Promised You a Miracle

Album: New Gold Dream (1982)
Charted: 13
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Songfacts®:

  • After producing five critically acclaimed art-rock albums, Simple Minds decided to adopt a more radio-friendly sound. This was one of the first results and it became their first UK Top 20 hit. This new slick, sophisticated sound caused the band to be lumped together with other bands such as Duran Duran, as part of the New Romantic movement.
  • This is the only Simple Minds studio track recorded with former Slik and Skids drummer Kenny Hyslop. He joined Simple Minds in 1981 but his time with the band was brief.
  • This featured on the soundtrack of the 2005 Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst movie Elizabethtown.
  • The album title New Gold Dream was taken from the headline on a magazine review for the hit art-house movie Fitzcarraldo. Frontman Jim Kerr explained to the Daily Mirror May 23, 2008: "Our previous albums had a darkness. Traveling through Europe at that time there was the Red Brigade in Italy and the neo-Nazis in Germany. We passed through Paris and a bomb had just gone off in a synagogue - it all made a big impression. New Gold Dream was a new dawn."
  • Hyslop did make a large contribution to the band's commercial breakthrough. A devotee of funk radio stations during the 1981 US tour, the drummer told Mojo that he taped one track with a nagging horn riff. Hyslop gave it to keyboardist Mick MacNeil who "ripped it off big time" at the January 1982 writing session in Rockfield Studios (located in the countryside of Wales) that produced this song.
  • Simple Minds recorded this at Rockfield Studios in rural Wales, where a few years earlier the band ended up singing with Iggy Pop and David Bowie on Pop's song "Play It Safe."

Comments: 6

  • Tony from Olonkin CityTo date the band have released this 3 times as a single. The 1982 original, a live version in 1987 (which made the UK top 20), and an acoustic version in 2016 (which didn't chart).
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 28, 1983, Simple Minds performed "Promised You A Miracle" on the Dick Clark ABC-T[V network Saturday-afternoon program 'American Bandstand'...
    It peaked at #65 on Billboard's Dance Music/Club Play chart; it would make the Top 10 in both New Zealand {#9} and Australia {#10}...
    On the same 'Bandstand' show the group also performed "Someone, Somewhere in Summertime"; it didn't make any of Billboard's national charts, but did peak at #19 on the Irish Singles chart...
    Between February 1985 and April 1986 the group had four records on the Billboard Hot Top 100 chart; two made the Top 10, "Don't You (Forget About Me)"* at #1 for 1 week on May 12th, 1985 and "Alive and Kicking" at #3 for 1 week on December 22nd, 1985...
    * "Don't You {Forget About Me)" was used during the opening and closing credits of the 1985 high school teen-age oriented movie, 'The Breakfast Club', the movie opened in theaters across the U.S.A. and Canada on February 15th, and two days later on February 17th the song entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at #90.
  • Eliseu Carvalho from Canoas, Rs, BrazilI'd like to know who's the girl on the video... A model, of course, but who, exactly?
  • Luke from Auckland, New ZealandThe album really established them as one of the top New Wave bands of the '80s, and they had consistent airplay here in NZ. I remember them well during my high school years. This was their biggest hit of the time (that is before 'Don't You Forget About Me' which featured in THAT Hughe's film practically 'waxed-over' all they'd done before, apparently to the dismay of the band).
    Personal favourites of theirs: 'Love Song' (from 'Sons and Fascination', 1981); 'Glittering Prize' (from the above album of 1982) and, 'Speed Your Love to Me' (from 'Sparkle In the Rain', 1984). These are made all the more desirable by the numerous remixes et als. available... in typical '80s Twelve-Inch (mix) style!
  • Andrew from Leeds Uk, United KingdomDid You No Herbie Hancock Played On & Programmed Many OF The Synth Riffs On The Album New Gold Dream
  • Myla from San Diego, CaAwesome song...yes it does have an optimistic feel especially with the cool sounding synthesizers. I guess it does in some way epitomized the feeling of "hope" despite the turbulent political as well as social times of the 80's.
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