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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.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Swingy George - truths EEKS out at last

Swingy George was a song recorded by the Moodists in London in 1984. We'd been playing it for a while back in Melbourne before we'd left so we might have cooked it up in late 1982.

We were in that Melbourne post punk scene where everybody wrote songs about???? Well, you had to make it up. Drag stuff out of your own environment. But the culture we enjoyed mostly was in the USA or UK.  We hated Oz Rock for the most part.

Anyway, our sound was pretty impenetrable. Bass and drums to the fore and two guitars wailing from the get go.

Here's a clip of us playing it live in London in late '84. It's at about 10 or 11 in the morning and was filmed at the Camden palace.

The Birthday party had  tune called Dead Joe and I guess people thought it was another case of a band stealing their licks.

But I was writing the lyrics and the stories and this came from a  different direction. It was about a character who used to appear on the swings at the playground up the road from where I grew up in Mt Gambier. The Playground was in a block with houses on all sides. It was accessable through a couple of lanes on each side. Not visible fom any road and with a  pretty high iron fence on all sides .

Here is a map. The playground was in the area in the centre marked "6". I grew up in Werona st, which you can see at the top of the picture.

So, if you were a kid of pre school age and wandered up there and there was this bloke in a  black suit sitting and swinging ....... you might be a bit spooked, wouldn't ya?

Years later, in 1982 I wrote the lyrics....

george was real enough
it didn't take much to make him swing
he was a black coat that we all coloured
yeah something from sleep caught in our light
a bad shape caught in our back yard
we wanted to see him swing
he was hangin around this jungle jim
just a black coat drifting
swingy george
he was a black coat that we all coloured
yeah something from sleep caught in our light
a bad shape caught in our back yard
he was still there when he had gone
we wanted to see him swing
he was hangin around this jungle jim
just a black coat drifting
swingy george 

I thought I'd write this because I noticed a discussion on Facebook about this character. It was on a page where people who grew up in Mt Gambier share photos and stories.
They started to talk of this fellow, "George" and I thought it was amazing how he had stuck in so many people's brains for so long. 

The places that are mentioned, in George riding a bike to and from are a mill town called Tarpeena which is 24.5 kilometres from Mt Gambier and Port McDonnell which is 22 kilometres from Mt Gambier and 52 from Tarpeena. he must have been very fit. 

Each line below was a different comment. 

Does anyone remember a guy ? called George who used to ride his bike to the Bay quite regularly.
And as others have said - wore a suit! Even in stinking hot weather.
In hindsight, that was one of the things that made him different
I heard he lived in a town north of the Mount.
He had terrible teeth....

Yeah - I remember George - vaguely!

Swingin george !!!!

Yes - that's what I remember - him on the swing 

he liked the swings at Port Mac

Think he came from Tarpeena

Swinger George's real name was George Coleman and he lived in Tarpena. He would regularly ride his bike from there to the Bay to swing and sing he used to sing "Davey Crockett" over and over. Some people used to be scared of him but we kids knew that he was harmless for some reason.

Swinger George he'd sit on the swings at Pt. Mac. for hours. also there was a guy in the Mount I think his name was something Kingsley

Kingsley Osborne

Yes I remember Georgie Colman who use to ride his bike down to Pt MacDonnel each weekend.he lived in Tarpeena.

Yes. I remember him well. Part of our childhood memories.

He used to call into our shop at Allendale and buy a single cone ice cream. Mum offered him a double for the same price and he said he would pick up the extra ice cream next week.

lots of Comments about George on a post I put up ages ago re the merry go round swing.

Yep Denise I loved the merry go round

Swinging George and Kingsley would be out for a training ride

Remember Swinging George & I think 'Kingsley Killer Knightley !! Was the other fellow !!

Was his real name Kingsley? I never knew that. We always called him Kevin.

May have been Kevin Coral not sure .

Killer. Did he wear a South footy jumper?


Saw him in Adelaide long time ago, eating a raw chicken, about 45 years ago

I remember Killer Knightly also ,a rough diamond who use to frequent the streets.

Can only Remember ' Killer ' had dark bushy hair !

I remember Killer knightly . Pretty harmless from memory. He had a girlfriend and came to the local cabarets where people would egg them on to dance quite frantically but the bar staff used to monitor his drink intake.

Swinging George lived in Tarpeena and would ride his bike to PT Mac Donnell and ride on the swing all day long

And oil everything

Swinging George used to go to the playground off Tallara Ave and we wouldn't stay if he was on the swings ! 

Yes down from rymill place

Yes His Name Was George Coleman And He Lived At Tarpeena With His Parents

Yes George rode his bike from tarpeena, sometimes would spend the day at playground just off of talara ave, he was always dressed in a dark suit, most of the local kids felt a bit threatened by him, he was a harmless guy and enjoyed the swings!

I remember my Dad talking about George. And some of the guys on the district council told me about him too.

I vaguely remember killer knightly winning bike races and a organised wheelbarrow race many years ago!

i remember George who rode from Tarpeena and used to get on the swings, he was harmless and i am sure he only wanted to talk to someone. Killer Knightly i also remember and he was harmless as well.

We called him swinging George and he used to swing in the playground off Tallara Ave near where I lived in Rymill Place and come into our front yard and drink out of the tap. I would love to know his story. That was in the early 60s

Yes I remember George Coleman. He lived with his parents in a house behind ours in Tarpeena. He also used to ride his bike to Kalinga door and get on the train to Adelaide . Don,t know what he did down there but he used to come home the next day on the train. Pretty harmless guy but did have some problems.

I can remember swinging George and killer knightly both harmless

Yea an claimed the bloody slippery dip at Pt Mac we were scared of him when we were little !

But were harmless yes

Yes last i heard he was run over and killed on his way to the Bay to have a swing must have been 38 /40 years ago

About rite

I reckon he came from Tarpeena. We used to call him swinging George as he would have a swing at Port Mac and then ride home.

Swinging George used to visit playground in Tallara ave.(65-75) mt. Gambier

Sounds like he certainly got around.

I think he was run over on Pt mac road in the end

Oh dear, that would've been tragic.

Used to be at the Bay late 50's when we had our Bay house - Swingin' George.

Also used to apear at the Nangwarry school in the 50s

hi Andy - i remember him. dad once picked him up in our van and gave him a lift to the bay.he got out and went straight to the swings.for some reason we used to call him "swinging joe"

We used to call him swingin' George. My memory of him was that he was always smiling and had yellow teeth. Always on the swings. Vaguely remember the bike. Didn't know he had been killed riding tho' . Sad as he was a harmless chap.

Yes - extremely yellow teeth.
Never got close enough to smell his breath lol.

Me nether. He was a bit daunting.

Swinging George we knew him as

Andy ! You sure bought so many memories back to so many people good on you 

Sad to think of George being killed though , ( doing what he loved most I guess )!riding his bike to & fro to the swings !!

This is the key, he lived and died doing what was important to him

Exactly Denis!

Love it.

Yes certainly do.

In other news, we have a new single coming out in  a week or so. It's a pop blues called BE SAD FOR ME. I broke the three minute barrier for this one. 

                                                   Dave Graney And the mistLY
Feb 22nd Aotea Square concert Auckland Feb 23rd , Golden Dawn, Auckland
Dave Graney and Clare Moore NSW dates w/ special guests from Brussels/Miami Georgio "the Dove" Valentino and Patrizia.

Sunday 2nd April(2.30pm - 5.30pm TBC)- Dangar Island Bowling Club NSW
Tuesday 4th April (7pm - 9pm) Georgio only @ The Bearded Tit -
Thursday 6th April - Oxley Wine Bar Cowra
Friday 7th April - Bowral Bowling Club
Saturday 8th April - Gearin Hotel, Katoomba
Sunday 9th April - Smiths Canberra

Sunday, February 5, 2017

post flood and more Bowie show de briefing - upcoming shows and releases

This was the running order for the Bowie In Berlin shows we did in January. The band was Clare Moore on drums and bv's, Stu Thomas on bass and bv's, JP Shilo and Pnny Ikinger on guitars, Miles Brown on vintage synths and theremin, Robin Casinader on piano, mellotron, organ and violin and Mick Harvery on percussion, bv's, sampler, acoustic guitar and lead vocals on one song. We rehearsed in the week before the end of 2016 and people tried out different songs. About four people wanted to do "Heroes" and clashed on other choices as well. Mick Harvey had to chooose songs and singers and then off we went. I chose songs that I thought were rockers and also were deep album tracks. In the end I also played harmonica on A New Career In A New Town as well. It was fun just running on and putting everything into a song and coming off. The show was more about the band and the music and the songs in the end. Blackout and JOE THE LION  had really odd phrasing and changes. Difficult to remember the words. The recordings had great guitar lines and riffs that would have helped but they were buried in the artsy mixes. I had to look up live versions of the songs to see how Bowie and his band played the songs years after their originl recording, and saw how they straightened them out. These two songs had guitar lines that were real architectural, the original recordings obscured them as if they'd done it to something as strong as REBEL REBEL. Bowie just wrote great groovers and rockers but was trying to understate that. IMHO.
The band was exceptional and it was great fun pending time with all the singers too.

*means instrumental...

Warszawa - Michael Nolan
*A New Career in a New Town
Sound and Vision – Jess R. & Michael Nolan
Nightclubbing Kim Salmon
Breaking Glass – Kim Salmon
* Art Decade
Always Crashing in the Same Car - Ron Peno
What in the World – Ron Peno
*Speed of Life
*Subterraneans - Max Sharam
Be My Wife – Max Sharam
Yassassin – Dave Graney
The Secret Life of Arabia – Kylie Auldist


* Sense of Doubt
Fantastic Voyage – Mick Harvey
Beauty and the Beast – Kylie Auldist
Joe the Lion – Dave Graney
Sons of the Silent Age – Kim S. & Max Sh.
* Neukoln
Red Money – Ron Peno
Look Back in Anger – Ron Peno
Blackout  - Dave Graney
D.J. – Kylie Auldist
* V-2 Schneider
Heroes – Michael Nolan
Boys Keep Swinging - Michael Nolan, Max Sharam, Kim Salmon


Funtime – Kim Salmon

Ok, we are still dealing with the late 2016 studio flood. Came home last night , driving through another monsoonal deluge in the hills. Roads streaming with water and debris. Around our street in the twilight three men were out dragging a large tree branch from the road in torrential rain. Kuckily, that very morning we'd had a roof plumber clear our gutters and attend to a problematic part of the roof. So we had no water inside. Result!

We play our first show of 2017 with the mistLY this Friday and i am really loking forward to it.

Upcoming shows

Dave Graney And the mistLY
Friday Feb 10th 2017
Appearing with VICTORIANA GAYE who are launching their new album
Caravan Club - Melbourne

Harry Howard and the NDE
Flying Saucer Club Feb 17th

Dave Graney And the mistLY
Feb 22nd Aotea Square concert Auckland Feb 23rd , Golden Dawn, Auckland
Dave Graney'n' the Coral Snakes
Melbourne NGV March 3rd
Adelaide - March 9th - Riverbank Palais, Elder park. ADELAIDE FESTIVAL.
Lizottes in Newcastle March 31st.
Sydney April 1st - the Basement
Dave Graney and Clare Moore NSW dates w/ special guests from Brussels/Miami Georgio "the Dove" Valentino and Patrizia.

Sunday 2nd April(2.30pm - 5.30pm TBC)- Dangar Island Bowling Club NSW
Tuesday 4th April (7pm - 9pm) Georgio only @ The Bearded Tit -
Thursday 6th April - Oxley Wine Bar Cowra
Friday 7th April - Tooses Wine Bar , 490-494 Argyle St, Moss Vale
Saturday 8th April - Gearin Hotel, Katoomba
Sunday 9th April - Smiths Canberra

There's a Cockaigne Records blog with links to recent media and also arts activities related to us.

Our next single , BE SAD FOR ME, is out Feb 24th 

This can be pre ordered here.

 I've been reading some Wyndham Lewis, A Revenge For Love (1935), and some more Doris Lessing, London Observed (1992). We watched two seasons of the original Twin Peaks and also Ken Russell's THE DEVILS on VHS which was lent to us by Michael Nolan.
Neighbours has also been amazing with the return of DEE in 2017. 

We went to the Sydney Myre Music Bowl twice in a week to see both Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and PJ Harvey. Greatly enjoyed both gigs. That is a big "room". (Its open aired if you don't know) . I liked all of Nicks new stuff the best and PJ Harvey only really played stuff from her last two albums. That was good because they're the ones I like as well.

 Be Seeing You.

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...
If you are from outside of Australia and wish to purchase a Compact Disc copy of ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? please use this button (different postage)



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