Ariane Daniele Forster
17th. January 1962
– 20th. October 2010
Ari Up has died at the tragically young age of 48 after what her foster father, John Lydon, describes as a serious illness.
Ari was the lead singer in the seminal, all female (all woman) punk band, The Slits. To be honest they were performance artists rather than musicians (even by punk standards). Standing through one of their gigs could be as "difficult" as sitting through a piece of Yoko Ono's performance art. But they were incredibly influential, especially on the women of the punk rock scene. Whilst Siouxie Sue and the Bromley Contingent played at rebellion, the Slits were the real thing. They didn't have to dress up as Nazis to be scary - they were actually, real life scary. They were women, not girls, and for a teenage lad from the East Midlands, quite overwhelming.
I danced with Ariane once. It was May 1977 and the Clash's White Riot tour had rolled up at the California Ballroom in Dunstable. I say we danced, but what actually happened was that we shook each other by the throats until Ari fell on the floor laughing. Heck, I know - very silly. But we were young.
Gregory Anthony Isaacs
15th. July 1951 – 25th. October 2010
Reggae musician Gregory Isaacs has died aged 59. The Jamaican singer passed away at his London home this morning (25 October) following a long illness.
Isaacs is best known for his 1982 album, Night Nurse, particularly the title track. A prolific artist, he released over 500 albums and collaborated with some of the biggest names in reggae and dancehall, including producer Sugar Minott, who also died this year.
"Gregory was well-loved by everyone, his fans and his family," said his wife Linda. "He worked really hard to make sure he delivered the music they loved and enjoyed." (THE GUARDIAN)
Here is a tribute to both artists. I have put the Isaacs' tracks up first as most of you wouldn't get through the Slits' tunes.
The Isaacs' songs kick off with the lovers' rock masterpiece, "Loving Pauper" which is followed by an extended version of his most famous hit, "Night Nurse." The third track is called "Crazy List" and is off the split album he released with Dennis Brown entitled "Judge Not."
The Slits' tracks start with "Typical Girls," which is my favourite by the group, probably because it almost has a tune. Next up is their version of "Heard It Through The Grapevine." Finally, we go out, full pelt, with the punk anthem, "Shopliftin'."