Guy McDonough

Infobox musical artist
Name = Guy McDonough

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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Guy Gillis McDonough
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Born = 1955
Died = 26 June, 1984
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Instrument = rhythm guitar
Voice_type =
Genre = rock
Occupation = musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist
Years_active = 1976-1984
Label = EMI
Associated_acts = Australian Crawl
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Guy Gillis McDonough (1955-1984) was an Australian rock musician best known for rhythm guitar and singer-songwriter with the iconiccite web |url= |publisher=ARIA |title="1996: 10th Annual ARIA Awards" |accessdate=2008-03-19 ] band Australian Crawl.cite web |url= |title=Australian Rock Database entry on Australian Crawl |publisher=Magnus Holmgren |accessdate=2008-03-19 ] cite web |title=Howlspace entry on Australian Crawl |url= |publisher=Ed Nimmervol |accessdate=2008-03-19 ] He provided rhythm guitar and lead vocals on two of their well-known songs, "Oh No Not You Again" and "Errol".cite book |title=Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop |url= |format=doc |last=McFarlane |first=Ian |authorlink= Ian McFarlane |publisher=Allen & Unwin |year=1999 |isbn=1-86448-768-2 |accessdate=2008-03-19 ] McDonough's solo 1985 release, "My Place", was produced by his brother, Bill McDonough.


Early years

McDonough's parents were William Morris McDonough and Juneva McDonough. Together with his elder brother Bill McDonough, he grew up in Mt Eliza on Mornington Peninsula south east of central Melbourne, Victoria. McDonough attended The Peninsula School and formed Spiff Rouch in 1976 with Bill McDonough (drums) and other locals James Reyne (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Brad Robinson (guitars, keyboards), Paul Williams (bass guitar), Robert Walker, Mark Hudson (guitars) and Simon Binks.

By early 1978 Spiff Rouch had separated into two groups: The Flatheads and Clutch Cargo. The Flatheads had Guy and Bill McDonough, and Walker, who were joined by Sean Higgins (synthesisers) and Nigel Spencer (bass guitars, synthesisers). Clutch Cargo was renamed Australian Crawl [cite web |url= |title=Nostalgia Central entry on Australian Crawl |accessdate=2008-03-19 ] and David Reyne (drums) soon left to be replaced by Bill McDonough. Guy McDonough had co-writtencite web |url= |title=Australasian Performing Right Association |publisher=APRA|accessdate=2008-03-19 ] "Downhearted", with Higgins and Bill McDonough, for the Crawl's third single from debut 1980 album "The Boys Light Up".

Australian Crawl

Guy McDonough joined Australian Crawl in October 1980, supplying rhythm guitar, vocals, and songwriting. The Crawl released their second album "Sirocco" in 1981, which became a #1 album on the National charts.cite book |title=Australian Chart Book 1970-1992 |format=doc |last=Kent |first=David |authorlink= David Kent|publisher=Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. |year=1993 |isbn=0-646-11917-6 |accessdate=2008-03-19] McDonough wrote or co-wrote five of its eleven tracks including two singles "Errol" and "Oh No Not You Again". He sang lead on "Oh No Not You Again" and shared lead vocals with James Reyne on "Errol". "Errol" reached #18 on the Australian Singles Chart and was voted their third most popular song by listeners of Triple M in 2007.cite web |url= |title=Triple M's Essential 2007 Countdown |publisher=Triple M |accessdate=2008-03-19 ]

1982 saw the release of "Sons of Beaches" with McDonough again writing or co-writing five of its tracks. This album also reached #1 but the singles had less success. After its release, Bill McDonough left the Crawl. He was briefly replaced by Graham Bidstrup on drums for the 1983 EP release "Semantics". This four-track EP contained no tracks written by McDonough but did feature the #1 Australian Singles Chart success "Reckless (Don't Be So)". A live album, "Phalanx" released later that same year saw drummer, John Watson replacing Bidstrup. The Crawl's biggest overseas break came when Duran Duran took the band as support on an international tour. [cite book |title="Phalanx" |format=album liner notes |last=Baker |first=Glen A. |year=1983 |publisher=EMI ]

In 1984 Australian Crawl was forced off the road when Guy McDonough was admitted to hospital in Melbourne, he died soon after of viral pneumonia. Guy McDonough died on 26 June 1984, [cite web |url= |title=The Dead Rock Stars Club |publisher=doc-rock |accessdate=2008-03-31 ] aged 28. [Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 CDROM, (1998), The Crown in the State of Victoria: Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.]

olo release/legacy

Prior to his death, Guy McDonough recorded a series of demos with his brother, Bill McDonough (drums), Higgins (keyboards) and Spencer (bass) (all former bandmates in The Flatheads), Mick Hauser (saxophone) and Michael Bright (guitar).cite web |url= |title=Australian Rock Database entry on Guy McDonough |publisher=Magnus Holmgren |accessdate=2008-03-21 ] Bill McDonough then assembled the tapes and Wheatley Records issued Guy McDonough's posthumous album, "My Place", in April, 1985. The singles were "My Place" / "Things Don't Seem" and "What's in it For Me" / "Hook, Line and Sinker". Seven of the tracks from "My Place" were later remastered and released in 1996 as part of the Australian Crawl compilation "Lost & Found".cite web |url= |title=Guy McDonough - "My Place" | |accessdate=2008-03-31 ] cite web |url= |title=Obscure 80's/MFV Archive |publisher=New Wave Outpost |accessdate=2008-03-31 ] Compilers and producers of "Lost & Found" were Bill McDonough and Peter Blyton.


* Spiff Rouch (1976-1978)
** no known recorded output

* The Flatheads (1978-1980)
** no known recorded output

* Australian Crawl (1980-1984)
** "Sirocco" (1981)
** "Sons of Beaches" (1982)
** "Semantics" (1983 EP, 1984 LP)

* Solo
** "My Place" (1985)


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