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Green is so Abbey to do a back track; SCRITTI HITS ARE REBORN.

Byline: BILLY SLOAN

GREEN Gartside fulfilled a lifelong ambition when he worked at the legendary Abbey Road Studios on the new Scritti Politti album.

But the singer revealed following in the footsteps of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Radiohead and U2 was a personal nightmare as he compiled Absolute - a greatest hits celebrating the band's 20-year career.

Green, 55, said: "It was agony for me to go back through all the Scritti tracks. I find it very uncomfortable to listen to my own songs again.

"It's a difficult thing to analyse. It brings me out in a real cold sweat - and not a James Brown-style cold sweat either. I'm full of self-doubt.

"Not only do I hate the sound of my own voice but there's always this thing nagging away at the back of your mind saying, 'Who do you think you are making records, you uppity little Welshman?'" Absolute features early singles The Sweetest Girl and Asylums In Jerusalem plus classic tracks Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin), Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry For Loverboy) and Boom! There She Was.

Green couldn't even bear to be in the studio control booth when engineers replayed the master tapes.

He told me: "I'd never been to Abbey Road before. I got the guided tour around Studio 1, where Pink Floyd recorded Dark Side Of The Moon in 1972, and Studio 2, where The Beatles recorded all their classic albums.

"Most artists would be leaping down the street to work in Abbey Road. It's hallowed ground. But not me.

"We searched through old boxes of tapes to find the right mixes. I had to keep leaving the room and stayed in the hallway as they played them back. I'd say, 'Give me a shout when it's time to move on to the next track'.

"That's just the way it is.

People can't believe just what a miserable git I am."

Green revealed it was agony when he listened through all 18 tracks to finalise the running order on Absolute.

He said: "I would be mistrustful of any artist who sat down, listened to their own album and said, 'Marvellous'.

"By that stage, for the most part, it's done for me. The fun part of it was writing and recording the songs.{ Green is fiercely proud of his work and doesn't agree with the popular misconception that "the Eighties was the decade pop music forgot".

He told me: "It's nonsense to say there was ever a decade where pop music was bad.

"David Bowie selected Wood Bee recentlty in a list of his favourite songs and described it as 'the acceptable face of the Eighties'.

"If it gets a thumbs-up from Bowie, that will do me."

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Date:Mar 27, 2011
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