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").