"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.[1]


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Chart performances[edit]Edit

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 100and number one on the U.S. Mainstream rock tracks chart.[2] (Four weeks at Top Five Billboard) and number 7 on the UK Singles Chart.[3]

Music video[edit]Edit

The music video for "Alive and Kicking" was filmed in the Town of Hunter, in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. It was directed by Zbigniew Rybczyński, who directed the video for "All the Things She Said", the third single from the same album.[4]

Appearances in media[edit]Edit

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[5] matches. The double A-side reached number 6 on the UK Singles Chart.[3]

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".[6]

Football League Two side Aldershot Town play this song at the start of their home games.[citation needed]

The song was played at the end of Season 04 Episode 2 "Chapter 23" of Eastbound & Down.

Track listing[edit]Edit

7" Single[edit]Edit

  1. "Alive and Kicking" (Single Version) (4:47)
  2. "Alive and Kicking" (Instrumental Version) (6:01)

12" Single[edit]Edit

  1. "Alive and Kicking" (5:26)
  2. "Alive and Kicking" (Instrumental Version) (6:01)

Second 12" Single[edit]Edit

  • 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

Chart performance[edit]Edit

Country Peak


Dutch Top 40 2
UK Singles Chart 7
Canada Music Chart 3
Billboard Hot 100 3

Top Rock Tracks

Hit Parade Italia 1
Ireland Singles Chart 2
New Zealand Singles Chart 5
German Singles Chart 17
Australian Singles Chart 21
Belgium Singles Chart 1
Norway Singles Chart 5
Sweden Singles Chart 11
European Hot 100 Singles 3

Other versions[edit]Edit

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

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