dave graney - Moodists-Coral Snakes-mistLY-FEARFUL WIGGINGS

dave graney - Moodists-Coral Snakes-mistLY-FEARFUL WIGGINGS
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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.

Monday, August 10, 2020

GMVR- Graney Moore Valentino Ross - Who What Where - supplemental notes

 Just wanted to flesh out some detail to widen the aperture opened by the last post about our album.

"Malcolm Ross played with us in the latter days of The Moodists and early (London lineup) of the Coral Snakes. Previous to that he had played in Postcard Records bands Josef K and Orange Juice"

Malcolm Ross playing at the Betsey Trotwood on the night of the recording. Photo by Dave Western.
Here is Malcolm playing in Josef K in 1981. Sorry For Laughing. I heard this track in Melbourne and totally loved the Postcard and Fast records bands. Had great times in London in the late 80s hanging and playing with Malcolm and his partner Syuzen and Davey Weddell, seen here on bass. Classic tune. The sound copped decades later by many UK and US indie bands.


Malcolm Ross playing in Orange Juice, fellow Postcard Records band but this hit was on Polydor. David McClymont on bass later played in the second version of the Moodists. I learned a lot about songwriting and arranging from their experience. 


Clare Moore and Malcolm on a tour the previous year (2016) in Paris. 

Malcolm Ross and David McClymont can be seen lurking here in this hit by ABC, The Look Of Love. Apparently they were all staying at the same London hotel and were asked to come along to the shoot for some fun.

A reissue of Josef Ks classic recordings on les Discques Du Crepuscule.

Malcolm made two solo albums for Marina Records and these are on a compilation.

Malcolm has worked on several films and here he is glimpsed in the band of musicians playing with Johnny Depp in Chocolat

Malcolm was in Australia in 2015 and we played some songs at Steve Millers bar, Handsome Steves in Fitzroy. Here he sings his song Heavens Door (playing my Ibanez) with Clare Moore, Stu Thomas  and myself.

 Georgio Valentino in Hull, photo by Rich Duffy Howard.

 Clare Moore and Georgio the previous year in Brussels, where he had been living for a decade or so.

Georgio Valentinos most recent release, BOUND.

Satyros Ironykos - The song Georgio wrote with David McClymont that we recorded in Melbourne in 2016 at Mick Harveys studio. Georgio 'the Dove' Valentino Voice Patrizia F. Bass guitar David McClymont Synthesizer, bass guitar Clare Moore Drums, vibraphone, Dave Graney 12-string guitar, Mick Harvey Piano, organ.
Mixed/mastered by Marc Hacquet at the Subsonic in Montpellier, France.


Georgio and Patrizia Finzi (who played on several dates but not the recording) 

 From the 2016 Australian dates. Patrizia wanted to see a Koala.

Statue of Lucifer in Madrid. Ricardo Bellver.

Georgio places a flower at the grave of the great dandy, Beau Brummell, in Caen, France. I did ask Georgio how he survived growing up in Florida. 

Georgio was excited to see this poster. He had recorded a 17 minute homage to Chuck Berry.

Clare Moore setting up at the Betsey Trotwood. Her keyboard on the right, my acoustic and Georgio's bass on the left.

Triumphant pose outside the Betsey Trotwood in London after our last of three shows. Photo Dave Western.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

new digital album Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Georgio "the dove" Valentino and Malcolm Ross.


 Cover image by Matthew Robertson.

Malcolm Ross played with us in the latter days of The Moodists and early (London lineup) of the Coral Snakes. Previous to that he had played in Postcard Records bands Josef K and Orange Juice.
Georgio “the dove” Valentino is an international man of mystery who currently lives in Athens. Previously he had worked out of Brussels, Detroit and St Augustine, Florida. We met Georgio when he came to Melbourne in 2017 to record with David McClymont, who had played in Orange Juice (and in the later version of the Moodists) and now lives in this part of the world. We did a session at Mick Harveys studio and then Clare Moore and I had Georgio and bass player Patrizia Finzi open for us in a run of shows around the east coast of Australia. A few weeks driving through Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.
This led to Georgio offering to return the favour should we do any shows in Europe. So in September that year Clare Moore and I left Melbourne. I wore a pair of suede trousers, a suede coat and a pair of patent leather shoes. All our clothes in one bag and gear in another. Clare had a Yamaha REFACE CP keyboard (all electric piano sounds) and I had my Maton EBG808 acoustic with a MXR micro amp pedal for clean boost, an Aphex acoustic BIG BOTTOM pedal and a Tech21 XXL overdrive.  We landed in Amsterdam and Georgio picked us up in his car and proceeded to drive us to a run of shows through Holland, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Spain and onto the UK. It was the easiest and most fun tour of Europe we had ever done. He drove and negotiated all these different cities and learnt our songs on the bass and generally educated us on music, history and culture. Highlights were a long walk through Madrid to find the only statue of Lucifer in Europe, a visit to Beau Brummels’ grave in Caen and a night in the principality of Andorra, a show with Tav Falco and Panther Burns in Vitoria, Euskadi and generally enjoying Spain for the first time. Patrizia Finzi played on most of these dates, with Georgio and also getting up with us..
Malcolm Ross joined up with us in the UK and we then played Manchester, Hull, Edinburgh and London. Georgio drove all the way, juggling GPS, meal breaks, places of interest and educating us on the Doors, mid period Scott Walker and the Damned.
Mostly,  apart from our own guitars, we played the shows on borrowed or house gear.
We played Hull on a Sunday night in a room that was part of a boxing gym. The show had been organized by Lou and Rich who had been in a band called the Red Guitars that the Moodists had share a bill with at the ICA back in 1984. We came off after the show and people were absolutely beaming. They all really dug “Heroic Blues” which we’d started doing for this tour. A fellow mentioned “You Need  A Kleek, Klook” as he’d been to Klooks Kleek in the 60s and saw Jimi Hendrix three times.
We played Wednesday and Thursday shows at the Betsey Trotwood. Both nights were pretty wonderful. Many old friends and comrades came along. Thanks to us and thanks to everybody. 

Written from Melbourne during the pandemic lockdown.

L-R Georgio "the dove" Valentino, Malcolm Ross, Clare Moore and Dave Graney. Shot taken by Lou Dufy-Howard directly after the performance in Hull. This was the backstage area in the venue


Dave Graney, acoustic guitar and vocals, Clare Moore, keys, backing vocals, drums, Georgio “the dove” Valentino, bass
Malcolm Ross, electric guitar and lap steel.


Recorded at O’Rileys in Hull Oct 9th 2017 and the
Betsey Trotwood, London Oct 11th and 12th  2017.
Mixed at the Ponderosa in Melbourne May/June 2020 by Dave Graney.
Mastered by Greg Wadley.

Track listing:

1 Clinging To The Coast 3:52
2 Everything Was legendary With Robert 4:18
3 A Boy Named Epic 4:39
4 Twilight Of A Villain 6:01
5 Heroic Blues 5:10
6 Happy Boy (Malcolm Ross) 4:20
7 You Need A Kleek, Klook 4:45
8 How Long Does The Raunch? 5:14
9 All Our Friends Were Stars 4:16
10 Robert Ford On The Stage 4:27
11 My Avenger (Malcolm Ross) 3:50
12 We Need A Champion 3:51
13 Night Of The Wolverine VI 5:37
14 I Been Trendy 4:15
15 How Can You Get Out Of London? 4:24
16 As Good As It Gets (Malcolm Ross) 5:28
17 Rock ’n” Roll Is Where I Hide 7:00


Or access the album via Apple Music here. 

Thanks to Rich and Lou Howard Duffy in Hull, Bob Osborne in Salford and Manchester,
Buckleys Chance and Maggie Holland in Edinburgh and everybody at the Betsey Trotwood, Patrizia Finzi, Mel Ashton, Luc Dumas, Miqel Gistas, Joost Verhagen , Tim Wootton and Seb Blanchais.

Most songs written by Dave Graney.
Copyright Control except  Happy Boy (Malcolm Ross) My Avenger (Ross-Wedell-Malinen) and
As Good As It Gets (Brogan-Clark-Condie-Fowler-Ross-Webster)

L-R Malcolm Ross, Georgio "the dove" Valentino, Dave Graney and Clare Moore Shot taken by Dave Western directly after the last of the three shows we did at the Betsey Trotwood in London.


Links- Josef K album via Les Discques Du Crepuscule  

Georgio "the dove" Valentino.com

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