7-99888 Running For Our Lives
Produced by Barry Reynolds, Wally Badarou, Harvey Goldberg
Released on March 1983
FRANCE CHART POSITION #36 (charted Apr. 16, 1983 for 11 weeks)
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7-99888 w. plain sleeve
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K ronomyth 10.1: RUNNING ON EMPTY. The song “Running For Our Lives” not only provided the album’s title, A Child’s Adventure, but also its first single. Unlike her earlier, angrier albums, A Child’s Adventure is modern rock/reggae written and recorded with Compass Point players (essentially the Island house band) Wally Badarou and Barry Reynolds. While it’s a likeable enough track in a sleepy sort of way, “Running For Our Lives” isn’t going to change your world the way “Why’d Ya Do It” did. Marianne has a broken voice, no way around it, and there isn’t enough audiorouge in the world to hide the bruises. A song like this might have worked for a Kim Wilde, but not Marianne Faithfull, not as this stage. The only person who gets to sound like this and still sell records is Bob Dylan. Of minor interest, the single version edits approximately one minute from the album version.

TRACK LISTING

  1. RUNNING FOR OUR LIVES    (Marianne Faithfull/Wally Badarou/Barry Reynolds)    3:35
  2. SHE'S GOT A PROBLEM

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK March 1983 Island 7" IS-105 picture sleeve
US 1983 Island 7PRO 7-99888 feat. A only
GER 1983 Island 7" 105 217-100 picture sleeve

 

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