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Green Gartside sits in

2 hours
First broadcast:
Sunday 29 December 2013

Scritti Politti's Green Gartside plays an eclectic selection of his favourite music, from hip hop to folk, Richard Thompson to Miles Davis and Little Feat to the Gang Of Four.

Scritti Politti are one of the most important bands in British indie music history, founded and lead by Green since 1977. Initially they were essentially a musical collective, inspiring a generation of aspiring DIY musicians with ground breaking releases like "Skank Bloc Bologna" which featured on its sleeve a complete breakdown of the production process, including studio and manufacturing costs alongside handy contact numbers!

By the time they - or rather Green, as the sole permanent member - signed to Virgin in 1983, Scritti had morphed into a sophisticated pop outfit, heavily influenced by reggae and rap and combining glossy pop production with slyly confrontational lyrics. Their album "Cupid and Psyche 85" was a huge global success, and singles like "Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)" and "The Word Girl" quickly followed suit. During this period Green also wrote and produced hits for Chakha Kahn and Al Jarreau, and his songs were covered by the likes of Madness ("The "Sweetest Girl"") and Miles Davis.

On hiatus for much of the 90s, Green reappeared singing a duet with Kylie Minogue in 2003, and then revived Scritti in 2006 with a well-received album "White Bread, Black Beer".

This is his first show for 6 Music.

Music Played

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    Roger Troutman So Ruff, So Tuff

    Warner Bros. Records

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    Empress Of Champagne

    No Recordings

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    Martin Carthy I Was A Young Man


  • Image for White Denim

    White Denim At Night in Dreams

    Corsicana Lemonade, Downtown Records, 001

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    Inara George Trouble

    CMC International Records

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    The Meters Just Kissed My Baby

    Reprise Records

  • Image for Little Feat

    Little Feat Rock 'n' Roll Doctor

    As Time Goes By: The Very Best Of, Warner Bros

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    Kendrick Lamar Cartoon & Cereal

    Top Dawg Entertainment

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    Television Little Johnny Jewel Pts 1 & 2

    Ork Records

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    of Montreal Hegira Émigré

    Polyvinyl Record Com

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    Stevie Wonder Love Having You Around


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    Speedy Ortiz Tiger Tank

    Carpark Records

  • Image for Veruca Salt

    Veruca Salt Fly

    Minty Fresh

  • Image for Busdriver

    Busdriver Ding A Ling A Ring A Ling

    Asthmatic Kitty Records

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    Tracey Thorn Taking Down The Tree

    Strange Feeling

  • Image for The Staple Singers

    The Staple Singers Are You Sure


  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys Our Sweet Love

    Reprise Records

  • Image for The Cultures

    The Cultures Work On Natty

    High Note

  • Image for Captain Beefheart

    Captain Beefheart Lick My Decals Off Baby


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    St. Vincent Birth in Reverse

    Seven FourLoma Vista Recordings

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    Foo Fighters This Is A Call


  • Image for tUnE-yArDs

    tUnE-yArDs Gangsta


  • Image for Latyrx

    Latyrx Watershed Moment (Feat The Gift Of Gab)


  • Image for The Slits

    The Slits New Town - BBC Session 19/09/1977

  • Image for The Clash

    The Clash Janie Jones

    White Label


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