Scritti Politti's pop sound (with new wave and blue-eyed soul influences) contrasted nicely with Gartside's complex and interesting lyrics. The result was music that can be enjoyed on several levels, and unsurprisingly made the band something of a critical darling. This was no doubt enhanced by the well-crafted studio productions.
"Perfect Way" comes off Scritti's 1985 studio LP, Cupid & Psyche 85. While this was the band's second album, it was their first major label recording, which allowed Gartside access to the money and equipment that he desired. As a result, it was a lush sounding, lyrically dense pop record that did surprisingly well on the charts.
While Scritti did not dent the U.S. charts after "Perfect Way," the group did continue to have mainstream success in the U.K. through the end of the 1980's. Green Gartside remains active in the industry, and continues to release the occasional album (he rarely performs, due to stagefright).