Simple Minds – Alive & Kicking.

Alive and Kicking by Simple Minds. 1980s power anthem on 12 inch vinyl.
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Simple Minds – Alive & Kicking. 12 inch single.

Alive and Kicking is probably Simple Minds’ second best known song after Don’t You (Forget About Me).

Like that track, Alive & Kicking takes the listener on an emotional journey. There’s serene instrumental moments and almost whispered vocals that build to a crescendo before mellowing out again.

The Glasgow rockers were great at doing big, anthemic songs and Alive & Kicking was definitely one of those. Jim Kerr growls his way through the song complimented by Robin Clark’s smooth, soulful vocals.

The sound is unmistakably ’80s and for those of us who grew up in that decade, it’s sure to bring back some wonderful memories!

The Sound Of Football.

For many people though, hearing this track will stir up other emotions. This was the soundtrack to football in the ’90s.

In 1992 the Premier League was born and Sky (back then BSkyB) promoted their coverage of the league with a rousing launch advert suitably backed by Alive and Kicking.

Simple Minds – Alive & Kicking. Official music video.

BSkyB’s ‘A Whole New Ball Game’ Premier League launch advert. 1992.

If you’re feeling nostalgic about the 1980’s you may remember this record from Talk Talk.

Killing Joke – Let’s All Go (To The Fire Dances).

Killing Joke – Let’s All Go (To The Fire Dances). 12 inch single.

Killing Joke’s breakthrough ’80s post-punk single from their fourth album, Fire Dances. The 12 inch vinyl also includes a live recording of The Fall Of Above plus an alternative version of their album track, Dominator.

Killing Joke – Let’s All Go (To The Fire Dances). Official music video.

Killing Joke – Dominator [Version].

Killing Joke – The Fall Of Because. Live at The Hammersmith Palais. 1982.

If you like Killing Joke you may also like this 45 from The Damned.

Listen to these and other great ’80s tracks on our Spotify Playlists.