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ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? Album coming March 2019. 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, April 14, 2019

ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? whats been goin' ahn Part Two

After we toured Northern NSW we  returned to Melbourne to get ready for other current projects and the the next run of dates. Clare Moore is playing drums with our friend Stephen Cummings as he undertakes a tour around a new album and a collection of all his recordings and also before he retires from performing live.
They are playing large venues and completed shows in Brisbane and Sydney recently. The show in Sydney was at teh Factory in Marrickville and Dog Trumpet opened. Their drummer is our old friend Jim Elliott, formerly of the Cruel Sea. 


Whilst Clare was in Brisbane and Sydney I played a show on bass with Harry Howard and the NDE at the Museum in Melbourne, a show curated by Mick Harvey. Mick was playing a Serge Gainsbourg set and it sounded wonderful. Other acts included Primo, the Ti Amo 3 ( who were actually 5 and were led by Dan Kelly and Dan Luscombe out front on beautiful lead guitar lines) and another instrumental act, Gemini 4.

Brett Poliness sat in on drums for the occasion. It was a great night. 



 There have been reviews of our album appearing. 

Great review of ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? in Your Music Radar by Brian Parker
 "Graney has always been a raconteur – with equal doses of smooth, smug and wit. They say rock ‘n’ roll is a musical genre on the decline – but with this unusually titled album Graney has raised the rock ‘n’ roll flag and wears his love for the genre on his sleeve, meshed with some blues and psychedlia.

An album title that will cause confusion, but a set of songs that remind us of what a maverick Graney is. Liking his music will make you feel smarter!

Proceedings commence with a snaky bass on the sardonic and catchy ‘Baby, I Wish’d Been a Better Pop Star’ – with Graney lamenting “I would have stayed in shape” and “picked my moments” – a humorous song that comes from experience, with Dave Graney having one top ten album in 1994 with his band The Coral Snakes with You Wanna Be There But You Don’t Wanna Travel and winning two ARIA awards including “Best Male Artist” in 1995. The mesh of mass appeal, pop stardom and Graney seemed like a weird mix at the time – but what could have been if he could have been a “better pop star“? I am glad he hadn’t!
With ‘Song of Life’ smooth Graney comes into fore. A track he apparently wrote after an appendix operation. With that American West Coast early seventies vibe, has Graney reflecting on life and the seminal decades “get real sentimental in your thirties/get awful mean in your forties/get even better in your fifties/then you better find somethin’ else to do“.
The Rolling Stones pastiche comes with ‘ULTRAKEEF’ a song that Graney says is about Keith Richards (Keef) and his image. A song that I am sure would get the two-fingered salute from Richards, with that distinct percussive feel of ‘Honky Tony Woman’. The song is pure Keef with Graney delivering a great vocal performance, singing “fuck you breakfast/fuck you food/fuck you meal time/fuck you bedtime” – Keef doesn’t need all those essentials when he has “dope”, “guns and knives” and his “Bentleys” – a little piece of musical history chronicling the loves and hates of Keef – and it is a bit fucking brilliant! The track exemplifies Graney’s love and knowledge of music – he has always been able to innately reference historical points of rock ‘n’ roll with such precision that his vintage feel never feels token, instead feeling intuitive.
The next song has a blues vibe with shimmering guitars – with a sparkling soundscape that is a tribute to forgotten American actress Gloria Grahame. ‘The Masters’ is a buoyant song that is slightly reminiscent of The Jesus and The Mary Chain – jangling guitars, summery vibe and a glorious guitar solo.
An eight minute opus called ‘Is That What You Did’ – psychedelic atmospherics with shades of Jefferson Airplane. Hazy, dreamy and reeking of dope. The album proper ends with ‘Where’s My Buzz’, with that psychedelic feel still in place- this time all Rotary Connection without Minnie.
Clare Moore’s drumming cannot be underestimated on this album, it brings the songs together, provides rhythm to Graney’s idiosyncratic vocals and proves that she is one of Australia’s best drummers and percussionists. Sitting next to my Devialet speakers, I was able to appreciate Moore and her drumming stylings – from powerful to soft, and sexy to disarming, but always providing the musical punctuation that gives life to these songs.

A wonderful album that seems to have been made with love. With his 33rd album, Graney remains in his own musical vacuum, and we are so lucky for it!"
ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? is out on (Cockaigne)
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Great Review of the album in Music Trust by Noel Mengel.

You can dip in almost anywhere into the vast Graney catalogue and find something deeper and more satisfying than the pop fizz of the day.”

There’s more than one way to deliver a song, as anyone who has ever escaped the laptop to play with a band in the garage/loungeroom/rehearsal space discovers.
The one we finally get to hear often goes through various guises: instrumentation, rhythms, melodies, tempos, arrangements all fluid. Who’s to say which way is right?  In the digital age when a release doesn’t have to fit on a vinyl package, there is more space to show the varieties.
That’s what’s going on here as suggested by that title and Graney himself, who describes the album as eight songs performed 13 ways.
It is the latest work from one of Australia’s longest-lasting and most prolific musical collaborations between Graney and drummer Clare Moore. That’s 33 albums and still rising, stretching back to the nervy, post-punk rock of The Moodists in the ’80s through Graney & the Coral Snakes in the ’90s (check out the splendid The Mercury Years box set on streaming if you can’t find it anywhere else) and more lately with the Mistly.
Some albums are more song-focused (solo album Fearful Wiggins is recommended). This one is all about stretching out, mostly with the band.
When a reviewer looks down at his pad after a few weeks immersed in the music and sees hesitant notes (Zappa, Grateful Dead, Amon Duul, Keef vs Mick, George Benson), you can be certain this is a big canvas to explore.
These are signposts, not comparisons. Graney has been immersed in rock’n’roll culture all his life and absorbed flavours from all the good stuff. If you want to be a great writer, be a great reader. If you want to make great music, be a good listener too.
Graney long ago found his voice, one-eyebrow raised, a twinkle in the eye. When he stepped back from the youthful energy of The Moodists he opened up the room for that voice and it is right at the centre here.
The form of the opener, Baby I Wish I Was a Better Pop Star, refers to Graney and the Coral Snakes at their best. This was an artist whose relationship with the machinations of the music biz was somewhere between uneasy acquaintance and ironic embrace. Here his character looks back on a missed shot at the title (“I wish I could have been a better pop star/I could have been dead by now”), as the band’s shimmering setting suggests the woozy effects of contact with the hard-to-grasp pop beast.
The song recurs later in a Darkly Blues version, all instruments played by Dave and Clare, more late-night slow jam, all the better to savour lines like “When it was my time to shine I wasn’t shining/I should have stayed on message.” Dave’s still here. The pop stars, mostly, don’t shine for long.
Song of Life is lightly funky, with silky guitar lines (hence the note about George Benson). It is followed by Ultrakeef, which moves from taut guitar riffs (and cowbell, it should be noted) into a chunky groove and a lengthy lyrical list of f— you’s and hello’s (“Hello Bentley, hello guns and knives”). It is both extrapolation on the power of rock’n’roll myth and a reminder of how little of it we have these days.
Gloria Grahame also dives into the world of showbiz myth. Gloria Grahame appeared in Hollywood films including It’s a Beautiful Life and The Big Heat, and I can imagine the Mistly set up on a soundstage before the screen improvising their own alternative soundtrack.
Your Masters is another glistening pop-rock gem. Originally written for a 1998 album in response to John Howard’s rise to PM, it remains undated in today’s febrile political environment. Graney concludes, “You know they’ll never let you in.”
The eight-minute Is That What You Did? moves in the direction of the epic, ever-changing space jams of the Dead, a band which, like Graney, knew there was no perfect version and that what’s important is the search for it. That’s part of what Graney reveals with this album and the alternative versions: the record is the record, the songs keep moving on and on.
You can dip in almost anywhere into the vast Graney catalogue and find something deeper and more satisfying than the pop fizz of the day. But if you are starting out, this album and attending a Graney gig on an extensive Australian tour in the next few months is an excellent place to begin".
satisfying than the pop fizz of the day. But if you are starting out, this album and attending a Graney gig on an extensive Australian tour in the next few months is an excellent place to begin".
Noel mengel - MusicTrust.com 



"Excellent writing on the album by Bob Osborne at Analogue Trash Radio".
Time for a new album from Dave Graney and Clare Moore
The opening slinky blues pop of “Baby I Wish I’d Been A Pop Star” marks another leap forward in the Dave Graney and Clare Moore canon. This time with the two Stu’s – Perera and Thomas – collectively as The MistLy – they have produced a classic album for the end of the second decade of the 21st century. An album of eight songs in thirteen versions takes elements of the previous album and run of digital singles and develops them into something recognisable, but also uniquely modern, and, of course “Graney”.
The autobiographical “Near Death Experience” (in joke) of “Song Of Life” gives you the typically gnomic album title as you drift into Graney lounge jazz territory, an effortless “velvet fog” performance, with intricate guitar patterns. The omnipresent cowbell of “Ultrakeef” with more “fucks” than Malcolm Tucker on a bad day (beating “Death by A Thousand Sucks” by a long way) is a mini-biography of Mr Richards in typical Dave story-telling mode, picking key elements from a complex life history, over a Stones-like blues romp which wouldn’t have been out of place on “Eat A Peach”, and which makes Lofgren’s “Keith Don’t Go” feel a little anodyne in comparison.
The remake of last years “Gloria Grahame” single is a triumph. Morphed into a loping languorous blues it becomes even more sexy/sultry/sweaty than the original version, little additional sound forms skitter across the cinematic landscape, slide guitar in full effect, sprinkles of keyboards from Robin Casinader, a little like the subject matter it is both alluring and dangerous. The track is built up from a live track recorded at Smiths in Canberra in October 2018.
The remake of “Your Masters” (originally on The Dave Graney Show album) is a necessary action in the context of the political world we find ourselves in 2019. As relevant lyrically now as it was twenty one years ago – which probably indicates that either nothing changes or we are in some sort of Groundhog Day/Matrix loop. Perera provides a searing guitar line as a bridge and the song is refreshed and refreshing.
As trailed on various You Tube/Facebook live recordings last year the dreamy psychedelia of “Is That What You Did” is all about interlocking guitars as Clare and Stu hold the rhythm whilst Dave and t’other Stu trade licks, many pushed through various digital delays and other such things, to create a rich tapestry of sound which echoes Micky Jones and Tweke Lewis trading licks on “Back to the Future”. The sound is taken down to a simple rhythm pattern as bottle necks scrape lower strings and then builds into louder passages as chittering bridge noises echo into the night. Exceptional.

“Where’s My Buzz” – another lengthy track, has that effortless dreamy vibe of  parts of “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” – those chord changes! Probably the most “Dave” track on the album but incorporating many of the elements present in other parts of the set, the delicate filigrees of guitars dancing around in the background.
The slight revision of “You’re All Wrong” – a single from 2018 – extends the song slightly and gives it more body/space….another lounge blues  – ends the formal part of the album after that there are five alternate versions of some of the preceding.
“Pop Star” is delivered as a slow blues, Graney a laconic narrator, some tasteful guitar tones underlying a dreamy, almost sad, reflection. The melody line from “Is That What You Did” subliminally making it’s way into the closing section makes for some sort of conceptual continuity.  The revised “Song Of Life” is a remix and longer with occasional little synth motifs and slightly busier percussion which is more to the fore. The alternative of Gloria Grahame is the “original electro glitch” which is essentially a metronomic snare and cymbal rhythm from a drum machine underpinned by various synth sounds and was a released as a single in 2018.
he album concludes with alternate versions of “Is That What You Did” and “Where’s My Buzz” which will require further examination from this listener to compare and contrast, suffice to say after a couple of listens they add to the overall enjoyment of the album.
This is described as a “rock and roll” album and in that it reflects music from the late 60s/early 70s (pre-punk if you will) that is a reasonable description but i’d say it goes beyond that basic description as there are modern elements, nods to jazz, the use of current technique, and of course the unique Graney/Moore stylings all present. It adds to and enhances a formidable body of work.
I commend it to you without reservation".
 Bob Osborne. Analogue Trash Radio - Salford

 above is FROM THE AUSTRALIAN - 14-4-19

"With ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS?, Graney set out to make a BAND album this time around and the MistLY revel in the creative freedom of tracks like Is That What You Did?, an eight minute-plus opus executed in the spirit of the great jam bands such as The Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead. Credited to all four band members, there’s a sense of space in the song which allows the band to explore some wonderful musical ideas, taking great advantage of the opportunity to lay down some tasteful, complementary licks.
Where’s My Buzz? is another stretch out exercise, a cruisy, yacht-rocker clicking in at over seven minutes in an orgy of guitar chords. A lot of chords, a lot of questions marks. Could Dave have been a Better Pop Star is another question he ponders in the album opener Baby I Wish I’d Been A Better Pop Star. (see video clip below) What is good pop star etiquette? Where’s the rule book?
Dig deep into Zippa Deedoo and you’ll find various rock ’n’ roll culture nods and winks. However, a more conspicuous homage is the track Ultrakeef. (see video clip below) A Honky Tonk Women-style cowbell beat propels the track along as Dave bullet-points the life of Stones’ legendary guitar hero Keith Richard. Your Masters, a track originally written and recorded in 1998 is re-recorded and mixed this time by Henry Wagons and features a warm 70s west coast flavoured guitar-jangle and includes an equally sweet, old fashioned, genuine guitar solo. Song Of Life contains the album’s title within its lyrics and is a luxurious, lounge-style groove, another track which the band are looking forward to riffing out live.
Eight new songs are offered on Zippa Deedoo, with five of them repeated in re-imagined form totalling 13 tracks in over an hour and seventeen minutes of classy, MistLY fare. Dave, Clare and band head out on the road over the coming weeks to give this album a workout on stage, where I can see some of these tracks taking on a life of their own
".
Greg Phillips Australian Musician
 
Interview with Dave Graney at the Byron Shire Echo.




 Then we did an opening set for Stephen Cummings show Friday April 12th in Melbourne at memo Music Hall. We played for 40 minutes - which is short for us. Clare then did Stephens set as well. TCB!
The next day was Record Shop day and we got up to do some songs with Adam Rudegeair (keys) at Rathdowne Records in High st Northcote. In the corner of the small shop there was Flora Carbo on sax, Adam on keys, me on guitar and Monty on double bass. Clare Moore played eggs. (It sounds like a band made up by Enid Blyton). I sang ULTRAKEEF and the Stones' Time Waits For No One and Fred Neils Dolphins. Henry Manetta got up for a squawk (musical term) and I sat on my amp and noodled on my guitar. then , to my horror, Adam called for me to solo and they all turned and nodded. Here is a picture of that moment.


It was a blues in Ab and I had a reasnable tone and hit a few octaves and hammer-ons and worked my way out of a tight corner.


Wednesday 8 May - Brass Monkey Cronulla Thursday 9 May - The Bunker Coogee Friday 10 May - Lazybones Lounge, Marrickville Saturday 11 May - Metro Social, Katoomba Sunday 12 May - Dangar Bowlo.NSW
Friday May 24th - Tanswells Commercial Hotel - Beechworth (Graney and Moore)
Saturday June 1st - The Railway Club Darwin (Graney and Moore) Saturday June 15th-Major Toms, Kyneton(Graney and Moore)
Sunday May 26th - Northcote Social Club (afternoon) ZIPPADEEDOO album launch show.
Special guest DAVID COSMA

Friday June 21st the Bison Bar, Nambour. Saturday June 22nd- Sunday June 23rd - the Bearded Lady, Brisbane. Saturday June 29th - The Caravan Music Club - Bentleigh

July 12th - THE GOV - Adelaide
Special Guests THE SUNDAY REEDS

A friend posted this online. An almost comprehensive collection...



ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? is out on (Cockaigne)


ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? whats been goin' ahn


The shows Clare Moore and I did as a duo in newcastle and Northern NSW were very enjoyable.  Clare played her Yamaha electric piano module and I had my Maton EG808 six string.
Newcastle was a great hotel called the Stag and Hunter. When we were playing with the Coral Snakes in the mid 90s we returned to Newcastle over and over playing to minimal crowds - mostly at the Cambridge Hotel on Hunter st- and then one day we all seemed to click and we always have a great time in that town. Always a variety of venues too.

 pic Stuart Errol Anderson.

We generally did two sets with material coming from all across our albums. In Newcastle tehre was a request for "The Birds And the Goats" which has always been a song I am very proud of and it turned out to suit this duo setup too.

 pic Stuart Errol Anderson.

We had flown up and were driving a  hire car. We went from Newcastle to a  place called Wingham where we played in a cafe. 

Along the way we stopped at Taree where I did an interview for community station 2Bob Fm. They made us Album Of The Week the following Monday.




 We had to set up the vocal PA in this room but luckily the cook knew a few things ( about as much as us but we all managed it) due to his having once been a guitarist in one of the great inner Sydney rock bands of teh early 80s Sekret Sekret (several members of which later formed the Cruel Sea). His name was Peter Mullany and he had been the guitarist.


Pic Mathew Berry

It was great chatting with him about old school Sydney stuff. I went back to listen to some Sekret Sekret stuff and still find their song NEW KING KACK one of the standouts of Australian post punk.




We played two sets again. A very brightly lit room. Hey I was enjoying the variety of experiences and meeting the challenges.


 Pic Mathew Berry

We then drove on to Northern New South Wales and a town called Bellingen where we played another cafe. 


These towns are a real relief to the eye after the saminess that creeps into gentrified Melbourne and Sydney. Unique old, weird hotels. 


Charming , unpredictable interiors.


Again there were people at the show who'd been integral parts of the Sydney scene in the 80s and 90s. It seemed like they'd all moved out to these regional centres.

The next show was further on into Queensland at Brunswick Heads. We left Bellingen early and made it aftr a three hour drive and played at 4:30pm in a beautiful venue run by film writer Peter Castaldi. This was in a former picture theatre.


This was the fourth sold out venue and we had a wonderful time playing. The theatre is used by cabaret and other performers to get shows together. The lighting and sound was top shelf.


We made the entertainment pages of the Byron Shire Echo. This area is full of people making their own stuff, including media. Smart people.


Before leaving Melbourne I'd done an interview with Bill Wedgwood at ABC Mid North Coast. I usually feel like I'm on trial with ABC people but this was a delightful experience. He knew of our music over  a long period. It was flattering and enjoyable.





Wednesday 8 May - Brass Monkey Cronulla
Thursday 9 May - The Bunker Coogee
Friday 10 May - Lazybones Lounge, Marrickville
Saturday 11 May - Metro Social, Katoomba
Sunday 12 May - Dangar Bowlo.NSW

Friday May 24th - Tanswells Commercial Hotel - Beechworth (Graney and Moore)
Saturday June 1st - The Railway Club Darwin (Graney and Moore)
Saturday June 15th-Major Toms, Kyneton(Graney and Moore)

Sunday May 26th - Northcote Social Club (afternoon) ZIPPADEEDOO album launch show.
Friday June 21st the Bison Bar, Nambour.
Saturday June 22nd- Sunday June 23rd - the Bearded Lady, Brisbane.
Saturday June 29th - The Caravan Music Club - Bentleigh
July 12th - THE GOV - Adelaide.



Sunday, March 24, 2019

ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? 2019 album out now




Our 2019 album ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? 2019 album is out now on our favoured format, Compact Disc, and in digital stores. In Melbourne you can source it at Rocksteady Records and Basement Discs. In Sydney you can find it at Redeye Records. Otherwise, it can be sourced at our live shows or mail order via this blog or from our web site.

A link for several digital portals hereiTunes, Spotify and Google Play.

Track Listing
1 Baby, I Wish I’d Been A Better Pop Star  3:55
2 Song Of Life  4:30
3 ULTRAKEEF  5:46
 4 Gloria Grahame  3:59 
5 Your Masters  3:54
6 Is That What You Did?  8:14
7 Where’s My Buzz?  7:01
 8 You’re All Wrong  4:51
9 Baby I Wish I’d Been A Better Pop Star - darkly blues version  5:41
10 Song Of Life remixed/extended original version  5:30
11 Gloria Grahame (fuck or die) original electro glitch version  3:39
12 Is That What You Did? alternate version  7:24
13 Where’s My Buzz? alternate version  6:53




Available as a high quality digital album or on Compact Disc via Bandcamp.
Dave Graney, vocals, electric, acoustic guitars, bass, autoharp, occasional keys .Clare Moore, drums, vibes, marimba, percussion, keys, melodica, backing vocals. Stuart Perera, electric guitar, backing vocals. Stu Thomas, bass, backing vocals.
Tracks 1-3 and 5-7 and 12-13 recorded over two days in  in July 2018 at Soundpark Studios in Melbourne, Australia and engineered by Andrew “Idge” Hehir. Track 4 built up from a live track recorded at Smiths in Canberra October 2018. Robin Casinader guests on synth.
ULTRAKEEF mixed by Andrew “Idge” Hehir and Your Masters mixed by Henry Wagons.All others recorded and mixed by Dave Graney and Clare Moore at the Ponderosa during 2018. Mastered by Greg Wadley December 2018. Photos by Barry Douglas. Video by Donna McRae and Michael Vale.
Cover art by Tony Mahony.
All songs written by Dave Graney. Copyright Control, except for ULTRAKEEF and IS THAT WHAT YOU DID? which have words by Dave Graney and music by Clare Moore, Stu Thomas, Stuart Perera and Dave Graney.

 A great review of ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? at Your Music Radar.




There’s a side A : Baby I Wish I’d Been A Better Pop Star, Song Of Life, ULTRAKEEF, Gloria Grahame and Your Masters.
Baby I Wish I’d Been A Better Pop Star first appeared as it does on Side Z with me playing all the instruments (except for Clare Moore on drums). Clare suggested we do it with the mistLY and it came over all swinging and bright with pounding toms, pop oomph and zinging twelve string guitars. That was the idea of the album, to have songs done in different styles and tempos.
Song Of Life is the title track, in a way. The chorus has the line “ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS?”. Song Of Life was recorded and released in February 2018, an extended version of that original, clean and very pop version appears on Side Z of the album. We started playing it with the mistLY and it sounded great so we wanted to do it again.Words written while I lay in a hospital bed after an appendix operation. Thoughts naturally drift to an overview of your entire life.

ULTRAKEEF began with a rough demo of a couple of slurred block chords and an idea to set them against a cowbell heavy beat. Then to tell a story within those confines of a badass rock’n’roll myth. To take that myth to the nth and push it over the edge of the falls. It helps if you are versed in the lore of the Stones, a popular beat group that came straight out of Dartford in the UK. This track was mixed by Idge at Soundpark.


  

Gloria Grahame (fuck or die), another tale of showbiz chutzpah and flash. They’ve all got it. Infamy! A film actor who was wild in private life and lived even hotter in underworld gossip. She did it her way. Great films like The Big Heat with Lee Marvin and In A Lonely Place with HumphreyBogart. Originally recorded and released in April 2018 with me playing keys over a one chord beat I glitched up one day, I started to fool around with open tuning and  a slide guitar on my archtop guitar and a live performance in Canberra late 2018 saw Coral Snake Robin Casinader jump onto the bandstand with us to play some synth over the G chord and the loping beat. We added some sounds to it in the studio
(good enough for Lou Reed on Street Hassle) and we had another kind of song.

Your Masters was originally written and recorded for The Dave Graney Show album in 1998 in repsonse to John Howards election as PM and his invention of a group of blue collar “battlers” whom he dubbed “aspirationals”.
Then he was re-elected another three times. Started playing the song again and it kept staying relevant. The chorus says “you know they’ll never let you in

There’s a side B: Is That What You Did?  Where’s My Buzz? and You’re All Wrong.
The idea of the album was to have songs done in different styles and tempos. The two longest tracks, Is That What You Did? and Where’s My Buzz? seemed to be pieces that would always be different. There would never be a perfect version, just different ones.

When I say “the “sou’westing ballroom jam” that is the eight minute plus “Is That What You Did?” I mean to say its springing from my youthful immersion in Southern Rock (Allman Brothers/ Lynyrd Skynyrd) and West Coast jams like the Grateful Deads DARK STAR. Of course, I loved The Blue Oyster Cult , Doors and Television as well.
I’m saying that’s where I was aiming for us to stray near to.
Lyrically? It stems from people asking me after shows - or even during shows whether what I was doing is what I did. What they’d heard that I did or was supposed to have done. Was that it?

The soft fusion chordal folding trick that is “Where’s My Buzz?” .
Yes, this song has a lot of chords but it flows. Wonderful playing from everybody on this track. Also wonderfully recorded by Idge. I guess this has some “yacht rock nods” . There’s a few songs on the album that pose questions.
This is a legitimate question. Of the universe. Where Is My Buzz?
Originally released digitally in April 2018 and remixed/remastered in a slightly longer version here. I discovered open tuning and a slide for my archtop guitar and a whole bunch of songs stole out of it. More to come. “You’re all wrong – not everybody – just you –  but all of you – you’re all wrong…”

And a Side Z: Baby I Wish I’d Been A Better Pop Star (darkly blues version), Song Of Life (remixed/extended original version) , Gloria Grahame (original electro glitch version) and alternate takes/versions of Is That What You Did? and Where’s My Buzz?
Of course they’re all on one Compact Disc and there are no sides to it but we’re making that call. We are partitioning it, thusly. Because.


Baby I Wish I’d Been A Better Pop Star – darkly blues version.  This is the original version. More downbeat, more funk. More bluesy.
Song Of Life original electro glitch version. There is wise blood flowing through “Song Of Life” We extended it and remixed it for the album.
Minimal keys and less guitar over a beat driven by Dave Graney”
“Gloria Grahame-manifest-manifestly-manifesto..”
“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 husband Nicholas Ray and gave him the choice, fuck or die
?”

I brought Is that What You Did? to rehearsal a couple of years ago but this was it’s time to come together. presented here in two different versions. Different takes altogether. This is the alternate take. It’ll always be an alternate take whenever we play this song.A bit faster? Looser.
Where’s My Buzz? is more of a chordal avalanche, a blues-jazz cri de cour. Two different takes, both snaking out over seven minutes in length.
It asks all the relevant questions, the buzzing questions.
That was the idea of the album, to have songs done in different styles and tempos. The two longest tracks, Is That What You Did? and Where’s My Buzz? seemed to be pieces that would always be different. There would never be a perfect version, just different ones.



"ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? (The title comes from the chorus of “Song Of Life”) is a classic rock’n’roll album. Classic if you lived through what has become known as ”the classic rock era” as it rolled out new and even broke onto the beachhead and morphed into punk. That’s the direction Dave Graney and Clare Moore have always been coming from. They have spent their lives schooled by and immersed in rock ‘n’ roll culture. Neither attended higher education and they dived in deep and kept swimming. From the Moodists through the Coral Snakes /White Buffaloes to the mistLY
This is an album with their band, Dave Graney and the mistLY. Stuart Perera has played guitar with them since 1998 and Stu Thomas on bass since 2004.
Out of Melbourne, Australia. Album number 33 (approx.) from Graney and Moore


From the homage to the silhouette of the baddest droog that ever threw shade on both Life, Death and breakfast – ULTRAKEEF, to the “sou’westing ballroom jam” that is the eight minute plus “Is That What You Did?” through the soft fusion chordal folding trick that is “Where’s My Buzz?” through the attitude that speaks truth to all on the solo “You’re All Wrong” and the badass female geist of “Gloria Grahame”, it’s an album steeped in lore, myth and musical language as much as lyric power. Graney’s voice is up in the mix and the guitars, drums and bass have real tension, energy and bounce. Plenty of space, too.
There are eight songs done thirteen ways. Trembling blues, sliding guitar guitars and infinite grooves. Clean sounds and yacht rock nods. There is wise blood flowing through “Song Of Life” and “Your Masters”. (The latter being a re-recording of a song originally realized in 1998 with the Dave Graney Show). There are many alternate takes and versions.
Eight songs thirteen ways.
What Is that?
What Was This?
The album begins with the post heist-gone-wrong confessional “Baby I Wish I’d Been A Better Pop Star”. A song that’s never been written before.
ZIPPA DEEDOO
Out on CD and digitally March 2019

 
People involved in the ZIPPA DEEDOO project.
Dave Graney and Clare Moore : songs , guitars, keys, vibes, bass, drums, vocals, production in their studio, administration of live performance arrangements and band personnel. Irish Australian and Irish-Greek Australian heritage. Melbourne based. Moodists-Coral Snakes-mistLY.
Stu Thomas:  bass player, member of the mistLY since 2004. Melbourne based. Australian of Chinese, Portuguese heritage. Also performs as The Stu Thomas Paradox.


Stuart Perera : guitar player for the mistLY since 1998. (Longest association of any player with Graney and Moore) Melbourne based. Australian of Sri Lankan/ Chinese heritage.

photo Katey Shearer
Tony Mahony, cover art for every Dave Graney and Clare Moore release since 1992. Also film director for features, ads and video. Melbourne based.
Barry Douglas: photographer and video maker who has documented Dave Graney and Clare Moore’s activities closely over the last five years. Melbourne based.
Robin Casinader : solo artist, Canberra resident , current and former member of the Coral Snakes who contributed synth to Gloria Grahame.
Donna McRae and Michael Vale : directors of the video clip for ULTRAKEEF. Melbourne based film makers for whom Dave Graney and Clare More contributed the ssoundtracks for their feature length films, JOHNNY GHOST (2013) and LOST GULLY ROAD (2018)
Andrew “Idge” Hehir, engineer/proprietor of SOUNDPARK STUDIOS where most songs were recorded and who also mixed ULTRAKEEF.
Henry Wagons : Solo artist and also leader of THE WAGONS, radio broadcaster and songwriter who mixed Your Masters.
Greg Wadley : Mastering.
Dex Audio: Manufacturing of CDs .
The Orchard : Digital Distributor.
This is roughly the 33rd stand-alone physical album from Graney and Moore.


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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

ULTRAKEEF. The song and the clip.

Dave Graney vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars
Clare Moore, drums and backing vocals
Stu Thomas, bass and backing vocals
Stuart Perera elecric guitar and backing vocals.

words: dave graney music: dave graney clare moore stu thomas stuart perera

Recorded at Soundpark July 2018 by Idge.
Mixed at Soundpark by Idge
Mastered by Greg Wadley

ULTRAKEEF is a song from our album ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS?
I made a rough demo of it with Clare Moore a couple of years ago. The only idea was to have a cowbell ringing in the beat and the block chords just seemed to write themselves into place. It's mainly in E and then moves to a D for a change and then to A7.

We just knew it should be spaced out and to let the words tell a story.

The story was inspired by all the goofy, dopey guitarists (mainly) that we have known or watched from a distance as they aspired to live DOWN to the badass image of a pirate-guitar slinger as most famously thrown by KEEF aka Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. So many have DIED trying to be as bad as KEEF is reputed to be.

I was very impressed when I read in his book how he never eats at meal times or sleeps at normal times. He eats when hungry or sleeps when tired. That was more impressive than all the much talked of and seemingly heroic drug taking and boozing.

I never got into rock music for that stuff. I came from a very hedonistic family and a very hedonistic culture. I didn't need to get into rock music to get wasted. And nothing I ever saw in that world was as wild or carefree as the country stoners and hot rod crazy football playing mill workers I grew up with.
But I was impressed that Keith - KEEF - made the world bend to his leanings from early on. He made his rules.

So the words of the song are ...

Fuck you day
fuck you time of day
fuck you breakfast
fuck you food
fuck you mealtime
fuck you bedtime
fuck you Dartford
fuck you London
fuck you England
fuck you France
hello D-O-P-E hello dope
hello B-O-O-Z-E hello booze
hello Bentley/hello guns ‘n’ knives ‘n’ kohl
kohl for my eyes
goodbye Brian
hello Anita
sorry Anita
zzzzzzzzz
fuck you old man
fuck you young girl
fuck you Mick
kiss me Charlie
fuck you Canada (Toronto)
fuck you Australia
hello Jamaica
hello Walter Raleigh and Henry Morgan
fuck you life
fuck you death 


We rehearsed the song with Stu Thomas and Stuart Perera and they brought a real lot of groove to it. We played it a few times during our Croxton residencies last year and people really clicked with it , immediately.
We put it down all together in at Soundpark studios and thought we'd do a  clip for it.

Donna McRae and Michael Vale are two film makers Clare Moore and I have worked with, doing the soundtracks on their films Johnny Ghost and Lost Gully Road. They had previously done a clip for Clare Moores band The Dames.

They asked us for a few ideas and we suggested a few approaches and we came up with this clip. It contains nods/references/traces of a certain 1974 clip from the Rolling Stones. I'll leave it up to the reader to guess which one.



The crew were VIDEO Directors: Donna McRae & Michael Vale
DOP: Laszlo Baranyai HSC, ACS
Production Designer: Michael Vale
Editor: Donna McRae
Camera Assistant: Peter White
Lighting Assistant: Stephen Loats
Art Department Assistants: Katherine Murray, Xavier Nathan




The clip has aired two weeks in a row (very late/early in the morning) on the ABC tv show Rage and people have responded quickly to it. Even tyre kickers wandering on to the comments section of Youtube to tell me that "the lyrics are bad" and I'm "phoning in the vocal". People have funny ideas about what musicians and songwriters do and why they do anything! Also, the two commenters (most people have been much more positive but its a weird truism that you focus on negative things much too much) both said they were "fans of (my) work. If I was a fan of somebody I would never - ever - come  to tell them what I thought of it. Especially when it was still jumping on the plate! I would just enjoy it as it happened. Something else from the source of something I liked.....

ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? is available mail order through our website  and is released this Friday March 22nd as a digital album. You can preorder it via this link at a  stupidly low price.

The album is on Compact Disc, our favoured format, and can be found at Rocksteady Records and Basement Discs in Melbourne.  In Sydney it is available at REDEYE RECORDS.

We will also have it available at our live shows. We will be heading out firstly to do some duo shows. Myself and Clare Moore. Then we will be doing some shows with the mistLY.







Shows below are by Dave Graney and Clare Moore.
Thursday 28 March - Stag & Hunter, Newcastle
Friday 29 March - Bent On Food, Wingham
Saturday 30 March - 5 Church Street Bellingen
Sunday 31 March - Brunswick Picture House
Friday April 12th - Memo Music Hall opening for Stephen Cummings (with whom Clare Moore is playing drums) .
Saturday May 4th The Gov- Adelaide CLARE MOORE AND DAVE GRANEY opening for Stephen Cummings.


Shows below are by Dave Graney and the mistLY

Wednesday 8 May
- Brass Monkey Cronulla
Thursday 9 May - The Bunker Coogee
Friday 10 May - Lazybones Lounge, Marrickville
Saturday 11 May - Metro Social, Katoomba
Sunday 12 May - Dangar Bowlo.NSW

Friday May 24th - Tanswells Commercial Hotel - Beechworth

Sunday May 26th - Northcote Social Club (afternoon) ZIPPADEEDOO album launch show.
Friday June 21st the Bison Bar, Nambour.
Saturday June 22nd- Sunday June 23rd - the Bearded Lady, Brisbane.
Saturday June 29th - The Caravan Music Club - Bentleigh
July 12th - THE GOV - Adelaide




Thursday, February 28, 2019

Baby I Wish I'd Been A Better Pop Star


contains a photo by Tony Mahony

Baby I wish I'd been a better pop star
I wish I'd known when it started
I would've gone without more
I would've stayed inside
I would've stayed in shape
Baby I wish I'd been a better pop star
I could've been even more of a bastard
I could've really settled some scores
stayed low, picked my moments. kept my powder dry and then "Bam!"
Baby I wish I'd been a better pop star
cleaner! I was so messy!
I should've showed up! Had my act together
I should've showed some respect for the window!
When it was time to shine , I wasn't shiny! 
Baby I wish I'd been a better pop star
I could be dead by now!
You could be on your fourth or fifth!
I blew it baby! I screwed up! 
I should've repeat myself- repeat!
I should've stayed on message
I should've know in was on!
Baby I wish I'd been a better pop star

Baby I Wish I’d Been A Better Pop Star is the first single from the 2019 album from Dave Graney and the mistLY, ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS?

Lyrically it’s a conversational song, but a conversation between two players. Talking as if after a heist gone wrong.

How can you be a good pop star? Good/bad but not evil?
How can you be a better Pop Star?
And why?
 A song that’s never been written before.

Twelve string guitar, a swinging drumbeat and big glam slashing guitar chords. It starts with a sly groove and bangs straight into a vivid chorus. BABY I WISH I’D BEEN A BETTER POP STAR.

Everybodys got regrets.

I could’ve been even more of a bastard!
I coulda really settled some scores!
Kept low/picked my moments/
kept my powder dry and then BAM!
!!”
Baby I Wish I’d been A Better Pop Star

Single out March 1st

ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS?

Out on CD and digitally in March 2019

The COMPACT DISC version of the album is available via mail order by clicking here...
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Baby I Wish I’d Been A Better Pop Star first appeared as it does on Side Z of ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? with me playing all the instruments (except for Clare Moore on drums). Clare suggested we do it with the mistLY and it came over all swinging and bright with pounding toms, pop oomph and zinging twelve string guitars. That was the idea of the album, to have songs done in different styles and tempos.



 Okay, there is no book on how to be a good pop star. Are there any good pop stars around? I don't really know.


People have low standards nowadays. A veteran music production friend said to me last night, "what will Ed Sheeran's legacy be? Some big grossing gigs in stadiums, but what standards did he set of his own?"

In my opinion ( I was going to say experience but realized it's never really been a situation for me), to be a pop star you need to be in the middle of a working, coherent music business that is all fussing and dancing around you. And it is only momentarily coherent because of you. Otherwise its just a chaotic scrum.

Personal taste comes into it. As does some sort of generational attitude.

Is a good pop star someone who obeys all the rules and inhabits the recognized forms of music and behaviour the best? Say, all the boys in One Direction? 
Or is it the opposite? Jim Morrison?

I have to say I prefer unruly bastards.

Jim Morrison, Hank Williams, Tupac, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Norious B.I.G, Lil Wayne.

Do they work quietly and self sufficiently or create a whole lot of problems that require constant attention from people working for them? Again, in my experience, when I've seen people working with large record companies, (Probably don't exist any more in that style - lots of people involved)  its the latter. People need something to do and a feeling that they are helping to shape something.

A pop star has to be massively poular, in my humble opinion. Across the board access to young minds.

Jim Morrison was that. Shaun Ryder and Kurt Cobain.

Do they thank everybody or say "fuck you" to everybody?  Again, I think the latter is best, though Elvis presley had great manners.

For women, all this is much harder to read. A much smaller gallery of archetypes to draw from. Everybody judges them on a broader societal scale. Drunkenness, druggery and sexual promiscuity. Where is Janis Joplin when people talk about and reissue music by Hendrix, Brian Jones, Tim Buckley, Kurt? And age is harsh on female performers more than their male counterparts. There are few female versions of Van Morrison or David Crosby or Neil Young. 

Pop stars I have enjoyed watching and listening to. (as opposed to other kinds of musicians who are my main interest).
Sophie Ellis Bextor, Womack and Womack, the Sex Pistols, Bryan Ferry, Nick Cave, Alexander O'Neal, Mental As Anything, Dragon (Marc Hunter), Steve Winwood, Steely Dan, The Steve Miller Band, Boz Scaggs, Ms Dynamite, Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, The Beastie Boys, The Cruel Sea, Estelle, Tupac, Lil Wayne, Mark Morrison, Curtis Mayfield, Slade, T Rex, The Rolling Stones, the Beatles, The Byrds, the Who. AND MANY MORE!



Shows below are by Dave Graney and Clare Moore.  
Thursday 28 March - Stag & Hunter, Newcastle  
Friday 29 March - Bent On Food, Wingham  
Saturday 30 March - 5 Church Street Bellingen  
Sunday 31 March - Brunswick Picture House
 

Friday April 12th - Memo Music Hall opening for Stephen Cummings.
 Saturday May 4th The Gov- Adelaide CLARE MOORE AND DAVE GRANEY opening for Stephen Cummings.

Saturday June 1st - The Railway Club Darwin Saturday June 15th-Major Toms, Kyneton.


Shows below are by Dave Graney and the mistLY


Wednesday 8 May
- Brass Monkey Cronulla
 
Thursday 9 May - The Bunker Coogee  
Friday 10 May - Lazybones Lounge, Marrickville  
Saturday 11 May - Metro Social, Katoomba  
Sunday 12 May - Dangar Bowlo.NSW

Sunday May 26th - Northcote Social Club (afternoon) ZIPPADEEDOO album launch show. 

Friday June 21st the Bison Bar, Nambour.  
June 22-23rd - the Bearded Lady, Brisbane.

July 12th - THE GOV - Adelaide.

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ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS?

ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? (The title comes from the chorus of “Song Of Life” ) is a classic rock’n’roll album. Classic if you lived through what has become known as ”the classic rock era” as it rolled out new and even broke onto the beachhead and morphed into punk. That’s the direction Dave Graney and Clare Moore have always been coming from. They have spent their lives schooled by and immersed in rock ‘n’ roll culture. Neither attended higher education and they dived in deep and kept swimming. From the Moodists through the Coral Snakes /White Buffaloes to the mistLY This is an album with their band, Dave Graney and the mistLY. Stuart Perera has played guitar with them since 1998 and Stu Thomas on bass since 2004. MARCH 2019 ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? 2019 album out on Compact Disc - available here via mail order...
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LETS GET TIGHT

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 - digital or as CD

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-Availableas a digital album via BandCamp


UNAVAILABLE ! Completely sold out!

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