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| 15 December 2023 | Reply


James Reyne is dipping back into the Crawl File, hitting the road to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Australian Crawl’s first greatest hits collection.

To coincide with the tour, Crawl File has being reissued on vinyl by Universal Music.

Crawl File plays like a classic gig, opening with the band’s debut single, ‘Beautiful People’, and closing with their most popular live song, ‘The Boys Light Up’. In between are some of the most-loved Australian songs of all time, including ‘Reckless’, ‘Errol’, ‘Oh No Not You Again’, ‘Lakeside’, ‘Downhearted’ and ‘Things Don’t Seem’.

As one fan noted, “I can put on this album and almost feel the sea spray and the late summer nights.”

Just a snippet of any song is enough to take you back: “The garden’s full of furniture, the house is full of plants … Had an experience bizarre … I would give everything just to be like him … Let me tell you ’bout two young lovers that lived on the coast … All them summer rubbernecks kept coming to panel-van the street … Broken dreams that never really started … Things justa don’t seema to be going right … She don’t like that kind of behaviour … Hopes are up for trousers down … The garden it is dorsetted, that lady she’s so corseted.”

The wordplay is magical; the songs are unforgettable. What a sing-song dance, what a performance. Rah-rah, hey!

Fun fact: Crawl File’s distinctive artwork was co-designed by Buster Stiggs, who had been the drummer in The Swingers and Models.

Crawl File was the biggest Australian best-of of 1984, hitting #2 on the charts (kept out of top spot by the year’s biggest compilation, Choose 1985, which spent nine weeks at #1).

The best-of capped a bittersweet year for James Reyne and Australian Crawl. The band sponsored 1984’s Bells Beach Surf Classic, James won a Logie for Most Popular New Talent following his starring role in the hit mini-series Return To Eden, Australian Crawl won Most Popular Group at the Countdown Rock Awards, but then the band was rocked by the death of Guy McDonough and a planned US tour was cancelled.

James Reyne is an artist who doesn’t live in the past – but occasionally he pays it a visit.

“It was all a long time ago,” James reflects, “and sometimes I feel like it was another person who lived that life. But I’m still making music and I’m still on the road. Australian Crawl was a great apprenticeship.”

Catch James Reyne with an 8 piece band – guitarists Brett Kingman and Josh Owen, bassist Andy McIvor, with Sean Johnson on keys, drummer John Watson (who was part of Australian Crawl with James) and backing singers Melinda Jackson and Nicky Kurta– with a further announcement of new dates to come.


Sat 6 Kingscliff Beach Hotel NSW
Sun 7 Miami Marketta, Gold Coast Qld
Sun 14 Torquay Hotel Vic
Mon 15 Torquay Hotel Vic
Thurs 25 Prince Of Wales Hotel, Melbourne Vic
Sat 27 Prince Of Wales Hotel, Melbourne Vic

Fri 9 Penrith Panthers NSW
Sat 10 Selinas, Sydney NSW with Baby Animals
Fri 23 Princess Theatre, Brisbane Qld
Saturday 24 Princess Theatre, Brisbane Qld

Fri 8 The Gov, Adelaide SA
Sat 9 The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Sat 23 Northcote Theatre, Vic

Fri 12 Sunken Monkey, Erina NSW
Sat 13 Toronto Hotel, NSW
Sat 27 Forth Pub, TAS
Sun 28 Longley Hotel, TAS

Fri 10 Dee Why RSL, NSW
Sat 11 Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul NSW
Fri 24 Club Corowa, NSW
Sat 25 SS&A Albury, NSW

Fri 7 The Charles, North Perth WA
Sat 8 The Charles, North Perth WA

Fri 19 Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg, QLD
Sat 20 Brolga Theatre, Maryborough, QLD



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