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This week we were informed by Rough Trade that the Snow in Sun single is definitely cancelled, it will only by available as download on Itunes with as extra tracks Am I Right In Thinking and When I Was Happy. At this stage it’s not known whether or not there will be taken another single from White Bread Black Beer. On Itunes there is also a new collaboration with Skillz available, called The Jam, Pt 2.
Today my long awaited package from HMV Japan arrived from Tokyo, a special edition of WBBB with bonus DVD (yum yum !). The cd is exactly the same as the UK version, the DVD features the Shai Productions documentary, which was mentioned here earlier. It’s an interesting interview with Green mixed with some sightseeing, guitar shopping, beer drinking and the fine sounds of No Fine Lines, Snow in Sun, Robin Hood and After Six. The Japanese subtitles makes it all a bit exotic. I must say that I am quite satisfied with the service of HMV Japan. A reasonable price (YEN 3912) and very fast shipping (they shipped it 25-09, I received it 28-09).
Here you can download a nice WBBB desktop wallpaper. Made in Japan.
I like it. Green seems to be relaxed (probably because the interview was taken at the pub ;)) and the questions are more interesting than the usual bla bla. Two thumbs up.
Go ahead and listen to the interview:
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please, keep your love away from me, jesus, keep your hands where I can see, there’s nobody here you can trust I’ll break every bone if I must, oh wisdom keep your hands away from me // mercy, turn your eyes away from me, truth, shine a light where I can’t see, they all practise here to deceive, I’d kill them before I believe, oh jesus keep your love away from me // how far they asked, how far ? as far north as elizabeth, justice, take this sword and cut them down – oh down – jesus keep your love away from me, how far they asked how far ? as far away as here and now
One of the most remarkable songs on WBBB is After Six. A short (2:11), apparenltyÂ simple, straight forward, composition, lacking the complexity of the other songs on WBBB and the depth we are used to find inÂ a decent Scritti Politti tune. At the first Double G live gigs I thought it was one of the stronger tracks (it had a bit more spice performed live), but I must admit that on the album it looks a bit pale between the other brilliant tunes.
So the spice must be in the lyrics then. On this website there has been some debate already about what the lyrics of After Six are about. Is this Green’s atheist statement ? Oh jesus keep you love away from me Â (not : jesus, keep your love away from me). Being an atheist myself, I’m pretty prejudiced. It’s always nice to receive confirmation from your heroes. But i’m pretty sure that is what this song is about. Away with religion, mercy, wisdom, deception and on with reason, truthÂ and justice. Hallelujah.Â By the way, in Road To No Regret Green also hears the voice of reason.Â Â
The lyrics of Small Talk on Cupid & Psyche 85 can also be explained as being atheistic (we’re tired of prophecying, we heard the word was good, but it’s stupifying). So it would not be the first time that Green takes his words this way !Â
I am very curious what you think After Six is about, let us have your opinions.Â
In the Scritti Politti Yahoo-group Richard posted that on September 4th a new single will be released: Snow In Sun. To which Rhodri replied it was gonna be a double A-side along with Robin Hood.
If this is correct, it is excellent timing, since on September 5th the Mercury award ceremony will take place. But a word of caution, these dates tend to drift a little. I do wonder if and how the nomination for Mercury has influenced sales for White Bread Black Beer. It must have had some effect, for a short time it got back in the top 50 on Amazon UK, but it’s nowhere to be found right now… i just checked!
As for the choice of single, i slightly prefer Robin Hood over Snow in Sun. I don’t like the first seconds of Snow In Sun, but once it hits its stride, it’s a lovely song.
Would be great if there are non-album tracks on the single, but no news on that yet!
Scritti Politti in the press. An excellent leader article in The Guardian Online, referring to the Mercury Music Prize nomination (a promotional catalyst in itself, great !). Thanks Enda for pointing it out to us. And whilst websurfing I stumbled upon this rather strange double review of PSB’s Fundamental and Scritti’s White Bread Black Beer in the very American City Pages. One hit wonders…. ? I wonder.
* Addittional. Going all transatlantic : a mainly retrospective article in The New Yorker
HMV Japan are advertising a limited release of White Bread Black Beer, with a 15th track (which appears unfortunately only in Japanese signs) and a bonus DVD. Yum yum, gimme some ! (Release date 27-09).
On last night’s show the Weekender on BBC Radio 2 Green was interviewed by Matthew Right. You can listen again, but as these streams tend to dispappear into thin air, you’d better listen right here at bibbly-o-tek. It’s basically the same story rehashed, but it’s sure is nice to listen to Green’s voice. Which makes me think, in the old days, i used to wonder if his speaking voice would sound the same as his singing voice. Quite happy to say it doesn’t. :)
We’re very happy we can publish the director’s cut of the interview with Green by Simon Reynolds, published in a shorter version in the Guardian.
by Simon Reynolds
â€œWe went to Marylebone Registry Office, because thatâ€™s where McCartney got married,â€ recalls Green Gartside of his wedding a couple of months ago. â€œWe chose the shortest service, just a couple of sentences, and we didnâ€™t really tell anyone, so we had one witness each. But this pudding of a teenager, with two different speech impediments, officiated, and he read the standard script that goes â€˜thank you all for coming, it means so much to Alice and Green that all their friends and family are hereâ€™. We couldnâ€™t really stop him as he lisped his way through it! But, no, it was a very lovely thing. I think I might even have had a tear in my eye.â€
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And finally a review in the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad.
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Finally, at long last, i’ve got the official cd of White Bread Black Beer! It’s the digipack version, with extra nice images. So for you to enjoy, the booklet with all the lyrics, in Green’s handwriting. Looking at the back, the tracklist looks to me like embroidered text, probably done with a sewing machine.
Remembering my initial disappointed response when i saw the little thumbnail of the packaging, i’ve completely changed my mind. The front works good in a shop, and the images on the digipack and background images in the booklet are very delicate with lots of texture. Perfectly fits the album.
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Some journalists have all the luck. You get to sit in the sunshine opposite Green Gartside talking at length about White Bread Black Beer, playing live, favourite music, the Double G website, the past and future plans.
Some interesting points pass along, like an idea of recording a disco album with David Gamson and playing with Massive Attack in Hyde Park – would that be on the Wireless Festival in June perhaps? There is nothing on the Wireless website, so it seems unlikely.
The recording sometimes has some funny noises in it, but overall it’s a good listen. I like all the background rumour and the soft tickling on the guitar Green had with him.
Full interview (29 minutes, 27 mb)
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.
Yes, it is official now; our own bibbly-o-tek album preview page for WBBB!
Thanks to Chris Norris: Daily Telegraph’s review of White Bread, Black Beer. Short but neat!
Scritti Politti: Interview
Scritti Polittiâ€™s Green Gartside tells Time Out about his colourful journey from post-punk squat-dweller to â€™80s R&B technician to Hackney â€˜pub rockerâ€™, and how he learned to play live again
As an adolescent, Green was obsessed with folkâ€¦
â€˜At school, I used to go to a folk club in the Newport docks area. Martin Carthy was my hero. Heâ€™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.â€™
He liked the way that old men urinated at folk clubsâ€¦
â€˜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. â€œHe held it like a cigarette/ Behind a squaddieâ€™s back/He held it so he hid its length/And so he hid its lack.â€â€™
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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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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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