Released today in 1985: Alive And Kicking

Virgin VS817

Virgin VS817

Despite joining a major record company, building up an audience through solid live work, writing some commercial tunes, working with a “name” producer in Steve Lillywhite, and turning in competent studio performances, Simple Minds didn’t make the UK Top 10 with any of their singles in the first half of the 1980s. Then in 1985, their contribution to the ‘The Breakfast Club’ movie soundtrack, Don’t You (Forget About Me), was a huge hit, paving the way for their most celebrated album to that point, Once Upon a Time.

Not that their first Top 10 single featured on it, as Don’t You (Forget About Me) wasn’t one of their own songs. Jim Kerr and his colleagues wrote the eight songs that were included, which with production from Jimmy Iovine were very much in the style of the song that had taken them to #1 in the US. Iovine’s contribution helped to increase the record’s appeal for American audiences but that wasn’t to say the singles from Once Upon a Time weren’t successful here. Today’s featured title made #7, follow-up All The Things She Said reached #9, Sanctify Yourself was their fourth consecutive Top 10 hit in the UK, peaking at #10, while Ghost Dancing broke the run, but only just, when it stopped at #13.

NEW SINGLES on sale from Sep. 30
1983
FIVE STAR Problematic (Tent TENT4)
SINITTA Never Too Late (Midas MID3)
1985
The COMMUNARDS (Jimmy Somerville) You Are My World (London LON77)
EIGHTH WONDER (Patsy Kensit) Stay With Me (CBS A6594)
The JESUS AND MARY CHAIN Just Like Honey (Blanco Y Negro NEG17)
MADONNA Gambler (Geffen A6585)
SADE The Sweetest Taboo (Epic A6609)
SIMPLE MINDS Alive And Kicking (Virgin VS817)
THEN JERICO (Mark Shaw) Fault (London LON63)

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