Scritti Politti, are a British new wave band from Leeds, consisting of the only constant member Green Gartside, alongside Rhodri Marsden, Dicky Moore, and Rob Smoughton.
The band formed in 1977, with a post punk sound, and heavily involved in the DIY culture, they self-released their debut single, ‘Skank Bloc Bologna’ in 1978. The song was picked up by John Peel, and led to the band being signed by Rough Trade. The band’s debut album, ‘Songs to Remember’, was finally released in 1982, and saw the band move towards a more pop sound/ The album reached number 12 in the UK Album Chart. In 1983, the original line-up of the band disbanded, and Gartside signed with Virgin Records, and Warner Bros in the USA, in 1983. In 1985, the band released their second album, ‘Cupid & Psyche 85’ , which reached the top five in the UK Album Chart. In 1988, they released their next album, ‘Provision’, and yet again charted in the top 10. ‘Anomie and Bonhomie’, released in 1999, was critically praised but commercially less successful. ‘White Bread, Black Beer’ was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize when it was released in 2006.
The band are now set to perform at London's Roundhouse in February 2016, as part of the venues In The Round series. Check here to find tickets through Stereoboard.
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