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 a new album, Anomie & Bonhomie, in 1999 (which included various rap and hip hop influences). In 2006, another new album was released, the stripped-down White Bread, Black Beer which returned to the more experimental era of the band's history.

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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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