Title: Typical Girls
Side A - Typical Girls
Side B - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
By the time The Slits made it to vinyl with debut album Cut they'd reshuffled their early, ragged punk into a tight and rhythmic nod to all things Jamaica. They'd learnt to play how they wanted to and bonus charm was applied by reggae producer Dennis Bovell who was also keeping busy with The Pop Group around the same time.
The album was preceded by the single Typical Girls featuring a non-album cover of Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong's I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Everyone knew the song as it had been big for Marvin Gaye in the late Sixties but this self produced B side blew the thing apart and took it to a whole new dimension. It could easily be the best Motown cover ever...
I heard it through the baseline