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Here’s an under-the-radar release for you on this ridiculously snowy day: a new compilation for ’80s dance-rock band Scritti Politti from EMI/Virgin.

Founded by singer/songwriter Green Gartsdale in Leeds in the late 1970s, Scritti Politti began as a left-leaning post-punk outfit championed by John Peel and signed to Rough Trade and spent the ’80s evolving into a funky, synth-based ensemble. “Wood Beez,” “Absolute,” “The Word Girl” and “Oh Patti” were some of the band’s Top 20 singles in their native U.K., but their biggest hit abroad was the gleaming “Perfect Way,” which climbed to No. 11 in America.

Absolute – the band’s first career-spanning compilation – includes a handful of single mixes, the rare debut single “Skank Bloc Bologna” (a favorite of Peel’s) and two brand-new tracks, “Day Late and a Dollar Short” and “A Place We Both Belong.” Amazon U.K. has a pre-order page here, but no release date; EMI’s schedule (as seen in the link above) puts its release date as February 28.

View the track list after the jump. (Thanks to our ’80s guru Vinny Vero for tipping us off.)

Scritti Politti, Absolute (EMI/Virgin CDV 3078, 2011)

  1. Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin) (7″ Version)
  2. Absolute
  3. The Word Girl (Flesh and Blood)
  4. Perfect Way
  5. Hypnotize (Short Version)
  6. Oh Patti (Don’t Feel Sorry for Loverboy)
  7. Boom! There She Was (U.S. Mix)
  8. Umm
  9. Tinseltown to the Boogiedown (Radio Edit)
  10. Die Alone
  11. Brushed with Oil, Dusted with Powder
  12. Skank Bloc Bologna
  13. Sweetest Girl
  14. Asylums in Jerusalem
  15. Jacques Derrida
  16. She’s a Woman (with Shabba Ranks) (Little Way Different 7″)
  17. Day Late and a Dollar Short
  18. A Place We Both Belong

Tracks 1-5 from Cupid & Psyche ’85 (Virgin, 1985)
Tracks 6-7 from Provision (Virgin, 1988)
Tracks 8-11 from Anhomie & Bonhomie (Virgin, 1999)
Track 12 from self-released single (St. Pancras, 1978)
Tracks 13-15 from Songs to Remember (Rough Trade, 1982)
Track 16 from Virgin single, 1991
Tracks 17-18 are new tracks

Written by Mike Duquette

January 27, 2011 at 10:25

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