Friday, 18 September 2015

Australian Crawl - 1983 - Phalanx

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Phalanx is the first live album released by  Australian surf rock band Australian Crawl. It was recorded live at concerts at Bombay Rock Gold Coast, Queensland and at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in October, 1983, during the 'Semantics' tour. The album was initially released on vinyl in December 1983 and was re-released on CD in May 1995. The album reached #4 on the National Album Charts being released by EMI.

The title of the album is derived from the name for the ancient Greek battle formation where long spears were presented from behind a wall of overlapping shields. The title can also refer more generally to a close-knit group of people, in this case the audience.

The cover features distinctive cartoon images by Michael Leunig with the front depicting five sharks swimming towards a lone wader – they are revealed to be five other swimmers with shark fin hair (see infobox). The back cover cartoon depicts a stage manager warning "Five Minutes Mr. Reyne" at the dressing room door. Meanwhile, Reyne is combing his hair backwards with Brylcream liberally applied, a guitar and a half-full bottle are nearby.

Phalanx was also released by Geffen Records in Europe but under a different title, Australian Crawl: Live, and with a different cover.

 Phalanx was the Crawl's fourth album it yielded a rollicking single, in the form of the band's raucous cover of The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie"... As this album lodged itself at the top of the charts, the Crawl were off to England for some pre-Christmas shows with Duran Duran. – Glen A. Baker, 1983.

John St. Peters & Jane Scali - 1986 - I Got You Babe

Always Something There To Remind Me/Lost In Love/Never Gonna Let You Go/You To Me Are Everything/Ti Amo/Just The Two Of Us/I Got You Babe/Can't Take My Eyes Off You/Feel Like Makin' Love/Guilty/Stuck On You/Steal Away/I Don't Want To Talk About It/Stumblin' In/Deja Vu/My Eyes Adored You

John St. Peeters is a singer, songwriter, musician, and one of the most dynamic performers in Australia today.John made his Las Vegas debut in a showcase at the Stardust Hotel supporting Wayne Newton and recently John has been touring with John Baressi in a comedy/music show The Italian Way.

John first came to our attention as Johnny Lo Piccolo the kid with the accordion. His first singles were accordion tracks and he was known as the “Squeezebox Kid”. John has had a number of chart-placed singles, including “Deep Inside of Me”, “High Class Woman”, “So Many Ways”, and “Wonderworld”.

Jane Scali was only 11 years of age when she leapt to National stardom as one of the original members of the popular long-running television show "Young Talent Time". In the ensuing years she has become a mature singer, dancer and actress with an excellent working knowledge of television and stage production.

In the early eighties, Jane was featured as a regular on the ABC's The Saturday Show for 5 years. Her numerous appearances on the Don Lane, Bert Newton, Mike Walsh and the Midday Show with Ray Martin has made her one of the most popular and successful female performers in Australia today. In 1995 Jane made 26 appearances on the ABC's Roy & HG Show and was re-signed for the 1996 season but Jane had to give up her contract to enable her to appear in the Broadway Musical Smokey Joe's Cafe in Melbourne. Jane has been voted Best Female Variety Performer on three separate occasions at the Australian Variety Artists "Mo" Awards.