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Dave Graney and Clare Moore Livestream (tix req)
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At the 1996 Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards ceremony, Dave Graney was named Best Australian Male Artist. With characteristic style, Dave’s wardrobe for the occasion consisted of a pink, crushed velvet suit and a wig that would have made any self-respecting 1970s porno star jealous. By announcing tongue-in-cheek “the King is dead, long live the King”, Graney accepted his rightful place alongside John Paul Young, John Farnham and Daryl Braithwaite in the King of Pop pantheon. Of course, it had only taken the local music industry 16 years to acknowledge one of the most enigmatic and genuinely talented rock showmen this country has ever known. If paying one’s dues is the way to stardom, then Graney’s time was well overdue.
Graney started out in The Slunks, a punk band he put together in 1978 with a few friends in his hometown of Mount Gambier, South Australia. He moved to Adelaide and formed Sputniks with Clare Moore (drums), Steve Miller (guitar), Phil Costello (guitar) and Liz Dealey (bass). Graney, Moore and Miller moved to Melbourne as The Moodists in 1980. The Moodists , now consistng of Steve Miller, Clare Moore, Dave Graney, Chris Walsh (bass) and Mick Turner guitar, relocated to London in October 1983, and broke up in 1986.
At the end of 1987, Graney and Moore unveiled their new band, Dave Graney with the Coral Snakes. The rest of the band comprised British musicians Louis Vause, Gordy Blair and Malcolm Ross. The Coral Snakes replaced the unsettling thump’n’grind of The Moodists with a more refined, lyrical style of rock with a noticeable Gram Parsons flavour. Graney and his band recorded their debut 12-inch EP, Dave Graney with the Coral Snakes at His Stone Beach, with producer Barry Adamson in August 1988. Just as the EP came out in the UK on the Fire label, Graney and Moore had to leave the country at the behest of the Immigration Department. Once settled back in Australia, Graney and Moore formed The White Buffaloes with Rod Hayward (guitar; ex-Little Murders), Chris Walsh (bass; ex-Moodists) and Conway Savage (from Boy Kings) on keyboards. Martin Lubran (ex-Hunters & Collectors) augmented the line-up on pedal steel guitar. “My Life on the Plains” (March 1990) revealed Graney’s love of romantic, country-flavoured R&B, and included covers of Gram Parson’s `Brass Buttons’ and Fred Neil’s `Dolphins’ (as covered by Tim Buckley). The album title was derived from the autobiography of Lt. Col. George Custer. Graney also developed his Buffalo Bill Cody persona around that time, replete with waxed goatee and ostrich-skin jacket. By the time the album appeared, Graham Lee (ex-Triffids) had replaced Lubran on pedal steel, and Savage had departed to tour with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
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