Song of the Day: “The Sweetest Girl” – Scritti Politti

Song: “The Sweetest Girl”

Artist: Scritti Politti

Album: Songs to Remember

Label: Rough Trade

Year: 1981


While reading and reviewing the book  An Intimate History of Rough Trade by Neil Taylor for Rolling Stone Australia, I stumbled across the post-punk Leeds band Scritti Politti. Check out their 1981 saccharine ska single injected with a bit of politics–“The Sweetest Girl”–the first installment of my new “Song of the day” section where I’ll be sharing some of my favorite songs of the moment.

Best Lyrics: “The weakest link in every chain, I always want to find it. The strongest words in each belief, find out what’s behind it. Politics is pride too. Vagaries of science. She left because she understood the value of defiance.”

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