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released on REVERBERATION , November 2006.

Front cover, Dave Graney, alone, on a beach in far north western australia.

Below is a track by track , blow by blow account of the whats and whys and wheretofores and whynots and indubitablys of Keepin it unreal.

you put a spell on me
This song was written with Matt Walker. He did the music and I did the words. It was recorded for his 2000 cd "soul witness". It was also recorded by country singer Jimmy Little.
vengeance is on its way (don’t worry)
This is a favourite tune from Kiss tomorrow goodbye. A very dark but very melodic and keyboard driven album. The lyric is mean. The tune is super sweet. For those of a literary bent, it includes a line from a poem by Lord Rochester. (see the recent film of him starring Johnny Depp, the Libertine)
diamonds fur coat champagne (suicide)
Alan Vega from Suicide was one of the biggest influences on me back when I started singing. He had everything I wanted. Words came easy and tripped out of his mouth like everyday language. He was possessed and remote all at once.
biker in business class
On the last album we did with/as the Coral Snakes in 1997, we recorded this track with Frank Bennet ( Dave Wray) singing/talking the song. He was and is a Sinatra act/performer (and superb). We wanted that exhausted late 60s feel that was in movies like "suddenly" and those macho Tony Rome movies. Its a great groove to play live and now I like to sing it myself.
Lt colonel,cavalry
This song is a bit of an epic in its reach. I love the chords. An attempt at a song that Jimmy Webb would have had on "the yard goes on forever". The lyric is pretty true. It was on the album we did for Festival in 1999. Unavailable now. I wanted another tilt at it. Don quixote style, yeah?
a lot to drink about
Clare did this on her last album "liquor" in a very swinging big band arrangement. Lots of driving horns and twin guitars and herself riding behind and through it all from her command vehicle, the drum kit. Here its taken as an acoustic blues. Stu D ecxels on his bass solo-ing!
(Its the 6 string that sounds like an electric guitar. The bass part is the 12 string)
the stuff that night is made of
This was on Kiss tomorrow goodbye as well. It has such a charge and gains a lot from the vibes and the bass. In its earlier incarnation, it was all keyboard derived and driven. Its what we would call Europop in flavour ,I guess. The chords aren't shifting in the 12 bar scheme. Just the 1 to the 4 and not the 5 if you get my drift. Why that makes it European I do not know. Trust me.
anchors aweigh
Recorded earlier on Heroic Blues. I've always found it a real challenge to play. The chords are odd and shifty . The lyric was inspired by the death of a couple of friends around the same time period. When people go they take bits of you with them. The whole song is slippery. I was listening to the chordal variations on Marvin Gayes "whats goin' on" when I wrote it. That great middle 8 that song has. Sounded great with the vibes and with Stu D and Clare harmonizing.
there was a time
This was a song from our 1994 album "you wanna be there but you don't wanna travel". Its a bit of a mystery to me where it came from, musically. Very major chord driven as opposed to the usual emotionally suspended inversions I'm drawn to. Lyrically its the street where I grew up and all the working guys around the place.
everybody's gone (from somewhere)
This was on "Hashish". I just wanted to do it with a totally acoustic feel. Its like a country song, but not quite. the chords must be too high falutin. Its a rare song of mine that has such a brief and precise lyric.
parchman farm (mose allison)
Clare has always done a great, lowdown and husky take on this track. Shes mean. She means it. Here she uses the dampened vibes so they get that chain gang hammered sound. Stu D pulses through it with his dampened bass. Clare brings out the melodica on the tailout.
am I wearing something of yours?
A song that came from that 1999 album we did for Festival. A painful time. We loved making that record and it got lost in a building somewhere. The lyric comes from some teenage taunt/ challenge. A whole lot of 'em actually. The music is dreamy and pretty.
lets live properly (like we’re stoned)
A song that was recorded for "hashish". It got another life and grew legs as we played it more and more in different setups. The chords in the chorus are great to sing to and it took a hundred shows to bring me through it properly. Lyrically its another song inspired by a Terry Southern story ( as was "you're just too hip,baby"). Its a Springsteen-esque call to arms for a world of dopers to clean up the world and act straight/human.
a million dollars in a red velvet suit
A song I wrote in the late 80s and recorded in 1990. It came out on an album called "I was the hunter and I was the prey" in 1992. Its full of gags and sensation. In a way, a kind of bragging blues song that protests "I'm never gonna sing the blues for you!". In the middle 8, I kick a goal, while looking the other way. The crowd looks to see what I'm looking at, and don't see the ball go through.
who of us two? (M)
A translation of the French hit "qui des nous deux" by M. It was a great song and we loved the whole melody. When I translated it I realized it was a song about music and an artist talking of and to his guitar. His instrument. So close to something i could have written myself.
It seemed like a glam rock tune. I'm playing a Canora Flying V and a Bronco bass and Clare is rocking with her Gretsch kit.



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)

heroic blues(2001)

the third woman (2002)

the brother who lived ? (2003)

Hashish ? (2005)

Keepin' it Unreal (2006)

We wuz curious (2008)

Knock yourself out (2009)


rock'n'roll is where I hide (2011


2013 digital singles

THE DAMES (2013)

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



ONE MILLION YEARS DC 2019 album #2



The album before this? (Hashish and Liquor) 2005


How the press interpreted this musical activity and form?

The album after this? 2008 - the band focused masterpiece that was WE WUZ CURIOUS...