Scritti Politti are a British pop band, originally formed in 1977 in Leeds, Yorkshire, Englandby Cardiff-born singer-songwriter Green Gartside. He is the only member of the band to have remained throughout the group’s history.
Initially a left-wing-inspired post-punk British rock group, Scritti Politti developed into a more mainstream pop music project in the early to mid-1980s, enjoying significant success in the record charts in the UK and the US. The group’s most successful album, 1985’s Cupid & Psyche 85, spawned three UK Top 20 hits with “Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)”, “Absolute”, and “The Word Girl”, as well as a US Top 20 hit with “Perfect Way”.
“The Word Girl” has a similar sound to many of the other group’s songs, with a smooth R&B-inspired sound with Green Gartside’s soulful vocals on top. On release, this song became the band’s biggest UK hit single, climbing to #6 on the UK Singles Chart.
The UK 12″ single added a megamix by Mastermind of Wood Beez/Absolute/Hypnotize from the “Cupid & Psyche 85” LP.
The Word Girl 4:25
Flesh & Blood 5:37
Scritti Politti Turntable Mix 6:30