avant-punk anarchists, were about to release their prime
'Cut' which featured them nearly naked and covered in mud (in a
by Penny Smith). Borin, inspired by that image of them, put them into
uniforms - well, nearly - and maintained the mud motif with hand-prints
and grafitti featuring some of their lyrics. They scratchilly covered
Gaye's "Heard it through the grapevine" with Budgie on drums.
It didn't quite match up to their superb John Peel sessions of a year
so earlier (now, at last available on CD and vinyl: see album below). Johnny Rotten
to the mother of the Slits' lead singer, Ariana, who called herself
Ari-Up. Tessa Pollitt (bass) is behind her with guitarist Viv
Albertine in the blue gym-slip behind her.
July 2011. Some naughty people have used
Borin Van Loon's painting as the front cover for a vinyl record: Slits,
' Girls Next Door - BBC Recordings 1977-1981', released in 2005
on Malta's Slitsophrenic Records. Admittedly the web entries we've seen
state: "All Tracks recorded at Maida Vale 4 Studios. Front cover
painting by Borin Van Loon." This album contains
the historic first Slits BBC John Peel session featuring Palmolive on
drums which captivated cultural commentator Greil
Marcus (particularly 'Shoplifting') and most of the listeners to Peel's
nightime programme on Radio
1, frightened the horses (not to mention some of the BBC sound
engineers) and secured them a place in the punk pantheon. Trivia fans
might like to know that the latter sessions feature Neneh Cherry on
backing vocals, before she joined post punk band Rip, Rig & Panic.
(oil on board)
Rock Art prints
had ditched his band Tubeway Army and the 'New Man', often
bleached hair, invaded the pop charts on several occasions ("Are
electric?", "Cars"). He has even had a rebirth in the 90s as an artist
of integrity after a near-crash or two as a private pilot and
in the wilderness.