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Two albums in 2021 Everything Was Funny by Dave Graney and Clare Moore on CD and digital and the digital only 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.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Grace Tame Is President - live links

Grace Tame Is President is the new collaboration I did with Plutonic Lab.


Any proceeds will be going to the Grace Tame Foundation.

Its available via Bandcamp.

It will also be available at Apple Music Friday April 8th

(all other digital portals as well).

I thought I'd collect some recent works from everybody involved.

Plutonic Lab

 Jodi Phillis

Penny Ikinger


 Anna Smyrk

Lisa Gibbs as part of USER


 Edwina Preston singing with Harry Howard and the NDE

Clare Moore and I are playing a live online stream this weekend

Online Show #123

10pm Saturday UK time

5pm Saturday USA EDT

4pm Saturday USA CDT

2pm Saturday USA PDT

7am Sunday Melbourne time

Playing deep cuts from our albums and choice covers from our heroes.

A live streaming set Melbourne Australia. Drums, guitars, vibes, keys, vocals and other instruments when needed from our studio. Every second Sunday morning an 8am show to make it Saturday afternoon and evening in the USA and UK/Europe. Each show is unique and happens in the moment - no chance of watching it back. A small fee to access the site, A 50 minute set.

Ticket link here  . It is $US5.00 to access

We are also launching our album EVERYTHING WAS FUNNY at the Northcote Social Club Sunday May 1st. TICKETS HERE.

May 6th we  play in Ballarat at VOLTA

 Everything Was Funny came out in October 2021 and we have worked out how to present it as a duo playing vibes, keys guitars, percussion and also accessing some mellotron sounds via iPad and also some rhythm tracks via a Cymatic audio interface and the shows have been really great new experiences. Very rich array of sounds.

In the meantime we have also continued recording and have more than enough for two new albums at the moment. Looks like the next album is going to be a rocker.

We finally got into a  studio with Stu and Stuart to lay down four songs we have started to rehearse around the beginning of 2020. Then you know what happened and we couldn't rehearse let alone record.

The virus is still around and Idge couldn't do the session as his daughter contracted the bug at school so he had to isolate and we did the work with Laura Hanccock at the desk. It was a great experience as we just had the four songs to do which we completed in one day. Everybody really knew the parts and the songs inside out. We even knocked off early.

Funny thing - I picked up my Talman to overdub and the strap failed and it fell perfectly onto the spot where the jack is inserted


the studio control room at Soundpark.

Clare Moore, Stu Thomas and Stuart Perera doing some vocal overdubs.

With studio engineer Laura.


Idge has a lot of vintage gear. Mics, compressors and reverb units. Thats a Roland Space Echo behind Clare.

In the kitchen at Soundpark. Its been a very mild summer in Melbourne. Meanwhile Sydney has had a years rainfall in 4 monthas and Northern NSW and Southern Qld has flooded twice. 

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Grace Tame Is President - collaboration with Plutonic Lab coming soon.


A one off collaboration in homage to 2021 –and forever- Australian Of The Year Grace Tame by songwriter/performer Dave Graney and studio cat/multi instrumentalist Plutonic Lab aka Leigh Ryan. All instruments played by PlutonicLab .
 A Ryan-Graney Production.

Grace Tame is president – in the nations’ brain she’s resident!!”  Dave Graney

Clare Moore and I  listened to Grace Tame and Brittany Higgins address the National press Club in Canberra February 9th 2021 and heard them speak truth to the nations power. A stellar cultural political moment for the nation.  We were driving  the Hume Highway between Melbourne and NSW. When we stopped for the night I opened my laptop and used to Twitter to sent a message to Plutonic Lab saying they should collaborate on a  track called Grace Tame Is President. (The title a playful tip to Eric B and Rakims classic Eric B Is President) Plutonic said “yes” straight away and here we are.

I asked some fellow players  and singers to come on board with their voices and the finished track includes vocal takes and textures from Jodi Phillis, Jane Dust, Penny Ikinger, Lisa Gibbs, Julie Graney, Edwina Preston and Anna Smyrk.

Any money generated to be donated to the Grace Tame Foundation which is a not-for-profit philanthropic organisation established by the 2021 Australian of the Year, Grace Tame, to campaign for and help fund initiatives which work to prevent and respond to sexual abuse of children and others.


We had worked with Plutonic in 2007 on a show we did called The Bewdy Of Speed.

The song should be available soon. This week I hope. Via Bandcamp or itunes and other music portals.

 I just think Grace Tame has been a beacon of humanity in such bleak times in Australia. The LNP coalition have just been such turds and the stranglehold they have over all the media - including the ABC- has been terrible. This young woman cut through it all. To me she represents an unofficial, authentic Australia that is rarely glimpsed or allowed any play in the public realm. (Mainstream Australia being such a timid, awkward and fearfully obedient culture)The fact she has been such an articulate advocate has been so great. She's angry and powerful but she always hits her targets. GRACE TAME IS PRESIDENT!

The lyrics wrote themselves...

Grace Tame is president

 in the nations brain she’s resident


all time all tame all wild no shame

she brings the noise and stings the boys


Grace Tame is President…


no fear

no fear


the blue gangs

the carpet strollers

get outta the way!

cos Grace Tame is president


Grace Tame is president

 in the nations brain she’s resident


governor general – if you have to

governor general- if you want


Grace Tame is president


all time all tame all wild no shame

she brings the noise and stings the boys


Grace Tame is President…





Sunday, January 30, 2022

Hello 2022

 Hello 2022. Have I got the year right? Time is all scmmozzled up or something. Fast and slow, then dead slow and then all slippery and getting away from you. 

Clare Moore and I had released our album Everything Was Funny and were doing online shows and videos and anything we could to get the word out. Us being actual Outsider Artists you know.  We filmed a performance for an online music show called Muuzostream that was such high quality. It should be shown some time in February or March. 

We had also started work on a new album - for 2022 release -  and once again it was just the two of us as it was too hard  for many logistical reasons to get together to rehearse with Stu and Stuart from the mistLY and to get time in our favourite studio, Soundpark. So Clare and I laid down guitar, bass and drums and keys for about nine tracks. We also had about the same number already  in progress in our own studio. Its sounding great! Hopefully another session with the mistLY to get down four specific rock'n'roll songs that need all that oomph from a band. 

Idge went fully crazy on the bass drum mics...

The pandemic, thats the thing. Just six months ago we were all locked up in Melbourne and the business groups and federal politicians were screaming about "opening up" and insisting on a  timeline for doing that. Then they got all that - mostly courtesy of the State of NSW and their then leader (who had to quit due to some pesky corruption allegations) opening up restrictions all through the state and then opening travel to the other states and things yeah, just slipped away from all the public health officials and the QR codes and the contact tracing and all that stuff was soon forgotten. Last years things.


We did a show in Victoria that was quite nice - outside and well organized and then headed into the end of one year with an eye on shows in a new year and it all seemed quite reasonable. But the cases kept rising - though we were now being told not to look at that. And the deaths started to rise - but we were advised that was always going to happen. And today the schools are opening again. Its a New Normal the Liberals keep telling us, but they are such liars you wouldn't believe anything coming from them. 

We drove to South Australia in December, stopping in the town of Penola to visit our favourite vintage shop. Jills Vintage.   

We spent a few weeks by the beach in Adelaide, swimming in the day and watching 70s Australian tv soaps like The BOX and SONS AND DAUGHTERS and THE YOUNG DOCTORS at night with Clares brother Patrick who collects all these otherwise mostly unobtainable shows on DVD from the original production companies.

To get into South Australia we had to have proof of vaccination and also  proof of a negative Covid test within the last three days and then we had to line up for another one the day after we crossed the border. We did this in Mount Gambier and after being in a queue of cars for two hours and looking at another several hours in the same spot, we heard that they were dropping this regulation as the pathology labs in three states were being overwhelmed. We drove out from the queue and continued on our way. 

We came back through Mt Gambier on our way back to Melbourne as I wanted to visit the farmhouse where my mother had grown up along with her eight brothers and sisters . A helpful friend from Social Media sent some directions to the farm and also got in touch with the couple who were living on the property now and they allowed us to come and have a look. 

First we went to visit a tiny abandoned school house nearby where my Grandfather used to be a teacher. Stewarts Range School. The school had about 16 kids at most and the majority would have been his own kids. They travelled to and from the school during the war years (WW2) in a horse and buggy. 

It was quite eerie. Just an old tin building at the end of a dirt road outside Naracoorte, the only building nearby being a CFA shed at a nearby crossroads.
We drove onto the house and the lovely couple who are going to renovate it let us walk through the old house. I stayed here once or twice when I was a kid and it was quite magical in many ways. It had an old train carriage out in a paddock which was where the chickens lived but I had to get past a nasty Billy Goat to get there. The carriage was long gone. The surrounding countryside is quite classically Australian. A large lake area called Lake Ormerod just beside the house. The lake was dry of course.

It was quite an experience for me walking around the place. 

We stayed in Naracoorte for the night and went for a swim at the beautiful swimming lake. 

We then drove back to Melbourne and have been housebound for most of this month as - like everybody - we tried to work out what was real and what wasn't in regard to the ongoing pandemic. Its been like that for two years now. Personally I can't make a switch to a "New Normal" that easily.  

We had a run of shows booked and some of the venues have fallen over and some have had to change a little. 

We are going to do shows but I have to say I don't feel right in being a voice out there saying "come along to my shows". I don't want to be another voice saying "its all normal now". So we are doing shows - yes. But...

 We are making sure all the venues are serious about Covid arrangements and that they are outside if possible. People should wear masks and be triple vaccinated.

Friday 11 February 2022 Dust Temple

Currumbin, QLD



Saturday 12 February 2022 The Citadel
Murwillumbah, NSW


Sunday 13 February 2022 The Eltham Hotel Nsw
Eltham, NSW


Saturday 19 February 2022 Grand Ballroom, Palais Royale
Katoomba, NSW


Sunday 20 February 2022 Smith's Alternative
Canberra, ACT


Sunday 27 February 2022 Northcote Social Club
Northcote, VIC


Friday 01 April 2022 The Barwon Club Hotel
Geelong, VIC


Friday 22 April 2022 Volta Arts & Culture
Ballarat, VIC


 In regard to time - here are some other photos .

Wearing my East Gambier lace up jumper my mother Philomena made for me. 


 Marist Brothers High- grade four or five. I left the  Catholic school world and went to a state school for Grade 7 and then to High School. Thank God. There were places of punishment more than education. The fellow to my left is the Liberal Treasurer for South Australia in the current state government. Usual penny pinching privatizing punisher. These are all the kids who were top of the class. It wasn't hard as there were no girls at the school.



While in Mt Gambier I asked my brother Sean about things to do and he suggested a drive to the wetlands known as Picanninnie Ponds. I had never been to this beautiful area before. Freshwater ponds right next to the sea. There are huge underground caves that people go diving in. The sound of frogs in this place was terrific!


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

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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




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


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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


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

Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Robin Casinader - In Concert


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? (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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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


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

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