Once Upon A Time – Release Date Anniversary



On this day in music history: October 21, 1985 – “Once Upon A Time”, the eighth album by Simple Minds is released. Produced by Jimmy Iovine and Bob Clearmountain, it is recorded at The Townhouse Studios in London from June – August 1985. It is the first album issued by the Scottish/UK band releases following their US breakthrough with the soundtrack single “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”. The album also features guest musicians such as David Bowie guitarist Carlos Alomar, vocalist Robin Clark (Alomar’s wife), and Michael Been of The Call (backing vocals). It will spin off three singles including “Alive And Kicking” (#7 UK, #3 US Pop), “Sanctify Yourself” (#10 UK, #13 US Pop), and “All The Things She Said” (#9 UK, #28 US Pop). On the albums’ initial release,  there are two variations in the cover artwork with the photo collages of the band reversed, with the back cover photos appearing on the front and the other way. “Once Upon A Time” will hit number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number ten on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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