Single by Australian Crawl
from the album The Boys Light Up
B-side "Way I've Been"
Released May, 1980
Format 7"
Genre Pop/Rock
Length 3:09
Label EMI
Writer(s) Sean Higgins, Guy McDonough, Bill McDonough
Producer David Briggs
Australian Crawl singles chronology
"The Boys Light Up"

"Downhearted" is the third single released by iconic[1] Australian surf rock band Australian Crawl from their debut album The Boys Light Up. The song was written by Sean Higgins, Guy McDonough and Bill McDonough.[2] All three songwriters had been bandmates in The Flatheads, but at the time only Bill McDonough was a member of The Crawl.[3]

"Downhearted" was released in May, 1980 and reached #12 on the Australian Singles Chart in July, 1980.[4]

Different B-sides were released in different markets.[5] Australian B-side was "Way I've Been" written by The Crawl member Brad Robinson and his father James Robinson.[2] James Robinson was a Federal Arbitration Court Justice.[6] Canadian B-side was "Indisposed" was co-written by the Robinsons with James Reyne and Bill McDonough.[2] The song describes the car accident which resulted in Reyne breaking both wrists immediately before they recorded their first single "Beautiful People" (1979).[7] The B-side for the UK release was "Letter From Zimbabwe" (Reyne).[2]

"Downhearted" was covered by Dutch prog rock band Solution and appeared on their 1982 album Runaway. Australian pop singer John Farnham sang it on his 2005 covers album I Remember When I Was Young.

Track listing

  1. "Downhearted" (Sean Higgins, Guy McDonough, Bill McDonough)[2] – 3:09
  2. "Way I've Been" (Brad Robinson, James Robinson)[2] – 2:17



Chart (1980) Peak
Position [4]
Weeks In
Australian Singles Chart 12 17


  1. ^ "1996: 10th Annual ARIA Awards". ARIA. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Australasian Performing Right Association". APRA. Retrieved 2008-03-05. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Australian Crawl". Australian Rock Database. Magnus Holmgren. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  4. ^ a b 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.
  5. ^ "Australian Crawl music albums". GEMM. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  6. ^ "Memorable TV Oz Rock: Australian Crawl entry". Memorable TV / Little Acorns Publishing. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  7. ^ "Countdown Club entry on Australian Crawl". ABC. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 

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