Originally from Australia, Alan Tarney and Trevor Spencer immigrated to the UK during the Vietnam era and eventually became members of Cliff Richard’s backing band. Tarney and Spencer branched out on their own in 1975 and released three albums. In 1979, “No Time to Run” was issued from their final LP “Run for your Life.”
While the song garnered some airplay on album rock stations, it only peaked at #84. In 1981, MTV starved for videos found the video for “No Time to Lose” and put it into rotation. Because of this, the album and the single were being sought by a new audience. Both had been out of print, but A&M Records re-released the single in September 1981. The second time around, it charted at #74.
In addition, the “Run for your Life” album was issued with multiple covers. A number of artists during the late 70s and early 80s had albums that had several cover variations. Some that I remember include Split Enz’s “True Colors,” Hall & Oates’ “Voices,” Genesis’ “Abacab,” and Amy Grant’s “Unguarded.”
“Run for your Life” had four cover variations. Three of these had foil lettering in green, gold, and red. A fourth variation had textured foil in silver. I bought my copy from a cut-out bin in Hills’ Department Store in Ashland, KY. My cover has the red foil, which appears to be the most common variation.