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Dave Graney and Clare Moore

'Why would you want to listen to pub rock?'

Dave Graney and Clare Moore
Video: 2 minutes 41 seconds

Australian musicians Dave Graney and Clare Moore discuss music, photography and bandoleros of meat.

This video was produced with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.

[Clare] Well, we met in Adelaide in 1978, and we formed a band together, and we played gigs around Melbourne and eventually becomes The Moodists.
[Dave] The Moodists finished in 1987, and then we started Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes in London, that went from 1987 to 1997. We started the Dave Graney Show, and Dave Graney and the mistLY, and that's what we've been doing ever since.
[Clare] It was at a time when music was incredibly popular, it was the only thing kind of going apart from TV, what, you know, four channels of TV, so everyone went out and watched bands, so it was really a great time.
[Dave] We hated classic Australian pub rock, which was, is what's seen as the, you know, defining thing of that era. When you knew The Saints and Radio Birdman and The Sex Pistols, Public Image, the pop group Pere ubu. Why would you want to listen to pub rock?
Bleddyn has so many photos of us and they're probably the least representative. You should have seen the other photos. If you saw the magazine, it's Black and White magazine. It's nude rock star issue. It's quite hilarious for 90's pompousness. It's kind of a throw back to tits and ass magazines of the 50's, I think, but with 90's advertising gloss.
[Clare] Lots of people took it quite seriously, unlike us, and Bleddyn, we didn't take it that seriously.
[Clare] We weren't nude obviously,
[Dave] We were, we put clothes on and dressed up.
[Clare] The sausage one,
[Dave] The sausage one.
[Clare] Made it, though. What's the idea behind it?
[Dave] Just a bandolero of meat. Just looks silly. It's funny, something being out of context. It's embarrassing. I would never present myself like that.
[Clare] It was kind of odd to go to the opening of that and stare at these photos on the wall. They were blown up, just like, oh God. That's not what we had in mind when we had the picture taken. But it's fine...