Reckless (Australian Crawl song)

Infobox Single
Name = Reckless (Don't Be So)


Artist = Australian Crawl
Album = Semantics
Released = 1983
Recorded = Rhinoceros Studios (Sydney)
Genre = Surf rock
Length = 5:23
Writer = James Reyne
Label = EMI, Geffen
Producer = Mark Opitz
Last single = "Runaway Girls" (1982)
This single = "Reckless (Don't Be So)" (1983)
Next single = "Louie Louie" (1984)

"Reckless"cite web |url=http://www.apra.com.au/site/public/searchworksresult.stm |title=APRA |publisher=APRA |accessdate=2008-03-27 ] (aka "Reckless (Don't Be So)", "Reckless (Don't You Be So)", "She Don't Like That" was a 1983 song from the EP "Semantics" by iconiccite web |url=http://www.ariaawards.com.au/history-by-year.php?year=1996 |publisher=ARIA |title="1996: 10th Annual ARIA Awards" |accessdate=2008-03-10 ] Australian surf rock band Australian Crawl. The song showed a change in the line up of the band as drummer Bill McDonough was temporarily replaced by Graham Bidstrup (also on keyboards).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=2008-03-27] cite 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 ] After the EP was released, Bidstrup was replaced by John Watson (drums).

The EP "Semantics" charted on the Australian Singles Charts to reach #1 and consequently some sources list "Reckless" as a #1 single.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=2008-03-27 ] [cite web |url=http://www.zmms.tu-berlin.de/~axhu/AustralianCrawl |title="Phalanx" liner notes |last=Baker |first=Glenn A. |publisher=Axel Husfeldt |year=1983 |accessdate=2008-03-27 ] It was written by lead singer and guitarist James Reyne. Listeners of Triple M voted "Reckless" the 39th best song of all time in 2007, it was the highest placed Australian Crawl song.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=2008-03-10 ]

The song's lyrics name checks locations in Sydney such as Manly and Circular Quay.

In Europe (including United Kingdom) "Reckless" was released by Geffen Records as a single backed with "White Limbo"; it was also a track on the 1984 expanded LP version of "Semantics".cite web |url=http://www.zmms.tu-berlin.de/~axhu/AustralianCrawl |title=Zentrum Mensch-Maschine-Systeme |publisher=Axel Husfeldt |date=1999-07-09 |accessdate=2008-03-27 ]

Australian Crawl performed "Reckless" as one of their three songs for the "Oz for Africa" concert (1985). This was the Australian leg of the global "Live Aid" show organised by Midge Ure and Bob Geldof. The "Oz for Africa" concert was broadcast on MTV, but only performances by Australian band INXS were placed on the 20th Anniversary DVD collection. [cite web |url=http://liveaid.free.fr/pages/ozforafrika-uk.html |title=Oz For Africa |accessdate=2008-03-10 ]

Cover versions

Fellow Australian artists Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls performed "Reckless" for their 1988 double single EP release of "Dumb Things", it was later credited to Paul Kelly and the Messengers for the 1992 CD "Hidden Things". [cite web |url=http://www.nfsa.afc.gov.au/about_us/media_releases/release.php?id=166 |title=More great rarities of Oz Rock released |publisher=National Film and Sound Archive |last=Hogan |first=David |date=2004-12-13 |accessdate=2008-03-27 ]

During his solo career, Reyne recorded a different version of "Reckless" for "Electric Digger Dandy" (aka "Any Day Above Ground") in 1991. He still performs the song during live concerts.

John Farnham covered the song for his 2005 covers album "I Remember When I Was Young", he also covered the Crawl's song "Downhearted". [cite web |url=http://www.johnfarnham.com.au/biography/home.do |title=John Farnham's official website entry on "I Remember When I Was Young" |publisher=johnfarnham.com |accessdate=2008-03-27 ]

Melbourne based DJs / producers, Smash N Grab, released "She Don't Like That" in 2005 with re-recorded vocals by James Reyne. The CD single had three versions: a radio edit, an extended edit and a club mix. [cite web |url=http://www.centralstation.com.au/releases/releaseinfo.asp?ID=2789 |title="She Don't Like That" Smash N Grab release |publisher=central station |accessdate=2008-03-27 ]

European single

# "Reckless (Don't You Be So)" (James Reyne) - 5:23
# "White Limbo" (Simon Binks) - 4:03Songwriting credits from Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).

Personnel

Australian Crawl

* James Reyne — lead vocals, keyboards, guitar
* Simon Binks — lead guitar
* Paul "Tubbs" Williams — bass guitar
* Guy McDonough — backing vocals, rhythm guitar
* Brad Robinson — rhythm guitar
* Graham "Buzz" Bidstrup — drums, keyboards

Additional credits

* Andrew Thompson — saxophone
* Rosemary Westbrook — double bass on "Reckless"

* Engineer — David Nicholas
* Producer — Mark Opitz

References


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