Friday, June 19, 2009

And now for something completely different…

Words fail me trying to describe the music of Dave Graney who was the in store feature performer at Basement Discs today.

Dave Graney has been around the Melbourne music scene since the early 1980s and at one stage gained the self styled sobriquet of King of Pop after winning an Aria award for best male vocalist in 1995.

Today was the first time I’d witnessed his live act. It was interesting to say the least – it initially startles with its dissonance and unconventionality, but soon has you on side, riveted by the crazy lyrics and funky beat.

He has a new CD, Knock Yourself Out, described as a “filthy R n B set, or an electric boogie album”. The audience at Basement Discs was given a taste to the tune of five songs, including the title track, Body Snatcher Blues, Sell Out and Throwin’ One Into The World.

Today Dave was accompanied by most of his The Lurid Yellow Mist band, with Clare Moore on drums and vocals, Stuart Thomas on bass and vocals, and Stuart Perera on guitar.

It was an unusual musical interlude for Friday lunchtime and something completely different, to quote Monty Python, from last week’s captivating show by Jordie Lane.

Check out
Dave Graney’s web site for lyrics and other information, and visit his My Space page to see/hear him in action.


Bwca Brownie said...


Does anybody at Basement discs get any work done?

Anne S said...

Brownie, they work very hard, and putting on their magnificent in store performances is a major task in organization and timing.

I certainly would not accuse them of shirking.

Ann oDyne said...

I wasn't insulting them - I ran a record shop myself for 11 years.

Mr Graney is a Living National Treasure

Kay said...

You've convinced me once and for all that Melbourne is the only place in Australia I want to visit. (Oh, apart from Perth again to see my sister, and Tasmania where my grandfather was brought up.)