The Boys Light Up

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The Boys Light Up
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1980
RecordedAugust 1979 - February 1980
ProducerDavid Briggs
Australian Crawl chronology
The Boys Light Up
Singles from The Boys Light Up
  1. "Beautiful People"
    Released: August 1979
  2. "The Boys Light Up"
    Released: March 1980
  3. "Downhearted"
    Released: May 1980
The Boys Light Up
1992 Re-release
The Boys Light Up 1992 CD cover
The Boys Light Up 1992 CD cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

The Boys Light Up is the debut album from Australian pub rock band Australian Crawl[2][3] which was released in 1980 and contains the title track, "The Boys Light Up", "Indisposed", "Downhearted" and their previously released debut single "Beautiful People". The album reached #4 on the Australian album charts and remained in the charts for an unbroken 101 weeks,[4] eventually selling over 280 000 copies (five times platinum).

The title track was written by James Reyne. It contains the invented word "dorseted":

"People aren't used to hearing 'dorseted', and it's not actually a word - it's from the Dorset Gardens - I'm trying to be as suburban as possible, and it rhymed with 'corseted'." - James Reyne, 2003[5]

Various band members were involved in songwriting, often with relatives or former bandmates. Rhythm guitarist Brad Robinson's father James Robinson was a Federal Arbitration Court Justice and co-wrote two songs for this album.[6] Reyne's bandmate from Spiff Rouch, Mark Hudson co-wrote their first single, "Beautiful People" (1979).[7] "Downhearted" was written by Bill McDonough and his bandmates from The Flatheads, Guy McDonough (his brother, who later joined the Crawl) and Sean Higgins.[7] Producer, David Briggs (Little River Band guitarist), co-wrote "Hoochie Gucci Fiorucci Mama" with Reyne.[7]

The album was re-released in 1992 in CD format (see cover right below), and as a 2-CD set with follow-up album Sirocco in 1996.[3] In October 2010, Boys Light Up was listed in the top 50 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "My Coffee's Gone Cold" (Simon Binks) - 3:29
  2. "Man Crazy" (James Reyne) - 3:39
  3. "Way I've Been" (Brad Robinson, James Robinson) - 2:17
  4. "Chinese Eyes" (James Reyne, Simon Binks) - 3:01
  5. "Downhearted" (Sean Higgins, Guy McDonough, William 'Bill' McDonough) - 3:09
  6. "Beautiful People" (James Reyne, Mark Hudson) - 2:56
  7. "Indisposed" (Brad Robinson, James Robinson, James Reyne, William 'Bill' McDonough) - 4:04
  8. "Walk My Way" (James Reyne, Brad Robinson)- 2:44
  9. "The Boys Light Up" (James Reyne) - 4:41
  10. "Boot Hill" (James Reyne, Simon Binks) - 2:36
  11. "Red Guitar" (Simon Binks) - 3:19
  12. "Hoochie Gucci Fiorucci Mama" (James Reyne, David Briggs) - 2:30

Songwriting credits from Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).[7]


Credited to:[3][9]

Australian Crawl[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Additional credits[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "1996: 10th Annual ARIA Awards". ARIA. Retrieved 2008-03-10.
  3. ^ a b c 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. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Love is in the air Episode 5: "National Anthems"; transcript of interview with James Reyne". ABC-TV. 2003-11-09. Archived from the original on 2008-01-28. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  6. ^ "Memorable TV Oz Rock: Australian Crawl entry". Memorable TV / Little Acorns Publishing. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  7. ^ a b c d "APRA". Archived from the original on January 24, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
  8. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9.
  9. ^ "MSN entry on The Boys Light Up". Retrieved 2008-03-04.