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Simple Minds - Love Song (1981)

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"Love Song" is the seventh single released by Scottish band Simple Minds. It was issued by Virgin Records in August 1981, one ...

"Love Song" is the seventh single released by Scottish band Simple Minds. It was issued by Virgin Records in August 1981, one month before the release of its parent album Sons and Fascination. The B-side is an instrumental version of "This Earth That You Walk Upon", which later appeared on the album with newly-recorded vocals. Despite a sticker appearing on the 12" single promising an 'extended version', all 12" releases around the world featured the 5:04 album version.

The song is reportedly an ode to the close bond between Europe and America: "a relationship that's lasted across the centuries, through good and bad times, a "Love Song" between two continents." Its sound marked the beginning of a shift away from the band's early experimental phase towards a more accessible and commercial "pulsating electronic rock".

"Love Song" became Simple Mind's first single to enter the UK Top 50 – although only just, peaking at a lowly #47. It was more successful in Sweden and Australia, where it climbed into the Top 20.