The Boys Light Up

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Released April, 1980
Recorded August, 1979 – February, 1980
Genre Pop/Rock
Length 38:25
Label EMI
Producer David Briggs

The Boys Light Up is the debut album from Australian pub rock band Australian Crawl 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, 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.

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. Reyne’s bandmate from Spiff Rouch, Mark Hudson co-wrote their first single, “Beautiful People” (1979). “Downhearted” was written by Bill McDonough and his bandmates from The Flatheads, Guy McDonough (his brother, who later joined the Crawl) and Sean Higgins.Producer, David Briggs (Little River Band guitarist), co-wrote “Hoochie Gucci Fiorucci Mama” with Reyne.

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. In October 2010, Boys Light Up was listed in the top 50 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums