Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon a Time is the seventh studio album by Simple Minds, released in 1985.

Although already successful in their native UK and Europe, the band had also now become popular in the US, mainly due to the success of “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” which appeared on The Breakfast Club soundtrack and had become a No.1 hit there. However, the band left the track off the album ‘Once Upon a Time’.

Four singles were taken from the album; “Alive and Kicking” (UK No. 7, US #3), “All the Things She Said” (UK No. 9, US #28), “Sanctify Yourself” (UK No. 10, US #14), and “Ghost Dancing” (UK #13). The album topped the UK charts, and peaked at No.10 on the US charts (5 consecutive weeks in Top 10 of Billboard and 16 weeks in Top 20).

Release Date: 21st October 1985


01. Once Upon A Time (5.44)
02. All The Things She Said (4.16)
03. Ghost Dancing (4.46)
04. Alive & Kicking (5.25)
05. Oh Jungleland (5.12)
06. I Wish You Were Here (4.42)
07. Sanctify Yourself (5.02)
08. Come A Long Way (5.08)


Credits: Produced By Jimmy Iovine & Bob Clearmountain.
Engineered By Moira Marquis & Mark McKenna.
Assisted By Martin White.
Recorded at The Townhouse Studios, London.
Mixed at Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, NY & Right Track Studios, New York, NY, Summer ’85.

Mastered By Bob Ludwig @ Masterdisk, New York, NY.
Technical Assistance : Bob Schwall, Judy Reeves & Bob Tis.

Studio Crew :  Dougie Cowan & Paul Kerr.
Co-Ordination : Gemma Corfield & Debbi Caponetta.

Michael MacNeil : piano & synthesisers
Charles Burchill : guitars
Mel Gaynor : drums & vocals
John Giblin : bass guitars
Jim Kerr : lead vocals

Additional Backing Singer : Robin Clarke.
Backing Vocals : Michael Been, The Simms Bros. & Carlos Alomar.
Additional Percussion on All The Things She Said : Sue Hadjopoulos.

Nourishment : Dora Carllyn, Randy Michaels & Albert Grossman.

Art By Mick Haggerty.
Photography : Anton Corbijn.

Thanks to Simon Draper, Jordan Harris, Ian Flooks, Ian Copeland, Dave Hill & The Pretenders, Alfred Bos, Keith Forsey, Anton Corbijn, Barwell Court
Rehearsal Studios & all at Virgin Records Britain, Europe, Canada, New Zealand & Australia & to everyone at A&M Records, USA.

Very special thanks to ‘Big Dan Yer Man’ & to Bruce Findlay, Robert White, Jane Alison & all at Schoolhouse Management.


Label: Virgin Records.