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"The “Sweetest Girl”" is a song by British band Scritti Politti, released in 1981 as a single. The single peaked at number 64 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] The piano is played by Robert Wyatt.

The B-side, "Lions After Slumber" takes its title and quotes, in its final lines, from the 1819 political poem The Masque of Anarchy by Percy Bysshe Shelley.


 [hide*1 Track listing

Track listing[edit]Edit

7" and 12" vinyl (UK, US, Germany)[edit]Edit

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "The “Sweetest Girl”"   4:34
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Lions After Slumber"   4:58
The Sweetest Girl SampleMENU   0:00 An audio sample of " The Sweetest Girl" (1981)----
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7" vinyl (France, Japan)[edit]Edit

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "The “Sweetest Girl”"   4:37
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Confidence"   3:04

Madness version[edit]Edit

"Sweetest Girl"
Single by Madness
from the album Mad Not Mad
B-side "Jennie (A Portrait Of)"
Released 10 February 1986
Format 7" vinyl12" vinyl
Genre Ska

4:20 (single version)

                  5:46 (album version)
                  7:01 (dub mix)

6:34 (extended mix)

Label Zarjazz
Writer(s) Green Gartside
Producer(s) Clive Langer

Alan Winstanley

Madness singles chronology
"Uncle Sam"


"Sweetest Girl"


"(Waiting For) The Ghost Train"


The cover of the song by ska-pop band Madness was included on their 1985 album Mad Not Mad and released as a single the following year. The song spent 6 weeks in British charts peaking at number 35.

Track listing[edit]Edit

7" vinyl[edit]Edit

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sweetest Girl"   Green Gartside 4:20
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Jennie (A Portrait Of)"   Lee ThompsonDaniel Woodgate 3:24

12" vinyl[edit]Edit

Although the "dub mix" is only a voxless version of the "extended mix", the kind of version which usually appears as mere filler on 12" vinyls, it appears alone on Side one, the "extended mix" which usually is the main version appears on Side two with the 7" Side two filler song.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sweetest Girl" (Dub Mix) Gartside 7:01
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sweetest Girl" (Extended Mix) Gartside 6:34
2. "Jennie (A Portrait Of)"   Thompson, Woodgate 3:05

Chart performance[edit]Edit

Chart (1986) Peak


UK Singles Chart[2][3] 35
Irish Singles Chart[4] 29

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