Doing an interview type thing / Q&A for our upcoming dates I got to thinking about what rock music I actually liked. Growing up in the 70s I KNEW all the classic rock when it was modern and happening. teen parties with Black sabbath and Quo and Deep Purple (who I liked the most out of those three) . The Stones being quite distant with their "goats head soup" and "its only rock'n'roll " albums. Huge hit pop singles as well, like "angie" and "fool to cry" and others like the title track to "its only rock'n'roll" really being touched by contemporaries like Slade.
Steely Dan were on the pop radio and pumping out the impenetrably great album like "pretzel logic" and " Katy lied". Freaks like Tim Buckley, Leon Russel , the Blue Oyster Cult, Rory Gallagher and Joe Walsh. Led Zeppelin as distant yet as omnipresent as the Stones. For some reason, the most closest to our experience, in the country, was southern rock. Thats Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allmans. There were a bunch of others too but these were the main acts. So, anyway, I heard all that then. I have the vinyl and play it every now and again. A lot you still hear all the time on classic rock radio. I was lucky to grow up in such a wild and forward moving time.
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A lot of it was blown out of the water by punk rock. Well most of it. For a bunch of us. For a while. Just made it redundant.
I still love that classic rock.
I also love the sounds from the post punk period that re aligned and re tuned my sensibilities so much.I love it just as much.
By that I mean the sounds of those early Postcard records by Orange Juice, especially "simply thrilled honey" and Josef K with "sorry for laughing". The Fire engines had their incredible moments with "get up and use me" and " candyskin".
The Pop Group with "she is beyond good and evil". The Birthday Party/ Boys next door with the hee haw ep and their first album. All the stuff they did before they left Australia. I also loved Panther Burns, the Cramps and Vic Godards Subway Sect.
There was also Pere Ubu with their first two albums, especially "dub housing" and Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Johnny Thunders Heartbreakers and the Contortions or James White and the Blacks.
Recording was hard then. Expensive and usually a fight against the entrenched attitudes of the kind of guys who worked in studios. It was tough! Even though, all the above somehow made sounds that will live forever and people still try to copy today. The Contortions or James White and the Blacks sound as fresh and as vital as if they were recorded yesterday. I bet all the people in that act wish they knew how they made those sounds!
When young people go on about AC/DC or Chisel I know they're talking about a sensibility which is all about the classic rock period. They must have either heard it from their parents or just hear it all the time on raadio. Still . They're being very obedient either way. I was there as a kid. I don't need to hear it all reproduced again and again. It wasn't perfect or anything. Just goofy and innocent really. Stupid, at its best The post punk period was what was supposed to happen next, and it did. Even if the mass didn't notice.
They're my favourite kinds of rock music.The classic and the revolutionary. Nothing much in between. A lot of modern indie rock is in between. Its small in ambition and intent. Fuck it then.
Look out for shows NATIONALLY to coincide with the release of the book "1001 australian nights" through Affirm Press and the new album "rock'n'roll is where I hide" which is out on Liberation.
Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October- Wheatsheaf Hotel -Thebarton - Adelaide.
Monday 31st October- CUP EVE SHOW
Northcote Social Club in Melbourne w/ the Sand Pebbles and the Ocean Party
Friday Nov 11th Camelot Lounge - 19 Marrickville Rd,(Cnr Railway Pde) Marrickville, Sydney,
Saturday Nov 12th the Great Northern Hotel 83-89 Scott Street, Newcastle,
- 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
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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