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Dave Laing (Australia)

Dave Laing (Australia)

Melbourne born and bred, Dave's main claim to (non-)fame is his labels Dog Meat and Grown Up Wrong!, which kept the rock'n'roll flame burning in the late 80s and 90s with releases by the likes of the Cheater Slicks, Dead moon, the Lazy Cowgirls and iconic homegrown bands including the Powder Monkeys and Hoss. Dave also compiled and annotated the Do The Pop! The Australian Garage Rock Sound 1976-87, which put him in contact with his heroes from Radio Birdman, The Saints, Lipstick Killers etc. Having contributed sparingly over the past 20-odd years to the likes of Next Big Thing, 48 Crash, B-side, Scram and Ugly Things, Dave promises that recognition by Rock's Backpages will inspire him to put pen to paper more often, and he will start writing his thesis "The Flamin' Groovies’ Sire albums: A Defense" asap.

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The Flamin' Groovies: 'We Can't Stop Now To Think About The Past, We're Moving To Fast': An Appreciation of the Flamin' Groovies on Sire

Overview by Dave Laing (Australia), Ugly Things, August 2006

(Note: the following piece was written prior to the recent release of the wonderful UK 2CD set At Full Speed: The Complete Sire Recordings, which ...

Imperial Dogs: They Wanna Get Their Poodles In Your Noodles: Imperial Dogs

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Laing (Australia), Rock's Backpages, November 2009

IN RECENT YEARS, as I've hit an age where time fucking flies by, and an entire decade has passed by in what feels ...

Radio Birdman, The Saints: Do The Pop! The Australian Garage Rock Sound 1976-87 (Shock)

Sleevenotes by Dave Laing (Australia), Shock, 2002

Come on baby it's time to moveYou been saying there's nothing to doDon't be afraid of bustin' out of your cageGonna cruise around gonna burn ...

The Real Kids: It's Been Real: The Real Kids

Interview by Dave Laing (Australia), Ugly Things, 1999

WHEN I FIRST picked-up a dog-eared copy of that issue of Big Star in a Melbourne store in 1981 I was 16 and hooked on ...

Dwight Twilley Band: Live From Agora (Gigatone)

Review by Dave Laing (Australia), Ugly Things, 2010

POWER POP ICONS the Dwight Twilley Band shared a number of attributes with Big Star apart from the obvious '70s power pop connection. Both band's ...

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