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current albums "Fearful Wiggings" and "play mistLY for me" . On Cockaigne. The latter is a digital only release. I don’t know what I am and don’t want to know any more than I already know. I aspire, in my music , to 40s B Movie (voice and presence) and wish I could play guitar like Charlie Christian or Grant Green -but not in this lifetime, I know. I also wish someone could put the music scene back together, but it was always flying apart. I like adult stuff. Always have.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Presentation Night w/ Dennis Cometti. Isn't Melbourne strange?

This was bubbling along while we were madly concentrating on the reunion shows. For those interstate or overseas, Dennis Cometti is the doyen of football callers on television. "The golden voice of the west".

These fellows from Sydney who manage all the most happening rock bands in the country started doing these events as they seem to be totally excited by it. They pair a musical person witha  sports person and Francis Leach, an excellent broadcaster in any field (but who now mostly works in sport) chairs the proceedings.

Hey Triple R radiothon is on- do the right thing and subscribe . Its called PAINT THE TOWN RRR .
This is my KEN NORDINE type tribute to the colour ORANGE

Dennis and I both came on to a  theme tune. Francis had walked on to the Smiths "This Charming Man". We were still in the dressing room and I asked Dennis his opinion on the Smiths. He said he liked a track from Morriseys 2014 album called "istanbul" but wasn't really fussed by either. He came on to some "Game of Love". I walked on to Lynyrd Skynyrds "Workin for the MCA".

Francis threw up some photos of different things and we gagged about career flops and highs. Dennis confessed to  an interest in the JFK shooting and a thwarted tv special he had once almsot made.

I talked of teen footystuff and playing music. We had to bring a  fave bit of music to talk about. I Dennis brought a young American band he had produced an album for in 2010 called the McKennas. I brought LIVE DEAD by the GRATEFUL DEAD and talked about DARK STAR.

We had to talk about heroes. Dennis had pictures of  djs he had loved. American and Australian. I had pictures of the author John Cowper Powys and the explorer Richard Burton.



The audience was .... well I don't really know. Hey we kept it light mostly!

Triple R radiothon - subscribe! My tribute to the colour white

Anyway, had  a marvellous time. Dennis was a lovely fellow and we promised we'd have dinner on Grand Final week. I'll hold him to that. 

Oh, I had to play a few tunes so I did "saturday night bath", "life's a dream" and "flash in the pantz". In reverse order to that. 

400 people came on a  cold Sunday night to hear two old smoothies talk about their lives in the world of luck and chance. Isn't Melbourne strange? 

return of dave graney and the coral snakes shows - melbourne

We set up at the Memo Music Hall in Melbourne on the Monday to have  a practice and to do a filmed interview which appeared on ABC tv Lateline later in the week.

Hamish Fitzimmons did the story. 

Barry Douglas aka Barry takes Photos was there to document our reconstitution of ourselves.

We rehearsed later in the week at Soundpark. One of the coldest winters in decades in Melbourne.

Did some mad promo stuff as this reformation opened doors for us that had't been in or vicinity in years.
Mick Molloy got me into MMM in Melbourne and I found myself on the Hot Breakfast show with him and Eddie McGuire.

Clare and I also talked to Glenn Ridge at 3MP and Dennis Walter at 3AW. Pros!

Chris Hollow wrote a story for fairfax.

Iain Shedden wrote a story for the Australian.

We set up the old paper backdrop the Stephen Bush did for us back in 1991. Water colours on paper. It had been rolled up in our studio ever since. With the help of some Gaffa tape it looked quite spiffy.
 I wore my maroon jumpsuit in the Night Of The Wolverine set and my black one for the "unbuttoned set. 

Friday nights show was tight as a drum. Very powerful. EPIC. Like doing a  theatre show. 800 people came in over the two nights. Two of the happiest and most powerful shows of our lives.

We saw so many old friends. I got hugged from one end of the room to the other. Had an absolute ball.
Both nights were recorded but I haven't had  a chance to get into the studio.

A funny thing was I was playing Tupacs "all eyez on me" cd over the PA as it was what was always playing in our house in 1995. It elicited some strong complaints from a fellow in the audience.He called it "racist" (to the sound engineer out front). People funny bwoy!

Now we head up to NSW with the show.

Dave Graney'n' the Coral Snakes 2015 -
Also playing September 4th at NEWTOWN SOCIAL CLUB - SYDNEY
September 5th at LIZOTTES - NEWCASTLE
EXTRA SHOW! Sept 6th at THE BASEMENT - Sydney
October 24th at the CROWN and ANCHOR in ADELAIDE

It really was a great couple of nights. That room at Memo is something special too. Here is my card.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

How the LIVING LEGENDS SHOW went. Amazing night in Melbourne.

So yesterday, Sunday July 12th 2015, Clare and I were feted at the Gasometer Hotel in Melbourne by a line up of great musicians playing our songs back to us.
It was organised by Mary Mihelakos as part of the LEAPS AND BOUNDS Festival, which occurs every year in early July. They began these LIVING LEGENDS shows last year with nights for Kim Salmon, Charlie Owen  and Spencer P Jones at the Tote. This year Steve Lucas was also subject to this giving of tribute.

Kim had said he loved the experience last year. Clare Moore and myself approached it with a bit of trepidation in the months then weeks then days leading up to it and then as we drove in. There is  a mezzanine area at the gasometer and we imagined standing up there, being a bit remote. Upon arrival we were shown to a table in the middle of the floor complete with champagne bottle in a  bucket (for Clare) and a bottle of ginger beer for me. A classic round saloon bar table with a white linen cloth over it.

Proceedings began at 5pm. I will list the songs and the artists here and let me say I was absolutely thrilled by all the care and feeling that went into the performances- all of them. If I comment on any particularly it's not to lessen the enjoyment I got from experiencing any of the others. I loved the whole night.

Special mention to comrade MALCOLM HILL who mc'd the whole night (at an afternoons notice) and kept proceedings coherent and fizzing. It was tough crowd- US!

The Ancients had the difficult job of starting the night off and powered through "I'm gonna release your soul" (1994) and "rock'n'roll is where I hide" (1995). The latter sung by the angelic Sophie at the keyboards. Spectacular. We love the Ancients!

Henry Manetta then got up with Adam Rudegeair and his band of jazzers and did an amazing version of "the second hand man" from Clares "the third woman" album (2001). Adam pulled on his KEYTAR and whomped his way through "I'm in the future now" (2007). We really began to relax now, seeing and hearing people do songs from all different periods.

The Ocean Party got up and did "night of the wolverine" (1993) and "All Mine" from the DAMES album of 2014. It was like a real pop beat band taking our songs for a spin. So stoked to hear people in their early 20s playing our stuff.

Elizabeth McCarthy, a dear friend and comrade from RRR read out a three page sentence from my book "1001 Australian nights". The story was "I who know the others".

Jane Dust then got back on the stage for the first time in 18 months or so and did extremely poised introductions and solo electric guitar and voice versions of Clares "Out of Where?" and my "there he goes with his eye out". These were both from  HASHISH AND LIQUOR (2005).

The SAND PEBBLES also reconstituted themselves for the first time in a  couple of years and did "Natalie", which I co-wrote with them and "twilight of a villain" (2003). Chris Hollow on bass spoke hilariously about their dealings with us and did the first of several impersonations of my speaking voice. Their sound was huge and so were the dynamics. They stayed on stage and backed Jeff Williams on a  version of "Morning Dew" which we recorded on LURE OF THE TROPICS.

Kaye Louise Patterson sat at the piano and accompanied by our great comrades Stuart Perera and Stu Thomas did a great version of "a lot to drink about" from Clare's LIQUOR (2005) album.

Go Go Sapien then turned up in dusty bearded , hatted and bewigged costumery and did an amazing version of "my schtick weighs a ton" (2005), complete with mock masturbatory moves and then turned their madness to "junk time" (The DAMES 2014) . I love those guys!

Zayd Thring from Pets with Pets wandered in from the street and gave us a wonderful reworking of "Double Life" from the Moodists which he played on electric guitar and jammed along on a  loop he'd put onto his iPhone. Really great. Such a pop star! (Zayd also did a good impression of me as I apparently spoke when we first met. He'd told me his mother liked my stuff and I'd said "your mother has good taste". I seem to speak a bit like Humphrey Bogart....Zayd had then gone to the school library and gotten a Moodists album out as he didn't know my stuff at all.)

Edwina Preston sang a Moodists song with Harry Howard as well. It was "Some Kinda Jones" and she sang it so commandingly. Lots of words and she pinged them all off so hard! Harry then played "New Face in Hell" by the Fall which we'd covered in our narrative show "Live in Hell".

Jarrod Quarrelle from LOST ANIMAL got up, impossibly thin and hairy and sang a song from one of my favourite bands, LOVE. He did " a Message to Pretty" and then did two songs from the band we first saw him playing in in the early 2000's, NEW SEASON. Tons of charisma.

Sean Simmons came on with THE SPOILS and they did an EPIC version of "lure of the tropics" from the album of the same name (1990). Degree of difficulty - very high!

Tony Martin got up and read three excerpts from "1001 Australian Nights". these were the "I had a dream" parts where I dream of intruding into current pop moments.

Stu Thomas brought his PARADOX to the stage (Phil Collings , Stu Perera and ....  sorry - I forgot to note who ....on bass) and did a superbad and evil version of "death by a  thousand sucks" (2000) with Stu just making dank, squelchy sound from a mini moog he held in his hand. He was also manipulating his vocals from a  processor on a stand. Outstanding! He gave a wonderful talk about us and then they did a Moodists song called "Bad Cabin" which veered into jazz and dub. I loved this stuff!

Kim Salmon got up with Mick Harvey on drums and Stu Thomas on bass and Mike Stranges on guitar to play "a million dollars in a red velvet suit", "I got myself a beautiful nightmare" and "everybody does what they want to" from I WAS THE HUNTER AND I WAS THE PREY (1992). Sounded so great! I love the songs on that album!

Mick Harvey then came out front to sing and Mikey went to the drums and they did "you wanna be there but you don't wanna travel" (1994) which segued into "double life" (1985) and then an incredible lunge at "2068 babe" (2008) complete with loops , bird noises and screaming white noise synth sounds! (We've never attempted that song. It's only one note for ten minutes but it's got layers of dark and white squelching and fizzing noises spinning out of it.)

Malcolm Hill got up with Helen Smart on drums and Penny Ikinger on electric guitar and they played great versions of "am I wearing something of yours?" (1998) and "are we going' too fast for love?" (2001) . Malcolm was wearing a "Moodists wig" which looked very convincing. Chris Walsh joined them on bass and they did "Machine Machine" from the Moodists (1984)

Malcolm moved to electric guitar while Penny Ikinger gave a  wonderful speech about us and then they played Clares "Tomorrow Inc" (2005)

Caroline Kennedy got up with Mick Turner on guitar and Ian Wadley on bass and they played "gone dead" (the Moodists 1981) , "I held the cool breeze" (1993) and "out there in the night of time" (1993) .

Then the Moodists did a version of RUNAWAY with Kim Salmon guesting on guitar in Steve Millers absence.

Had such a great time, like  a wonderful party. It finished well after 11pm. Thats five or so hours of our songs......

So much of your life as a musician you feel that you've done something terribly wrong. Hearing our songs back from people we admire, love and respect really touched me. I choked up on occasion and just had a ball in general. I had the feeling that actually, I'd been right to get mixed up in all this foolishness.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

dave graney 'n' the coral snakes shows in August-October.

Hey! In the meantime I have played another show in Ballarat. At the same venue- the Eastern- and had a cool time. I was travelling by myself and drove on to the Victorian town of Kyneton, about an hour or so away. I had stayed in the hotel in Ballarat and awoke early. I found myself in Kyneton before lunch and parked in the street and fell asleep. Luckily, an old friend, Matt Sigley, called up and I spent an excellent day in his great secondhand book and record shop in the main drag. I highly recommend it.
Long Story Short is the name of the shop and this is it's Facebook Page.

It's upstairs at 58-60 Piper st Kyneton.  (03) 5422 2909
I bought Clare a Dostoyevsky novel. I'd gotten myself a John Cowper Powys epic (WOLF SOLENT) in the town of Daylesford along the way. 

Matt was once in the EARTHMEN and also the LOVETONES and his own DAYTIME FREQUENCY and is now also involved in VIDEO VIDEO with MATT DOLL. 
The gig was in a restaurant/ cafe called Major Toms and it was great to play to a  full room of people out to hear some arcane music. Well, arcane music is all I have so that's what happened. I played with my K YAIRI acoustic 12 string and my 1957 IBANEZ archtop through my CRATE solid state acoustic amplifier. I had  a ball. Then I drove back to Melbourne.

We have also been progressing with these dates we are doing as Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes. That's me, Clare Moore, Rod Hayward and Robin Casinader. We were invited to play at MEMO MUSIC HALL in St Kilda - specifically to play the 1993 album NIGHT OF THE WOLVERINE.
We thought that , if we were getting the band back together it'd be good to play songs from outside that one album so we'll be doing another set at the shows of songs from records we made before and after that particular disc. Rod, Robin, Clare and I made NIGHT OF THE WOLVERINE, with bassist Andrew Picouleau guesting on some tracks. We asked Gordy Blair, who played on all the other albums to play the shows but he declined to be involved. Stu Thomas from the mistLY will be playing bass. He knows most of the songs already.

dave, clare, robin and rod on the set of the "you're just too hip, baby" film clip shoot.

Robin lives in Canberra and the rest of us in Melbourne. We last played at the end of 1997 , when we'd put out our album THE DEVIL DRIVES. We met up in early June and rehearsed the original arrangements of all the songs as they were on the original recordings. It was quite eerie how it all just sat back together again. I was just singing - no guitar- and really enjoyed getting into the songs again. Quite an openly, emotional album. Powerful experience. 

We'll be playing the two shows in Melbourne first and then moving on to Sydney, Newcastle and Adelaide. Here are some link to tickets.

Hanging out at the Lounge in Swanston st where we played a lot in the early 90s.

 Here is a clip from the NIGHT OF THE WOLVERINE era. Shot and directed by Kerry Negara for SBS. I could talk underwater in those days.

Other shows we've done recently have included a week in Sydney , Wollongong and Newcastle and another trip to Brisbane. The latter was a duo show with myself and Clare Moore. We played three nights in a row and then flew back to blast out two sets at 4pm at the Post Office Hotel in Coburg with the mistLY. Here's a clip from that show, taken by Barry Douglas aka Barry takes Photos.

Until next time, comrades...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Further Out - Swingy George - the Tantanoola Tiger!

Another thing I neglected to mention about time and the music you send out into the unknown.
There was a song on the Moodists "Thirsty's Calling" album called "Swingy George" . We came from St Kilda to London and put the song down there. Propulsive kind of song we were best at. Bass heavy on one chord with Mick Turner grinding out some crude slabs of slide guitar. No blues except for my style of repeating lines over and over. Nobody ever asked me what lyrics were about in the band. I never made it my thing to separate them out.We had no lyric sheets with our records and the whole experience was a totality. 1984.
Then I got a call the other week from a  friend in Mt Gambier. He and his friends, hot rod aficionados and long term potheads had been watching a  dvd of the Moodists LIVE IN LONDON (1984). 

He said "that song Swingy George- was that about Swingy George?"

We then proceeded to compare notes on this character from our childhoods who had been a presence around the local (east side) childrens playgrounds. He would just sit there in the swings, looking comical because of his adult size. Nothing rotten ever happened, he was just a bit of a bogeyman. "Swingy George". Anyway, it took over 30 years for that song to get heard by a person who could hook into it and KNOW what the fuck I was singing about!
I now realize it was a kind of a folk tune. the post punk scene had this imperative that you write about your own experience and environment. The only thing was, in Melbourne, that we HATED most of our environment and were totally into frequencies from New York or London. Really, why would you be interested in Cold Chisel or the Angels with the Birthday Party or laughing Clowns, Alan Vega/ Suicide, the Fall, the Fore Engines  or the Contortions in your head?
I also wrote it with the film "night of the hunter" in my brain. That film was such a touch stone in that scene. 40s movies in general. The word "swingin'" had all the connotations of hanging as well as the goofy musical feel. The Jungle Jim was in every playground. Something for kids to hang off. I liked things to be just a  few repetitive lines.

"george was real enough
it didn't take much to make him swing
he was a black coat that we all coloured
yeah something from sleep caught in our light
a bad shape caught in our back yard
we wanted to see him swing
he was hangin around this jungle jim
just a black coat drifting
swingy george
he was a black coat that we all coloured
yeah something from sleep caught in our light
a bad shape caught in our back yard
he was still there when he had gone
we wanted to see him swing
he was hangin around this jungle jim
just a black coat drifting
swingy george

My friend was ringing about playing a gig in a  cafe on the main street of Mt Gambier in August. Also playing in the Tantanoola Hotel which is a timber town in one of the huge, spooky pine forests which surround the area. There is the legend of the Tantanoola Tiger!
It inspired Max Harris to pen this poem about the area ....

The Tantanoola Tiger

There in the bracken was the ominous spoor mark,
Huge, splayed, deadly, and quiet as breath,
And all around lay bloodied and dying,
Staring dumbly into their several eternities,
The rams that Mr Morphett loved as sons.

Not only Tantanoola, but at Mount Schanck
The claw welts patterned the saplings
With mysteries terrible as Egypt's demons,
More evil than the blueness of the Lakes,
And less than a mile from the homestead, too.

Sheep died more rapidly than the years
Which the tiger ruled in tooth and talk,
And it padded from Beachport to the Border,
While blood streamed down the minds of the folk
Of Mount Gambier, Tantanoola, of Casterton.

Oh this tiger was seen all right, grinning,
Yellow and gleaming with satin stripes:
Its body arched and undulated through the tea-tree;
In this land of dead volcanoes it was a flame,
It was a brightness, it was the glory of death,

It was fine, this tiger, a sweet shudder
In the heath and everlastings of the Border,
A roc bird up the ghostly ring-barked gums
Of Mingbool Swamp, a roaring fate
Descending on the mindless backs of grazing things.

Childhoods burned with its burning eyes,
Tantanoola was a magic playground word,
It rushed through young dreams like a river
And it had lovers in Mr Morphett and Mr Marks
For the ten long hunting unbelieving years.

Troopers and blacks made safari, Africa-fashion,
Pastoral Quixotes swayed on their ambling mounts,
Lost in invisible trails. The red-faced
Young Lindsay Gordons of the Mount
Tormented their heartbeats in the rustling nights

While the tiger grew bigger and clear as an axe.
'A circus once abandoned a tiger cub.'
This was the creed of the hunters and poets.
'A dingo that's got itself too far south'
The grey old cynics thundered in their beers,

And blows were swapped and friendships broken,
Beauty burst on a loveless and dreary people,
And their moneyed minds broke into singing
A myth; these soured and tasteless settlers
Were Greeks and Trojans, billabong troubadours,

Plucking their themes at the picnic races
Around the kegs in the flapping canvas booths.
On the waist-coats shark's teeth swung in time,
And old eyes, sharply seamed and squinting,
Opened mysteriously in misty musical surprise,

Until the day Jack Heffernan made camp
By a mob of sheep on the far slope of Mount Schanck
And woke to find the tiger on its haunches,
Bigger than a mountain, love, or imagination,
Grinning lazily down on a dying ewe,

And he drew a bead and shot it through the head.
Look down, oh mourners of history, poets,
Look down on the black and breeding volcanic soil,
Lean on your fork in this potato country,
Regard the yellowed fangs and quivering claws

Of a mangy and dying Siberian wolf.
It came as a fable or a natural image
To pace the bars of these sunless minds,
A small and unimpressive common wolf
In desperately poor and cold condition.

It howled to the wattle when it swam ashore
From the wreck of the foundered Helena,
Smelt death and black snakes and tight lips
On every fence-post and slip-rail.
It was three foot six from head to tail.

Centuries will die like swatted blowflies
Before word or wolf will work a tremor
Of tenderness in the crusty knuckles
Around the glasses in the Tantanoola pub
Where its red bead eyes now stare towards the sun.

This song from FEARFUL WIGGINGS mentioned Max Harris and his poem "upon throwing a copy of the New Statesman from the window whilst driving along the Coorong".

We're playing some shows soon! There's also now a second show at Memo for Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes NIGHT OF THE WOLVERINE show in August. Archiving the fuck out of it. Smashing it!

The last few weeks have been a rabbit hole of archiving songs and music from old tapes and digitizing them.

Before that- I did a lovely gig at a place in Ballarat called The Eastern. Ballarat has always been a hard place to "make show" in but this old joint is something different. A sweet crew of people came along to the room and I had a great time. Patrick McCabe , a local player, did an opening set and was real charming. He even did a song about us and the last time we played in Ballarat and the venue dropped the curtain on us while we were playing. The indignity!(It was a part of a music school and they were teaching students how to put on an event. Number one- the musicians are horrible- crush them!)
I was passed a note from an old friend from the MOODISTS days. Now bands grab onto many things when they are young and cooking themselves up in order to get some internal heat and balance happening. Some sense of themselves and where they sit in regard to the smaller world of music they are trying to live in and that worlds relation to the wider world. Worlds within worlds.
THE MOODISTS were three parts South Australian in the Melbourne scene. We were always outsiders, and grabbed tight onto that. We were also not from private schools and didn't take hard drugs. We were hard core boozers and loved country music and football. So we were delighted when we met a fellow who came to our gigs who was from Ballarat and who was a shearer to boot. This fit so well with us. He was a lovely guy and we got a lot of poise from knowing him.
So this card that was handed to me was from this old compadre, Mark, and he apologized for not making the show as he was shearing in the area and had some early morning work to do. How hard would that work be as you get older? How cool did I feel? To have this touch , this contact from such a real world, when I'd been so shamefully engaged in the precious world of alternative music for so long. This is me in the dressing room. (You always need a hat , scarf and coat when night falls in Ballarat).

Then there was our annual trip to Adelaide to play at our favourite venue, the Wheatsheaf. When I do a gig here, people come out of the woodwork. For Clare Moore too- we never know what to expect. there is also no dressing room or ANYWHERE to hide and take a breather, it's all out there in the room.
People also get into my music here like nowhere else, they know my shit! Always a pleasure to play in South Australia. They get me.

A woman came up to talk, saying she had a lot of my albums, a very nice person. She then said that her father had known my father, during the war. they had been on the island of Borneo together.

I have had a picture of them together for many years, they must be 17 years old in it. My dad Noel is on the left. I love the way their hats are at the same angle.

Then I came back to Melbourne to archive some more music from boxes of old tapes. I'd been meaning to do it for years but now I had to find some particular stuff. From particular periods of particular bands. I got a bit atomized, I'm afraid.

First, I had to get  some more tracks for this Cherry Red/Creation Moodists disc that's being put together.

I looked through some old notebooks and saw that I met up with Slaughter Joe Foster at BAROCCA in Soho August 13th 1985, then met with him and Allan McGhee at the Bee Hive cafe in Kings Cross Sept 4th.
The Jesus & Mary Chain gig at the Electric Ballroom where there was this "kind of a riot" was September 9th and we recorded the 3 songs for Creation at Alaska on September 10th.
We did shows around London as the single came out and a  tour of Holland in December.
Our bass player Chris Walsh left to return to Australia after that tour.
We recorded these other three  songs I found, with some others at our rehearsal room , (SOLID LIGHT in CAMDEN), onto a 4 track tape player and did further overdubs at a home studio owned by Scott Bushburt from Turkey Bones and the Wild Dogs.
There is no bass on the session.
So the extra three songs are From 1986, no bass, lots of trebly guitar and drums and Clare Moore singing "the train from Kansas City" by the Shangri Las. Also another long lost song of ours called "the day they all wake up" and a version of Brian Wilson and Glen Campbells "I Guess I'm dumb" with me singing. Freaky sounds.
This is a picture of the Moodists at their last show in London at the Sir George Robey in 1986 or 1987. I was back there as a punter in 1996 to see Arthur Lee play with Love!

I then found all these live and rehearsal tapes of the 1986/1987 Moodists which featured David McClymont on bass. This was a really musically turbo charged, inspired period and the songs sound amazing. I really love the music we made then and would love to make a digital release of the songs.

The other main things I was looking for were demos for the NIGHT OF THE WOLVERINE album. I'd done a lot of 4 track recordings in early 1992 with our live mixer Ted Hamilton at his place. I wasn't intensely perfecting anything. Quite the opposite. The moment I put down a guitar track and then a vocal was usually the first time it had ever really been arranged or put together.
Here I am in Tony Mahonys old East St Kilda flat in 1992 where we often got drunk and listened to excellent  records and hatched plans to show the world what our ideas of something really great was...

Anyway, I found it all, as well as demos for the following two albums and the session Clare and I did for the greater part of the Devil Drives album.

I was lead to this place because we are doing a show in Melbourne with Rod Hayward and Robin Casinader. Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes playing NIGHT OF THE WOLVERINE August 8th this year. A Night of the Wolverine set and then one where we get unbuttoned.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Out of the Past. Thrice. I will have always been here before.Told ya!

So we have this digital only album out at Bandcamp now called play mistLY for me. It was recorded over the last few years at various shows we'd done. Sometimes with drums and two guitars and bass format and some with the acoustics more in play and Clare Moore on keys and percussion.
It'll be up on itunes shortly as well.

I've been uploading a lot of our stuff to itunes as we're working in a  different way in that digital distribution area.
For the last ten years or so we've been working our cds through FUSE distribution who are based in Sydney. Started out with Ian Underwood and Russell Hopkinson at Reverberation and then they moved to Fuse. Well Russell didn't, he was with DAPTONE ( as well as being the drummer for YOU AM I). It was great working with them, total music enthusiasts and Ian did fantastic reissue work at FUSE, putting together collections for TACTICS and CHADS TREE. Beautifully presented retrospectives with great archival artwork and liner notes. Stuff that's rarely done in Australia of course. Ian seems to have been working for a long time on a collection of Stu Spasm's work. Maybe it'll come out one day.

Anyway, times change and we've been in the process of moving our stuff online so I've been listening and checking a lot of audio as its been going up. Dealing with a behemoth like itunes is funny. Getting a US tax id for a start. On the one hand you have an almost extra terrestrial transmitter attached to the APPLE mothership and on the other you have to CALL UP and find and use a FAX for the Barney Miller era American tax system. Clare Moore talking to a person at length and explaining what a Pty Ltd is - to the US tax office...... who express amazement at how odd the rest of the world is....

So I had to approach our narrative albums "Point Blank" and "Live in Hell"which are available on Bandcamp as long , single files, into individual tracks for itunes. Also going to albums like "Kiss tomorrow goodbye" from 2000 and adding extra tracks that had appeared on b sides of singles.

Then there's the catch where each release pretty much had a slightly different band name. The Dave Graney Show, the Royal Dave Graney Show, Dave Graney and the Lurid Yellow Mist, the Lurid Yellow Mist ....featuring Dave Graney and Clare Moore and finally Dave Graney and the mistLY. Oh except for the Dave Graney and Clare Moore double Hashish and Liquor. Then the solo Dave Graney albums and the Clare Moore Third Woman set. The system did not appreciate my cavalier regard for capital letters either.

WeWuz Curious!What a masterpiece!

Also uploading the original Heroic Blues. The title track of which is a piece of primo weirdness/pathos/truth. Great players in that line up. Billy Miller on guitar and Adele Pickvance on bass .

So , initially about 14 albums will be coming out through itunes and other digital retailers. Around the time we start to do a  lot of playing in late April to July.

One of the albums will be another live collection called THE DON. Much more of a semi acoustic collection with a lot of talking as well. A lot of talk.

There have been unexpected and still unpredictable movements in other areas - coming out of the past. One is a  Cherry Red set of cds based around the first lot of acts on Creation Records in the mid 80s, of which the MOODISTS were a part. A three track ep which we did for them and a John Peel session from the same period. It all sounds pretty good to me. This is the post Mick Turner and pre David McClymont period. Still pretty punchy and tough but moving toward later refinements. I'd love to get the later work we did out as well. Perhaps a digital release.

(You might be getting the drift that I'm not a part of the cheer leading wagon for the new age of vinyl. You'd be right. I think its silly.)

Then there's been an offer for a show by Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes. We've all been in touch and everybody is into it. Just dealing with the deals that are being offered. At the moment it's a strictly Melbourne event. Perhaps some time in August.

I am looking forward to playing with Rod, Robin and Gordy again. The work we did was great. Occasionally I have to negotiate areas where people outside the band start to tell me what it was that I actually did and what I do and so where I have erred and I am not good at listening to that sort of stuff. I never have been. That is actually what I did and what I do. My own thing.


2014 solo album from Dave Graney. *****"If I've learnt anything in my years of writing about music it's that if you are going to do anything of worth in this tough game, you better have your own thing. Today's generic is easily replaced by tomorrow's. And yet you need to be flexible, to follow wherever the songs demand. In the case of this, only the second credited as a solo album among 30 or so Graney releases, it's a curious yet welcoming lane he walks you down, with acoustic guitars, not much percussion, vibes, smooth sounds. At the end of it you feel like you've awoken from a strange yet pleasant summer's dream. As shot by Luis Bunuel. It ranges from off-kilter reveries (A Woman Skinnies Up a Man, The Old Docklands Wheel) through to the softly seductive (How Can You Get Out of London) and the downright arch (Look Into My Shades, Everything Is Great In The Beginning.) This is music that is neither folk, nor blues, nor country, but it's all Graney, somewhere out to the left field beyond Lee Hazlewood's raised eyebrow. It's astringent on the tongue but sweetens in the telling." Noel Mengel Brisbane Courier Mail

you've been in my mind

June 2012 super high energy pop rock album - blazing electric 12 strings - total 70s rock drive. Greatest yet! available via paypal - $20 pp

rock'n'roll is where I hide/- 2011 "vintage classics/ re recordings" on LIBERATION


SUPERMODIFIED - August 2010 remixed/re-sung/re-strung//remastered/replayed comp via PAYPAL

also available as a digital album

Knock yourself (2009)-first ever dg solo set-filthy electro r&b-available via Paypal- $20

available as a digital album too

We Wuz Curious (2008)-blazing R&B jazz pop album available via paypal-$20


Keepin' It Unreal-(2006)-minimalist/lyrical vibes,bass and 12 string set - available $20 via Paypal


Hashish and Liquor (2005 double disc by Dave Graney and Clare Moore) available via Paypal $25

Single album HASHISH available as a digital release

Heroic Blues- "folk soul" set from 2002-Available $20 via Paypal

UNAVAILABLE ! Completely sold out!

Night of the Wolverine-1993-Reissued 2004 w/extra tracks from the future-available $20 via paypal


It is written,baby-book released 1997- available $10 via paypal