Heroic Blues (2002)

by The Dave Graney Show

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CD released July 1st 2002 on the Cockaigne label. Distributed through MGM.
Recorded at the Ponderosa during April to October 2001.
Mixed at St Ives
Produced by Clare Moore and David Graney
All sessions engineered and mixed by Adam Rhodes (except "heroic blues" which was recorded live to minidisc by Adam and "don't mess with the blood" which was recorded at Trueform in Spotswood by Neil in April 2002)

Mastered at DK by Bill Miller.
Artwork and photography by Tony Mahony
All songs written by David Graney

If pushed, I guess I would call it a folk soul kind of record. After our previous two CDs I just wanted to get a collection of songs together that could be laid down at our studio with an acoustic guitar and then built up from there. "The Dave Graney Show" CD (1998) and then "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" (2000) had all been recorded with a lot of Midi / Keyboard tracks. I loved all the sampled textures that were suddenly available with the new hard disc technology. I wanted to get away from all that and make a vague kind of singer /songwriter type record.
I'd always heard that Lou Reed had made "Berlin " in that way, laying down the guitar and vocal and then leaving it to Bob Ezrin to make sense of, this was the vibe I wanted.
We laid all the tracks down in a couple of days. Clare and Adele then played the rhythm tracks. Adele was using a double bass and Clare was laying down some vibraphone. Bill wanted to come in at the end and improvise over all the tracks and Stuart did the same. We hadn't really played any of the tracks live before.
The title track was recorded live to minidisc at a soundcheck in a hotel in Tarwin Lower. It was a kind of drifting interior monologue. A performer talking to himself. The ambience of the empty bar gave the track that extra melancholy dimension. I had shown everybody the chords once the day before and we jammed it out. There are no edits. It starts and finishes like it did that day.

Upon later reflection.....I've always been chasing the sound and attitudes of some Lou Reed albums I was affected by in the 70s, this is one of them. The title track is a long semi spoken piece. Quite aa dark, melancholy album, much like "kiss tomorrow goodbye". We really didn't know how far out on our own we were, though I hinted at it or gueesed it on "eye of the vibe" . Amazing that we could still pull off some sweet moves while working in such a vacuum. Nobody was giving us anything is what I mean. It had terrible reviews - but we've never been bad enough that people who write about music can think they own it. I was getting into the songwriting and letting them dictate the sounds. Quite a reflective album.

Fave lyric " then there was a time of great confusion in the world / I drifted, free from the earths drag / there were no borders / there was no night or day
there was no end in sight / there was only the vast and weightless pull of the time around and ahead - anchors aweigh"

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"some people you know packed up and flew north / that'd be somethin' / to just get in the van and go
you know / maybe as soon as his leg comes good / the skin graft and the bone
as soon as the physio says its cool and the insurance cheque comes through" (leavin' the Mount)

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released January 8, 2019

Dave Graney acoustic and electrfic guitars
Clare Moore drums, percussion, vocals, keys
Stuart Perera electric guitar
Bill Miller acoustic and electric guitar and backing vocals
Adele Pickvance bass and backing vocals.

Heroic Blues
(the third dave graney show CD)

CD released June 2002 on the Cockaigne label .

“Heroic- suitable to the character of a hero;daring,noble, intrepid, determined. What are ya? a fuckin’ hero?”
“Blues- colloquial, a fight; a dispute- a mistake- discoloured by cold, contusion, fear, rage or vascular collapse.-the unknown, the dim distance;nowhere-”Macquarie dictionary.

The Vibe Leading up to “Heroic Blues”

Previous CD released “ Kiss tomorrow Goodbye ( Cockaigne 2000. Contained “drugs are wasted on the young” , “out of the loop” and “have you heard about the Melbourne mafia”)

Significant activities and events since that release.
Constant live performances around Australia. (Favourites included a “mayoral gala performance variety show in Mt Gambier SA which saw the band go on after a dog act and finish the show being surrounded by children throwing streamers over them. There was also a performance at the Marybinong detention centre in November 2001, a performance on a Melbourne tram for a Melbourne public radio station and our first time show at the Meredith festival.)

Live dates in New York and Boston (David Graney and Clare Moore with a Brooklyn bass player, Spike Priggen), November 2000. Also, several dates in London with the full Dave Graney Show line up, ( Coincided with bass player Adele Pickvance touring Europe , the UK and the USA as a member of the Go Betweens).

Live dates in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, February 2001.

Two months as opening act for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds throughout Europe and the UK May-June 2001. (Included David Graney’s “too close to death and Pere La Chaise Cemetery ” experience with a bleeding lung infection and intensive care in Paris). These dates were done with David Graney, Clare Moore and Stuart Perera with two musicians from Edinburgh on guitar and bass.

September 2001, Australian theatre tour as opening act for Billy Bragg. Several dates in Perth done by David and Clare with Marty Casey from the Bad Seeds on bass. ( Other dates around this time done with Ken Gormley from the Cruel Sea on bass)

October 2001 , release of Clare Moore’s debut solo CD, “the Third Woman” on Chapter Music.

Ongoing activities, sourcing material and conferring with former members (Steve Miller, Mick Turner, Chris Walsh) of the Moodists for a forthcoming double CD retrospective to be released on WMinc. Doing the same for a repackaged extra dimensional edition of “night of the wolverine”. Bill Miller hard at work on his fourth solo CD. Adele Pickvance scheduled for further Go Betweens work in the studio and on the road. Clare Moore working on her 2nd solo album as well as performing with her Speckled Band. David Graney and Clare Moore working on a feature film soundtrack, BAD EGGS.

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dave graney and the mistLY are a rock band from Melbourne, Australia.
Dave Graney and Clare Moore were once in the Moodists, singer and drummer respectively.Then there was the Coral Snakes and the Dave Graney Show and the Lurid Yellow Mist and now the mistLY.
Stu Thomas on bass since 2004 and Stuart Perera on guitar since 1998
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Track Name: Don't Mess With The Blood
we've got such a lot of unfinished business
so many things have happened
so much time has passed
you start to say somethin'
you think "not now, it's not the time!"
the time is never gonna be right.
it's the blood
don't mess with the blood
we see each other so rarely
you come up with some bullshit
you fling it so freely
I should've thrown it back long ago
I guess you think I like it
I took it from you once, I must
it's the blood
don't mess with the blood
it'll take a lot to turn this baby around
I don't have the time
do I have the energy?
what for?
what place are we gonna get back to now?
what shape?
at this late hour!
don't mess with the blood
it's the blood
don't mess with the blood
Track Name: Anchors Aweigh
in the beginning
it was so hard to breathe
so hard to see
so hard to find some space
like the air was earth
packed tight
so many people
all around and above and below
anchors aweigh
then there was a time of great confusion in the world
I drifted, free from the earths drag
there were no borders
there was no night or day
there was no end in sight
there was only the vast and weightless pull
of the time around and ahead
anchors aweigh

there was that song of yours
somethin' about your eyes watchin' someone
well now it's so hard to hear
now those eyes are closed
the streets of london
the streets of perth
dog eared pages in a library book
collected on the fly
shovin' off from the shoreline
anchors aweigh
all the people there were strangers to me again
anchors aweigh
anchors aweigh
Track Name: Son Of Maggie Mae
she threw my old man out the front door one cold , windswept night
she threw his clothes down from the first floor window
he said he was too young to stay
he was gonna move off to LA or somewhere
she said,
"you'll always be haunted by these windswept,cobblestone streets
you'll never get over me
no matter how far you go
what kind of brandy you drink"

I don't remember all my fathers faces
I lost track of all the city rooms we rented
there was a pool cue in the corner in a grand old case
a tartan scarf and a macintosh by the front door for a while
she left my pram outside the front door to soak up the sun for a while
two hoboes took me for a while
left me in a supermarket aisle

she brought me into her world
in her wild way
she was never a girl
people whispered a famous name

an old folk song goes all over the place
every foot step was illuminated
they say she had her wild times
long before and long after I arrived
the way I knew her she was so quiet
we were like balls of mercury
forever breaking
forever the same
he ran away
she ran away
I ran away

money comes from somewhere every now and again
an old folk song goes all over the place
a poor boy sits in a palace hung with portraits
of Jack the Ripper
and the Prince of Wales
Track Name: Leavin' the Mount
there’s a show on up the road
someone's puttin on a keg
your shoes are made of retread tyres
you drive an immaculate Morris Minor
the guy you like has got greasy hair and a bad leg
he dropped his bike on a party night
you only see each other with a mob around
he drinks until he gets carried home
green ginger wine and buddah sticks
chillums,shotguns,panel vans
your high waisted jeans are too tight
whats that song you like?
"La Grange........"
some people you know packed up and flew north
that'd be somethin
to just get in the van and go
you know
maybe as soon as his leg comes good
the skin graft and the bone
as soon as the physio says its cool
and the insurance cheque comes through
Track Name: Clingin' ToThe Coast
clinging to the coast
holdin to the inner city
who knows what horrors lie in the west
the beach
the sand
the coast
the bay
the coffee
the tables on the footpath
the bars
the faces
the little shops
the markets
the lovely village
the vibe you read about
walkin everywhere
your reflection in the window
the excellent windows
funny chairs
old cars

out west they have factories
out west there is no water
out west it is dry
mornin sun in your eye
afternoon sun in your eye

clinging to the coast
holding to the inner city
who knows what horrors lie in the west
don’t go no further
don’t go inside
there is no water
you might never come back
they got hired guns
they got hangin judges
they got lawless streets
and roaming savage tribes
Track Name: I Will Always Hate You
Sometimes
I'm sittin about with my pals
shootin' the breeze
layin' back’n’laughin'
drinkin' wine
then ,out of nowhere
you spring into my mind
like a ghost touchin' my shoulder
like a chill comin' over the room
I will always hate you
you got the power
I don’t know how
I don’t know when
you made the move
you got the mozz on me
I will always hate you
I know it's stupid
I shouldn't be so weak
I must be vigilant
I must be strong
I must remember
there is somethin' I have to do
there is a certain time
and place
that I really have to make
I will always hate you
Track Name: Heroic Blues
I'm standin in a bar
singin my songs
theres six people hangin around
they've got nowhere else to go
I'm a hero, thats what I do
no one buys my records
no one knows my old songs
I've played here before
there were so many people
I'm a hero , thats what I do
looked at from another direction,
this could seem pretty sad
tragic even
I gotta pull somethin out of this moment
that woman at the back of the room
shes travelled so far
I'm a hero , thats what I do
I'm livin out the other side of a dream
I'm comin down
I'm flattening out
I'm slowly makin my way back to the big room
I'm a hero , thats what I do
I've seen this place before
I've been around three times
there must be somethin I could do
am I in colour?
or is it black and white from now on?
am I losing?
am I winning?
how long have I been playing?
when did it become a game?
I'm a hero , thats what I do
you know they can't breathe this atmosphere
people off the street can't live at this speed
I'm ridin over the scene
I'm all over the room
I'm a hero , thats what I do
I got blues
heroic blues
I don't just lose
I make heroic blues
its a star vehicle
and I'm the writer
and I'm the director
and I'm the player
I'm editing in camera
I got blues
I got blues
heroic blues
my life has a life of its own
my dreams have dreams of their own
my blues have blues of their own
I got blues
heroic blues
Track Name: I Don't Know Anything
I didn't know much but what I knew I really knew
upside , over, back to front
my mind was like a torch light in a pitch black room
but that light was hard, so hard
I could even see through it
I could see through my world to the other side
if I'd've met you then
you wouldn't be around now
I'd've slayed you where you stood
I knew everything
now, I don't have the juice
I don't have the concentration
I don't have the power
I don't know anythin'!
it's like I'm standin' in a floodlit stadium
I'm at the centre square
I know the names of the streets outside
and where they go
I know the last time I went to the end of those streets
I know I'll never get to the end again in a long while
I know
I don't know anythin'!
I don't know anythin'!
Track Name: Eye O' The Vibe
the vibe was not with me
the movin' finger havin' been chewed
moved across the page
I just know it ain't like it was
every step was illuminated
everybody knew what was gonna happen next
I just know I am alone
there weren't a thing that I could do
walking along a dirt road
there weren't no end in sight
the stones cut into my bare feet
I shiver and stand still
no one knows where I am
the wind blows
the vibe was not with me
I was deep in alien waters
I over extended myself
the crowd was with me
woke up deep in debt to some rough bastards
they don't care about the game I'm playin'
they just want their wedge
I just can’t get ahead
the vibe was not with me
now I feel the soft grassy earth bounce under my feet
I hear the whispers of sweet encouragement in my ear
the world I knew is gone
yeah I know my way back,baby
it is time for me to keep my gums flappin
I know how to live in a new way
the vibe was not with me
the swells had glassed out
the sets were ages in between
I'd been a fool
I'd been so soft
I should've stayed a little behind the play
sat with my back to the door
and watched the sky
the vibe is with me
yeah the vibe is with me
Track Name: Are We Goin' Too Fast For Love?
how do we find each other?
how do we meet?
how can we tell the difference?
who is what and what is not?
that special person?
what’s so special?
are we goin' too fast for love?
so many films have been made
so many scenes have been played out
do we meet in a bar?
or look across the room at a party?
is it through a friend of yours or a friend of mine?
does it matter that we’ve danced before?
with other people
and we lost?
tried too hard and drove them away
are we goin' too fast for love?
will we be walkin' across a parkin' lot outside a supermarket that's closed?
will we get to talkin'?
wouldn’t you be scared?
how do we get to cross all this space between us?
how do we make the leap?
do we get drunk or take some drugs
so if things turn out not so good
we can say we weren’t ourselves
it was all a silly mistake
are we goin too fast for love?

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