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Scritti Politti are a Welsh musical band. This article is about the country. ...


Formed in 1978 in Leeds, England, Scritti Politti is primarily a musical vehicle for singer-songwriter Green Gartside (real name Paul Julian Strohmeyer) (b 22 June 1955, Cardiff, Wales). 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Leeds is a major city in West Yorkshire, England. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cardiff (English:  Welsh: ) is the capital, largest and core city of Wales. ... This article is about the country. ...


Initially a left-wing-inspired post-punk British rock group, Scritti Politti developed into a more mainstream pop music project in the early to mid-1980s, enjoying significant success in the music charts in the UK and US. In politics, left-wing, political left, leftism, or simply the left, are terms which refer (with no particular precision) to the segment of the political spectrum typically associated with any of several strains of socialism, social democracy, or liberalism (especially in the American sense of the word), or with opposition... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Rock and roll. ... A musical ensemble is, by definition, a group of three or more musicians who gather to perform music. ... For popular music (music produced commercially rather than art or folk music), see Popular music. ... The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... United States may refer to: Places: United States of America SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. ...


The group's most successful album, 1985's Cupid & Psyche 85, was innovative in its early use of the techniques of sampling and MIDI sequencing and produced hit singles including Perfect Way, The Word Girl, Wood Beez and Absolute. Following this period of fame, Gartside became disillusioned with the music industry and retired to the South Wales of his childhood for nearly a decade. He returned to music-making in the late 1990s, releasing two critically acclaimed albums in 1999 and 2006. 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cupid & Psyche 85 is the second album by British synth rock group Scritti Politti. ... Note names and MIDI note numbers. ... This article is very long Some browsers may have difficulty rendering this article. ...


Gartside is known for his distinctive vocal style; he was described by one critic as having "a voice that's eternally 14 years old".

Scritti Politti at the Mercury Prize Awards Ceremony 2006
Scritti Politti at the Mercury Prize Awards Ceremony 2006

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Overview

The name Scritti Politti was chosen as a homage to the Italian Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci: The name is generally understood to refer to Gramsci's political writings (although the correct spelling of this from the Italian would have produced "Scritti Politici"). Green changed it to "Scritti Politti" as he thought it sounded more rock'n'roll, more like "Tutti Frutti". Marxism refers to the philosophy and social theory based on Karl Marxs work on one hand, and the political practice based on Marxist theory on the other hand (namely, parts of the First International during Marxs time, communist parties and later states). ... Antonio Gramsci (IPA: ) (January 22, 1891 – April 27, 1937) was an Italian writer, politician and political theorist. ...


Along with Green Gartside, the band's early line-up included Matthew Kay (keyboards, manager), Tom Morley (drums) and Nial Jinks (bass) who left in 1980. The line-up of the band when Cupid & Psyche and Provision was recorded consisted of Gartside (vocals), David Gamson (co-songwriter/keyboards/programming), and Fred Maher (drums/drum programming). American musician and record producer. ...


Formation

Green Gartside was born Paul Julian Strohmeyer (22 June 1955, Cardiff, Wales[1]). His biological father died when Green was a small child and later his mother remarried a solicitor from Newport, Wales, named Gordon Gartside. Young Paul decided on the name "Green" "while viewing the countryside during a train journey back to Wales." [2] He studied Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic. The Sex Pistols Anarchy tour which included The Damned and The Heartbreakers was launched at Leeds Polytechnic on 6 December 1976 and inspired Gartside to form a band with childhood friend Nial Jinks and fellow student Tom Morley. For their first public performance supporting local Leeds punk group SOS the group went under the name "The Against." Upon finishing their studies the group relocated to London's Camden Town around 1977 where they lived in a squat at 3 Regent's Park Road and in the infamous Carol St. Collective. Alongside other groups of what has been termed the DIY or movement (notably the Desperate Bicycles and Steve Treatment, the latter being associated with the Swell Maps), the group released a DIY record titled 'Skank Bloc Bologna' on their own St. Pancras label in 1978. This appropriation of the means of production, to quote from the Marxist parlance that can be heard among the lyrics of these early works, might well have been equally inspired by the group's initial admiration for and contact with the avant-garde left-wing rock group Henry Cow. June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the Welsh capital. ... This article is about the country. ... There are two well-known places named Newport in Wales: City of Newport, Wales Town of Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This article is about the country. ... Fine art refers to arts that are concerned with beauty or which appealed to taste (SOED 1991). ... The Sex Pistols were an iconic and highly influential English punk rock band, formed in London in 1975. ... The Damned are a punk rock/gothic rock band formed in London, England in 1976. ... The Heartbreakers was a punk rock group formed in New York in May 1975 by Johnny Thunders (vocals/guitar) and Jerry Nolan (drums) who had just quit the New York Dolls and Richard Hell (vocals/bass) who was forced out of Television, the band he had founded with Tom Verlaine... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Camden Town is an area of north London in the London Borough of Camden. ... The Chien Rouge in Lausanne, a squat held in the old hospital. ... The DIY ethic (do it yourself ethic) refers to the ethic of being self-reliance as opposed relying on professional to do it. ... The Desperate Bicycles were an English punk group. ... The Swell Maps were an British experimental rock group of the 1970s, that foreshadowed the birth of post-punk. ... St Pancras was a Roman citizen who converted to Christianity, and was beheaded for his faith at the age of just 14 around the year 304. ... Means of production (abbreviated MoP; German: Produktionsmittel), also called means of labour are the materials, tools and other instruments used by workers to make products. ... Henry Cow was an English avant-garde rock group, founded at Cambridge University in 1968 by multi-instrumentalists Fred Frith and Tim Hodgkinson. ...


To the raw energy of punk, Scritti Politti added a creative spontaneity and a mock-philosophical intelligence in their lyrics, with scholarly allusions to Marx, Bakunin, Derrida, Deleuze, and Lacan. In early tracks, the punk-like fracturing of language and spikiness of the sound were held together by more lyrical melody than the more austere music of other left-field groups from the post-punk scene, such as Gang of Four, London art-rockers This Heat or Bristol-based Pop Group. Karl Heinrich Marx (May 5, 1818, Trier, Germany – March 14, 1883, London) was a German philosopher, political economist, and revolutionary. ... Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin (Russian — Михаил Александрович Бакунин), (May 30, 1814–June 13, 1876) was a well-known Russian anarchist contemporaneous to Karl Marx. ... Jacques Derrida Jacques Derrida (July 15, 1930 – October 8, 2004) was an Algerian-born French literary critic and philosopher of Jewish descent, considered the first to develop deconstruction. Positioning Derridas thought Derrida had a significant effect on continental philosophy and on literary theory, particularly through his long-time... Gilles Deleuze (January 18, 1925 - November 4, 1995) was a major French philosopher of the late 20th century. ... Jacques Lacan Jacques Lacan (April 13, 1901 – September 9, 1981) was an influential French psychoanalyst as well as a structuralist who based much of his theories on Ferdinand de Saussures theories on language. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Gang of Four is an English post-punk group from Leeds. ... This Heat were a British progressive rock band widely considered a missing link between progressive rock (especially krautrock) and such later experimental genres as post-punk, post-rock, and noise rock. ... This article is about the English city of Bristol. ... The Pop Group were a post punk band from Bristol, United Kingdom whose uncompromising, dissonant sound spanned punk, free jazz and dub reggae. ...


Career

'Skank Bloc Bologna' picked up airplay on John Peel's influential new music show, and the band were signed to Rough Trade records under Geoff Travis in 1979, making them label-mates with the other popular Cardiff avant-garde band Young Marble Giants. Scritti Politti released two EPs in 1979 with singles 'Bibbly-O-Tek', 'Doubt Beat', 'OPEC/Immac' and 'Hegemony'. 'Hegemony' led to more melodic songs such as 'Confidence', which in turn hinted at the direction the band would take in the 80s. Gartside slimmed the band down to a three piece. Autobiography John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, and journalist. ... Look up rough trade in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the song by The Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ... Young Marble Giants were a Cardiff post-punk musical trio formed in 1978. ... Extended play (EP) is the name typically given to vinyl records or CDs which contain more than one single, but are too short to qualify as albums. ...


By the time of 4 A-sides, a blend of strong melody and rhythmic jaggedness had been achieved. The band exhibited a very explicit do-it-yourself attitude, which manifested itself in their hand-made record sleeves with detailed breakdowns of production costs, including addresses and phone numbers of record pressing plants, and even their own Camden squat address for feedback. In the days before the Internet, this openness delighted fans. The DIY ethic (do it yourself ethic) refers to the ethic of being self-reliance as opposed relying on professional to do it. ... Camden Town is an area of north London in the London Borough of Camden. ...


However, whilst on a national tour with Gang of Four, Gartside was overcome by the pressure of playing live. In order to recover from ill health, he retreated to his native Wales and began writing an album that was to be heavily influenced by the R&B and New York sound he was listening to. The first outing of one of the new songs was 'The Sweetest Girl', which was featured on C81; a free cassette tape given away with the New Musical Express, NME. The song was a success and received strong reviews, but the track was not given a wide release for 10 months, by which time momentum was lost, and it became a minor UK hit at #64. Gang of Four is an English post-punk group from Leeds. ... This article is about the country. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... The NME C81 Cassette Sleeve C81 was a cassette given away with the British magazine New Musical Express in 1981 (hence (C)assette 81) and released in conjunction with the record label Rough Trade. ... For the meaning of cassette in genetics, see cassette (genetics). ... For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ...


"The Sweetest Girl" marked a stylistic change toward the more melodic, and was followed by minor hits "Faithless" (UK #56) and double a-side "Asylums in Jerusalem"/"Jacques Derrida" (UK #43). The debut album, Songs To Remember, was released on Rough Trade records in September 1982. Displaying Gartside's previously hidden reggae influence, it was a critical and commercial success, reaching #12 in the national album chart and #1 in the independent album charts. 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Gartside was becoming increasingly influenced by the new sounds coming out of New York City, especially hip hop. He signed with Virgin Records in 1983 for the ROW and Warner Bros. in the U.S. The original line-up was disbanded and Gartside moved to New York City to begin working on what was to become his signature sound. Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1676 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Row may refer to: Row, an argument. ... Warner Bros. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1676 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area...


Collaborating with producer Arif Mardin, keyboardist/programmer David Gamson and drummer Fred Maher, the first recording to emerge from these sessions was an infectiously funky, breathy single: "Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)". Released in April 1984, "Wood Beez" was an immediate UK hit, peaking at #10, and was also successful in Australia, charting at #25. A series of disco/soul-style hits followed, including "Absolute" (UK #17), "Hypnotize" (UK #68) and "The Word Girl", which became Scritti Politti's biggest UK hit single, climbing to #6 in May 1985. Arif Mardin (March 15, 1932 - June 25, 2006) was a renowned Turkish-American music producer, who worked with a wide range of artists, across many different styles and genres of music. ... American musician and record producer. ... This article is becoming very long. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ...


In June 1985, Scritti Politti released their second (and most successful) album, Cupid and Psyche '85, with songs produced by Arif Mardin and performances by numerous notable session musicians. The LP was a Top 5 smash in the UK and also sold well in the U.S. In addition to the four already released singles, the album featured another classic single, "Perfect Way". Strangely, this song was only a minor hit when released in the UK (#48) but it became the band's biggest U.S. single, just missing the Top 10 by peaking at #11. Arif Mardin (March 15, 1932 - June 25, 2006) was a renowned Turkish-American music producer, who worked with a wide range of artists, across many different styles and genres of music. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Sideman. ...


1986 saw Green Gartside and David Gamson write and produce "Love Of A Lifetime" for Chaka Khan: a highlight of her "Destiny" album. Although featuring a strong vocal performance by Chaka Khan, the song could easily have been a leftover backing track from the Cupid and Psyche '85 sessions; Gartside's backing vocals and the general production techniques gave it the unmistakable stamp of Scritti Politti.


In 1987, Scritti Politti appeared on the Who's That Girl soundtrack with the song "Best Thing Ever". Whos That Girl is the first soundtrack album, and fourth release, by singer Madonna. ...


This track also appeared on the 1988 album Provision, which continued Gartside's development into synth-funk as well as reggae and other styles. The roster of session players became even more notable, including contributions from Roger Troutman and Miles Davis, who performed on the single 'Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry For Loverboy), a UK #13 hit. However, although the album charted in the Top 10 in the UK (#8), it did not match the commercial success of Cupid and Psyche '85 in the US, stalling at #113. 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... Zapp was a soul and funk band formed in 1978 by the Troutman brothers (Roger, Larry, Lester, and Terry) and also included Bobby Glover, Eddie Barber, Bootsy Collins, Jannetta Boyce, Jerome Derrickson, Sherman Fleetwood, Gregory Jackson, and Michael Warren. ... Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was one of the most distinguished jazz musicians of the latter half of the 20th century. ...


Gartside hit the UK charts again in 1991 with "She's A Woman", which featured guest vocals from Shabba Ranks(broadening the SP/reggae connection further). It became Scritti Politti's final UK Top 20 single, peaking at #20. However, a corresponding album never eventuated, with Green deciding on another hiatus. Shabba Ranks was the (internationally) most popular dancehall artist before Shaggy. ...


The hip-hop inspired album Anomie and Bonhomie was released in 1999 and comprised of even more session artists. The now bearded Gartside dived directly into the now commercially accessible hip hop scene, borrowing tradesmen of the genre such as Mos Def and Jimahl amongst others. While considered by many critics to be a return to form, the album was not as commercially successful as previous output, reaching only #33 on the UK album chart. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Dante Terrell Smith (born December 11, 1973), best known by his stage name Mos Def, is a critically acclaimed American rapper and actor. ...


In 2003, Green resurfaced on Kylie Minogue's Scritti Politti inspired album Body Language, duetting on the Emiliana Torrini co-write "Someday". Kylie Ann Minogue (born May 28, 1968) is a Grammy Award-winning Australian singer-songwriter and occasional actress. ... Body Language is a 2003 album by Australian-born singer Kylie Minogue, her ninth studio album. ... Emiliana Torrini. ...


In February 2005, "Early", a compilation of Scritti Politti's Peel and early Rough Trade years was released, to critical acclaim.


In early January 2006, Gartside and a new incarnation of Scritti Politti, billed as "Double G and The Traitorous 3", played a low-key show in Brixton, London. This was Gartside's first live appearance since 1980. This band, including journalist/musician Rhodri Marsden on keyboards and Dicky Moore on guitar, played a number of concerts previewing a new album, White Bread, Black Beer, which was released on Rough Trade Records on 29 May, 2006. The album was, for the most part, a solo effort, recorded in Green's own London home. Rhodri Marsden is a London-based journalist, musician and blogger. ... Dicky Moore is a London based musician who plays guitar with Scritti Politti. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Parts of the guitar. ... White Bread, Black Beer is the fifth (not including compilations) album from post-punk group Scritti Politti. ... Rough Trade Records is an independent record label based in London, England. ...


Later that year, White Bread, Black Beer was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, and was subject to high critical praise. The award later went to Arctic Monkeys and their album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. White Bread, Black Beer is the fifth (not including compilations) album from post-punk group Scritti Politti. ... The Mercury Music Prize, now officially known as the Nationwide Mercury Prize, is a music award given annually for the best British or Irish album of the previous 12 months. ... Arctic Monkeys are an English four-piece indie rock/post-punk revival band originating from High Green, a suburb of Sheffield. ... Whatever People Say I Am, Thats What Im Not is the debut album by Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys, released on 23 January 2006. ...


The current line-up toured worldwide (under the Scritti Politti name) on the back of the album's success, and completed a well-received UK tour in November 2006, playing in the majority new tracks, but also taking time to perform some of Green's earlier material. On Tuesday the 19th of December, they played a short set at the Rough Trade Christmas party in London. Look up rough trade in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


In 2007, Green Gartside is working on an album with Alexis Taylor, the singer with Hot Chip. The pair met at the Mercury Music Prize ceremony, and will be playing a live show supporting Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid at KOKO in London on 29th March.


Legacy

Stylistically, Scritti Politti's work moved from radical post-punk to smooth, highly-polished 1980s power pop, and in their latest work also developed to encompass rap music. Gartside innovatively incorporated sampling into his music as early as 1985's Cupid & Psyche 85. The 1999 album, Anomie & Bonhomie, featured rappers Mos Def and Jimahl. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Dante Terrell Smith (born December 11, 1973), best known by his stage name Mos Def, is a critically acclaimed American rapper and actor. ...


Miles Davis was interested enough in some of Scritti Politti's material to cover one of their songs, "Perfect Way", the band's most successful US single. Davis also appeared on one track of the Scritti Politti album Provision. Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was one of the most distinguished jazz musicians of the latter half of the 20th century. ...


"The Sweetest Girl" was covered by Madness for their 1985 album Mad Not Mad. Madness are an English pop band that formed in 1976. ... Mad Not Mad is the sixth album by the British ska band Madness, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). ...


The concept behind Kylie Minogue's 2003 album "Body Language" was to recreate a 1980's sound, with Scritti Politti and Cupid & Psyche 85 cited as a main point of reference. Minogue's breathy vocals on songs such as 'Chocolate', 'Sweet Music' and 'Still Standing' are indeed reminiscent of Green, who she managed to convince to provide vocals on the track 'Someday'. Kylie Ann Minogue (born May 28, 1968) is a Grammy Award-winning Australian singer-songwriter and occasional actress. ...


"Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)" was sampled by Audio Thieves for their 2006 single "Pray Like Aretha Franklin".


Green Gartside once quoted, "I never listen to my own Music".


Discography

Singles

  • "Skank Bloc Bologna" (1978)
  • "2nd Peel Session" (1979)
  • "4 A-Sides" (1979)
  • "The Sweetest Girl" (1981) UK #64
  • "Faithless" (1982) UK #56
  • "Asylums In Jerusalem/Jacques Derrida" (1982) UK #43
  • "Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)" (1984) UK #10, US #91, AUS #25
  • "Absolute" (1984) UK #17
  • "Hypnotize" (1984) UK #68, US Hot Dance Music/Club Play #43
  • "The Word Girl" (featuring Ranking Ann) (1985) UK #6
  • "Perfect Way" (1985) UK #48, US #11
  • "Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry For Loverboy)" (1988) UK #13
  • "First Boy In This Town (Lovesick)" (1988) UK #63
  • "Boom! There She Was" (featuring Roger) (1988) UK #55, US #53
  • "She's A Woman" (featuring Shabba Ranks) (1991) UK #20
  • "Take Me In Your Arms" (featuring Sweetie Irie) (1991) UK #47
  • "Tinseltown To The Boogiedown" (1999) UK #46
  • "The Boom Boom Bap" (2006) UK #??
  • "After Six" (2007) (Unconfirmed)

Albums

  • "Songs To Remember" (1982) UK #12
  • "Cupid & Psyche '85" (1985) UK #5, US #50
  • "Provision" (1988) UK #8, US #113
  • "Anomie & Bonhomie" (1999) UK #33
  • "Early" (2005) (retrospective containing earliest singles)
  • "White Bread, Black Beer" (2006)

Second album by London synth rock group Scritti Politti. ... White Bread, Black Beer is the fifth (not including compilations) album from post-punk group Scritti Politti. ...

References in popular culture

  • The Japanese manga series Five Star Stories by Mamoru Nagano features a military group known as the "Scritti Poritti Division." The use of an R instead of an L in the North American translation of the book is either an error or, more likely, an attempt to avoid a lawsuit. (See Bastard!!) It could also be because the letter L doesn't exist in Japanese.
  • Scottish band Wet Wet Wet took their name from Scritti's song "Gettin', havin' and holdin'".
  • In the English comedy TV series Gimme Gimme Gimme, in the episode entitled "Saturday Night Diva", Tom says to Linda "So why have you got more make up on than scritti politti".
  • "A Bone Through Her Nose," from British folk-rock guitarist Richard Thompson's 1986 album "Daring Adventures," has the line "Her boyfriend plays in Scritti Politti."

Five Star Stories (The) is a cult manga series by Nagano Mamoru. ... Bastard!! Destructive God of Darkness (バスタード!! 暗黒の破壊神 Basutādo!! ankoku no hakai shin) is a manga by Kazushi Hagiwara. ... Wet Wet Wet are a successful Scottish pop band of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. ... Gimme Gimme Gimme was a BBC television comedy by Tiger Aspect Productions that ran for three series between 1999 and 2001. ... Richard Thompson (born 3 April 1949) is a British musician, best known for his guitar playing and songwriting. ...

External links

References

  • BBC.co.uk on Scritti Politti
  • Dosswerks discography
  • Scritti Politti and the legacy of post punk
  • New Yorker article on Scritti Politti

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Scritti Politti - Music Downloads - Online (1139 words)
Bio: Scritti Politti is the primary vehicle for Welsh singer/songwriter Green Gartside.
At this stage, Scritti Politti's sound was scrappy, taut, and forthrightly experimental in style, utilizing abrupt changes, rhythmic displacements, and gritty and discordant harmonies tempered by Gartside's sweet vocalizing of impenetrably obscure lyrics, vaguely political in sense but temporal and abstract in meaning.
They began to record as Scritti Politti in 1983 in sessions produced by Nile Rodgers, but Gartside decided, rightly, that Rough Trade didn't have the kind of budget that could support the type of pop music that he was then interested in pursuing.
Scritti Politti - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1889 words)
The name Scritti Politti was chosen as a homage to the Italian Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci: The name is generally understood to refer to Gramsci's political writings (although the correct spelling of this from the Italian would have produced "Scritti Politici").
To the raw energy of punk, Scritti Politti added a creative spontaneity and a mock-philosophical intelligence in their lyrics, with scholarly allusions to Marx, Bakunin, Derrida, Deleuze, and Lacan.
He signed with Virgin records in 1983 for the ROW and Warner Bros. in the U.S. The original line-up was disbanded and essentially Scritti Politti became a solo vehicle for Gartside.
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