Scritti Politti With Ranking Ann ‎– The Word Girl (Flesh & Blood) (1985)

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

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Scritti Politti – Hypnotize (1984)

Scritti Politti are a British band, originally formed in 1977 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England.Although there have been various changes to the line-up, Cardiff-born singer-songwriter Green Gartside was the founding member of the band and the only member to have remained throughout the group’s history.

Gartside signed with Virgin Records in 1983 (and with Warner Bros. in the US.) and moved to New York.

Collaborating with veteran producer Arif Mardin, David Gamson and Fred Maher, the first recording to emerge from these sessions was the single: “Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)”.Released in April 1984, “Wood Beez” was an immediate UK hit, peaking at #10,and was also successful in Australia, charting at #25. A series of intricately-programmed dance/soul-style hits followed, including “Absolute” (UK #17), “Hypnotize” (UK #68) and the reggae-styled “The Word Girl”, which became Scritti Politti’s biggest UK hit single, climbing to #6 in May 1985.

Hypnotize (Version 1)             4:24

Hypnotize (7″ Single Mix)      3:36

Hypnotize (Version 2)             6:32

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