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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.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The adventures of Clare Moore- multi instrumentalist and Hall Of Fame PLAYER

Here is a discography/CV for Clare Moore over the years we have played music together. She has done more than me outside of our own road which we have been cutting ourselves. Just thought I'd put it out there, as they say. And next time a person taking on the role of writing about music and specifically "women in music" produces something thats along the lines of an agreed upon straight rock reportage as cut and pasted over the years from other peoples equally lazy attempts, bear in mind that they have walked past this incredible body of work. They would have wilfully stepped over all this activity as its SURELY TOO MUCH TO BE TRUE. As a multi-instrumentalist (drums-percussion-keys-vibes) songwriter, soundtrack composer, bandleader and singer. Scoreboard!
Clare Moore!

 photo Katey Shearer

Multi instrumentalist Clare Moore plays currently and has played for many years, with Dave Graney - from the Moodists (1978-86) to the Coral Snakes and now the mistLY .
Playing shows in 2019-20 with Dave Graney and Clare Moore, Dave Graney the mistLY as well as Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes and her new band with Jane Dust,Emily Jarrett and Will Hindmarsh, THE ROUTINES.

Completed a 15 date tour of Europe in 2017
Completed a 17 date tour of Europe in April/May 2016

Started out in Adelaide in 1978, moved to Melbourne in 1980, drawn by the quality and charm of visiting acts from the Melbourne music scene.
Resident and active in London from late 1983 to late 1988, returning to work with UK labels in 1990, 1997 and 2001.
Touring in Europe extensively in the years 1984-1988.
Touring the UK and Europe again in 1990, 1996, 2001, 2007, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Touring the USA in 1984 and 2001.
Playing dates in Vietnam in 2001 and the Cocos Islands in 2007.
Constantly touring Australia nationally from the early 80s to the present.
Feted as Melbourne Music Legend (with Dave Graney) by City of Yarra/Leaps and Bounds Festival in 2015. A concert given with a cavalcade of Melbourne musicians young and vintage playing Dave Graney and Clare Moore songs.

Dave Graney and the mistLY voted Best Live Act by readers of Fairfax for the Age EG Music Awards 2011.
Best Music Act at 2007 Melbourne Fringe for the show POINT BLANK.
ARIA award nomination best Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album for the movie Bad Eggs in 2003
ARIA certified Gold Record award for the Soft ‘n’ Sexy Sound 1996
Nominated at the 2018 OZFLIX awards for best original soundtrack (with Dave Graney) for the Donna McRae film, “LOST GULLY ROAD”.

DISCOGRAPHY – as drummer/multi instrumentalist, composer or co-producer

One Million Years DC (Dave Graney and Clare Moore - Cockaigne - 2019)
The ROUTINES – debut six track ep – 2019
ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? (dave graney and the mistLY - Cockaigne - 2019)
Lets Get Tight by Dave Graney and Clare Moore – Cockaigne 2017.
Harry Howard and the NDE – SLEEPLESS GIRLS- Spooky 2016
SUBLIME, Charlie Marshall and the Curious Minds (2015)
FUNNY LITTLE WORLD – (Alyce Platt 2015)

Unreleased 1985 demos from the Moodists, three tracks released on CREATION RECORDS and four songs from a John Peel session for the BBC in 1985 compiled and release as a part of CREATION ARTEFACTS 4 disc set on CHERRY RED 2015.

Play mistLY For Me - dave graney and the mistLY - (digital only 14 track live collection on COCKAIGNE 2015)
FEARFUL WIGGINGS- Dave Graney (Cockaigne 2014)
"THE MERCURY YEARS" 4 disc set of albums recorded for Universal 1994-97. Included the disc of rarities and unreleased tracks "Lobster palace royalty" 2013
"POINT BLANK" and "LIVE IN HELL" 2 digital only live narrative show albums 2013
Harry Howard and the NDE "PRETTY" (Spooky records 2013)
THE DAMES – band led by Clare Moore and Kaye Patterson, album mixed by UK post punk maestro Barry Adamson. (Cockaigne - September 2013)
Soundtrack to the movie JOHNNY GHOST (digital only release 2013)
YOU’VE BEEN IN MY MIND  (dave graney and the mistLY - Cockaigne - 2012)
JANE DUST AND THE GIANT HOOPOES (Space Odyssey Part 1 – 2012)
Harry Howard and the NDE "near death experience" (SPOOKY records 2012) Clare Moore plays drums .

Composed and recorded the theme tune to Tony Martins’ A Quiet Word tv show.

ROCK'N'ROLL IS WHERE I HIDE (electric re-recordings album by dave graney and the mistLY - LIBERATION 2011)
JANE DUST (self titled 2010)

Composed music for several ABC arts programs during this period. (ABC subsequently started using stock music for its productions).

SUPERMODIFIED (Dave Graney and the Lurid Yellow Mist- Cockaigne 2010)
Knock Yourself Out (Dave Graney- Cockaigne - 2009)
We Wuz Curious (The Lurid Yellow Mist - Illustrious Artists 2008)

Co-Produced and recorded the Darling Downs albums at the Ponderosa studio. How Can I Forget This Heart Of Mine? (2005) and From One To Another (2007)

Co Produced and recorded A Spray Of Red From The Deep by Jane Dust, 2007

Rock Formations - (Salmon (Bang! 2007) Clare Moore one of two drummers in this KIm Salmon led art rock orchestra

Keepin' it Unreal (Dave Graney and Clare Moore Reverberation 2006/7)
Hashish and Liquor, (Dave Graney and Clare Moore. Reverberation 2005)
The Brother Who Lived, (the Royal Dave Graney Show, Cockaigne 2003)
The soundtrack to the movie Bad Eggs (David Graney and Clare Moore,Liberation,2003)
Two Fisted Art (the Moodists, WMinc, 2003)
Heroic Blues (the Dave Graney Show, Cockaigne 2002)
The Third Woman (Clare Moore solo CD, Chapter Music 2001)
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (the Dave Graney Show, Cockaigne 2000)
The Dave Graney Show (the Dave Graney Show, Festival 1998)
The Baddest – best of compilation of Dave Graney ‘n’ the Coral Snakes – Universal Music 1998

Contributed vibes and keys to Kims Salmons album THE BUSINESS - 1998. 
The Devil Drives (Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes, Universal 1997)
The Soft'n'Sexy Sound (Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes, Universal 1995)

I HAD A NEW YORK GIRLFRIEND – (Robert Forster on Beggars Banquet 1994)

You Wanna be There But You Don’t Wanna Travel (Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes, Universal 1994)
Night of the wolverine (Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes, Universal 1993)
Lure of the Tropics (Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes, Torn and Frayed 1992)
I Was the Hunter and I Was the Prey (Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes, Fire –UK- 1992)
My life on the plains (Dave Graney 'n' the White Buffaloes, Fire – UK, 1990)
With the Coral Snakes At His Stone Beach (4 Track EP on Fire Records - UK 1988)
Hey Little Gary 4 track EP (TIM Records - UK 1987)
Take The Red Carpet Out Of Town (12"EP TIM Records- UK 1986)
Double Life (the Moodists, Red Flame UK 1985)
Justice and Money Too (EP on Creation UK 1985)
Thirstys Calling (the Moodists, Red Flame UK 1984)
Engine Shudder (the Moodists, Au Go Go / Red Flame UK 1982)
Gone Dead / Chads Car 7" single AuGoGo 1981
Where The Trees Walk Downhill 7" single AuGoGo 1980

The Town Bike Song from Hashish and Liquor in 2005. Video clip shot at a Satie Party (everybody in white) in Melbourne. See if you can spot Stewart Lee in the crowd. 

The Dames- All Mine- clip by Donna McRae

From Lets Get Tight. I"M NEVER OFF - music by Clare Moore

JUNKTIME- appeared first on We Wuz Curious and then re-recorded for THE DAMES. music by Clare Moore.

Interview from the National Portrait Gallery.

Rare acting appearance on THE GAMES with the late John Clarke

The Routines - CHORES

YOU'VE BEEN IN MY MIND - live in November 2019.

Clare Moore song LOST IN SPACE from her first solo album THE THIRD WOMAN  was covered incredibly well and richly by Renee Geyer

Theme from Tony Martins 2003 comedy thriller BAD EGGS.

Dylan The Indie Fake. Music by Clare Moore

FEELIN KINDA SPORTY. Music co-written by Clare Moore

2019-20 shows

Dec 20th Dave Graney and Clare Moore inducted into AMC SA Hall of Fame in Adelaide at the Jade Monkey.

Feb 7th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play Hardys Bay Club, Central Coast NSW

Feb 9th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play Smiths in Canberra with Coral Snake Robin Casinader joining them on mellotron. 

Feb 20th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play the Ember Lounge (Memo Music Hall) St Kilda. 

Feb 22nd , Mona Foma, Hobart 1pm show

Feb 23rd , Longley, Tasmania 2pm show

Dave Graney solo dates in WA in February.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Story about our Adelaide SA Music Hall Of Fame induction and gig Dec 20th from beyond the Paywall

This story appeared in the Adelaide Advertiser so I thought I'd put it here for people who don't pay the Murdoch paywall. (It's a PDF so if you click on it the whole article can be seen).

It's about our forthcoming (Friday Dec 20th) induction into the SA Music Hall Of Fame. We will also play a show afterwards at the Jade.

2019 - 2020 shows 
Dec 20th Dave Graney and Clare Moore inducted into AMC SA Hall of Fame in Adelaide at the Jade Monkey.
Feb 7th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play Hardys Bay Club, Central Coast NSW

Feb 9th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play Smiths in Canberra with Coral Snake Robin Casinader joining them on mellotron.

Feb 20th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play the Ember Lounge (Memo Music Hall) in St Kilda

Feb 22nd , Mona Foma, Hobart 1pm show
Feb 23rd , Longley, Tasmania 2pm show

Dave Graney solo dates in WA in February.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Eighties TV - what we took in.

Here is a personal list of some favourite tv shows from the Eighties. The first part of it experienced without any aid or idea of VHS recorders. It was all catch it as it was transmitted or miss it altogether. No way to catch it otherwise. That did give things a level of excitement and energy that the modern world is missing. These are in no particular order, i was just catching them as they came to mind.

I should also say we lived in the UK for a lot of the 80s and often tried to escape into American cultural experiences. We loved American music the most also.  In some ways I am mystified why we were in the UK, why didn't we head to the USA? Of course we also loved a lot of British culture as well and probably felt as close to that as we  did to the Yankee stuff.

SCTV. Second City Television. Canadian origins. So many great stars came from this theatre/show. Rick Moranis, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Catherine OHara, Joe Flaherty. Our favourite characters were Tex and Edna Boil and the McKenzie Brothers.

Mickey Spillane's MIKE HAMMER - starring Stacy Keach. Shot on film and with a real film actor in the lead. Quite gritty with a great theme tune (Harlem Nocturne).

Phillip Marlowe- Private Eye was a 1983-86 show made by the BBC and HBO. A great actor in the lead, Powers Boothe - most recently seen in Deadwood as Al Swearingens saloon/pimp rival, Cy Toliver.

Crime Story 1986-88 starring Dennis Farina. This show was ambivalent about justice. the good guys didn't always win.

Miami Vice. One of those shows that is used to define a decade. Great theme music, incredible guest appearances by the likes of Miles Davis. Great vehicle for Don Johnson who was a cop who drove a very expensive car and lived on a boat. The corruption was palpable in this show.

My favourite actor and character was Edward James Olmos as Lt Castillo. He was so downbeat and serious. Often talking with his back to the camera or to the person he was talking to. Gravitas!

Moonlighting. Cybill Shepherd was in Bogdanovitch's THE LAST PICTURE SHOW and also in Scorsese's TAXI DRIVER. Powerful, manipulative characters. She will live for decades through those films alone. Bruce Willis debuted in this. In many ways he was to Mickey Rourke as America were to Neil Young and Men At Work to the Police. A nicer, more available version of something more authentic.
Cybill and Bruce had a nice wisecracking chemistry and also the Al Jarreau theme tune was great.

Married With Children . The first season was great. Excellent cast all around and a Sinatra theme tune.

Sledgehammer. 80s deadpan dumbness. Very funny. A really dumb and violent cop who has one solution to everything - his gun. His Hunter S Thompson like catchphrase still rings about with a few friends, "trust me! I know what I'm doing!"

Night Court. The 80s were great for things still being allowed to just happen. No explanations given or required. Shows like this found their audience or even created a new one.

Cheers. So many great characters. So many great actors. Launched the careers of Ted Danson and Woody Harrelson and Kirstie Alley. (Though the latter two replaced equally as brilliant characters in Dianne and Coach). The barflies - Norm and postal worker  Cliff kept it real. (The actor who played Norm reputedly a fan of the Replacements). The Boston accents and the spin off series Frasier that was equally as good.

Family Ties. My interest in this was solely to do with Justine Bateman. A very twee soft rock theme tune. Though I have come to love those jams as well.

Edge Of Darkness. Uk drama, theme by Eric Clapton. Anything with Joe Don Baker is worth watching for him alone. This was a great, gloomy series that seems to have been remade with Mel Gibson, which seems to happen too often. If not him in Point Blank its Stallone in a remake of Get Carter. Nah.

Bullseye! In the Moodists we watched this show in baffled confusion. WTF! It never failed to dazzle us. We never worked out what it was all about but it was rivetting viewing. Psychedelic fare.

3-2-1! Even more incomprehensible than Bullseye! It featured a character of a dustbin. Dusty Bin! Samuel Beckett would have loved this stuff. The way the presenter said the title and flashed his fingers at the same time.

Blankety Blanks hosted by comedian Les Dawson.  In the UK they had laws against making prizes on game shows too extravagant. Les Dawson was a master at lampooning showbusiness itself. 

World Snooker Championships.  We used to love watching this stuff. The players were all pale skinned, dodgy underworld figures suddenly thrust onto daytime television screens. Great characters like Alex "Hurricane" Higgins (who once had a tipsy Marianne Faithfull cheering him on from the gallery) and Jimmy White (who was reputed to be only able to read and write two words, Jimmy and White).


 Saint and Greavesie. 1987. This was the closest I could get to watching LEAGUE TEAMS which had been left behind in Melbourne. Two characters who were pretty raw and seemed to have been champions in their past lives, perhaps ten years previously.

Ok, lets close with some Jack Dyer.

2019 shows

Dec 20th Dave Graney and Clare Moore inducted into AMC SA Hall of Fame in Adelaide at the Jade Monkey.

Feb 7th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play Hardys Bay Club, Central Coast NSW

Feb 9th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play Smiths in Canberra with Coral Snake Robin Casinader joining them on mellotron.

Feb 20th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play the Ember Lounge (Memo Music Hall) in St Kilda

Feb 22nd , Mona Foma, Hobart 1pm show
Feb 23rd , Longley, Tasmania 2pm show

Dave Graney solo dates in WA in February.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Dental Notes

I have a story in the latest issue of The Adelaide Review.  It's a pretty unique publication. Free but full of writing and ideas on politics, art , music, culture and food. 

It comes out every month in a beautiful paper edition. This is the full text of what I wrote. (Not always space for my freewheeling style on the paper page)


I wrote this in a dentists chair, on my mind. Through my mind.
Its about five days later, I hope I got it down right. I meant to write - I hope I get it down right. I suppose it’s a kind of a translation.
I wrote several songs too. But I keep forgetting to catch them.
One of those things, if you’re a songwriter – or any kind of writer, when you have no pen or paper around, ideas are guaranteed to come to you. I read that Thomas Hardy once wrote with a burnt stick on some dry leaves as he was compelled to get something off his mind and onto a page.
The dentist is in outer South Eastern Melbourne. I used to go to one in the inner city, recommended by a friend but that was when I lived in Zone One. I’ve been living in what was once Zone Three for two decades. This dentist  was recommended by friends from across the other side of the highway, music related people too. They said this practitioner looked like a member of Charlies Angels, the modern version. We laughed, though I only knew of Drew Barrymore from that series, she has the most classic nose of all recent Hollywood women. Classic as in Ancient Grecian. They meant to liken this person an actor of more Asian ethnicity.
So I’ve been going to this dentist for a while. I wouldn’t say “frequenting” as that is not a good description of my relativity to her business.
As a kid I hated the dentist so much. The pain was unbearable, but it may have been the noise, the smell and the sight of the needles that added extra energy to the whole evil sensation. It was operatic. Grand guignol. I remember making a scene at the barbers in Mt Gambier when I was a kid too, I kicked Vic Gentile in the shins and yelled us out of the place. My dad was shocked and apologetic to the barber. It must have been the chair, so similar to the dental swivelling high seat.
So here I was, in one of the few moments a modern man can get totally cut off from the webs and intrigues of life and its cyber ghostings. I was laying back in the chair and the assistant had her two hands near my mouth and the Dentist had her fancy little binoculars on and tools in both hands. I had some gel which came before the needle and also continuous gas.
There was a tv screen above me with subtitles and also music playing. The last time I was here it was a unified broadcast of audio and video, Air Supply Live. This time she had me watching The Block and listening to a playlist of MOR 80s hits.
I had breakfasted that morning on porridge and tea with an orange and some textual roughage  by Jonathan Swift from 1703. I had finished Gullivers Travels and was on to The Tale Of A Tub. His writing had really enlivened my mind, my inner monologue.  The Tale Of A Tub begins with a roundabout dedication and then an even longer runup to a preface where he begins to talk of “critics” and other writers. His tone is high and playful. He nails everybody and everything.
I lay back there with my mouth open and the gas flowing free and the lights and four hands about my mouth. The song playing was Paul Youngs version of “Wherever I lay My Hat”. It was peak sludge. Over produced over teched 80s UK beige soul. Every sound in isolation, all together. Music made for nodding, imperial radio programming straw men. No drummers, perfect machined rhythms set to an exact code. It was a period when I lived in the UK and that whole sheened era  seemed to go far longer than it actually did. No escape from it. No wonder the Smiths and Dinosaur Junior and House music hit so hard.
The Block was on above me on the screen. Some drama had been confected about tradies and budgets and materials and a deadline for someone’s renovation. I thought of the hotel in St Kilda where the show had last been and how all the poor tenants had been kicked out and they still sleep on the street directly across the road from their former home rooms.
The politics of it was horrible and blatant. Now I was watching them blow up some other situation. The leading man is a fat everyman who has been recently hired by the actual government to head some sort of policy team in regard to skills training. The television personality hired by the former advertising and marketing man who is now PM. How shallow our country had become? The music changed to Go West “The King Of Wishful Thinking”.
The intimacy of dental work! People inside your mouth for an hour or so. She was very good.
Did I mention I also wrote several songs as well as this text I am relaying here. Still getting a feint signal. Worrying me that I missed a beat. “Is it happening? The long fade?”
I had heard that morning about Kanye West and his gospel album. I wondered if he had ever been any good. I had heard one track I had liked, about being with his family. He’s been elevated to a level of celebrity from which there’s no coming back. There’s no possible reverberation for his sounds. Everything distorted and crushed, as if its come from deep at the bottom of the ocean. With added Kenny G! Hey, he’s no Tupac anyway. No Bob Marley. No Nas or Lil Wayne. They come with a charge. Of specific locale and accent. Cadence. Kanye might even be good but it all comes through this filtering and serious compression from deep inside the wheels of synthesized meat.
Yes, this chair and being held down here by these technicians climbing on me; waving mirrors and pliers was giving me some time to think on things. Is that how you have to do it nowadays? Get kidnapped and strung up and your mouth painted in gels and lit by stage lights so you can get some time alone?
After two hours I got up out of the chair, went and paid and drove off to a rehearsal with the NDE. My wallet was glowing red in my pocket as if it held some piece of enriched plutonium.
Later, I tried to get back into that mouthwashed, laidback, anaesthetized flow. To catch these free flowing thoughts. I had to battle the interference all around. Dental notes.

A week after that  I was back in the chair. Only an hour in the zone this time. It’s quite addictive. Gas, gel, needle. “You okay David?”
It didn’t take long to get back into the flow. The zone.

How many times have I been to the dentist in my life? A dozen?
The experience as a child and as a young man and now as a vintage gent.
I wanted to be brave, I didn’t want to hurt my mother. I didn’t want her to see me cry.
The experience is so primal.
I use words like I know what they mean.
“Mean”, what does that “mean?” Have I looked it up in a dictionary? Have I memorized it?
Who am I to be wielding these words so loosely?
She is really digging in. An attendant on the other side with a suction tube and passing instruments and materials. They speak in English and Chinese. Cantonese? Mandarin?
She asks me how I’m going.
I’m being brave.
She is about to put a crown on a back tooth. She puts a mirror in my hand so I can look at the crown itself. She says she has tried to match it with my front teeth. I was meaning to get them cleaned and whitened.
I wave my hand in dismissal as if to say “it’s cool, just fix it…”
I worry that I have upset her. Was she up all night at the fireplace fashioning this crown with a nailfile and some sort of buffing material? Matching the colour?
Seriously, who is ever going to look inside my mouth to see a back molar? Except for her, or another dentist?
The Block is on again. These disgusting people are selling their renovated apartments in Grey street St Kilda to some other disgusting types. Each goes for well over three million dollars. They all act as if they’d won a lottery. The place is in the part of St Kilda that still has some streetwalking sex workers and is otherwise a haven for backpackers.
I gaze through my fogged eyes at the screen as the music plays some 70s soft rock, normally my favourite. Today it was Don McLean singing Starry Starry Eyes. He is no David Gates. Lets leave it at that. Those who know- know.
The disgusting buyers. I wonder if they will eventually extend the depth field of the show to make it all about the buyers with all the predictable drama of the couples renovating the properties way in the background (everybody has been there and seen that shit- so they have a gay couple and some non anglos- they’re all still disgusting) and make the show about the people wanting into these hideous nouveau, tricked up dumps. Some could be filthy rich, some just reps for overseas investers (send a crew over “there” to get intel on them) , some going through forensic interviews with bank managers (send a crew to background them as well). It would then telescope in at the end to an orderly scrum at the auctions.
I mostly still hate Scott Cam the overweight everyman tradie who hosts the show and is now employed by the government. He is a tradie to our country.
I rise from my chair and drift to the counter where I see so many zeroes float in front of my eyes I realize why she wanted me to at least take a  look at the crown she’d made. By the fireplace the night before.
It was quite valuable.

Dec 20th Dave Graney and Clare Moore inducted into AMC SA Hall of Fame in Adelaide and then a duo show at the Jade Monkey.

Feb 7th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play Hardys Bay Club, Central Coast NSW

Feb 9th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play Smiths in Canberra with Coral Snake Robin Casinader joining them on mellotron. 

Feb 22nd , Mona Foma, Hobart 1pm show

Feb 23rd , Longley, Tasmania 2pm show

Dave Graney solo dates in WA in February.

Album #2 for 2019 ONE MILLION YEARS DC by Dave Graney and Clare Moore
ONE MILLION YEARS DC by Dave Graney and Clare Moore   

ONE MILLION YEARS DC is the title for the new album credited to Dave Graney and Clare Moore.
Its album #2 for 2019.
11 tracks recorded and mixed at the Ponderosa in Melbourne.

Monday, December 2, 2019

SA MUSIC HALL OF FAME Dec 20th in Adelaide

Clare Moore and myself are being inducted into the South Australian Music Hall Of Fame Dec 20th . There will be a formal event and then we will play a show at the Jade Monkey in Adelaide.  
We are very pleased about all of this. Very happy to be so honoured. 

We came back to Melbourne from NSW feeling very upbeat but also very much effected by being in such smoky environments for a week or so. We both sounded like we had head colds and then actually developed something very much like that. Must have been fatigue. We had a couple more dates to do. 

There was a show on the ABC about the 90s tv show Recovery which we watched in our beaten up states. We had appeared on the show in every year of the three it was on and in one episode, played three songs. Our old friend Tony Mahony was very involved in the look of the show. We didn't feature in this brutally revisionist show, it stayed closely to the tracks of what "90s" Australian music has come to be represented as  and tv people who later blew up big like Rove McManus and film people like Leigh Whannell were given much air time.

Oh well. History belongs to the winners. This clip was recorded very early one morning for the show. That daay we also performed The Confessions Of Serge Gainsbourg and I'm Gonna Live In My Own Big World.

I twisted my ankle on the day before the Melbourne gig which was to be at Birds Basement.
This is an amazing room in the city. Such great equipment and sight lines and video screens and seats for all. Top shelf entertainment.
Melbourne has had nothing like it since the Continental in the 90s.
I was feeling the smoke damage and limping but Dr Footlights and the great sound in the room helped the gig immensely. 

We played two sets of music from the two albums we have released this year. That was it.Bam!
People were there from Japan, Edinburgh, Cairns, Sydney, Hobart and from Melbourne.  

There were tables butting right up to the lip of the stage. One right in front of me had a bunch of those blowhard Melbourne people who think they run the scene. So far up themselves they haven't seen daylight for years. Their faces- they were off them. No stamina. Dry bobs. Jaded bums. They left after the first set. 

You Can't Have Your Boogie.  

The next day Clare Moore and I drove to Yea where there was a gig to do with Alyce Platt. This was in  a marquee tent outside Yea in a  place called Strath Creek. Alyce entertained the crowd of country folk like a true professional.

We stayed the night in Yea and drove on to Beechworth where  Clare and I did a vibes and guitar gig in a lovely hotel called Tanswells. It was still quite close combat but we had a reckless feeling that it was the end of a years playing and I told the audience that. The rules of engagement were ours to set down. We played two sets of songs from the two current albums and some from 2014 and 2017 and 1995 and 2001. Sounded great to me. Though I was freewheeling it like a resistance comrade.

Beechworth is a very pretty National Trust town. People are quite sophisticated. The Good Life abounds.

I had a strong vision during the show about the intensity and power musicians have to possess at their call. People drift in and out of the room you are in and also in and out of your life. They are wandering eyes and ears and their attention is cheaply bought for the most part. Still, when they wander back in you have to be delivering the noise and the pain at that same power and intensity. They get to wander, you get to focus and burn. You make it look easy. Mostly, they can't tell the difference. You can't let that kind of thought distract you. You also imagine them stronger and more interesting. Sometimes all this slides in and meshes all together. For everybody.

That night in Beechworth there was a metal fest just up the road in a beautiful hall and a Baroque string quartet playing in another hall right next to that. We were staying upstairs at Tanswells and so were most of the metal bands and also some of the grey haired motorbike riders who had followed us accidentally from Yea. We stayed up for a while talking with fellow musicians from the metal fold. I love the intensity metal fans bring to music and the way they elevate the bands. Also the way they are all so happy and the bands support each other. Here is who played.

Clare liked the band name I HAVE A GOAT. I preferred BASTARDIZER.

It was a great way to end the year. Thanks to everybody who has come to our show and forked out for the albums we have made. I am so happy with them , especially ONE MILLION YEARS DC which I consider my strongest ever set of songs. 

Dec 20th Dave Graney and Clare Moore inducted into AMC SA Hall of Fame in Adelaide at the Jade Monkey.

Feb 7th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play Hardys Bay Club, Central Coast NSW

Feb 9th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play Smiths in Canberra with Coral Snake Robin Casinader joining them on mellotron.

Feb 22nd , Mona Foma, Hobart 1pm show Feb 23rd , Longley, Tasmania 2pm show

Dave Graney solo dates in WA in February.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

One Million Shows DC

We have had a very intense time of total music immersion over the last while. There was our residency at the Jazz Lab which was a wonderful experience. A great room in Brunswick run by the people who had Bennetts lane as Melbournes premiere jazz club in the city for decades. They had a backline available and we used very few mics, playing at a  low volume. Clare took her vibes in for some of the dates and we went through a lot of material.
On the second week we had some logistical issues as we had been booked to do a tv date which will be broadcast in 2020 with the Coral Snakes. This involved us learning some tunes from a certain pop decade and casting them within our "sound". Rod Hayward really stepped up for this project and we rehearsed one day then filmed it and then high tailed it across town to the Jazz lab.

That night was also pretty amazing because a man who has been attending our shows and aware of our music since the early 80s days of the Moodists beckoned me to his table after we played and gestured toward a guitar case, saying that he had an instrument which had been gathering dust in his office for a few years and that he'd like me to have it..
I was very taken aback and couldn't accept it but he insisted and after a few awkward moments I got used to the idea.
A beautiful early 2000s Japanes remake of a D'Angelico New Yorker. I have never had such a gorgeous instrument. Such art deco stylings!
Thank you so much Ron and Pam!

We then moved on to  a weekend of duo shows up in Brisbane at the Junk Bar. Such a great venue, wish there were more of them around the country. We hired a set of vibes from a local player and made show.

I  also ran into one of my oldest friends David Edwards who I went to Catholic primary school and high school with in Mt Gambier. He and his wife Julie are among my oldest and best friends.

We returned to Melbourne and commenced learning a rehearsing a lot of material with Harry Howard and Edwina Preston  to perform as the NDE - backing band for Kid Congo. I felt bad taking Pink Monkey Bird bass player Kiki's gig and apologized via social media and he gave his blessing so I was happier. 
Here we are at rehearsal and Clare is wearing Kids cape. 

We rehearsed without Kid at first and then a couple of times when he arrived. We played at the launch of Doug Gailbraiths book on Kim Salmon at the Memo Music Hall. We did a set with the mistLY and Kim played a fantastic set with the Surrealists (Stu Thomas and Phill Collings). This is my favourite era of Kims music - everything post Scientists. They played a blazing set which included several new songs that Kim is releasing on a  seven inch soon. One of the longest running friendships among our peers. Kim, Clare and I go way back to being fellow artists on the early Au Go Go records through to being label mates on Universal in the 90s and playing in his madcap heavy metal orchestra SALMON in the 2000's and recording the two Darling Downs albums at our studio and Clare doing keys and vibes on THE BUSINESS in the late 90s. A real inspiration. 

We also all played at River Rocks in Geelong. They only had ORANGE amps which confused Kid and Harry (and me).  The audience looked like truckers and they wanted to Rock. Great to see Geelong come out for some music.
The last show was a packed out Wednesday night at the Curtin Band Room. Many faces appeared at this gig such as Anita Lane who took this excellent photo of myself and Clare from side of stage.

Playing with Kid Congo was a wonderful experience. he is a great bandleader in the style of Count Basie. By that I mean no angst and lots of room for peoples personailities. (A favourite story of Count Basie is when he was asked how he'd like to be remembered. A very long pause and then... "Nice guy!" Also, when they tried to get every jazz musician in NYC together for one photo one MORNING in Harlem, he said "my guys don't stop pukin' before noon!") 
It is also amazing to see teh cross generational pull of teh music he has been involved in. All over the world people go nuts for the Cramps and the Gun Club. A secret portal to rock'n'roll power.

Phillip Berry also made the scene. She awlways makes us up the ante in the posing stakes.

The very next day Clare and I got into our van and drove toward Wollongong where we played in a beautiful room in the Town Hall called the Music Lounge. As 70s teens who loved the comedic figure Norman Gunston and Auntie Jack we were honoured to feature in "Whats On In Wollongong" in the paper.

We went for a walk the next day and ran into Dave Kettley from the New Christs/Radio Birdman who took us to a nice waterfront cafe for some java.

The next days show was a house concert to about 40 people in Nowra. So well organized by a  musician called Paul Greene who got the sound together and cooked a three course meal and seated everybody as his three year old daughter ran all about his legs at the same time.  It was a really nice experience, rooms like this are usually for pretty generic roots artists and we really bring a tangy, fruity game to proceedings. We are losing all the worries about people wanting us to play familiar material as we find people dig it as long as you present it right and play well.

Clare returned to Melbourne to play at Reservoir Stomp with her band the Routines, who are led by the enigmatic Jane Dust and feature Emily Jarett and Will (Wam) Hindmarsh (aka Twinkledigitz)  from Go Go Sapien.

 I stayed in NSW and travelled to play a solo show at the Gasoline Pony in Marickville. I played two sets from 5pm and the room was fantastic. Many old friends came out for the sold out gig.

I drove to Melbourne (12 hours) the next day  and had a day of rest (watched a Harold and Kumar movie) before we flew to the Gold Coast and hired a car to play for two nights in Lismore. This town is usually dealing with rising river levels and had a tremendous flood from which it is still recovering in 2017. Now this semi tropical beautiful green area is on fire! Climate change of course, Smoky air all around. 

We played two nights in a  wonderful room called the Dusty Attic. the green rom at the back was even bigger and beter and perhaps they'll expand into it. 

Playing shows you meet people who have crossed paths - kind of - in the past  in many different ways.
I met this woman who was a child when her parents helped my sister Marianne and her husband Ian build their house on property they bought near the national forest in Timboon.

We drove to Currumbin near the Gold Coast. Fatigue was setting in and just dealing with an hour time difference between these two states was proving difficult. The Gold Coast has always been problematic to play in. This venue was amazing, a Grand Designs kind of converted series of warehouses run by really lovely people and it was full. My audience is pretty unique , vintage people but a lot of blue collar men. People like me I guess! The sound in this place was perfect for our duo. A highlight of the set was a little house dog called Minty venturing onto the stage and stopping to have a staring contest with me before the applause frightened him off.

We had to drive to Grafton in NSW the next day, a trip that should take three hours. Fires were all around though and the main highway was closed so it looked as if we'd have to drive around the fire,  taking seven hours in all. To get back to Melbourne after that would require a gig and then getting up to drive at 4am to get to the airport. Luckily the highway opened but it was still 80ks all the way and the smoke in the air was terrible. Hot, humid and smoky.

The show in Grafton was in a delightful volunteer run community theatre. This was sold out also. We again played two sets  and met some really great people. (The place had been suggested by Marty Williams - another ex Mt Gambier high school friend)

Thanks to everybody who came and to all the people creating interesting and unique performing experiences in regional Australia!

2019 shows
Thursday November 28th Dave Graney and the mistLY at Birds Basement jazz club in Melbourne.

Saturday Nov 30th Tanswells, Beechworth 

Dec 20th Dave Graney and Clare Moore inducted into AMC SA Hall of Fame in Adelaide at the Jade Monkey.

Feb 7th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play Hardys Bay Club, Central Coast NSW

Feb 9th Dave Graney and Clare Moore play Smiths in Canberra with Coral Snake Robin Casinader joining them on mellotron. 

Feb 22nd , Mona Foma, Hobart 1pm show

Feb 23rd , Longley, Tasmania 2pm show

Dave Graney solo dates in WA in February.

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