By the time The Sex Pistols had formed, Warner had already moved on to a new phase of music and social commentary which he dubbed Suburban Rock. His band Dave Warner’s From The Suburbs was a major Australian pub band playing with the likes of Men At Work, Midnight Oil, INXS, Dragon and Skyhooks.
His albums were highly original and successful, tapping into the psyche of the ordinary Aussie boy and girl.
By the mid-80s, tired of touring Warner began writing in other forms. In 1997 his debut novel City of Light, a sweeping crime saga, won the Premier’s West Australian Literary Award. He continues to write novels and non-fiction books.