The American Song Poem anthology is a cd that was released here in Australia on Reverberation in 2005. You might be able to score it in any bargain bins going around at the stores as its a very weird disc. There was also a documentary made around the same time which may be available on dvd.
It’s a collection of songs from a music business that was bursting with creativity and the source of dreams of great wealth for many common people. Basically they are recordings made by small recording studios, with their attendant songwriters and players , setting other peoples words to songs. Often the people who wrote the words asked for their words to be done in a particular style. The studios and demo makers advertised in cheap comics and supermarket trash magazines. They charged people for this service and pressed up the results on 45 singles. They asked people to send in their "song poems" as the people they were targeting were not expected to be familiar with fancy words like "lyrics". Song poems was it.
So what you have on this disc is a labour of love and obsession. Songs found by collectors in record shops and second hand markets and garage sales. Real ephemera.
What you also have is a whole collection of songs where the people are giving it everything, they are putting their whole lives into these tracks. (Its what indie music is supposed to be but never is. Music imagined by people with no careers behind them or in front of them, stuff coming off of the street still kicking) . There are big thoughts in these tracks, starting off with the unwieldy but very heavy "do you know the difference between big wood and brush?". The first three songs sent me reeling. There is that title track, followed by a country treatise on masturbation called "all you need is a fertile mind" and then a woman singing :" I like yellow things" which is about just what it says.
The music must have been done awful quickly but it gets a lot of crazy energy for being so anxious. These guys are quick with their hands and feet and brains. Masters. I won’t try to describe all the songs as there is a lot here and I like people to be able to come to music from their own direction. I will tell you of what some of my favourites said to me. The track "convertibles and headbands" is the sound of a country dude who collected and lived by Hefners Playboy philosophy. He reads it like a mantra and knows he doesn’t measure up, its tough to be hip. Along the same lines is the desperate "how long are you staying?" which is a disco inspired classic. It reminds me of the films of Martin Scorcese, specifically "taxi driver", "the king of comedy" and "mean streets". This guy is going to either dance all night or kill a whole lot of people. Incredible, grinding desperation. " Listen Mister Hat" is a towering work of great and strange charm. It obviously inspired the whole world that is the tv series "South Park". It is the voice and feel of Mr Hanky and it is about Mr Hat! I rest my case! The 28 song album ends with a song that was sent in by a spotty teenager as a prank to amuse generations. The song poem was called "the blind mans penis" and he must have asked for it to be done in the style of Roger Miller. It is so incredibly catchy and I found myself in the queue at the supermarket singing "the blind mans penis is erect because he’s blind…". That evil little shit and the pro studio cat had sucked me into their dark web. This disc has many dimensions to it. We live in such a smart world that nobody expects much of music anymore. This shit is inspiring. The hustlers with their trashy fast money licks and the trailer park wordsmiths with their crazed, hungry minds
- dave graney
- 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.
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
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
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