found on a VHS tape stuck in an abandoned VCR in the alley behind my house

Okay, I lied.  There is no alley behind my house.

But seriously, these videos I found on YouTube have that quality.  I guess one of them was literally recorded that way. It makes them all the more endearing.  These are two relics of when 70’s punk was morphing into 80’s new wave–before new wave became uber-commercial.

(I’ve had this habit of posting music videos I like when I don’t have the energy of doing a new blog post. But I’m thinking of transferring this music function to my Dance As You Are website once I give it a bit of an overhaul. I’m not sure I’ll completely stop posting videos on this blog, but in any case the two songs below will likely not be played at my dance events.)

I’d heard of The Slits before but wasn’t very familiar with their music. But I became more curious because one contemporary reggae singer I like, Hollie Cook (who is the daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook) played with a re-formed version of the band, shortly before its lead singer Ari Up passed away due to cancer. The Slits seemed to embody the more stream-of-consciousness spontaneous side of punk, and seemed to have nothing but fun in this video. And it couldn’t be more different from what Duran Duran would start putting out years later, once videos became big business.

I had not heard of the Mo-Dettes until recently, but they were founded by one of the early guitarists for The Slits. The drummer for the Mo-Dettes, June Miles-Kingston reportedly bought a drum kit from the aforementioned Paul Cook (Hollie’s father) for £40. Miles-Kingston would later perform with Fun Boy Three, and sang back-up vocals on their version of “Our Lips Are Sealed,” which Fun Boy Three lead singer Terry Hall co-wrote with The Go-Go’s lead singer Jane Wiedlin, a Oconomowoc WI native who recently lived here in the Madison area.  But that’s enough punk rock pedigree for now.  Just enjoy this little gem below.