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WORKSHY - 2017 memoir out on Affirm Press. Let's get Tight - 2017 CD with Clare Moore. Moodists - Coral Snakes - mistLY. 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.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A piece I wrote on Mark E Smith for the Triple R magazine in April

An edited version of this appeared in the April edition of the RRR magazine for subscribers, THE TRIP.



“He was some kind of man… What does it matter what you say about people?”
Marlene Dietrich at the end of the Orson Welles classic film, A Touch Of Evil.

“Great geniuses have the shortest biographies. Their cousins can tell you nothing about them. They lived in their writing, and so their house – and street – life was trivial and commonplace”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

So Queen Victoria
Is a large black slug in Piccadilly, Manchester
Our city hobgoblins
Our city hobgoblins
And they say
We cannot walk the floor at night in peace
CITY HOBGOBLINS by the FALL

It feels good to write a note about Mark E Smith in The Trip. A lot of people who subscribe to Triple R would know more about the work of the Fall than me. Others would know some of their sounds. Many others would at least know of their caustic mystique. Many might be interested in listening to them now that Mark E Smith has left the building.
Because it’s the work, the music, that will live on with the Fall. It was a powerful brew. If you’ve heard early Pavement or Arctic Monkeys, you’ve heard the Fall. Or at least sounds, licks, chords and arrangements put through a strong Fall Filter.

Mark passed away in late January. He’d been ill for a year or so but had continued to perform – up until late December, in a wheelchair.
He was still burning up life- or it was blasting through him – and was still unfinished business. He defied shit. He was definite. Very funny in a dry way. I always remember him saying, when asked about Live Aid, and Ethiopia, “any country that could be invaded by the Italians must be a right load of cobblers”. He also didn’t shy away from being positive about the Falklands War when he was touring here in 1982.   He was like a latter day Wyndham Lewis (who declared himself the “enemy of everything” and founded the modernist magazine BLAST).
I don’t pretend to know how to talk all around him. Maybe I’ll just tell you of the few times our paths crossed. 


The Moodists played with the Fall in Melbourne in 1982 when they toured. The venues were the Seaview hotel in St Kilda and the Mt Erica Hotel in Prahran. I absolutely loved their singles and albums at the time, Grotesque (1980) , the fantastic 10” SLATES (1981) and the then current HEX ENDUCTION HOUR. An incredible racket. Singles like City Hobgoblins (with the amazing b side How I Wrote Elastic Man) .
They also invented “Country and Northern” with blasts of power like “Fiery Jack”, “The Container Drivers” and “T-t-t-totally Wired”.  
The band were really nice to us in 1982- though Kaye Carroll tried to set my hair on fire (in mockery of its bouffed up trendiness). We played with them several times the next few years in the UK . Our young mixer Victor Van Vugt was much in demand in the UK and worked with them and the Pogues and then the Bad Seeds.
Clare Moore and I took a bus down from London to the Hacienda for its third birthday in 1985.
I dunno why I didn't write about it in WORKSHY but there was a funny party in London with the FALL there and Karl Burns was giving me shit about my jacket and seemed to want a fight while Genesis P Orridge was giving Clare the evil eye from across the room. Years passed and I played at Livid in Sydney in 1990 when Redhead Kingpin was the headliner but wouldn't play so the FALL stepped up and did it. Always a powerful live band . Went to say hello to them then. The band very quiet and Mark the cold ruler.
There was a bogus “meeting of three giants”  in a UK with Nick Cave, Shane McGowan and Mark in 1985 or so. It was notable only for Mark seemingly travelling at three times the pace of the other two and them having to take all his wild raving because – he was MARK E SMITH - he had the mozz on them.

When we did Night of the Wolverine , our then manager Mick Geyer took me aside to play me the new Fall LP, The Infotainment Scan, which had a song going on about time of the Wolverines... great minds! 




The Fall worked their own seam, unique. Unfollowable , really. I met a young friend in Hobart in the mid 2000s. In their early 20s, they had tuned into the FALL and proudly held strong opinions and views on many of their then 25 album releases. (My own opinions and views being limited to their early 80s works). I was impressed. In later years Mark E was held up by conservative curmudgeons as a type of shield against all other pop vagaries they may have been forced to grapple with. They hid behind Marks trouser legs. (Like others do with Bob Dylan – Mark was fresher yet dryer. Pretty much powdered, actually).

But don’t let that grim lot put you off.
Mark was a hero and a villain. There was lots of drama you heard reports about. The version of the band that walked out on him in New York in 2006 and how he replaced them immediately and finished the tour, famously quipping, “if its me and yer granny on bongos – its the Fall.”
He was probably, often, a bastard. Who isn’t?
There was a book called “The Fallen”, written solely about ex members of the Fall. All bruised and still tender from the experience, all recognize being in the band with Mark to be a peak experience of the lives. There is  also a band led by Brix Smith-Start of some of those ex members called The Extricated.
Brix wrote a memoir, “the Rise the Fall and the Rise”,  as did bass player Steve Hanley with his “The Big Mid-Week”.
Mark wrote a biography in 2009 called Renegade.
Marc Riley, guitarist in the Falls “Hex/Grotesque” period and currently a dj at BBC6 said that Brix and Steve Hanleys books could be made into a a great tv show, as one was like Dallas and one was like Coronation Street. 

What did Mark seem to like? He spoke highly of Link Wray and the Stooges and Dr Karl from Neighbours (especially his band) and the Fall covered songs by Sister Sledge, the Saints, Charlie Feathers, Pete Seeger, Lee Perry, Tommy Blake, Iggy Pop, Nervous Norvous, The Groundhogs, Wanda Jackson, R Dean Taylor, Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps, The Other Half, The Searchers, the Sonics, The Monks and The Kinks. He loved a British writer by the name of Arthur Machen.

But before all else you should dive into some of their music. 

https://thefall.xyz/ 

In 2010 they toured here and I opened for them again with Adele Pickvance and Tim Byron in Brisbane and in Sydney and with the mistLY in Melbourne. At the latter Mark pretty much made us go on as the doors were opening. He was acting up with the mics and all, turning amps on and off etc. I went to their band room after the Melbourne show, expecting to see a big sulking post argument scene. The band were all quite happy and Mark was sitting by himself. He was being very funny about mutual acquaintances. Evil humour. He asked me to go with them to Golden Plains the next day but we had a gig booked to play a private party and I wanted to be able to pay my band properly before Xmas. He would have understood. Like Howling Wolf, he valued being a  “pro” more than anything.
Saw them play again in 2016 at the last ATP Festival in Wales.
He brought all the drama and noise.
A terrific influence on me.  On their classic album Grotesque,there is a track called “C and C S mithering”. Mark lays into his then ambitious peers , saying

All the English groups
Act like peasants with free milk
On a route
On a route to the loot
To candy mountain
Five wacky English proletariat idiots”

He then lampoons the false bonhomie of travelling bands  years before Spinal Tap , saying
"see ya mate- yeah see ya mate" in a parodic, matey tone.

Oh he was harsh. And unfair. RIP to the Hip Priest.

Australian – New Zealand dates 1982 by the Fall.

Thursday, 22 July 1982   Musician's Club, Sydney
Saturday, 24 July 1982   Family Inn, Sydney
Sunday, 25 July 1982   Stranded, Sydney
Monday, 26 July 1982   Stranded, Sydney
Tuesday, 27 July 1982   Canberra
Thursday, 29 July 1982   West Town Hall, Geelong
Friday, 30 July 1982   Jump Club, Collingwood, Melbourne
Saturday, 31 July 1982   Crystal Ballroom, Seaview Hotel, St. Kilda,
Monday, 2 August 1982   Prince of Wales, Melbourne
Thursday, 5 August 1982   Prospect Hill, Melbourne
Friday, 6 August 1982   Mt. Erica Hotel, Melbourne
Saturday, 7 August 1982   Crystal Ballroom, Seaview Hotel, St. Kilda,
Tuesday, 10 August 1982   Trade Union Club, Sydney
Wednesday, 11 August 1982   Trade Union Club, Sydney
Thursday, 12 August 1982   Wollongong University, Wollongong
Friday, 13 August 1982   Old University, Brisbane
Saturday, 14 August 1982   Manly Vale, Sydney
Tuesday, 17 August 1982   University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Wednesday, 18 August 1982   Town Hall, Christchurch
Thursday, 19 August 1982   Victoria University, Wellington
Friday, 20 August 1982   Main Street, Auckland
Saturday, 21 August 1982   Main Street, Auckland, New Zealand

1990 LIVID Festival
2010 Australlian tour , including Golden Plains
2015 Australian tour including Melbourne Festival

Thursday, May 31, 2018

post residency high-shows in ballarat and adelaide

Our last Sunday in the front room of the Croxton was great Bill Miller joined us to give us his considerable guitar and vocal skills and we played a set of GOLD.

You're All Wrong
Song Of Life
Midnight to Dawn
All Our Friends were Stars
Night Of the Wolverine
You're Just Too Hip, baby
Don't Mess With The Blood
The Stars, Baby
Lt Colonel, Cavalry
ULTRAKEEF
IS THAT WHAT YOU DID?
Feelin Kinda Sporty
Rock n Roll Is Where I Hide
My Schtick Weighs a Ton

pic Brendan Young

  and this was what we'd already done in the previous eight weeks....

The Sheriff Of hell (1997)
We dont belong to anybody (2011)
dont mess with the blood (2001)
I'm seein' demons (2003)
ULTRAKEEF (unrecorded)
Is that What You did? (unrecorded)
You're all wrong (april 2018)
I'm never Off (2017)
My Schtick weighs a ton (2005)
Blues Negative
We Need A Champion
Flash In the Pantz
Mt Gambier Night
I Don't Wanna Know Myself
Playin' Chicken
Midnight Cats
I'm Not The Guy I Tried To Be
Cop This, Sweetly
Field Record Me
Song of Llife (2018)
I'm Gonna Live In My own Big World (1995)
Have You heard About the Melbourne Mafia? (2000)
Eye Of The Vibe (2001)
I Will Always Hate You (2001)
I'm A Commander (1998)
You've Been In My Mind (unrecorded)
Hell Is You, Babe (unrecorded)
Saturday Night Bath (2005)
Be Sad For Me (2017)
You Need a Kleek, Klook (2017)
How Long Does The Raunch (2017)
I Am Your Humble Servant (2003)
clinging to the coast (2001)
all our friends were stars (2003)
midnight to dawn (2003)
sometimes you can see yourself (2005)
Heroic Blues (2001)
twilight of a  villain (2003)
a boy named epic (200)
anchors aweigh (2001)
I've got myself a beautiful nightmare (1990)
everybody does what they want to (1990
the brother who lived (2003)
dont mess with the blood (2001)
You had to be drunk (2008)
lets kill god again (2008)
I’m in the future (2008)
I come from the clouds (2008)
bring me my liar (2008)
punk dies (2008)
junk time (2008)
I like to be haunted (2008)
honky tonk rope a dope (2009)
bodysnatcher blues (2009)
I dont wanna go bush (2009)
dylan the indie fake (2009)
sellout (2009)
Everything was legendary with Robert (2014)
how can you get out of london? (2014)
a woman skinnies up a man up (2014)
This is the deadest place I've ever died in (2017)
I'm a good good hater
Ruperts pets grave
I been trendy
are you out of your mind? (get back in)
I aint hi vis
I need to be hot
I’m never off - all from 2017
OLD FRIENDS (unrecorded)
I wanna get lost again (2005)
Robert Ford on the stage (1989)
The birds and the goats (1995)
I'm not afraid to be heavy (1995)
rock 'n' roll is where I hide (1997)
pianola roll (1997)
your masters must be pleased with you (1999)
vengeance is on its way (2000)
thestuff that night is made of (2000)
diamonds, fur coat, champagne (2006)
I will have always been here before (2005)
You wanna be there but you don't wanna travel (1994)

It was a really challenging but very enjoyable couple of months. We might just go back in September.

In some ways it felt like the early 90s for me. Each week we would go and eat with friends after the show and relax. Just like we used to do back then, only this time were were eating Mexican in Thornbury and then - 25 years ago - it was Italian in St Kilda.

Now we plan to do some recording of the songs we have been playing live, ULTRAKEEF, IS THAT WHAT YOU DID? and another we have cooking called WHERE'S MY BUZZ?
I have recorded a track with Clare called YOU'VE BEEN IN MY MIND and we are going to also put down HELL IS YOU, BABE.
I have also done some on my own, YOU CAN'T HAVE YOUR BOOGIE, OLD FRIENDS, ET TU DOUDOU and BABY, I WISH I'D BEEN A BETTER POP STAR. I started doing the latter all by myself and it sounded kooky but I thought it would be better to do it with the mistLY.
I hope to have an album out before the end of the year. 

Pic Pam Davison


In other news, we have some dates coming up in Croydon, Ballarat and Adelaide. I'll also be doing some events as a part of the Melbourne Writers Festival in September.


July 2nd - Dave Graney is part of an event at the Atheneum (but by the Wheeler centre) in Melbourne which is all about New York.As in "whats so good/bad about it".

July 7th Dave Graney and the mistLY play - The Cabaret Club - Ballarat.
4/9367 Western Highway Warrenheip, Ballarat 33520353348150
Tuesday July 24th - a screening of Donna McRaes film LOST GULLY ROAD at Cinema Nova in Carlton. Dave Graney and Clare Moore did the screenplay for this film and will be part of a Q&A after the show.
Dave Graney and the mistLY play ADELAIDE at the Wheatsheaf Hotel August 10th/11th/12th 





I am six kilos lighter than at the start of the year , mainly due to eating better. Almost approaching the same weight I was in 1978.

I just finished LANDLOCKED by Doris Lessing, number four in her incredible five novel sequence called CHILDREN OF VIOLENCE.  Amazing writing set in Southern Africa during WW2 and after, mostly about the constraints that were upon women of that time being able to express themselves as distinct people in any way in public life. As in all her books set in that area, there are always the Africans present- all the time. Reducing all the problems and affairs of the colonial whites to almost nothing. 

A Spotify Playlist . The TIMS plus - electric singer songwriters I aspired to follow in 1987.

After the Moodists finished I sat around listening to a lot of music and got a feeling for singer songwriters. But not the acoustic types, more East Coast USA electric singers and songwriters who often had bands. Thats what I wanted to do when we started Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes in London.


Friday, May 25, 2018

One more Sunday at the Croxton - then Ballarat and Adelaide

This is a rough list of the songs we have played in the front room of the Croxton over the last 8 weeks. Thanks to Clare Moore, Stu Thomas and Stuart Perera for getting up to speed with so much material, an amazing band. We have one more show, this coming Sunday, and Lisa Crawley is coming back to open the show. Former mistLY member and co-writer (with Paul Kelly)  of the APRA song of the year  Bill Miller is also going to play guitar with us.



The Sheriff Of hell (1997)
We dont belong to anybody (2011)
dont mess with the blood (2001)
I'm seein' demons (2003)
ULTRAKEEF (unrecorded)
Is that What You did? (unrecorded)
You're all wrong (april 2018)
I'm never Off (2017)
My Schtick weighs a ton (2005)
Blues Negative
We Need A Champion
Flash In the Pantz
Mt Gambier Night
I Don't Wanna Know Myself
Playin' Chicken
Midnight Cats
I'm Not The Guy I Tried To Be
Cop This, Sweetly
Field Record Me
Song of Llife (2018)
I'm Gonna Live In My own Big World (1995)
Have You heard About the Melbourne Mafia? (2000)
Eye Of The Vibe (2001)
I Will Always Hate You (2001)
I'm A Commander (1998)
You've Been In My Mind (unrecorded)
Hell Is You, Babe (unrecorded)
Saturday Night Bath (2005)
Be Sad For Me (2017)
You Need a Kleek, Klook (2017)
How Long Does The Raunch (2017)
I Am Your Humble Servant (2003)
clinging to the coast (2001)
all our friends were stars (2003)
midnight to dawn (2003)
sometimes you can see yourself (2005)
Heroic Blues (2001)
twilight of a  villain (2003)
a boy named epic (200)
anchors aweigh (2001)
I've got myself a beautiful nightmare (1990)
everybody does what they want to (1990
the brother who lived (2003)
dont mess with the blood (2001)
You had to be drunk (2008)
lets kill god again (2008)
I’m in the future (2008)
I come from the clouds (2008)
bring me my liar (2008)
punk dies (2008)
junk time (2008)
I like to be haunted (2008)
honky tonk rope a dope (2009)
bodysnatcher blues (2009)
I dont wanna go bushn (2009)
dylan the indie fake (2009)
sellout (2009)
Everything was legendary with Robert (2014)
how can you get out of london? (2014)
a woman skinnies up a man up (2014)
This is the deadest place I've ever died in (2017)
I'm a good good hater
Ruperts pets grave
I been trendy
are you out of your mind? (get back in)
I aint hi vis
I need to be hot
I’m never off - all from 2017
Old Friends (unrecorded)
I wanna get lost again (2005)
Robert Ford on the stage (1989)
The birds and the goats (1995)
I'm not afraid to be heavy (1995)
rock 'n' roll is where I hide (1997)
pianola roll (1997)
your masters must be pleased with you (1999)
vengeance is on its way (2000)
thestuff that night is made of (2000)
diamonds, fur coat, champagne (2006)
I will have always been here before (2005)
You wanna be there but you don't wanna travel (1994) 

You could find most of these on this playlist. 





We have also played with Thomas Hugh Vecera, Lisa Crawley, Fire and Ice, Twinkledigitz, the Routines, Eduardo Miller and Anna Smyrk . All of whom were excellent.


During the residency we also did a   Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes show in NSW at GUMBALL and Dave Graney and the mistLY opened for Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds in Melbourne.
Clare Moore  also did shows with the Hungry Ghosts on vibes , the Blackeyed Susans on vibes, the Scientists on drums, the Pink Tiles on drums as well as playing drums as a part of a Linda Ronstadt show with Jane Clifton. The Routines have also been rehearsing and writing regularly. there have also been a couple of gigs as the rhythm section for Harry Howard and the NDE.
It's been a pretty busy time.



I've been in the studio when not playing and have written and recorded quite a few songs.
Old Friends
You've Been In My Mind 
You Can't Have Your Boogie 
 .... and a few others. I think we might have an album finished before the end of June. I've been writing a lot of songs. We plan to go into Soundpark for a day or two and record songs with the mistLY.



After the show at the Croxton we have a trip to Ballarat to play  at the Cabaret Club July 7th and then a Dave Graney and Clare Moore show at the Public Cellars Brewery in Croydon July 17th (6pm) . Then we head to Adelaide to play three nights at the Wheatsheaf Hotel in Thebarton. AUGUST 10th-12th.


MAY MELBOURNE RESIDENCY - DAVE GRANEY AND THE MISTLY IN THE EXCELLENT FRONT ROOM OF THE CROXTON PARK HOTEL.

Special guest May 27th is Lisa Crawley.


July 7th - The Cabaret Club - Ballarat.
4/9367 Western Highway Warrenheip, Ballarat 33520353348150 

July 17th -Public Cellars Brewery - Dave Graney and Clare Moore in CROYDON (6pm) 
Dave Graney and the mistLY play ADELAIDE at the Wheatsheaf Hotel August 10th/11th/12th




 A jazz - centric Spotify Playlist ...











Friday, May 18, 2018

Two more Sundays to go in the Croxton Bandroom front room



 This was our set last Sunday at the Croxton Bandroom. Started off with three songs from the 1997 album, The Devil Drives. This was the last album from Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes. We have two more Sundays in our April/May residency. We have played seven unique sets so far. Come on down to 607 High st Thornbury on Sunday from 4-6pm. Special guests this week are Fire and Ice (Penny Ikinger and Julitha Ryan)
set from the Croxton Bandroom- Dave Graney and the mistLY 13-05-2018


A man on the make (1997)

Pianola Roll (1997)

The Sheriff Of hell (1997)

We dont belong to anybody (2011)

dont mess with the blood (2001)

I'm seein' demons (2003)

ULTRAKEEF (unrecorded)

Is that What You did? (unrecorded)

You're all wrong (april 2018)

I'm never Off (2017)

My Schtick weighs a ton (2005)



In the lead up to the show last week I appeared on a couple of non mainstream media streams. Its great that people are using the amazing technolgy that is available to broadcast locally, especially when the mainstream media is turning to shit so blatantly.


One was THE PUBCAST SHOW which was filmed upstairs at the Retreat Hotel in Sydney Rd, Brunswick. I spoke about my book WORKSHY and played a couple of acoustic songs. The two other guests were interesting. One, a comedian who had had some problems with drugs and booze and also a film maker who had also had issues with substance abuse. The theme of the particular epsiode was sobriety . You can access the episode via their Facebook Page here
The film maker had an interesting background in Melbourne 90s dance culture. Here is a short film he was involved in the writing of,  around a character from the same scene, Big Billy. 



I find the phenomenon of the particular dance from that time to be pretty amazing, THE MELBOURNE SHUFFLE.






I also did an interview with Australian Musicians Radio out of a studio in Ferntree Gully. They broadcast it as well as filmed some for a local tv stream which can be accessed via the YARRA RANGES TV Facebook Page.

Over the last week Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds have been playing around Australia. A fantastic dance band and a portal for many into the underworld once opened up and carved in rock by the Gun Club and the Cramps. Kid Congo can access those songs and tones, as well as playing music from his own recent albums. A really great band. Clare Moore sat in on drums for the Pink Tiles who opened for them in Castlemaine and then we played with them on the 17th at the brand new venue under an older name that is the Caravan Music Club.
Kid lives in Connecticut, bassist Kiki Solis lives in St Louis, drummer Ron Miller lives in Lawrence, Kansas and guitarist Mark Cisneros lives in Washington DC. They stay with friends here and play on hired or borrowed gear and sound stellar every time they jump onto a stage They arrived on a Thursday and played every night for a  week before having one day off. Unstoppable grooves!

Clare Moore and in played with the Gun Club in London at the Lyceum in the Strand in 1983 and later on in Amsterdam and London when Kid was in the band. A friend for life. All of them friends for life. A really great bunch of people.





FIVE POINTS - a favourite Kid Congo track...





Our shows at the Croxton have continued to be very enjoyable. We have two more to do in this run. Its a great room. 


Dave Graney memoir-WORKSHY-out on Affirm press.Order it here.
MAY MELBOURNE RESIDENCY - DAVE GRANEY AND THE MISTLY IN THE EXCELLENT FRONT ROOM OF THE CROXTON PARK HOTEL.
Every Sunday in MAY from 4-6pm. presenting different albums weekly and previewing new material. Two more to go!
Book here
- choose your Sunday

Special guests May 20th are FIRE and ICE (Penny Ikinger and Julitha Ryan)



July 7th - The Cabaret Club - Ballarat.
4/9367 Western Highway Warrenheip, Ballarat 33520353348150 
Dave Graney and the mistLY play ADELAIDE at the Wheatsheaf Hotel August 10th/11th/12th - BOOK HERE

A Spotify Playlist of songs from a certain time that really entranced me. 

After the Moodists finished I sat around listening to a lot of music and got a feeling for singer songwriters. But not the acoustic types, more East Coast USA electric singers and songwriters who often had bands. Thats what I wanted to do when we started Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes in London.






Thursday, May 10, 2018

Front Room Of the Croxton bandroom 4-6pm on Sundays in May

Ok, still kind of on the 5-2 diet. Basically changed the way I eat. I lost 6 kilos and am quite happy with that. I don't need to lose any more.



A Spotify playlist to help you negotiate all the stuff we've done over three and a half decades.




Stu Thomas couldn't make the show last week due to his dog Ziggy suffering an injury to his leg and needing a lot of care so we did a minimalist trio set. Clare Moore played keys and vibes, Stu Perera played his trusty Rickenbacker and I played acoustic and electric guitars.

This was our game plan ...

Song of Llife (2018)
I'm Gonna Live In My own Big World (1995)
Have You heard About the Melbourne Mafia? (2000)
Eye Of The Vibe (2001)
I Will Always Hate You (2001)
I'm A Commander (1998)

You're All Wrong (2018)
You've Been In My Mind (unrecorded)
Hell Is You, Babe (unrecorded)

Saturday Night Bath (2005)
Be Sad For Me (2017)
You Need a Kleek, Klook (2017)
How Long Does The Raunch (2017)
I Am Your Humble Servant (2003)


Yeah, I didn't write it in cursive. 

We rehearsed for our next show and went through some Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes era material. We have played some of that during this run but not a lot as yet. So we are heading toward that stuff now.
We will also be playing some new material that its been great to be working up.
We rehearsed some more of that. A song called "Where's My Buzz?" which took a really great turn in our last run at it. I'm trying to steer away from familiar grooves and songwriting modes I've been stuck in for a while. The song we've been doing called "Is That What You Did?" is the most MAJOR CHORD thing I've done in years. "ULTRAKEEF" is kind of writing itself. People are digging us finding our way through this stuff in public.

I have been working on a song in the studio that I built up from a  drum machine beat and built up some tracks. Again, it's a real MAJOR CHORD job.  There are no electric guitars. I played it all, organ and acoustic guitars, autoharp, harmonica  and bass and the rhythm. Clare found it to be quite disturbingly nutty but has turned around and has now given it the green light. Georgio "the dove" Valentino told us a story of his flight from Detroit to Brussels and how he took his childhood blanket wth him. It was called DouDou. One dark night in a bad bart of Brussels, his car was broken into and DouDou went missing.
I told him right then I needed to write a song called "Et Tu DouDou!" and so I have. I'm still making up my mind whether to put it out as a single track or wait until we record a whole album. It's not a  pop song but its got a lot of drama. 

In other news we have been talking with a couple of labels about putting out some back catalogue stuff. Universal Music in Austraia have been very direct and positive. We might also do something with the album of re-recordings we gave to Liberation in Australia in 2011 and they have been very accommodating too.

We might even do some vinyl, still thinking on it.



Last year we were in touch with Fire Records about the two albums we did with them in the late 80s/very early 90s. When we worked with them it was mainly driven by the owner, Clive Solomon. In the modern era, a fellow called James runs it.
James has been very helpful and sent us a box of vinyl copies of the two albums (My Life On The Plains and I Was The Hunter And I Was The Prey) that he found in the warehouse. The albums are not really available in any form. I asked Clive to just give us the rights to them and call it square but he says its "an important part of the labels story". I can't really dwell on it too much. It just bums me out.



We have those (very limited quantities) vinyl copies of  My Life On The Plains and I Was The Hunter And I Was The Prey available at the shows we are doing. 

We have three more shows coming up at the Croxton Bandroom as well as a show in Ballarat and three shows in Adelaide at the Wheatsheaf.  We may do the latter gigs like these residency shows and make it a  different set each night. 


 Clare Moore and Stuart Perera going through some arrangements and difficult charts for last weeks show in the front room of the Croxton Bandroom. (We call that musical notation #flyshit in the business) 4-6 pm, 607 High St Thornbury. Yes, Clare  pulled out the 50s Boosey and Hawkes jazz set of vibes she bought from a teary widow in Doncaster in 1997. She showed us the cocktail/ party room where she and her late husband would entertain friends and he would play the vibes and they would all dance. We couldn't see them at first, then she opened a purpose built door beneath the cocktail bar and wheeled them out.


This was our Primary Colour look last week at the Croxton Bandroom. We were playing as a minimalist trio. Vibes, keys, acoustic and electric guitars so we needed to have a more flash facade than usual. This week Clare Moore will be back behind the kit, Stu Thomas will be at the bass and Stu Perera will be blazing that Rickenbacker. It's Mothers Day so why not run away to come to this show? We play from 4-6 pm in the front room. 607 high st thornbury. Special guests this week are THE ROUTINES who are Jane Dust, Clare Moore and Emily Jarrett


A Spotify Playlist of my favourite guitar jams.


 
MAY MELBOURNE RESIDENCY - DAVE GRANEY AND THE MISTLY IN THE EXCELLENT FRONT ROOM OF THE CROXTON PARK HOTEL.
Every Sunday in MAY from 4-6pm. presenting different albums weekly and previewing new material.
Book here
- choose your Sunday

Special guest May 13th are THE ROUTINES
(Jane Dust-Clare Moore-Emily Jarrett)
Special guests May 20th are FIRE and ICE (Penny Ikinger and Julitha Ryan)
Special guest May 27th is Lisa Crawley.



July 7th - The Cabaret Club - Ballarat.
4/9367 Western Highway Warrenheip, Ballarat 33520353348150
Dave Graney and the mistLY play ADELAIDE at the Wheatsheaf Hotel August 10th/11th/12th

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Sundays in the front room of the Croxton Bandroom for all of May now

Our run of five Sundays in the delightful front room of the Croxton Bandroom during April has been so much fun and so fruitful creatively that we have extended it for four more Sundays in May.
All shows will run from 4-6pm. 607 High St Thornbury.
Special guest on MAY the 6th will be Twinkledigitz aka WAM aka Will Hindmarsh from Go Go Sapien. Book here.
Special guests on MAY the 13th will be a return hit out from the ROUTINES. (Jane Dust, Clare Moore and Emily Jarrett from Go Go Sapien). Book here.
Special guests on MAY the 20th will be  FIRE and ICE aka Penny Ikinger in a duo with Julitha Ryan. Book here.
Special guest on the last show on MAY the 27th will be Lisa Crawley. Book here.

To recap what we have played so far..
1/4/18 was mostly from the 2012 cd YOU'VE BEEN IN MY MIND

pic Gina Robertson

Blues Negative
We Need A Champion
Flash In the Pantz
Mt Gambier Night
I Don't Wanna Know Myself
Playin' Chicken
Midnight Cats
I'm Not The Guy I Tried To Be
Cop This, Sweetly
Field Record Me

I also played Song Of Life and You're All Wrong, two singles from February and April 2018 as well as a new composition called You've Been In My Mind.



Seeing as it was Easter we ripped through Lets Kill God Again to close.

Thomas Hugh Vecera opened the show.

8/4/18 featured a lot of songs from 2001-2003 that were also remixed for SUPERMODIFIED in 2010.
Sometimes You Can See Yourself (2005)
Anchors Aweigh
All Our Friends Were Stars
Midnight To Dawn
The Brother Who Lived
Twilight Of A Villain
A Boy Named Epic
Heroic Blues
Clinging To The Coast
I've Got Myself a Beautiful Nightmare (1990)
Everybody Does What They Want To (1990)
There's the Royal Troll

You're All Wrong
You've Been In My Mind

Lisa Crawley opened the show.

15/4/18 featured mostly songs from the 2008 classic WE WUZ CURIOUS and 2009's Knock Yourself Out .

You had To Be Drunk
I Come From The Clouds
Lets Kill God Again
Dylan The Indie Fake
Honky Tonk Rope A Dope
Punk Dies
I Like To Be Haunted
Bring Me My Liar
I'm In The Future Now
Bodysnatcher Blues

We also played two new pieces, ULTRAKEEF which is a paen to the mythic Stones droog and IS THAT WHAT YOU DID? 

The Routines opened the show.

22/4/18 was a vibes, baritone guitar and electric and acoustic guitar show. The sound that was recorded in 2006 for KEEPIN' IT UNREAL.

Song Of Life
Vengeance Is On It's Way (2000)
The Stuff that Night Is Made Of (2000)
Lt Clonel, Cavalry (1998)
Am I Wearing Sometthing Of Yours? (1998)
You Wanna Be there But You Don't Wanna Travel (1994)
I Will Have Always Been here Before (2005)
A Lot To Drink About (Clare Moore)
Be Sad For Me
Diamonds, Fur Coat, Campagne (Suicide cover)

We also played new material in
You're All Wrong
You've Been In My Mind 
Hell Is You, Babe




Anna Smyrk opened the show.

29/4/18 featured a lot of relatively recent songs from  FEARFUL WIGGINGS in 2014 and LETS GET TIGHT from 2017.

Song Of Life
Your Masters Must be Pleased With You (1998)
Everything Was Legendary With Robert
How Can You get Out Of London?
I Ain't Hi Vis
I Been Trendy
I Need To Be Hot
I'm A Good Hater
This Is the Deadest Place I've Ever Died In

We also played ULTRAKEEF and IS THAT WHAT YOU DID?

Eduardo Miller opened the show.

Thats a lot of brain freezing material! I mean all the words and the arrangements. All that time rolling through my brain as we bring it into some kind of presence in 2018. The band has been amazing.

Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes also played a festival in the Hunter Valley  in NSW on April 28th. In a forest clearing on a lucky fellows property, it was called GUMBALL and was a part of a local ongoing music happening/area called DASHVILLE.



We flew up to Newcastle and were met by Henry, who was going to drive us the rest of the way and also help with gear and mixing us. He'd already picked up Robin Casinader in Sydney (who'd flown there from Canberra). "We" were myself, Clare Moore, Rod Hayward and Stu Thomas.
We came into the festival site and got familiar with the place and the gear we were to use.
I had a chat with Ben Salter and he casually enquired as to what we would do . I said we had a decades worth of classic grooves and moves and it's all compressed into an hour for this show and I pitied the poor cunt who had to follow us. He said that that was actually going to be him. He laughed.
We went on at dusk and absolutely tore the joint up.

pic Swamphouse Photography


You're Just Too Hip, baby
I'm Just Havin' One O' Those Lives
Warren Oates
You Wanna be There But You Don't Wanna Travel
You Wanna Be Loved
Feelin' Kinda Sporty
I'm Gonna Release Your Soul
The Stars, baby, The Stars
Rock'n'Roll Is Where I Hide

We left the stage in flames.

Ben was in a  festival specific collective who played a set of classic rock songs They started off with Stevie Wrights Black Eyed Bruiser.

We were on a  real high after that and were happy to catch a mesmerising set from Rocket Science and another blazing triumph from THE AINTS. Had an absolutely fantastic time of it. Thank you everybody!

The next day we flew back to Melbourne , got into the van and drove to the Croxton, still buzzing and played a fully amped up set to end the first month of Sundays.


MAY MELBOURNE RESIDENCY - DAVE GRANEY AND THE MISTLY IN THE EXCELLENT FRONT ROOM OF THE CROXTON PARK HOTEL. 607 High St Thornbury.
Every Sunday in May from 4-6pm. presenting different albums weekly and previewing new material.

May 17th, we'll be playing as opening act for Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds at the Caravan Club in Sth Oakleigh.

July 7th - The Cabaret Club - BALLARAT

Dave Graney and the mistLY play ADELAIDE at the Wheatsheaf Hotel August 10th/11th/12th






Blues pop. A cry from the heart/brain/traffic/mirror. YOU'RE ALL WRONG!
Dave Graney playing slide guitar and bass over a narcotic beat of his own devising.
Dave Graney playing guitars, bass, the beat and a touch of keys at the end. A true solo outing. Alone. No amigos. Davey no mates.
YOU'RE ALL WRONG.

Video is public domain from here https://archive.org/details/TowersTh1957
It depicts Simon Rodia and the building of the Watts Towers in south-central Los Angeles. He started in 1921 and the film was made in the 1950s. From Wiki ... "The Watts Towers, Towers of Simon Rodia, or Nuestro Pueblo ("our town" in Spanish) are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural towers, architectural structures, and individual sculptural features and mosaics within the site of the artist's original residential property in Watts, Los Angeles. The entire site of towers, structures, sculptures, pavement and walls were designed and built solely by Sabato ("Simon") Rodia (1879–1965), an Italian immigrant construction worker and tile mason, over a period of 33 years from 1921 to 1954. The tallest of the towers is 99.5 feet (30.3 m). The work is an example of outsider art or Art Brut and Italian-American naïve art".
More details here... http://www.getty.edu/conservation/pub...

Always been fascinated by them and referenced them in the lyric to APOLLO 69 on The Soft'n'Sexy Sound album in 1995. "billowin' pubic cloud below/groanin' shakin' scaffold sways/Nelsons Column/Isaac Hayes' SHAFT/ Watts Towers"

You're all wrong 
not everybody 
just you 
but all of you 
no! 
I see a spectrum under you 
thats a nice way of saying you're on it 
you're all wrong 
you're all wrong 
you're all wrong 
you're not right 
you don't feel us feel you 
you're all wrong 
you're all wrong 
ok, everybody 
all of you 
that's the way you're gonna hear this 
you're all wrong 
you're all wrong 
nah- just you 
but all of you 
you're all wrong 
you're all wrong 
your nose 
your smell 
your walk 
your words 
your voice 
your vibe 
you're all wrong 
you're all wrong

FEARFUL WIGGINGS

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


UNAVAILABLE-COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!!
AVAILABLE AS A DIGITAL album

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


UNAVAILABLE-COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!!
Single album HASHISH available as a digital release

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


UNAVAILABLE ! Completely sold out!

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