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

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

IN THE SPRING '78 issue of Bernie Kugel's cool fanzine Big Star there is an article by Miriam Linna called "The New Sounds of the ...

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

Sleeve notes 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 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 like ...

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 ...

The Sports: Sports: Reckless (Expanded Edition)

Sleeve notes by Dave Laing (Australia), Festival Records, 2014

THIS EXPANDED edition of Sports' 1978 debut Reckless presents as complete a picture of the band's first couple of years as a fan could want to hear. ...

The Real Kids: Real Kids Don't Get Old: John Felice returns with a new Real Kids album

Interview by Dave Laing (Australia), The I-94 Bar, 19 August 2014

JOHN FELICE IS one of rock'n'roll's unsung heroes. A founding member of the Modern Lovers at the age of 15, he quit the band before ...

Skyhooks: The Glory Days Of RAM Magazine: A Q&A with Anthony O'Grady

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Laing (Australia), I Like Your Old Stuff, 20 July 2016

ONE OF THE most influential figures on the Australian rock scene of the late '70s and early '80s – and the man who wrote liner notes ...

Badfinger, Big Star, The dB's, The Flamin' Groovies, Fountains of Wayne, The Hoodoo Gurus, The Knack, The Plimsouls, Raspberries, Shoes, Teenage Fanclub, The Who: Go All The Way: A Thing Called Power Pop

Overview by Dave Laing (Australia), I Like Your Old Stuff, 25 March 2017

"Pete Townshend coined the phrase [power pop] to define what the Who did. For some reason, it didn't stick to the Who, but it did ...

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