Scritti Politti ‎– Skank Bloc Bologna

St. Pancras Records ‎– SCRIT 1
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single


A Skank Bloc Bologna 6:00
B1 Is And Ought The Western World
B2 28 / 8 / 78

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Fold out paper cover (with cut-up artwork and costs of the recording and pressing included) stapled to a plain white paper sleeve.

The band logo and track titles were stamped onto the labels while the record was in the sleeve, with some overrun; removing the record reveals a fish-eye portrait of the band. Various colour ink pads were used including A-Side: Green B-Side: Blue and A-Side: Blue B-Side: Red - see images.

2500 copies made.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Etched, variant 1): SCRIT 1A-1△MB
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Etched, variant 1): SCRIT 1B-1△MB E 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A etched, variant 2): SCRIT 1A-1△MB 1 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B etched, variant 2): SCRIT 1B-1△MB 1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A etched, variant 3): SCRIT 1A-1△MB
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B etched, variant 3): SCRIT 1B-1△MB
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A etched, variant 4): SCRIT 1A-1△MB 1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B etched, variant 4): SCRIT 1B-1△MB 1 D


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September 24, 2019

If only Green hadn't abandoned his post-punk roots for generic pop songs...a great LP, but a sad reminder of what could have been.


May 24, 2016
Skank Bloc Bologna , was a famous squat in Bologna .


February 26, 2015

Scritti were really onto something with this. Unforgettable melody and arrangement. Half sort of pop reggae, half a kind of experimental dub polemic (although I've no idea what the song's about). This single plus the next 2 (BBC sessions and the 12") are collected on the early works cd. The singles look and sound great though. This one has all the costs of making the thing itemised - which seemed very important back in those days as making records was a mysterious activity that only major labels could embark on.
Later of course the sound became a lot more commercial and successful... but I prefer these early Scritti songs by far.

If you like the sound then you may enjoy the Stepping Talk single Alice In Sunderland which came out at approx the same time.
They shared a squat with Scritti and some of the musicians are the same - well the bass sound is similar. More post-punk nourishment from the golden age.