- I emailed Chris Evans over the weekend, and also posted on my regional BBC fb page.

I am staggered that the BBC would take this stance......which assume it doesn't apply to their own Children In Need effort each year? Ironic therefore that they apparently won't support another project to raise funds for Save The Children.

Help Is Coming need Geldof on board!

So glad this is happening for the obvious tragedy that is the current refugee crisis.

I love this song... It once got me fired from a job so I'm glad to see it doing good. Lots of it too.
Originally Posted by Gathering Rain:

       
So glad this is happening for the obvious tragedy that is the current refugee crisis.

I love this song... It once got me fired from a job so I'm glad to see it doing good. Lots of it too.

       

Got you fired from a job? You mean I'm not the only one whose employment status has been compromised, for reasons of Finn fandom? (I didn't get fired, I told them to go to hell!) Do tell us the story!
I had never heard HIC before and I really like it. Very clever little bit of modulation at the beginning of the chorus. I wish I could watch those news  videos, but whether it's a problem with my browser, or slow internet connection, watching anything other than YT is just glitchy and infuriating.
Wow, thankyou for that. That video made me want to cry and brought so much meaning to the song. I must say that a beautiful song and a moving video like that seems a far better way to raise funds, than the employment of those annoying young people, who harass you in the street.
Originally Posted by aFINNity:
Got you fired from a job? You mean I'm not the only one whose employment status has been compromised, for reasons of Finn fandom? (I didn't get fired, I told them to go to hell!) Do tell us the story!

Haha! 13 years ago I quit a job when reasons of Finn fandom became the straw that broke the camel's back in a job I hated. You're definitely not the only one!

Mine was back in 99 when was a backpacker in Sydney. I got a one day trial as a kitchen hand in a small restaurant. The owner/manager was giving me instructions on how to clean the kitchen when Help is Coming came on the radio.

I'd never heard it before. As the first line of the vocal came in my attention totally switched from the cleaning lesson to the radio. I was thinking "Is that Neil Finn singing?" By the third line I was telling the manager to shush. Let's just say he didn't appreciate that.

My career in the restaurant business had lasted less than 2 hours.
Originally Posted by Gathering Rain:
Mine was back in 99 when was a backpacker in Sydney. I got a one day trial as a kitchen hand in a small restaurant. The owner/manager was giving me instructions on how to clean the kitchen when Help is Coming came on the radio.

I'd never heard it before. As the first line of the vocal came in my attention totally switched from the cleaning lesson to the radio. I was thinking "Is that Neil Finn singing?" By the third line I was telling the manager to shush. Let's just say he didn't appreciate that.

My career in the restaurant business had lasted less than 2 hours.

HA HA, smart move, buddy! Mine was high drama, emphasis on high! My boss and her hubby tore into the place, coked up to their eyeballs (in a gym, no less!) I was with my client, when the boss's husband booms over the music, "Good to see you again, Dee! I don't suppose you worried what might happen to your business, while you were off in New Zealand, stalking Tim Finn! Everyone knows your a f___ing stalker!" He wasn't joking either. I was furious that he'd humiliated me in front of so many people, but suggesting that I would ever harm Tim was even worse! Watch this woman fly! I felt 2 strong hands grab my arms and hold them behind my back. I wanted to strangle the old bastard!

I quit on the spot. The boss wasn't happy, having seen how tireless I worked, saving up for the NZ trip. Months later, she made her husband offer what almost sounded like an apology and I did come back. One guy, who was in the gym on the day said to me, "I was sorry when Brad held you back. It's not every day, you see a tiny woman hit a big c___ like that!"

"Hit him?", I replied, "I was gonna kill him!"

Originally Posted by Finngirl:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/284323/'refugee-quota-is-totally-inadequate'

And back to the topic at hand. The general feeling over here seems to be that NZ is "too welcoming" of refugees and that "We're getting all the sh!t that Australia don't want!" Maybe I have just been speaking to the wrong people, but they all harp back to a certain man from the middle east, who Australia rejected on the grounds of possible terrorist association. The NZ government spent millions on his legal defence, the outcome of which I don't know, but it made a lot of people angry.

Well, despite iTunes having by far the largest market share of the singles (downloading) market and Help is Coming floating around number 30 all week, it entered the UK singles chart at number 88

 

It's now not even showing in iTunes top 200 downloads. 

 

Presumably, it's chart ascent was stymied by the lack of plays on Spotify and the like.

Yeah. Makes me realise that us old fogies who've been downloading ought to have had the song on auto replay on Spotify. Doh.

I have mine. Received an email confirming shipment on Wednesday, got it on Friday. It was mailed in a 12" card mailer.

I'm a little surprised that it didn't sell out.  They only printed 1,000 and I thought for sure there would be at least 1,000 die hard CH fans out there willing to purchase it.  Perhaps I over estimated the market for obscure vinyl singles.  Have anyone noticed that a vinyl copy of Time on Earth sells on ebay for US$150 or more these days?

I think it was more the price than anything.  It's for a good cause but not everyone can spare what effectively worked out at £20+ for a 7" single when they may not even have a turntable.  I think most people who wanted to show their support downloaded it.

I've received mine. It's actually a bit warped, but it plays ok. Seeing as its for a good cause , I don't want to request a new one, as it will mean less money for those who need it.

I received my 45 yesterday (Canada)  So only 1000 were issued?  I wonder if each one is numbered then?  I don't see any evidence of that actually.

Well, the whole release seems to have died a death. Here's hoping that it made some money. Which, of course, was the point.

Originally Posted by Paul H:

Well, the whole release seems to have died a death.

 

I'm not sure why you term it that way. Most charity drives like this do some brief business, then mostly go away, so it's not like the idea was a failure. I think this is how it's expected to go.

I think it's a shame that the online release, the physical release and eventual radio play all didn't co-incide  It would've given the campaign a bigger profile than the low-key one it ended up with.  What a shame, but it would be interesting to know a total figure the single made for Save The Children.  Well done to all concerned though.

Originally Posted by slowpogo:
Originally Posted by Paul H:

Well, the whole release seems to have died a death.

 

I'm not sure why you term it that way. Most charity drives like this do some brief business, then mostly go away, so it's not like the idea was a failure. I think this is how it's expected to go.

Perhaps I had overly high expectations for this release. As I put in my post the important thing is that it raised some money but I really hoped that the song would catch on and become a hit of some kind. In the UK it just didn't. It charted at 88 (which is outside the official chart stats segment (Top 75) so will never be listed as having "charted") and then disappeared. It failed to get any significant airplay either. 

The charts are built for kids these days, growing up they catered for everyone,,yer mum sister brother e.t.c.....and you had to sell loads to chart, nowdays it's full of unforgettable fast food for the ears pop, a different number one virtually every week, the crowdies should have had a top twenty hit with a bit more of a push from other media sources, which would have highlighted the good cause. I know things change but shame record shops and cassettes and cd's have bit the dust in general.

Can someone confirm the writer's credit for "Help is Coming" on the 7" single's label? Specifically, any mention of M. Hart? ��

Guy. posted:

Can someone confirm the writer's credit for "Help is Coming" on the 7" single's label? Specifically, any mention of M. Hart? ��

Neil Finn, Peter Jones, Nick Seymour, Mark Hart.

Thank you. No one ever noticed Marks name has been left off in the credits on "Afterglow"? (Including the 2016 Deluxe Version) :-)

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