Simple Minds

Promised You a Miracle

Composed by Charlie Burchill / Derek Forbes / Jim Kerr / Mick MacNeil

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When Simple Minds booked themselves ten days of studio time in January, 1982, they intended only on rehearsing, working out new riffs, and fermenting some new musical ideas. Recording was far from their thoughts, but regardless, they emerged with this hit single.

The band bounced "Promised You a Miracle" around the studio for an hour, then moved on to other things. But, by that evening, the members were unable to get the number out of their head, that funky bass line, that bright melody, that splashy keyboard hook in the chorus. There was nothing for it but to go back and record the damn thing.

And so they did. The band's new producer, Peter Walsh, would oversee the final touches on the song, bringing a crispness and cleanness to the band's sound, and giving them a previously unheard brash pop edge. Kenny Hyslop's big beats fired up the dancefloors, Jim Kerr's romantic lyrics the passion in lovers' hearts, while keyboardist Mick MacNeil's hook dragged any strays straight into their net. Released as a single in April 1982, the song promised and delivered, giving Simple Minds their first smash hit, as the 45 sailed into the UK Top 15.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) 1982 Universal / Virgin 4:27
Sparkle in the Rain 1984 Universal 7:09
Once Upon a Time 1985 Virgin 4:38
No Image 1985
Various Artists
Live in the City of Light 1987 EMI Music Distribution 4:38
Themes, Vol. 3: September 85-June 87 1990 Virgin 4:53
Glittering Prize 1981-1992 1992 EMI Music Distribution 4:00
Promised: Night of the Proms 1998 EMI Music Distribution
Retro 80's, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 6:14
Eighties Mix [Crimson] 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Now: 1982 [2 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 3:58
The Best of Simple Minds 2002 Virgin 3:58
The Original Electro Album 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:57
Totally New Wave 2002
Various Artists
EMI 3:36
Absolute Synth Classics 2002
Various Artists
Eva 3:56
Early Gold 2003 EMI Music Distribution 4:28
Seen the Lights: A Visual History 2003 Virgin
Brilliant 80's: Wishfull Thinking 2004
Various Artists
Disky 4:00
The Greatest 80's Album 2004
Various Artists
EMI 4:30
12"/'80s 2005
Various Artists
Family Recordings 6:00
Reunited: The Last Dance 2005
Various Artists
Disky 3:58
Long Versions: New Wave 2005
Various Artists
I Love Music 1980-1984: It's Electric 2005
Various Artists
Disky 3:58
Electric '80s [Sony] 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:28
Platinum Collection 2006 EMI Music Distribution
Gift Pack 2007 EMI Music Distribution 3:58
EMI Presents the Great Big Scottish Songbook 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 3:57
Themes, Vols. 1-5 2008 EMD Int'l 4:54
This Is 1982 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:58
Pure 80s Pop 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 4:27
Original Hits: Eighties 2009
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:58
Anthems: Electronic '80s 2009
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:56
Ashes to Ashes, Series 3 2010
Original Soundtrack
Sony CMG / Sony Music Entertainment 3:56
Live 16.06.2011: Hampton Court Palace 2011 EMI / Four Worlds 2:54
100 Hits: The New Romantics 2011
Various Artists
Demon 3:58
Live 16.07.2011: Northern Meeting Park 2012 Four Worlds 2:48
Top of the Pops: New Romantic 2013
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:58
Celebrate: Greatest Hits 2013 Universal / Virgin
Icon 2013 Virgin 3:58
Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Tour 2013 2013 Concert Live 4:57
Celebrate: Live from the SSE Hydro Glasgow 2014 Edsel
Acoustic 2016 Caroline
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:57
De Pre Historie: 1982, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 4:21
Fade to Grey: 1980-1984
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:57
Mum's List [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Various Artists
Decca / Universal 4:29
No Image Caroline / Caroline International 4:35
The  New Romantics [EMI 2009]
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:57
Ultimate New-Wave
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
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