Dear Powers-that-Be, Re: Ari Up …

The SlitsI just found out that Ari Up died on Oct. 20 from cancer. Like most of the early, first-wave of punk bands from the U.K. and the U.S., I was really too young to appreciate them until after the fact. At the end 1977 I had just turned 9, after all. Indeed, I didn’t learn of The Slits until I’d gotten hooked on L7 at the end of the 1980s. The Slits were one of those bands that made me wish I had been born a decade earlier, though.

So I don’t understand how it is that Ari Up dies at age 48 when every member of the Go-Gos is *still* alive. WTF God!? Huh? Okay, I don’t wish death on anyone really. But it really, really seems unfair when awful bands like the Go-Gos got all of the critical acclaim and attention, while bands like The Slits were largely unknown.

You can pick any one of my fellow Gen Xers and I can guarantee you that 90 percent or better will know who Belinda Carlisle is, but I bet less than a third will have even heard of The Slits, much less be familiar with their music and the band’s frontwoman, Ari Up. Ain’t right. … Just … ain’t right. …