Stand Above Me

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"Stand Above Me"
Single by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
from the album Liberator
B-side "Can I Believe You"
Released 4 May 1993 (1993-05-04)
Format 7", 12", CD single, and cassette single
Recorded The Pink Museum & The Ministry, Liverpool
Genre Synthpop
Length 3:33
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Andy McCluskey, Stuart Kershaw, Lloyd Massett
Producer(s) Andy McCluskey, Phil Coxon
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark singles chronology
"Call My Name"
(1991)
"Stand Above Me"
(1993)
"Dream of Me (Based on Love's Theme)"
(1993)

"Stand Above Me" was a single released as the first single from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark album Liberator (released a few weeks ahead of the album), and their 26th single overall. It was the last OMD single released on a 12" format before OMD took a break in 1996. The next 12" to be released under the OMD name was "Metroland" in March 2013.

Billboard, in a positive review, wrote: "For public tastes that run to infectiously upbeat bubblegum pop with some muscle, this track, from the chronically overlooked venerable British pop outfit, will do the trick. Features fat, raspy synths, a rollicking beat, and sweet, strong vocal harmonies."[1]

An "anonymous" club 12" was released as "Liberator: Stand Above Me". It appeared to be credited to the act "Liberator". This record made it to #5 on the US modern rock charts and #6 on the US dance charts.[2]

Track listing[edit]

7" single[edit]

Virgin / VS 1444 (UK)

  1. "Stand Above Me" – 3:33
  2. "Can I Believe You" – 3:52

12" single (UK)[edit]

Virgin / VST1444 (UK)

  1. "Stand Above Me" (Transcendental Constant Viper Trip Mix)
  2. "Stand Above Me"
  3. "Stand Above Me" (A 10 Minute Therapy Session into Hyperlife Mix)

12" single (USA)[edit]

Virgin / SPRO-12777 (USA, promo)

  1. "Stand Above Me" (A 10 Minute Therapy Session into Hyperlife Mix) – 9:40
  2. "Stand Above Me" (7" Mix) – 3:32
  3. "Stand Above Me" (12" Mix) – 10:13

"Liberator: Stand Above Me" 12" single[edit]

Union Recordings / ucrtdj18 (USA)

  1. "Stand Above Me"
  2. "A 10 Minute Therapy Session into Hyperlife"

CD single[edit]

Virgin / VSCDT 1444 (UK, Jewel case), VSCDT 1444 (UK, Digipack)

  1. "Stand Above Me" – 3:33
  2. "Stand Above Me" (Transcendental Constant Viper Trip Mix) – 10:15
  3. "Stand Above Me" (Hypnofunk Mix) – 5:58
  4. "Can I Believe You" – 3:52

Cassette single[edit]

Virgin / VS 1444 (UK)

  1. "Stand Above Me" – 3:33
  2. "Can I Believe You" – 3:52

Both sides of the cassette have the same track listing.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
Belgian Singles Chart 25
German Singles Chart 33
Swedish Singles Chart 28
UK Singles Chart[3] 21
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[4] 6
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[4] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stand Above Me" review. Billboard. 12 June, 1993. p.70. Archived at Google Books. Retrieved 20 June, 2013.
  2. ^ "OMD Discography entry for "Stand above Me" 12"". Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  3. ^ "Chart Stats - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". 2010 Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-06-30.