Waterfront (song)

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Single by Simple Minds
from the album Sparkle in the Rain
Released 1983 (US)
4 November 1983 (UK)
Format 12", 7"
Recorded 1983
Genre Post-punk, pop rock, new wave
Length 4:40
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Simple Minds
Simple Minds singles chronology
"I Travel"
(2nd reissue)(1983)
"Speed Your Love To Me"

"Waterfront" is a 1983 single from Simple Minds, the first release from the album Sparkle in the Rain.

Featuring a new, rockier sound, "Waterfront" scaled the charts in various countries around the world, including hitting #1 for two weeks in New Zealand.[1] It also reached #13 on the UK Singles Charts.[2] Today, it is a live favorite and is regarded as a Simple Minds signature song.

It features a bass line consisting of a single note (D) throughout.

The version as released on 7" vinyl single (and on the original Now That's What I Call Music compilation) differs from versions available on CD. The original single didn't feature the repetitive bass-line that leads into the main body of the song, but had a "one, two....one, two, three, four.." drumstick count-in by drummer Mel Gaynor.

It has been used for many years as the song Sheffield Wednesday football club come out to before home matches.

Track listing[edit]

7" Single[edit]

  1. "Waterfront" (Single Version) – 4:40
  2. "Hunter & The Hunted" (Recorded Live at the City Hall, Newcastle, 20.11.82.) – 6:00

12" Single[edit]

  • VS636 (12)
  1. "Waterfront" (Extended Version) – 5:50
  2. "Hunter & The Hunted" (Recorded Live at the City Hall, Newcastle, 20.11.82.) – 6:00


  • Produced By Steve Lillywhite
  • Engineered By Howard Grey
  • Words & Music By Simple Minds
  • Additional Production & Remix on "Waterfront" (Extended Version) by Steve Lillywhite


  1. ^ "charts.org.nz - Discography Simple Minds". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2009-11-01. 
  2. ^ "Chart Stats - Simple Minds". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2008-07-21.