10.7.10

SCRITTI POLITTI : John Peel Session 5/12/78

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Another John Peel session. Scritti Politti's debut in fact, recorded on 5th December 1978 with Tony Wilson (him again) behind the desk. It's a prevailing misconception that the Peel session Rough Trade issued as the Work In Progress EP in 1979 was Scritti's first. Surprisingly it wasn't, though the same original line-up features on both: Green Gartside (vocals & guitar), Tom Morley (Drums) & Niall Jinks (bass). I've no idea why this inaugural set has been consistently overlooked as it's first-rate, very fractured & oblique, an unlikely amalgam of Canterbury prog, NYC No Wave & Marxist art school squat punk in fact. Despite Green's subsequent chagrin (he's since dismissed his music from this period as "winceworthy"), these songs wholly epitomise a thrilling, wildly experimental era of British independent music, & not rounding them up as part of the otherwise exemplary Early compilation was a colossal missed opportunity I think? It's a long journey from here to Miles Davis (via Robert Wyatt, Chaka Khan & an alleged heart attack, aged 23), but Green eventually managed it off eventually, of course...

● 5/12/78

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous13.7.10

    Wow, amazing find!
    Thanks a lot!

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  2. Glad you approve, thanks for stopping by...

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  3. Anonymous11.1.11

    I remember listening to the original broadcast! Thanks so much.

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  4. Cheers Anon, & apologies for the slightly duff sound quality, it's a copy of a copy of a copy, etc...

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