1986 Soundtrack – Running Scared

Running Scared is a 1986 buddy cop action-comedy film directed by Peter Hyams, written by Gary Devore and Jimmy Huston, and starring Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal, with Steven Bauer, Jimmy Smits, and Dan Hedaya in supporting roles. Hines and Crystal play Chicago police officers who, after nearly being killed on the job, decide to retire and open a bar in Key West, Florida, only to get caught up in making one last arrest before they go. The film was produced and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The Running Scared soundtrack was released in conjunction with the movie and contained a mix of songs and music featured in the film. The album sold well and produced three top 15 hits with performances by Klymaxx, Michael McDonald, New Edition, and Patti LaBelle. Producer Rod Temperton also contributed two songs with his band The Rod Temperton Beat Wagon.


1  Klymaxx -Man Size Love (Rod Temperton) 4:14
Michael McDonald -Sweet Freedom (Rod Temperton) 7:32
3  Ready For The World – I Just Wanna Be Loved (Rod Temperton) 4:48
4  Fee Waybill – Running Scared (Rod Temperton) 4:37
5  New Edition – Once In A Lifetime (Christine Perren, Freddie Perrren, Richard Wyatt Jr) 4:00
6  Patti LaBelle – I Know What I Want (Artie Ray Kimble, Howie Rice, James Budd Ellison) 3:53
7  Kim Wilde – Say You Really Want Me (Danny Sembello, Donnell Spencer, Richard Rudolph) 4:24
8  Rod Temperton Beat Wagon – El Chase (Instrumental) (Jim Flamberg, Larry Williams, Rod Temperton) 5:28
9  Rod Temperton Beat Wagon – Never Too Late To Start (Rod Temperton) 4:07


GuitarMichael Thompson
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsDaniel Sembello
KeyboardsLarry Williams
KeyboardsRod Temperton
KeyboardsTony Patler
SynclavierWells Christie
SynthesizerLarry Williams
SaxDave Boruff
SaxKim Hutchcroft
SaxLarry Williams
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey
Background VocalsAlex Brown
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsSiedah Garrett
Background VocalsStephanie Spruill
VocalsTommy Funderburk

Liner Notes

Producer – Rod Temperton
Producer – Bruce Swedien, Richard Rudolph (Track 6)
Producer (Executive) – Jheryl Busby
Arranged By – Rod Temperton (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 9)
Arranged By – Danny Sembello (Track 7)
Arranged By (Horns) – Larry Williams, Rod Temperton (Tracks 1, 2, 9)
Arranged By (Horns) – Fee Waybill (Track 4)
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey, Larry Williams, Rod Temperton (Track 8)
Arranged By (Vocals) – Freddie Perren, Richard Wyatt Jr (Track 5)
Coordinator (Music) – Kathy Nelson
Engineer (Additional) – Gene Eichelberger, Mike Stone
Engineer (Technical Director) – Craig Johnson
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – Bruce Swedien
Music Consultant (Creative Consultant) – Jim Flamberg
Product Manager (Project Coordinator) – Jonathan Zimbert
Recorded By – Bruce Swedien
Recorded By – Bill Bottrell, Hill Brin Swimmer (Track 6)
Remix – Bill Bottrell (Track 6)
Supervised By (Music Supervisor) – Richard Rudolph

Phonographic Copyright (p) – MCA Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – MCA Records, Inc.