Phalanx (album)

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Phalanx AC.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedDecember, 1983
LabelEMI Music Australia
Geffen Records
ProducerSimon Binks, Ross Cockle
Australian Crawl chronology
Crawl File
Singles from Phalanx
  1. "Louie Louie"
    Released: December, 1983
European release (1983)
Australian Crawl: Live 1983 European cover
Australian Crawl: Live 1983 European cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Phalanx is the first live album released by [2] Australian surf rock band Australian Crawl.[3] It was recorded live at concerts at Bombay Rock Gold Coast, Queensland and at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in October, 1983, during the 'Semantics' tour.[4] The album was initially released on vinyl in December 1983 and was re-released on CD in May 1995. The album reached #4 on the National Album Charts being released by EMI.[5]

The title of the album is derived from the name for the ancient Greek battle formation where long spears were presented from behind a wall of overlapping shields. The title can also refer more generally to a close-knit group of people, in this case the audience.

The cover features distinctive cartoon images by Michael Leunig with the front depicting five sharks swimming towards a lone wader – they are revealed to be five other swimmers with shark fin hair (see infobox). The back cover cartoon depicts a stage manager warning "Five Minutes Mr. Reyne" at the dressing room door. Meanwhile, Reyne is combing his hair backwards with Brylcream liberally applied, a guitar and a half-full bottle are nearby.

Phalanx was also released by Geffen Records in Europe but under a different title, Australian Crawl: Live, and with a different cover.[6]

"Phalanx was the Crawl's fourth album... It yielded a rollicking single, in the form of the band's raucous cover of The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie"... As this album lodged itself at the top of the charts, the Crawl were off to England for some pre-Christmas shows with Duran Duran." – Glen A. Baker, 1983.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Unpublished Critics" (James Reyne, Paul Williams) – 5:51
  2. "The Night" (Brad Robinson) – 3:50
  3. "La Califusa (Reyne) – 3:01
  4. "Love Beats Me Up" (Reyne) – 4:33
  5. "Things Don't Seem" (Sean Higgins, Guy McDonough) – 3:58
  6. "White Limbo" (Simon Binks) – 3:43
  7. "Louie Louie" (Richard Berry) – 5:48
  8. "Errol" (McDonough, Reyne) – 3:32
  9. "Reckless (Don't Be So)" (Reyne) – 5:41
  10. "The Boys Light Up" (Reyne) – 5:30

Songwriting credits from Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).[8]




Format Country Label Catalogue No. Year
LP AUS EMI EMI P4000 1983
CD AUS EMI 432019-2 1988
CD AUS EMI 8297592 1994


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "1996: 10th Annual ARIA Awards". ARIA. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
  3. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus; Warnqvist, Stefan; Draper, Oliver; McDonough, Bill. "Australian Crawl". Australian Rock Database. (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Australian Crawl: Phalanx - CD". Retrieved 2008-04-04.
  5. ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. Archived from the original (doc) on 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
  6. ^ "Zentrum Mensch-Maschine-Systeme". Axel Husfeldt. 1999-07-09. Archived from the original on July 29, 2003. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
  7. ^ Baker, Glen A. (1983). Phalanx (album liner notes). EMI.
  8. ^ "APRA". APRA. Archived from the original on January 24, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-11.