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Man, such a sweet sound with Green’s voice totally like-in-the-80’s:
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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.
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!
4 dates are announced:
- 20 Jan in Glasgow
- 21st Jan in Brighton
- 22nd Jan at London Barbican
- 23rd Jan at Warwick Uni Arts Centre
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
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.
Patiently 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.
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…
Ooh… and the other clips posted the other day are updated too!
Scritti Christmas party, Luminaire, December 17, 2007
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!
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…)
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 www.wegottickets.com
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.
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!
The Word Girl
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.
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 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.’
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 !
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…
My 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:
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.
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