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.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Everything Was Funny - Dave Graney and Clare Moore New album on Compact Disc - out October 1st



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Everything Was Funny

Title track of the 2021 album from Dave Graney and Clare Moore. Like the other songs, the only song of it's kind on the album. A circular musical motif. Mostly guitar and vocal.

Wilco Got No Wilco
Wilco Got No Wilco- kinda says it all, really. A very smooth stop and start groove on this from Clare Moore. Yacht Rock? Only if you consider that a totally positive thing.
"Wilco got no Wilcos
I love the blues
Sgt Bilko, Hogans Heroes, F Troop
Wilco got no Bilko
Wilco got no Wilco – no other

The Anita Effect
Another Rolling Stones related mythological groove. (Follows ULTRAKEEF on ZIPPA DEEDOO in 2019). The shadow of a female presence on a bunch of heroes. Her touch.

"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

I Knew The Wild Angels
All mixed up song about a bike gang in town when I was a kid and a Roger Corman movie of the same name and the same subject which would have been in peoples minds also at the time. I was wrtiting a lot of songs and kept playing them but forgot this one and it took a week for us both to put a semblance of it back together. It wasn't exactly what it started as but would up somewhere different. A chugging 6/8 time with rolling toms and vibes and electric guitar. (I always avoided 6/8 time songs)

"I knew the Wild Angels
when they came into town
long fringes over their faces
ruffled shirts, spurs
helmets with fox tails"

I Was No Captain
Another song musing on military rank and the musicians identity. Leaders, captains in a scene of loners and rebels, Dottie.

"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!

Diaghelev and Nijinsky
We wrote and named this instrumental after watching a 1981 movie starring Alan Bates as Diaghelev. Fascinating people in an amazing period.
I used a new kind of tuning and Clare used a digital mellotron app and played the keyboard bass.

Everyday It’s The Blues, Period.
The longest track on the album. We played it a few time and like the way it shaped itself.
"every day it’s a test of what you believe
what you are - who you’ve been
every day its a dive to reach
what you were- who you’ve been
every day it’s the blues, period.

Where Did You Glom Your Glimmer?
I Wanted a spooky, queasy blues feel and we used a Tascam Portastudio to record parts of this (and other songs on the album).
Toglom is a slang word from the criminal world , probably Yiddish in origin. To take, steal or more correctly to kind of ingest or take in or on something.
"Glimmer" is a kind of glamour - most ofteen used in reference to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

"pink rocks fizzing under your skin pop (doin’ it right there)
Where did you glom your glimmer? where?

Ronnie Loves To Hear People Talk
A song about a powerful female performer.
"Ronnie loves to hear people talk about her
she says “tell me what you said about me that time!”
“Tell me again what you said about me that time!

The Ballroom Blitzed
All the dances we've seen people attempt in the ballrooms as we look out from the bandstand.
"slow dancin’ – moga done
the leaning tower – the static statue
the grim reaper – the junkie at the crossing
the luuude dude
arms in the air – eyes closed

Beckett and Tubbs
Instrumental named after a favourite writer (Whose most famous book defeated me thrice in 2020-21) and a favourite tv cop.

The Smoking Years
I was on the smokes from a young age for a couple of decades.
"started on Trent, ended up Embassy
Zippo lighter, engraved, scrimshaw
still got it!

A Little Water On My Bird
Something Frank Sinatra once said. After falling into a pool. Suggested a feeling of vulnerability.
"I had a light touch
I skipped away, free
I refreshed, again
I refreshed, again


Dave Graney, vocals, electric, acoustic guitars, bass, autoharp
Clare Moore, drums, vibes, bass xylophone, percussion, keys, backing vocals.

Recorded and mixed at the Ponderosa in Melbourne May to August 2021 by Dave Graney and Clare Moore.
Mastered by Greg Wadley.
Photo by Kristyn Jones.

A wild and willful yet very focused set of songs. All instruments played by Dave Graney and Clare Moore. Produced by Dave Graney and Clare Moore.

I don’t need a pandemical lockdown to happen to write some songs. Same way I never read any”war poets”. If they need a war to write something it’s not really worth it!” Dave Graney

Though of course  there was a pandemic and there was a long lockdown in Melbourne and of course it seeped into the music.
Dave Graney and Clare Moore had planned two albums for 2021, a rock album with their band the mistLY and then something like this one – something more unbuttoned and freaky. Then a second long lockdown happened and it was impossible to rehearse let alone record with the band so the two changed tack and got freaky in their own studio with keyboards and drums and new guitar tunings and time signatures and here we are with EVERYTHNG WAS FUNNY. They were also able to do some live dates around Australia in between travel restrictions and on one trip to South Australia, a visit was made to Dave’s second cousin in Dismal Swamp, Kristyn Jones, who had had an idea for a portrait shot. There’s the cover of the album.
Lyrical tracks, trails  and themes involve a further Rolling Stones mythological piece (The Anita Effect), teenage biker gangs (I Knew the Wild Angels), American cultural firefights (Wilco Got No Wilco), tobacco scenes, alcoholic scenes, iconic female rambling singer scenes and two instrumentals – one very Russian and another kind of Dublin/Miami.
Be in no doubt though, that something funny was going on! There was something funny about that guy. She’s a funny girl!  Somethin’ not quite right!
Everything Was Funny!

funny like Warren Beatty funny…”
“I liked it-it was funny!”
“if there was somethin’  funny goin’ on
that’s what I tuned into and took away
that was my take away


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