Green Gartside

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Green Gartside
Green Gartside 2006.jpg
Green Gartside, 2006
Background information
Birth name Paul Julian Strohmeyer
Born (1955-06-22) 22 June 1955 (age 59)
Origin Cardiff, Wales
Genres New wave, post-punk, synthpop, blue-eyed soul
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1977–present
Labels Rough Trade, Warner Bros., Virgin
Associated acts Scritti Politti

Green Gartside (born Paul Julian Strohmeyer, 22 June 1955)[1] is a Welsh musician, and the frontman of the band Scritti Politti.

Gartside has also worked with Miles Davis, Chaka Khan, Eurythmics, Elvis Costello, Shabba Ranks, Mos Def, Kylie Minogue, Robyn Hitchcock, and Tracey Thorn among others.

Life and career[edit]

Gartside was born in Cardiff, South Wales. His father died while he was a child, after which his widowed mother married a solicitor from Newport named Gordon Gartside, from whom Green adopted his new last name. He later became inspired to adopt the stage name "Green" after a train journey he took back to Wales, in which he looked out of the window and could only see the natural greenery of the area.[2]

Green attended Croesyceiliog Grammar School in Cwmbran (now known as Croesyceiliog School) and later studied foundation art at Newport Art College (now known as the Faculty of Creative Industries at University of South Wales).[2]

In the mid-1970s, Gartside moved to Leeds to study art at Leeds Polytechnic (now Leeds Metropolitan University). It was there that he formed the post-punk band Scritti Politti in 1977, with school friend Nial Jinks and university friend Tom Morley. After Gartside and Morley had left Leeds Polytechnic, they moved to London, later securing a recording deal with Rough Trade Records who released the first Scritti Politti album Songs to Remember in 1982. However, subsequent Scritti Politti albums featured Gartside with different personnel, with Gartside being the only constant member of the group. In 2012, Gartside, who has suffered from recurring stage fright that prevented Scritti Politti from touring for many years, performed several songs by Sandy Denny as part of a tribute called 'The Lady' that took place in several UK cities. He has also returned to touring with Scritti Politti.

He is now a regular stand-in presenter on BBC 6 Music.


  1. ^ Dalton, Stephen (4 August 2006). "It's getting easier being Green". The Times. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Scritti Crush Connection". Archived from the original on 4 September 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2010. [unreliable source?]

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