Scritti Pollitti were in some ways, one of the most successful of all of the post-punk bands; Commercially, internationally and in terms of both mainstream success and highbrow critical acclaim.
I was always baffled by Scritti Politti and what I saw as a betrayal of their DIY punk roots. Their song Messthetics did after all become shorthand for a whole genre of bedroom experimentalism (and the name of a whole series of albums compiling such recordings http://hyped2death.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=203 )
They started out as Marxist art-punks deconstructivists touring with Joy Division and the Gang of Four and ending up as slick soul band with an intellectual core working with Chaka Khan and Miles Davis. As it says on Allmusic biography their most critically acclaimed album Cupid & Psyche 85 , released in June of 1985, was a landmark album in many respects. No prior pop album had integrated the techniques of sampling and sequencing to such a great degree,. Gartside’s typically high-flown verbiage was as evident here as anywhere, but you didn’t need to understand what he sang in order to enjoy the music.
17th October Oxford, O2 Academy
18th October Holmfirth, The Picturedrome
20th October Cardiff, Chapter Arts Centre (SWN Festival)
21st October Winchester, Railway
And then opening for St Etienne on tour:
10th December York, Fibbers
11th December Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
12th December Manchester, Ritz
13th December Brighton Concorde 2
14th December London Shepherds Bush Empire