Crowded House / Help is Coming


Vinyl Factory are to release a special limited edition seven-inch vinyl version of Crowded House‘s 1995 song Help Is Coming in support of Syrian Refugees.

The track originally featured on the Afterglow compilation album and the single will include a previously unreleased song Anthem on the B-side. In true Crowded House tradition, the sleeve has been designed by Nick Seymour.

This release has been the initiative of music writer and broadcaster Pete Paphides and his wife, author and Times columnist Caitlin Moran. Production costs for the single have been waived with all proceeds going to Save The Children. Also, the artist, publisher and licensing label will donate all royalties from the release to the charity, who are working to provide aid to Syria’s displaced peoples.

I first heard Help Is Coming in 1999 and it absolutely stopped me in my tracks. Sixteen years later, watching harrowing footage of the mass exodus from Syria playing out on my TV screen, this was the song that started playing in my head. Before Mat Whitecross made the incredible film that went with it; The Vinyl Factory was my first port of call to see if I could get the song released in aid of the relief effort. A song as beautiful as this deserves to exist in the physical world.” – Pete Paphides.

This will be officially released on 28 September but you can pre-order from Vinyl Factory’s website. The physical release will be limited to 1000. You can also download the song via iTunes.



  • A: Help Is Coming
  • B: Anthem (exclusive)

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