Thursday, September 9, 2021

Australian Crawl - Semantics (1984)

Australian Crawl - Semantics (1984)

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Semantics EP
"Reckless (Don't Be So)" (James Reyne) - 5:20
"The Night" (Brad Robinson) - 4:11
"White Limbo" (Simon Binks) - 4:03
"Looking for Cool" (Reyne) - 4:15

Semantics LP
"The Boys Light Up" (Reyne) - 4:41
"Errol" (Reyne, Guy McDonough) - 3:30
"Indisposed" (B Robinson, James Robinson, Reyne, William 'Bill' McDonough) - 4:05
"Looking for Cool" (Reyne) - 4:13
"Reckless (Don't Be So)" (Reyne) - 5:23
"Lakeside" (Reyne) - 4:49
"White Limbo" (Binks) - 4:04
"Things Don't Seem" (G McDonough, Sean Higgins) - 3:57
"The Night" (B Robinson) - 4:13
"Unpublished Critics" (Reyne, Paul Williams) - 5:14

Semantics Cassette
The cassette includes an additional song, "Love (Beats Me Up)", which was not included on the original release or the US release. It is a re-recording of a song from the band's 1981 album, Sirocco.

Australian Crawl Band Members / Musicians

James Reyne – lead vocals, keyboards, guitar

Simon Binks – lead guitar

Paul "Tubbs" Williams – bass guitar

Guy McDonough – co-lead vocals, rhythm guitar

Brad Robinson – rhythm guitar

Graham "Buzz" Bidstrup – drums, keyboards (on original EP tracks, marked with ^)

John Watson – drums (on re-recorded LP tracks, unmarked)

Andrew Thompson – saxophone

Rosemary Westbrook – double bass on "Reckless"

David Nicholas – engineer
Mark Opitz – producer
Don Bartley – remastering (1996)

Semantics was a 1983 EP by Australian surf rock band Australian Crawl. The album marked a change in the line-up of the band as Bill McDonough (drums) was replaced first by Graham Bidstrup (ex-The Angels, The Party Boys with Crawl member James Reyne) to record the EP. The more permanent replacement, after the EP, was John Watson (Kevin Borich Express).

The EP contains their best known song and only number 1 single, "Reckless (Don't Be So)" (aka "She Don't Like That") which was written by lead singer Reyne. Listeners of Triple M voted "Reckless" the 39th best song of all time in 2007, it was the highest placed Australian Crawl song.

In the United States and Europe Semantics was released in 1984 by Geffen Records as an expanded version LP featuring the EP's four original tracks plus re-recorded versions of six earlier Australian Crawl songs. The original EP was also re-released as a CD-EP in 1996.

Australian Crawl performed "Reckless" as one of their three songs for the Oz for Africa concert (1985). This was the Australian leg of the global Live Aid show organised by Midge Ure and Bob Geldof. The "Oz for Africa" concert was broadcast on MTV, but only performances by Australian band INXS were placed on the 20th Anniversary DVD collection.

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