Alive and Kicking (5:25)

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From Glittering Prize and 142 other releases

Released as 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 Rybczyński, 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”.


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You turn me on, you lift me up
Like the sweetest cup I'd 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 say you'll follow through

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    17 Dec 2014 Reply
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    26 Sep 2014 Reply
  • hectorlopezt

    Y aquí estoy....Alive and Kickin!!!

    1 Jun 2014 Reply
  • doctorjmo

    the 80's,when everything waz possible.

    30 Jan 2014 Reply
  • TuneBlendR

    This song goes out to Brian Gertski, who's KICKING cancer... Keep up the fight!

    22 Jan 2014 Reply
  • msippigirl

    I'm alive and kickin' !!! Happy New Year everyone!

    2 Jan 2014 Reply
  • NaiaraAbreu The 80's <3

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TuneBlendR

    Perhaps the consummate Retro 80's song....

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ljtay67

    Great track. Sad fact is it's probably remembered more as the theme for Premier League football then it was when it was first released.

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • Rock_n_Robin

    I loved this from first hearing when it first came out. Timeless. I'm still alive and kicking, too, no matter what.

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • freddtedd

    What did you do richard

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • wb7777

    Nice drum work on this track.

    12 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Rock_n_Robin

    If you're one who wrote off 80's music, listen again to the best, like "Alive And Kicking."

    6 Mar 2013 Reply
  • wackersska

    20 again

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • diazdez

    like this song... i feel like this song was not given as much credit as it deserved

    28 Dec 2012 Reply
  • cardroia

    A truly timeless song!

    29 Nov 2012 Reply
  • wilte01

    Oh yes!!!

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • psychopeach

    great song, great video

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • msippigirl

    I'm still "Alive And Kicking"...just not as high these days!! :)) Love Simple Minds, and this song!

    18 Aug 2012 Reply
  • crazykaz02

    ace song

    25 May 2012 Reply
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