Down Below (The Cruel Sea album)

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Down Below
The Cruel Sea Down Below (album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1989
GenreIndie rock
LabelRed Eye, Polydor
ProducerPhil Punch, The Cruel Sea
The Cruel Sea chronology
Down Below
(1989)
This Is Not the Way Home
(1991)

Down Below is the debut studio album by Australian indie rock band The Cruel Sea. Originally released as a 12" EP in September 1989, it was re-released in December 1989 as the band's debut studio album.

The album includes the track "Reckless Eyeballin'" – an instrumental track that later became the theme song of Australian TV police drama, Blue Heelers (1994–2006).

Background and release[edit]

The Cruel Sea formed late 1987 by Jim Elliot on drums and Dan Rumour on guitar, and as a purely instrumental outfit. In late 1988, keyboardist James Cruickshank and Ken Gormley on bass were added[1] and in early 1989 singer Tex Perkins joined the band on a part-time basis and added lyrics to the band's melodies. The band signed to Red Eye Records in mid-1989 and released Down Below as a 9-track 12" EP in September 1989. It was re-released in December 1989 with two additional tracks as the band's debut studio album. [2][3]

Track listings[edit]

12" EP Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Down Below"
3:15
2."The Gap"
  • Elliott
  • Rumour
2:33
3."Deadwood"
  • Perkins
  • Rumour
3:20
4."Navigate"
  • Elliott
  • Rumour
1:49
12" EP Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Drift"
  • Rumour
2:14
2."Margarita"
  • Elliott
  • Perkins
  • Rumour
2:44
3."Reckless Eyeballin'"
  • Rumour
1:39
4."How Low"
  • Elliott
  • Perkins
  • Rumour
4:35
5."I Don't Know Why"
  • Elliott
  • Perkins
  • Rumour
1:35
Studio album
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Down Below"
3:15
2."The Gap"
  • Elliott
  • Rumour
2:33
3."Deadwood"
  • Perkins
  • Rumour
3:20
4."Navigate"
  • Elliott
  • Rumour
1:49
5."I'll Take Care Of You" 3:15
6."Zip It Up" 4:34
7."The Drift"
  • Rumour
2:14
8."Margarita"
  • Elliott
  • Perkins
  • Rumour
2:44
9."Reckless Eyeballin'"
  • Rumour
1:39
10."How Low"
  • Elliott
  • Perkins
  • Rumour
4:35
11."I Don't Know Why"
  • Elliott
  • Perkins
  • Rumour
1:35

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Catalogue
Australia September 1989 12" Extended Play Red Eye Records REDEP 7
December 1990 CD, Cassette, LP Red Eye Records, Polydor Records 843665-1, REDLP 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ "R.I.P. James Cruickshank of The Cruel Sea 1962-2015". noise11. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  2. ^ "The Cruel Sea". The Harbour Agency. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  3. ^ "The Cruel Sea Biography, Links & song listing". JPlay. Retrieved 8 January 2019.