Michael Been, lead singer of The Call, was a big fan of this song. The Call was often the opening act for Simple Minds, and the band members became good friends. In 1989, The Call had their biggest hit with "Let The Day Begin
," which owes a debt to "Waterfront." That was quite alright with Jim Kerr.
He told Songfacts: "He played me 'Let The Day Begin,' but before I had the chance to say anything - because I wouldn't have said it, but I was thinking it - he said, 'It's not a million miles from 'Waterfront,' is it?' And I said, 'No, it's not.' It's got the same rhythm, but his song is much better."