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Scritti Politti

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Formed in 1977 in Leeds, England, Scritti Politti is primarily a musical vehicle for singer-songwriter Green Gartside (real name Paul Julian Strohmeyer, b. 22 June 1956, Cardiff, Wales). Initially a left-wing-inspired British rock group, Scritti Politti developed into a more mainstream pop music project in the early to mid-1980s (following two heavy lineup changes). Released on the Rough Trade record label, “Sweetest Girl” became Scritti Politti’s first song to chart, peaking at #64 on the UK singles chart, and 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. 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. The success of the 2006 Mercury Music Prize-nominated White Bread Black Beer LP is considered to be a major comeback for Gartside, who toured the UK, Ireland, USA and Japan in the same year - the first time performing live on stage for the singer in 25 years.

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