The g-i-g story

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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