the third woman

by clare moore

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about

Originally released in 2001.

Clare Moore is the drummer for the mistLY, and has played with Dave Graney in their bands The Coral Snakes, The RDGS and Moodists since 1978.
She also has her own band (with Kaye Patterson) called the DAMES and plays drums in Harry Howard and the NDE.

Clare started playing music in the early 70’s as a drummer at Rock Masses in Adelaide, which were organised by Australia’s singing nun, Sister JanetMead. Sister Janet hit the top of the charts with her version of the Lord’s Prayer. Clare remembers suited, sunglassed A&R men coming to the school trying to entice Janet to go on the road. Clare then spent time playing in avant-garde rock bands around Adelaide before teaming up with Dave Graney and Steve Miller at the age of 16 to form The Moodists. This band, contemporaries of The Go-Betweens, The Birthday Party and The Triffids, spent most of their career in London and Europe.

In 1988, Clare returned to Australia and spent the next decade as the driving force behind Dave Graney And The Coral Snakes, and then the Dave Graney Show, playing, writing, arranging, tour managing and eventually co-producing the music.
Now Clare is branching out on her own with her own stories to tell. The Third Woman is Clare’s debut solo album. Her songs are stories too, from the homely tale of two crosswalk attendants falling in love on opposite sides of the road ("Lollypop Man"), to the fantastic vision of Clare playing in a bar on a distant asteroid ("Sirens Call To Arms"). Hers is a voice that is sometimes exotic, sometimes prosaic, but always truly distinctive.
Musically the record provides nods of appreciation in many different directions, from the sounds of 80’s synth-pop, to the grumpy romanticism of Serge Gainsbourg, to the gritty country of Bobby Gentry (whose version of Mose Allison’s “Parchman Farm” is covered here), to the sweeping soundtracks of John Barry. All eleven tracks were produced and played almost entirely by Clare (the only other players being Bill Miller and Dave Graney, who each
contribute a little guitar).
Special attention should be drawn to the album’s closing track, “Yes! Fat Chicks”, although really it draws attention to itself. If Mad Max had been written by Germaine Greer, John Waters and Valerie Solanas and produced for ABC Radio, it might have gone a little like this. “Yes! Fat Chicks” is the tale of two lusty women on the open road, preying on unsuspecting suburban P-Platers. There has been nothing like it before, and there will be nothing like it again, for “Yes! Fat Chicks” will go down in history as the most bizarre and compelling song ever recorded!

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released August 14, 2014

clare moore- drums, keyboards, sequencing.
acoustic guitar and ebow by bill miller
acoustic and electric guitar - dave graney

cover art by tony mahony
guest vocals on "yes fat chicks" by Val Levkowicz and Adam Rhodes.

All songs written by Clare Moore , (C) Mushroom Music, excepting “Parchman Farm” which is by Mose Allison
Engineered by Adam Rhodes and Clare Moore at The Ponderosa
Mixed by Bill Miller ,Leanne Ibell and Clare Moore at Pink Noise Audio
Mastered by Bill Miller at Duffield Kenihan
Cover Art Tony Mahony
Produced arranged, written and played by Clare Moore

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clare moore Melbourne, Australia

Clare Moore played with the Moodists from 1978 to 1986. Then played with the Dave Graney and White Buffaloes/Coral Snakes from 1987-1997.

She currently in THE DAMES and with dave graney and the mistLY.

She also plays in Harry Howard and the NDEand the Ukeladies.

In 2013 she released THE DAMES The album was mixed by legendary UK musician Barry Adamson.
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Track Name: lost in space
life is cruel
a cruel and wicked joke
lost in space
it’s a monochrome scene
looks like I’m here to stay
and that lucky old earth is rollin away
that lucky old earth just keeps rollin away

look into that space
study that space and see what is there
there will be no sleep
you will remain awake
Track Name: all of me
She then tells a story of a man who proved to be made of smoke,someone she had projected an image onto. She protests that she was all there, "ALL OF ME"!Of course, she doesn’t hang around to see if things pick up in the second show (in her world, there is no second show),
" I drive away
the road slips by
the dog can sing your lullaby
You’ll find what you are lookin for
it’s made of coir
on aisle four
of the hardware store"
Track Name: sirens call to arms
They move around the crowd
gauging the audience
bouncing the deadbeats as I play
taking over my controls
when the G force defeats me
landing her safely as the cymbal decays
Their songs hang in the air
they serve to remind me
the great are not always heard
and sometimes not even seen
guarding my right to play
and wishing they could do it too
I’ll play for them righteously
That’s the least I could do
They move around the crowd
gauging the audience
bouncing the deadbeats as I play
the world was out of time
when these dames were in their prime
the deadbeats won that quarter
but the sirens yet to sound
Their songs hang in the air
they serve to remind me
the great are not always heard
and sometimes not even seen
guarding my right to play
and wishing they could do it too
I’ll play for them righteously
That’s the least I could do
Track Name: user friendly
Oh god,he’s coming straight for me!
like i have just come into view
becoming visible only when
he needed an ear to piss in
balancing on the footpath
resplendent in a shell suit
All of a sudden I’m interesting
there’s no going back,I’m finished
No God No!What did I do?
my private space has been invaded
gravity is kicking his ass
he repels it’s insistent pull
I’m getting off the tram
he’s singing help me if you can
It’s like he’s Amish,he’ll never know that I’m thinking he’s a weirdo
User friendly I’m in his stare
User friendly he ain’t goin nowhere
User friendly
Old spice and headlice you can photograph
My lifes in crisis since I crossed his path
I’m getting off the tram
he’s singing help me if you can
It’s like he’s Amish,he’ll never know that I’m thinking he’s a weirdo
Like Nureyev,he don’t fall over
he gracefully bows and resumes his pose
User friendly I’m in his stare
User friendly he ain’t goin nowhere
Track Name: lollipops
you're a lollypop man
I'm a lollypop dame
we've got lollypop needs

give me lollypop love

red light...green light amber!!!!!!!!

lets do the pop
before they walk all over us
give me a sign
I've got a sweet tooth
you look good enough to eat

red light...green light amber!!!!!!!!
Track Name: the secondhand man
starin out the windscreen
like its the blitz
some people look so lonely
you know , like "lonely" out of "Callan"
if he knew then what he knows
if he knew now what he knew then
the secondhand man might know he how got here

sitting at an old school desk
suckin on an icy pole
"this carpets made in Egypt.Came off the boat from Cairo.I'll go there soon, when I shift this gear. Dunes filled with gold, or so I hear".
"ello darlin', yeah its all good stuff, yeah....geezer died up the road....cleared out a whole house.....couldn't lift it all by myself...nah...not with this back...nah....this?this is the rolls royce of carpets this one....yeah...."

if he knew then what he knows
if he knew now what he knew then
the secondhand man might know he how got here
Track Name: he ain't up himself
who’s that guy walkin down the street
meetin the gaze of all he sees
seekin the spark of recognition
seein if he lives in there as well
he ain't up himself
he's up everybody else
he ain’t gloomy, that’s for sure
he ain’t interior
he hates to be by himself
he hates to be alone
he ain’t up himself,nah,
he’s up everybody else
nah,he ain’t no snob
nah,he ain’t precious
just a regular,super regular guy
one of the boys,yeah
he ain’t up himself,nah,
he’s up everybody else
he ain’t against a bit o grippin 'n' grinnin'
he don’t need no learnin
he don’t like his own company
"how the fuck are ya?"
he hears voices ("hi!") everywhere he goes
the roar of the crowd
the ringin in his ears
the applause
except his grips too hard an' his grins too wide
his teeth are too straight' n' he never breaks his stride
he ain’t up himself,nah,
he’s up everybody else
Track Name: yes! fat chicks
(Over Intro)......V8 engine at the lights,rumbling.
Fat chicks,”over here sonny,what’s with the bumper sticker?”
P Platers,”Why,who’s askin?”
Fat chicks,”Only your worst nightmare,boys!YES!FAT CHICKS!!!!!!”(laughter)
Cars speed off,the fat chicks are heard,yelling at the P Plater.
FC1 “Hey,Dolores,this ones not so bad!”
FC2: “Quite rootable,really”.
Both:”How about your number,Leonardo,we might like to strap you on sometime!”
On the road,there’s no place you can hide
when you are so young,but yet,you’re so square
freewheelin hipsters are what you will be
when you surrender to my ample chassis
V8 roars up...
P Plater:”Oh god!I thought we'd lost them!”
FC2:Tryin to escape eh,kiddos?Tell ‘em Lydia.”
FC1:”There is no escape,boys!”
(In southern accent)”Us broads are gonna have us some P plater ass!”
On the road, there’s no place you can hide
when you are so young ,but yet,you’re so square
freewheelin hipsters,you will be
when you surrender to my ample chassis

Cop sirens wail.....
Bike Cop:”Do you realise you were doing 150 in an 80 zone?Your licence is going straight back to the Weeties packet.”
P Plater:”But,didn't you see those chicks?They were full on bulk comin on to us ,man!We wouldn’t have had a chance!”
Bike cop:”Yeah,and I bet they were stacked like Monroe,too!”
P Platers:”Yes!Fat chicks!”
On the road, there’s no place you can hide
when you are so young ,but yet,you’re so square
freewheelin hipsters,you will be
when you surrender to my ample chassis
Sound of Fat Chicks ,laughing maniacally,
FC1:”Dolores,did you see the look on their faces!”
FC2:”I do hope we didn’t scare them too much!”(both laugh maniacally)
FC1:”Hey,there goes another one,shall we?”
FC2:”Oh yes,lets do!”