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Australian Crawl discography
Four males holding guitars, a fifth male at centre holds microphone stand.
Australian Crawl live
Studio albums 4
Live albums 3
Compilation albums 5
Extended plays 1
Singles 17
Video albums 3

Australian Crawl was an Australian surf / pop rock band. The band released four studio albums, three live albums, five compilations, seventeen singles, one extended play, and three video albums. These include releases credited to Australian Crawl, Australian Crawl and James Reyne (but not his solo material), and 'Members of Australian Crawl'. The band was founded by James Reyne (lead vocals/piano), his younger brother David Reyne (drums), Brad Robinson (rhythm guitar), Paul Williams (bass guitar) and Simon Binks (lead guitar) in 1978.[1][2] David Reyne left in 1979 and was replaced by Bill McDonough (drums, percussion),[3] and in October 1980 the band was joined by his younger brother Guy McDonough (vocals, rhythm guitar).[3][4] In 1979, Australian Crawl recorded their first single, "Beautiful People", produced by Little River Band's guitarist David Briggs.[3] Briggs helped them gain a recording contract with EMI Records;[1] he also produced their debut album The Boys Light Up in 1980,[3][5] which peaked at number four on the Australian Kent Music Report album charts and remained on the charts for 101 consecutive weeks from 1981 to 1982.[6]

The band's second album, Sirocco, was released in 1981 and achieved number one on the albums charts.[3][6] On the 1981 Australian End of Year Album Charts, Sirocco is number two, behind Double Fantasy by John Lennon and ahead of AC/DC's Back in Black, making it the best-charting album by an Australian act for the year.[6][7][8] Their third album, Sons of Beaches, was released in 1982; it also reached number one.[6] Bill McDonough left before they recorded their extended play, Semantics, in 1983,[3][6] which achieved number one on the Kent Music Report singles chart.[1][6] Bill McDonough was replaced on drums, temporarily by Graham Bidstrup and permanently by John Watson.[1][3] Semantics contained the track "Reckless (Don't Be So)", which is described as a number one-single in Music Australia's profile on James Reyne.[4][8][9] The live mini-album Phalanx was a stop-gap measure between studio albums; nevertheless, it reached number four on the albums charts during December 1983.[1] In early 1984, the band signed with Geffen Records for international release of their material.[1]

In 1984, the band released the best of their early material as a compilation titled Crawl File,[4] which peaked at number two on the albums charts.[6] Geffen released Semantics, internationally, as a long play album with six newly re-recorded tracks compiled from their first three studio albums.[10] Promotion of the album and the subsequent tour was stalled when Guy McDonough died in June of viral pneumonia.[1][2] Before Guy's death, he had recorded demos with his brother Bill McDonough, and ex-members of their earlier band, The Flatheads.[3][11] Bill McDonough assembled the tapes and produced Guy McDonough's posthumous album My Place on Wheatley Records in April 1985.[1][11][12] Tracks from these sessions were re-mastered and released on Lost & Found in 1996, credited under the 'Members of Australian Crawl' name.[13] Meanwhile, remaining Australian Crawl members had recorded their fourth studio album, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, which was released in 1985 and achieved number 11 on the albums charts. This was followed by the announcement that they would disband after another tour.[1] The live album, The Final Wave recorded their last performance on 27 January 1986;[1] it was released in October and peaked at number 16 on the albums charts.[6]

Australian Crawl were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame on 30 September 1996.[14] Two weeks later, on 13 October 1996, Robinson died of lymphoma.[1][14][15] After Lost & Found, another compilation was released, More Wharf: Their Greatest Hits in 1998.[3] This was followed by the live Reckless: 1979–1995, released in 2000 and credited to Australian Crawl and James Reyne. This was followed by the compilation Australian Crawl and James Reyne: The Definitive Collection, which was released in 2002.[3]




Studio albums

Year Album details AUS chart
ARIA certifications
1980 The Boys Light Up
  • Released: April 1980
  • Label: EMI (EMX102)
  • Format: LP
4 4× Platinum[1]
1981 Sirocco
  • Released: 20 July 1981
  • Label: EMI (EMX108)
  • Format: LP
1 4× Platinum[1]
1982 Sons of Beaches
  • Released: 26 July 1982
  • Label: EMI (EMI 3423)
  • Format: LP
1985 Between a Rock and a Hard Place
  • Released: 29 July 1985
  • Label: EMI, Freestyle Records (SFL1-0134)
  • Format: LP
"—" denotes releases that did not receive certification.

Live albums

Year Album details AUS chart
1983 Phalanx
  • Released: 19 December 1983
  • Label: EMI (EMI P-4000)
  • Format: LP
1986 The Final Wave
  • Released: 15 September 1986
  • Label: EMI, Freestyle Records (SFL1-0142)
  • Format: LP
2000 Reckless: 1979–1995[nb 1]
  • Released: 26 May 2000
  • Label: EMI, Raven Records (RVCD-83)
  • Format: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilation albums

Year Album details AUS chart
1984 Semantics[nb 2]
  • Released: 1984
  • Label: Geffen (GHS 4028)
  • Format: LP
1984 Crawl File
  • Released: 3 December 1984
  • Label: EMI (EMC245)
  • Format: CD, LP
1996 Lost & Found[nb 3]
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: EMI, Global Records (GRCD 0001)
  • Format: CD
1998 More Wharf: Their Greatest Hits
  • Released: 16 October 1998
  • Label: Virgin Records, EMI (EMI 4973272)
  • Format: CD
2002 Australian Crawl and James Reyne: The Definitive Collection[nb 1]
  • Released: 14 October 2002
  • Label: EMI (5423512)
  • Format: 2CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Extended plays

Year EP details AUS chart
1983 Semantics[nb 2]
  • Released: 10 October 1983
  • Label: EMI (BUG-3)
  • Format: 12" vinyl


Year Song AUS chart
1979 "Beautiful People" 22 The Boys Light Up
1980 "The Boys Light Up" 22
"Downhearted" 12
1981 "Things Don't Seem" 11 Sirocco
"Errol" 18
"Oh No Not You Again" 58
1982 "Shut Down" 17 Sons of Beaches
"Daughters of the Northern Coast" 76
"Runaway Girls" 88 The Boys Light Up
"Santa Claus is Back in Town"[nb 4][17] non-album single
1983 "Reckless (Don't Be So)"[nb 2] 1 Semantics EP
1984 "Louie Louie" 81 Phalanx
"Unpublished Critics" Crawl File
1985 "Two Can Play" 44 Between a Rock and a Hard Place
"If This is Love" 87
"Trouble Spot Rock" 69
1986 "Two Hearts"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Video albums

Year Video details
1985 The Crawl Video File[18]
  • Released: 1985
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: VHS
1998 More Wharf: The Best Of [19][20]
  • Released: 9 November 1998
  • Label: EMI 15230 (EMIVIDEO)
  • Format: VHS
2004 Australian Crawl and James Reyne: The Definitive Collection[nb 5]

Other appearances

Year Song contributed Album
1982 "Six Days on the Road" (Dave Dudley cover) Rocking Australia Live[23]
"Unpublished Critics" (live version) Rocking Australia Live[23]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Australian Crawl'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1865080721. Retrieved 24 April 2009.  
  2. ^ a b "Australian Crawl". HowlSpace. Ed Nimmervoll. Retrieved 14 April 2009.  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Australian Crawl". Australian Rock Database. Magnus Holmgren. Retrieved 14 April 2009.  
  4. ^ a b c d Mureika, Tomas. "Australian Crawl > Biography". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved 14 April 2009.  
  5. ^ "The Boys Light Up". Microsoft. Retrieved 14 April 2009.  
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0646119176.   NOTE: Used for Australian singles and albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  7. ^ Angus Cameron, ed (1986). The Second Australian almanac : an 800-page databank crammed with essential information for every Australian. North Ryde, NSW: Angus & Robertson. p. 345. ISBN 0207152322.  
  8. ^ a b c St. John, Ed (1986). Album notes for The Final Wave by Australian Crawl. Sydney, NSW: EMI.
  9. ^ a b "James Reyne". Music Australia. National Library of Australia. 3 April 2007. Retrieved 29 May 2009.  
  10. ^ Schnee, Stephen SPAZ. "Semantics > Overview". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved 15 April 2009.  
  11. ^ a b c d "Guy McDonough". Australian Rock Database. Magnus Holmgren. Retrieved 14 April 2009.  
  12. ^ a b "Obscure 80's/MFV Archive". New Wave Outpost. Retrieved 14 April 2009.  
  13. ^ a b c "Lost & Found album insert". James Reyne Official website. Retrieved 14 April 2009.  
  14. ^ a b "1996: 10th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 14 April 2009.  
  15. ^ Petkovski, Suzi (December 1996). "Master Blaster". Australian Tennis Magazine. Retrieved 14 April 2009.  
  16. ^ a b "Discography Australian Crawl". Retrieved 24 April 2009.   NOTE: Information supplied by ARIA shows that Australian Crawl has no Top 50 charting albums or singles since they started their charts in mid-1988.
  17. ^ "single cover of "Santa Claus is Back in Town"". Rate Your Retrieved 2009-05-26.  
  18. ^ "Crawl Video File, The". Australian Federal Government.!OpenDocument. Retrieved 2009-05-26.  
  19. ^ "Catalogue Details - Australian Crawl, Greatest Hits and More Wharf". State Reference Library of Western Australia. Retrieved 2009-05-26.  
  20. ^ "Australian Crawl - Greatest Hits and More Wharf". Australian Federal Government.!OpenDocument. Retrieved 2009-05-26.  
  21. ^ "Archived Australasian Releases: May 2004". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2009-05-18.  
  22. ^ "The Definitive Collection - Australian Crawl". Australian Federal Government.!OpenDocument. Retrieved 2009-05-26.  
  23. ^ a b "Rocking Australia Live". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 29 April 2009.  


  1. ^ a b Reckless: 1979–1995 and Australian Crawl and James Reyne: The Definitive Collection are credited to both Australian Crawl and to James Reyne.[3] They contain material from Australian Crawl's performances, and James Reyne's subsequent solo performances.[3]
  2. ^ a b c Semantics was released as a four-track EP in 1983 in Australia.[3] It peaked at number 1 on the Australian Kent Music Report singles chart - there was no separate EP chart.[6] The track, "Reckless (Don't Be So)", was the main one played on radio stations.[1] Some sources describe "Reckless" as a number 1 single.[4][8][9] Semantics was released by Geffen Records as a ten-track LP in 1984 for the international markets, by the addition of six re-recorded tracks from their first three studio albums.[1]
  3. ^ Lost & Found is credited to 'Members of Australian Crawl'.[3][13] Seven tracks on this album had originally appeared on Australian Crawl's guitarist and songwriter Guy McDonough's posthumously released solo album, My Place in 1985.[3][11][13] Both My Place and Lost & Found were produced by Bill McDonough (ex-Australian Crawl drummer and percussionist), Guy's older brother.[1][11][12]
  4. ^ "Santa Claus is Back in Town" was originally released as a B-side to "Runaway Girls" in December, 1982 but was also released as a separate single.
  5. ^ Australian Crawl and James Reyne: The Definitive Collection was a 2 disc DVD; the first disc featured 15 video clips of Australian Crawl songs, two live appearances, two television appearances and a number of extras including a rare recorded performance by Spiff Rouch (the earliest incarnation of Australian Crawl). The second disc features videos and live recordings of James Reyne, as a solo artist.
  6. ^ The DVD was pulled from shelves by the distributor shortly after its release.

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