1001 australian nights
released on LIBERATION , April 2011.
Every band that has ever made a record and has then gone out to
do dates supporting it has found themselves thinking, after having played
the songs even a few dozen times, “Damn! I wish we could
put this stuff down on tape now!”.
Pic Tony Mahony
Recorded early 2011
A clip for Night of the Wolverine 4 from ROCK'N'ROLL IS WHERE I HIDE
|“rock’n’roll is where I hide” is
a track that freaked me for years. i wrote it real quickly and we recorded
it the same way. It really connected with people and we have almost always
played it. I tried so many different arrangements and feels. trying to
control it. When I’ve done acoustic gigs , people have wanted to
hear it, but you need the firepower and the dynamics. its a song
about a rock singer after all. The version here is full of fire.
The vocal on the original version was not so animated. I was punchy then.
Out on my feet. This time its for real.
“ Night of the wolverine 4” has a light groove. I just wanted to play all my songs with a beat as I got older and this song turned out this way.
“ Feelin’ kinda sporty” was a real studio concoction in its original form. An answer to a demand for a pop hit. We did our bit to fulfil that brief. Here we just plug in and whomp it.
“ I’m not afraid to be heavy” is also given a cool groove by Stu Thomas and Clare Moore. Stuart and I just lay out the chords.
“ A man on the Make” was on “the Devil Drives” from 1997. My favourite Coral Snakes period album. We just started playing songs from this album a few years ago as they seemed to be songs that got away for Clare and myself.Again, its got the groove. And Stuart Perera starts out wailing just like whoever did it on Steely Dans “Reelin’ in the years”. A guitar solo to wind the song up.
“ Apollo 69” comes from 1995’s “soft’n’sexy sound”. It always had its own weirdness and we kept a real loose arrangement for years and I’d just spring it on the band every now and again. Because I start the tune. The lyric always thrills me. Hefner,Castro.Watts Towers,Guccione,Isaac Hayes,Manson. Also I get to play a filthy guitar solo.It stinks!
“ Birds ‘n’ goats” comes from “the soft’n’sexy sound”. With “I’m not afraid to be heavy” it was THE softest and sexiest tune. All kind of swamped by Rock’n’roll is where I hide” on that collection. Always one of my favourite songs to perform. Like all the songs on this re recording, I’m singing them a better. In a more animated , loose and wilfully present mode.
“ I’m gonna release your soul” is a song from 1994s’ “you wanna be there but you don’t wanna travel” album. It just developed a lot more pop funk licks to it over the years. Always had the r&b groove. This re recording cooks.
“ sheriff of hell” comes from that kind of lost “devil drives “ set. It has a killer acid r&b jazz pop groove to it. I just have to trip out the story through the changes. Stu Perera solo is another Steely Dan era special. He has the tone and the chops!
pic Tony Mahony
“Three dead passengers in a stolen secondhand Ford” is one
of those funny tracks that took off and people really flip if we ever
play it. The original version, on “night of the wolverine” from
1993, was kind of folky, with a 2/4 beat and a violin playing as
a focal instrumental texture.. I came up with this arrangement
one day and played it solo on an acoustic guitar a the very last gig
with the Coral Snakes at the end of 1997. Its got a cruising, Bossa
type feel to it. (I never liked that folky,earthy feel).
“ rock’n’roll is where I hide” was
recorded in melbourne over a few days and then mixed in New York
by Victor Van Vugt. We set up and went through the songs. One or two
takes. We knew all the tempos and the changes and the feels. I got sick
after the first day and then the band did the second day without me.
A week in a small room with a fever and then I came in and did
my last guitar parts and all the vocals. All that stuff gave it a sense
of drama and heroic occasion . Windows were involved. Windows for People
availability and Victors schedule in New York. It gave my voice a low
end I hadn't had but screwed with my falsetto. It made me step
up the animation and mugging . I acted out a lot more. It was then
or never. As the mixes went on my falsetto came back and I did
some of the vocals again at our studio and sent them to Victor via the
Magic Box. The whole recordings got PRESENCE!. You can't dial that shit
1000 word interview ith Dave graney by Andrew McMillen
Interview with Dave Graney at CRIKEY-Part1
Podcast or stream this interview with Dave Graney on RRR's Breakfast show April 2011
Story written by Dave Graney about the cd and the book in the April edition of the Adelaide Review
Interview with Dave Graney from the Australian -April 2011.Focusses on "1001 australian nights" and the cd "rock'n'roll is where I hide"
Very Very positive review of the book "1001 australian nights" from Chris Johnston in the AGE- April 2011
The album after this? the absolute career high masterpiece that was 2012's (you've been in my mind)
The album before this? (SUPERMODIFIED)
See The Moodists and Coral Snakes sections for discography and archival information pre 1998.
the dave graney show- an outstanding album recorded for Festival in 1998
Kiss tomorrow goodbye (2000)
the third woman (2002)
the brother who lived ? (2003)
Keepin' it Unreal (2006)
We wuz curious (2008)
Knock yourself out (2009)
rock'n'roll is where I hide (2011
YOU'VE BEEN IN MY MIND (2012)
POINT BLANK and LIVE IN HELL (digital narrative show albums 2013)
Fearful Wiggings (dave graney solo album 2014)
play mistLY for me(digital only live recordings collection march 2015)
Once I Loved The Torn Ocean's Roar - 80s/90s Demos Vol 2 - dave graney - COCKAIGNE - digital only album at itunes and Bandcamp.
night of the wolverine demos/early 90s songwriter demos - dave graney (cockaigne) digital album
LET'S GET TIGHT - 2017 CD from DAVE GRANEY AND CLARE MOORE