Be Near Me

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"Be Near Me"
Single by ABC
from the album How to Be a...Zillionaire!
B-side "A to Z", "What's Your Destination?"
Released 1 April 1985
Format 7",
12"
Recorded December 1984
Genre New wave, dance-pop, synthpop
Length 3:38
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Martin Fry, Mark White
Producer(s) Martin Fry, Mark White
ABC singles chronology
"(How to Be a) Millionaire"
(1984)
"Be Near Me"
(1985)
"Vanity Kills"
(1985)

"Be Near Me" is a song by the British band ABC. It was released in March 1985 as the second single from the band's album How to Be a...Zillionaire!. It peaked at #26 on the UK singles chart in 1985, and was the only single from the album to reach the UK Top 40. It was more successful in the United States where it reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] The song also went to #1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart in September of that year, remaining on top for two weeks.[2]

Music video[edit]

The song’s music video shows the four band members in colorful attire "playing" toy or non-functional instruments, against a plain white background and floor. The camera makes a series of rolling, panning, and swooping shots.

Track listing[edit]

7" version[edit]

U.S. release[edit]

  1. "Be Near Me" (3:38)
  2. "A to Z" (2:50)

UK release[edit]

  1. "Be Near Me" (3:38)
  2. "What's Your Destination?" [instrumental version of track 1] (3:38)

12" version[edit]

U.S. release[edit]

  1. "Be Near Me" [Munich Disco Mix] (5:28)
  2. "Be Near Me" [Ecstasy Mix] (4:45)
  3. "What's Your Destination?" [instrumental version of "Be Near Me"] (3:36)

UK release[edit]

  1. "Be Near Me" [Munich Disco Mix] (5:27)
  2. "A to Z" (2:50)
  3. "What's Your Destination?" [instrumental version of "Be Near Me"] (3:38)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 26
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 9
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1

See also[edit]

Preceded by
"Dare Me" by Pointer Sisters
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
28 September 1985 – 5 October 1985
Succeeded by
"Oh Sheila" by Ready for the World

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 16. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 15. 

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