Hug My Soul

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"Hug My Soul"
Single by Saint Etienne
from the album Tiger Bay
A-side "Hug My Soul"
B-side "Hate Your Drug", "I Buy American Records", "La Poupee Qui Fait Non (No No No)"
Released September 19, 1994 (1994-09-19)
Format 12", CD, MC
Genre Indie pop
Label Heavenly, Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Batson, Male, Cracknell
Producer(s) Saint Etienne
Saint Etienne singles chronology
"Like a Motorway"
(1994)
"Hug My Soul"
(1994)
"He's On The Phone"
(1995)
US cover

"Hug My Soul" is a single by British band Saint Etienne. It was the third single from the album Tiger Bay, and was released September 1994 (1994-09) by Heavenly Records. It was written by vocalist Sarah Cracknell along with songwriting partners Guy Batson and Johnny Male (Male and Batson would help co-write a number of tracks on Cracknell's solo debut Lipslide).

The single was released with three B-sides written by Saint Etienne's songwriting partnership of Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs: "I Buy American Records", "Hate Your Drug" and "La Poupee Qui Fait Non (No, No, No)". The latter was produced by the band's friend (and future Heavenly label mate) Edwyn Collins. A second CD featured remixes by Motiv8, Secret Knowledge, Juan "Kinky" Hernandez and Sure is Pure. It reached #32 in the UK charts.[1]

This would be Saint Etienne's final release for Warner Bros. Follow up single "He's On The Phone" would be released on MCA Records, lifted from a dance compilation album called Life is a Dance.[2] The US releases included a number of exclusive remixes - including an alternate album version (which was released as a bonus track on the US version of Tiger Bay), a Motiv-8 dub, and the On Tour In '94 dub.

The song bears a resemblance to the 70s disco hit More, More, More by Andrea True Connection. In particular, the phrasing of the "More More More" lyric "Ooh, how do you like your love?" is identical to the "Hug My Soul" lyric "Ooh, what are you dreaming of?", and both lyrics are the opening to each of their representative songs.

Marketing[edit]

The UK release featured cover art involving a photograph of abandoned musical instruments. The US release features a photograph of the band.

The single was marketed with a surreal video, in which Sarah Cracknell plays a young girl asleep with her stuffed toys; she dreams of being chased by a bear, but ultimately ends up having jelly and ice cream with him in his den.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and composed by Batson, Cracknell, Male; except where indicated.

MC: Heavenly / HVN42 CS[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hug My Soul"     3:56
2. "Hate Your Drug"   Stanley, Wiggs 3:47

12": Heavenly / HVN42 12[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Hug My Soul (Album version)"   3:56
2. "Hug My Soul (Sure Is Pure's Kodacolour House Mix)"   8:42
3. "Hug My Soul (Motiv8's Blackpool Mix)"   6:45
4. "Hug My Soul (Secret Knowledge's Limbo Mix)"   10:06

12": Heavenly / HVN42 12P[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Hug My Soul (Motiv 8 Mix - Blackpool Mix)"   6:45
2. "Hug My Soul (12" Mix)"   6:29
3. "Hug My Soul (Sure Is Pure's Kodacolour House Mix)"   8:42
4. "Hug My Soul (Sure Is Pure - Little Deuce Dub)"   8:40

12": Warner Bros. / 9 41591-0[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Hug My Soul (Kodacolor House Mix)"   8:42
2. "Hug My Soul (Little Deuce Dub)"   8:40
3. "Hug My Soul (Nu Bootz Groove)"   4:49
4. "Hug My Soul (Motive-8 Mix"   6:45
5. "Hug My Soul (Motive-8 Dub)"   6:41
6. "Hug My Soul (Secret Knowledge Limbo Mix)"   10:06

12": Warner Bros. / PRO-A-7069 (US Promo)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Hug My Soul (Kodacolor House Mix)"   8:42
2. "Hug My Soul (Little Deuce Dub)"   8:40
3. "Hug My Soul (Secret Knowledge Limbo Mix)"   10:05
4. "Hug My Soul (On Tour In '94 Dub)"   5:08

CD: Heavenly / HVN42CD[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hug My Soul"     3:56
2. "I Buy American Records"   Stanley, Wiggs 2:50
3. "Hate Your Drug"   Stanley, Wiggs 3:47
4. "La Poupee Qui Fait Non (No No No) - Live In Reykyavik"   Polnareff, Stephens 3:55

CD: Heavenly / HVN42CDR[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Hug My Soul (12" Mix)" (remixed by Mark "Spike" Stent) 6:29
2. "Hug My Soul (Motiv 8 - Blackpool Mix)"   6:45
3. "Hug My Soul (Sure Is Pure - Kodacolour House Mix)"   8:45
4. "Hug My Soul (Juan 'Kinky' Hernandez - Nu Bootz Groove)"   4:51
5. "Hug My Soul (Secret Knowledge - Limbo Mix)"   10:06

CD: Warner Bros. / 9 41591-2[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Hug My Soul (Alternate Album Version)"   4:23
2. "Hug My Soul (Kodacolor House Mix)"   8:45
3. "No, No, No, No, No (La Poupee Qui Fait Non)"   3:55
4. "Hug My Soul (Nu Bootz Groove)"   4:51
5. "Hug My Soul (Motiv-8 Mix)"   6:45
6. "I Buy American Records"   2:55
7. "Hug My Soul (Secret Knowledge Limbo Mix)"   10:06

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saint Etienne Heaven - Hug My Soul discography entry". Saint.etienne.net. 2002-06-29. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Life is a Dance discography entry". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 

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