You Surround Me

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"You Surround Me"
Erasure - You Surround Me.jpg
Single by Erasure
from the album Wild!
B-side"Supernature", "91 Steps"
Released27 November 1989
Format12", 7", CD, 3" CD
LabelMute (UK)
Sire (U.S.)
Songwriter(s)Vince Clarke, Andy Bell
Producer(s)Gareth Jones, Mark Saunders, Erasure
Erasure singles chronology
"You Surround Me"
"Blue Savannah"
Alternative cover
Limited edition "Supernature" 12" single cover
Limited edition "Supernature" 12" single cover

"You Surround Me" is a song by Erasure that was issued in 1989 by Mute Records as the second single from the band's fourth studio album Wild!. The song was not released as a single in the United States.


Upon release, "You Surround Me" became Erasure's tenth consecutive Top 20 hit on the UK singles chart, peaking at #15. It reached #10 on the Irish singles chart, and became a Top 40 hit in Germany, where it reached #38.

The track, a love song, was written by Erasure members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell and is a heavily-synthesized ballad with a dramatic chorus featuring Bell's falsetto. Clarke has stated that this song was his attempt at writing a James Bond film theme[citation needed].

The song was promoted with a music video showing Clarke and Bell performing on a three-level circular stage set, with cityscapes superimposed at various points during the song through a mixture of chroma key and ordinary vision mixing.

This release has become more notable for the B-sides[citation needed] that were included with "You Surround Me". First was a cover version of Cerrone's environmental anthem "Supernature". The song, also previously recorded by Lene Lovich, led to a collaboration[citation needed] between Erasure and Lovich for the song "Rage", which later appeared on a PETA benefit album. Erasure's recording was remixed by William Orbit and became a popular hit in dance clubs[citation needed].

Also included on the single as a B-side is "91 Steps", an instrumental with complex synthesizer programming[citation needed] and unusual time signature in which upon play, some listeners may think it is their CD player skipping. The track utilises repeating cycles in which the first seven bars use a 7/4 time signature, followed by one bar in 3/4 time.

Track listings[edit]

7" single (MUTE99) / Cassette Single (CMUTE99)[edit]

  1. "You Surround Me"
  2. "91 Steps"

12" single (12MUTE99) / CD single (CDMUTE99)[edit]

  1. "You Surround Me" (Syrinx Mix)
  2. "Supernature"
  3. "91 Steps" (+24 Mix)

Limited 12" single (L12MUTE99) / Limited CD single (LCDMUTE99)[edit]

  1. "You Surround Me" (Remix)
  2. "Supernature" (William Orbit Mix)
  3. "91 Steps" (6 Pianos Mix)

Limited "Supernature" 12" single (XL12MUTE99)[edit]

  1. "Supernature" (Daniel Miller & Phil Legg Mix)
  2. "You Surround Me" (Gareth Jones Mix)
  3. "Supernature" (Mark Saunders Mix)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
German Singles Chart[1] 38 10
Irish Singles Chart[2] 10 5
UK Singles Chart[3] 15 9


  1. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche". Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  2. ^ Jaclyn Ward (1 October 1962). "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  3. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 March 2012.

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