I took a dip into my Twitter account yesterday and just by luck, I saw one of the tweets from a J-Pop Internet radio service mention that this song was currently playing. I had never heard of "Motto Chikaku ni" (As Close As Possible), so I decided to give it a try.
Most of my knowledge of the various works by Off-Course（オフコース）are from their 70s discography of folk and ballads although there are a few that I know from their City Pop/J-AOR 80s. But when I heard "Motto Chikaku ni" midway through the song, I knew right off the bat that this must have been close to the end of their time as a band. For one thing, it's quite peppy and the arrangement is such that it could have easily been packed into an album of Kazumasa Oda（小田和正）as a soloist.
As it turns out, "Motto Chikaku ni" is Off-Course's 33rd single from May 1987, almost a year and a half before the band broke up. Oda wrote and composed the song but American songwriter Randy Goodrum also helped out with the English lyrics. And the story behind how Goodrum helped is pretty quaint and telling of the state of communication technology at the time. According to J-Wiki, things got somewhat tight in the lyric-writing and it was determined that there just wasn't enough time to send over a tape to Goodrum Stateside, so with the assistance of an international phone call from Japan, the main track was played over the phone and an explanation given to the songwriter about the lyrics and idea of the song. Several hours later, he sent over his contribution the same way. I'm not sure if Oda and Goodrum were majorly panicking at the time, but if the same thing happened today, Skype would save the day. Also not sure whether KDD or NTT got some credit as well.