Scritti Politti

31. marts 2008

Man snakkede om post-punk. Der var mørkemændene i Joy Division, der var Depeche Mode, hvis graffitti stod at læse mange steder – og sÃ¥ var der Scritti Politti. Med Paul Julian Strohmeyer – ogsÃ¥ kaldet Green Gartside – som ankerman blev bandet dannet tilbage i 1978 i Leeds, England. PÃ¥ debutalbummet Songs to Remember fra 1981 finder man den mindeværdige sang om den franske filosof “Jacques Derrida”. Den unge halvstuderede røver (kunststuderende) Gartside forstod i det hele taget af dreje ordene, sÃ¥ man ikke var i tvivl om, at han havde boget den, inden musikken tog over. Derud over var pladen en sofistikeret produktion med sange, der aspirerede til hitlisterne – som for alvor blev indtaget med opfølgeren fra ’85, Cupid & Psyche 85, der kastede hele tre singlehits af sig i England: Wood Beez, Absolute og The Word Girl. Dertil skal lægges “Perfect Way”, som amerikanerne sendte ind pÃ¥ deres top 20.
Bandet, der kun har haft Gartside som gennemgående figur gennem årene, eksisterer i bedste velgående. Meget sigende så tog Scritti Politti navn efter den italienske marxist Antonio Gramscis politiske skrifter, selv om der er tale om en forvanskning af det italienske. Men Scritti Politti lyder bedre end Scritti Politici. Æstetikken vinder over politikken. Med deres blanding af venstreorienterede, drilske semi-intellektuelle tekster med allusioner til teoretiske navne, energi fra den vitale punk-musik og en udpræget sans for dansante melodier skabte Scritti Politti et par albums, der fortjener at blive husket, når periodens historie skal skrives om.

Perfect Way

Wood Beez

The Word Girl

Jacques Derrida
I’m in love with the bossonova
He’s the one with the cashanova
I’m in love with his heart of steel
I’m in love
I’m in love with the bossonova
He’s the one with the cashanova
I’m in love with his heart of steel
I’m in love

How come no-one ever told me
Who I’m working for
Down among the rich men baby
And the poor

Here comes love forever
And it’s here comes love for no-one
Oh here comes love for Marilyn
And it’s oh my baby oh-oh my baby
What you gonna do?
In the reason – in the rain

Still support the revolution

I want it I want it I want that too
B’baby B’baby it’s up to you
To find out somethin’ that you need to do
Because

I’m in love with a Jacques Derrida
Read a page and know what I need to
Take apart my baby’s heart
I’m in love
I’m in love with a Jacques Derrida
Read a page and know what I need to
Take apart my baby’s heart
I’m in love

To err is to be human
To forgive is too divine
I was like an industry
Depressed and in decline

Here comes love for ever
And it’s here comes love for no-one
Oh here comes love for Marilyn
And it’s oh my baby oh my baby
What you gonna do?
In the reason – in the rain

Still support the revolution

I want it I want it I want that too
B’baby B’baby it’s up to you
To find out somethin’ that you need to do
Because

Oh I’m in love with bop sh’dayo
Out of Camden Town for a day – oh
I’m in love with just gettin’ away
I’m in love
Oh I’m in love with militante
Reads Unita and reads Avanti
I’m in love with her heart of steel
I’m in love

He held it like a cigarette
Behind a squadee’s back
He held it so he hid its length
And so he hid its lack – oh
An’ it seems so very sad
(all right!)

Well I want better than you can give
But then I’ll take whatever you got
Cos I’m a grand libertine with the
Kinda demeanour to overthrow the lot
I said rapacious
Rapacious you can never satiate
(ate what?!) desire is so voracious
I wanna eat your nation state

I got incentive that you can’t handle
I got the needs you can’t assuage
I got demands you can’t meet
‘n’ stay on your feet
I want more than your living wage

Well I want better than you can give
But then I’ll take whatever you got
Cos I’m a grand libertine with the
Kinda demeanour to overthrow the lot
I said rapacious
Rapacious you can never satiate
(ate what?!) desire is so voracious
I wanna eat your nation state

Lyt med her.

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2 kommentarer

  1. Tina - omme i London kommentarer:

    LOL Scritte Politti, hvordan i alverden kommer du i tanker om dem?

  2. capac kommentarer:

    @Tina: Jeg sÃ¥ en lille film med ham Derrida pÃ¥ YouTube…

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