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New Scritti videos from The Lexington gig March 13th in London

Posted at 5pm on 03/20/12 by

Man, such a sweet sound with Green’s voice totally like-in-the-80’s:

(thanks Gavin!)

And do follow @scrittipolitti on Twitter for updates!

Two more clips from the Nick Drake tribute concerts

Posted at 3pm on 01/31/10 by

We have two more clips from the Nick Drake tribute concerts, both from Glasgow. The first one is Fruit Tree, the second is Free Ride.

Fruit tree

Free Ride

Video from the Nick Drake tribute concert

Posted at 6pm on 01/24/10 by

We got a video from a kind person with a camera from the Nick Drake tribute concert Way too blue performed in Glasgow. If someone can tell me which song this is and who the other performers are, i will add it to this post. Teddy Thompson and Lisa Hannigan are the other two performers. The song is Way to blue. Thanks Carla for the information!

Way to Blue: Songs of Nick Drake

Posted at 11pm on 11/30/09 by

As Ale wrote in a comment on bibbly-o-tek, Green Gartside will be performing songs in a Nick Drake (Wikipedia) tribute series.

4 dates are announced:

Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake
Featuring Danny Thompson, Vashti Bunyan, Green Gartside, Lisa Hannigan, Scott Matthews, Teddy Thompson, Krystle Warren, Robyn Hitchcock & more
22 January 2010 / 19:30
Barbican Hall

Tickets: £15-25

Undoubtedly one of the most influential English singer-songwriters of the last 50 years, Nick Drake found little mainstream success during his lifetime; however, since his untimely death at the age of 26, his fragile acoustic, autumnal music has touched the hearts of millions of people.

This very special evening, curated by his producer Joe Boyd, features original orchestrations arranged by Robert Kirby, who passed away very recently. Also featured is Danny Thompson, the legendary bassist who played on many of Drake’s recordings, who anchors the house band along with special guest artists including Vashti Bunyan, Green Gartside, Lisa Hannigan, Scott Matthews, Teddy Thompson, Krystle Warren & Robyn Hitchcock who will celebrate the music through modern reinterpretations of his timeless songs.

Robert E. Lee

Posted at 9pm on 01/14/08 by

Robert E. LeePatiently awaiting new material (a bit funky preferably, mr. Green ) we could not resist the temptation and so we brushed the live clip from Robert E. Lee with oil and dusted it with powder (Marco tuned it up little bit).

We haven’t dissected the lyrics yet, but according to our history book Robert E. Lee was a prominent confederate general. Any suggestions about the lyrics are welcome.


More clips from the Luminaire

Posted at 12pm on 01/12/08 by

Some more clips from the Christmas party in the Luminaire last Decembre came our way. And this time they are way bigger!

The Robert E Lee song, 2 collaborations with Alexis, some clip named Casio (dont’t really know if thatis the name.. someone?) and a little scritti chrismas ditty…

Scritti Christmas party part 2, Luminaire, December 17, 2007

Ooh… and the other clips posted the other day are updated too!
Scritti Christmas party, Luminaire, December 17, 2007

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A happy new Scritti year!

Posted at 6pm on 12/30/07 by

Thanks to David C we can show you some small clips of the christmas gig last December 17th in the Luminaire , London. Three complete clips: The Word Girl, Unfrozen and Forgiven. The clips themselves are very small, so you won’t be able to see a lot of detail.

Edit: we got some larger versions of the clips… thanks David!

But still, enjoy!

Scritti Christmas party, Luminaire, December 17, 2007

And of course a happy new year to all of you. Who knows what 2008 wil bring!

(Still not holding my breath, but that is the old scritti fan speaking, used to years and years of silence…)

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Scritti Xmas Party

Posted at 9am on 11/06/07 by

As the quiet 2007 draws to a close a last little burp in the shape of a live gig in the Luminaire in Kilburn, London on the 17th of December. A lovely little place, so if you’re around, i suggest you go see and say cheers to the band!

Tickets can be bought online at

Green playing at Venn Festival

Posted at 5pm on 04/24/07 by


Green Gartside is announced to be playing on Saturday June 2nd at the Venn Festival in Bristol UK . The Festival lasts 4 days, from May 31st until June 3rd and is held in different venues in Bristol. More info here and here. Thanks Richard W.

Koko, March 29

Posted at 5pm on 03/13/07 by

A gig with Green Gartside and Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) in London Camden Town’s Koko on Thursday March 29.

Whilst discussing the various merits of Jodeci, Biz Markie and Paul McCartney’s recorded works, Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside and Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor decided they should take their newly-found fondness for song and sound beyond the pub, and into a smaller room where they could write and record together. They have set about doing this, and this will be their debut live outing. They will be competing for the ‘highest voice’ prize throughout the evening.

Sounds like fun!

More clips from Shepherds Bush Empire London

Posted at 9am on 11/27/06 by

The Word Girl

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Review Baltimore gig 08-11-2006

Posted at 5pm on 11/12/06 by

By Zach Salwen (Thanks !)

Scritti Politti at Club Sonar, Baltimore, Maryland November 8, 2006

Well, the Baltimore show was last night, and words cannot express how wonderful a night it was. My fiancee Beth and I showed up just in time to catch opener Jeffrey Lewis’ closing number, an hilarious & catchy little ditty called “Creeping Brain” that made me wish I’d shown up earlier. The lead singer (Mr. Lewis, I would assume) had filled a sketch pad with visual interpretations of the lyrics that greatly added to the experience.

Before describing Scritti Politti’s set, I would like to add that club Sonar was a very nice establishment with a polite staff and better sound than I’m used to in such a small club. There were only a few dozen people turned out for the show, but the stage was positioned in a location visible from most anywhere in the room, so people were able to spread out quite a bit (although it did seem to unnerve the band a little–at one point between songs Green mumbled into the mic, “say something–it’s too quiet in here”). Even though only a small crowd was there, it was an interesting mix of younger and older fans, perhaps a few more young ones than I would have expected. Young or old, they were respectful, polite and very supportive–as Green left the stage a woman even ran up and handed him a bouquet of flowers

Anyway, as Scritti took the stage it became apparent that the stage wasn’t quite large enough for the band and the five keyboards and two drumsets, so Dave, the “utility” player (read: multi-instrumentalist) had to stand on a wobbly riser to the left of the stage for most of the concert. This made for some of the only between-song banter (which early in the set Green described as leaving much to be desired–but the audience seemed forgiving), when Dave announced that it was a bit like log-rolling. The band was in excellent form, and there were too many fine points to number, although I’d have to say that hearing “Word Girl” live was the highlight for myself.

What surprised me most was the considerable power that the band added to the newer songs, without sacrificing any of the finesse that one hears on the albums. Specifically, “Come Clean,” “E 11th Nuts,” “Boom Boom Bap,” and “Die Alone” sounded much better live than I would have been lead to expect, knowing the studio versions, that is. Although all the musicians were outstanding, I think Rhodri deserves special mention. Having seen two keyboardists through most of the video footage available on Bibbly-o-tek, it was a little surprising realizing that the bulk of those parts are done by one set of hands. Also, his harmony vocals complemented Green’s lead beautifully. I’m fairly fuzzy on the set list, but it was much like the others on this tour: “Snow in Sun” as an opener, “Robin Hood” next. The set closed with “Wood Beez,” with “Petrococadollar” and “D to the O” for the encore.

The only minor disappointment of the evening was not getting to hear “Am I Right in Thinking” live, but one really can’t complain, especially considering how worn out the band seemed (and Green claimed a throat infection). I had been hoping to rent a portable digital recorder for the concert, but Sonar does not allow audio- or videotaping. I was able to stop dancing long enough to squeeze off a few shots, but except for the last half dozen–due to a misunderstanding between myself and Herr Camera–they’re rather blurry.

Visually, the band also had quite an interesting look going on. Green was dressed in a scruffy low-key manner, with jeans and a hooded sweatshirt (with a Scritti button, of course), but the rest of the band had a somewhat distinguished look to them. Dickie, the guitarist, had flared pants and a silk shirt (it gave him a very Phil Manzanera-type look), and Frank (?), the drummer, wore a vest. If anyone who reads this site has doubts about going to see them live, please PLEASE do–it is absolutely worth it. Green and the rest turn out some fine danceable music, with a lot more valid funkiness than one might expect, and getting to share such an intimate setting with them made for the most ironically romantic evening.

Double Door pictures

Posted at 9pm on 11/06/06 by

Standing in front of the Double Door Scritti Politti! Fans outside the venue Coincidence? Rhodri and John Rhodri and fan Rhodri and another fan Signed and sealed Green and fan Green and another fan! Green and John Green and fans John and Alyssa The poster! White Bread Black Beer Signed package Nice one Signed sealed and delivered

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Clips from Double Door, Chicago

Posted at 10pm on 11/05/06 by

John (the lucky guy!) went to the gig in the Double Door, Chicago on November 4th. He managed to make some video’s, which give a rough impression of the entire evening. Enjoy!

Rod Reynolds’ Roxy review + sound check pics

Posted at 11pm on 11/03/06 by

Rod Reynolds & Green Gartside

Rod Reynolds has send us the following review of the Roxy gig:

Scritti Politti was one of my favorite bands in the late 80s. I was in my early 20s and was very much influenced by the music and style of bands such as Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, A-Ha, Japan, Adam & the Ants. The album ‘Cupid & Psyche 85′ was a long-time favorite of mine, including the classic songs ‘Perfect Way,’ “Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin),’ ‘Hypnotize,’ and ‘Absolute.’

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Scritti Politti play at Big Takeover party

Posted at 9pm on 11/03/06 by


Scritti Politti are listed to play at the Big Takeover Low Key / Low Watt Afternoon Party at Sound Fix Record Store on saturday 11th of november. Sound Fix Record Store is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY, 110 Bedford Avenue. Admission free. Have Fun !

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More LA Roxy pictures

Posted at 10pm on 10/31/06 by

These might be one of the first recent pictures i’ve seen with Gartside, Gamson, Maher all in one place! All this loveliness thanks to LindaMarie. Love the tie…

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Pics from LA ROXY

Posted at 3am on 10/31/06 by

Pictures of Devin Tait and Green and others taken by Marc Loren (click for XXL versions):
Green & Devin Tait (LA ROXY 1) Green (LA ROXY 2) Green (LA ROXY 3)

Review: Scritti at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood

Posted at 6pm on 10/30/06 by

Ron KaneMy friend Ron Kane, who is a fan of my old band MAM has send me his review of yesterday’s Scritti gig at The Roxy. Although it was a Dutch band (and singing in Dutch) MAM had a couple of fans in America, LA for example.

Here’s Ron’s review:

Scritti Politti!

Last night, Scritti Politti played The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood.
It was their American debut show, and they said so. I had waited 25+ years to see them.

They played lots of songs from the new album, wonderful sound. Also, I could recognize “The Word Girl”, “Wood Beez”, “Die Alone”
and “Brushed With Oil Dusted With Powder”. The surprises were to hear “The Sweetest Girl” and “Skank Bloc Bologna”.

Green’s voice was very good, but he said he had a bad cold.

The band was good, the playing very tight – but there was an instance of “Laptop failure” before “Wood Beez” – Green was very funny and chatty – before they played even one note of music he greeted his Los Angeles fans by saying, “We don’t play ‘perfect Way'” – OK, Green!

There were two opening acts – I do not know what they were called, and it’s not my style of music, anyway. They wouldn’t let us sit down, “All of the tables are reserved!” – even though nobody was sitting at any of them when I asked (I looked later, maybe 3 of 24 tables had someone sitting at them). At least the ticket was inexpensive!

Scritti Politti play two more shows in the L.A. area – but I probably can’t get to either of them. They were also selling T-shirts and buttons, the CD and a poster (Only 210 made!). The T-shirt had the tour dates, I already ordered the CD from Japan (bonus tracks and a DVD!), so I bought the buttons (for the new album) and the poster (autographed).


Ron is huge music fan and a huge music collector. Check him out at Flickr.

E11th Nuts and interview Summersonic

Posted at 8pm on 10/22/06 by

Akemi recorded ‘Summer Sonic special program’ on TV Asahi (CH10). Green’s interview is short, but funny.

Completed US Tour schedule

Posted at 7pm on 09/21/06 by


The US tour dates for Scritti Politti are now finalised; the show in Toronto is now taking place at the Opera House, not as previously advised. All shows are now onsale, except the UCLA show with Brian Wilson which is sold out. Tickets for Hollywood, Anaheim, Chicago, Toronto, Baltimore and Boston are available at; Philadelphia and New York are at, and San Francisco is at

The full list:

29th October – Los Angeles Roxy

30th October – Anaheim House Of Blues

1st November – Los Angeles UCLA Royce Hall

2nd November – San Francisco Slims

4th November – Chicago Double Door

6th November – Toronto Opera House

8th November – Baltimore Sonar

9th November – Philadelphia North Star Bar

10th November – New York Bowery Ballroom

12th November – Boston Paradise

source : Double G mailing list

Whole set of Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms captured

Posted at 8pm on 09/03/06 by

Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms ticketOn Monday July the 10th Scritti played at Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms. This whole set was captured in audio.

Technical details:

Lineage; Sony ECM-717>Sony MD MZ-N710>Phillips CD Recorder>Soundforge>dBPoweramp No eq used.

Recorded 10 foot away from the stage right PA stack.

Set list (mp3 files):
01 Boom Boom Bap
02 Snow In Sun
03 Robin Hood
04 After Six
05 E11th Nuts
06 Come Clean (Jeru the Damager cover!)
07 Dr Abernathy
08 The Sweetest Girl
09 Am I Right In Thinking
10 Hands Up (Mad Skills cover)
11 Does Your Ma Drink Gin? (bass player Alyssa solo)
12 Cooking (false start)
13 Cooking
14 The Road To No Regret
15 D to the O
16 Skank Bloc Bologna
17 Petrococadollar (false start)
18 Petrococadollar
19 Edge of Degradation
20 Woodbeez

Scritti Politti live at Summer Sonic 06

Posted at 9pm on 09/02/06 by

Found this short, but nice, Wood Beez clip from Summer Sonic 06 in Tokyo on YouTube. Sounds good. Enjoy it.additional : a 45 sec clip of The Sweetest Girl live on Google Video. I don’t know which venue exactly, looks like The Luminaire.

New tourdates

Posted at 3pm on 09/02/06 by


New UK, Ireland tourdates (& 1 US) as announced by the Double G mailing list.

8th November – Baltimore Sonar
15th November – Sheffield Leadmill
16th November – Newcastle Carling Academy
18th November – Birmingham Carling Academy
19th November – London Shepherds Bush Empire
20th November – Manchester Academy 2
22nd November – Cardiff The Point
23rd November – Dublin Whelans

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North American Tour

Posted at 2pm on 08/19/06 by


Trick or treat comes a few days early this year with the tour of our favorite artist, Green Gartside and his new band mates that make up the new Scritti Politti! Less than a year ago, we would have called this notion impossible. But things change. Miracles happen. All I can say is godspeed to Scritti Politti. The journey is the reward.

From the Nonesuch Records website:

10/29/06 Los Angeles CA Roxy
10/30/06 Anaheim CA House Of Blues
11/1/06 Los Angeles, CA UCLA with Brian Wilson
11/2/06 San Francisco, CA Slims
11/4/06 Chicago, IL Double Door (I will probably see you in Chicago! -John)
11/6/06 Toronto, Canada
11/9/06 Philadelphia PA North Star Bar
11/10/06 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
11/12/06 Boston, MA Paradise

Tokyo, Club Quattro

Posted at 10am on 08/12/06 by

Quattro setlistLast thursday Scritti Politti played a packed Club Quattro in Shibuya, Tokyo, a medium size venue with a capacity of a 1000 people. A new song She told me today was played. You can see the whole setlist, which was send to us by Kazuko (Thanks!).

Mitsuo was there as well, and recorded the whole gig! It’s a big file, 67 mb. You can listen inline, but you might be better of when you donwload the mp3 and play it in your favourite player.

Club Quattro, Tokyo, August 10th 2006

Update (by Marco): Bob Gaulke has send us a photo to go with the download.

click on the photo for a large version

Clips from Edinburgh Liquid Rooms gig

Posted at 8pm on 08/10/06 by

Sheena stood in front of the stage and made some clips, which she send to us! John did his magic again, so voila!

Scritti at Edinburgh’s Liquid Rooms

Posted at 11pm on 08/08/06 by

scritti politti-liquidrooms.jpgWhen told me he had recorded Woodbeez and BoomBoomBap at yesterday’s Liquid Rooms gig, I had to check them out of course.

Sound was not bad, but I thought I could improve them a little bit more. So I did. Normally I can spend hours on these things, but this time I needed to do it quickly. They are good enough I think :)

Enjoy them! And don’t forget to read what keyboard-player Rhodri has to say about the gig.


Clips from Tate gig August 4th 2006

Posted at 7pm on 08/07/06 by

Thanks David C for filming at the free gig last friday at Tate Britain. Thanks John for making all the vids suitable for showing online. As youwill see, it was quite dark, and there was no stage, but the sound is quite good. Enjoy!

Woodbeez, Oxford Zodiac

Posted at 1pm on 07/15/06 by

We got a new clip from the Oxford Zodiac gig last week, and it’s a complete capture of Woodbeez this time! As usual, it’s done with a simple camera, which really does make the sound suffer, but still, it’s unique. Would love to see it done right (hint) one time.

Mrs Hughes, pictures, a review and a new gig!

Posted at 3pm on 07/13/06 by

First, thanks to David C you can listen to and watch Mrs Hughes from last tuesdays gig in the Scala.

Tim from Channel 4 also was at the gig, he wrote a review and he took some pictures! The last two pictures are from David C.
Scala Scala Scala ScalaScala

There also was a short interview on BBC news. We captured the audio stream for you, but if you make haste, you can watch the guys and girl walk to the pub (go to the 15 minute spot).

BBC news audio capture

Some news through Rhodri (and David C mentioned it it as well just yet in a comment):

And it’s not announced yet, but we’ll be playing a free outdoor show at the Tate Britain with The Long Blondes and the 1990s on Friday 4th August.

And finally, don’t miss the review at Pitchfork which was published this monday.

The Scala gig

Posted at 11pm on 07/12/06 by

Acces all areasIf someone told me a year ago i would be going to my third scritti gig by the middle of this year, i would have called him a dreamer. But there i was, looking up at the Scala sign on the building in Camden, just a minute’s walk away from Kings Cross. It was still early in the afternoon, i had already checked into my hotel conveniently 3 streets away, and i decided to check out the Scala. I peeked into the one open door, but all was dark inside, so i decided to take a stroll through the area on this shiny summerday.

Before i talk about the gig, you might wanna take a peek at the couple of clips i made during the evening. I had my goal set on The ‘Sweetest’ Girl, Skank Bloc Bologna and Woodbeez, but was sidetracked by the loveliness of Am I Right In Thinking, so i could only get a minute of Woodbeez. Gotta invest in a bigger card for the camera! The sound is not all that, but you might get a glimps of what is what like.

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Photo’s of the Oxford Zodiac gig

Posted at 2pm on 07/10/06 by

Saturday July 8th 2006 – Oxford Zodiac

Here are a few photo’s (click on them for a nice pop!) of the gig:
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Photo Credits: Gavin Mathieu, Andrew Lumbard & Richard Johnson

The very first gig recording

Posted at 5am on 07/07/06 by

With Scritti Politti’s official summer UK started yesterday in Brighton, this is a most fitting time for a recording of the first ever gig to pop up and amaze. 28 Years ago, November 18 1978, in Acklam Hall this was recorded. The song is called Art Forever, a genuine lost song found again. John unearthed this little gem, and it sure does sound sweet!

Art Forever

Also, the ticket for the gig.
Ticket to the Acklam Hall gig

Thanks Russell from Barrow-in-Furness for this unique material!

Gigs canceled?

Posted at 7pm on 07/04/06 by

Not good news! There are some sources saying the Oxford gig on July 8th and the Norwich one on July 17th are both canceled. The double G site doesn’t mention anything about this.

On the upside, there is a mention on the Rough Trade website of a gig at the Latitude Festival on July 14th, which is the first time i’ve seen it.

We hope to get more information soon!

Rhodri just posted in the yahoo group the following:

I’ve just spoken to Green – this is a mistake; the gig in Oxford is DEFINITELY ON – we’ve checked and double checked with the agent and the promoter. It’s a mistake on the part of Wegotickets.

See you there. And very sorry to anyone who had bought tickets for Norwich.

Official tourdates UK and Japan

Posted at 1pm on 06/16/06 by

Relieved to see we were right with the dates we announced last tuesday! Today announced all dates this summer in the UK and Japan. Ifyou’re not already on the mailinglist, you should subscribe, then you get handy information like this delivered to you. Even though you read it here on bibbly first. I already booked my ticket for the Scala gig today!

Thursday July 6th – Brighton Concorde 2
Saturday July 8th – Oxford Zodiac
Monday July 10th – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Tuesday July 11th – London Scala
Monday July 17th – Norwich UEA

Saturday August 5th – Big Chill Festival, Eastnor Castle
Monday August 7th – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Thursday August 10th – Tokyo, Club Quattro
Saturday August 12th – Tokyo, Summersonic Festival
Sunday August 13th – Osaka, Summersonic Festival
Monday August 14th – Osaka, Club Quattro

July tour, Big Chill, Edinburgh, Summersonic:

Scritti Politti tour UK

Posted at 6pm on 06/13/06 by

Some dates of the Scritti Politti tour through the UK are seeping through. As yet unconfirmed! Some other venues might be added.

6th July – Brighton – BC2
8th July – Oxford – ZODIAC
10th July – Portsmouth – WEDGEWOOD
11th July – London – SCALA
17th July – Norwich – UEA

Tickets are 16.50 (LONDON SCALA: 17.50)

Scritti at SUMMER SONIC 2006

Posted at 11am on 06/09/06 by

summersonic-gig.jpgScritti Politti will perform at the Summer Sonic Festival 2006 in Japan. Two times in Tokyo and Osaka on the 12th and 13th of August 2006.

More info at

We’re still trying to find out whether or not Scritti will perform in Holland again someday soon. We hope so of course. Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague are our favorite places to see Scritti perform. If so, we will wear our wooden shoes, holding a windmill in our right hand, an Absolute vodka in our left and wearing a green shirt…

Update: We have just recieved an email from the Dutch Rough Trade department, De Konkurrent. Scritti Politti will perform in Holland and Belgium in September!

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!


Some more from Gavin!

(A Perfect Hay??? hmmm? too corny…)

John Hyde

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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Scritti Politti way back in 1979

Posted at 10pm on 05/29/06 by

Ratinger HofBlimey! That’s 27 years ago, I was a 15 year old listening to The Police, Nina Hagen and The Specials. I didn’t know Scritti Politti, or that they were playing live all over Europe. Roger Holmes had more sense and saw Scritti Politti play in The Okie Dokie. He even still has the poster!

He still remembers:

The gig was actually moved from The Ratinger Hoff in Dusseldorf old town to The Okie Dokie in Dusseldorf suburb Neuss on 09. april ’79. (At The Rat, as we called it, I also saw bands like X.T.C., 999 and Wayne County before he became Jayne County).
Can’t remember the set-list except the one with the german poet. It was afterall 27 yrs ago, and the set was pretty much improvised around loose themes like Skank Bloc and Spitalfields.
Green appeared very tall because of his enormous (black) hair. Pre-Cure/Bob Smith scruffiness.
Recall talking to dreadlocked-drummer Tom Morley wondering why Scritti were support to Red Crayola. Apparently they took turns at headlining.

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Imperfect Way

Posted at 11pm on 04/28/06 by

“Boom boom bap. Tap tap tap. That’s the beat of my life” sang The Sweetest Voice. ‘Boom boom thud. Buzz buzz buzz’ sang the onstage monitors. Or at least that’s how Green Gartside heard it. This was pop’s most-infamously stage-shy star staring his demons in the face. “You wonder why I haven’t played for 26 years?” he sighed as another technical glitch left him looking for the exit sign.

And yet, in sharp contrast, for those of us out there in front of him – a loyal band of performance-starved devotees – it sounded quite wonderful, flaws and all. A sublime set of all-new songs bristling with hooks and harmonies. Pure pop with the windows of possibility opened wide.

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What’s Cooking?

Posted at 11pm on 04/28/06 by

3 More clips, that’s what. Cooking, E11th Nuts and Robin Hood (encore). That makes six clips sofar from last monday’s gig in the Luminaire. Green is wearing the Double G & The Traitorous 3 T-shirt again, as you can see in the encore. As for the songs, i don’t have a clear favourite yet, that has to surface through several listens. Do enjoy Cooking a lot, especially the last part. Go something, go something, go something…

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Snow In Sun

Posted at 5pm on 04/28/06 by

What’s this? It’s another clip from last mondays gig in The Luminaire yet again! Snow In Sun. The little false start in the beginning makes it just that bit more special. From an audience point of view ofcourse, must be different for the performers. Then you want things to be perfect. I’m really happy with the gigs and the chance of seeing a more human, approachable side of Scritti Politti, which up untill the beginning of this year was a sort of mirage in the desert. Now, it’s real.

Thanks to John Hyde and David C for letting us show these clips.

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After Six

Posted at 4pm on 04/28/06 by

Another treat! This time it’s After Six, my favourite singalong song sofar. I’ve caught myself humming Jesus, keep your love away from me… quite some time.

I’ve also learned my lesson and checked the tracklisting, After Six is on the cd, but then ofcourse completely different. Or so i imagine. Because i haven’t actually heard it.

All clips are accessible as well from the Video page, where you can see all clips we’ve got sofar. Not the best quality, but unique material nonetheless.

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Am I Right In Thinking

Posted at 10pm on 04/27/06 by

Feast your eyes and ears on a new clip from the gig in the Luminaire last monday April 24th. The song featured is Am I Right In Thinking . You do need the Flash 8 player. Thanks David C and John Hyde for letting us show this clip on bibbly-o-tek.

Update: It appears i do not know the tracklisting of the upcoming cd by heart, i need to memorize. Someone had to point out to me that Am I Right In Thinking isn’t on the new cd. And i really love this song!

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Robin Hood

Posted at 12pm on 04/19/06 by

Robin Hood (we know who you are) send us this:


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Scritti Politti at the Hay Festival

Posted at 5pm on 04/16/06 by

A date for a new gig popped up: friday, June 2nd, there is a Scritti Politti gig scheduled at the Hay Festival in South Wales. The program, sofar only available in pdf format, says that at 22.00 in the Cinema venue, there will be Green Gartside – Scritti Politti. There are no more details available, but it seems most likely that it is actual gig, not a screening or Q&A. Even though a Q&A might be worth attending!

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The g-i-g story

Posted at 11am on 04/10/06 by

As we’re patiently awaiting the next gig in two weeks time on April 24th in the Luminaire in London, it might be a nice idea to go back to when the first news on the gigs became public. Its a well known story to all who follow the Yahoo group, but for those who don’t, here goes. On monday January 2nd, 2006 at 1:18 pm a post appeared on the Scritti Politti Yahoo group.

[…]with support from …..oddly enough Green from Scritti Politti’s new band Double G & The Traitorous 3

Stunned and incredulous responses followed. The news of a new cd coming out, and the first public airing of Boom Boom Bap on radio BBC6 just a week before that seemed enough to satisfy a patient scritti fan. And who were Double G & the Traitorous 3 anyway? Yeah, Double G might refer to Green Gartside, but it could just as well be, hmm, well, who ever…

A few days later it started to look like it was for real. A response from Geoff Travis, Rough Trade founder, stated:

yes this saturday night at the windmill in brixton,tell your friends
and come down.
it really is true.


So on saturday January 7th, in the Windmill in Brixton, London, there was the first live performance in 26 years of Double G. ..and the Traitorous 3 …plus 2.

I do remember my own reaction. It’s a funny thing, being a scritti fan. It can lay dormant for years and years, i mean, 5 (technically only 4, since Early is a compilation) albums in 25 years! And ever since the mid 80s there was no question of a live gig. I remember reading interviews in 1985, when Cupid & Psyche came out, where Green flirted with the idea of playing the songs live. It just never happened.

After the gig rapt reviews started to flood in. The Guardian posted the first official story about the gig. And there was gonna be more too! It was then i decided i wasn’t going to miss out on this and i asked in the group if other Dutchies were interested in teaming up and going to the next gig. Lucky for me there were, and thats when i met Marco and Ernst, on February 5th, on Rotterdam Airport, on our way to London. Must admit i met Marco a week earlier in Rotown in Rotterdam. But it felt nice to write we met on the airport!

It feels like ancient history now, a couple of months further on. But if you told me a year ago i would see Green play live twice (and maybe more) in 2006, i would have called you a dreamer.

The one question that troubled/entertained/puzzled me: why now? I don’t have an answer. But i suspect, being in the Rough Trade fold again, which seems to me a music loving, enthusiastic bunch of people, it might be simple the fun of it. And i hope it keeps staying fun for a long time!

As for the name ‘Double G & the Traitorous 3′, it’s obvious who Double G is. The Traitorous 3 might refer to The Treacherous Three, formed in the late 70s by Kool Moe Dee, Special K and DJ Easy Lee. There is also a reference to Funky Four Plus One and Double D. And one might even think of a certain bra-size…

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Good Friday BBQ

Posted at 8am on 04/06/06 by

[Ed.] Hmm, in the Yahoo group Rhodri (the keyboard player) says this listing is an error.

A kind comment (Mike) pointed out there is another gig scheduled for next friday, April 14th, in the Windmill Brixton. The place where the first ever Double G gig took place. At this short notice i can’t make it to London (also, money is an issue). Can’t speak for the other bibbly-o-tek co-authors though! Its still excellent news, good to keep the gigs going!

Complete line-up:

  • DEXY
  • DJs: Sparky Lightbourne, Richie Capes, The Rupinator (tbc)

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New Double G gig announced

Posted at 9am on 04/04/06 by

Double G & the Traitorous 3 will take the stage in the Luminaire in London once more on april 24 th !

See here on the website of The Luminaire.

Update: We’ve just recieved a confirmation email from Double G News:
The next Double G show is on Monday 24th April at The Luminaire, 311 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR.

Tickets are available for £6 at the following link:

Scritti Politti in Amsterdam City

Posted at 10am on 04/02/06 by

Double G and the Traitorous 3 (+2) are becoming more and more a band, at least as it looks from the outside. The gig in Paradiso on thursday march 30 th was great. The vibe was good, Green seemed relaxed and the band more in tune with eachother. Music before and after a concert always has my interest, it determines a large part of the atmosphere ; Green had an excellent choice of old school reggae before and load hiphop beats from DJ Shadow after the concert (he brought his own cd’s). The setlist was similair to the Luminaire gigs, for me the “D to the O” song was new. My personal favourite is “Robin Hood”, announced as a song about socialism and beautiful women. The band sounded fuller and the guitars a bit rougher. I am very curious what the album will sound like. With most bands you first have the album, wondering how it will sound live. Not with Scritti this time. We now know what is sounds like live, now let’s have the studio album ! After the fantastic performance Green & co hung around in Paradiso to talk to their friends and fans. Stagemanager Andy gave me a copy of the Robin Hood lyrics, Green was so kind to autograph the lyrics and make a small drawing on it (Robin Hood ?). Afterwards the whole gang, including some fans (and the bibbly-o-tek team) went for dinner in a turkish restaurant across the street (where they had, i guess, no clue who their guests were). All in all a night worthy to write about in your diary.

… and more clips!

Posted at 12pm on 04/01/06 by

More clips on the video page! This time its a whole bunch of them. A bit broken up and not the best quality, but it might give you a sense of how the atmosphere was. A little bit.

‘We’re actually Double G and the Traitorous 3 plus 2 this evening, untill we’ve learned how to become Scritti Politti because we haven’t… i haven’t done it for a long time’

is what Green says at the start of the gig.

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The best Scritti ever

Posted at 1am on 04/01/06 by

gg-adam-300306.JPGSure Cupid & Psyche 85 was a fantastic album. But there was one thing no one could ever imagine: Scritti performing those songs live. So for me Scritti only existed on records.

But this year, 2006, it all changed. Scritti started performing live again! Okay, Green is using the Double G & the Traitorous 3 (plus 2) moniker, but no doubt: they are the new Scritti. And probably the best Scritti ever!

The gig at the Paradiso on the 30th of March was a great one. Scritti was playing in the small hall which felt strange because I played in the big hall years ago with the band MAM. But it suited the band better; a smaller place with more intimacy.

The band was really going for it; a very energetic sound and a great overall contact between band-members. Green wasn’t that anxious, he seems to be more relaxed than anyone could imagine.

To make a long story short: it was a great gig. I was glad to hear they will be peforming more often (probably Amsterdam again, soon, within 2 months). Green asking us out for diner was another amazing thing. So just before leaving I gave Green my Melodiefabriek-card. You’ll never know what happens next…

D to the O, U to the B, L to the E, the Double G!

Posted at 10am on 03/31/06 by

First video online from the gig yesterday on the video page. More to follow soon!

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Post Paradiso

Posted at 4pm on 03/30/06 by

Scritti Politti PosterA short first impression still fresh after the gig: I loved it! It still is a surreal experience watching Green and band play live, but even more enjoyable now i know the songs a little bit better. There is nothing much more i can write about it right now – its kinda late and i’m tired. I’m starting to suspect the new album might become one of my favourite scritti albums of all time, and thats saying much. I love this music!

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Pre-gig meeting at the Balie

Posted at 8am on 03/29/06 by

De BalieTomorrow (!) from 16.30 there will be an informal gathering of all Scritsters who are going to the Paradiso gig in De Balie, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10. It’s close to the Leidseplein and, more importantly, the Paradiso. We can have a little chat, get frightfully excited on any green sign around, drink beer, have some bitterballen or pasta. Quite fancy the ‘Indian fishcurry with yoghurt, cumin, green beansmyself.

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Scritti’s first and last gig in 25 years

Posted at 12pm on 03/28/06 by

I was so happy to read the answer of Scritti’s new keyboard-player, Rhodri Marsden, in the mail:


Paradiso, the club where Scritti will be performing this Thursdag (30th of March 2006), is advertising the gig as Scritti’s first and last one in 25 years.

But now we know that’s just plain, ordinairy, Umm … bullshit!

Update: Paradiso updated their website.

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Unexpected pleasure

Posted at 11am on 03/28/06 by

To be honest, for me Scritti Politti was a closed book. A fine and exquisite book, but nevertheless closed. Anhomie & Bonhomie was the epilogue (feauturing “brushed with oil, dusted with powder” as Green’s magnum opus). Early was received as the digitized prologue, contributing nothing else then being able to hear the early jewels in digital format on CD. Scritti Politti had become enjoying the music and completing the recorded collection with missing items, rarities an odd releases. Never could i have dreamt that i would see Green performing live. The re-appearance as Double G & the Traitorous Three was a complete surprise. I was fortunate to see the first Luminaire gig on february 5th. There was an absolute sensational vibe in the air and it was surely a milestone in my life (also to be able to greet Green personally). And now the unexpected Paradiso gig, wow, i am totally ready for it. Bring on the arts !

Waiting for Paradiso

Posted at 12pm on 03/27/06 by

Just two more days till the gig in Paradiso! I have to admit, i’m not as excited/nervous as i was before the gig in the Luminaire, but that involved flying towards a big city in another country. Now i just hop on the train and the tram and get home, well, whenever. Gotta take care the batteries in my camera are fully charged, and then simply enjoy!

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