A big step up from "conscious and breathing" and a huge improvement over "dead and buried," Simple Minds were "alive and kicking" in 1985 when they released this song as the first single from their Once Upon A Time
album. The group was enjoying creative and critical success, with their 1984 album Sparkle in the Rain
a breakthrough, scoring three Top 10 hits in the UK and earning plaudits from the prickly British music press.
Lead singer Jim Kerr, who wrote the lyric, had reason to celebrate on a personal level as well: He married Chrissie Hynde
in 1984 and the couple had a daughter, Yasmin, the next year.