UPDATE: I fear the Herald had prepared their obituary for poor Graham ahead of time …
“As Dave McArtney once said of their respective roles: ‘I was the melody, Graham was the balls’."
Again, there’s a tear in the singer’s eye.
“And he’ll never sing that live again because he’s brown bread.”
”In later years he was like a ruined king of a ruined kingdom on a ruined throne; but the splendour was real.”
“He was a star, he could sing like angel. He was a poet so he could write. He had that bad boy quality. He was a constant source of amusement, excitement and astonishment."
”The perception of Hello Sailor has changed over the years…”
His last-ever interview:
"Graham actually said to Alan Jansson 'Oh mate, can we hurry this album up because I don't want this album to be posthumous'. It obviously turned out to be prophetic. The new album, titled Left Turn at Midnight, would likely be released towards the end of the year...”
”He was soft-spoken, erudite, articulate and funny, and had no intention of thumping me in the dunnies at some future awards dinner, so long as I did him a favour. Rather than ‘getting in the ring together,’ he was prepared to let me off the hook if I wrote something nice about his mum.”
”He breathed music & literature; meant every note he sang, & walked a tough path with grace. Dominion Rd will be emptier now.”
What Raymond Chandler wrote about his hero Philip Marlowe seems to fit Graham like one of his many leather jackets:
Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. [He is] a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He [is], to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honour. He talks as the man of his age [should] talk, that is, with rude wit, a lively sense of the grotesque, a disgust for sham, and a contempt for pettiness.
And now they’ve both gone, Dave & Graham both, both of these two fabulous fuckers …
Robyn Gallagher @5000ways: “A good way to remember Graham Brazier - starts with a poem, then the video for ‘In Your Company’ (feat. his mum)”: