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Group Hug

from Group Hug by Tom Robinson

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This brand new 60 second Tom Robinson song with Gerry Diver and Lee Forsyth Griffiths features on Miniatures 2020 - a newly released compilation album of one-minute tracks.

About Group Hug
The song was written and recorded by Tom at home during lockdown and combines an innocent yearning for contact with a not-so-innocent nostalgia for times gone by. Bunching up in a drunken huddle for collective selfies at the end of a party remains a fond but distant memory thanks to Covid. Lee supplied the high vocal lines and background rant - while Gerry a soundscape of slowly mounting hysteria as the party draws to its unsatisfactory close in sixty seconds flat.

About the original Miniatures
Former Mott The Hoople keyboardist Morgan Fisher released an obscure underground album called Miniatures conytaining 52 “miniature masterpieces” by a stellar lineup of obscure music legends and well known cult figures.

About Miniatures 2020
Forty years later, comoser Barry Lamb has organised this 40th anniversary tribute release which includes a number of artists from the original release. The full lineup includes The Residents, Fred Frith, Stewart Lee, Billy Bragg, David Thomas, John Otway, Peter Blegvad, Eyeless In Gaza, Gary Clail, Adrian Sherwood, Atilla the Stockbroker, Terry Riley, Matmos, Alternative TV, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Boo Hewerdine and Chris Cutler as well as myself. The full tracklist is at www.barrylamb.com/store/p56/miniatures2020.html

Various Artists: Miniatures 2020
Label: The 62nd Gramophone Company
Catalogue Number: 62GC1/2
Distribution: RēR Megacorp
Buy link: bit.ly/Miniatures2020

The initial release is on CD only consisting of 2 discs in a slipcase with a thick book. But if you hurry there's a special limited edition package (available only from bit.ly/Miniatures2020 that also includes a free copy of Morgan Fisher’s original 1980 compilation. It costs £22, including free shipping to Europe and the Americas.

lyrics

GROUP HUG
I can't wait till the party's over - and the group hug
I can't wait until the party's over - and the group hug
Now that May's become October (you're)
You're still so beautiful, so much bolder
Here in the eye of this one beholder
In a group hug, group hug

Let's get a picture - everyone together in a group hug
There's plenty of huddling, pushing and shoving in a group hug
Putting your arm around my shoulder
Nobody sees you pressing up closer
Letting me know there's still a smoulder
In the group hug, group hug
Here in the group hug, group hug

credits

from Group Hug, track released July 30, 2021
Tom Robinson: main vocal
Lee Forsyth Griffiths: background vocals
Gerry Diver: instruments and noises

Written by Tom Robinson
Produced and mixed by Gerry Diver

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Tom Robinson London, UK

Tom Robinson (b.1950) is a UK songwriter & broadcaster first known in the 70s as an anti-racist and LGBT campaigner. He released 19 albums between 1975-2001 with various bands and has co-written songs with Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. He's an award-winning presenter at BBC Radio 6 Music, and released Only The Now (his first album in 19 years) in October 2015. ... more

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