"We had fire in our bellies, we could not be labelled, and we relied on our instinct. We were not about to accept what society had demanded of our gender, to be perfect housewives or secretaries. We were a feral, non-manufactured, unstyled, honest, comical, fearless group of four very different creative girls who faced violence verbally and physically as a band and individually on a daily basis."
Slits bassist Tessa Pollitt, talking to Crack ahead of the release of the documentary film Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits (which is very much on my radar - as is her bandmate Viv Albertine's book). In Rip It Up And Start Again (which I've now finished, finally - review to come), Simon Reynolds suggests much the same thing, making a good case for the band's importance in the post-punk period.