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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TC-EMX-102 The Boys Light Up — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl The Boys Light Up (Album) EMI, EMI, EMI TC-EMX-102 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
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EMX108, ACRS-1 Sirocco — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Sirocco (Album) EMI, EMI EMX108, ACRS-1 Australia & New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
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TC-EMX-113 Sons Of Beaches — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Sons Of Beaches (Album) EMI TC-EMX-113 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
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TC-P- 4000, TC-P .4000 Phalanx — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Phalanx (Album) EMI, EMI TC-P- 4000, TC-P .4000 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
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GEF 25934 Semantics — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Semantics (Album) Geffen Records GEF 25934 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
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SFL1-0134 Between A Rock And A Hard Place — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Between A Rock And A Hard Place (Album) Freestyle Records (5) SFL1-0134 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
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SFLI 0142 The Final Wave — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl The Final Wave (Album) Freestyle Records (5) SFLI 0142 New Zealand 1986 Sell This Version
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GRCD 0001 Lost & Found — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Lost & Found(CD, Album) Global Records (7) GRCD 0001 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

EMI-107 Beautiful People — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Beautiful People (Single) EMI EMI-107 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
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EMI-222 The Boys Light Up — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl The Boys Light Up (Single) EMI EMI-222 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
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4927 Downhearted — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Downhearted (Single) EMI 4927 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
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EMI-482 Things Don't Seem  — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Things Don't Seem (Single) EMI EMI-482 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
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EMI 628 Oh No Not You Again / Lakeside — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Oh No Not You Again / Lakeside (Single) EMI EMI 628 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
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EMI-530 Errol — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Errol (Single) EMI EMI-530 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
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EMI-805 Daughters Of The Northern Coast — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Daughters Of The Northern Coast (Single) EMI EMI-805 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
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EMI-869 Runaway Girls — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Runaway Girls (Single) EMI EMI-869 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
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EMI-757 Shut Down — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Shut Down(7", Single) EMI EMI-757 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
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EMI-1180 Louie Louie / Unpublished Critics — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Louie Louie / Unpublished Critics (Single) EMI EMI-1180 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
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BUG.3 Semantics — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Semantics (EP) EMI BUG.3 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
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A4243 Reckless — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Reckless (Single) Geffen Records A4243 UK 1984 Sell This Version
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PRO-A-2138 Things Don't Seem / The Boys Light Up — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Things Don't Seem / The Boys Light Up(12", Single, Promo) Geffen Records PRO-A-2138 US 1984 Sell This Version
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EMI-1396 Santa Claus Is Back In Town — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Santa Claus Is Back In Town(7", Single) EMI EMI-1396 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
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FREET 2002 Trouble Spot Rock — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Trouble Spot Rock (Single) Freestyle Records (5) FREET 2002 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
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FREE-0004 Two Can Play — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl Two Can Play (Single) Freestyle Records (5) FREE-0004 New Zealand 1985 Sell This Version
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FREE-0005 If This Is Love — Australian Crawl Australian Crawl If This Is Love(7", Single) Freestyle Records (5) FREE-0005 Australia 1985 Sell This Version

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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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