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Alive and Kicking (song)

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Format  12", 7"
Genre  Pop rock, new wave
Recorded  1985
Label  Virgin
Alive and Kicking (song)
Released  20 September 1985 (US) 30 September 1985 (UK)
Length  4:47 (single version) 4:33 (radio version) 5:26 (album version)

"Alive and Kicking" is a song by the Scottish rock band Simple Minds, released in 1985, which reached the Top three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and served as first single from the band's most successful album, Once Upon a Time.


Chart performances

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 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the U.S. Mainstream rock tracks chart (four weeks at Top Five Billboard Hot 100) and number 7 on the UK Singles Chart.

Music video

The music video for "Alive and Kicking" was filmed near the Town of Hunter,at North and 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 RybczyƄski, who directed the video for "All the Things She Said", the third single from the same album.

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)


  • 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
  • Other versions

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


    Alive and Kicking (song) Wikipedia

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