Running in the Family

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Running in the Family
Level 42 - Running In The Family album cover.jpg
Studio album by Level 42
Released March 1987 (UK)
Recorded Recorded and mixed at Sarm West 1986.
"Lessons in Love" / "Children Say" backing tracks recorded by Nick Froome at Maison Rouge 1986
Digital engineering by Carlos Olms, London.
Genre Pop[1][2]
Length 49:04 (CD)
Label Polydor
Producer Wally Badarou, Level 42
Level 42 chronology
World Machine
(1985)World Machine1985
Running in the Family
Staring at the Sun
(1988)Staring at the Sun1988
Singles from Running in the Family
  1. "Lessons in Love"
    Released: April 1986
  2. "Running in the Family"
    Released: February 1987
  3. "To Be with You Again"
    Released: April 1987
  4. "It's Over"
    Released: August 1987
  5. "Children Say"
    Released: November 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
LM Magazine8/10 stars[3]
Record Mirror(Indifferent)[4]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[2]

Running in the Family is the seventh studio album by UK band Level 42, released in 1987.

It featured the UK hit singles: "Lessons in Love" (which reached No. 3 in May 1986), "Running in the Family" (No. 6 in February 1987), "To Be with You Again" (No. 10 in April '87), "It's Over" (No. 10, in September 1987) and "Children Say" (No. 22 at the end of 1987). All five singles peaked in the top 10 in the Netherlands, where the band was always popular. "Lessons in Love" peaked at #1 in Germany, South Africa, Switzerland and Denmark. This was the last Level 42 album of the 1980s to feature brothers Phil (drums) and Rowland 'Boon' Gould (guitar), who had cited dissatisfaction with the musical direction of the band and exhaustion as departure reasons.

Later in '87 the Platinum Edition of the album was issued. The CD and cassette replaced "Lessons in Love", "Running in the Family" and "It's Over" with remixed versions, and added remixes of "Something About You" and "World Machine" from the previous album. On vinyl the remixes were featured on one 33rpm record which was shrink-wrapped to the standard edition of the album.

Also in 1987 the group released the video collection Family of Five with the music videos of the five singles from Running in the Family exclusively in the United Kingdom.[5] The album itself was a big international success, reaching the Top 10 in numerous countries and the Top 25 in the US; in the UK, it was certified 2× Platinum by the BPI.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Lessons in Love" (Badarou, R. Gould, King) – 4:04
  2. "Children Say" (King, Lindup, P. Gould) – 4:53
  3. "Running in the Family" (P. Gould, Badarou, King) – 6:12
  4. "It's Over" (King, R. Gould, Badarou) – 6:02
  5. "To Be with You Again" (King, R. Gould) – 5:19
  6. "Two Solitudes" (King, P. Gould, Lindup) – 5:17
  7. "Fashion Fever" (King, P. Gould, R. Gould, Lindup) – 4:35
  8. "The Sleepwalkers" (King, P. Gould) – 6:02
  9. "Freedom Someday" (King, P. Gould, R. Gould, Lindup) – 6:20 (originally a bonus track on the CD and cassette)

2000 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Lessons in Love" (Shep's Final Mix) – 5:45
  2. "Children Say" (Slap Bass Mix) – 4:49
  3. "To Be with You Again" (A.D.S.C. Mix) – 5:45
  4. "Running in the Family" (HTL Dub) – 6:11

Band members[edit]

  • Gary Barnacle – saxophone ("Lessons in Love")
  • Krys Mach – saxophone ("Running in the Family")

Chart positions[edit]


Chart (1987) Peak
Netherlands 3
UK Albums Chart 2
US Billboard 200 23


Year Song Chart Peak
"Lessons in Love"
UK Singles Chart 3
Billboard Hot 100 12
Netherlands 2
Germany 1
Ireland 3
"Running in the Family"
UK Singles Chart 6
Billboard Hot 100 83
Ireland 4
Netherlands 3
"To Be with You Again"
UK Singles Chart 10
Netherlands 6
"It's Over"
UK Singles Chart 10
Ireland 3
Netherlands 7
"Children Say"
UK Singles Chart 22
Netherlands 9


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