This was the third single from the band's debut album Picture Book
and originally peaked at #51 in the UK singles charts. However, the
re-issue made #2. It made #1 in the U.S. during July 1986.
Apparently, Mick Hucknall wrote the lyrics for this song when he was just 17 and living at his Father's house, and it is based on the family turmoil he experienced as a child. It was one of two U.S. number one's, for Simply Red, the other being If You Don't Know Me by Now.
Between 1985 and 2010 Simply Red released 10 studio albums, 45 singles and 4 compilation albums. Sadly, the band split in 2010.
Holding Back The Years Lyrics Video