Official press release Rough Trade
New Album â€œWhite Bread, Black Beerâ€
Scritti Politti aka Green Gartside releases his new album â€œWhite Bread, Black Beerâ€ through Rough Trade Records on 5.6.2006. This is his first album in seven years and sees him returning to Rough Trade after being away since the early 1980â€™s.
â€œIts an album of me playing around with myself in the back roomâ€ says Green â€œI want to convey the idea of just me alone at home. â€œ
Forming in Leeds after seeing the Sex Pistols, Scritti became a Camden squat land collective, devouring Marxist critical theory and applying it to pop so remorselessly that after several landmark singles, they became too self â€“ conscious to make it. Gartside re- emerged from this stasis and his 1980 collapse, as a genuine pop star. His talent was hinted at in the aching beauty of â€œThe Sweetest Girlâ€â€“ and full blown by â€œCupid & Psyche 85â€ a landmark album that inspired black US pop, right up to Timbalands micro â€“ sliced beats today.
Gartsideâ€™s melodic instincts led him high into the transatlantic charts with hits such as â€œThe Perfect Wayâ€ (covered by an admiring Miles Davis). The 1988 follow up to â€œCupid,â€ â€œProvisionâ€ (on which Davis played) maintained some sort of momentum.
His next album appeared in 1999 the hip-hop fused â€œAnomie & Bonhomieâ€ which won him much critical acclaim.
After 26 years of not playing live (due to crippling stage fright and long time diet based on speed sent Green into a panic attack so severe it felt like death and briefly struck him dumb) he returned early this year to play a couple of outstanding sold out shows.
- The Boom Boom Bap
- No Fine Lines
- Snow in Sun
- Dr. Abernathy
- After Six
- E11th Nuts
- Windows Wide Open
- Road To No Regret
- Mrs Hughes
- Robin Hood