Australian Crawll was formed in 1978 by James Reyne (lead singer and piano player) and Simon Binks (lead guitar). They were also joined by Guy McDonough (co-lead singer and rhythm guitar), Bill McDonough (drums and percussion), Paul Williams (bass guitar player), and Brad Robinson (rhythm guitar player). They named their band after the style of swimming called Australian Crawl. The members grew up in the Mornington Peninsula suburb of Mt. Eliza on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia. The group formed their band out of boredom and they entertained their friends. After the group became more popular, they moved their talents into the city and they got the attention of David Briggs who was a guitarist for the group Little River Band. He helped them get a recording contract and produced their first single. Their debut album was released in 1980 and was called, The Boys Light Up.From the album came several single hits. The Boys Light Up, Indisposed, Downhearted, and Beautiful people were the singles from the album. Their song, The Boys Light Up, spent 50 weeks on the Top 30 chart and went 5 times platinum. This was one of the biggest selling albums of the 1980's in Australia.
The groupís second album was released in 1981. It was called Sirocco and their producer was Peter Dawkins in Sydney, Australia. The album made it to number 1 on the Australian Album Chart on August 3 and stayed there for six weeks. The album also had 3 hit singles, Thingís Donít Seem, Errol, and Oh No Not You Again. Plus the track Lakeside was a popular radio song.
Sons of Beaches, the groupís next album, was released in 1982 and was recorded in Hawaii. The hit from this album was, Shut down. This album was the third one the group had in a row to reach number 1 on the album chart. Reyne starred with Rebecca Gilling and Wendy Hughes in the television miniseries, Return To Eden. The series was shown in September, 1983. Reyne also appeared in the role of a playboy tennis professional called Greg Marsden. He later stated that he was not very good at playing the part and turned down other acting offers. While he was taking breaks in his filming career, he accepted an offer from Kevin Borich and Paul Christie to join their part time band called, The Party Boys. The other members of the group were Harvey James and Graham Bidstrup. They played a few shows around the Sydney area and released the album called Live At Several 21sts, and the album reached number 9 on the national charts. Australian Crawl released a total of 10 albums and 17 singles during their musical career.
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