Dave Graney ShowCD Released November 1998. Available
on Festival Records in Australia.
We finished up with Mercury records (where we had been for four cds) and the Coral Snakes (who we had been for ten years)in December 1997. Everything, the whole structure and shared momentum fell away at the same time. We came out of the experience with a strong feeling that we wanted to keep things at a more manageable level in the future. We wanted, for instance, not to give a fuck about "popular" music and just do music. We wanted to kiss goodbye to big recording budgets and studios and the hassles of making sense to a whole combine of people and just play some tunes. To that end We (Clare Moore and myself) began working in a small studio in the outer suburbs of Melbourne called "the Ponderosa". "Working" really meant reading a manual for the keyboard and sequencer we had gotten hold of, reading a manual and getting a handle on the computer and music software we had also dragged into our scheme of things. Clare was more in tune with the technology, I was sitting in another room going over the songs I wanted to record. I had had an idea for a while that I should get a bunch of songs together that I could actually sit down and play like folk songs. They were meant to be simple, strong and immediate. We had both really loved the album by British singer songwriter Beth Orton, "Trailer Park", which had coincidentally been produced by Victor Van Vugt just before he had worked on our "soft'n'sexy" cd. (We had planned to make this Dave Graney Show cd with Victor but, ironically, he went back to the UK to make Beths second cd). It was a rough and folky electronica record we had in mind.
2020 reflections...I love this album. One of our best. Created after I split up the Coral Snakes. Clare and I cooking it up with a keyboard and a computer. The other half we played with our new beat combo of Adele Pickvance on bass and teen jazz prodigy Stuart Perera on guitar. He played a left handed solid body Rickenbacker- and still does. Very lucky to find these players. Much harder to get even one band going , let alone two or three. Its luck and timing and ambition. Recorded for Festival. Their A&R people were all ingenues with attitudes. We got a great advance though. paid the price in having to work with some flakey people. Not all of them, just a couple. Disfuncctional company anyway. We were totally together though, gagging to get to grips with new band members and new technology. All these strange ideas about flying around the world to work with exotic "name" biz people were floated. I just wanted to rock it in our tight unit. Keep the costs down and play a lot. AHEAD OF OUR TIME! Great working on the album with Andrew Duffield, Phil Kenihan and Billy Miller. We had started working with them the year before on "feelin kinda sporty" and a remix of "the sheriff of hell". Songs from this album drove the show we did later on called "point blank". Got back in touch with Mark Fitzgibbon for this album too. The first single ,"Between times" was a track I'd demo'd in London in 1987 with Mark on keys. We brought a lot of continuity to Festival but .....
Fave lyrics..."gimme your ears / Gimme your heart and
minds / your brain has just been commandeered
art tony mahony
The whole process had a strange stop and start, hurry up and wait, leaping and falling on your arse quality to it. Like learning to ski or surf. The recording on to the hard disc turned out to be just as immediate as we had hoped but the continual need for further boxes of hardware to make the next step was a continual occurrence. By the middle of the year we had recorded about 70 % of the music which now comprises "The Dave Graney Show" cd. The major drawback in the sessions we had done in the small studio was that you could not really record any live drums (none that sounded any good anyway) so we went into Sing Sing in Melbourne to do another five tracks with our live band. These tracks were then dropped into the digital domain and given to Andrew Duffield and Phil Kenihan to mix in their super duper Pro tools system. Phil and Andrew had previously remixed "Feelin Kinda sporty" for us and were keen to be involved in a project from a more formative stage. In a way they were perfect for us as they are total outsiders to the music business but know how it operates (Andrew was a member of Melbournes "the Models"). Doing most of their work in sound collage and music for cutting edge advertising they have an incredibly high tech studio setup. The amount of money they could be paid for a mix job as compared to their usual scene was not even in the picture and they were also not in the business of making something that would guarantee them work in the music business in the future. They were going to be doing it for fun, it was a relief for them to be dealing with pieces of music that were longer than thirty seconds for a change. It soon turned out to be a bonus to have the third member of the crew, Bill Miller on hand. Andrew and Phil worked strictly daylight hours and at nights Clare and I would work back with Bill redoing vocals and guitar. The whole experience was totally off of the rock'n' roll mainstream recording aesthetic. Their studio is on the second story above Clarendon street in South Melbourne. All white and flooded with light we sat and listened to the songs in a relaxed, switched on, engaged with the outside world way. Normal recording sessions are conducted in tense underground bunkers where you lose track of time but at the same time keep a nervous eye on the studio clock. This session was a new experience in every way. Phil guided the console, Andrew listened and subtracted or added parts where needed and Bill had an ear and perspective that came from another dimension.
"Closer to Soft 'n' sexy....Dave takes a sardonic
look at electronica. No cowboys here, it is all military personnel, champagne
and caviar and living life without a care in the world...."
"This is a reborn Graney, apparently more content,
stripped of responsibilities to a band and his old record label. The result
is a gentler, prettier collection of songs than we have ever heard from
Graney................Graney might have come up with his most enduring
"The Dave Graney Show belies its title, downplaying
the theatrics and falling somewhere between "Wolverine" and the full lushness
of "The Soft'n'Sexy Sound"
"....It's a credit to partner Clare Moores programming
skills that the results still sound so organic and alive..........The
majestic '70's style social commentary of your masters must be pleased
with you......the sweet harmonies of between times....the watery bass
line for Driving through his mythic country...."
"....returns with a new collection of 13 tunes
that may surprise many of his loyal followers..... expect a rougher'n'folksier
sound this time around..... songs such as Aristocratic Jive and Your masters
must be pleased with you are indicative of the new direction...."
"Those who love the swagger and style of Australias
self professed King of Pop will not be disappointed by his latest offering...
"... a quick listen to their latest album, "the
Dave Graney Show", will reveal a simple sound that captures the ethereal
beauty of the epic orchestra combined with an acoustic guitar...."
"The album combines elements of all of Graneys
previous offerings while still managing to veer off in new directions
at the same time....... It's odd because while the new album is a little
more experimental than previous records, the new band is a lot more traditional
in it's line up... "
"No longer a showman but a show. , It all makes
perfect sense..... The Dave Graney Show is not to be missed by Graney
fans, and any new recruits might find it a good 'in' to this remarkable
artists work... "
"$29. 95, 50 min 3sec, ....B"
"The Dave Graney Show ..... rewards your attention
with its masterful production and uniquely Australian lyrical flights
of fancy... "
"Graney snarls some, but the wit is self reflexive.
And who else has such an ear for the nuances of masculine bluff and counter
bluff?Steeped in the tropes of noir fiction, it's downbeat despair and
laconic nihilism, Dave Graney is smart enough to know where it is he fits.
He is not Prince Hamlet, nor was he meant to be. He writes about Warren
Oates but he is really Kevin Spacey. He is the gimpy one, lurking among
the usual suspects. "
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
ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? 2019 album #1
ONE MILLION YEARS DC 2019 album #2
Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Robin Casinader -IN CONCERT - digital album for May 21st 2020
Dave Graney and Clare Moore with Georgio "the dove" Valentino and Malcolm Ross - digital album September 2020