Remember when an album was preceded by multiple singles? Like the artist just kept releasing 45s until they had an album? That was the case with Scritti Politti's classic synthpop Top 5 album Cupid and Psyche '85. The first release was the Scritti song that really goes down in history, Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin). It came out in March 1984 and was followed by Absolute in June, Hypnotize in November and The Word Girl in May 1985.*
Finally in June 1985, Cupid and Psyche '85 was released, adding six songs to the set of singles, including my favorite track, Perfect Way. I bought this on 7" in the 11th grade (it hit #11 in the US). I love the chiming synth on the opening and the lyrics, with words like margin, complacency and omission. The breathy vocals, the piano and staccato rhythms are crucial to the whole Scritti sound. In fact, Miles Davis liked this tune so much, he covered it in 1986!
Scritti Politti Perfect Way expired
A few bits'n'bobs:
- Should you be obsessive, check out all these articles on Scritti.
- Green Gartside, now 52, is Welsh. I "xo" all things Welsh, including Welsh cakes.
- Green was such a ladyboy, wasn't he? Wonder what he looks like now? Not bad really.
- Scritti had their own label, which shared the name of one of my favorite buildings in London, St. Pancras.
*I would not be surprised if Phil owns all of these on vinyl!