Glittering Prize

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This article is about the song. For the compilation named after it, see Glittering Prize 81/92.
"Glittering Prize"
Single by Simple Minds
Single by Simple Minds
from the album New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84)
B-side "Glittering Prize Theme"
Released August 1982 (1982-08)
Format 12", 7"
Genre New wave
Length 4:02
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Derek Forbes and Mick MacNeil
Producer(s) Peter Walsh
Simple Minds singles chronology
"Promised You A Miracle"
"Glittering Prize"
"Someone Somewhere In Summertime"

"Glittering Prize" is a 1982 hit single by the Scottish rock group Simple Minds, and released on their fifth studio album New Gold Dream, released the same year.

The song reached #16 in the United Kingdom[1] and the top 20 in other countries including Australia,[2] Ireland,[3] New Zealand[4] and Sweden.[5]

A compilation album, released by Simple Minds in 1992, is named after the song, and is entitled Glittering Prize 81/92,[6]

Music video[edit]

The video continuously alternates between two main stages. The first one is set in a golden room where the band members (Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, and Mick MacNeil only), all dressed in black, perform the song. The other stage is set in a dark, museum-like room, under the surveillance of a napping security guard, and featuring hanging portraits of the band members' faces made of gold. A story unfolds in this latter stage as a young woman in a bikini and whose body is all painted in gold, stealthily penetrating the room and reaching out to a sarcophagus within which lies a pharaoh version of Kerr. After having touched his face and brought the other band members back to life she then drives away with them in a car. As the guard realises the burglary, the woman, now in the golden room, rests in a long chair and sips on a cocktail before the video ends.[7]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 9
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 4
Norway (VG-lista)[8] 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 11
United Kingdom (CIN)[1] 16


  1. ^ a b "Official Charts > Simple Minds". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-10-30. 
  2. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 275. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ a b "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for 'Glittering Prize'". Fireball Media. Retrieved 2016-10-30. 
  4. ^ a b " > Simple Minds – Glittering Prize (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-10-30. 
  5. ^ a b " > Simple Minds – Glittering Prize (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-10-30. 
  6. ^ Glittering Prize 81/92 Cassette Sleeve Notes by Brian Hogg, 1992
  7. ^ "Simple Minds – Glittering Prize (video)". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-10-30. 
  8. ^ " > Simple Minds – Glittering Prize (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-10-30. 

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