leejohnson's current selection is:
Skank Bloc Bologna
by Scritti Politti
by Scritti Politti
One of my biggest regrets from the past in music was missing out completely on this fine group and their impressive archive of great sounds. It has only been within the last seven years that I have actually delved deeper and started to regularly enjoy their stuff on Spotify. I have no idea how they originally escaped my attention.
The "AllMusic" bio for the group gives us the best profile of the band, and below is the first couple of paragraphs:
Artist Biography by Uncle Dave Lewis
'Scritti Politti' is the primary vehicle for Welsh singer/songwriter Green Gartside. Few figures in pop music can claim Gartside's distinctive credentials: an artist who began in London's subcutaneous underground in the late '70s but ultimately rose to the top of the UK pop charts, a serious devotee of linguistic structuralism who can hold his own in a conversation with his friend, arch deconstructionist Jacques Derrida, and a handsome, dreamy-eyed gentleman who has, in the opinion of one critic, "a voice that's eternally 14 years old" yet nonetheless stands six foot six in his stocking feet.
Gartside grew up in South Wales, a brainy under-achiever and, in his teen years, a member of the Young Communist League. Through the League he met future 'Scritti Politti' bassist Nial Jinks. Gartside earned a scholarship to Leeds Art College, where he made the acquaintance of the future 'Scritti' drummer Tom Morley. In June 1978, Gartside and Morley dropped out of school and took up a flat in London, and Gartside invited Jinks to come out and join them. Inspired by the example of another little-known English group of that time, 'Desperate Bicycles', 'Scritti Politti' made their first record when they were barely three months old, hand printing the covers and rubber-stamping the labels themselves. This record, "Skank Bloc Bologna", sold a surprising 2,500 copies in this handmade edition. Afterward, 'Rough Trade' took it over, ultimately moving about 15,000 copies of the title.
[ More at: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/scritti-politti-mn0000838875/biography ]
The DIY audio tape containing this track, also "Skank Bloc Bologna", picked up airplay on John Peel's 'BBC Radio 1' show, and in 1979 they released two EPs plus the singles "Bibbly-O-Tek", "Doubt Beat", "OPEC/Immac" and "Hegemony". No chart figures seem to exist for their work.
1978 - St Pancras Records - United Kingdom - Non-album single, from an early tape of the same name.
Posted: 16th September 2019