Scritti Polittiis a Welch musical group which was formed in 1978, in Leeds, England. They were initially a left wing post punk British Rock group which developed into a more pop music project which began in the early 1980's. They gained a lot of recognition in the United States and also in the U. K.. The group released their debut album called, Songs To Remember, in 1982. From the album came the featured song called, Jacques Derrida. The band’s most successful album was called, Cupid & Psyche 85, and from it came the singles, Perfect Way, The Word Girl, Wood Beez, and Absolute. After this, Gartside moved back to South Wales for about 10 years. He was suffering from the pressure of performing live. He worked on writing a new album while he was on leave. He came back to making music in the late 1990's, and released two popular, one in 1999, and the other in 2006. Gartside’s voice was the reason for his success. He is said to have “a voice that’s eternally 14 years old”.
The new album Gartside had written was influenced by the R&B and New York style of music. One of the new songs was, The Sweetest Girl, which was featured on C81; which was a free cassette tape which was given away with the , New Musical Express. The Song was a success and got a lot of attention. The Sweetest Girl was followed by other minor hits such as, Faithless (hit number 56 in the U. K.), and Asylums in Jerusalem/ Jacques Derrida (hit #43 in the U. K.). Gartside also sang duets with Annie Lennox on the Eurythmics track, Wrap It Up. This was for their Sweet Dreams Are Made of This Album which was released in 1983.
The compilation called, Early, was released in Febryary, 2005. In January, 2006, Gartside, with his new lineup, played a show in Brixton, London, and went by the name of Double G and the Traitorous 3. This was Gartside’s first live appearance since 1980. The band played many concerts to promote their new album called, White Bread, Black Beer. The album was released on the Rough Trade records label, in 2006. The album was performed by Gartside and recorded in his home in London. Later in the year, White Bread, Black Beer, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. The group toured worldwide and was well received in the U. K.tour in November, 2006. Gartside is working on another album with Alexis Taylor, in 2007, and will be supporting Kieran Hebden, and Steve Reid, at KOKO, in London, on March 29.
Scritti Politti has released a total of 19 singles, and 6 albums since their inception as a group. They are still performing and recording to date.
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