king of the dudes (2012 single)

by dave graney

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dave graney and the mistLY released "you've been in my mind", a rockn’roll album in July 2012.A 12 track upvibed , loud and smart masterpiece.
In April, , Dave Graney recorded “king of the dudes” and decided to put it out digitally. For the hell of it.
It’s a one off kind of a tune. Electro boogie in style with all instruments played by Dave Graney. Guitars sliding and vamping way back in the mix. And up high. Reminiscent in parts of “night theme” from Iggy Pop and James Williamsons late 70s opus , “kill city”.

“If there was a town
If there was a city
If there was a world worth lordin’ it over
I would be there ignoring one and all
Cool as spreading fern
King of the dudes…”

The title came from a character in a book about 19th Yankee railroad robber barons. Dave Graney, as usual, took off from there with a hiccup driven stroll and a meditation on the strength to be drawn from time alone. Gathering strength to throw yourself once again into the social world. The whirling world of gossip, reputation and useless but addictive political intrigue.


if there was a town
if there was a city
if there was a world worth lordin it over
I would be there
'ignorin one and all
cool as spreadin fern
king of the dudes

I'd sit under the cool canopy of a perfumed tree
sippin licorice tea
I'd shun the trouble of conversation
the displeasure of memory
the vanity of thought

the derangement of the body and mind?
I would know the race
spiritous liquors excite only disgust!


released March 5, 2012
all instruments dave graney
engineered and mixed by dave graney



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dave graney and the mistLY Melbourne, Australia

Releasing a digital track every month since February 2016.

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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