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Simple Minds - East At Easter/Alive & Kicking Mandela 70th Birthday Concert June 1988

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"Alive & Kicking"
Single by Simple Minds
from the album Once Upon a Time
Released20 September 1985
30 September 1985
Format12", 7"
GenrePop rock
Writer(s)Simple Minds
Simple Minds singles chronology

"Alive and Kicking" is a song by the rock band Simple Minds, released as a single from the band's 1985 album, Once Upon a Time.

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 #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] and #7 on the UK Singles Chart.[2]

The music video for "Alive and Kicking" was directed by Zbigniew Rybczyński, who directed the video for "All the Things She Said", the third single from the same album.

It was re-released in 1992 as a double A-side with "Love Song" to promote the band's Glittering Prize 81/92 collection. Around the same time, it was used on trailers for bSKYb's recently acquired coverage of FA Premier League matches . The double A-side reached #6 on the UK Singles Chart.[2]

Spin magazine's review of the album Once Upon a Time had mixed messages about the song saying that the song was an "ornate epic", but that the lyrics are so vague that the band "only describes nirvana without attaining it".[3]

7" Single

  1. "Alive and Kicking" (Single Version) (4:45)
  2. "Alive and Kicking" (Instrumental Version) (6:01)

12" Single

  1. "Alive and Kicking" (5.25)
  2. "Alive and Kicking" (Instrumental Version) (6:01)

Second 12" Single

  • Ltd Edition Reflective Gold Sleeve
  1. "Alive and Kicking" (5:25)
  2. "Alive and Kicking" (Instrumental Version) (6:01)
  3. "Up On the Catwalk" (Live) (5:37)


  • Produced By Jimmy Iovine & Bob Clearmountain
  • Engineered By Moira Marquis & Mark McKenna
  • Engineering assisted By Martin White
  • Words & Music By Simple Minds
  • "Up On the Catwalk" Recorded live at Barrowlands, Glasgow, 5 January 1985


  1. ^ " - Artist Chart History - Simple Minds". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Simple Minds". Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  3. ^ Charles Burchill; John Giblin (Janurary 1986). "Simple Minds - Once Upon a Time". Spin. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 


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