Australian Crawl

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Australian rock band formed in 1978 by a group of friends from the Victorian town of Mount Eliza, who had previously played together in the band Spiff Rouch. Australian Crawl released 7 albums before disbanding in 1986.

Graham Bidstrup drums (replaced Bill McDonough) (1983)
Simon Binks guitars (1978–1984, 1985–1986)
Harry Brus bass guitar (replaced Paul Williams) (1985–1986)
Mark Greig guitars (replaced Guy McDonough) (1984–1986)
Simon Hussey guitars, keyboards (replaced Simon Binks on Between A Rock And A Hard Place) (1984)
Bill McDonough drums (replaced David Reyne) (1979–1983)
Guy McDonough vocals, guitar (1980–1984)
David Reyne drums (1978)
James Reyne vocals, guitars, keyboards, harmonica (1978–1986)
Brad Robinson guitars, keyboards (1978–1986)
John Watson drums (replaced Graham Bidstrup) (1983–1986)
Paul Williams (15) bass guitar (1978–1985)
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Australian Crawl Discography Tracks

Albums

Australian Crawl - The Boys Light Up album art Australian Crawl The Boys Light Up (Album) EMI, EMI, EMI Australia 1980 Sell This Version
Australian Crawl - Sirocco album art Australian Crawl Sirocco (Album) EMI, EMI Australia & New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
Australian Crawl - Sons Of Beaches album art Australian Crawl Sons Of Beaches (Album) EMI Japan 1982 Sell This Version
Australian Crawl - Phalanx album art Australian Crawl Phalanx (Album) EMI, EMI Australia 1983 Sell This Version
Australian Crawl - Semantics album art Australian Crawl Semantics (Album) Geffen Records Greece 1984 Sell This Version
Australian Crawl - Between A Rock And A Hard Place album art Australian Crawl Between A Rock And A Hard Place (Album) Freestyle Records (5) Australia 1985 Sell This Version
Australian Crawl - The Final Wave album art Australian Crawl The Final Wave (Album) Freestyle Records (5) New Zealand 1986 Sell This Version
GRCD 0001 Australian Crawl - Lost & Found album art Australian Crawl Lost & Found(CD, Album) Global Records (7) GRCD 0001 Australia 1996 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Australian Crawl - Beautiful People album art Australian Crawl Beautiful People (Single) EMI Australia 1979 Sell This Version
Australian Crawl - The Boys Light Up album art Australian Crawl The Boys Light Up (Single) EMI Australia 1980 Sell This Version
Australian Crawl - Downhearted album art Australian Crawl Downhearted (Single) EMI Australia 1980 Sell This Version
Australian Crawl - Errol album art Australian Crawl Errol (Single) EMI Australia 1981 Sell This Version
Australian Crawl - Oh No Not You Again / Lakeside album art Australian Crawl Oh No Not You Again / Lakeside (Single) EMI Australia 1981 Sell This Version
EMI-482 Australian Crawl - Things Don't Seem  album art Australian Crawl Things Don't Seem (7", Single) EMI EMI-482 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
Australian Crawl - Daughters Of The Northern Coast album art Australian Crawl Daughters Of The Northern Coast (Single) EMI Australia 1982 Sell This Version
EMI-757 Australian Crawl - Shut Down album art Australian Crawl Shut Down(7", Single) EMI EMI-757 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
SPRO-9835 Australian Crawl - Downhearted / Runaway Girls album art Australian Crawl Downhearted / Runaway Girls(12", Promo) EMI America SPRO-9835 US 1982 Sell This Version
EMI-869 Australian Crawl - Runaway Girls album art Australian Crawl Runaway Girls(7", Single) EMI EMI-869 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
Australian Crawl - Semantics album art Australian Crawl Semantics (EP) EMI Australia 1983 Sell This Version
EMI-1180 Australian Crawl - Louie Louie / Unpublished Critics album art Australian Crawl Louie Louie / Unpublished Critics(7", Single) EMI EMI-1180 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
Australian Crawl - Reckless album art Australian Crawl Reckless (Single) Geffen Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
pro-a-2138 Australian Crawl - Things Don't Seem / The Boys Light Up album art Australian Crawl Things Don't Seem / The Boys Light Up(12", Single, Promo) Geffen Records pro-a-2138 US 1984 Sell This Version
EMI-1396 Australian Crawl - Santa Claus Is Back In Town album art Australian Crawl Santa Claus Is Back In Town(7", Single) EMI EMI-1396 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
Australian Crawl - Trouble Spot Rock album art Australian Crawl Trouble Spot Rock (Single) Freestyle Records (5) Australia 1985 Sell This Version
Australian Crawl - Two Can Play album art Australian Crawl Two Can Play (Single) Freestyle Records (5) New Zealand 1985 Sell This Version

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BankofVinyl

BankofVinyl

February 18, 2012
From their start in 1979 to their demise only five years later, Australian Crawl stood as a bizarre anomaly against the largely punk and political scene Down Under. Essentially sculpted as the Melbourne Beach Boys, the Crawl's songs ranged from odies to Errol Flynn and Resort Girls to rousing singalongs like "Hootchie Gucci Fiorucci Mama," and their mash cover of the Kingsmen's "Louie Louie." Consisting of James Reyne (lead vocals, piano), Guy McDonough (co-lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Bill McDonough (drums, percussion), Simon Binks (lead/acoustic/slide guitar), Paul Williams (bass), and Brad Robinson (rhythm guitar), the Crawl initially appeared to be little more than hedonistic surfers -- in Reyne's own words, "part of people's lives; a representation of the beach, the open air and good vibes." But their debut album, 1980's The Boys Light Up, also contained recountings of automobile accidents ("Indisposed") and vicious attacks against shallow materialists (the band's first single "Beautiful People"). Their combination of light, breezy tunes with significantly darker subtexts (not altogether unlike Brian Wilson's best material) left The Boys Light Up on the Aussie charts for no less than 104 weeks.

1981's sophomore effort, Sirocco, did not mess much with their proven formula. Alongside hits like "Lakeside," "Things Don't Seem," and "Errol," the album also produced their standard "Unpublished Critics," a Reyne rant later redone as a live track on the B-side of "Louie Louie." The follow-up, Sons of Beaches, added famed producer Mike Chapman to the mix, lending the proceedings a more polished sound, while much of the music remained the same (the hit "Shutdown" even borrowing its title from a Beach Boys classic). However, Sons also found Reyne starting to veer off into new territory, earmarked by the cryptic "Letter from Zimbabwe." Still entrenched in classic Crawl arrangements, hints began to emerge at Reyne's crucial shift in direction.

After a number one 12" EP, Semantics, the Crawl released their fourth and final studio album, Phalanx at the end of 1983. (The American version of this album, released on Geffen in 1984, bore the title Semantics, and served as more of a compilation of the Crawl's career to date.) Aside from the cover of "Louie Louie," Phalanx also contained the smash single "Reckless," a song Reyne would later redo for one of his solo ventures. Shortly before their demise, the Crawl served as opening act for Duran Duran on certain legs of the Arena tour. They would release a rare live album, Final Wave and a posthumous singles collection, Crawl File, before Reyne jaunted off on a hugely successful solo career that continues to thrive in his native Australia.

Significantly, each of the Crawl's four studio albums and their EP all reached the Top Five on the Australian pop charts, granting them a level of fever-pitch success shared by only a handful of Aussie artists before or since.

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