- The Life In A Day single was issued as a taster for the
forthcoming album and the band's first UK tour
supporting Magazine. Its release also coincided with
their first TV appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test.
- The master tape was cut at The Townhouse on the 4th March 1979 by
John Leckie and George Chambers. The lacquer was
then cut at Abbey Road Studios.
- The title track was copied from the album master tape.
- The B-side was the album out-take Special View which was recorded during
the album sessions. It remained unique to this release until the X5 boxset
- Special View was initially given the incorrect track time of
4:00 on the master tape box, which led to the incorrect running time being added to the single's labels. (Although
the track's running time of 4:14 is correctly written on the acetate.)
- The packaging was exceptionally plain and just featured the band's name and the single's title. Most of the pressings
also featured red die-injected labels but some copies had light blue labels instead.
- The single was also released in Germany with a
different B-side and different sleeve. This featured the band picture from the back of the LP sleeve.
- A single by US-based PVC Records was rumoured, but no copies have ever surfaced. It could be a UK
version with promotional sticker - like this copy of
- Its success (a lowly 62 by today's standards) led to the much glossier packaging of the next single
- It was the first commercial pressing to feature the name Simple Minds.