Scritti Politti

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

Beginning as a Leftist post-punk group led by art school student Gartside, Scritti Politti transitioned into a 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 two 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.

Gartside returned to music in the late 1990s, releasing a new album, Anomie & Bonhomie, in 1999 (which included various rock and hip hop influences). In 2005, Rough Trade released the Early compilation, which collected the band's early work. In 2006, Gartside released the stripped-down White Bread, Black Beer which returned to the more experimental era of the band's history.

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

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2005 Early 2
2011 Absolute 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1978 Skank Bloc Bologna 1
1982 Faithless: Triple-Hep N’ Blue 1
1984 Hypnotise 1
1984 Absolute 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


Year Title RatingReleases
1979 Work in Progress 2nd Peel Session 2
1999 Tinseltown to the Boogiedown 1
2006 White Bread Black Beer – EP 1

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