Anchor Me (The Mutton Birds song)

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"Anchor Me"
The Mutton Birds "Anchor Me" cover art, 1994.jpg
Single by The Mutton Birds
from the album 'Salty'
B-side "When The Wind Comes Round"
Released 1994
Format Cassette single, CD single
Genre Rock
Length 4:27
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Don McGlashan
Producer(s) The Mutton Birds
The Mutton Birds singles chronology
"Anchor Me"
"She's Been Talking"
"Anchor Me"
"She's Been Talking"

"Anchor Me" is a 1994 single by New Zealand rock band The Mutton Birds. The song peaked at #10 in the New Zealand singles chart, and charted for nine weeks. The song was from the group's 1993 album Salty, with three other album tracks used on the single.[1] "Anchor Me" is a love song, written by the Mutton Birds' lead singer Don McGlashan about his wife.[2]

Songwriter Don McGlashan won the 1994 APRA Silver Scroll songwriting award for "Anchor Me", the first of his two Silver Scrolls.[3] McGlashan was also nominated for Best Songwriter for "Anchor Me" at the 1995 New Zealand Music Awards.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Anchor Me" (Remix Edit) - 4:27
  2. "When The Wind Comes Round" - 5:30
  3. "Esther" - 2:48
  4. "Don't Fight It Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us" - 4:38

Uses in popular culture[edit]

  • Perfect Strangers (2003 feature film). With a new version of the song recorded for the film, McGlashlan appears in the film as part of a fictitious band called The Blackouts who perform the song in a bar scene.[5]
  • Boy (2004 short film) soundtrack[6]
  • After the 2008 New Zealand general election, Television New Zealand used "Anchor Me" in a montage of images showing people celebrating the New Zealand National Party's victory. McGlashan wrote an angry letter to the network expressing his displeasure with the song being used in this context, saying he had never voted National and "would rather have sex with a very ugly crayfish than let them use my music".[7]


Chart (1994) Peak
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[1] 10

Greenpeace version [edit]

"Anchor Me"
Greenpeace "Anchor Me" single cover art 2005.jpg
Single by Greenpeace
Released July 4, 2005 (2005-07-04)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded York Street Studio, Auckland, 14 May 2005
Genre Rock
Length 4:43
Label Festival Mushroom Records
Songwriter(s) Don McGlashan
Producer(s) Murray Grindlay

In 2005, a charity supergroup of New Zealand artists recorded the song to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior. The song peaked at #3 in the New Zealand singles chart.[8]

The idea of a commemorative song was decided in April 2005, with studio time booked before the song or singers had been selected. Songwriter Don McGlashan agreed for "Anchor Me" to be used, but chose not to be involved in the recording, as he felt doing so would put the emphasis on him, rather than the bombing commemoration. A group of young New Zealand artists was quickly gathered to record the song, which was eventually released on 4 July 2005.[2]


In order of performance:


Chart (2005) Peak
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 3


  1. ^ a b " – The Mutton Birds – Anchor Me". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Rainbow Warrior song heading for the top". NZ Herald. 14 July 2005. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Silver Scroll Award". APRA. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "1995 Winners". NZ Music Awards. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Perfect Strangers (NZ 2003)". Dominion Road. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Anchor Me Music Video, 1995 (Pop)". NZ On Screen. 
  7. ^ "'I would rather have sex with crayfish' - McGlashan". NZ Herald. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  8. ^ a b " – Greenpeace – Anchor Me". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 27 October 2013.

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