Waterfront (song)

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Single by Simple Minds
from the album Sparkle in the Rain
  • 1983 (1983) (US)
  • 4 November 1983 (UK)
RecordedSeptember 1983[1]
Producer(s)Steve Lillywhite
Simple Minds singles chronology
"I Travel (2nd reissue)"
"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 during February 1984.[2] It also reached #13 on the UK Singles Charts.[3] 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 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.

An instrumental version of the track was used as the theme music for the 1989 Glasgow-set BBC One drama serial The Justice Game.

It has been used for many years as the song Sheffield Wednesday football club come out to before home matches. The version originally played was a live version, but has since been changed to the studio recording.

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


  1. ^ http://www.simpleminds.org/sm/songs/sessions.htm . Recorded just before the session on 11th September 1983.
  2. ^ "charts.org.nz - Discography Simple Minds". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  3. ^ "Chart Stats - Simple Minds". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2008-07-21.