Sons of Beaches

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Sons Of Beaches
Studio album by Australian Crawl
Released 1982
Genre Rock
Length 47:44
Label EMI
Producer Mike Chapman
Australian Crawl chronology
Sons Of Beaches
Singles from Sons of Beaches
  1. "Shut Down"
    Released: June 1982
  2. "Daughters of the Northern Coast"
    Released: August 1982
  3. "Runaway Girls" / "Santa Claus is Back in Town"
    Released: December 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]

Sons of Beaches is the third album from Australian rock band Australian Crawl[2] and their second #1 in the Australian albums charts (for 5 weeks).[3] The album released in 1982 on EMI was recorded in Hawaii with ex-pat Mike Chapman, who had also produced Blondie and The Knack.[4]

"Shut Down" was the first single from Sons of Beaches and reached #17 on the Australian Singles Chart in 1982.[3] It was written by drummer Bill McDonough[5] and features lead vocals by James Reyne.

The other singles, "Daughters of the Northern Coast" and "Runaway Girls" / "Santa Claus is Back in Town" charted poorly at #76 and #88 respectively.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Runaway Girls" (Guy McDonough)
  2. "Daughters of the Northern Coast" (James Reyne, G McDonough)
  3. "Mid-Life Crisis" (Reyne)
  4. "Shut Down" (William "Bill" McDonough)
  5. "King Sap (and Princess Sag)" (Reyne)
  6. "Letter From Zimbabwe" (Reyne)
  7. "Downhearted" (Sean Higgins, G McDonough, W McDonough)
  8. "Live Now, Pay Later" (Reyne)
  9. "Dianne" (G McDonough)
  10. "Grinning Bellhops" (Reyne)
  11. "Waiting" (Brad Robinson, G McDonough)
  12. "(Not So) Happy Song For Problem Children" (Reyne)

Songwriting credits from Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).[5]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1982 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1


Credited to:[2][6]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  4. ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. Archived from the original (doc) on 29 May 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Australasian Performing Right Association". APRA. Archived from the original on 24 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
  6. ^ "MSN entry on Sons of Beaches". MSN. Retrieved 2008-03-05.