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, March 15, 2021

Generations- Billy Miller


Billy Millers first exposure to showbusiness was with the Australian cast of the stage show "Jesus Christ Superstar" during the years 1972 to 1975. After this he played in "Buster Brown" (which also featured a pre Rose Tattoo AngryAnderson) for six months and then formed the Ferrets. This bands' debut single "Don't fall in love" was number one in the Australian charts for three weeks in 1977. An album, "dreams of a love" went gold and one further long player came the following year. Bill Miller fronted "the Great Blokes" from 1979 to 1983, then the Spaniards from 1983 to 1986 and then the Gypsies. Since then he has released the solo albums, "Yarraville",  "Victoria" “Elsternwick 69” and “Australia”. 



Bill is a superb guitar player, arranger and vocalist. He approaches music and life with a real sense of delight and play. I mean to say that he has his priorities and one of those seems to be that he doesn't look to be bummed out every time  he turns around a corner. He's tough and wiry and he's a complete joy to play with. He knows his nuts and his bolts. We first worked with Bill on a remix of a Dave  Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes single called "feelin kinda sporty". He was working with Andrew Duffield and Phil Kenihan on this project and ended up providing most of the backing vocals and guitar. Billy worked with Andrew and Phil in their South Melbourne studio which was at first in the same building as AAV or Armstrongs.  His job was to add musical touches to jingles for tv and radio. Guitar and vocals (and voices). Prior to that he had been working with his band "the Spaniards". Before that he'd worked with "the Great Blokes". During the pop years of the Ferretts Bill was a pop  star. Flanked by his two beautiful sisters. He was at the end of the popstar spectrum where it's good to be bad. Good-Bad. He knows what excess feels and tastes like. It's quite enjoyable actually. The Australian scene prefers its pop stars to be humble and thankful for the opportunity to briefly rise above the pack. I don't know for sure as I wasn't there but I can't imagine Bill playing that particular game quite that straight.

He played on and helped arrange the (1998) Dave Graney Show album and then Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, Clare Moore’s solo album The Third Woman, Heroic Blues and The Brother Who Lived. We played all over Australia in many different situations and appeared on a mess of tv shows. He also played various residencies in Melbourne for decades.
After a while, due to economics, I started to do gigs as a four piece band. We still saw and worked with Bill when we could but didn’t tour anywhere outside Melbourne with him after a while.


He was excellent company with his stories of Tony Cohen and that kind of rock n roll skullduggery that was the norm before it all got to be too square and domesticated. Tony had this language that was really streetwise – or maybe even prison yard. He would yell out “dog!” and “maggot”. Tony had of course mixed the hit Don’t Fall in Love in a day (or less) while the producer Molly Meldrum had been working on the other tracks of The Ferretts album for more than a year. Turns out the words to the song had been written by this character called Ian Davis aka The Wood Duck. Not a musician or music world person – except for the extra curricular activities. A spirit animal type. He wrote the song with KD (Ken) Firth who had been in Tully. 


We would run into KD occasionally . A total bass player in his grim, earthy demeanour. He played in a band at a pub on the corner of High st and Chapel st but got banned from the venue so –for a short period- would fulfill his duties sitting on a chair outside the door, with beers being brought out to him during the lengthy sets. I could say more hilarious, gossipy things I heard about KD but it would be wrong of me to do so. It was all hearsay and I liked to believe it but I don’t want to stir anybody up. 



On our first trips outside Melbourne in the van (after the Coral Snakes period) we had Leanne as our front of house mixer, Adele on bass and Stuart Perera travelling and playing as a guitar player in a band for the first time. Adele had previously played with the Go Betweens. We were just driving and doing gigs and those three didn’t really know what to expect from me or Clare or each other or the audience. Bill was glad to be doing shows out of Melbourne for a change and enjoyed revisiting some places. One night, early on, Bill started to talk in hilarious detail in a pitch black van about many adventures in his experience of an Australian 70s rock n roll demi monde. It was hilarious and we all drove with faces aching from laughing at his grim tales. Highly improbable, law defying scrapes after scrapes. Loads of life spilling into the air. All the women fell in love with this thin rogue with a gold tooth and long black hair. Yes, Bill in many ways was a perfectly preserved specimen – of BillNESS. Nothing punk or new wave had touched him. He was pop. Also pirate rock’n’roll. I can’t repeat most of the stories as its his business but he did offer me a song to sing. he told me he had recorded it in the early 80s. It was called “Women In The Kitchen”. The chorus was the title alloyed with a hearty rejoinder – “make me feel alright!”. He told us it was released as a single but credited to the artist 481, which was his number in the clinic for sexually transmitted ailments which he was attending at the time. (More innocent affliction-more innocent time) He added that he knew another player at the time whom he would sometimes meet at the clinic and they forever addressed each other by their clinical numbers. Clinically friends, you could say. 



Billy works as a musician with a wide group of people. He recorded several albums with Stephen Cummings, writing and recording and arranging as well as playing guitar. He plays guitar – along with his son Eddie on bass- in the Stu Thomas Paradox. He also writes songs constantly and won an award for Song Of the Year in 2018 for a tune he co-wrote with Paul Kelly called Firewood and Candles. 


 It was quite lucky for me to make Bill acquaintance and to work with him. A very positive force in my life and quite inspirational. An amazing bunch of of talent for songwriting and performance and positivity. He throws himself into songs and life. A great character. "There's no retiring in this busness, Dave!"

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

Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Robin Casinader - In Concert


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 and 12 string set - digital or as CD

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