This was the first single released from the British new wave pop band Scritti Politti's third album, Provision. According to an interview with frontman Green Gartside in Mojo magazine March 2011, the Patti was a friend of Green's then-girlfriend Alys. And the Loverboy who "wants the world to love him/ Then he goes and spoils it all"? Said Green: "That's pretty easy to work out, I think."
The song features jazz legend Miles Davis on trumpet. He also recorded an instrumental version of Scritti Politti's hit single "Perfect Way," for his 1986 album Tutu.