Thanks to loyal longtime Bibbly-o-tek.com visitor David C and to the folks at theartsdesk.com you can now listen to Green Gartside’s new studio track “Fruit Tree” on the new “Way to Blue” Nick Drake Tribute album. (Green has performed live in the past.) Here is a quick clip of my favorite part of the song. Also, here is a link to a great article and the full version of the song on theartsdesk.com. You can also buy the track on iTunes here!
According to thisisnotretro.com BEF is scheduled to release Music of Quality and Distinction Volume 3 Dark on May 6th. The release includes Green covering The Delfonics “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time.” This shouldn’t come as a complete surprise since Green performed this song live in 2011 with BEF. Here is our post about their special live event. Interesting follow up to this song from BEF Music of Quality and Distinction Volume 2 and Green Covering Steve Wonder’s classic “I Don’t Know Why I Love You.” Here is a link to a video of that remake! Concert goers claim that Green also sang the Stevie Wonder’s classic tune at the live event, but a I have never seen a video clip, which I would love to see and hear! In the immortal words of Ben Stein “Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?” ( Update April 2: Greg C posted this link to Amazon for a quick snippet on FaceBook.)
So I tracked back to the fact that Scritti hasn’t played Germany since 1979. April 9th to be exact. We have this listed in our Gigography section. I don’t have it memorized so I had to look it up. I found that they played here with Red Crayola. (Now known as Red Krayola.) Did you know they are from Texas? I didn’t. Who knew? They toured with Scritti back in the day. And they are still active. The poster has been around and on the internet for a long time.
Bibbly-o-tek.com visitor Roger Homes says that the gig was to play at Ratinger Hof in Düsseldorf , but was moved to the Okie Dokie in Neuss, a suburb of Düsseldorf. The Okie Dokie is still operating today. I suggest the band get a hold of them and see if they can add December 1st date at the Okie Dokie. It is only a short drive from Cologne, the last scheduled gig in Germany. If that happened, it could be truly epic!
After further review (American football fans will get the aformentioned reference) Scritti also played in Berlin in 1979. This was NOT in our gigography, so I thought I would mention it here. I found from this link that they played S036, a legendary venue in Kreuzberg’s Oranienstraße with Red Crayola as well. They played there on April 7th if that link is accurate.
If you are in Germany towards the end of this month, be sure to get tickets and see Scritti play live. If that doesn’t work for you, then try some of the UK dates in December. Or, pray for a 2006-esque miracle and hope they play North America again sometime soon.
28th November » Hamburg ¦ Kampnagel [tickets]
29th November » Berlin ¦ HAU [tickets]
30th November » Cologne ¦ Alte Kranhalle / Balloni [tickets]
11th December » Edinburgh ¦ Liquid Rooms [tickets]
12th December » Manchester ¦ Ritz [tickets]
13th December » Brighton ¦ Concorde 2 [tickets]
14th December » London ¦ Shepherds Bush Empire [tickets]
By the way Strohmeyer is German for Straw Tax Collector.
The Premises Studios in London will be running a 4-Day Songwriting and Recording Workshop from September 20th – 23rd 2012. Green Gartside will be doing a masterclass session of about 1 or 2 hours long on one of those 4 days. Helen Reddington, one of the most experienced songwriting tutors in the UK today, is doing the main classes.
They also be bringing in the Vice Chair of the PRS, Paulette Long, for a special session on “Making Money from your Song” – an important part of any songwriter’s knowledge. And on the 4th day individual recording slots in Studio A with a top session band are organised for all attendees to record a track they’ve written during the course.
The cost is just £395 including the recording sessions. Places are limited to 10 and they expect this to sell out fast.
To book contact Julia Craik on 020 7729 7593 or firstname.lastname@example.org and please say you read about it on Bibbly!
Address: The Premises Studios, 209 Hackney Rd, London, E2 8JL / check their website for more info →
Former Scritti Politti drummer Tom Morley recently emailed us at bibbly-o-tek.com about some music created around the Peace One Day A Global Truce 2012 worldwide event. This event which is set to occur on September 21st of 2012 is to be a day of non-violence throughout the world at all levels. Efforts by this organization had a similar day in Afghanistan recently. They had a written agreement with the Taliban so that health and aid workers could help the needy without fear of violence or kidnapping. Peace on earth and non-violence are a pretty darn noble cause if you ask me. Visit Peace One Day to learn more an find out how to get involved. Here are the three songs and videos of his work that coincides with this global event:
Some trivia: The city scenes of the third song were shot in Chicago from the Magnificent Mile shopping district. You can see the NBC Tower in the background. Coincidentally, I met Green and the rest of Scritti Politti in 2006 in Chicago at the Double Door. Thanks Tom for being involved in such a worthy and noble cause and for sharing this inspirational music with us!
John and the rest of the Bibbly-o-tek.com team!