One Crowded Hour

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"One Crowded Hour"
One Crowded Hour.jpg
Single by Augie March
from the album Moo, You Bloody Choir
Released 2006
Format CD single
Digital download
Genre Indie rock, indie pop
Label Sony BMG Australia, Jive
Writer(s) Glenn Richards
Augie March singles chronology
"Little Wonder "One Crowded Hour"
"The Cold Acre"

"One Crowded Hour" is a song by Australian indie rock band Augie March, written by Glenn Richards. The song is the first single released from their 2006 studio album, Moo, You Bloody Choir. The song had been played by both the band and acoustically by frontman, Glenn Richards, for upwards of two years before the album was finally released.


During the band's appearance on the live music TV show Cold: Live At The Chapel, Richards revealed the song was written while he was housesitting for Deborah Conway, and was inspired by, and named after, a book she owned about an Australian wartime photographer Neil Davis. Richards has said, "Deborah has a wonderful collection of records and books. She was on holidays, so I was looking after the house and taking advantage of all that. I was also listening to a lot of early Bob Dylan, which would explain the chord progression."[1]

The song was picked up and played by radio station Triple J then later by Nova, giving the song more radio exposure.

The song entered the ARIA singles chart at #37 and reached #33 nine weeks later. At the beginning of 2007, the song was #1 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2006 which resulted in it re-entering the chart at a new peak of #29. In June 2007, the song won Song of the Year at the Australian Performing Rights Association Awards. The song was voted at #59 on the Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time, 2009. It was also voted #24 of the top 100 of the past 20 years.

The song was featured in the soundtrack to CSI: New York's second series episode Trapped.

In 2013, Australian singer Taylor Henderson recorded a version for his album Taylor Henderson.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. One Crowded Hour (Single Mix)
  2. There Is No Such Place (Acoustic Version)
  3. Passed Out In Clarkefield
  4. Asleep In Perfection (Acoustic Version)
  5. Clockwork (Acoustic Version)

Video clip[edit]

The video clip for "One Crowded Hour" is set in a gloomy forest where Richards and the band perform. Plastic animals like deer and bears are seen passing by the band. The clip's atmosphere is very dreary and mysterious, represented by the band's clothes, instruments and the sky in grey.

Awards and nominations[edit]

APRA Awards[edit]

The APRA Awards are presented annually by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2007 "One Crowded Hour" – Glenn Richards[3] Song of the Year Won


  1. ^ Jeff Jenkins (2007). 50 Years of Rock in Australia. Melbourne: Wilkinson Publishing. p. 292. ISBN 9781921332111. 
  2. ^ Melissa Redman (27 November 2013). "Album Review: Taylor Henderson – Taylor Henderson". Renowned for Sound. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Previous Winners Song of the Year". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 2 May 2010.