Suburban Boy’ Dave Warner gained national recognition as a musician-songwriter with the gold album `Mugs Game’. Indeed Bob Dylan declared Warner his favourite Australian songwriter. In the early 1980s Dave gave up a full-time music career to diversify into other areas of creative arts and Dave is now recognised as one of Australia’s foremost crime fiction authors. His novels have won The WA Premier’s Award and the Ned Kelly Award for Best Australian Crime Fiction. He is also the author of a number of non-fiction books particularly on sport and music. Dave has written for film and television and theatre. Prior to Covid his band Dave Warner’s from the Suburbs toured regularly and Dave is in demand as a speaker at various events.
The last new album Dave recorded was the amazing 2017 album WHEN, featuring original band members and a host of Australia’s best musicians. But with his collaborator, the world renowned surf-guitarist Martin Cilia, and producer Tony Cooper, Dave continues to work on numerous music projects and to issue previously unreleased material. These tracks can be found on his bandcamp page.
For those who have never heard of Dave Warner’s from the Suburbs but are avid rock historians, you should grab yourself a copy of the limited edition double vinyl Mugs Game. This album contains all tracks from the original album PLUS another vinyl record of the London demos Dave recorded in 1976 with Tony Durant, and the ABC tapes recorded with the first Suburbs’ line-up in 1977.
Always ahead of his time, in 2021 Dave also released the audiobook `Mugs Game: A Suburban Odyssey‘, a musical autobiography that takes us on a journey of the highs and lows of Dave’s musical life from the time he first strummed a tennis racquet, to the release of the ground breaking Mugs Game. Available on CD and download this epic 4.5 hour recording contains 57 tracks, including all the original album tracks plus original radio interviews, current day interviews with band members Tony Durant and John Dennison, poems by Dave and a heap more. Grab a copy from this website.
Despite Covid making musical collaboration and lives gigs difficult, Dave has been able to work on a number of new books. 2021 saw Dave release `Briefly’ a volume of thirteen short-stories. 2022 sees his latest novel in the Broome based Detective Dan Clement series released August 1.
Out also out soon as hard copy books from Booktopia is his trilogy of Lizard Zirk novels, originally published around 2000.
‘Murder In The Groove’, ‘Murder In The Frame’ and ‘Murder In The Off Season’ are already available on Kindle and in libraries as part of the Untapped initiative. The books feature aesthetic rock-musician Lizard Zirk as an amateur sleuth.
Dave has been releasing audio book short stories. His stories with him narrating. Get them on this site or via bandcamp.
Film and television
Dave has written for feature film, stage, television, radio and newspapers. His first feature movie CUT starring Kylie Minogue and Molly Ringwald sold worldwide. GARAGE DAYS, a co-write with director Alex Proyas (The Crow / Dark City) screened at Sundance and was followed by RESTRAINT (Stephen Moyer, Therese Palmer, Travis Fimmel. Dave’s television writing credits include tele- movie INXS Never Tear Us Apart, regular episodes of mainstream Australian primetime dramas WILD BOYS, PACKED TO THE RAFTERS, RESCUE SPECIAL OPS, MCLEOD’S DAUGHTERS.
Dave’s musical THE KING AND ME premiered at Perth Fringe for a sell-out season in 2015. A CD of the songs of the show is available in the shop.