04/10/2020: “It’s A Mug’s Game” by Soft Cell

This one finds Soft Cell at their best. The production is fairly epic in scale, an 8 minute power track with a thumping, sticky bassline and sordid trumpets.

Marc Almond’s lyrics are also in classic form – an ode to teenage embarrassment and questionable choices. You wonder, as with many songs, the extent to which the lyrics are autobiographical…

This particular case lays out a drunken, unhealthy mess, careering haplessly around in a comi-tragic series of misjudged escapades. Perhaps I can dedicate this post to all the students currently doing Fresher’s Week during a pandemic…

The song was released in 1982 – twice – as the B-side to “Where The Heart Is” and as a single backed with the infamous “Sex Dwarf”.

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