In the '80s, this Aussie band crawled before they ran up the charts
One of the great things about the Stuck in the '80s Nation is that it really is a nation as followers span the globe with fans who love reminiscing about '80s music, movies and cultures. With the help of our Australian friends like Dave Featherston we have learned about the '80s beyond the borders of the United States. Our thankful response is to feature a week of lost tunes and stories from a country we love - Australia.
One of the first bands our friends down under clued us in on was Australian Crawl. Back in 2009, Steve featured their single Errol on the blog and today we offer another one of their big hits called Reckless. During the '80s, the Crawl had two No. 1 albums on the Aussie charts that spawned seven Top 40 hits, none bigger than the hypnotic No. 1 hit Reckless from 1983.
The video for Reckless is dramatic with lighting hues accompanying the slow burn of the song. The lyrics for Reckless compare the singer's relationship to the reckless adventures of explorers Robert Scott and the team of Burke and Willis. Scott explored Antarctica and Burke and Willis were the first Europeans to attempt crossing the harsh Australia terrain from the south to north (Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria). All three individuals died on their attempts. In 1986, the Crawl broke up.