Street Fighting Years

by Simple Minds

Street Fighting Years

Street Fighting Years is the eighth studio album by Scottish rock band Simple Minds, released in May 1989 by record label Virgin Records worldwide apart from the US, where it was released by A&M. Produced by Trevor Horn and Stephen Lipson, the album reached the top of the UK Albums Chart.Produced by Trevor Horn and Stephen Lipson, it was a major stylistic departure from the previous album, 1985’s Once Upon a Time. While still maintaining the epic arena rock sense of scale and drama which the band had developed since the mid-1980s, Street Fighting Years also moved away from the American soul and gospel influences of its predecessor in favour of soundtrack atmospherics and a new incorporation of acoustic and Celtic/folk music-related ingredients including fretless bass, slide guitar and accordion. The lyrics built on the more political themes which the band had introduced with “Ghost Dancing”, moving away from the impressionistic or spiritual concerns of earlier 1980s Simple Minds songs and covering topics including the Poll Tax, the Soweto townships, the Berlin Wall and the stationing of nuclear submarines on the Scottish coast.


  1. Street Fighting Years (6:18)
  2. Soul Crying Out (6:06)
  3. Wall Of Love (5:16)
  4. This Is Your Land (6:16)
  5. Take A Step Back (4:20)
  6. Kick It In (6:08)
  7. Let It All Come Down (4:50)
  8. Mandela Day (5:36)
  9. Belfast Child (6:38)
  10. Biko (7:30)

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Format Vinyl LP Album (Gatefold)
Label Virgin
Catalog Number MINDS1
Notes [a11879] appears courtesy of [l27031] / [l38030]. All digitally recorded and mixed analogue i.e. “DAD” “Street Fighting Years” song written in memory of Victor Jara. Made In Scotland March ‘88 - March ‘89. Studio Drums provided by Tama. Source of graphic: The Beauty of Fractals. Published by Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd. except B2 published by Copyright Control/Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd. and B5 published by Peter Gabriel Ltd. ℗&© 1989 Virgin Records Ltd. Manufactured in the UK. *Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): MINDS1-A1̶2̶U̶ MINDS 1 A-2U-1-2 D MASTERDISK MINDS1-A1̶2̶U̶ & MASTERDISK are etched and the cross out with stamped “X” Durations do not appear on this release. Timings via stopwatch.
Discogs URL Simple Minds - Street Fighting Years