Dave Warner (musician)

David Robert "Dave" Warner (born 1953) is an Australian rock musician, author and screenwriter. He lives in Sydney with his wife and three children.

Dave Warner
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Warner in Sydney, November 2007
Background information
Birth nameDavid Robert Warner
Born1953 (age 66–67)
Bicton, Western Australia
GenresPost punk, rock 'n' roll
Occupation(s)Musician, author, screenwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1973–present
Associated actsFrom the Suburbs
WebsiteOfficial website


Dave Warner was born David Robert Warner[1] in Bicton, Western Australia in 1953. He attended Aquinas College[2] and then the University of Western Australia where he graduated with a B.A. (Hons.), majoring in psychology.

Musical worksEdit

In 1973, he formed the band Pus, which was influenced by radical 1960s New York activist band, The Fugs. Warner describes this band on his website[3] as "Australia's first punk band". The term had been used in the 1960's, referring to "Garage Bands". The genre that became known as punk was not to emerge as an identifiable musical entity until the mid-1970s, and although Warner might have pre-empted punk "attitude" with Pus, musically it is unlikely from a very few witness accounts of this obscure outfit that the band's material could be categorised thus[citation needed]. Warner's song writing[1] created his first version of "Suburban Boy" in 1976. He gained a wider popularity with his next band, From the Suburbs, which he formed in January 1977. The band gained an underground following and was subsequently signed by Mushroom Records.

As Dave Warner's From the Suburbs, they re-released "Suburban Boy" (1978) as a single and then Mugs Game (1978) with some tracks recorded live at Melbourne University,[4] it was certified Gold within a month of its release.[5] Free Kicks (1979) followed, but then From the Suburbs disbanded. With a new line-up, Warner released Correct Weight (1979) and This is My Planet (1981; reissued as This is Your Planet in 1996).

After This is My Planet, Warner diversified from writing and performing music full-time. Instead, he started to write plays, novels and screenplays.

Theatrical worksEdit

In 1982, his revue, The Sensational Sixties started to tour large suburban hotels. Written and produced by Warner, the show was successful. In 1985, Warner wrote and appeared in a musical, The Sixties and All That Pop. Later that year Planet Pres, a rock musical written by him, was produced by the WA Theatre Company,[6] and performed at the Playhouse Theatre.[7]

In 1987, Warner managed and wrote songs for a female trio, Pleasure Principle. He performed (and wrote) a one-man show, Australian Heroes. He had a small parts in the movies Boundaries of the Heart (1988) and Boys in the Island (1989).[8]

Screen worksEdit

The first feature film written by Warner, Cut (2000), was a teen slasher starring Molly Ringwald and Kylie Minogue. He followed up with Balmain Boys (TV movie) and Garage Days (both 2002) and then Ravenswood (2006) starring Stephen Moyer and Teresa Palmer. He was one of the chief writers of the drama TV series Going Home and the short TV feature Roll, as well as writing more than ten episodes of McLeod's Daughters.[9] Warner wrote in an episode of Packed to the Rafters that featured his single Suburban Boy in a storyline starring Craig McLachlan as a faded 1980s rock star.

Literary worksEdit

Warner has written both fiction and non-fiction. His first novel, a crime story called City of Light, was published in 1995. It was the winner of the Best Fiction Work award at the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards in 1996. In the same year his second book, Footy's Hall of Shame also came out, featuring cartoons by Steve Panozzo. In 1997, Warner's second crime novel, Big Bad Blood was published. He then wrote the first one in a series of humorous crime novels in the style of Agatha Christie, Murder in the Groove. Published in 1998, the book featured Andrew "The Lizard" Zirk, a former rock star turned detective. In the same year were also published Racing's Hall of Shame (co-written with Nicolas Brasch), Cricket's Hall of Shame (again with cartoons by Panozzo) and 25 Years of Mushroom Records. The second novel featuring "Lizard" Zirk, Murder in the Frame, was published in 1999. In 2000, Warner published eXXXpresso, a novel about an ex-criminal who intends to build a chain of prison-themed cafés, and Murder in the Off-Season, the third "Lizard" Zirk novel.



  • City of Light (1995)[10]
  • Big Bad Blood (1997)[11]
  • Great Australian Bites (edited by) (1997)[12]
  • Murder in the Groove (1998)[13]
  • Murder in the Frame (1999)[14]
  • eXXXpresso (2000)[15]
  • Murder in the Off-Season (2000)[16]
  • Before It Breaks (2015)[17]
  • Clear to the Horizon (2017)[18]


  • Footy's Hall of Shame (1996)[19]
  • 25 Years of Mushroom Records (1998)
  • Cricket's Hall of Shame (1998)
  • Horseracing's Hall of Shame (1999)



  • Mugs Game Mushroom Records (1978)[20]
  • Free Kicks Mushroom Records (1979)[21]
  • Correct Weight Mushroom Records (1979)[22]
  • This is My Planet Mercury Records (1981)
  • The Dark Side of the Scrum J&B Records (1988)
  • Suburban Sprawl Mushroom Records (1990)
  • Surplus & Death DRAW Records (1995)
  • This is Your Planet DRAW Music (1996)
  • Live at the Raffles Hotel (1998)
  • Suburbs in the '70s (1999)


  • Meanwhile in the Suburbs Musicland (1987)
  • Loose Men, Tight Shorts (1996)
  • Swans Songs Columbia Records (1998)
  • Bulldogs Howl DRAW Music (1998)
  • Saints on the March DRAW Music (1998)


  • "Suburban Boy" EMI Custom (1976)
  • "Summer '78" Bicton Records (1977)
  • "Suburban Boy" Mushroom Records (1978)
  • "Nothing To Lose" Festival Records (1979)
  • "The East Fremantle Team Song" Festival (1979)
  • "Free Kicks" Mushroom Records (1979)
  • "Kookaburra Girl" Mercury Records" (1980)
  • "Half Time at the Football" Bicton Records (1981)
  • "Key to the City" Redback Records (1989)
  • "East Fremantle is Football": Centenary Song (1997)


  1. ^ a b "Australasian Performing Right Association". APRA. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2007.
  2. ^ "Dave Warner (Class of 1970)". Old Aquinians' Association. 3 March 2012. Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  3. ^ http://www.davewarner.com.au
  4. ^ "Dave Warner's Official website". Dave Warner. Retrieved 11 November 2007.
  5. ^ Austin, Steve (14 February 2005). "Dave Warner in conversation". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 11 November 2007.
  6. ^ "Biography". Dave Warner. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  7. ^ Cassette cover, Planet Pres soundtrack
  8. ^ "Internet Movie Database Dave Warner (II) entry". Retrieved 11 November 2007.
  9. ^ "Internet Movie Database Dave Warner (I) entry". Retrieved 11 November 2007.
  10. ^ Warner, Dave (1995), City of light, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, ISBN 978-1-86368-098-1
  11. ^ Warner, Dave (1997), Big bad blood, Vintage Australia, ISBN 978-0-09-183448-7
  12. ^ Warner, Dave; Warner, Dave, 1953- (1997), Great Australian bites, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, ISBN 978-1-86368-191-9CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ Warner, Dave (1998), Murder in the groove, Pan Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-330-36077-7
  14. ^ Warner, Dave (1999), Murder in the frame, Pan Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-330-36155-2
  15. ^ Warner, Dave (2000), Exxxpresso, Picador, ISBN 978-0-330-36190-3
  16. ^ Warner, Dave (2000), Murder in the off-season, Pan Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-7329-1064-8
  17. ^ Warner, Dave; Warner, Dave (2015), Before it breaks, Fremantle Press, ISBN 978-1-925161-20-5
  18. ^ Warner, Dave (2017), Clear to the horizon, Fremantle, W.A. Fremantle Press, ISBN 978-1-925164-46-6
  19. ^ Warner, Dave (1996), Footy's hall of shame, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, ISBN 978-1-86368-158-2
  20. ^ "TRUE-BLUE NEW WAVE". The Canberra Times. 53 (15, 755). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 10 November 1978. p. 25. Retrieved 1 January 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  21. ^ Warner, Dave; Dennison, John; Durant, Tony; Leopard, Johnny; Noonan, Paul; Johnstone, Howie (1979), Free kicks : Dave Warner's from the suburbs, Mushroom, retrieved 1 January 2019
  22. ^ "ROCK MUSIC MUSIC NOT UP TO THE LYRICS". The Canberra Times. 54 (16, 130). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 23 November 1979. p. 25. Retrieved 1 January 2019 – via National Library of Australia.

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