|Single by Australian Crawl|
|from the album The Boys Light Up|
|Recorded||AAV Studios (Melbourne, Victoria)|
|Songwriter(s)||James Reyne, Mark Hudson|
|Australian Crawl singles chronology|
"Beautiful People" is the 1979 debut single released by Australian rock band Australian Crawl and the song later appeared on their debut album The Boys Light Up (1980). It was written by James Reyne and Mark Hudson, former bandmates.
Australian Crawl caught the attention of Little River Band’s guitarist David Briggs, who helped them to a recording contract with EMI and produced their first single. "Beautiful People" was released in August, 1979 and peaked at No. 22 on the Australian Singles Chart.
I was just looking around at people who were putting on airs... It's pretension. It's everywhere, probably even more now. There's a complete culture surrounding it now, magazines devoted to it. It was a much simpler time, 1975.— James Reyne, 
The Making of "Beautiful People" (1979) was a mini-documentary broadcast on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) TV pop show Countdown. The film featured Geoff Cox (who later hosted Coxy's Big Break) guiding viewers from the studio sessions to the pressing of the 7" vinyl, finishing with Australian Crawl's performance of the song on Countdown.
The Crawl made a memorable debut on Countdown performing "Beautiful People" because Reyne appeared with both arms encased in plaster. He was also shown in the official music video with his arms in plaster. He had been hit by a car in Swanston Street, Melbourne breaking bones in both wrists, an episode chronicled in the song "Indisposed". Although "Beautiful People" only reached No. 22, it remains one of their most popular songs.
|Australian (Kent Music Report)||22|
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