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.