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"Reckless"[1] (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 iconic[2] 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).[3][4] After the EP was released, Bidstrup was replaced by John Watson (drums).[3][4]

"Reckless (Don't Be So)"
Single by Australian Crawl
from the album Semantics
RecordedRhinoceros Studios (Sydney)
GenreSurf rock, Australian rock
LabelEMI, Geffen
Songwriter(s)James Reyne
Producer(s)Mark Opitz
Australian Crawl singles chronology
"Runaway Girls"
"Reckless (Don't Be So)"
"Louie Louie"

The EP Semantics charted on the Australian Singles Charts to reach #1 and consequently some sources list "Reckless" as a #1 single.[5][6] It was written by lead singer and guitarist James Reyne.[1] Listeners of Triple M voted "Reckless" the 39th best song of all time in 2007; it was the highest placed Australian Crawl song.[7]

The song's lyrics refer to 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.[3][8]

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.[9]

Cover versionsEdit

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.[10]

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.[8]

John Farnham covered the song for his 2005 covers album I Remember When I Was Young, he also covered the Crawl's song "Downhearted".[11]

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.[12]

The Butterfly Effect (band) has covered the song on their Final Conversation Tour 2009.

Children Collide did a cover of this song in the final Like A Version for 2010 on Tom and Alex's Triple j morning breakfast show.

Angie Hart recorded a cover version for her 2009 album, Eat My Shadow.

Misheard lyricEdit

Readers of lyrics websites have suggested the line in the song about "A Russian sub beneath the Arctic" is a mondegreen in which "sub" has often been transcribed wrongly as "sun".[13][better source needed]

Track listingEdit

European Single

  1. "Reckless (Don't You Be So)" (James Reyne) - 5:23
  2. "White Limbo" (Simon Binks) - 4:03


Australian CrawlEdit

Additional creditsEdit

  • Andrew Thompson — saxophone
  • Rosemary Westbrook — double bass on "Reckless"
  • Engineer — David Nicholas
  • Producer — Mark Opitz


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  2. ^ ""1996: 10th Annual ARIA Awards"". ARIA. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  3. ^ a b c McFarlane, Ian (1999). Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop (doc). Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. Retrieved 27 March 2008.
  4. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus; Warnqvist, Stefan; Draper, Oliver; McDonough, Bill. "Australian Crawl". Australian Rock Database. (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  6. ^ Baker, Glenn A. (1983). "Phalanx liner notes". Axel Husfeldt. Archived from the original on 29 July 2003. Retrieved 27 March 2008.
  7. ^ "Triple M's Essential 2007 Countdown". Triple M. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  8. ^ a b "Zentrum Mensch-Maschine-Systeme". Axel Husfeldt. 9 July 1999. Archived from the original on 29 July 2003. Retrieved 27 March 2008.
  9. ^ "Oz For Africa". Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  10. ^ Hogan, David (13 December 2004). "More great rarities of Oz Rock released". National Film and Sound Archive. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2008.
  11. ^ "John Farnham's official website entry on I Remember When I Was Young". Retrieved 27 March 2008.
  12. ^ ""She Don't Like That" Smash N Grab release". central station. Retrieved 27 March 2008.
  13. ^ "Australian Crawl – Reckless". Song Meanings. Retrieved 10 September 2015.