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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.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Playing Adelaide at the Wheaty August 10-12th




The last couple of shows we've done have been pretty cool. Just the way I like it, off the beaten track.
In Ballarat - which we always dread returning to - we arrived at the gig and it was situated just as you arrived on the very outskirts of the town. Just past the phony mediaval pile that is Kryal Castle and in behind the Mills vintage clothing sheds. Just a little bit further into a  little redeveloped industrial area through a gate to the MINI GOLF setup.... Clare and I loaded our gear in through some doors past some people playing mini glof. The rooms were and corridors were dark and seemed to be decorated with castoffs from Kryal Castle. Suits of armour and axes and shields here and there. One room seemed to have some actual dummies in there playing golf to make it look busier. It felt good to be in a real showbiz environment.
The actual room we were playing in was fantastically well set up with a raised area for the audience and then a sunken area for other tables and a stage with excellent PA and gear. All very well put together and brand new. The woman running it was a total pro and the night went swimmingly, despite it being an early taste of the bitterly cold, wild and windy winter we are coping with here in Victoria. It was being run as a "cabaret" room and is the sort of space Melbourne could do with a few more of. (Melbourne has nothing like it). Here is a story about it from a Ballarat paper last November.
I guess it's the sort of room I really like to play. Almost like a club you see in pre rock n roll movies with the adult audience mostly sitting at tables but free to move around or stand if they like. Strangely, we seem to find them more in regional centres than big cities. Maybe its a vestige of that thing from my parents generation where people in country towns made their own scenes?
(As long as they don't bang on about food more than the music - there is a hierarchy I hold to. Sometimes we square off backstage with kitchen staff and its like rival gangs in West Side Story)
 
There were people there who had tree changed from Melbourne and others who had seen us play in the late 80s/ very early 90s. A really great night.

 pic by Clare Moore from the drum booth

We then had a few days recording in at Soundpark, which I have to say is one of my favourite studios I've been in. Others have had a more flash surface and all the great theatre and sense of occasion that pre digital recording sessions came with, but Soundpark has its crazy vibe. Idge owns and runs the place and he's a regular guy, a rock'n'roll slacker (in style) with a room full of lovingly collected mics, vintage preamps, guitar amps and drums. Like a mad professor, he can pull the sounds so quickly. So you mightn't have the theatre but you get down to recording pretty quickly as he knows his world intimately. He'd also come along to some of the Croxton shows in April and May so he knew the material we were going to put down.

Stu Thomas

So we recorded ULTRAKEEF, Is That What You Did? (two versions) Baby I Wish I'd Been A Better Pop Star, Where's My Buzz?  (two versions) and re-crecorded versions of Song Of Life (because it sounded different with a full band playing) and a song from 1998 called Your Masters which we have been enjoying playing recently and which has lyrical content about the Australian aspirational phantom voters which seems more and more apt today.

 Stuart Perera

I am pretty sure the album will not appear until early next year as there are a few more songs I want to get down and don't want to rush anything. I think it might be a bit of a sprawler. I hope so. Different versions of songs , some with the mistLY and some just myself and Clare Moore.

Here is a clip the Wheeler centre put up from the event at the Atheneum recently. Tied in with an exhibition from GOMA NYC at the Arts Centre, it involved a lot of people talking about New York City. We were there to close the show. Stu Thomas was unavailable but Bryan Colechin stepped in on bass.




The other gig we did that was out of the way was a 6pm Tuesday night gig in the outer Eastern Melbourne suburb of Croydon. This is an area our train line goes through that we refer to as "the badlands". Ringwood, Bayswater, Croydon. An occasional trip to that are convinces you to never go back - usually. Just a whiff of suspician about people arguing in the street in the middle of the day. Ice, booze etc. Generally no place to stroll as its a few unplanned streets hemmed in by fast flowing freeways. Otherwise, a kind of trapped, dormitory area. But we'd seen Henry Wagons do a gig there and were glad to try it ourselves. A room full of people inside a craft brewery/wine cellar in a back street just off of the main drag. They served a beautiful feast of slow cooked meat (though we only had a salad) and we made show for two sets. Again it was a seated audience (a couple walked out early - still got it....) and people were seeing us who had known our music for decades. Had a  wonderful night. I hope the venue continues.


I read Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass recfently and totally enjoyed it. Mainly read it because I got this edition with beautiful illustrations. It was like a dream of a perfect, carefree childhood. A psychedelic masterpiece in two parts.



Since then I've been reading Alfred and Emily by Doris Lessing. Oh, is she hardcore! This one is the story of her parents. She writes a novella of their separate lives - if the First World War didn't happen. (She begins by saying how that war destroyed both of them and through them, affected her as well.
Such a lesson in lives. I had never been brought to ideas so closely and intimately of a world of young women - a generation - with no men to partner with. because they were mostly killed. And the ones who returned being so damaged, physically and mentally. It really fucking hit me because we live in such a time and country where they preach the JOYS of that WAR every fucking year! Sanctimonious fuckheads still going to Europe to dig up bones and bring them back. Fucking forget it people! It was shit . And for nothing! Just so people could live in a world run by idiots like you!

Oh I've got to try and rise above the daily barrage of Trumpian neo liberal shit we get buried under every day. I know I'm not alone in that though. Doris' book is so good in the story of people trying to do good as well, building better civic life for the community - IN PEACETIME.


We have some shows coming up and I'm doing some events at the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Actually, speaking of shows. I'd love to find a small cafe to play in every so often. Just me and my amp. I put a mic into it as well as my guitar.  I did a spot at Pascalle Burtons poetry book launch last night and I loved the sound. Also great just to be in a  room on my own terms, just me and an amp. Jonathan Richman style. If you know of a place in Melbourne, tell me.

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

Dave Graney and the mistLY play the FYREFLY (Newmarket Hotel) St Kilda August 17th.

Dave Graney has three events at the Melbourne Writers Festival. 

August 25th with Andrew P Street, Christopher Hollow and Jenny Valentish at the Mission To Seafarers in Port Melbourne.
September 1st - 1pm at ACMI Cinema 1 with comedian and memoirist Hung Le (violin) and literary fiction author John Tesarsch (cello) – discuss the influence of music on their writing, with live performances. Hosted by Lee Kofman.
September 1st - 7pm
Dave Graney
At the Mission To Seafarers in Port Melbourne. Dave Graney performs selected readings from the works of controversial genius John Cowper Powys – described by critics as both ‘the only novelist in English comparable to Dostoyevsky’ and ‘a tedious, long-winded bore.’
September 2nd,9th, 16th and 30th we will be back in the front room of the Croxton Bandroom.Tickets here (choose a date

October 11th Dave Graney and the mistLY play at Coogee Diggers.NSW
October 12th Dave Graney and the mistLY play LazyBones in Sydney, NSW.
October 13th Dave Graney and the mistLY play Hardys Bay Club in NSW.
October 14th Dave Graney and the mistLY Smiths Alternative in Canberra

November 9th Dave Graney and Clare Moore will be playing the Bison Bar in Nambour, QLD.
Nov 10th and Nov 11th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play the Junk Bar in Brisbane, Qld.



Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Gloria Grahame- manifest-manifestly-manifesto.

A clip for our July digital release. The music starts at about 1:39.



Here's a picture of Gloria Grahame and Nicholas Ray. They were married in 1948 when she was 25. He cast her in the film, In A Lonely Place, opposite Humphrey Bogart. This is quite an adult, sophisticated and disturbing movie, filmed in LA and set among backroom Hollywood writers and workers. A post ward filmfull of that weird searching for the bottom, falling morality ound in the best UK and US films of the time. Everything was still all mixed up and new voices were being heard. In the UK it produced beautifullly bitter films like The League Of Gentlemen where every character seems to feel like they've ben cheated and they're already looking back to the war as being the sweet time oftheir lives. In In A Lonely Place there's been a  killing and Humphrey Bogart is a writer who just doesn't seem right. The film and story seem close to Camus' The Outsider.



Gloria and Nicholas were married for four years. Their story seems so mad , to write about it is to retell dark , nylon gossip and innuendo. I wrote this song after reading an encapsulation of it in the London Review Of Books.I you don't want to read it, I'll leave a greasy detail. He hired a private dick and found her in bed with his 14 year old son from his first marriage. They divorced, eight years later, she married her erstwhile stepson and their relationship was the longerst she ever had.


Thats her on the left in a war time shot with Ava Gardner on the right.  I wrote vaguely around Ava in the song Mogambo in late 1992.

"shit you could really wear a white towel
the mysterious woman from out of town
a swaggering pirate
a rolling stone
a wild girl
you saw my ship
my life was a storm
I felt you move with me along the shore
I'd hear things about you
people would talk
got a kind of phantom picture of you
I learned your nickname
what you were called by the crowd
I learned what your mother called you in a  conversation about MOGAMBO
I walked around
picking up your trail
picking out your  shape
lovers and catfights overlaid the map
treasure island
MOGAMBO
I was like a private eye who couldn't move couldn't ask a  question
Phillip Marlowe waiting for another door to open by itself
I learned your nickname
what you were called by the crowd
I learned what your mother called you in a  conversation about MOGAMBO"

I was thinking of her movies like Pandora and the Flying Dutchman and MOGAMBO.  She was the focus of thrilling gossip and infamy as well. Her relationship with Frank Sinatra as well as marriages to Micky Rooney (?) and Artie Shaw. She left Frank for a Spanish bullfighter and he made most of his greatest recordings while holding a torch for her. Like Gloria, she also made no effort to fit the role of how a female actor should conduct herself. Yes, they wore FUCK YOU shoes.

We are heading into the studio next week and I am looking forward to that immensely. I have plenty of music I could make, just feeling full of inertia about the ways to get it to peoples ears. We get so little support from any kind of media or radio. (Though that is common with older musicians and Australian musicians in general). Nothing holds in Australia. It's a perrenially light topsoil. I have always liked music to be abstract, unresolved and full of suspension but it also has to belong to some kind of territory. Doesn't have to be earthed or earthy, but it needs to be part of a culture. In the mainstream, Australian culture is pretty International in a timid, beige non committal kind of way. Beards, Brooklyn, Indie shit by 40 year olds.
Hey, I'm just worrying out loud. Melbourne all of a sudden has 5 million people in it. It has grown by a million in the last seven years.  You got to keep moving, right? 

I put all of my lyrics in one place on our website. The Moodists part is incomplete and will probably remain so.As Lee Marvin kept saying in Don Siegels version of THE KILLERS, "Lady I don't have the time..." (Then he'd - very satisfyingly - shoot someone)

David McClymont, who invented indie rock while a member of Orange Juice in the late 70s, early 80s Glasgow post punk scene and was later in the Moodists, has been releasing music of late. (He lives in Melbourne) . Here is his latest.


Clare Moore and I performed the other night as a  part of MEL&NYC at the Atheneum theatre. (also part of an exhibition at the NGV) The event was organized by the Wheeler Centre and featured writers and musicians talking about their times in New York. Stu Thomas was unavailable so we were joined by Bryan Colechin on bass to play a version of DIAMNONDS, FUR COAT, CHAMPAGNE by SUICIDE to close the night. It was a really nice evening and I wish I could perform exclusively in old theatres for the rest of my life. 



 thanks to Janenne Cosier for the photos.

Here is our 2006 recording of this song.




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 soundtrack 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

Dave Graney and the mistLY play the FIREFLY (Newmarket Hotel) St Kilda August 17th.


In the last month or so I have read Doris Lessings "A Ripple From The Storm" and "Landlocked". Both are parts of a FIVE NOVEL series called Children of Violence. It was amazing to get a sense of the difficulties of women in my mothers and Clare late mothers generation to express themselves in public life. How diplomatic and politically astute they had to be in a  world of strutting, self important men. How they had to lead their horses to water and get them to drink. How frustrating it must have been.

I also read THE SYMPATHIZER by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Incredibly good novel of a communist agent leaving Vietnam with other Southerners at the end of the war and living in the USA. It features a story line where he works as an advisor ona film project not a  million miles away from APOCALYPSE NOW. If you read that, you will be embarased if you were ever impressed by Hollywoods Vietnam. 

Right now I am reading John Cowper Powys's third novel, AFTER MY FASHION. Uncharacteristically, parts are set in New York among 1930s bohemians. I love to read of experimental living decades before it becomes identified. Like the character played by Tyrone Power in THE RAZORS EDGE. A man seeking wisdom from the East in the 40s, decades before the hippy trail led people there.

If you know anybody in Ballarat, send them to our show. That place has a history of taunting and torturing us.


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Clare Moore posting in regard to the passing of her mother Moya Moore

On Friday Moya Moore's funeral was held at St Raphaels church in Adelaide. She had passed away the previous Sunday, in a nursing home.
I thought I'd post Clare Moore's words here which - with much trepidation- she posted on social media. Trepidation because it still sems strange to share such intimate events in such an open area. But we have learned that people need to find out things somehow and not everybody reads the newspapers. Posting it here because, well not everybody is connected on scoial media either.

Luckily Clare had justby chance been in Adelaide  just the week before doing a show and all of her brothers and sisters were as well. (Half of whom live in Sydney and Melbourne).
Clare's father Brian passed away in January.



"My wonderful, gorgeous,witty and wise mother, Moya died on Sunday. Born in 1929, in Streaky Bay,  great granddaughter of the first Greek person to migrate to SA, her family moved to Prospect where her first job after leaving SAC was as personal assisstant to RM Williams at the Percy st factory. She and dad were publicans, firstly at the National Hotel Pirie St Adelaide (later named The Tivoli) and then at The Earl of Leicester Parkside.
Running the daily countermeals, taking ca
re of all the bookwork and staff and did I mention she had 6 children !!! She cared about the local community and always donated food to the Daughters of Charity and also hand delivered food to people in need in the area. Both pubs had social clubs which had weekly cabaret shows, regular bus trips, picnics and were very important in regard to keeping the local communities together.
Mum managed all this while at the same time looking like Elizabeth Taylor and was NEVER seen in public without her trademark Helena Rubenstein Red Lipstick and high heels !!!
Miss you mum, say hi to dad ..xxxxxxxxxx
"


After the ceremony at the graveside, all the family and friends gathered for a send off at the Earl Of Leicester hotel, which Brian andd Moya ran for many years and where most of the family grew up.

Thanks to my brother Phil and his wife Janet for driving all the way from Canberra and Steve Miller for driving from Melbourne for the funeral.



Thursday, June 21, 2018

Gloria Grahame (fuck or die) June digital release



Minimal keys and less guitar over a beat reversed and driven over by Dave Graney



"Gloria Grahame-manifest--manifestly-manifesto..”


A new digital single from Dave Graney. The third for 2018. This time it’s a breakout keys driven groover called Gloria Grahame (fuck or die). Its vintage Graney.
In the 90s there was the paen to the laconic and beat actor Warren Oates (1991), the instrumental Confessions Of Serge Gainsbourg (1994) and the tribute to Ava Gardner that was Mogambo (1993).
On the last physical album, 2017’s  LETS GET TIGHT, there was the Charlie Parker jazz punning wonder that was  DRIFTING DONNA REED.




This time Dave Graney drops down to his mean pulp groundwater with a pulsing, keys driven celebration of film noir icon Gloria Grahame, star of the Big Heat and In A Lonely Place recently the subject of the movie “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool”. The song celebrates her cold power and resilience and enigmatic, restless persona. It touches on an apocryphal incident where, as they watched a couple having sex in a hotel room, she allegedly pulled a gun on her then husband , director Nicholas Ray and gave him the choice, fuck or die!

A Universal link to access Gloria Grahame (fuck or die) via itunes- spotify etc...

Recorded and mixed at the Ponderosa by Dave Graney, May 2018.

"Gloria Grahame - manifest
manifestly - manifesto
Nicholas Ray
take off your eye patch and give us a spray
I've got this gun in your eye
fuck or die
hashtag rebel - of course
hashtag me too - whatcha gonna do?
a jug of boiling coffee
freestyle to the face
fuck or die
I've got this gun in your eye
I've got this gun in your eye
fuck or die
you put me in a Lonely Place and made me love the killer
fuck or die
where's your son been?
fuck or die…”

An album with the mistLY is planned for release later in 2018. Still unsure about its content. Will probably be remastering some tracks we have released this year. Longer versions. I have a half dozen tracks I've recorded with Clare Moore. These include ET TU DOUDOU?, YOU CAN'T HAVE YOUR BOOGIE, YOU'VE BEEN IN MY MIND, OLD FRIENDS and WHEN MIAMI VICE CAME TO TOWN. We'll be going in to rehearse  and arrange some new tracks July 9th with the mistLY and then recording them July 10th and 11th. These include ULTRAKEEF, IS THAT WHAT YOU DID?, WHERE"S MY BUZZ? and BABY I WISH I'D BEEN A BETTER POP STAR. 

Hopefully out this year. Still thinking on it.  We're gonna have to get something physical out because we'll be playing a lot of this 2018 stuff.

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".




Dave Graney and Clare Moore CD Let's Get Tight available at iTunes and Bandcamp now

Dave Graney 2018 memoir – WORKSHY – out on Affirm Press.



" a pulsing new groove of a track from the twenty minute egg of hardboiled Australian rock singers



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 ...











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