’
Nick Banks started playing drums aged 14, inspired by Paul Cook from the Sex Pistols and Blondie’s Clem Burke. After watching many of Pulp’s early performances in Sheffield, he joined the group in 1986 because they were his favourite band. He remains a member of Pulp and also plays regularly in The Everly Pregnant Brothers. He lives in Sheffield and manages Banks Pottery, a family-owned business which was previously run by his mother.
Your ticket will be valid as a £5 book voucher off books from the music book stall on the night.