James Reyne

Infobox musical artist
Name = James Reyne

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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = James Michael Nugent Reyne
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Born = Birth date and age|1957|5|19|mf=y
Lagos, Nigeria
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Genre = rock
Occupation = musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist, piano, harmonica
Years_active = 1975-current
Label = EMI
Associated_acts = Spiff Rouch, Clutch Cargo, Australian Crawl
URL = [http://www.jamesreyne.com.au Official Website]
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James Reyne (born James Michael Nugent Reyne on 19 May 1957 in Lagos, Nigeria) is an Australian rock musician and singer/songwriter both as a member of the iconiccite web |url=http://www.ariaawards.com.au/history-by-year.php?year=1996 |publisher=ARIA |title="1996: 10th Annual ARIA Awards" |accessdate=2008-03-05 ] 1980s band Australian Crawlcite web |url=http://hem.passagen.se/honga/database/a/australiancrawl.html |title=Australian Rock Database entry on Australian Crawl |publisher=Magnus Holmgren |accessdate=2008-03-01 ] and solo work.cite web |url=http://hem.passagen.se/honga/database/r/reynejames.html |title=Australian Rock Database entry on James Reyne |publisher=Magnus Holmgren |accessdate=2008-03-05 ]

Early years

Born in Nigeria to an Australian mother and English diplomat father, the Reynes moved to Victoria, Australia in the early 1960s. Reyne lived in Mt. Eliza, Victoria, was educated at The Peninsula School and then went on to study drama at the Victorian College of Arts. He formed a band called Spiff Rouch containing fellow locals Bill McDonough, Guy McDonough, Brad Robinson, Paul Williams, Robert Walker, Mark Hudson and Simon Binks.cite book |title=Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop |url=http://www.informationbrasil.com.br/diversao/musica/biografias/AUSTRALIAN%20CRAWL.doc |format=doc |last=McFarlane |first=Ian |authorlink= Ian McFarlane |publisher=Allen & Unwin |year=1999 |isbn=1-86448-768-2 |accessdate=2008-03-01] By early 1978, Spiff Rouch had split with Reyne forming Clutch Cargo with Binks, Robinson, Williams and his younger brother David Reyne.

Australian Crawl

In late 1978, Clutch Cargo was renamed Australian Crawl and started to gain popularity on the pub circuit. David Reyne left to continue an acting course and was replaced by Bill McDonough. Australian Crawl made a memorable debut on popular music TV series Countdown. Reyne performed with both arms in plaster casts, a result of injuries sustained after being hit by a car. The band went on to sell more than 1 million albums in Australia in the 1980s, creating several memorable songs that still resonate within Australian culture and on Australian radio today. Their most popular songs are "Reckless", "Beautiful People", "Errol", "The Boys Light Up", "Things Don't Seem", "Oh No Not You Again" and "Downhearted".cite web |url=http://www.triplem.com.au/melbourne/music/2007countdown/the_countdown.html |title=Triple M's Essential 2007 Countdown |publisher=Triple M |accessdate=2008-03-02 ] They were voted "Countdown" 1981 Most Popular Group and Reyne was 1980 and 1981 Most Popular Male Performer.cite book |last=Atkinson |first=Ann |coauthors=Linsay Knight, Margaret McPhee |title=The Dictionary of Performing Arts in Australia |publisher=Allen & Unwin |year=1996 |url=http://books.google.com.au/books?id=ELACebeQEgcC |isbn=1863738983 ] After the band split up in 1986, Reyne went on to a successful solo career.

olo career

Whilst still with the Crawl, Reyne formed a duet with Lin Buckfield of Electric Pandas [cite web |url=http://www.abc.net.au/tv/spicksandspecks/txt/s1964342.htm |title=Spicks and Specks Episode Twenty Two |publisher=ABC |accessdate=2008-04-05 ] to release a 1985 single "R.O.C.K." / "Under My Thumb". [cite web |url=http://rateyourmusic.com/release/single/lin_buckfield_and_james_reyne/r_o_c_k___under_my_thumb/ |title="R.O.C.K." / "Under My Thumb" |publisher=Rate Your Music |accessdate=2008-04-05 ] In 1987, Reyne released his self titled debut solo album. After subsequently releasing the hit single "Motors Too Fast", the album was re-packaged with "Motors Too Fast" replacing the song "Coin in A Plate" which had appeared on the original version. His debut was followed, in 1989, by his next solo release "Hard Reyne" which featured the hits "House of Cards" and "One More River". In 1991 "Electric Digger Dandy" was released. Mindful of the American market (where the album was released under the title of "Any Day Above Ground"), Electric Digger Dandy included a re-vamped version of the Australian Crawl hit "Reckless" as well as a cover of John Hiatt's "Stood Up". Singles off that album included "Slave", "Any Day Above Ground" and "Some People". In 1992 he recorded a duet with country singer James Blundell (a cover of the "The Dingoes" song, "Way Out West"). It hit #2 on the Australian charts - still James' biggest solo single. Later that year he joined former Sherbet frontman Daryl Braithwaite, Jeff Scott and Simon Hussey to create the album Company of Strangers - an album that spawned four Top 100 singles. All three of these releases went platinum multiple times and contained several top 10 hits. 1994 saw the release of James' critically acclaimed fourth album - "The Whiff Of Bedlam", recorded in Los Angeles with Stewart Levine and including the single "Red Light Avenue". This was followed in 1999 with "Design For Living", which featured the sleeper gems "Reno", "Little Criminals" and "Stranger Than Fiction."

In 1999, he was one of many guest performers on John Farnham's "I Can't Believe He's 50 Tour". His duet with Farnham, "Don't You Know It's Magic", can be heard on John Farnham's "Live At The Regent Theatre" album.


After a few years' break between studio albums, Reyne released "Design For Living" in 1999. In 2004 he released "Speedboats for Breakfast", which included the single "Bug". This was followed in 2005 by the album "...And The Horse You Rode In On", which contained acoustic reworkings of some of best-known solo and Australian Crawl compositions.In late 2004, Australian dance producers Smash 'n' Grab remixed Australian Crawl's "Reckless", and Reyne scored a minor dance hit with the song "She Don't Like That".

Reyne hosted "Dig", a music show on ABC2, and made an appearance on "The AFL Footy Show" in Melbourne in 2006. However, "Dig" was removed from ABC2's line-up due to budget cuts in 2007.

In May 2007, James Reyne released a new studio album, Every Man a King, which features the singles "Light in the Tunnel" and "Little Man You've Had a Busy Day."

A second acoustic album, titled Ghost Ships, was released early October, 2007, taking Reyne's releases to four albums in four years - his most prolific period in recent times. This will be increased early in December when his first live DVD - James Reyne One Night in Melbourne, is released.

Acting career

Reyne has remained a constant in the Australian music scene. Mixing music with acting, he appeared in the TV drama "Return to Eden" as well as several other productions. He also played Tina Turner's manager in the 1993 bio-movie about Tina's life "What's Love Got To Do With It". In 2005 Reyne stared as a guest actor of the telemovie The Post Card Bandit.

Personal life

Reyne is the older brother of David Reyne 1980s drummer (Australian Crawl, Cats Under Pressure, Chantoozies), actor and television presenter. Their younger sister Elisabeth was also involved in the music industry, she produced Daryl Braithwaite's 1991 album "Higher Than Hope". [cite web |url=http://music.msn.com/album/?album=10007149 |title="Higher Than Hope" |publisher=MSN Music |accessdate=2008-04-28 ] James Reyne is the father of TV soapie "Neighbours" actor Jaime-Robbie Reyne. [cite web |url=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1228717/bio |title=Internet Movie Databse entry on Jaime-Robbie Reyne |publisher=IMDb |accessdate=2008-03-05 ] [cite web |url=http://website.lineone.net/~selp/dnkn5.htm |title=Jaime Robbie Reyne profile |accessdate=2008-03-05 ] Reyne lives on the Mornington Peninsula with his partner, Tina, and a daughter.cite news |url=http://www.theage.com.au/news/music/home-james/2007/06/07/1181089236518.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1 |title=Home, James |last=Wilmoth |first=Peter |date=2007-06-10 |publisher="The Age" |accessdate=2008-03-05 ]


External links

* [http://www.jamesreyne.com.au James Reyne's Official Website]
* [http://jrforum.iconsult.com.au/forum James Reyne Fan Forum]

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