Saint Etienne

Hug My Soul

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Hug My Soul is the third single from Saint Etienne's 1994 Tiger Bay. Most bands could only dream of having the first single from their album be this good, let alone the third. Along with the lush and sophisticated dance-pop of the title track, the EP has two non-LP tracks and a live song. "I Buy American Records" is an acoustic ballad with oboes, strings, and loads of mood. The lyrics are as snappy as ever, managing to work in a Culture Club reference, and are delivered perfectly by Sarah Cracknell in her ice queen mode. "Hate Your Drug" is a languid trip-hop track with a melancholy feel. Either song would have fit in very well on Tiger Bay. "La Poupee Qui Fait Non (No, No, No)" is a charming Michel Polnareff song recorded live by the band in Reykjavík. It is a peppy '60s French pop tune that shows the band to be a decent live outfit. The backing vocals by Birdie's Debsey Wykes are particularly nice. This is one of Saint Etienne's best singles and the only place to get "I Buy American Records" and "Hate Your Drug."

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