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All books are now out of print except for BEFORE IT BREAKS and CHARLOTTE AND THE STARLET kids’ series. City of Light and Before It Breaks are available on Kindle. If Before It Breaks is not at your bookstore then sack them .


MUGS GAME re-mastered double album with all tracks from the original album plus an entire album of early demos recorded in UK and Perth $19 US plus $5 US postage

CORRECT PLANET re-mastered doubled cd which has all tracks from CORRECT WEIGHT plus all tracks from THIS IS MY PLANET plus bonus tracks $19 US plus $5 US postage

SUBURBS IN THE 70S re mastered double cd which has all tracks from the original clear cassette “bootleg” tapes $19 US plus $5 US postage

FREE KICKS the remastered original Free Kicks album $10 US plus $5 US postage



ALL products are available at the Dave Warner Store


9 TRACK CD of the songs from THE KING AND ME


The Mandurah Summer of Music Concert has been postponed till 2016 but Dave Warner's From the Suburbs will be celebrating all things Australian with a gig at THE CHARLES HOTEL NORTH PERTH FRIDAY JAN 23 20015. Tix are on sale or will be on sale soon. Dave invites the Suburban Army to celebrate this great country FRIDAY JANUARY 23 - there will be no better way to start the long weekend.

For updates, keep an eye on Dave's BLOG and FACEOOK PAGE

And you can also follow Dave on Twitter: @SuburbanWarner


Dave Warner's From The Suburbs Sydney Gig: 7 September, 7.30pm at The Bridge Hotel in Rozelle, Sydney

Dave Warner is back for one Sydney gig with the same great band as last year and jam packed support line-up including Australia's finest surf guitarist Martin Cilia, the internationally acclaimed Fuchsia and exciting Nicole Binet.


Dave's getting back to the Suburbs with two gigs in August.

The first will be at the Charles Hotel, in North Perth, on August 24. The band's lineup will be the same as it was for last year's sell-out gig - Dave Warner, Tony Durant, Howie Johnstone, Martin Cilia and Phil Bailey - with two full hours of classic Suburbs.
Contact the hotel directly for tickets.

The second will be at the Caravan Music Club in Oakleigh, Victoria. As wella s Dave up front, the band will consist of original Suburb Tony Durant, Greg Macainsh, Martin Cilia and Lloyd Gyi. The night will feature two hours of early Suburbs and classics like Half Time at the football. Martin Cilia will support with surf guitar and Tony Durant with Fuchsia.


Northern Perth Gig

Saturday Oct 13

Charles Hotel, North Perth

As well as Dave, the band will be Tony Durant, Howie Johnstone, Phil Bailey and Martin Cilia.

Also available will be three new DVDs: Live at the Raffles 86, Live at the Raffles 89, and Warner in the Wild.

Carnival of Suburbia

The ultimate celebration of suburban culture, creativity and passion...

Staged in 2 Venues over 10 Days

8th - 18th March 2012

The second annual installment of the Carnival of Suburbia runs across the whole ten days of the 2012 Oakleigh Music Festival.

Emerging out of the so-called cultural "wastelands" of Melbourne’s southern suburbs back in March 2011, Carnival of Suburbia rose like a flower in the desert to firmly establish itself as an iconic ten day annual event celebrating Melbourne’s suburban soul and culture. In a jam packed festival landscape Carnival of Suburbia was seen to be offering something different and suburbanites and citysiders alike flocked for tickets.

The festival has built on the phenomenal success of Oakleigh’s Caravan Music Club which has gone from strength to strength by showcasing quality national and international talent to music-starved local audiences. The greatly expanded festival program this year has resulted in a second venue being added, the Oakleigh Bowling Club, a short stroll down from the Caravan Club.

The opening event this year will be another installment of the smash hit from last year’s program, "JVG’s Stopping All Stations Except East Richmond". An ensemble show with RRR’s Jon von Goes, a posse of Melbourne romantics including David Bridie and Henry Wagons will be lead on a sentimental journey through the "burbs". The suburban content has been cranked up a notch this year with new shows featuring Dave Warner ("I’m Just A Suburban Boy"), Jane Clifton ("Everywhere I Hang My Hat Is Home") and Mic Conway & Robbie Long launching their new album "Street Of Dreams". Another festival highlight will be "Under Suburban Skies" featuring the music, poetry and meanderings of Dog Trumpet (Reg Mombassa & Peter O’Doherty), Dave Graney, Lisa Miller & Brian Nankervis.

Shows by celebrated local favourites Wagons , The Audreys and The Celibate Rifles will be complimented by the Melbourne premiere of "A Night At The Crossroads" - a fervent tribute to Mississippi Blues Legend Robert Johnson which features some of Sydney’s and Melbourne’s finest Blues musicians. The hugely successful Big Gospel Breakfast will also be back again this year featuring the South Of The River Gospel Choir and Bob Sedergreen.

Carnival Of Suburbia also features a contingent of extraordinary international talent including New York folk scene hero Judy Collins and founding member of both The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers , Chris Hillman, performing alongside renowned Californian banjo player/ guitarist Herb Pedersen. Also appearing is acclaimed US folk-poet songwriter Pieta Brown accompanied by The Sawdust Boys with very special guest Lucie Thorne.

This second annual Carnival of Suburbia emphatically cements Oakleigh’s place as a hub of live music performance south of the Yarra River. ..And we may still have a few tricks up our sleeve so stay tuned for further announcements!

"The suburbs are considered by many to be a barren wasteland devoid of culture, but in reality so much of the art hanging in trendy galleries and the music being played in hip inner urban venues is created in the garages and lounge rooms of suburbia so why not celebrate it in its place of origin. Carnival of Suburbia is about celebrating Melbourne suburban culture!" - Caravan Music Club Founder Peter Foley.

Caravan Music Club @ Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL
» 95-97 Drummond Street, Oakleigh

Thu 8th: JVG’s "Stopping All Stations Except East Richmond" featuring JVG Guitar Method, David Bridie, Henry Wagons, The Orbweavers, Ian Bland, Mic Conway, Ben Birchall, Jane Clifton, Gary Adams and many more

The hit of last year’s festival returns to open this year’s Carnival Of Suburbia program. Join 3RRR legend Jon von Goes and his ensemble of Melbourne romantics on a sentimental red rattler journey through the suburban heartland as he presents Stopping All Stations (except East Richmond). Special guests include David Bridie, Henry Wagons, Ian Bland, The Orbweavers and many more TBC.

Fri 9th: Wagons + The Nymphs + Dan Waters

Wagons are unanimously lauded as one of Australia’s great acts. Led by the rare charisma of frontman Henry Wagons they offer heavy doses of stomping outlaw country, irresistible crooning and classic pop. In both the live forum and on record, the band draw upon an uncommon range of influences given the current musical climate, including jump suit era Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, the grit between the floorboards at the Ol’ Opry, the spit in 70’s trumpet sections and Cormac MacCarthy’s psychedelic Westerns. Their live show is a performance like no other, treading a line between a Vegas 70s showroom extravaganza and a bunch of fresh faced undertakers letting loose at a rained sodden rock festival.

Sat 10th: The Celibate Rifles + Spencer P. Jones & The Escape Committee

Playing stripped-down, loud, and fast Ramones-inspired guitar rock, the Celibate Rifles were one of the earliest Australian punk bands to emerge during the post-Radio Birdman/Saints era. Taking their cues from these Aussie bands, along with the American hard rock of the Stooges, MC5, and Blue Oyster Cult, the Rifles were led by the twin-guitar attack of Kent Steedman and Dave Morris and the deadpan baritone of vocalist Damien Lovelock. They exploded out of the gates in 1982 with a series of records (released in Australia only) fueled by high-speed guitars, wah-wah-strangulated solos, and cartoonish, tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Playing initially for crowds of hard rock-loving surfers, it didn't take long for the Rifles to develop a following.

Sun 11th: (Morning) Big Gospel Breakfast featuring South Of The River Choir w/ Bob Sedergreen

South of the River is a Melbourne based community choir celebrating diversity and harmony through a shared passion for singing. Under the direction of Annemarie Sharry for 10 years, the choir explores the music and rhythms of Africa, traditional African American gospel and original Australian compositions. At this year’s BIG GOSPEL BREAKFAST, South of The River Choir will feature it’s homegrown soloists, percussionists and instrumentalists as well as the extraordinary talent of special guest, pianist Bob Sedergreen!

Sun 11th: (Evening) The Audreys + special guests

The Audreys are one of Australia's highest profile alt country/roots band, with a trifecta of ARIA wins for all three of their albums. "Sometimes The Stars", "When the Flood Comes" and "Between Last Night and Us" won the ARIA for The Best Blues & Roots album in 2011, 2008 and 2006 respectively. "Between Last Night and Us" is also a Gold certified album. They are a critics favorite in Australia, with both albums appearing in the best album polls of those years, including "When The Flood Comes" making Rolling Stone's Top 50 albums of 2008 (#39).

Tue 13th: Jane Clifton presents "Anywhere I Hang My Hat Is Home"

Imagine you returned to every home you had lived in. What memories would they stir? What stories would they tell? And if you are Jane Clifton, what songs would they replay? In 2008 well-known Melbourne entertainer, writer and one-time soap star, Jane Clifton, went back to visit every house she ever lived in - all 32 of them - and wrote a book about the experience, published by Penguin on May 30th 2011. Each house held particular musical memories that have helped shape Jane into the performer she has become. Ella, Frankie, the MGM musicals, Cliff Richard and the Shadows, Streisand, the Doors, Beatles and Rolling Stones, Janis, Aretha and Grace Slick. Join Jane and her hot combo, MD on piano John McAll, Phillip Rex double bass and Sam Lemann guitar, on a musical and literary journey from the Rock of Gibraltar to the flood plain of the Maribyrnong River in Melbourne's west.

Wed 14th: Pieta Brown & The Sawdust Boys (USA) + Lucie Thorne

To celebrate the Australian release of her stunning new album Mercury, US folk poet-songwriter Pieta Brown is returning for an Australian tour in March with her trio and special guest and friend Lucie Thorne. Pieta Brown (US) and Lucie Thorne (AUS) are possibly two of the most intriguing, talented and quietly enduring songwriters of their generation and respective homelands - this will be one tour to remember!

Thu 15th: Judy Collins (USA) + Daniel Champagne

Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes. Her impressive career has spanned more than 50 years and now 71, is still writing, performing, and nurturing fresh talent. She plays 80 to100 dates a year around the country. Judy Collins, a relentlessly creative spirit, is a modern day Renaissance woman who is also an accomplished painter, filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and an in-demand keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart.

Fri 16th: "A Night At The Crossroads" - A Tribute To Robert Johnson featuring Dom Turner, Jeff Lang, Ian Collard, Suzannah Espie, Johnny Cass, Jeremy Edwards and more.

An assembly of some of the finest blues musicians from Sydney and Melbourne pay homage to legendary Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson. Like it or not Robert Johnson's contribution to modern music is undeniably large. He has influenced almost every musician in modern music directly and indirectly. The myth that Robert made a deal at the crossroads was never denied or admitted but his mysterious death at the age of 27 was the start of club that took some of the biggest names in music. Robert Johnson lived fast and died young leaving a musical legacy that shaped the face of modern music. Johnson's songs have been covered by Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Cream to name but a few.

Sat 17th: Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen (USA) + Brent Parlane

Two of the most revered figures in the fields of American music that have come to be known as Americana, covering country, rock, folk, blues, bluegrass and everything in between, are headed for three weeks in Australia in March. Chris Hillman (founding member of both The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers) and Herb Pedersen (The Dillards, Desert Rose Band, etc) met and first played together in their teens in southern California, and both were noted bluegrass players before they hit their twenties. From there they each went on to be key players in the emergence of Country Rock, but never left their bluegrass and acoustic roots behind.

Oakleigh Bowling Club
» 87 - 93 Drummond Street, Oakleigh

Fri 9th: Mic Conway & Robbie Long - Album Launch

In a circus of comedy, music and magic, Mic Conway (Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band) has joined forces with flat-picking guitar champion Robbie Long to present an hilarious array of idiosyncratic songs that will make your jaw drop, toes tap and sides split. Launching their debut album "Street of Dreams" - it's surreal vaudeville for crooning and swooning.

Sat 10th: Dave Warner - "The Original Suburban Boy" + special guests

Dave Warner’s first band, Pus (72-74) may well have been Australia’s first punk band but with Warner based in Perth only a few locals and a handful of eastern-states explorers like Paul Madigan witnessed it. Songs like Suburban Boy, Hot Crotch, Campus Days and Throbbing Knob survived from Pus into Warner’s next era which he dubbed "suburban rock" and explored through his most well known band, Dave Warner’s From the Suburbs. At the pinnacle of Dave’s music career Bob Dylan described Dave as his favourite Australian song writer. Dave was the first inductee into the West Australian music industry’s Hall of Renown.

After releasing a number of albums including his most well known, the gold album, Mugs Game, Dave turned to his attention to other kinds of writing and performance.

Fri 16th: "Under Suburban Skies" featuring Dog Trumpet, Dave Graney, Lisa Miller, Mark Ferrie, Brian Nankervis

An affectionate, whimsical exploration of suburban life featuring the songs, poems and meanderings of Reg Mombassa & Peter O’Doherty from Dog Trumpet, Dave Graney, Lisa Miller, Mark Ferrie, Brian Nankervis and more.

Sat 17th: Emotionworks Cut Opera presents Bizet’s Carmen - "Carmen Descends into a Blues Nightmare"

Opera descends into a blues nightmare with blood, guts, sex, murder and intrigue - a night of opera, gospel, jazz and blues featuring the South of the River Gospel Choir and special guests.

Special Visual Art Event

The Caravan Dining Room
» 95-97 Drummond Street, Oakleigh

Wed 7th: Tony Sowersby - "The Art in Suburbia" (Runs until 18 Mar)

Carnival of Suburbia presents an exhibition of artworks by Tony Sowersby, opening on Wed 7th Mar at 6.30 pm. The Art in Suburbia features both old and new works by the visual artist Tony Sowersby. For decades, life in South-Eastern suburbs has been at the core of Sowersby’s work. These images are as nostalgic and ironic, historical and current, humorous and melancholy as any depictions of such a diverse community should be.

Carnival of Suburbia Tix & Info:
Peter Foley // 0411 569 180 // peter@caravanmusic.com.au

Media Contact: Penney & Logan Publicity
Carolyn Logan // 0400 441025 // carolynlogan@bigpond.com
Tilly Morris // 0418 582 812 // enquiries@tillymorris.com.au
Postal // PO Box 361 Clifton Hill Victoria, Australia 3068

Event Links:



Hi Gang

There is a reading of my screenplay Sister Sister – aka Dirty Girls/Brace – at the Dungog Film Festival this Sunday, 31 May, at 10.30 AM. The director Andrew Lewis and myself will be there along with co-producer Philip Bowman. Keep an eye on my blog for updates:



That's right, Dave now has a Wordpress blog, where he will be updating the world refularly with his views on evrything from the lousy umpiring in the AFL to the state of modern music. Spread the word,, and be sure to check it out often.



A program that recently aired on the ABC television network in Australia has got Dave all riled up. And why? Because the documentary purporting to be about the Perth original music scene in the 1970s and 80s completely ignored Dave Warner's From The Suburbs ...

Read Dave's rant


Author Dave Warner is auctioning the dedication to the third book in his popular Charlotte and the Starlet series and donating the proceeds to Bear Cottage, NSW's only children's hospice located in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The highest bidder will get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dedicate this fun children’s book to someone special.

Dave says: ‘In my books, I try to transport kids to a fun and enjoyable place for the duration of the book, but that is so little compared to what is needed for these courageous kids in the real world. It occurred to me that one thing I could do to make a real difference for the kids and the amazing volunteers at Bear Cottage was to raise some money for them. A book dedication does not break or fade, it is there for all time. I thought maybe there is someone out there who is so grateful for being able to share their life with a person they love that they will buy this dedication and at the same time help those at Bear Cottage. Even five hundred dollars can help these kids. Perhaps there is a parent who will gain some pleasure from knowing that even in fifty years’, time their child can look back on this dedication and remember how much their mum or dad loved them, and how that love made a better world for those kids less fortunate.’

The auction went live this morning and runs until 10am Monday 23 February 2009. The book will be in stores on 1 May 2009. The dedication must be less than 25 words and must be suitable for inclusion in a children’s book. The online auction has been fully endorsed by Bear Cottage and the book publishers, Random House. Click this link to go to the Ebay page

Dave would love to raise the profile of this auction in order to raise more money for Bear Cottage. To organise an interview please contact:
Yae Morton
Children’s Book Publicist
Random House Australia
Phone: 02 8923 9803
Email: ymorton@randomhouse.com.au
Mobile: 0409 888 866

About the book
Charlotte and the Starlet is a hilarious series of books starring a determined teenage girl from outback Australia and a Hollywood diva who happens to be a talking horse. Perfect for girls 8 – 12 years old who love horses. When Thornton Downs academy is sued, there is only one solution: Leila must return to her beloved Hollywood and make a movie to save the academy. But Hollywood has its own problems – snobby stars, rival film-makers, disgruntled employees, and the lure of glamorous parties to tempt Leila. Who has kidnapped Sarah-Jane, and why? Charlotte, Todd, Leila and Ms Strudworth have to find out before the film is cancelled and the academy is shut down.
ISBN: 9781741663075
Publisher: Random House Australia
RRP: $15.95
Publication Date: 1 May 2009

Find out more about the Charlotte and the Starlet books at Random House and charlotteandthestarlet.com Find out more about Bear Cottage at bearcottage.chw.edu.au


Thank you to the numerous fans who contacted me after hearing Suburban Boy on Channel 7’s Packed To The Rafters. Some of you didn’t realise that I also wrote that episode. In fact, I’ve been involved on the show from a pretty early time, well before it commenced production. The show was created by Bevan Lee, Anthony Ellis and Jo Porter and I was fortunate to be invited to join them, to plan much of the original series arc with the gorgeous and highly-talented JJJ broadcaster and writer Marieke Hardy. We buttered up again to help plan the second series, too. I’m now in the process of writing my third episode for this show which so many Australians identify with. Although I was pleased to see Suburban Boy get an outing on the show, it wasn’t my suggestion. That came from the producers who thought the song would be perfect for the very suburban Dave Rafter. Anyway, thank you all again for contacting me and I hope you keep watching.

As you know, I re-released Mugs Game this year to mark its 30th anniversary and many of you have bought a copy which features a whole lot of original demos from the 1970s that show genesis of the concept of “suburban rock”. I hope you are enjoying the time trip back to days before the internet, mobile phones and even VCRs.

Book-wise, I’ve been working on the 3rd of my children’s books in the Charlotte and the Starlet series and I’ve also been busy with a number of feature films which are at various stages of development. Unfortunately it’s a tough world for feature film at the moment and I can only keep my fingers crossed that they see the light of day. It’s very frustrating when you see films you’ve been working on for maybe 10 years have their idea, or similar ideas, finally seized upon by Hollywood and made into huge hits, but that’s the lot of Australian writers.

Take care you suburbanites and draw comfort that 30 years after Mugs Game the world has caught on, and now from Howard Arkley to Dave Rafter it’s very cool to be a child of laminex and lino.



New Year's Eve has been and gone, and it was a very fine time for those who attended the Mulberry on Swan gig. Following red-hot sets from The Stems and the Hoodoo Gurus we took the stage and clubbed out an hour's worth of classic Warner. My personal highlight was Mug's Game, where Derek and Sandra found themselves at a Pakistan political rally with free front-row tickets and complimentary bulky ceremonial vests which begn ticking loudly as an unnamed political leader approached ... what happened next? Well, you should have paid your money and come along to Mulberry to find out. And a very special hello to Kate and Brian Ingram, two of my most loyal fans who were there on the night.

Speaking of Mug's Game, the gig marked the first sales of the special 30th anniversary edition of the Mug's Game album, which has been reissued as a double CD with 14 new bonus tracks. Make sure you get your copy before they run out.

On the film front, Brace (formerly Dirty Girls) will begin shooting in Perth in March. This has been a long labour of love but this low-budget indy project about teenage twin girls and their dysfunctional relationship promises to be my most satisfying foray into the medium.
NB: We are still looking for investors to boost our budget and make the film as cinematic as possible. Email me for details.

To television, where I have been working on a second series for Canal Road — yet to debut on Channel 9. I have no idea when we will see it on our screens, but I think you will find it different to the usual Australian TV drama. I have also written for Packed to the Rafters (Channel 7), a terrific drama/comedy wth great humanity and funny as well. Here's an exclusive tip: my episode features Suburban Boy in the soundtrack. We will let you know when both shows will be going to air.

Unfortunately I haven't had the time to do my next adult novel, but I have been working assiduously through one, mapping and plotting. Owing to the runaway success of my first effort in children's literature, Charlotte and the Starlet, I am currently finishing off the second adventure of cute outback girl Charlotte and sassy Hollywood horse Leila. Titled A Friend in Need, this adventure sees the girls separated with Leila sold to a carnival and Charlotte forced to endure the rigours of a deportment academy. They reunite moments before Leila is about to cop the chainsaw from some ruthless illegal loggers.

Well that's me. As for you, I hope you all have a fabulous and enjoyable 2008.


PS: I will be speaking at the Elizabeth Jolley Forum at Perth's Curtin University on February 8, starting at 6pm. I hope some of you can make it along.


Yes, finally we can announce THE NEW MUG'S GAME CD is here. The double CD includes the original 1978 MUG'S GAME album plus a second bonus CD of 14 early recordings by Dave Warner. Most of these are demos which Dave recorded in London in 1976. Tony Durant, who came out to join the Suburbs in Australia, plays on many of these tracks. They also include the Bicton Records release of Summer 78/Australian Heat which Dave recorded in Perth with the original Suburbs line-up prior to Tony's arrival.

Tracks on the bonus demo CD include Bicton Breezes, Divine Service, Ulysses and These Parts which were all part of the early Suburbs repertoire played at venues like Alberts Tavern and the Civic Hotel. At $29 the double CD is fabulous value. The good news doesn't end there. To mark the release of Mug's Game, the price on Free Kicks, This is Your Planet and Surplus & Dearth has been reduced to a low $17 each including postage.

And as for gigs, stand by Perth fans. Dave and the Suburbs will be playing New Year's Eve at Mulberry on Swan in support of Hoodoo Gurus. Tickets from Mulberry on Swan. More information is available at On The Swan. ________________________________________________________________


I would rather my crime novels sat in your bookshelves than in a box in my cupboard so I'm dropping the prices on 5 of my novels to single digit figures. Big Bad Blood is a dark and complex thriller in the syle of James Elloy, Exxxpresso is a fast paced romp through the wild West Australian Goldifelds a la Elmore Leonard and the Murder In The... series introduces Lizard Zirk, a prematurely retired rock musician who sleuths through Agatha Christie like whodunnits.
Go on an Aussie Crime Spreeand order up big at my BOOKS page.



What a fantastic celebration the Bon Scott concert turned out to be. Around 12,000 people braved the vicious Perth heat to come hear some sledgehammer rock from the likes of Angry Anderson, The Angels, Alan Lancaster, The Volcanics and of course myself, ably abetted by The Suburbs: Tony Durant and Howie Johnstone from the original recording band plus Martin Cilia, Howard Shawcross and Gandharva.

These days it's hard to say many things bring a smile to the face but the sight of mums, dads and kids in their matching Bon Scott or AC/DC T-shirts certainly made me feel good. I felt proud to be a part of the concert and proud to be part of rock and roll. I met up with many Suburbs fans there, regulars like Kate and Keith, Jerry and Eli but also made some new mates. One group of fans had come all the way from Newman – some 1200km for the gig. I reckon that very few of the people in the crowd had ever heard my music and many had probably never even heard of me, but the crowd gave us a fantastic reception and made it easy on us as we rocked through the likes of Convict Streak, African Summer and Suburban Boy.

It was about 40 degrees in the direct sun and I was fortunate the bloke on the water gun was up front of the stage so I could get a hit. Organisers Buz Bidstrup and Marcus Ahern can take a bow. The show ran smoothly, even ahead of time, and for us old rockers it was a fabulous opportunity to get back and celebrate. One of the highlights was the sponsors' dinner on the Friday night. We watched an inspired set from Dave Tice and former AC/DC bass player Mark Evans before doing our own set and then catching The Party Boys play some full on rock. Personally it was a great thrill to meet the likes of Alan Lancaster of the original Status Quo and to see Kevin Borich playing as good or even better than ever, after coming back from a serious illness.

On the Saturday The Screaming Jets were supersonic and though The Angels missed the dynamics of Doc Neeson, they were as rock solid as ever as they powered their way through a set of some of the greatest Australian rock songs ever written. Dave Evans, the original AC/DC frontman, flew in from Vegas to join the Party Boys on stage in some classic AC/DC. Particularly gratifying to me was being able to witness some great WA local acts kick arse on the big stage. The Flairz and Kill Devil Hills were terrific. I'm a fan. I wish you were all there. And for those of you who weren't, there are some photos below that were taken at the Friday night sponsors' dinner.


Dave Warner
Suburban Messiah

Read more about the day at The West Australian

BON SCOTT GIG:: February 25, 2007

Dave Warner’s From The Suburbs play their first gig without the late Johnny Leopard at the Bon Scott Celebration Concer, Claremont Showgrounds, Perth Western Australia on Sunday February 25.
Dave will go onstage at 4.45pm for a set of approximately 30 minutes. The band is made up of Howie Johnstone (drums) Tony Durant (guitar) Howard Shawcross (bass) Martin Cilia (guitar) and Phil Bailey (keys) Howie Johnstone played on the Mugs Game, Free Kicks and Correct Weight albums with Dave and Tony Durant. Johnstone and Bailey also played on This Is My Planet and Martin Cilia recorded Surplus and Dearth and a number of other tracks with Dave. Howard Shawcross has toured many times with Dave and among his many bands have been The Elks and Last Chance Café. Other bands on the lineup include The Angels (minus Doc) Rose Tattoo and The Party Boys. Kevin Borich will be appearing with The Party Boys. For more details visit the official website.


I'd been talking to Dave about posting some of the band's old videos at YouTube to promote this site and for the enjoyment of fans who haven't seen them in some time. But before doing so I thought I'd better check YouTube first to see if anyone had beaten me to the punch — and lo and behold, someone had. By the way, don't forget Dave now has a DVD out, recorded at a live Perth gig on Boxing Day 2004, and it also features ALL of his music videos as a bonus. Anyway, here for your viewing and listening pleasure are four classic Dave Warner's From The Suburbs videos:

Suburban Boy

Kookaburra Girl

Nothing To Lose

Free Kicks



Hi Gang
Hopefully all you suburban soldiers are doing well as we enter the final quarter of 2006. Here's the news from this end.

I'm grateful to receive so many queries about whether we might be doing any gigs in the near future. At this stage there is a strong likelihood Tony Durant ("The New Boy") and I will be doing an "unplugged" gig in November at the Skiff Club, Kirribilli, Sydney — stay tuned. We have a repertoire of about 30 Suburbs songs, some of them very old and personal favourites. I'll throw in a few live performance poems and readings from the novels.

I'm also planning some larger band gigs with Tony and Martin Cilia. One of the possibilities is in Perth on Sunday February 25 next year. Fremantle lawyer and footy fan Marcus Ahern is working in conjunction with the mayor of Freo and also Dockers coach Chris Connolly to get a statue of Bon Scott for Fremantle. Buzz Bidstrup of The Angels is coordinating a fundraising concert featuring old and new Aussie bands for the Claremont Showgrounds on the Sunday. All going well, The Suburbs will be on the bill. If there is any surplus money from the concert it is likely to be donated to Support Act, the muso-based initiative to help musicians in times of need…which as we get older become more and more prevalent. Stay tuned to the website for updates on these gigs. Remember, we are available for private gigs too.

I know many of you are trying to get hold of a Mugs Game or Suburban Sprawl CD. Please be a little more patient. Unfortunately, the Warner cottage industry requires more cash flow before I can get the CDs done. I urge you to buy a Free Kicks CD, the Live DVD or some books to keep the production line rolling. If you like Mugs Game or Suburban Sprawl you will love Free Kicks. Recorded live in 1978 when the band was at its peak, it features Half Time At The Football, Kangaroo Hop, Old Stock Road and other classics.

My favourite recorded Suburbs tack is Suburban Rock from this album. To me it was a powerful, original statement with the band playing with unrelenting energy. The late Johnny Leopard's ball-tearing, anarchic guitar work on this track is as emotionally powerful as the very greatest: Link Wray, Hendrix, The Edge. Do yourself a favour… I am also trying to get downloadable tracks, ringtones and videos on the site, but the technology is way beyond me so I rely on the generous free time of others to get this stuff happening and it does take time. But it WILL happen, so once again keep an eye on the site.

Power Surge, now called Ravenswood, has been completed. I have no idea about release dates but keep an eye out — as soon as we hear anything, we'll post it here. Dirty Girls is a feature project I have been working on for a number of years. In August, my co-creatives and I were granted around 40% of our production funding by Screenwest. We are enormously grateful to them. We still need to raise the rest of the budget but are working on it. It will be a great film, one I'll be extremely proud to say I'm part of.

The COUNTDOWN book is out and about. See the review by the wonderfully supportive Bruce Elder. If you know any Countdown tragics it will make a good Christmas present for them. Lots of good photos and a few good behind the scenes stories, although I was disappointed some of the best ones didn't make the final edit. My first foray into children's books, Charlotte and the Starlet, is finished and is slotted for publication next May by Random House. It tells the story of a young outback girl trying to make an elite riding squad of city snobs. Her only ally is her horse, the wise-cracking egocentric Leila who makes Lindsay Lohan and co look like the kids from Little House on the Prairie. A star of many Hollywood films, Leila has wound up in Australia after a bungled nag-napping and now she wants to get back to Sunset and Vine. It's a long way from Half Time At The Football, but there's more than a few smirks to be had for an adult reader believe me.


If you haven't seen THE DEPARTED yet, go see it! These past few years, television has eclipsed cinema for great writing, directing and acting. The US has given us such fine farfe as The West Wing, The Sopranos, Monk et al (not to mention Six Feet Under, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, Dexter ... webmaster). Australia has provided Kath & Kim, and the UK The Office, Extras and more. Good commercial films have been as thin as a Ford New York model on a hunger strike. But now Marty Scorcese rocks back with this super crime offering. It's not easy to get a powerful take on corrupt cops. We've seen or read it all before and what James Elroy didn't wrestle into submission with his mighty LA quartet, I finished off with Big Bad Blood. (If you haven't read it, shame on you. Order it from the site, you won't regret it) But this film about corrupt cops in Boston is a ripper. The story has great depth of character in an exciting and suspenseful plot. Taut direction and top performances make this a rare pleasure. Jack Nicholson eats up the screen. I reckon one of his best ever performances. Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio are convincing and just don't hit a bum note. The camera operator, one Andrew Rowlands, hails from my old city of Perth. Maybe that's why the film is so good ... but don't tell Marty or Jack I said that.

I've reached that age where I don't buy new albums anymore. At best I buy the CD reissues of my favourite old vinyl albums — though I maintain a collection of well-worn vinyl also. Anyway, if you've never heard of The Fugs or heard of them but never heard them, go lay your hands on a Fugs classic like Golden Filth or The Fugs First album or basically whatever you can. The Fugs included a Beat poet, a writer and a crazy drummer Kenny Weaver. They were punk before punk had a name, and a big influence on my early band, Pus. The Fugs were the ultimate Garage Band — primitive, poorly recorded thunks with caustic, funny, scatological lyrics. For years I played their immortal Slum Goddess in my set. I Couldn't Get High, Nothing, I Feel Like Homemade Shit are other classic Fugs songs. There is absolutely no way you can dance to these tunes unless it's a kind of primal shuffle in the forest thing with your body painted blue.

Until next month, stay cool
Dave Warner

Mark Holden, Australian Idol judge and music industry heavyweight will join Rob Weekes — creator of legendary Australian music show Countdown — Dylan Lewis (ABC’s Recovery) and Julia Zamiro, host of SBS’s Rockwiz, to find out just what makes music TV go bada bing bada boo!

From memorable shows to memorable moments such as the Beatles, Molly Meldrum and Iggy Pop, John Farnham, Molly Meldrum and Prince Charles, Kylie and Jason, Molly Meldrum and…well, just about anyone! Part of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image’s, TV50 exhibition, the panel will relive all your favourite moments from shows like Bandstand, Sing Sing Sing, Countdown, Rage, MTV and Australian Idol. These shows have each exerted an enormous influence over the record buying public, often with the power to make, or break, aspiring popstars.

For the past 50 years, Australian television and music have shared a unique relationship with many of television’s early stars making the leap from radio. In more recent years, many small screen stars have moved from fictional suburbs such as Erinsborough (Neighbours), Summer Bay (Home & Away) and Westside (E Street), the list includes Kylie Minogue, Dannii Minogue, the Blakeley Twins, Stefan Dennis, Jason Donovan, Craig McLachlan, Russell Crowe, Natalie Imbruglia, Stephanie McIntosh, Delta Goodrem, Holly Valance, Bec Catrwright, Natalie Bassingthwaigthe, Tammin Sursok, Bruce Samazan and Melissa Tkautz ... and it goes on.

Thursday 28 September 28, 6.30pm
Counting Down Music TV

Federation Square
Flinders Street, Melbourne
Full $15 Concession $10
For more information visit www.acmi.net.au



Did you know that:

For Robert Palmer’s Countdown appearance for Bad Case of Loving You, director
Ted Emery choreographed seven Countdown dancers with guitars miming the song.
Palmer objected, refusing to appear if the dancers weren’t cut. Nobody was more surprised than Emery to find Robert Palmer’s next clip Addicted to Love seemed to have more than a passing resemblance to the ditched Countdown concept.

• It wasn’t that Molly was nervous about interviewing Prince Charles, more the fact that he wasn’t allowed to use the autocue for the interview!

• When Debbie Byrne performed He’s a Rebel she was in tears as the female crowd booed and abused her.

Luscious lurex, sexy satin, glamorous glitter, flicks, flares and Yardley’s Pot O’Gloss, Countdown was more than just a TV show. The first shows went to air in 1974 and went on to provide the soundtrack to the formative years of a generation until 1987. At six o’clock on Sunday evenings a hush would settle across this wide brown land as kids tuned in to Skyhooks, Blondie, Madonna, ABBA, Dragon and JPY, to name just a few of the hundreds of music artists that performed on Countdown. This wildly chaotic show was held together by a bumbling yet endearing Molly Meldrum, who entertained fans as much as the live music acts did.

Countdown: The Wonder Years 1974-87 will take Australian music fans through the glitter and tight pants of the seventies to the consumerism and cross-dressing of the eighties. Grab your platforms, your hair gel and get ready to rock.

COUNTDOWN: THE WONDER YEARS is published by ABC Books, rrp $35. Also available on ABC Audio – 2 x CDs – rrp $29.95. Available at ABC Shops, ABC Centres, selected bookstores, online at abcshop.com.au or phone order, in Australia, on 1300 360 111.


MONDAY JULY 10:: I am doing a series of radio interviews to promote the new Countbook book. I will be talking live to Eion Cameron on ABC 720 in Perth at 8.50am (6.50am WA time), Scott Levi for ABC Radio Central Coast (pre-record), Tim Cox on ABC 936 in Tasmania live at 10.10am, Liz Pye on Radio Curtin FM in Perth (pre-record), and Mike Prenzler on ABC Territory Radio in the NT live at 11.30am.

MOVIE NEWS:: The film I wrote which was originally Power Surge, and was then retitled Guests, and then retitled Fate, is now known as Ravenswood.

SATURDAY MAY 6:: Dave, Martin Cilia and Tony Durant will appear at the Manly West Carnival, Griffiths Street, MANLY performing 2 or 3 songs. Rob Hirst from Midnight Oil is also
putting in an appearance.

FRIDAY JUNE 16:: Dave and Tony Durant will perform a show in Perth. Haydn Pickersgill
and An thony Bridge are likely to also appear.



Dave recently had the pleasure of catching up with two of Australia’s foremost songwriters, Rob Hirst and Greg Macainsh. Though Rob played drums in Midnight Oil, he was also one of the songwriters. As well as continuing to perform live with a number of outfits including his country duo Hirst and Greene, Rob has published a book — Willie’s Bar And Grill — about touring North America in the age of terror. Greg, who wrote almost all the Skyhooks’ songs, has recently completed a law degree and is keen to pursue a life in law.

It was 14 years since I'd been to Los Angeles, home of most of our popular culture these days, and I decided I should go back again, suck in the fumes, establish contacts with some managers or agents who might be able to get more Warner on the screen or on the shelves, see the Swans play the Kangas. I managed a couple of meetings, downed a few "tubes" of Fosters while checking out the US premiere of Look Both Ways, had a ball. Just before he died Johnny Leopard and I had been talking of doing an LA trip and I couldn't help but think when I was cruising Sunset how much fun it would have been with him riding shotgun. Anyway, I did get to see INXS with new frontman JD Fortune — the review is here >>

I was lucky to find myself at the House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard along with a bunch of other Aussies and quite a few Yanks celebrating G’Day LA week. Many people had seen new INXS front man JD Fortune on the reality show that had brought the boys back into the spotlight. A lot hadn’t. And what did I think of the new-look band? You'll have to read my review to find out ... READ REVIEW >>


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::ARTIST NEWS:: Rob Hirst and Paul Greene are performing in Austin, Texas, this Sunday and Monday as part of the North American Country showcase, so any Aussies in the area should get down there and support them. And I'm sure you will all remember that Rob, drummer and songwriter in Midnight Oil, came to Dave's aid in December 2004 when Dave was hit by a 4WD at Manly.

::MORE NEWS:: The film I wrote which was originally Power Surge, and was then retitled Guests has now been retitled Fate and is due for a release some time later in the year. I caught a test screening and it's looking pretty good with a little more finessing to go. Will keep you updated. I'd love to do a Suburbs gig in Sydney this year, just need the time and space!


:SUBURBAN BOYS FOR PRIVATE GIGS:: Tony Durant, Martin Cilia and I may be available to do spots at fans' parties in a semi-acoustic style. We have recently done some birthday parties, so drop me a line if you are interested.