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“Alive and Kicking” is a song by the Scottish rock band Simple Minds, released in September 1985 as the lead single from their seventh studio album, Once Upon a Time. The song is one of the band’s most well-known tracks and showcases their transition to a more polished and anthemic rock sound. “Alive and Kicking” was written by band members Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, and Mick MacNeil. The song was recorded at The Power Station in New York City, a studio famous for its top-tier production quality.

Following the success of their previous album, Sparkle in the Rain, and the worldwide hit single “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” from the Breakfast Club soundtrack, Simple Minds sought to continue their momentum with Once Upon a Time. The album was produced by Jimmy Iovine, known for his work with artists like Tom Petty and U2, and Bob Clearmountain, a renowned mixer and engineer.

Musically, “Alive and Kicking” is characterized by its soaring melodies, robust instrumentation, and dynamic arrangement. The song features a powerful rhythm section, lush keyboard textures, and prominent guitar work. Jim Kerr’s impassioned vocals are complemented by backing vocals from Robin Clark, adding depth and richness to the track. Lyrically, “Alive and Kicking” conveys themes of love, resilience, and the vitality of life. The chorus, with its uplifting refrain “Stay until your love is, alive and kicking,” emphasizes the enduring nature of true love and the importance of cherishing it. The song’s optimistic and anthemic quality has made it a favorite for live performances and radio play.

“Alive and Kicking” was a commercial success, reaching the top 10 in several countries. In the United States, it peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, marking one of the band’s highest-charting singles in the US. In the UK, it reached number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also performed well in other international markets, including Canada, where it reached number 1, and Ireland, where it hit number 2.

The music video for “Alive and Kicking” was directed by Zbigniew Rybczyński and features the band performing in various scenic outdoor locations. The natural landscapes, including forests and lakes, complement the song’s uplifting and expansive feel. was filmed near the town of Hunter, at North–South Lake in the Catskill Mountains of New York State.

“Alive and Kicking” remains one of Simple Minds’ most enduring and popular songs. It is frequently included in their live setlists and greatest hits compilations. The song’s anthemic quality and positive message have ensured its lasting appeal among fans and new listeners alike.

Simple Minds – Alive And Kicking – Lyrics