Viv Albertine (born Viviane Katrina Louise Albertine, 1 December 1955, Australia) is a British singer and songwriter, best known as the guitarist for the influential, all-female English punk group, The Slits. Albertine was born in Sydney to a Swiss mother and a French father. She was raised in North London, attended comprehensive school in Muswell Hill, and at seventeen enrolled in the Hornsey School of Art. After completing a foundation course at Hornsey, Albertine went to the Chelsea School of Art to study fashion and textile design. In 1976 while still studying at Chelsea, she helped form the early punk band The Flowers of Romance. Albertine was amongst the first "inner circle" fans of the Sex Pistols, and was close friends of both Mick Jones and Joe Strummer of The Clash. Albertine joined The Slits as the band's guitarist, after founding member Kate Korus left in 1977. The Clash's 1979 song, "Train in Vain" has been interpreted by some as a response to "Typical Girls" by The Slits, which mentions girls standing by their men. Songwriter Mick Jones split up with Albertine shortly before he wrote the song. On 5 October 2010 Albertine confimed in an interview with Cerys Matthews on BBC 6 Music that the song was written about her, describing how Jones would travel by train to visit her in her squat.