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"Glittering Prize" is a 1982 hit single by the Scottish rock group Simple Minds, and released on their fifth studio album New Gold Dream, released the same year.

"Glittering Prize"
Single by Simple Minds
Single by Simple Minds
from the album New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84)
B-side"Glittering Prize Theme"
Released16 August 1982 (1982-08-16)
Format12", 7"
GenreNew wave
Songwriter(s)Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Derek Forbes and Mick MacNeil
Producer(s)Peter Walsh
Simple Minds singles chronology
"Promised You A Miracle"
"Glittering Prize"
"Someone Somewhere In Summertime"

The song reached #16 in the United Kingdom[1], but hit the Top 10 in Australia[2], New Zealand[3] and Norway[4].

A compilation album, released by Simple Minds in 1992, is named after the song, and is entitled Glittering Prize 81/92,[5]


Music videoEdit

The video continuously alternates between two main stages. The first one is set in a golden room where the band members (Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, and Mick MacNeil only), all dressed in black, perform the song. The other stage is set in a dark, museum-like room, under the surveillance of a napping security guard, and featuring hanging portraits of the band members' faces made of gold. A story unfolds in this latter stage as a young woman in a bikini and whose body is all painted in gold, stealthily penetrating the room and reaching out to a sarcophagus within which lies a pharaoh version of Kerr. After having touched his face and brought the other band members back to life she then drives away with them in a car. As the guard realises the burglary, the woman, now in the golden room, rests in a long chair and sips on a cocktail before the video ends.[6]

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1982) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 9
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[3] 4
Norway (VG-lista)[4] 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 11
United Kingdom (CIN)[1] 16


  1. ^ a b "Official Charts > Simple Minds". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 275. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. ^ a b " > Simple Minds – Glittering Prize (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b " > Simple Minds – Glittering Prize (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  5. ^ Glittering Prize 81/92 Cassette Sleeve Notes by Brian Hogg, 1992
  6. ^ "Simple Minds – Glittering Prize (video)". YouTube. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for 'Glittering Prize'". Fireball Media. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  8. ^ " > Simple Minds – Glittering Prize (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 October 2016.

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