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Scritti Politti - Cupid & Psyche 85 Grammy Winner! Click here to see this CD at!

By Rickey Wright

Around the time of Cupid & Psyche 85's release, Scritti Politti mastermind Green Gartside was fond of citing deconstructionist theory as an influence on his subversion of boy-meets-girl lyrics. He might just as well have named Elvis Costello, given the trenchant nature of bubbly-on-the-surface pop tunes such as the U.S. Top 20 single "Perfect Way" ("You want a margin of error for two") and "The Word Girl" ("The girl was never real / She stands for your abuse"). With veteran Aretha/Dusty/Bee Gees cohort Arif Mardin on board for several cuts, and contributions by pop subversives such as Fred Maher and Robert Quine, Cupid remains a classic of hyperintelligent post-new-wave pop funk.

1. Word Girl (Flesh and Blood)8. Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)
2. Small Talk9. Hypnotize
3. Absolute10. Flesh & Blood
4. Little Knowledge11. Absolute [Version]
5. Don't Work That Hard12. Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin) [Version]
6. Perfect Way13. Hypnotize [Version]
7. Lover to Fall


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"Words fall short of the ability to describe this album. My sister and I never seem to tire of hearing it. Having just seen the bbc documentary, it confirms our love or SP. He managed to make music spotless and shimmering on the outside, with well engineered songs that can withstand heavy scrutiny. This is one of those albums to be put in a time capsule for close inspection in say 100+ years, then they might think ALL music was this well-crafted"


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Artist: Scritti Politti

Released: November 2, 1985

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Grammy(s)

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