Dave Graney

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Dave Graney
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Dave Graney playing in Western Port, 1 June 2013
Background information
Birth nameDavid John Graney
BornMount Gambier, South Australia, Australia
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, film and tv soundtrack composer, author
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1978–current
LabelsRed Flame, Creation, TIM, Fire, Torn & Frayed, Id, Mercury, Universal, Festival, Liberation, COCKAIGNE
Associated actsThe Moodists, Coral Snakes, White Buffaloes, Clare Moore, The Dave Graney Show, The Royal Dave Graney Show, The Lurid Yellow Mist, dave graney and the mistLY

David John "Dave" Graney is an Australian rock musician, singer-songwriter and author from Melbourne. Since 1978, Graney has been accompanied by drummer, Clare Moore. The pair have fronted numerous bands including The Moodists (1980 to 1987), Dave Graney and The White Buffaloes (1989 to 1990), Dave Graney and Coral Snakes (1987 to 1989, 1991 to 1997), The Dave Graney Show (1998 to 2003) , Dave Graney and Clare Moore featuring the Lurid Yellow Mist or Dave Graney and the Lurid Yellow Mist (2004 to 2011) and currently, dave graney and the mistLY. He was awarded 'Best Male Vocalist' at the ARIA Music Awards of 1996 for his work on The Soft 'n' Sexy Sound, while "Feelin' Kinda Sporty" won 'Best Video' in 1997 and he has received seven other ARIA Award nominations. He has also co-presented a radio show since 2009 on Melbourne's Triple R 102.7 community radio station called Banana Lounge Broadcasting aka "BLB".


Early years to The Moodists[edit]

David John Graney grew up in Mount Gambier, South Australia.[1] In 1978, he relocated to Adelaide, and, as lead vocalist, he teamed with drummer, Clare Moore , to form Sputniks with Liz Dealey on bass guitar, Phillip Costello on guitar and Steve Miller on guitar.[1][2] Sputniks released one single, "Second Glance" on an independent label before moving to Melbourne in 1979 where they disbanded.[3] Graney, Miller and Moore formed post-punk group The Moodists with Steve Carman on bass guitar in 1980.[1][4] They released a single "where the trees walk downnhill/I should have been here" on the Au Go Go label.Carman was soon replaced by Chris Walsh (ex-Negatives, Fabulous Marquises) on bass guitar. This line-up released a single "Gone Dead"/"Chads Car", and an ep "Engine Shudder" on the Au Go Go label. In April 1983, Mick Turner (previously in Sick Things, Fungus Brains, later in Dirty Three) joined on guitar and they relocated to the United Kingdom in October.[3] They released their studio album, Thirsty's Calling in 1984 on the Red Flame label with Victor Van Vugt producing.[3][4] Red Flame also released an album in 1985 called "Double Life". A single "justice and money too" was released on the Creation label. Chris Walsh left in the same year, 1985. David McClymont – ex Orange Juice- joined on bass and the band recorded two 12' eps "take the red carpet out of town" and "someones got to give" on the TIM label in the UK.

The Coral Snakes and White Buffaloes[edit]

By mid-1986, Graney and Moore disbanded The Moodists, they formed Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes (also seen as Dave Graney with the Coral Snakes) in late 1987 and played in London pubs and clubs.[1][2] Other members were, Gordy Blair on bass guitar, Malcolm Ross (ex-Orange Juice, The Moodists) on guitar and Louis Vause on piano and keyboards.[1][2] In 1988, with Barry Adamson (former member of Magazine, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) producing, they recorded enough material for an extended play, At His Stone Beach released in September on the Fire label.[1] The cover had ornate, Edwardian-lettering by UK illustrator Dave Western. By 1989, Graney and Moore were ordered out of the country by UK immigration authorities.[5] The four tracks, "World Full of Daughters", "Listen to her Lovers Sing", "A Deal made for Somebody Else" and "The Greatest Show in Town", were later included on CD version of the Dave Graney with the White Buffaloes' album, My Life on the Plains.

Back in Melbourne, the couple formed Dave Graney with The White Buffaloes with Rod Hayward (ex-Little Murders) on guitar, Conway Savage (Boy Kings) on keyboards and Walsh (The Moodists) on bass guitar. Graney had adopted a cowboy image, wearing snake skin and brown suede, sporting a curled moustache and waxed goatee.[1][5] The band released My Life on the Plains in 1989 with Phil Vinall producing.[2] Vinall, a friend of Graney and Moore, later worked with The Auteurs, Placebo and Magic Dirt (among others). The album included tracks written by other artists, such as Gene Clarke, Fred Neil, Gram Parsons and the traditional "Streets of Laredo". In their live shows they included songs by Doug Sahm, Lou Reed, Buffy Sainte Marie and Tim Rose. The title was from an autobiographical tome by George Armstrong Custer in 1876, the year he died at Little Big Horn. The cover featured images of a young Jesse James, Custer and ornate Edwardian lettering by London artist Dave Western, based on a Frederic Remington cowboy painting. It reflected Graney's current persona and obsession with wild western myth and late 1960s psychedelic bands with similar tastes, The Charlatans and Quicksilver Messenger Service from San Francisco. No singles were released from the album, although a video was shot by Tony Mahony for "Robert Ford on the Stage". Savage left to join Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and they were joined on pedal steel guitar by Graham Lee (The Triffids). This line-up recorded, Codine, a live in the studio four-track extended play, which was issued late in the year.[1][5] It was later added to the CD version of the I was the Hunter... and I was The Prey album. "Codine" was written by Sainte-Marie and had been performed by The Charlatans in swaggering space cowboy style while the Dave Graney with the White Buffaloes cover version was "romantic, country-flavoured R&B".[1] The EP sleeve was another Dave Western illustration.

During June 1990, Graney, Hayward and Moore travelled to London and recorded I Was the Hunter... and I Was the Prey with Blair on bass guitar, Ross on guitar, and Vause on piano. The album was produced by Vinall at a Croydon home studio run by former Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher. The cover by Western shows Graney with full 'Hickock' curled moustache and velvet pomp. It was not issued until May 1992, due to problems with the label, under the name Dave Graney with the Coral Snakes. In mid-1991, the band had moved back to Melbourne with a line-up of Blair, Graney, Moore, and Hayward; with Robin Casinader on keyboards (ex-the Wreckery).[1][5] In July 1992, they released a live album, Lure of the Tropics on the Torn & Frayed label on Shock Records.[1][2] It was recorded at St Kilda's Prince of Wales Hotel. A week earlier the group had performed their Little Big Horn Show and first presented the title track. The cover art was by Mahony, the album featured three other improvised tracks and was originally mixed by Phil McKellar – it was re-released in 1997 with extra tracks and remixed by Tony Cohen.

For their April 1993 album, Night of the Wolverine, the band signed with PolyGram, Andrew Picouleau (ex-Sacred Cowboys) provided the bass guitar and Cohen co-produced.[1][2] Graney adopted a new persona, The Golden Wolverine, with the album described as "a certified Australian rock classic. It captured Graney at the peak of his songwriting powers ... [tracks were] full of elegant and eccentric detail".[1] Tex Perkins (The Cruel Sea) guested on lead vocals for "Night of the Wolverine II" with Amanda Brotchie on backing vocals.[1] The title track and "You're Just Too Hip, Baby" reached No. 48 and No. 59 on Triple J's Hottest 100 for 1993.[6] Cover art was by Mahony who directed the video for "You're Just Too Hip, Baby". Graphic design for the album was by Richard Ford @ Serious Business. The band toured backing Hunters & Collectors, then The Cruel Sea before heading their own national tour. The album and tours had raised their profile with mainstream music critics.[5] Night of the Wolverine earned an ARIA Award nomination for 'Best Alternative Release' at the 1994 ceremony.[7] It was released on the This Way Up label in the UK in 1996 and also re-issued on Graney and Moore's own label, Cockaigne, in 2004 with extra tracks from later works.

The band's next album, You Wanna Be There But You Don't Wanna Travel, which peaked at No. 10 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Album Charts, was released in June 1994.[1][8] With Blair back on bass guitar, it was co-produced with Cohen.[2] The singles from the album were, "I'm Gonna Release Your Soul" in April, and "You Wanna Be Loved" in August. Limited edition of the album included a bonus disc, Unbuttoned, with seven extra tracks. Promotional film clip for "I'm Gonna Release Your Soul", directed by Mahony, was nominated as 'Best Video' in 1995.[7][9]

The group's July 1995 album, The Soft 'n' Sexy Sound, was produced by Victor Van Vugt.[1][2] It reached the Top 40 and earned Graney the 'Best Male Artist' accolade at the ARIA Music Awards of 1996.[7][8] In his acceptance speech, Graney wore a hot pink, crushed velvet suit and a wig to declare himself (under his breath) 'King of Pop'.[1][5] This was a reference to a 1970s pop award which was presented by teen magazine, Go-Set. The album also received nominations as 'Best Cover Art' for Mahony and 'Producer of the Year' for Victor Vaughan [sic].[nb 1] "I'm not Afraid to Be Heavy" (June), "Rock 'n' Roll Is Where I Hide" (August) and "I'm Gonna Live in My Own Big World" (February 1996) were issued as singles.[1] The limited edition album's bonus disc, Music for Colourful Racing Identities, featured seven live tracks.[1] It was also accompanied by a media CD with an interview of Graney by HG Nelson called A Word in Yer Shell, Like. It was released in the UK and Europe on the This Way Up label in 1996. Graney and Moore spent 6 months of the year recording and working in London.

The next album, The Devil Drives, (May 1997), reached the Top 20. It was recorded in Melbourne and mixed in London at Maison Rouge studios and co-produced by Graney, Moore and David Ruffy. It spawned the single, "Feelin' Kinda Sporty". The single won 'Best Video' by Mahony in 1997, the album was nominated for 'Best Cover Art' by Mahony and Graney received a nomination as 'Best Male Artist'.[7][11] The single was promoted with an appearance on the daytime soap Neighbours, in which Dave sent up his sinister lounge-core persona in a pastel blue suit and a fedora - in one memorable scene holding the character Toadfish upside down and shaking him for the return of his mobile phone. It is unknown what if any impact this had on sales of the record. The second single was "A Man on the Make". The Devil Drives was the last studio album for the Coral Snakes and with Universal Music as Graney and Moore disbanded the group and parted ways with the label in December.[1] Album also accompanied by a media CD with an interview with Dave Graney called Coffins Have no Pockets, which was part of a media booklet based on a Holden Monaro owner's manual. In 1997 Graney released his first book, It is Written, Baby, a collection of his lyrics interspersed with fragments of journalism, memoir and opinion, with photographs by Mahony.[12]

Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes released a compilation, The Baddest, in September 1999. It included an unreleased version of "The Sheriff of Hell" from The Devil Drives which was re-recorded and remixed with Andrew Duffield (ex-Models) on keyboards, Phil Kenihan and Billy Miller (The Ferrets) on guitar and vocals. The same team had issued "Feelin' Kinda Sporty" the previous year. It also featured an unreleased cover version of the AC/DC song "Show Business". Cover art was provided by Mahony.

The Dave Graney Show- the Royal Dave Graney Show – the Lurid Yellow Mist to the mistLY[edit]

Graney and Moore's next band was The Dave Graney Show (elaborated in 2003 to The Royal Dave Graney Show), which formed in early 1998 with Stuart Perera on guitar and Adele Pickvance (Robert Forster Band) on bass guitar.[1] The single, "Between Times", and The Dave Graney Show were released in November on Festival Records. Guest musicians included Duffield, Sean Kelly (ex-Models) on backing vocals and Billy Miller. It was co-produced with Duffiled and Kenihan. In February 1999, "Your Masters Must Be Pleased with You" was released as a single and Billy Miller had permanently joined the line-up.[1] The latter single's video was part of a twenty-minute film shot and edited by Mahony called Smile and Wave. This album saw half of it recorded and played by only Graney and Moore, then the rest of the band was brought in to play the other half.

Graney and Moore continued to perform live around Australia and released material on their own Melbourne based label, Cockaigne. Initially with MGM, it was later distributed by Reverberation, a Sydney boutique label. Cockaigne's release was The Dave Graney Show's single, "Drugs are Wasted on the Young" in February 2000 ahead of the album, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in April.[1] It was co-produced by Graney, Moore and Adam Rhodes. Other singles were "Out of the Loop" (with Mahony video) and "Have You Heard About the Melbourne Mafia?". All with cover art by Mahony. Graney described the album as "dark, brandy flavoured, disco". It was released in the UK and Europe on Cooking Vinyl. A tour of Europe, with a line-up of Graney, Moore and Perera, supporting Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds followed in 2001. Moore released her first solo album, The Third Woman, on Chapter Music in August.[5]

In July 2002, the band released Heroic Blues, which was produced by Graney, Moore and Adam Rhodes. The single, "Are We Goin' Too Fast For Love?", was issued. The title track was recorded live at a sound check at the Tarwin Lower Pub earlier in the year. Graney improvised the vocal about a performer playing to an empty room. He called it a "folk soul" album.

Moore appeared with Melbourne band, The Sand Pebbles, on stage as well as on record. She contributed strings and keyboards to albums by Kim Salmon as well as the Wagons. She played on Robert Forster's (Go Betweens) covers CD I Had a New York Girlfriend. She appears with Jane Dust and the Giant Hoopoes, her own band the Dames and with jazz combination Henry Manetta and the Trip. Graney and Moore engineered and mixed the debut albums by the Darling Downs (Salmon and Ron Peno) and the Muddy Spurs. They both played in Salmon, the seven guitar, two drummer heavy rock orchestra devised and led by Kim Salmon.

In 2003, Graney and Moore briefly reformed The Moodists – with Turner, Steve Miller and Walsh – for a limited number of performances in Melbourne to promote the release of a double compilation album, Two Fisted Art (1980 -1986).[5] The album was released on the W.Minc label – run by Steve Miller – in 2003 and contains nineteen of the band's studio tracks on the first disc and sixteen previously unreleased live recordings (recorded in Sydney (March 1983), Melbourne (December 1984) and London (July 1985)) on the second disc. As Dave Graney and Clare Moore, the couple worked on the soundtrack for the feature film, Bad Eggs,[13] and released Music from the Motion Picture – Bad Eggs[14] in July. They received an ARIA nomination for 'Best Original Soundtrack Album' at the 2003 ceremony.[15]

The Brother Who Lived was released in 2003 by The Royal Dave Graney Show ( a nod to the Royal Melbourne Show) – with a line-up of Graney on vocals, harmonica, organ, and bass, acoustic and electric guitars; Moore on drums, vocals, keyboards, percussion; Billy Miller on acoustic and electric guitars, and vocals; Perera on vocals and electric guitar; and Pickvance on vocals, percussion and bass guitar. It was produced by Graney, Moore and J Walker. Singles issued were "Midnight to Dawn" and "All Our Friends Were Stars". The latter had a video shot and edited by Graney, Mahony made a video for "The Brother Who Lived". The main part of the album was recorded, after The Moodists reunion, in a day with the all the band in the studio together. Four other tracks were recorded and mixed by Graney and Moore at their Melbourne studio. Pickvance left the group and bass guitar was taken up by Stu Thomas (Kim Salmon and the Surrealists, Kim Salmon and the Business, Salmon, The Stu Thomas Paradox) in 2004.

Graney contributed music to and played a small (musical) part in a stage production of the 1960s British play Stone in 2004. Graney and Moore released a double album , Hashish and Liquor, in 2005, with the first disc, Hashish performed by Graney and the second, Liquor by Moore.[16]

In 2006, Graney's Point Blank, which he described as "a song cycle of a life as a heavy entertainer", for which he was accompanied by jazz musician Mark Fitzgibbon (The Moodists) on piano and Moore on vibraphone. Concurrently, a touring trio of Graney (12-string, vocal), Moore (vibes, vocal) and Stu Thomas aka Stu D (baritone guitar, vocal) was formed, performing extensively across Australia, in support of the 2006 CD, Keepin' it Unreal on Cockaigne. This trio appeared in Europe in 2008 as opening act for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.[17]

In 2007 Graney and Moore joined with guitarist, Perera, pianist Mark Fitzgibbon and bass player Stu Thomas to form The Lurid Yellow Mist featuring Dave Graney and Clare Moore (or as Dave Graney and the Lurid Yellow Mist).[5] The name of the band, according to Moore, was based on the strange miasmic cloud that the man in the 1957 science fiction film, The Incredible Shrinking Man drove his speedboat through just before he started his transformation.[18] As a collective they worked on a batch of new songs at the Yarraville Mouth Organ Band (YMOB) hall, before entering Sing Sing Studios in September where they laid down eight tracks in a day, virtually recording live. Graney and Moore then mixed it at their home studio, Ponderosa, finishing in November. The resultant album, We Wuz Curious was released on the Illustrious Artists label on 14 June 2008. The first single, "I'm in the Future Now", issued in November 2007, had music written by Stu Thomas, who also made the video (filmed in Cocos Islands). A video was also made for "Let's Kill God Again", which received some radio promotion. Fitzgibbon left in 2008 due to moving out of Melbourne. The band continued as a four-piece.

In May 2009, Graney released his first album credited as a solo billing, Knock Yourself Out. It was released on Cockaigne with distribution by Fuse. Described by Graney as an "electro boogie" album. It was produced, recorded and mixed by Graney, with Moore co-writing some tracks, arranging and contributing instrumentation, with Thomas and Perera from The Lurid Yellow Mist as guest performers.[19] A video was produced for the title track, "Knock Yourself Out", directed by Nick Cowan, it was shot in Hosier Lane and Smith Street, Melbourne.

A follow up show to the narrative performance Point Blank was performed at the Butterfly Club in 2009, which was called Live in Hell. It featured songs by Graney with other Hell-related tunes by Elvis Presley, Roxy Music, the Fall and the Doors. Mostly without any amplification, the line-up was Perera on acoustic guitar, Thomas on bass guitar, Moore on a small drum kit and Graney on vocals. In 2010 , a third narrative style show was performed at the Butterfly Club. MC Bits featured the duo of Graney accompanied by Fitzgibbon on piano.

2010 saw the release of Supermodified, a remix and remastering compilation project where Graney went back to the 2001 and 2003 albums Heroic Blues and The Brother Who Lived to sing, play extra guitars and add keyboards and percussion and remix the songs. Previously unreleased tracks were included in the package of 18 tracks, with a Mahony illustration on the cover.

2011 saw the release of Rock'n'Roll is Where I Hide, on Liberation. The album was recorded at Soundpark in Melbourne by Graney and the Lurid Yellow Mist and mixed by Victor Van Vugt in New York. A collection of re-recordings with the Lurid Yellow Mist of songs from his back catalogue. It was released with Graney's second book, 1001 Australian Nights, by Affirm Press,[20] which concentrates on his life as an artist and performer.

Dave Graney also began writing a monthly column for the Melbourne Review.

In 2012, the band's name was altered to Dave Graney & The mistLY, and the album "You've Been in My Mind" was released by Cockaigne/Fuse. The lead single was "Flash in the Pantz", with an accompanying video of the band shot live at Meredith Music Festival 2011. A further video for "we need a champion" was filmed and edited by Nick Cowan.

Graney and Moore also played and recorded an album as rhythm section for Harry Howard and the NDE. A band fronted by old friend Harry Howard ( These Immortal Souls, Crime and the City Solution, the Pink Stainless Tail) and Edwina Preston. A second album called "Pretty" was recorded and released in early 2013. A video for "Devil in a garbage Can was shot and edited by Nick Cowans.

2013 saw a series of digital only singles released as work was begun on a solo acoustic album. Clare Moore was also concentrating on the debut album of her band, The DAMES.

Digital only albums "POINT BLANK" and "LIVE IN HELL" were also released. Documents of the "narrative shows" performed in 2006 and 2009 respectively.

The Moodists undertook a show as part of the invitational only festival DIG IT UP, curated by the Hoodoo Gurus. This line-up featured the Blue Oyster Cult , the Flaming Groovies, Peter Case and the Buzzcocks.

A fourth narrative show was also performed at the Butterfly Club in Melbourne. A solo show called EARLY FOLK featured dave graney playing songs from across his career which had been inspired by the town of Mt Gambier.

May 2014 saw the release of "FEARFUL WIGGINGS", the second album to be credited as a "solo" album. Again, Clare Moore featured extensively on the album playing vibes and singing. UK guitarist Nick harper played on two tracks and Graney recorded all the lead vocals with Lisa Gerard (Dead Can Dance) at her studio in country Victoria. Three songs from the album had accompanying video clips. The song "everything was legendary with Robert" had a video made for it by film makers Donna McRae and Michael Vale, while a video for "country roads, unwinding" was made by Dave Graney. This video featured footage of the drive along the Coorong between Adelaide and Mt Gambier shot by Heath Britton. In 2015 a final video was released for "a woman skinnies a man up", written and directed by Nick Cowan and Thomas Whiteside. The video clip, a slap stick comedy in the style of Russ Meyer, was hailed by critics as a triumph.

2015 saw the release of several digtial only albums . "Play mistLY for Me - live recordings vol 1", "dave graney - night of the wolverine demos/early 90s songwriter demos", "Once I Loved The Torn Ocean's Roar - 80s/90s Demos Vol 2" .

2015 also saw the first of several reunion shows with Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes, playing to sellout crowds in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Adelaide.

The Melbourne annual Leaps and Bounds Festival honoured Dave Graney and Clare Moore as LIVING LEGENDS and a cconcert was held at the Gasometer Hotel with many Melbourne musicians paying tribute to the pair by playing their songs. The performances went for 5 hours.

2016 saw Cockaigne releases being updated in digital collections via s new online distributor , the Orchard. February the first of a monthly digital single release with "I'm A Good Hater". In March there was "This Is The Deadest Place I've Ever Died In". In April, "I Been Trendy", in May, "Drifting Donna Reed", in June "Are You Out Of Your Mind?(Get Back In) and in July "You Need A Kleek, Klook".

Dave Graney and the mistLY played an ATP Festival in prestatyn, Wales, curated by comedian Stewart Lee, a long time supporter of their activities. They joined up with former guitarist Malcolm Ross and played shows in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester (including a BBC6 session with dj Marc Riley) and continued on to dates in France, Holland, Belgium and London.

In July 2016 there was a further return show for Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes to a packed house in Melbourne.

Other Performances[edit]

Graney has played at the Big Day Out Festival on many occasions, as well as the Livid festival and the Falls Festival. He performed on the TV shows Recovery, Nomad, Smash Hits, Live and Sweaty, Denton, Midday with Kerry Anne, Jimeoin, Shaun Micallef's Micallef Tonight, Mornings with Bert Newton, AM with Denise Drysdale, Sale of the Century, The Games, RocKwiz, Spicks and Specks, Australia's Dumbest Musician, Neighbours (two-episode story), Review, Roy and HG's Club Buggery (1996–1997). He wrote a lyric book, It Is Written, Baby (1997). With Moore, he composed and performed the score of the movie Bad Eggs (2003), for Mahony's short film Ray (2005). Graney contributed music to and played a small (musical) part in Stone (2004), a stage production of the 1960s British play.

In September 2013, Graney also sang on Nick Harper's latest CD ( Riven ) on a track called "The Beginning is Nigh"


  • Graney, Dave (1997). It Is Written, Baby. Photographs by Tony Mahony. Milsons Point, NSW: Random House. ISBN 0-09-183666-2.[21]
  • Graney, Dave (2011). 1001 Australian Nights : An Aesthetic Memoir. Mulgrave, Vic: Affirm Press. ISBN 978-0-9807904-3-6.[22]



The Moodists

  • Thirsty's Calling – Red Flame (206 308) (April 1984)
  • Double Life – Red Flame (RFM 44) (1985)
  • Two Fisted Art (1980 -1986) – W. Minc (WMINCD027) (2003)

Dave Graney with the White Buffaloes

  • My Life on the Plains – Fire Records (FIREUS3-1) (1989)

Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes (aka Dave Graney with the Coral Snakes)

  • I Was the Hunter... and I Was the Prey – Fire Records (FIRE11029, FIRE 33029) (May 1992)
  • The Lure of the Tropics – Torn & Frayed Records (TORN CD!) (July 1992)
  • Night of the Wolverine – Mercury Records (5321292) (April 1993)
  • You Wanna Be There But You Don't Wanna Travel – Mercury Records (5223812) (June 1994) AUS No. 10
  • The Soft 'n' Sexy Sound – Mercury Records (5284162) (17 July 1995) AUS No. 36
    • Also packaged into a limited-edition box set with a 'best of' disc (in its own separate case):
      The Soft 'n' Sexy Sound | Simply The Best 'El Supremo' – Id (PolyGram)/Mercury (5284162) (5284162) (25 Nov 1996)
  • The Devil Drives – Mercury Records (5348032) (May 1997) AUS No. 18
  • The Baddest – Grudge Records (1537542) (1999)

The Dave Graney Show

  • The Dave Graney Show – Festival (November 1998)
  • Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye – Cockaigne (COCK002) (April 2000)/Cooking Vinyl (COOKCD206) (May 2000)
  • Heroic Blues – Cockaigne (COCK005) (2002)
  • The Brother Who Lived – Cockaigne (COCK008) (October 2003)

Dave Graney and Clare Moore

The Lurid Yellow Mist featuring Dave Graney and Clare Moore

  • We Wuz Curious – Illustrious Artists (IARLP204) (14 June 2008)

Dave Graney and the lurid yellow mist

  • Supermodified – Cockaigne (COCK018) (21 August 2010)
  • Rock 'n' Roll is Where I Hide - Liberation Music (April 2011)

Dave Graney

  • Knock Yourself Out – Cockaigne (COCK017) (30 May 2009)
  • " FEARFUL WIGGINGS" – Cockaigne – COCK30 (2 May 2014)

'dave graney and the mistLY'

  • "you've been in my mind" – COCKAIGNE – 2012

Extended plays[edit]

The Moodists

  • Engine Shudder – Au-Go-Go (ANDA 026) (January 1983)
  • Justice and Money Too – Creation (August 1985)
  • Take the Red Carpet Out of Town – Abstract (October 1985)
  • The Moodists – Abstract (February 1986)
  • Something's Got to Give – (1987)

Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes (aka Dave Graney with the Coral Snakes)

  • At His Stone Beach – Fire Records (Blaze 32T, UK release only) (September 1988)
  • The Confessions of Serge Gainsbourg

Dave Graney with the White Buffaloes

  • Codine: Recorded Live in Melbourne – Fire Records (Blaze 45T) (1990)



  • "Second Glance"/"Our Boys" – (1979)

The Moodists

  • "Where the Trees Walk Downhill"/"I Should Have Been Here" – Au-Go-Go (ANDA015) (October 1981)
  • "Gone Dead"/"Chad's Car" – Au-Go-Go (ANDA 018) (June 1982)
  • "The Disciples Know"/"She Cackles" – Red Flame (RFB21) (1983)
  • "Runaway"/"Chevrolet Rise" – Red Flame (RFB39) (April 1984)
  • "Enough Legs to Live On"/"Can't Lose Her" – Red Flame (RFB41) (October 1984)

Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes (aka Dave Graney with the Coral Snakes)

  • "I'm Gonna Release Your Soul" – (April 1994) AUS No. 81[23]
  • "You Wanna Be Loved" – Mercury (8561212) (August 1994)
  • "I'm Going to Live in My Own Big World" – Mercury (8527042) (1995)
  • "I'm Not Afraid to be Heavy" – Mercury (8520452) (1995)
  • "Rock'n'Roll is Where I Hide" – Mercury (8523192) (1995)
  • "You're Just Too Hip, Baby" – This Way Up (WAY4833) (1996)
  • "Three Dead Passengers" – This Way Up (WAY5133) (1996)
  • "Feelin' Kinda Sporty" – Mercury (5743162) (April 1997) AUS No. 78[24]
  • "A Man on the Make" – Mercury (5747252) (September 1997)

The Dave Graney Show

  • "Your Masters Must Be Pleased With You" – Festival (February 1999)
  • "Drugs are Wasted on the Young" – Cockaigne (COCK001) (February 2000)
  • "Out of the Loop" – Cockaigne (COCK003) (12 June 2000)
  • "Have You Heard About the Melbourne Mafia?" – Cockaigne (COCK004) (25 September 2000)
  • "Are We Going Too Fast For Love?" – Cockaigne (COCK006) (2002)
  • "Midnight to Dawn" – Cockaigne (COCK007) (August 2003)
  • "All Our Friends Were Stars" – Cockaigne (COCK009) (2004)

The Lurid Yellow Mist featuring Dave Graney and Clare Moore

  • "68 Babe (name, Rank and Rock Scene)" - Re-action Recordings (29 October 2007)
  • "I'm in the Future Now" - Independent (8 November 2007)

Studio production work[edit]

Recording and mixing

  • The Darling Downs
    • How Can I Forget This Heart of Mine? (2005)
    • From One to Another (2007)
  • Jane Dust
    • A Spray of Red From the Deep (2008)


  • Kaye Louise Patterson
    • International Travel (2007)

Awards and nominations[edit]

ARIA Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards are presented annually from 1987 by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Graney and Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes have won two awards from nine nominations.[7]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1994 Night of the Wolverine – Dave Graney & the Coral Snakes Best Alternative Release[25] Nominated
1995 "I'm Gonna Release Your Soul" – Tony Mahony[nb 2] – Dave Graney & the Coral Snakes Best Video[9] Nominated
1996 The Soft 'n' Sexy Sound – Dave Graney Best Male Artist[10] Won
The Soft 'n' Sexy Sound – Victor Van Vugt[nb 1] – Dave Graney & the Coral Snakes' Producer of the Year[10] Nominated
The Soft 'n' Sexy Sound – Tony Mahony[nb 2] – Dave Graney & the Coral Snakes Best Cover Art[10] Nominated
1997 The Devil Drives – Dave Graney Best Male Artist[11] Nominated
"Feelin' Kinda Sporty" – Tony Mahony – Dave Graney & the Coral Snakes Best Video[11] Won
The Devil Drives – Tony Mahony[nb 2] – Dave Graney & the Coral Snakes Best Cover Art[11] Nominated
2003 Music from the Motion Picture – Bad Eggs – Dave Graney and Clare Moore Best Original Soundtrack Album[15] Nominated
  • "Tracks" surfing magazine voted Graney, "brother from another scene" in 1993, the earliest citing of Graney outside the inner-city Australian rock scene, and the award he is said to have enjoyed being bestowed with the most.


  1. ^ a b Australian Recording Industry Association incorrectly spells producer, Victor Van Vugt, as Victor Vaughan.[7][10]
  2. ^ a b c Australian Recording Industry Association incorrectly spells video director or cover artist as Tony Mahoney.[9][10][11]


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External links[edit]

interview with dave graney from melbourne 2013 http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/music/early-sitting-for-a-journey-to-the-past-20130617-2oebz.html