Simple Minds

Glittering Prize

Composed by Charlie Burchill / Derek Forbes / Jim Kerr

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After nearly a dozen attempts, Simple Minds had finally garnered a smash hit single with "Promised You a Miracle", but was that a fluke or the start of pop success? Early on in their career, initial disappointment had led to defiant experimentation, and then to an album-orientated sound, which soon gave way to rock dreams and disco hopes. But now the band were determined to stop standing in the shadows of popdom and to bring their music into the light.

"Shine on, shine a light on me," Jim Kerr demanded, and producer Peter Walsh obliged, igniting a bright light that dispelled the band's dark shadowed atmospheres and thick, dense layers of sound, and washed away the dreamy moods and hypnotic rhythms of the past. In their stead stood a clean, crisp, big sound, brash and bright, and even Jim Kerr's normally obscure lyrics are illuminated in this vivid love song.

Indeed it was a "Glittering Prize" and, as the band held their breath and crossed their fingers, the single was released as a taster for their forthcoming New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) album in August, 1982. It promptly sparkled up the UK chart and into the Top 15. After four long years, Simple Mind finally grabbed the golden ring.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) 1982 Universal / Virgin 4:33
Sparkle in the Rain 1984 Universal 6:07
Themes, Vol. 3: September 85-June 87 1990 Virgin 4:26
Glittering Prize 1981-1992 1992 EMI Music Distribution 4:00
A Kick Up the Eighties 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Promised: Night of the Proms 1998 EMI Music Distribution / Virgin
The Best of Simple Minds 2002 Virgin 4:00
Absolute Synth Classics 2002
Various Artists
Eva 3:57
Early Gold 2003 EMI Music Distribution 4:34
Seen the Lights: A Visual History 2003 Virgin
Brilliant 80's: Glittering Prize 2004
Various Artists
Disky 4:01
Seen the Lights: Live in Verona 2004 EMI Music Distribution
Real 80's: Hits and Extended Mixes 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:56
Platinum Collection 2006 EMI Music Distribution
Gift Pack 2007 EMI Music Distribution 4:00
Pure: Soft Rock 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:00
The Edge of the 80's 2008
Various Artists
BMG 3:58
Themes, Vols. 1-5 2008 EMD Int'l 4:58
100 Essential Tracks: 80s 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:59
Top of the Pops: Eighties Pop 2009
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 4:34
Anthems: Electronic '80s, Vol. 2 2010
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:58
Live 16.06.2011: Hampton Court Palace 2011 EMI / Four Worlds 2:37
100 Hits: The New Romantics 2011
Various Artists
Demon 4:00
Live 16.07.2011: Northern Meeting Park 2012 Four Worlds 2:44
Celebrate: Greatest Hits 2013 Universal / Virgin
Icon 2013 Virgin 3:59
Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Tour 2013 2013 Concert Live 4:20
Celebrate: Live from the SSE Hydro Glasgow 2014 Edsel
Acoustic 2016 Caroline
The Vinyl Collection 1979-1984 Virgin EMI
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