Alive and Kicking (song)

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"Alive & Kicking"
Simple Minds Alive and Kicking single cover.jpg
Single by Simple Minds
from the album Once Upon a Time
Released 20 September 1985 (US)
30 September 1985 (UK)
Format 12", 7", CD
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop rock, new wave, synthpop
Length 4:47 (single version)
4:33 (radio version)
5:26 (album version)
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mick MacNeil
Producer(s) Bob Clearmountain, Jimmy Iovine
Simple Minds singles chronology
"Don't You (Forget About Me)"
(1985)
"Alive & Kicking"
(1985)
"Sanctify Yourself"
(1986)

"Don't You (Forget About Me)"
(1985)
"Alive and Kicking"
(1985)
"Sanctify Yourself"
(1986)
Audio sample
Music video
"Alive and Kicking" on YouTube

"Alive and Kicking" is a song by the Scottish rock band Simple Minds. Released in 1985 as the first single from the band's most successful album, Once Upon a Time,[1] it reached number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 4 in Canada, and peaked within the top 5 of several European countries including Italy, where the song reached number one.

Chart performances[edit]

Following on from the success of previous non-album single, "Don't You (Forget About Me)", "Alive and Kicking" was released as a single, reaching number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Top Rock Tracks chart (now called the Mainstream Rock chart). The song also reached number 4 in Canada. In Europe, the song topped the charts in Italy for one week, reached number 2 in Belgium, Ireland, and the Netherlands, and peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. In 1992, when re-released as a double A-side with "Love Song" to promote the band's compilation album Glittering Prize 81/92, it managed to reach a new peak of number 6. Elsewhere, "Alive and Kicking" reached number 5 in New Zealand, number 16 in South Africa, and just missed the top 20 in Australia, peaking at number 21.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Alive and Kicking" was filmed near the town of Hunter, at North–South Lake in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. A portion of the video was filmed on the overlook at the site of the old Catskill Mountain House (previously demolished). It was directed by Zbigniew Rybczyński, who directed the video for "All the Things She Said", the third single from the same album.[2]

Track listing[edit]

7" Single

  1. "Alive and Kicking" (Single Version) (4:47)
  2. "Alive and Kicking" (Instrumental Version) (6:01)

12" Single

  1. "Alive and Kicking" (5:26)
  2. "Alive and Kicking" (Instrumental Version) (6:01)

Second 12" Single

  • Ltd Edition Reflective Gold Sleeve
  1. "Alive and Kicking" (5:26)
  2. "Alive and Kicking" (Instrumental Version) (6:01)
  3. "Up on the Catwalk" (Live) (5:37)

Personnel[edit]

  • Produced By Jimmy Iovine & Bob Clearmountain
  • Engineered By Moira Marquis & Mark McKenna
  • Engineering assisted By Martin White
  • Words & Music By Simple Minds (Kerr, Burchill, MacNeil)
  • "Up on the Catwalk" Recorded live at Barrowlands, Glasgow, 5 January 1985
  • Backing vocals Robin Clark

Charts[edit]

Appearances in media[edit]

In 1992, "Alice & Kicking" provided the soundtrack for a famous promo, entitled "A whole new ball game" for BSkyB's launch of FA Premier League football[23][24].

Other versions[edit]

The version by East Side Beat reached number 26 in the UK Singles Chart in 1992.[25]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Alive and Kicking". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 47, 1985" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 13 May 2018.
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  13. ^ "SA Charts 1965 - 1989 A-B". Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Simple Minds – Alive & Kicking". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Simple Minds Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Simple Minds Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  18. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Love Song / Alive and Kicking". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  20. ^ "RPM's Top 100 Singles of 1985". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 13 May 2018. 
  21. ^ "JAAROVERZICHTEN - Single 1985" (in Dutch). Retrieved 13 May 2018. 
  22. ^ "Top 100 Songs of 1986 - Billboard Year End Charts". Retrieved 13 May 2018. 
  23. ^ "Alive and kicking: The Premier League at 25". sportsjournalists.co.uk. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
  24. ^ Plunkett, John (5 February 2009). "A look back at the best Sky ads from the past 20 years". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 26 October 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  25. ^ British Hit Singles & Albums (17th ed.). London: Guinness World Records. 2004. p. 630. ISBN 0-85112-199-3.