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Current album Dave Graney and the mistLY LYVE AT BYRDS. Two albums in 2020, "Dave Graney and Clare Moore In Concert with Robin Casinader" and "Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Georgio "the dove" Valentino and Malcolm Ross". Two albums in 2019. ONE MILLION YEARS DC by Dave Graney and Clare Moore and ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? from Dave Graney and the mistLY. 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 Dickey Betts, John Cippolina or Grant Green - but not in this lifetime, I know.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

I Was No Captain - a lyric from a song on EVERYTHING WAS FUNNY

 Hey its a pretty simple kind of song. Guitar tuned to C#m - a tuning I read about John Fahey using - and a beat from Clare Moore's 1998 Ensoniq MR61 keyboard. Recorded parts on  a Tascam 4 track cassette machine and back into Protools and also used a Zoom hand held recorder for some parts. Then I hacked into it pretty brutally to edit it into shape. Sound elements caused by rough cuts used as punctuative intrusions here and there.

The lyric is pretty literal. There are captains/leaders and I've never been one or wanted to be one. Thats me. (Tracy Braidwood was a playing Captain Coach and then just a team member as full back for East Gambier Football Club in the '60s-70's)


 Reed Richards from the Fantastic Four - Captain


 Bob Shearman from Sturt - Captain

 

In my life, I have known captains

not the strongest or the fastest or the best

just captains

I was never captain stuff

follow me! don’t know where you’re goin’- twice!

I was no captain

Reed from the Fantastic Four

Tracy Braidwood – long dropkicks from full back

short back and sides and no teeth

Bob Shearman from Sturt

they were captains 

I was no captain

I just liked to drift wide on the wing

float sideways over the pack for a mark and run

I was no captain

Duke Ellington

Count Basie

you’d follow those guys

listen to them - believe them

Chet Baker, Charlie Parker, Keith Richard

Those guys needed a structure

a house already burning

Brian Jones

he was a captain

he left maps and strategies for Mick

I was no captain

 


Duke Ellington - Captain

 

Brian Jones - Captain

Everything Was Funny- Dave Graney and Clare Moore album out now

itunes  link

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Everything Was Funny - a lyric from a song on EVERYTHING WAS FUNNY

 Putting this song together was as quick and spontaneous as My Schtik Weighs A Ton was in 2005. That time a studio musician friend , Greg Den Hartog, called me up and said he had a piece of music that sounded right for me so I went into his studio and laid down a vocal the next day. And that was pretty much it.

This time I found a piece of music we had worked on for a  film or tv project and started sing a lyric to it and again, that was it. The music was just guitar with a touch of keys and a tambourine. A circular kind of reel, like an Irish jazz thing. 


The words? I did just write it down at some point, thinking of how Warren beatty used to say such and such was a "funny guy". That was it. The words people use in conversations, getting around things and trying to suggest things and finding ways to not say things. But yes, the times we are living through. We will look out the window today or in a few years and say "Everything Was Funny".

Everything was funny

don’t laugh

don’t get funny

I mean funny – like

“you’re a funny guy”

funny like , Warren Beatty funny

“I liked it – it was funny”

 

“there was somethin’ funny about that guy”

“somethin’ not quite right”

 

Everything was funny

Everything was funny

everything

well

 

if there was somethin’ funny goin’ on

that’s what I tuned into

and took away

that was my take away

 

Everything was funny

Everything was funny

 

except the stuff people laughed at

Everything was funny

right from the start

mostly it all stank

some things just went funny

I’m not funny

you’re funny

don’t get funny

Everything was funny

Everything was funny

 

Everything Was Funny- Dave Graney and Clare Moore album out now

itunes  link

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Monday, October 4, 2021

The Anita Effect - a lyric from a song on EVERYTHING WAS FUNNY

 

From Clare Moore "....for me Daves lyric in The Anita Effect is a haunting story of a highly influential woman (women) who moves through a scene leaving her mark, without seeming to touch anything. Often these women are referred to as “Muses “ when in fact they could be the true artists.


I call you – you don’t call me

I don’t like to get called

that stuff in your mind, about me

that was so long ago

when I got exposed

 

I moved out of frame

I call you – I don’t get called

I told Mick “be a little like Brian and a little like Keith

that’s what he did

 

I was a soft explosion

I was just passing through

Prince Stash! Eurotrash!

Tara! Tara! Tara!

 

I call you- I don’t get called

not anymore

I liked the drugs

they were my drug

I call them – they call me

they’re allowed – they’re me

 

Marianne knows! Only Marianne and I could know

we rode in with the boys

told them where to stand

how to say things

what to wear

 

It’s the Anita effect

I call it the Anita effect

don’t ask me

people come into my room

things happen

they stick around - too long

what can I do?

people get hurt

people get lost

people get burned

 

It’s the Anita effect

I call it the Anita effect

 


Sunday, October 3, 2021

I Knew The Wild Angels - a lyric from a song on EVERYTHING WAS FUNNY

 

 Well there was this great movie called The Wild Angels which I saw one afternoon matinee session at the Odeon theatre in Mt Gambier where I grew up. A Roger Corman movie - I know now in my adult brain - that starred Peter Fonda (before Easy Rider) , Nancy Sinatra and Bruce Dern.


There was also a local bike gang a few years later. A person could get their licence at 16 in South Australia so there were people who you saw one summer astride a Dragster bicycle at a teen social event such as a Saturday the swiming pool and the next summer they were astride a Honda 750 motorbike with leather jacket and a sleeveless denim "scunge" over that looking like a warrior from the Viking wars. 

Telepathy was involved, images up on the screen and in the songs and on the streets. 

https://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/11/20/3894955.htm

They were the social lions of the party scene.  They did actually have fur covered helmets with fox tails traling out the back. 

 

I knew the Wild Angels

I knew the Wild Angels

I was hangin’ around

not part of the gang

Blue and Nancy – wow!

 

the girls boosted the boys

talked them into shape

hoisted them onto their feet

picked the hills to die on

and picked the fights

I knew the Wild Angels

 

I knew the Wild Angels

when they came into town

long fringes over their faces

ruffled shirts, spurs

helmets with fox tails

I knew the Wild Angels

 

The girls burnished their breast plates

and whistled and cheered

picked the hills to die on

and picked the fights

“c’mon!”

put their feet down

“c’mon!”

I knew the Wild Angels

 

Everything Was Funny- Dave Graney and Clare Moore album out now

itunes  link

https://music.apple.com/au/album/everything-was-funny/1583892134

 

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davegraney.com

 


Friday, October 1, 2021

A Little Water On My Bird - a lyric from a song on EVERYTHING WAS FUNNY

 

I read in a story about Frank Sinatra once that he was shooting a  film and fell in the water while doing a  scene. Everybody fluttered around him asking if he was ok and he said something like "just a  little water on my bird". It is inside  this - very long - story which was an early example of "the new jounalism"

"They nodded, nobody mentioning the past hysteria in the Sinatra world when it seemed CBS was zeroing in on the man; they just nodded and two of them laughed about Sinatra’s apparently having gotten the word “bird” on the show—this being a favorite Sinatra word. He often inquires of his cronies, “How’s your bird?”; and when he nearly drowned in Hawaii, he later explained, “Just got a little water on my bird”; and under a large photograph of him holding a whisky bottle, a photo that hangs in the home of an actor friend named Dick Bakalyan, the inscription reads: “Drink, Dickie! It’s good for your bird.” In the song, “Come Fly with Me,” Sinatra sometimes alters the lyrics—“…just say the words and we’ll take our birds down to Acapulco Bay….”

In the story there is mention of new comers on the scene, The Beatles...

 "Prior to his cold, Sinatra had been very excited about this show; he saw here an opportunity to appeal not only to those nostalgic, but also to communicate his talent to some rock-and-rollers—in a sense, he was battling The Beatles. The press releases being prepared by Mahoney’s agency stressed this, reading: “If you happen to be tired of kid singers wearing mops of hair thick enough to hide a crate of melons…it should be refreshing, to consider the entertainment value of a video special titled Sinatra—A Man and His Music….”

Tthe article was published on 1st April 1966 , five days before The Beatles began work on Revolver .John Lennon apparently read the story.

On Revolver there is a song called "And Your Bird Can Sing" . Pre internet communication was wild and human, even among the Godz.


 I liked the phrase when Sinatra said it and wanted to use it in a song. It denoted some fragility, some vulnerability and thats what I wanted to express.

I was young for a long time

I held my game, tight

I was young for a long time

I held my game, tight

There was never tomorrow

there was always tomorrow

there was only tomorrow

parties – todays, parties

I had a light touch

I skipped away, free

I refreshed, again

I refreshed, again

I’d find a new obsession

I’d find an old kink

some old face in a new doorway

same old face in a new doorway

I’ve been a rocker

that’s how I am

that’s how I got here

so late

a little water on my bird

that's all


Everything Was Funny- Dave Graney and Clare Moore album out now

itunes  link

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Ronnie Loves To Hear People Talk - a lyric from a song on EVERYTHING WAS FUNNY

 I have heard it said that you shouldnt meet your idols, people whose art or music you admire.
Waylon Jennings had a great song called Rambling Man where he sang

"You better move away
Your standing to close to the flame
Once I mess with your mind
Your little ol' heart won't be the same"

 I have loved Jerry Lee Lewis' music and legend for a few decades but have never thought I'd like to hang around with him. 

Richard Hell said this in his book I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp ...

"Being a pop star, a front person, takes indestructible certainty of one’s own irresistibility. That’s the monster part. If that ego confidence doesn’t eventually come so naturally that living at all is to flaunt it, you won’t have what’s necessary to give your audience the show, the stimulation, it needs."

 But when the performer is a woman, they don't ever get that much slack. Its a rarity, a female beautiful monster.  A powerful, loose, wild, female presence.

 

Ronnie loves to hear people talk about her

she says “tell me what you said about me that time!”

“Tell me again what you said about me that time!”

It’s nice to sit with someone who knows what they want

who tells you what they want from you

 

a star – a mon-star - a wo-man-star

a star – a mon-star - a wo-man-star

 

out on her own – stoned, immaculate

out of place – out of time

ain’t we all?

a song and dancer

her eyes are closed

her lips are pursed

her pupils are blown

the lights are cursed

she give people what they want

tells people to give her what she wants

shewants to get paid

she wants to get paid

 

a star – a mon-star - a wo-man-star

a star – a mon-star - a wo-man-star

 

 

Everything Was Funny- Dave Graney and Clare Moore album out in October

 

itunes pre order link

https://music.apple.com/au/album/everything-was-funny/1583892134

 

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Monday, September 27, 2021

Every Day It's the Blues, Period. - a lyric from a song on EVERYTHING WAS FUNNY

 

photo by Kristyn Jones.

Every day it’s a scramble for your mind

you wake up and try to get a toe on it

I don’t mean a finger – I don’t wanna play

I mean a toe

so I can get to my feet and go

every day it’s a test of what you believe

what you are  - who you’ve been

every day its a dive to reach

what you were- who you’ve been

 

every day it’s the blues, period.

 

every day it’s a subterranean feel

what’s the opposite of a dive?

into the dangerous pool I climb

every day it’s a joke, I have to get it

I have to listen for it- the beat

I have to watch for it

I have to be open and shut

every day it’s a lie I’m bein’ told

I know it from yesterday

I got tricked into believing

I tricked myself

 

every day it’s the blues, period.

 

 Just for a stir. Un petit  jeu de mots

https://www.pablopicasso.org/blue-period.jsp

 

 The period (also known as a full stop, especially in British English) is a punctuation mark primarily used to indicate the end of a sentence. It appears as a single dot on the bottom line of the text ( . ), and it comes immediately after the last word of the sentence without a space."

 

 

Everything Was Funny- Dave Graney and Clare Moore album out in October

 

itunes pre order link

https://music.apple.com/au/album/everything-was-funny/1583892134

 

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Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Georgio "the dove" Valentino and Malcolm Ross

Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Robin Casinader - In Concert

ONE MILLION YEARS DC

Starts with a Kinksy groover sketching a 21st century populist tyrant who coasts in power on waves of public resentment at those on the lowest rungs of the ladder (He Was A Sore Winner). Sweeps across a sci fi terrain with nods to songs in the sand at the end of the world (Pop Ruins) and nods to the ties that bind in the underground communities (Comrade Of Pop and Where Did All The Freaks Go?). Songs about intense, long relationships, defunct technology that didn’t answer back, severe social status definition (I’m Not Just Any Nobody), people wandering through your mind as if it was a garage sale, the anxiety of the long running showman (wide open to the elements again) and ends with a song that’s “a little bit Merle Haggard and a little bit Samuel Beckett”. " Edith Grove! Powis Square! 56 Hope Road! Petrie Terrace!.. The Roxy! The Odeon! Apollo! Palais! Olympia! The Whisky! Detroit Grande!” Pop Ruins!"

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, 12 string set - CDs sold out - digital only

Hashish and Liquor (2005 double disc by Dave Graney and Clare Moore) available via Paypal $25


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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