Song du semaine: Simple Minds, "Alive and Kicking"

Inspired by 94.7’s theme of positivity for MLK Day today, this week’s selection is an inspirational masterpiece …

A handful of ’80s songs had the perfect sonic mix of synthesizer and guitar, propelled by a non-mechanical beat. This is one of them. Jim Kerr does a terrific job with the vocals here, selling the drama (to borrow a phrase from another great rock vocalist) without histrionics. He sounds like someone you wouldn’t mind hanging out with as well as taking inspiration from, along with other prepositions you shouldn’t end a sentence with.

But the star here, along with Don’t You (Forget Any of These Riffs, Ever), is drummer Mel Gaynor.


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