Archive for June, 2006

… and yet more WBBB news!

Posted at 7pm on 06/07/06 by

Just got home from work and my usual trip to Velet record store in Rotterdam, where i don’t need to say what I’m coming for. And no, nothing yet, but they assured me the CD and vinyl version are definitely going to be on friday. So now a quick post on some new reviews and interviews, just before dinner. Reading earlier reviews, White Bread Black Beer get a good reception, with the added note it’s regarded as an uncommercial record. Personally, i don’t much care. I love the music, and can be quite an evangelist about it (this website is proof of that!), but a huge commercial success might chase Green back into hiding. Even though it seems a thing of the past.

Anyway, time for some links! There is a really interesting interview at Incendiary Magazine, where finally someone asks some original questions. The same website has a review as well. On the Dutch 3voor12 website there is a review as well, albeit in Dutch. I’ll translate it maybe later this evening and add it in the comments of this post. The well-respected 3voor12 site also has White Bread Black Beer on the listening post, which is really good publicity.

Some news on upcoming gigs as well! Scritti Politti will play on Bestival, which takes place on the Isle of Wight 8-10 September, and on the Big Chill festival at Eastnor Castle Deer Park 2006, 4-6 August. Apparently this place is between the Cotswolds and the Welsh Marches.

A Hay with the Word

Posted at 3pm on 06/05/06 by

These are the first pics I have seen from the Hay Fest last week. Thanks Sam for these camera phone pics from the Hay Festival!

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Some more from Gavin!

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(A Perfect Hay??? hmmm? too corny…)

John Hyde
bibbly-o-tek.com

Miles’ Perfect Way

Posted at 12pm on 06/05/06 by

I have seen Miles Davis perform Perfect Way many times here in The Hague, Holland, at the North Sea Jazz Festival. The best gigs for me were those with John Scofield on guitar. But this speedy version is also right on the money I must say!

Green in the TimeOut

Posted at 12pm on 06/04/06 by

Green in green with catAn interview by John Lewis with Green in the London TimeOut. There is also a short review on White Bread Black Beer.

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Scritti Politti: Interview
Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside tells Time Out about his colourful journey from post-punk squat-dweller to ’80s R&B technician to Hackney ‘pub rocker’, and how he learned to play live again

As an adolescent, Green was obsessed with folk…

‘At school, I used to go to a folk club in the Newport docks area. Martin Carthy was my hero. He’s a seriously funky guitarist! At art college in Leeds, I followed Carthy around the country. I was once stranded in the middle of nowhere after one of his gigs, and Martin and Norma went completely out of their way to give me a lift home, which was lovely of them.’

He liked the way that old men urinated at folk clubs…

‘They had a way of holding their cocks while they were pissing. I found that fascinating. I wrote a lyric about it on the first album. “He held it like a cigarette/ Behind a squaddie’s back/He held it so he hid its length/And so he hid its lack.”’

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The sweetest gig

Posted at 5pm on 06/03/06 by

First review from the Scritti Politti gig at the Hay Literary Festival 02-06-2006, by Karren Ablaze

The birth of Scritti Politti

Here’s a review-ette of the Clyro Court gig… somewhere in the middle of Wales, last night… it took place in a large purpose built venue at the back of a Shelock Holmes-themed hotel, the crowd seemed to be mainly literary festival attendees. They didn’t dance, but they were REALLY into it… The Double G posse, now consciously calling themselves Scritti Politti, seemed kind of edgy at first – there’d not been as much time as they would have liked to set up and soundcheck (and they like to do LONG soundchecks). I was worried about them, but when they came onstage what struck me was they LOOKED so good. Ranging personalities and styles, no uniform, but nevertheless they had definitely gelled into a group and were a pleasure to watch. Alyssa is a focal point of gorgeousness there at the front, and opposite her, Dicky looked suave, his performance dreamlike. Dave took on the role of setting up Green’s lyrics on the music stand for each song, and his manner of doing it was a performance in itself, seeming to whistle as he loped across the stage, self-assured and loving evey minute. Green’s appearance is chimeric – who is he? what is he? is he really there? But as a group, as a team, is seems that they have BECOME Scritti Politti. This show was evidence of that birth.

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Green in the tabloids !

Posted at 1pm on 06/03/06 by

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Hear hear. Green in The Sun !
Here’s our juicy girl-free version.

By SIMON COSYNS

As his name might suggest, Green Gartside is a colourful character. Back in 1976 while at Leeds Polytechnic, he was inspired by the twin influences of The Sex Pistols and Karl Marx.

By the end of the Seventies, he was making intelligent, politicised post-punk music as founder and leader of Scritti Politti.

The band were based at their squat in Camden and were subsequently signed to one of the most imaginative indie labels of the day.

Rough Trade run by Geoff Travis. What set Green’s music apart was an unerring eye for a killer tune and a willingness for sonic exploration only equalled among peers by The Clash.

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Scritti Politti biography

Posted at 11pm on 06/01/06 by

Nonesuch Records put up Scritti Politti’s biography again, written by Nick Hasted. We, at bibbly. are very happy they allow us to post it here too!

Green Gartside is back, having been away, once again, for some time. Back with his first album in seven years, back on Rough Trade after 24 (Nonesuch/Rough Trade in North America), back on stage after 26. The man who is Scritti Politti has always been inclined to absence more than presence, questions more than answers, contradictions he spends years happily lost in. His is a story, after all, that begins watching the Sex Pistols in Leeds in 1977; continues for a period in early 80s Camden squat land, where attempts at a pop commune produced Peel-loved, post-punk singles; made a daring break into pop with the deathless “The ‘Sweetest’ Girl”; moved to New York to become a full-fledged MTV star, and sonic inspiration to future R&B; almost went mad from the effort; retreated to Wales and returned making hip-hop; and now, aged 50, has produced one more intricate, self-questioning pop master class, White Bread Black Beer, recorded alone, in his Hackney back room.

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Buy White Bread, Black Beer at shop-o-tek!

Posted at 2pm on 06/01/06 by

shop-o-tek.jpgWe have just opened the shop-o-tek. You can order the CD of White Bread, Black Beer and the Boom Boom Bap CD-single straight away. And by doing so you’re helping both Scritti and the bibbly-o-tek team. We’re trying to build the best Scritti source we can imagine. This takes times and money. So if you’re considering buying the new Scritti Politti album online please consider using the shop-o-tek.

Please go ahead: shop-o-tek is here!

Any suggestions about this are very welcome of course!

Update: We’ve just added a new affiliate partner, eil.com, who sells White Bread, Black Beer on VINYL!