Simple Minds

Alive and Kicking

Composed by Charlie Burchill / Jim Kerr / John Giblin / Mel Gaynor / Mick MacNeil

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After years of chasing success, while morosely claiming they couldn't care less, when superstardom finally came knocking, Simple Minds fell over themselves to answer the door. It was not necessarily a pleasant sight, particularly for fans who’d followed the group through the uber-experimental days of Life In A Day and Empires And Dance. But still, the band made a mighty fist of their new status and, as their confidence grew, so their determination to hold onto their newfound status increased.

Indeed, 1985’s "Alive and Kicking" (or “dead and buried” as the disgruntled former faithful renamed it) left no doubts where the group was heading - straight into the heartland of American stadium rock. And, for every one of their old fans who ran screaming back to the cover of clubland, 100 replacements leapt into their place.

Overseen by producers Jimmy Iovine and Bob Clearwater, "Alive and Kicking" boasts a new lush sound, emphasized by the Gospel-esque female backing vocals, and billowing with grandiose orchestration. Occasionally, things strayed into U2-shaped territory, albeit without that group's ringing guitar solos and hook-lined choruses. But still "Alive and Kicking" cakewalked its way into the US Top 3, and became another Top Ten hit at home.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Once Upon a Time 1985 EMI Digital 5:26
Live in the City of Light 1987 EMI Music Distribution 6:27
Themes, Vol. 3: September 85-June 87 1990 Virgin 6:04
No Image 1991 Virgin 3:50
No Image 1992 Virgin 6:05
Glittering Prize 1981-1992 1992 EMI Music Distribution 4:47
This Is the 80's [Alex] 1996
Various Artists
WEA International 4:45
Promised: Night of the Proms 1998 EMI Music Distribution / Virgin
Now: 1985 [2 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 4:53
Pop & Wave, Vol. 7 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 5:22
Music of the Millennium, Vol. 2 [Universal] 2000
Various Artists
Universal International 4:47
Big Hits 1980-2000: Rock 2001
Various Artists
Big Hits
Music of the Millennium, Vol. 2 [Virgin Import] 2001
Various Artists
Virgin 5:26
The Best of Simple Minds 2002 Virgin 5:26
No Image 2002
Various Artists
The Original 80's Album 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:35
Seen the Lights: A Visual History 2003 Virgin
1980's Dance 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
High Voltage 2004
Various Artists
Disky 4:21
Original Electro Album, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 7:17
Scotland Rocks 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:34
School Reunion: The Disco 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 4:34
Seen the Lights: Live in Verona 2004 EMI Music Distribution
Full Throttle 2005
Various Artists
Disky
I Love Music 1985-1989: Alive and Kickin 2005
Various Artists
Disky 5:24
Excellent 80s 2006
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 5:25
101 80's Hits 2007
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin 4:34
Now That's What I Call the 80s [3 CD] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:32
Pure: Rock 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:48
EMI Presents the Great Big Scottish Songbook 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 5:22
Themes, Vols. 1-5 2008 EMD Int'l 5:28
This Is 1985 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 5:27
Pure Party 2008
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone 4:46
80's Top 100 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:59
Top of the Pops: Rock 2009
Various Artists
EMI Gold 4:41
Feel Good 80s 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:34
Top of the Pops: Eighties Pop 2009
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 4:33
Alive and Kicking 2009 Caroline / Caroline International 5:53
Dance Classics: Pop Edition, Vol. 3 2010
Various Artists
Bertus Distribution / Rodeo Media 5:24
Live 16.06.2011: Hampton Court Palace 2011 EMI / Four Worlds 6:01
100 Hits: 80s Classics 2011
Various Artists
Demon Music Group 4:46
Live 16.07.2011: Northern Meeting Park 2012 Four Worlds 6:04
No Image 2012 Immortal
100 Hits: Rock Classics 2012
Various Artists
100 Hits 5:25
Anthems Electronic 80's, Vol. 3 2012
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:29
Celebrate: Greatest Hits 2013 Universal / Virgin
40 Ans: Les Nocturnes RTL Georges Lang 2013
Various Artists
Rhino 4:42
Icon 2013 Virgin 4:46
Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Tour 2013 2013 Concert Live 6:09
BBC Radio 2: Simon Mayo's Drive Time 2014
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 4:45
Celebrate: Live from the SSE Hydro Glasgow 2014 Edsel
Live: Big Music Tour 2015 2015 Simple Minds 6:47
Acoustic 2016 Caroline
Best of British: Classic Hits from the 80s, 90s and 00s
Various Artists
Parlophone 5:21
No Image Universal
Commando Rocks!
Various Artists
Parlophone 4:47
De Pre Historie: 1985, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 5:26
No Image
Various Artists
Parlophone 5:26
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 5:26
Original Hits: Top of the Pops
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold
Road Trip: A New Journey
Various Artists
USM Media 4:32
The Power of the '80s
Various Artists
UMOD 5:26
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