Thursday, August 03, 2006

Number 968 - Australian Crawl


Number 968

Australian Crawl

"Boy's Light Up"

(1980)
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Genre:Rock
Australia 2 New Zealand 0

No, its not a soccer score ! Its how many times Aussies have featured in the Definitive 1000 Songs Of All Time so far.

(If it was a soccer score it would be worse than 2 nil, im telling ya, Ozzy have a pretty good football team)

New Zealand songs/bands are better, so i am sure they will feature higher up in the countdown.

You would think (and i dont blame you) Aussie Crawl are so good they would originate from New Zealand, but alas no. This song was very big (and still is...wonder why) on both sides of the Tasman sea.

"From their emergence in 1979 through disbanding a scant five years later, Australian Crawl stood as a bizarre anomaly against the largely punk & political scene Down Under.
Essentially sculpted as the , the Crawl's songs ranged from odes to Errol Flynn and Resort Girls to rousing sing-alongs 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 appeared initially 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 ("Beautiful People", the Crawl's first hit single).
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."

For people without calculators or many fingers by the power of toes, thats 2 years in the charts (heh) i can only think of Pink Floyd achieving that type of fame. And you wont hear many Kiwi's giving their Australian cousins credos, but this time you will ..... Aussie Crawl rock!
For Beach Boys see Number 517, #560, #576, #641 & #714
For Pink Floyd see Number 497
For more Pink Floyd check out MM Vol 1 Number 138
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Nope they hated it) and the Album ranked at Number (Nope, where the bloody hell is Australia?)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 51.6 out of 108
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