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Simple Minds — Alive & Kicking
Album: Once Upon A time
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7.6

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Total ratings: 941









Released: 1985
Length: 4:36
Plays (last 30 days): 1
You turn me on
You lift me up
Like the sweetest cup
I share with you
You lift me up
Don't you ever stop
I'm here with you
Now it's all or nothing
'Cause you said
You'll follow through
You follow me
And I, I, I follow you

(What you gonna do when things go wrong
What you gonna do when it all cracks up
What you gonna do when the love burns down
What you gonna do when the flames go up
Who is gonna come and turn the tide
What's it gonna take)
To make a dream survive
(Who's got the touch)
To calm a storm inside
(Who's gonna save you)

Alive and kicking
Stay until your love is
Alive and kicking
Stay until your love is
Until your love is
Alive

Oh
You lift me up
To the crucial top
So I can see
Oh
You lead me on
'Til the feelings come
And the lights that shine on
But if that don't mean nothing
Like if someday it should fall through
You take me home
Where the magic's from
And I'll be with you

(What you gonna do when things go wrong
What you gonna do when it all cracks up
What you gonna do when your love burns down
What you gonna do when the flames go up
Who is gonna come and turn the tides
What's it gonna take)
To make a dream survive
(Who's got the touch)
To calm a storm inside

(Don't say goodbye
Don't say goodbye
In the final seconds
Who's gonna save you)

Oooh, oh
Oh
(Ba da da da)
Alive and kicking
Oh
Stay until your love is
Love is
Alive and kicking
Oooh, oh
Oh
(Ba da da da)
Alive and kicking
Oh
Stay until your love is
Love is
(Ba da da da)
Alive and kicking

Oooh, oh
Alive and kicking
Stay until your love is
Alive and kicking
Oh

Ba da da da
Ba ba da da da
Ba ba da oh
Ba da oh
Ba da da da
Ba ba da da da
Ba ba da oh
Ba da oh

(Ba da da da
Ba ba da da da
Ba ba da oh
Ba da oh)
Stay until your love is
(Ba da da da
Ba ba da da da)
Alive and kicking
(Ba ba da oh
Ba da oh)
Oh
Stay until your love is
(Ba da da da
Ba ba da da da)
Until it is
(Ba ba da oh
Ba da oh
Ba da da da
Ba ba da da da).
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A perfect pop song, an easy 10 from me.
This exploded in my high school years.  Along with The Breakfast Club,  pretty much was my high school years
The beginning of the end of Simple Minds.
Yep - pop music of its day, not the worst - but I really don't want to hear over-played pop on RP.
Ok, a little out of date.  Poppy.....
SM! Always inspirational.
The whole glory of the eighties summarised in a song. The only regret is, this is the short radio edit and not the album version with the longer CP70 solo and the longer drums crescendo in the last part.
So great !!!

   
 TheKing2 wrote:
never understood the hype over Simple Minds. The only image the springs to mind is the face of the constipated drummer....
 
You are just making a snap judgement based on some Youtube video or something you have looked at. 

If you had followed them and their music over the last 35 years and seen them live (like I have) you would not say that. 
 Jelani wrote:
I think Bryan Ferry's version would have lacked some of the energy that this has.
 
Bryan Ferry had passed on "Don't You (Forget About Me)", not this song.  I don't think a version of that song by him would have had the energy that the Simple Minds version had either.

Saw them live this summer, still brilliant!
I like fried chicken too. {#Hungry}
never understood the hype over Simple Minds. The only image the springs to mind is the face of the constipated drummer....
 Cueburned wrote:
They were almost U2.
At least U2 thought so.
Or maybe it was the other
way round.   
 
Same era, though Simple Minds released their first album before U2 did.
Milton Keynes Bowl 1986 – brilliant!

Image result for simple minds milton keynes bowl 1986
 quigui wrote:
 You're mistaaken, that was nah nah nah nahnah. 

NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
this song is too close to that other one of theirs nah, nah nah nah, nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah nah.. that one.

 
This one's actually "ba da da da, ba da da da" though. :^ /
 


Love this band, love this record
So many great memories

I will always give a 9 or a 10 to ANY Simple Minds song. If this is a groupie thing, then I have to admit I'm a groupie. Sorry {#Cheesygrin}
 You're mistaaken, that was nah nah nah nahnah. 

NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
this song is too close to that other one of theirs nah, nah nah nah, nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah nah.. that one.

 


They were almost U2.
At least U2 thought so.
Or maybe it was the other
way round.   
this song is too close to that other one of theirs nah, nah nah nah, nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah nah.. that one.
Can't stop to be enchanted by this song, even after almost 30 years {#Bananapiano}
Always loved the dreamy keyboard sound in this song.
 
I like fried chicken.  That's all I can hear in my head when I listen to this song.  Great song though.
 bluejay08003 wrote:

+1  Haven't found many fans of New Gold Dream.  No hit singles; just moody tunes, but they're more distinct than most of the material on Once Upon a Time. Maybe that says more about me... but what do I care?  Glad to find a kindred spirit!

 
+2. Gold Dream was their best. Distinct songs, so much texture. Sparkle in the Rain was also very good. This song is not quite an 8 but close.
Upgraded from 8 to 9 just because.
Saw them live a few months ago. Jim Kerr is still a good singer and a top performer. And what great songs they made!
Wooooo oooo oh oh - ah woo ooo oh oh  a-live and screamin'!!!  Wee-heee this is a fun song
ah yes 
watching the girls in the videos on MTV 
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Fabulous album.  Still stands up well today, to these ears. Instant 10.

 
Agreed.
Holy Crap. What memories this evokes!
Fabulous album.  Still stands up well today, to these ears. Instant 10.
Yea, now I see it clear after listening a lot to both groups, Simple Minds and INXS used the same success formula. Nice pop music, and again I love that RP has no problems in playing "populars" combined with more eclectic or rare and selected music pieces from all times.
Even though their stadium rocking days are over, I saw them a few years back at the inaugural F1 post race concert in Singapore with a couple of thousand people and they can still put on a pretty good show.
Great tune and pretty much their attempt at re-writing 'Don't You Forget About Me' as a follow up to that No.1 single or at least it is to my ears!

Simple Minds had a couple pretty decent tunes considering the times....plus he got to do Chrissie Hinds to boot! Oh wait....maybe that's not such a great deal after all :^ (
https://www.express.co.uk/news/showbiz/399352/Chrissie-Hynde-boycotts-store-over-foie-gras
 {#Cheesygrin}fitmartin wrote:

Yesss!
agreed! 
 

 scottygirl wrote:
A big fat 10!! Thanks RP reminds me of my early teenage years :-))))
 
Yesss!
agreed! 
A big fat 10!! Thanks RP reminds me of my early teenage years :-))))
An '80s tune par excellence. It almost embodies the tone of the era all by itself. 

You take me home
Where the magic's from
And I'll be with you 
Today:  I'm alive and kicking, and in possession of a simple mind.  Life is grand. 
Bumped from 9 to 10...
I dismissed this song as a "Pretty in Pink" song (even though it wasn't in that movie... was it?) when I was a teen in the 80s... It's grown on me over the years and now brings back a lot of great memeories... plus it's really just a great song
 prickelpit96 wrote:
Ahhh, sweet memories...
Enjoyed them live back in the 80s in my town Hannover // Germany. I was something about 15 or 16. Early concerts are completely burnt in my brain.

Never less than a 10!

 
YESSS! agree on the memories, this was a staple album of the timing!

Thanks Bill!
Ahhh, sweet memories...
Enjoyed them live back in the 80s in my town Hannover // Germany. I was something about 15 or 16. Early concerts are completely burnt in my brain.

Never less than a 10!
I LOVE  this song. I always have, and now it brings back a slew of great memories, which now makes it even better than before.
Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the holy moly world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners and B.F. Skinner...  we love this splendiferous song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
It has been an *age* since I have heard this song!  Thank you Bill!
I am sorry from the bottom of my heart...but love this song...10x10x10
I think it's a great driving song, turn it way high up and shout my tail off "Woooh Oooh Oh Oh Alive + Kickin!!!" cursed down as a speedy douchebag by the surrounding folks, sorry people I'll be careful     "Love is  Love is...."
Nice!
 Foot wrote:
I was a huge Simple Minds fan, and think the album "New Gold Dream" is one of the best.  However anything past that (like this) I thought they were really only coasting.  Not a bad pop single but...

 
+1  Haven't found many fans of New Gold Dream.  No hit singles; just moody tunes, but they're more distinct than most of the material on Once Upon a Time. Maybe that says more about me... but what do I care?  Glad to find a kindred spirit!
Jim Kerr still looks really happy with life.
 

Owned and heavily listened to this album in 1986 when it was hot, when I was in Kodiak, Alaska, of all places. Tall hills, bears, and strange currents from many places. Strange how we place our music so much geographically. I do anyway.
 Cynaera wrote:
Back in the day, after my refinance when I had a vast expanse of white tile flooring and a balance bar, I used to do my stretches to this song. I think about those days now, and it just HURTS, because I can barely walk now, but I ache for the days when I was limber enough to dance to this song in the dark... (BTW - this is a shortened version of the song.)
 

miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 
 Derecho wrote:


Billy Idol *did* record a version of that song, but I don't know whether that was before or after Simple Minds made theirs.  Either way, Billy's version left a lot to be desired.

 
I don't think Billy Idol released his version of "Don't You (Forget About Me)" until after 2000.
I was a huge Simple Minds fan, and think the album "New Gold Dream" is one of the best.  However anything past that (like this) I thought they were really only coasting.  Not a bad pop single but...
Is it good?  Or do I love it because it's so familiar?  Or is there a difference?

Now is the time to play Tighter and Tighter by the band Alive and Kicking


Alive N Kickin’ (known originally as Alive and Kicking, and sometimes spelled Alive 'N Kickin’) is a Brooklyn band, led by singers Pepe Cardona and Sandy Toder, known mainly for their 1970 hit single "Tighter, Tighter" which reached #7 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Go Brooklyn

I'm generally not one for 80's pop, but this song is absolutely fantastic.


A magical song from a magical time. Many, many memories.
how i typically bring this song into casual conversation:
me -  "you know that one good song by simple minds?"
not me - "oh yeah, don't you forget about me?"
me - "no, the good song."
-fín-
I think Bryan Ferry's version would have lacked some of the energy that this has.
Great throwback, thanks, Bill. This and 'Colours Fly ... Catherine Wheel', my favourites of the 'Minds.
{#Sunny}
 MiracleDrug wrote:


The band celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, though it has been 27 years since their only No. 1 single in the U.S. — "Don't You (Forget About Me)." As many hard-core fans know, the song wasn't even written by the band, but instead by soundtrack composer and Billy Idol producer Keith Forsey. (In fact, Billy Idol and Bryan Ferry both turned down the song before it landed in the lap of Simple Minds.)

 

Billy Idol *did* record a version of that song, but I don't know whether that was before or after Simple Minds made theirs.  Either way, Billy's version left a lot to be desired.

Many thanks. I agree, this somehow seems made for Bryan Ferry, but his loss is Simple Minds' gain. Love it. 

On a related note, I can't believe it's 35 years, let alone 27 .... 


MiracleDrug wrote:



The band celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, though it has been 27 years since their only No. 1 single in the U.S. — "Don't You (Forget About Me)." As many hard-core fans know, the song wasn't even written by the band, but instead by soundtrack composer and Billy Idol producer Keith Forsey. (In fact, Billy Idol and Bryan Ferry both turned down the song before it landed in the lap of Simple Minds.)

 


 onelittlemoose wrote:

Bryan Ferry turned it down?  Don't know that story; can you enlighten? 

MiracleDrug wrote:

I LOVE this song...
it's always amazed me that Bryan Ferry turned this down...

 
 

The band celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, though it has been 27 years since their only No. 1 single in the U.S. — "Don't You (Forget About Me)." As many hard-core fans know, the song wasn't even written by the band, but instead by soundtrack composer and Billy Idol producer Keith Forsey. (In fact, Billy Idol and Bryan Ferry both turned down the song before it landed in the lap of Simple Minds.)


8.25 for the song....

0.75 for nostalgia...

9

Bryan Ferry turned it down?  Don't know that story; can you enlighten? 

MiracleDrug wrote:

I LOVE this song...
it's always amazed me that Bryan Ferry turned this down...

 


 MiracleDrug wrote:
I LOVE this song...
it's always amazed me that Bryan Ferry turned this down...

 
Whatever....It amazes me I've never rated this song......get with the program, I guess!
I LOVE this song...


it's always amazed me that Bryan Ferry turned this down...

Back in the day, after my refinance when I had a vast expanse of white tile flooring and a balance bar, I used to do my stretches to this song. I think about those days now, and it just HURTS, because I can barely walk now, but I ache for the days when I was limber enough to dance to this song in the dark... (BTW - this is a shortened version of the song.)
I thought this was Icehouse - for those who didn't grow up in the land down under that is not a compliment

Simple Minds and simpler times. Takes me way back.....


 chadlymn wrote:
This song takes me to a happy place!  {#Cheesygrin}

 
Takes me back to the kitchen at Bar-b-que Bills in Bishop, CA, where I was a lowly dish-dog.  I recall washing dishes until midnight with this cranked on the radio.  Good times!

ILOVETHISSONG!
never will forget that too !!
still kicking ain't it ?
This song takes me to a happy place!  {#Cheesygrin}

 gaskeydesign wrote:
What was that? "I like fried chicken."
 


You sod! I can never forget that now :-)
I am putting this song BACK on my iPhone after. Thanks RP
Apart from the fact that this is a truncated version of the song (someone PLEASE submit the LONG version, okay?), I still love it. I used to do my workouts to this song because it was relentless.  It's good to hear it on RP!  Many thanks to whoever submitted it.
{#Sunny}
Holy smokes! THIS is something I WASN'T expecting to hear in RP. Nice surprise, though!
I love this song - -

{#Music}


 gaskeydesign wrote:
What was that? "I like fried chicken."
 

What was that? "I like fried chicken."
wow, straight back to high school!  {#Cowboy}


I had great fun with this...  I remember it well...  love it...

 
Good song, bad memories.
...wow!..