Neil Finn und EMI haben ihre Tantiemen am Song “Help Is Coming” der Organisation “Save the children” zur Verfügung gestellt.
Der renommierte Journalist Peter Paphides hat in einem Artikel im Guardian die Entstehungsgeschichte der Hilfsaktion geschildert. Darin schreibt er:
Last night, I received a text telling me that iTunes has made Help is Coming a “worldwide priority”. I could have spent years campaigning, trying and failing to achieve what it looks like this song – a song that lay dormant on a near-forgotten album for 16 years – will do in just a few hours.
The best songs transcend the limitations of their authors and display a wisdom often lost on the people who created them. [...] In 1999, three years after their dissolution, Crowded House released an anthology of previously unreleased songs called Afterglow. One song, Help is Coming, dated back to 1995 sessions that the group never completed because, in the words of singer Neil Finn, “the band had lost its way”. Help Is Coming was a hushed, heartbreaking hymn to all those people who, in Finn’s words, “had arrived from Europe on ships to Ellis Island, seeking a better life for their families in America”.
This was the song that faded up into my head in the early hours of last Wednesday, as footage of Syrian refugees alighting dinghies played out in front of me. The following day, I contacted Finn and friends at The Vinyl Factory and asked them if they would produce a vinyl version of Help is Coming, with proceeds going to Save the Children. Since then, it’s hard to comprehend the chain of events that has – via Mat Whitecross’s extraordinary accompanying film – seen the song gain a worldwide release.
SHERLOCK-Hauptdarsteller Benedict Cumberbatch hat ein bewegendes Intro zum Song in einem Video eingesprochen — bitte schön: