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After the Australian Craw in 1986, James Reyne spent some time in the United States and Europe, before returning to Australia in 1988 To launch his first self-titled solo album went triple platinum and included three top 10 singles. In 1989 James released "Hard Reyne" which contained the hits "One More River" and House Of Cards". Its a well worn LP rip with a few skips.
1 House Of Cards
3 No Such Thing As Love
4 One More River
5 Shine On
6 Harvest Moon
7 Lamp Of Heaven
8 Drifting Away (Confusion Of Slow Novas)
9 Trouble In Paradise
10 Five Miles Closer To The Sun
11 Wake Up Dead Man
James Reyne The Corner Hotel
Melbourne June 2008
Courtesy Mandy Hall
|Birth name||James Michael Nugent Reyne|
|Born||19 May 1957 |
|Instruments||Guitar, Vocals, Piano, Harmonica|
|Associated acts||Spiff Rouch, Clutch Cargo, Australian Crawl|
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 iconic 1980s band Australian Crawl and solo work.
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.By early 1978, Spiff Rouch had split with Reyne forming Clutch Cargo with Binks, Robinson, Williams and his younger brother David Reyne.
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". They were voted Countdown 1981 Most Popular Group and Reyne was 1980 and 1981 Most Popular Male Performer. After the band split up in 1986, Reyne went on to a successful solo career.
Whilst still with the Crawl, Reyne formed a duet with Lin Buckfield of Electric Pandas to release a 1985 single "R.O.C.K." / "Under My Thumb". In 1987, Reyne released his self titled debut solo album. After subsequently releasing the hit single "Motors Too Fast", which reached #6 on the Australian charts, the album was re-packaged with "Motors Too Fast" replacing the song "Coin in A Plate" which had appeared on the original version. Ultimately the debut album would spawn 6 hit singles. His debut was followed, in 1989, by his next solo release Hard Reyne which featured the hits "House of Cards" and "One More River". The album was launched with a live televised performance on Australia's MTV program on the Nine Network and an Australian Tour. 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, Jef 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. These included Motor City (I Get Lost), Sweet Love, Daddy's Gonna Make You A Star and Baby You're A Rich Man. 1994 saw the release of James' critically acclaimed fourth album - The Whiff Of Bedlam, recorded in Los AngelesStewart Levine and including the single "Red Light Avenue", "Day In The Sun" and "It's Only Natural". This was followed in 1999 with the critically acclaimed Design For Living, which featured the sleeper gems "Reno", "Little Criminals" and "Stranger Than Fiction." Mostly recorded with friend and producer Scott Kingman at his studio in Melbourne. with
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 LivingSpeedboats 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". in 1999. In 2004 he released
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.
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 appeared as a guest actor of the telemovie The Post Card Bandit.
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. James Reyne is the father of TV soapie Neighbours actor Jaime-Robbie Reyne. Reyne lives on the Mornington Peninsula with his partner, Tina, and a daughter.
|1985||R.O.C.K. (with Lin Buckfield)||44|
|1987||Fall of Rome||5|
|Rip It Up||34|
|1988||Heaven on a Stick||59|
|Motor's Too Fast||6|
|Always The Way||72|
|1989||Trouble In Paradise||72|
|House of Cards||17|
|One More River||22|
|Trouble In Paradise||72|
|Any Day Above Ground||67|
|Way Out West (with James Blundell)||2|
|1994||Red Light Avenue||32|
|1995||Day In The Sun||86|
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