Scritti Politti

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Scritti Politti are a British pop band, originally formed in 1977 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England by Cardiff-born singer-songwriter Green Gartside. He is the only member of the band to have remained throughout the group's history.

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 record charts in the UK and the US. The group's most successful album, 1985's Cupid & Psyche 85, spawned three UK Top 20 hits with "Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)", "Absolute", and "The Word Girl", as well as a US Top 20 hit with "Perfect Way".

The band's 1988 album Provision was a UK Top 10 success, though it only produced one UK Top 20 hit single ("Oh Patti"). After releasing a couple of non-album singles in 1991, as well as a collaboration with B.E.F., Gartside became disillusioned with the music industry and retired to south Wales for more than seven years. He returned to music-making in the late 1990s, releasing two albums, 1999's Anomie & Bonhomie (which included various rap and hip hop influences) and 2006's stripped-down White Bread, Black Beer which returned to the more experimental era of the band's history.

Scritti Politti's music was characterised by sophisticated studio production, Gartside's sly, punning wordplay and the tension between the polished pop-funk stylings of their music and the subtle radicalism of the political and social messages embedded in their lyrics.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1982 Songs to Remember 2
1985 Cupid & Psyche 85 4 7
1988 Provision 3
1999 Anomie & Bonhomie 3 3
2006 White Bread Black Beer 3 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
2005 Early Compilation 2
2011 Absolute Compilation 1

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1978 Skank Bloc Bologna 1
1982 Faithless: Triple-Hep Nā€™ Blue 1
1984 Hypnotise 1
1984 Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin) 1
1984 Wood Beez / Absolute 1
1985 Perfect Way 3
1985 The Word Girl (Flesh & Blood) 2
1988 Boom! There She Was 3
1991 She's a Woman 2
1999 Tinseltown to the Boogiedown 2

EP

Year Title Rating Releases
1979 Work in Progress 2nd Peel Session 2
1999 Tinseltown to the Boogiedown 1
2006 White Bread Black Beer ā€“ EP 1

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