We’d like to know a little bit about you for our files, however we don’t like regurgitating press releases or asking the easy questions. No-one gets out of the Tone Deaf Interrogation lightly, so just hold still, grit your teeth, clench your buttocks and be still while we put on the rubber gloves, apply the thumbscrews, and pull out our thermometer while you open up and say ahhhhhhhhhhh… Truthful answers only or we drink your rider while you’re on stage.

Everyone joins or forms a band to get laid. If your band represents your sex life are you Casanova or spending plenty of time doing the five knuckle shuffle?

I play music because i like the music part of it. If music is any good , yes, it has some sex in it or on it or around it.

We don’t want to know about the painfully hip bands your press release says you’re influenced by. Take us back to your bedroom when you were 14. What band posters did you have on the wall?

Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Rolling Stones, Hound Dog Taylor, Johhny Winter, Deep Purple, Allman Brothers, Quicksilver Messenger Service, JJ Cale, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ian Hunter, Lou Reed, War.

What’s been your worst gig and why are you glad there’s no footage of it on Youtube … yet?

Depends who is bad for. Do you mean for us or for the audience? As to the latter, i did do a gig in Perth when Princess Di had died and attempted a version of ‘Street Hassle’ with her being mentioned in it. You know the part where there is a dead prostitute on the floor and the dope dealer is telling her boyfriend to ‘drag her out in the street an’ by the morning she’s another hit and run…?” The room was slowly clearing out. I wish there was some Youtube of that….

I always enjoy playing music and doing gigs.

Tomorrow’s payday, so we’ve only got $20 to get you drunk. Where do we go and what do we buy with it?

I don’t drink. I like to sit and have a coffee in the city. But i only like Starbucks . Brewed coffee only. Not too strong and in a big paper cup.

We’ve been looking in the $2 bin at Dixons Recycled and also bidding on ebay – what releases are we looking for there that your band has put out?

I guess that would be the highest selling one and that would be “the soft and sexy sound”. Its a great disc. I would be happy for people to enjoy any of the discs we’ve made. I did the best i could with ’em all. The latest, ‘supermodified” , is a pretty good place for someone to start actually. You know, if i was interrogated by the secret police and they wanted to know what it was i did i could tell them to listen to supermodified and that would be it. A lot of my other records have strayed away from our central themes but the last three have been very focussed.

Suppose we put a gun to your head and force you to kiss a member of another Australian band. Who, which band and why?

I think the rapper Dirtchild might be worth the punch you’d probably get for your troubles. Then you might have an interesting chat after all the violence. Internationally, it would be Sophie Ellis Bextor. Because she’s an absolute doll.

Dave Graney & The Lurid Mist join music journalist vanity band Telecom at The Tote this Saturday September 11. Meanwhile the real rock n’ roll of The Lurid Mist continues around Australia for a number of dates.

Friday September 10th- Tote Hotel w/ Telecom – VIC
Friday September 17th- The Espy St Kilda – VIC
Saturday Sept 18th- Westernport Hotel San Remo- VIC
Saturday Oct 2nd – Semaphore workers Club – SA
Sunday Oct 3rd- Semaphore Music festival (early afternoon) – SA
Sunday Oct 3rd – Wheatsheaf Hotel – Thebarton (late afternoon) – SA
Friday Nov 5th- Coogee Diggers -NSW w/ Conway Savage (Bad Seeds)
Saturday Nov 6th- Morpeth Bitter and Twisted Festival – Maitland – NSW
Sunday Nov 7th – Sandringham Hotel – Newtown- w/ Conway Savage (Bad Seeds) – NSW