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Scritti Politti is a musical group that was formed in 1977 in Leeds, England, being primarily a vehicle for Green Gartside (born Paul Julian Strohmeyer on 22 June 1956, Cardiff, Wales). Initially a left-wing-inspired act, the band developed into a more and mainstream based project in the early to mid- (following two heavy lineup changes). The group’s most successful album, 1985’s ‘Cupid & Psyche 85’, proved innovative in its early use of the techniques of sampling and MIDI sequencing, also producing hit singles such as “Perfect Way”, “The Word Girl”, “Wood Beez”, and “Absolute”.

Released on the Rough Trade record label in 1981, “The Sweetest Girl” (also known as “Sweetest Girl”) became Scritti Politti’s first song to be a hit, peaking at #64 on the U.K. singles chart. According to the The Sweetest Girl Songfacts, was cited by The New York Times as one of the ten best singles of the year. Scritti Politti went on to enjoy significant success in the music charts in the U.K. and U.S. as the decade went on, rivaling slick contemporaries such as Duran Duran, The Human League, Simple Minds, and others.

Following this period of fame, however, Gartside became disillusioned with the music industry and the related pressures of being an artist. He retired to the South Wales of his childhood for nearly a decade. He returned to music-making in the late , releasing two critically-acclaimed albums (in 1999 and 2006). As well, the success of the 2006 Mercury Music Prize-nominated ‘White Bread Black Beer’ release proved to be a major comeback for Gartside. He toured the U.


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