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dave graney - Live in Hell (narrative show #2)

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REVIEW by LA MASCARA "The few fortunate enough to see one of Dave Graney's "Live in Hell" shows at the Butterfly club came away both entertained and enlightened.[I certainly overcame an ennui caused by the sea of banality that we currently swim in.] Neither just a pop hits package nor a lecture from a lectern, the performances were carried by Graney's eloquence and humour, not to mention the considerable contributions by his musical comrades :- the two Stu's (Perera and Thomas) on guitar strings, and the multitalented Moore on glockenspiel,cymbals,snare,melodica,and road case! A continuation of his earlier cabaret "Point Blank" wherein Graney delved into the nature of performing, "Live in Hell" is purgatory from a performer's perspective. Graney begins by clearing up delusions about deities with a track from his recent album "We Wuz Curious" . "Let's Kill God Again" is not so much an irreligious rant as an appeal to reason. And though the Blues, Rock'n'Roll, and even Jazz have long been labelled "the Devil's music", Graney rejects the very notion of Satan. He chooses Roxy Music's "Bogus Man" to denounce the Devil as just another God-Man construct to frighten us. Later he brings Hell back to the surface with another cover -this time the Fall's "New Face in Hell". The point being that our Hell is here and now not some fanciful fire and brimstone netherworld. He goes on to argue the Devil we fear is other people -using a twisted cover of the Presley hit "One Night with You" which becomes "One Night of sin". Finally Graney draws on one of his confessed favourite performers- Jim Morrison - reading the Lizard King's "Lament". Though I'm not a fan of this pseudo shaman, Graney uses him to perfectly illustrate a point.ie. By name and nature Rock'n'Roll is about fucking, so Morrison's paean to his penis and the death thereof, expresses the performer's Hell. even Morrison's detractors like his former manager Danny Fields who denounce his poetry as "sophomoric bullshit babble" recognized that pound for pound Jimbo had more cockmeat than most. "He was sexier than his poetry" conceding "he had a big dick". And Morrison's penchant for flopping it out onstage left nothing to the imagination. But to be effective it requires more than just a willingness to wave your wiener. As evidenced by the success of some eg. Iggy and Lux, and the failure of others eg. GG and Fred - the latter just look pathetic. Morrison combined his cock with a look copped from whip-dancing Warhol/VU sidekick Gerard Malanga to create a wet dream for his hippie fans. So maybe in a flash of peyote-induced clarity, Morrison imagined his own impotence [performance anxiety?] and saw his own Hell ? When it became a reality for the fat and flaccid Door-man, it wasn't long before his corpulent corpse was found bobbing in the bathtub. For a Rock'n'Roll performer onanism isn't an option - though many succumb. Pop music is a veritable magnet for masturbators. Dave Graney knows this and paints his Hell as a sea of wasted "guz" [which we're told is a combination of jiz and diz]. But he needn't worry - his potent performance tonight proves it! "
Begins with recorded sounds of dave graney and the mistLY "lets kill god again" then the sound of them BLAMMING it out with acoustic instruments . The music then segues into an instrumental groove from THE DEVIL DRIVES as dave graney introduces the story.


LIVE IN HELL, like its predecessor, "POINT BLANK" is a show we did at the Butterfly Club in Melbourne. the most distinctive thing about performing in the club is that there is no microphone or PA system or amplification used at all. This is pretty exciting for a performer and singer . Whenever I had to talk up the show to a radio or press person they would always refer to it as "unplugged" or "laidback" when it’s completely the opposite. With a microphone you can be intimate and breathy and whispery but without one you have to belt things out , 19th century style.
We used a mic plugged into a small guitar amp for a couple of songs in LIVE IN HELL to give it a little sonic variation. POINT BLANK was presented with vibes, piano and voice, LIVE IN HELL had Clare Moore on a tiny drum kit (Snare case as a bass drum etc) , Stu Thomas on fuzz Baritone guitar through a tiny amp and Stu Perera on a , luckily, very loud nylon string guitar. We hoped to expand the show into a bigger room. POINT BLANK was all my own songs, LIVE IN HELL was mainly my songs with some songs by fellow travellers.

......fade in ...
while you dream, I live
I'm seein' demons
the sheriff of hell
the bogus man (originally by roxy music)
only the stoned
new face in hell (originally by the Fall)
my only regret ( I opened my mouth)
I wanna get lost again
heroic blues
one night of sin (originally by Elvis Presley)
lament (originally by the Doors)
crime and underwear
LAMENT (reprise)

POINT BLANK- the narrative show that had several seasons from 2006-2007 in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, ended with the performer being identified and SEEN by the audience/universe. PERCEIVED as an actual entitiy.
This is the follow up.
the PERFORMER lives only in THE EYE of the audience.
Using songs recorded by Elvis Presley (one night of sin), the Fall (new face in hell), Roxy Music (the bogus man) and the DOORS (lament) as well as his own songs, Dave Graney spins out this delicate thread of a story. thread.
Accompanied by the mistLY . Stuart perera on nylon string folk guitar, Clare Moore on minimal drums and percussion and Stu Thomas on bass.

The show was performed from from 26th to 28th March 2009. A second season was undertaken in October 2009. Four nights at the Butterfly Club.


INTRODUCTION track is from the earlier season and meant as an opener to the whole show. Sounds almost mono-lo-fi. So ts a separate track.


released November 21, 2013

Recorded at the Butterfly Club Sth Melbourne in October 2009. No mics used (except for two songs) .

Filmed by Nick David Cowans. (Thanks again)

dave graney concept, guitar , singing and talking
clarre moore- tiny drum kit , melodica and percussion - vocals
stuart perera nylon string guitar-vocals
stu thomas bass - vocals

A Youtube clip


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dave graney Melbourne, Australia

From Melbourne, Australia.
Dave Graney and Clare Moore were once in the Moodists, singer and drummer respectively.Then there was the Coral Snakes and and now Dave Graney and the mistLY.
Stu Thomas on bass since 2004 and Stuart Perera on guitar since 1998
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