Scritti Politti

The lovely Green Gartside (formerly Paul; he thought up his new name on a train) named his band after the Italian neo-Marxist philosopher and politician Antonio Gramsci’s Scritti di Economia Politica (Political Writings), adjusting the spelling to make it sound more like Little Richard’s Tutti Frutti. Scritti Politti made one of the best albums of the 1980s, Cupid & Psyche 85, which featured, among other gems, The Word Girl. Jazz legend Miles Davis was a fan, covering Perfect Way and contributing the trumpet solo on Oh Patti (Don’t Feel Sorry for Loverboy). Also named after Gramsci: a dog trained by its owner, Minty, to attack rich people in the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced.


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