The long venue of Horse Bazaar fills up pretty fast. On the table is a copy of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, its spine in a state of extreme distress; talk about a grimoire. Then again, there is magic here. And by magic, I mean Graham Clone’s slink/synth/space pop-rock. It’s the launch party for Graham’s latest single, The Vanishing Lady.
Backed by the musical stylings of Nebula Thrust on 2nd Keyboard and Airlock Ice Planet on Kids’ Toys, Graham plays a fine set of his own work, with the odd cover and special guest thrown in for good measure. “Set the Flux Capacitor to PARTY.”
The highlights are in abundance: Tessa “And there’s another verse” Waters’ sublime rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s, Time After Time; Nebula Thrust switching from stoic to exothermic for DeBarge’s, Rhythm of the Night; Pretty much most of Graham’s set – including Escalator, Replicant Dad, Jelly Shoes, I’ll Be Your Synthesiser Baby, Fly to the Stars (With You); Chad Bradley’s PSA performance of Men Without Hats’, Safety Dance. All of this was fun and wonderful and the perfect counterpoint to miserable conditions Melbourne was displaying outside.
A few songs into his set, Graham removed his Space Oddity-esque silver jumpsuit to reveal a Top Gun flight suit underneath. By the end of the night the word “Maverick” across his shoulders seemed more like an adjective than proper noun. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for Graham to get back on stage.
Graham Clone – The Vanishing Lady Single Launch
Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Performance: Monday 10 April 2017 – 8.00pm
Image: Graham Clone (supplied)