Children of the 80’s (or just vintage music buffs like myself) may recognize Green Gartside as the lead singer and longtime frontman of the popular British pop group Scritti Politti.
Mr. Gartside attended Croesyceiliog School in Cwmbrân. With names like Croesyceiliog and Cwmbrân, it should surprise no one that the school was in Wales. However, what you may be surprised by is the fact that a band ultimately known for its smooth 80’s pop songs like Perfect Way was originally a left-wing post-punk outfit.
Oh, the things you learn when researching funny-named folks!
While best known for the many funny-named chart toppers released during their prime in the mid-80’s, including Wood Beez (Pray for Aretha Franklin), The Word Girl, and Oh Patti (Don’t Feel Sorry for Loverboy), Scritti Politti actually charted songs way into the new millennium, with 1999’s Tinseltown to the Boogiedown being the band’s most recent top 50 hit in the UK.
Though a panic attack Gartside suffered while touring early in his career may have stalled the band’s success somewhat (although to be fair, I’d probably have an anxiety attack too if I were talented enough to be touring with Joy Division and Gang of Four), the band has kept going, still cranking out albums and singles 35 years after the band’s formation in 1977.
“Scritti Politti!?!? That sounds like the name of a band that will last for decades.” – No one ever