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Simple Minds – Alive And Kicking (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on January 24th, 2012

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

I have now adopted this track as the new anthem for Burning The Ground. We are “Alive And Kicking”

“Alive and Kicking” is a song by the rock band Simple Minds, released as the first 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 (Four weeks at Top Five Billboard) and #7 on the UK Singles Chart.

The music video for “Alive and Kicking” was directed by Zbigniew Rybczynski, 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.

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”.

SIDE A:
Alive & Kicking 5:27

SIDE B:
Alive & Kicking (Instrumental) 6:05

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1985 Alive And Kicking U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #3
1985 Alive And Kicking U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #2
1985 Alive And Kicking U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #25

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Virgin – VS 817-12
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Artwork [Art] – Mick Haggerty
Composed By – Simple Minds
Mastered By [Runout] – Barry Woodward
Photography By – Anton Corbijn
Producer – Bob ClearmountainJimmy Iovine

NOTES:
From the LP “Once Upon A Time”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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32 Responses to “Simple Minds – Alive And Kicking (UK 12″)”

  1. Patrick Says:

    Great Website, love it, but the mp3 button is not working on this one

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Patrick, thanks for letting me know. It should be working now. Enjoy!

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  2. Drake Says:

    It’s a great band!
    i have the brazilian edition of Neapolis , one of my favorites albuns of Simple Minds
    Thanks and good lucky with BTG!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Drake!

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  3. woz Says:

    One of my favorite bands! You picked a great song for the blog anthem 8)

    Keep up the excellent work, Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Great to see you Woz! Where have you been? You’ve been missed 🙂

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    woz Reply:

    I’ve missed hanging out here too! I got swamped with real life for a few months but things have settled down and I’m able to get back to listening and enjoying all the goodies you pull out 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Glad to hear that everything is alright. I always get worried when regular readers disappear for long periods of time 🙂

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  4. omar Says:

    This was one of my favorite tracks from the 80s.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Mine too Omar 🙂

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  5. Matt Says:

    It’s been years since I heard this. Thanks

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Matt!

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  6. ric Says:

    Hi Paul!
    My PC has been giving me some trouble for the past week, and it seems like things on cyberland is just as thorny!
    So yes, the perfect anthem to perk things up and keep our heads high and our outlook positive!
    Another prime example of what music can do!
    Soldier on!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Soldier On!!!!

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  7. Silver Blue Says:

    Thank you, DJPaulT. Just what I needed to get me through this stressful morning!! 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    II know it will get better for you 🙂

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  8. KMITB Says:

    Keep up the great uploads man….awesome stuff!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you KMITB!

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  9. alex Says:

    Such a booming, “large” track, I miss music like this!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Me too Alex!!

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  10. Ricki Says:

    Hi,
    Besides thanking you for this 12″ I wanted to stop by to Thank you for still doing this. My hopes are that a solution could be devised for the benefit of all of us, but if the time comes when this is no more possible always remember that you made a lot people happy with this beautiful music. In music. Ricki.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Ricki I really do appreciate your kind words. I means a lot 🙂

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  11. Spring Says:

    Hello dear Paul. I was in my vacation, far from home, so you not saw my comments for a little time. Thank you very much for this Simple Minds’ 12″ Single – sounds great! Paul! I want to recommend you to use another one multiupload service as an alternative. Maybe it can be useful too – http://www.embedupload.com/ Try it.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you spring glad to see you back again. I will give that site a look 🙂

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  12. James Says:

    Fantastic!!! i really love the instrumental one, Thanks Paul!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    James you’re welcome. I like thee instrumental too 🙂

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  13. Jermajesty Says:

    Thanko mucho.

    Where was that rear photo taken – was it Live Aid?

    I saw them live a couple of years ago, and even though it was a 3,000 people capacity venue, they were still playing as if it was to 70,000. A spectacle to behold for sure.

    And I’d totally forgotten about Promised You A Miracle until it came a-blasting out! Another awesome track.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Jermajesty I am pretty sure that the photo is from Live Aid.

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  14. Bellenger1981 Says:

    “Alive And Kicking” is one of my all-time favorite songs. The “Instrumental Version” is fantastic as well. The song is extremely uplifting. Thanks for the upload.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Bellenger1981 🙂

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  15. guss Says:

    Excellent song, Thank You Paul!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Guss 🙂

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