Say You Really Want Me

Song written by Danny Sembello, Dick Rudolph and D. Spencer jr. A track included on the album Another Step. This track was released on single, first in America in 1986 and then in remixed form in England in 1987.
The track was also included in the soundtrack of the movie Running Scared.


There are twelve different versions of ‘Say You Really Want Me’, some of them hard to distinguish except for track times and the last minute of the track. A full listing follows here:

  1. UK LP first pressing – 4’13 minutes
  2. US LP version and UK LP second (and later) pressing – 3’44 minutes
  3. CHR version on US 7” and Another Step Japanese CD and LP – 3’29 minutes
  4. Urban version – US purple sleeve promo 7” – 3’59 minutes
  5. Canadian promo 7” version – 4’00 minutes [incorrectly labelled as ‘Urban version’ on the 2009 Cherry Pop cd release of ‘Another Step’]
  6. Instrumental version – Canadian promo 7” B-side – 4’22 minutes
  7. Running Scared Soundtrack version – 4’33 minutes
  8. β€˜Radio edit’ – US green sleeve promo 7” – 5’09 minutes
  9. David Todd remix – US 12” single – 5’48 minutes
  10. Video remix – 9’47 minutes
  11. UK 7” version, remixed by Ricky Wilde – 4’02 minutes
  12. UK 12” extended version – 6’35 minutes

A remix by Rob Harvey was released by Ultimix.


In the US, this single was released on several different 7″ singles and a 12″ single.
See also this page in the discography.
In the UK, this single was released on 7″ single, a limited edition 7″ single in a gatefold sleeve, a cassette single and two different 12″ singles.
See also this page in the discography.

Music video

A music video was filmed to promote the single. It was released in two versions: the regular version (based on the UK 7″ version) and an extended version (based on the Video remix). Both versions were directed by Greg Masuak.
Go to this page for more information.

Live performances

‘Say You Really Want Me’ was performed live during the Another Step Tour in 1986 only.

Cover versions

‘Say You Really Want Me’ has been covered by Helen Hat and Lynn Sweet.

Kim about ‘Say You Really Want Me’

Suddenly I got a phonecall of top producer Rod Temperton, you know him from the Commodores. He needed a singer for a disco song on the movie and the boss of my American record company suggested me. So I flew to L.A. to sing a great song from the composer of the Pointer Sisters’ “Automatic”. I was surprised to get the opportunity because the song is so good, that the biggest American singer would also have recorded it. But they chose me and that’s not just a big honour. I think I can break through in the US with it. Everyone there is very enthusiastic all of a sudden. (1)

I never thought it was a particularly sexy song to start off with, in fact it didn’t sound very much like a single to me, but I think the video makes it stronger. (2)

‘Running scared’ is this awful film that came out last year and my new single ‘Say you really want me’ is actually on the soundtrack. You don’t actually hear it that much in the film. I think it comes on the radio at one point and you hear a tiny snatch of it. My record company in America asked me to do it, saying it would be a good profile to be in this film. I watched the film subsequently and it’s just really boring – trying to be funny when it wasn’t. The plot was dull and predictable, the script was awful and I was raher sad that my record was associated with it. (3)

At that time my career in America went well and we saw it as a bit of promotion. Also there’s a lot of demand for artist who want to contribute to soundtracks at the moment. It’s a good development. After I saw it, I felt ‘Running scared’ was a monstrous movie. Fortunately the song I recorded could only be heard for a few seconds. Next time I’ll be more careful before I say ‘yes’. (4)

Those were the two most delicious days of my life. But you know, we had a lot of fun and it was all clean stuff even though it looked quite rude. D’you know what? I mean the rudest shot wasn’t even very rude and I didn’t know I was gonna do it until the director said: ‘Hey, I’ve got this great idea for a shot. I want you writhing in the bed, four guys, boxer shorts, lots of water’ and I said, ‘Sounds great, let’s do it!’. (5)

I had no idea about pearl necklaces. I think, you know, girls don’t know about that. It wasn’t until afterwards that someone told me, ‘you know what that’s all about, don’t you?’. So I was pretty naive still in those days. (laughs) (6)


Keyboards: Danny Sembello
Produced by Rod Temperton, Dick Rudolph and Bruce Swedien

Highest chart positions

Canada: 48
Ireland: 18 (2 weeks)
United Kingdom: 29 (5 weeks)
United States: 44 (8 weeks)

Interview sources:
(1) This is the new Kim Wilde: independent, resolute and looking for adventure, Hitkrant (Netherlands), 19 July 1986
(2) Wilde eyed and reckless, Melody Maker (UK), August 1987
(3) Kim Wilde: My least favourite things, Smash Hits (UK), 1987
(4) The big Kim Wilde interview: β€˜Too much has gone wrong, that won’t happen to me again’, Hitkrant (Netherlands), 18 June 1988
(5) Non-stop pure pop, MTV Europe (UK), 8 August 1990
(6) Unsung Heroes podcast, 17 July 2021


Why you always got to be so cool
And why I always got to play your fool
You don’t really know what life’s about
Baby come and let your feelings out

Say you really want me
Don’t keep it to yourself
Say you really need me
Just me and no one else
Say you really love me
Ooh let me know it’s true
Say you really want me
The way that I want you tonight

You don’t know a thing about romance
Deep inside you’re scared to take the chance
‘Cos love like this may never come again
Make your move or I’ll be in the wind

I need somebody through the thick and the thin
‘Cos I know the problems of today
The time is over now for playing those games
Lets take it all the way