Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Value Of Defiance


All this using up download credits on emusic mallarkey has been more testing than I thought. In a good way, of course.

Still, I was cockahoop to find this.

The tale of how Scritti Politti went from making anarcho-Marxist art squat anti-pop (or something) to supershiny chart smashes in just about five years has been well-rehearsed, especially, brilliantly, here; and I suppose that if there were a single 'transition' record, a beautiful bridge between what was and what would be, then this might well have been it.

I think it still sounds bloody marvellous, as a matter of fact.

Scritti Politti - 'The "Sweetest Girl"' (1981)

(very important those quotation marks; very "post-modern").

10 comments:

  1. Ok, you seriously have no idea how much I love this track! Takes me way back to age 18, my first time in Big City, ecstatic to be able to listen to music when I want, as loud as I dared on my shiny new Walkman, away from family for the first time. Thanks so much for bringing this song back to me xoxoxo!

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  2. Now just tell me what "cockahoop" means, because I have a very naughty imagination xx

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  3. Ohmygosh, I don't know how you do it. That track really was The One for me: I was young, single, leaving home to live in bedsitland, and this brings it back like nothing else! This was the first 12-inch single I ever bought, I think.

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  4. That first Scritti LP is wonderful; I first heard it when I was about 14 and I thought it was just great pop music. Took me several years to work around the ideas therein!

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  5. Now I thought I haven't commented on Davy H's blog for ages. Then I saw that he's posted one of my favourite ever records. But here I sit and I cannot think of anything interesting to say. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

    Oh Triple, Hep and Blue!

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  6. This one resonates with quite a few of us then, huh? Cockahoop indeed x

    (It's a Cerys Matthews album Tart).

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  7. Sorry to upset you all but this band makes me want to inject crack into places where crack shouldn't be injected. Simply horrid.

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  8. I'd suggest a nice cup of tea and a bit of a sit down instead dear.

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  9. I feel much better after that, thanks.

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  10. Songs To Remember is one of those albums that takes me back to a specific time, person and place in my life.

    The folly of youth....

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