Apparently on news night tonight Uk Crowded House are releasing 'help is coming' for charity!
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CROWDED HOUSE ‘HELP IS COMING’

 

LIMITED EDITION 7” AND DOWNLOAD IN AID OF 

SAVE THE CHILDREN FOR THE REFUGEE CRISIS 

 

Text GIVE to 61144 to donate £5

 

#HELP IS COMING

 

http://helpiscoming.org/

 

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‘Help Is Coming’ with an introduction by Benedict Cumberbatch, a short film by Mat Whitecross https://youtu.be/NKUEiL_XQPE

 

Download available now from iTunes; Apple's Proceeds From ‘Help Is Coming’ will benefit Save the Children

 

7” single via The Vinyl Factory available 28/09 with an exclusive 

b-side http://www.vfeditions.com/product/view/287

This is a great move. A+.

 

Seems like it's not available in the Australian iTunes store though? Will it be? I'm particularly keen to hear Anthem.

It doesn't appear to be available on UK iTunes yet. But more importantly, I've snagged me a copy of the 7"  

 

Thanks for the heads up, Peter. (Any idea when we can expect the Hessie CD?)

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I must say, I just watched that video and it is perhaps the most moving thing I've ever seen. Well done to all. Lets get this in charts all over the world.

Wanted to order, but single + shipping costs + tax to The Netherlands is insane. Total of £29,50.

The download for the single is live at the US iTunes Store, but the single doesn't include "Anthem."  Guess they were serious when they said it's exclusive to the vinyl release.

 

I remember that PG mentioned an unreleased CH song called "Anthem" in one of his diary entries many years ago.  I think it was from the pre-TRY WHISTLING THIS Peter Jones line-up of the band, but I could be wrong about that.  It would make sense if that were true, though, since Peter is the one drumming on "Help is Coming."

 

Of course, this soon-to-to-released version of "Anthem" could be a demo or a different version.

 

EDIT:

 

https://www.frenzforum.com/topi...0#289240632437405490

 

Jaffaman posted the following back in May 2009: “Anthem is another song in its own right and a beautiful one at that.”

 

matt

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Listening to the version on the video, I thought it sounded different toward the end, but on iTunes, the running times listed for the single version and the AFTERGLOW version are the same.  Curious.

 

matt

Anthem is from the same York St demo sessions as Help is Coming. If it has drums, then it features Peter Jones. Neil recorded a new vocal for Anthem this Monday and mixed the track. At this point the only scheduled release is on this limited edition single.
The fade-out is indeed slightly longer (5-6 seconds), which leaves the running time being the same as the Afterglow version quite odd.

Wow a new vocal.  So this is like a hybrid between 1995 Peter Jones era Crowded House and 2015 Neil Finn?  I'm pretty sure Neil recorded some new vocals for the songs on Afterglow back in 1999 and always wondered which vocals were the new ones and which vocals were from the original recording sessions.  If I had to guess, I'd say there were new vocals recorded for "Time Immemorial" in 1999, but that's really only a guess.

Great cause to support and now at number 28 on the iTunes chart.  Am sure it will also open up the band's music to a new audience as well...

Depends whether or not the retailer you bought it from is a registered chart return company. I took the liberty of downloading the iTunes singles just to make sure

May do the same,

But is it only a charity single on iTunes?

The track is on Amazon, but does a sale from there count for the charts and more importantly does it go to STCF?

Here's to hoping that this single sells millions of copies and raises a great amount of money, and more importantly awareness around the atrocities and suffering that exist, while most of us are privileged to live "normal" lives...

On a more selfish note, I also hope that this release serves as a Sparkplug to ignite the car that's been sitting on blocks in the Crowded House garage for the past 5 years...

Originally Posted by BRANDO BRANDT:

Here's to hoping that this single sells millions of copies and raises a great amount of money, and more importantly awareness around the atrocities and suffering that exist, while most of us are privileged to live "normal" lives..

 

On a more selfish note, I also hope that this release serves as a Sparkplug to ignite the car that's been sitting on blocks in the Crowded House garage for the past 5 years...

Beautiful thoughts, Brando.  I also share your more selfish note.  Nice to see Nick's involved in this project.  It's not a Crowded House release without Nick's artwork.

Originally Posted by mattl:

The download for the single is live at the US iTunes Store, but the single doesn't include "Anthem."  Guess they were serious when they said it's exclusive to the vinyl release.

Well that's a bit disappointing. I hope there will be some way for those of us who don't own a record player and have no intention of owning one (frankly, I think vinyl is only a shade better than cassettes and deserved to be abandoned) to hear Anthem.

 

Question for those who've bought the vinyl release: does it come with a digital download code by any chance? This is for such a good cause that I'm willing to fork out for it if it means I can get a digital version of Anthem.

The vinyl isn't released until 28 Sep. I've had my order confirmed but there's been no code of any kind. The press blurb does say that the song is exclusive to the vinyl.

 

(And, while I make no intention of trying to persuade you to buy a record player, your view on vinyl is, well, factually inaccurate )

Vinyl is great! Just ordered mine cos you never know if this will be the last ever Crowded House release on vinyl (lack of action lately suggests it could be...)  Costly but goes to a good cause.

 

This needs more publicity.

Radio stations need to be playing it, creating more awareness.
I have emailed BBC Radio 2 to ask they add it to their playlist.

Also, is there any chance that Anthem could be made available as a download? Anyone know the history of this track?

I agree BART, I hope someone is pushing this to radio. Thing is, of course, that Neil is no longer signed to EMI (who own the recording) so unless someone at EMI is prepared to plug it, it would appear to be left to us.

Originally Posted by BART:



Also, is there any chance that Anthem could be made available as a download? Anyone know the history of this track?

'Anthem' was recorded at the same 1995 York St Studios demo sessions as 'Help Is Coming'. I think it was considered for Afterglow and there was talk of Paul Hester overdubbing Peter Jones's drums but that didn't happen. It was to be a highlight of the infamous box set in 2006 but that didn't happen either. It will be released on CD eventually, just not for this campaign.

I've been following this on Twitter and this is the situation in the UK as regards radio play, in short they are refusing to playlist it on the biggest BBC stations because they don't play charity records!

Makes you wonder how we ever got to hear all those Band Aid songs, all those Children in Need charity records and that Military Wives record for Help the Heroes. Apparently you didn't hear them on BBC radio.

I don't know if this type of ridiculous rule applies else where in the world is the song getting radio exposure in other countries?

Anyway, Pete posted this yesterday:

"The higher it charts, the more it helps keep the refugee issue on the news agenda which means more pressure on govt. https://t.co/kYc4KWrwC2"

And I think we can all recognize that this government would like this issue to die down, they only changed their  Policy because of the national outcry.

The song is doing quite well just through the web, it getting some high profile retreats, but it's nowhere near the global phenomenon that the Hobbit song became.

Caitlin Moran has tweeted rather doubtfully that if it rises in the chart they will have to play it, also that maybe if people request it then the BBC might be shamed into playing it. In an ideal world HIC, would be an A listed song, on every radio on frequent rotation and keeping the refugee issue in the public consciousness for a month, but getting that to happen in the UK isn't going to be easy.

Now I've done it before and I can do it again.

I can post up all the email addresses and Twitter handles, we can start a radio promo campaign, but I don't see the point if the frenz forum isn't going to to support it so tell me what you think.
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Currently #24 on UK iTunes chart, #88 on Aust iTunes.  Hopefully a push coming in from Australia so it may well jump here. Thanks again for supporting this one.

 

Currently #40 on NZ chart, though I saw it at #34 earlier today. It's a bit of a weekend for charity songs in NZ as "Team Ball Player Thing" featuring Lorde, Kimbra, Flight of the Conchords, Dave Dobbyn, Brooke Fraser, etc, and recorded at Roundhead Studios, is #1. Fantastic result for Cure Kids.

Love this tune and always have since i first heard.i feel however that this tune could turn out to be their highest charting song and as much as i would like to see this at the top,it will always have a shadow cast over it with its message.all in all a great choice for a worthy cause.

yeah deffo would buy anthem as a download....15 quid for a single however good the cause is is too much for me to pay out for...bought the single on i tunes though

Originally Posted by Kittybear:
I've been following this on Twitter and this is the situation in the UK as regards radio play, in short they are refusing to playlist it on the biggest BBC stations because they don't play charity records!

Makes you wonder how we ever got to hear all those Band Aid songs, all those Children in Need charity records and that Military Wives record for Help the Heroes. Apparently you didn't hear them on BBC radio.

I don't know if this type of ridiculous rule applies else where in the world is the song getting radio exposure in other countries?

I can post up all the email addresses and Twitter handles, we can start a radio promo campaign, but I don't see the point if the frenz forum isn't going to to support it so tell me what you think.

I must say that I don't recall Ferry Aid or You'll Never Walk Alone (for Bradford) get much airplay back when I paid attention to it. Band Aid really is an exception. But hell yeah, I'm up for badgering the BBC and local radio as much as time allows. Bring on the email addies, Kittybear.

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