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Cupid Interviews

Posted at 3pm on 10/14/11 by

Here are 2 interviews recently unearthed from the Cupid and Psyche era.

Listen to an audio clip from an American radio station can heard here.

Thanks Justin Bindley for creating an MP3 from an old cassette and sending it on!

Watch a series of interviews and clips from MTV (from the 80’s when they played music!) that I found in my video archive that never made it to this site from my old Scritti Cola site. (It is still refreshing as ever!)


Green & Friends To Play Live Event to Cap 2011

Posted at 1pm on 10/14/11 by


Thursday 8th December & Friday 9th December
Green Gartside + Friends
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, London E8 3AS
admission £12

To mark the end of the year that saw the release of the Scritti Politti retrospective, “Absolute”, Green will be playing two very low-key shows featuring Scritti Politti material – the first for nearly four years.

On successive nights, Green and friends will be taking over the small back room of a neighbourhood pub for two evenings of live music and DJs. Each night will conclude with an hour-long set by Green, accompanied by members of Scritti Politti and playing a mixture of very new, quite new, quite old and very old material.

Robyn Hitchcock and Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor will play short support sets;
Rough Trade’s Geoff Travis will be taking care of DJ duties.

There are only 150 tickets available for each night. (The set list on both nights will be the same, so don’t buy tickets for both nights expecting to hear something different!) The first batches of 50 tickets will be put on sale at midday BST on Tuesday 18th October, when the following two links go live:

Thursday 8th December show:
Friday 9th December show:

The remaining two batches of 50 will be put on sale at midday on the 8th November and 29th November. A maximum of four tickets can be bought per person.
NO TICKETS will be available on the door on the night.

If you aren’t lucky enough to get hold of a ticket, Green hopes to repeat this event at some point early next year in the run up to the finishing of the next Scritti album.

Thanks Rhodri!








Green headed Down Under!

Posted at 11pm on 08/08/11 by

Green will be participating in the The Nick Drake Tribute Concert that is officially headed for Australia! They will be playing at the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Recital Centre in November according to this article. 



Oh Patti Clip

Posted at 5am on 07/23/11 by

There are some clips that I never transferred from my old site, Scritti Cola. I will be posting these clips here over the coming days. Watch this clip of a different version of “Oh Patti” here.

Eden Sessions Live show reveal new song!

Posted at 8pm on 07/12/11 by

This is the set list from Eden Sessions where Green and Rhodri played live:

Sweetest Girl


After Six

Boom Boom Bap



Snow In Sun

Word Girl

Wood Beez

Can you pick out the new title?

If you went, please let us know your impressions of the gig.


Nice Interview at the Quietus

Posted at 2pm on 06/01/11 by

Quietus reader Robin just shared this link with us from the

Nice interview that spans Green’s career. Pic by Al Overdrive.

Thanks Robin!


B.E.F. presents “Music of Quality and Distinction Live” in October

Posted at 2am on 05/28/11 by

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Carla sent us this info to share with other readers.

The text is below and here is the link!

Thanks, Carla!

Following the success of Heaven 17’s Penthouse and Pavement 30th Anniversary Tour, the British Electric Foundation is proud to present ‘Music of Quality and Distinction Live’; a two day festival at London’s prestigious Roundhouse venue celebrating 30 years of seminal electronic music and unique collaborations.

The two day festival will feature a major concert each night. Friday 14th October will include the world premiere of Heaven 17’s 1983 album The Luxury Gap performed for the first time. The album originally went to #4 in the UK Album chart and scored the band four hit singles – Let Me Go, Temptation, Come Live With Me, and Crushed by the Wheels of Industry.

The concert will be performed live in 3D sound – the latest state-of-the-art immersive audio experience, using 3D soundscape composition techniques pioneered by Martyn Ware and Vince Clarkes’ Illustrious Company.

The following night of the two day festival will be entirely devoted to B.E.F.’s groundbreaking 30-year career of electronic pop, featuring many of the artists originally involved in the B.E.F. Music of Quality and Distinction albums. The concert will also showcase the world premiere of songs from B.E.F.’s upcoming Music of Quality and Distinction: Volume 3 album, Dark.

Although the two day festival will celebrate B.E.F.’s past achievements, there will also be plenty of activities that will look towards the future. During both days there will be many events and installations taking place at the Roundhouse. Organisations participating include i-Design, 5D: The Future of Immersive Design, and Sensoria. There will also be a music film programme, panel discussions, large-scale installations and behind-the-scenes workshops. The two day event promises to be one giant, interactive ‘happening’.

Artists already confirmed for the Music of Quality and Distinction Live concert include Elly Jackson (LaRoux), Green Gartside, Shingai Shoniwa (Noisettes), Boy George, Midge Ure, Andy Bell, Glenn Gregory, Martin Fry, Sandie Shaw and Kim Wilde with many more to come.

Green & Rhodri to play live July 12th!

Posted at 2am on 05/28/11 by

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Green and Rhodri will be playing live at the Eden Project in Cornwall on July 12th.

Click this link to learn more!

Perhaps they will perform “Here Come July.” Probably not, but seems fitting…

Thanks for the heads up, Rhodri!


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Green to play Live May 7th, 2011 in London at the Great Folk Jukebox

Posted at 12am on 04/24/11 by


From Southbank Centre website: 1951 saw a major celebration of English folk music at St Pancras Town Hall in the shape of the Festival of Britain Singing Englishmen concert. In tribute to this much-celebrated concert, Marc Almond, Bishi, Green Gartside, Bella Hardy, Robyn Hitchcock, Lisa Knapp, Oysterband and June Tabor are joined by a house band featuring members of Bellowhead to perform some of the great folk songs from the last 60 years.

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Alexis Taylor now frontman for About Group, co-writes with Green

Posted at 4pm on 04/23/11 by


(Album Artwork for Start and Complete)

Thanks to friend David C for pointing out that Green and Alexis Talyor of (Hot Chip/About Group) recently co-wrote on a song called “Repair Man” on the just released Start and Complete album. Here is a ink to the audio of the song.

Here is a link to an article on About Group from the Guardian and below is a review from Norman Record’s Clint and here is a link to Norman Records site.

This is a collaborative effort between Poindexter from Hot Chip, Charles Heyward out of This Heat, a Spring Heel Jack and another bloke. Poindexter sings and plays lovely sounding Wurlitzer and Hammond organs, backed up by Hayward’s very busy drumming. The effect is something akin to an early Steely Dan practice session. The sound is very raw and under-produced yet the songs have a lot of melodic promise. It sounds like they’ve just gone into the rehearsal room and recorded what they have done. The problem being that Hayward’s drumming is far too busy for the arrangements cluttering them up and the wandering electric guitar sounds improvised and detracts rather than adds to the melodies. I was interested to hear the Green Gartside collaboration Repair Man, again potentially a good song certainly with plenty of the Scritti Politti charm but like everything else here it sounds like four people who are simply not listening to each other when they are playing and are all concentrating on their own parts which of course is the key to pub band hell, which unfortunately is what this sounds like despite potentially good songs. I’m sure this was part of the plan for a raw, improvised feel but I’d have preferred a producer to have come in and sort this mess out, cutting out all the unnecessary chaff as well as some ego’s.


I think I would have preferred a producer as well.  – John

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School of Rock? From Rockstar to Educator…Green to teach songwriting!

Posted at 3pm on 04/22/11 by

Green Apple

Want to learn from one from one of the best songwriters ever?  You too can be an accomplished word boy or word girl as Green Gartside is slated to offer a master class on songwriting in July of 2011 at the Premises Studios.

Here are some of the salient details from their website:

We are delighted to announce a new addition to our annual schedule of courses and will be holding the first SONGWRITING AND RECORDING COURSE this summer.  Led by one of the most experienced songwriting tutors in the UK today the course also has masterclasses from GREEN GARTSIDE (Scritti Politti) andROMEO STODART (The Magic Numbers).

Green Gartside is a Mercury Prize nominated songwriter and Scritti Politti’s lead singer.  He has worked with Kylie Minogue, Elvis Costello, Chaka Khan and Al Jarreau and one of his compositions was included in Madonna’s hit film “Who’s That Girl”.  Covered by Miles Davis and Madness, Green is known for being one of the most informed and experienced songwriters working today.

COST: Just £375, including recording, mixing and mastering.

For more information and to request an application form call Julia Craik on 020 7729 7593 or email us at


Let us know if you sign up! We would love to hear about your experience!

Thanks to several readers for pointing this out!


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Interview from the Wire

Posted at 2am on 04/20/11 by


Thank you Carla for these pages from an interview from the Wire from April 2011.

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Please be patient as they take several moments to download…

April 4th Interview on BBC Radio 2

Posted at 4pm on 04/09/11 by


Jools Holland from BBC2 interviewed Green on Monday , April 4th, 2011.  In addition to the interview, Green performs “The Healer” by Free. Here is a link to a version of the audio that has been trimmed.

Visit the Jools Holland website here.


Update: Pic below and link to YouTube pic/video of “The Stealer” posted by Krushbros apparently from the session.


Interviews & Podcasts

Posted at 5am on 03/20/11 by


I was in Carrollton, Texas (near Dallas) on business lately so I am a bit behind on some of these postings.  A lot of promotional interviews making the rounds. Here are 3 really good ones that readers have sent us:

1)  A nice long interview with David Gamson on (by musicians, for musicians: the number one source for anyone looking to buy a keyboard, sampler or drum machine) A link to a higher quality version of the interview can be found here.

2) The BBC 2 Radio show by Radcliff and Maconie presented an interview with Green on March 14th. Here is a link to their site for the higher quality uncut version. It starts at about 1 hour and 13 minutes into the segment. We cut the non Scritti-related information and dialed the quality down a notch to provide a quick bandwidth friendly version here.

3) The Guardian’s Music Weekly with Alexis Petridis and Rosie Swash is a great podcast presented on March 11th. Here is a link to their site and here is a link to our encapsulated version.

Thanks to David Klimek from the Montreal Gazette ( and others) who pointed out the Guardian Interview.

Thanks to Franck Slakmon for pointing us to the Gamson interview.

Our own Richard Wallis came up with the info on finding the interview on Pi day (3.14) with Radcliff and Maconie.  Thanks Richard! He has also pointed out that Jools Holland will have an interview with Green on the BBC 2 on his show on April 4th!


Party like it’s 1980!

Posted at 12am on 03/20/11 by


Party like it’s February 7th, 1980! Scritti Politti played a live gig on that date at the Electric Ballroom in Camden Town. Click here to see a review found in the archives of Erika’s “Archeology of the Frivolous” (Scritti fansite from a decade or so back) now hosted by Wildcat (aka Ayako Tachibana)  The Scritti Politti Workshop in Japan.  Up until recently, all that was available was the article. Below are mp3 files from a recording from a bootleg taping found  from a source who wishes to remain anonymous.

Enjoy these MP3’s including what the donor called an “embryonic” version of the song “Sex.”

Here are the files:

01 And This Gets Me So Far

02 The Watusi

03 I’m Sick And Tired

04 P.A.s

05 Fight Their Own Battles

06 Hegemony

07 Instrumental

08 Gloucester Gate

09 Pressing Plants

10 Start Again

11 Sex


Prayers for Japan

Posted at 4pm on 03/11/11 by


1 in 5 readers are from Japan. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time! Yesterday I posted an article in Japanese asking for donations to help pay for our site. In lieu of recent events, this seams rather silly. Godspeed to your recovery and to those who visit our site from the land of the rising sun, I simply say domo arigato.


BBC Interview Reveals Green may be headed down under!

Posted at 1am on 03/06/11 by


Aussie fans will want to listen to this clip from Gary Crowley who recently interviewed Green on BBC.  A reader sent us this audio clip.  Here is a link to Gary’s area on the BBC or you might also find this link helpful as Gary was actually filling in for Danny Baker.

Thanks to our “stateside reader doing his part.”


Pitchfork 5-10-15-20

Posted at 10pm on 03/04/11 by


Green picks the music he loved with 5 year intervals for Pitchfork’s 5-10-15-20

Interesting choice, to say the least.

Photo by Richard Skidmore

The Bibbly-o-tek Community

Posted at 9pm on 03/04/11 by


For years now has been the number one fan blog for evertything related to Scritti Politti. It truly has been a labor of love for myself and my European counterparts. We want to take this opportunity to thank our readers for contributing to our site with Scritti related information so we can share it with every Scritti fan there is one place. Each year goes by and we have some small fees to pay to our services provider for hosting this site. We have collectively been able to scrape a few bucks together to keep it going.  Early on we put in a link to purchase WBBB through us as a commissioned affiliate.  This did not amount to anything to speak of, but it was worth trying to help cover our costs. I think our net was a few dollars total. Recently, we had a short online meeting and discussed how to monetize this site.  We concluded that advertising would be too uncool. (Did you see the Social Network? Yeah, like that!)  We hope you agree.  Our solution is to put a Paypal donate button that you see to the right. We encourage you to give what you can.  We are not trying to get rich, by any means, simply cover some of our costs.  We receive thousands of hits every month and it has been on the rise lately with the advent of new material.  Please give if you can, don’t leave us “a day late and a dollar short” and we will continue to provide the best Scritti Politti fan blog on the planet! Cheers!


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