posted on September 13, 2007 at 4:20 am

oh boy
its september 13
1967
its my thirteenth birthday
im into music n im into fashion
and im in to being cool
and im in to not getting punched in the head
and im into floral shirts
and paisley shirts
satin n silk shirts
beatle boots
pinstriped pants
and im becoming aware
the adult world is calling harder
there had been a party at greg mcsomethings house
and this party was different
the parents werent there
and the kids were lying around kissing each other
afterwards everyone thought it had been a great party
oh i wanted a party like that!
join the flock said the invitation
n a picture of some pelicans or something
my parents were not into a buncha kids roaming around
in their house if they werent there
besides it was a small boring house
no good for a party anyway
but our next door neighbour had a garage
where hed had some successful parties (for oldies)
and he kindly offered
we took him up on it
we lived in a cul de sac
and we were # 7
the guy next door should be # 8, right?
wrong
the guy across the street was # 8
and thats what all the invitations said
so all the kids turned up at this confused german guys house
you can imagine this guy answering the door
no there iss no party here
schteven kilbeys house iss over there
pointing at our redbrick box
the kids drift over to our house a little miffed, i’d say
my mother greets these aussie kids at the door
she talking like the queen
no boys and girls the party is next door
the kids all groan n moan
beginning to suspect the stinker of all parties is loomin’
another kid turns up on our doorstep
whats going on ? he asks
kilbey put the wrong address on the invite
dont you even know yer own address kilbey? says someone else
then my mother gives me baby john to hold
im holding baby john
when trip fontaine the coolest prick turns up
he walks in our house
all duded up in his best party clothes
a red epauletted shirt
bone elephant cords
blue black zip up suede boots
he was coming to my party
on the condition that he was gonna get to
kiss whichever girl was on his menu that night
he wasnt there cos he liked me
he was looking for a spare room in which to pash off a chick
he was looking for some dark space n privacy for a little love
for a little love
will there be somewhere for me n kathy to go ?he asks
sure i had assured him
i mean
i needed him there
he lent a certain flare to proceedings
he was hip and he was merciless
anyhow hed arrived and walked in
seeing me nursing baby john who probably
at that very moment
cast up his accounts all over big brother
(ie: he puked up.ed)
eventually all the kids who had deigned to come
had done the 3 way bounce between 8 7 and 9
and we were all in mr dalys garage
well it was sept in canberra and it was freezing cold
the garage was damp and cold
the windows in it fogged up with our breath
there were a few deck chairs n a lawn mower or 2
there were spare car parts and a barbers chair that
went up n down
jan-jan k from across the road
who was younger than my mum n dad
and deemed “with-it”
had on butchers paper
drawn a big hippy offering these plastic flowers
trip fontaine walked straight in n took em
put them back hissed my mother to him
oh the shame
everybody at the party was very disappointed
it was so cold in there
no party atmosphere…
ive felt more partyfeeling in a graveyard
none of the kids really liked me
the girl i’d hoped to kiss
didnt come
and my mum n dad were there
mum talking like the queen
dad talking like a cockney geeza
i open my presents
the kids resent having to get me a present
it means hounding yer parents for money
and then going out n finding something
for some kid
that you didnt like…i mean
you were only there to kiss some girl or boy
in a parentless warm dark house
not to be in a garage on a cold drizzly evening
one kid called bob steery
he thrusts a dollar note in my hand
n says
but youre not worth it!
mum n dad have devised a party game
which consists of someone under a blanket
having shoes on their hands
and sitting up suddenly
frightening the kids n making them laugh
well lemme tell ya
it did neither in spades
the puzzled kids are like
what the fuck is that sposed to be
meanwhile i tried smoking straws
thats right i’d light a paper straw n inhale the smoke
no wonder im so brain damaged now, huh
finally trip fontaine mounted the barbers seat
pulled his girl onto his lap
and began to smooch
also discovering that the chair went up n down
he smooched n went up n down over n over
even this was pathetic however
in this damp quiet non celebration
in a canberran garage in the middle of a cold sept night
trip got up
proclaimed his disgust n exited
the others made their excuses n took off after him
as my mum n dad n me
carried our peanuts n soft drinks back home, next door
dad says
well…
watcha reckon slim?
did the kids enjoy it?
yeah dad
they had a ball

98 Responses to “1967”

  1. avatar
    damien | 13 September 2007 at 7:00 am #

    Let me be among the first to wish you a happy birthday, Steve!

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 7:02 am #

    Thank you, davem, I went to The Church homepage and ordered it instantly. It is the only Church cd missing in my collection, so I can’t wait to hear it!
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark.

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 7:05 am #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY KILLAH

    you were always destined to feel more

  4. avatar
    Olde Amps | 13 September 2007 at 7:13 am #

    They say it’s your birthday
    It’s my birthday too, yeah
    They say it’s your birthday
    We’re gonna have a good time
    I’m glad it’s your birthday
    Happy birthday to you

    Yes we’re going to a party party
    Yes we’re going to a party party
    Yes we’re going to a party party

    I would like you to dance (Birthday)
    Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday)
    I would like you to dance (Birthday)
    Dance yeah

    I would like you to dance (Birthday)
    Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday)
    I would like you to dance (Birthday)
    Oh dance! Dance

    They say it’s your birthday
    Well it’s my birthday too, yeah
    They say it’s your birthday
    We’re gonna have a good time
    I’m glad it’s your birthday
    Happy birthday to you

    ___________________________

    You know what…reading this…these probably weren’t the best lyrics old Paul McCartney ever wrote. Anyhow Kill-Bee; they are From Me to You and I wish you love, peace and happiness.

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 7:13 am #

    LET IT GO

  6. avatar
    Olde Amps | 13 September 2007 at 7:14 am #

    Oh, and by the way…it’s not actually my birthday…I was just paraphrasing Macca.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 7:14 am #

    i think we’ve all had one or two experiences like that growing up – i should imagine mr trip was keen to say that he knew you at school ten years later when you were on countdown

    happy birthday mr k

  8. avatar
    Richard | 13 September 2007 at 7:17 am #

    Years later I bet they were all boasting about having gone.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 7:27 am #

    i know you dont want to hear it…
    but this very tender anecdote reminded me of Christine Bassinger.
    I was 12 she was 13, we slow danced to U.T.M.W., (naw, we really didn’t,
    we slow danced to “with or without you” by you-too). i think i felt her up? I dunno’ i was a dumb kid.
    She was a looker though, beautiful girl. it was n honor to even slow dance with her.

    i love you Christine, whatever hole you have crawled into.

    But your story reminded me of it and that made a nicca’ smile.

    lurv und biggles,
    theglynnisjohns

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 7:33 am #

    MMM know that story!..very well!…my folks got kinda carried away with themselves,when it came to their little “genevieve”…My mum always dressed me in long velvet dresses,long white frilly socks,and black shiney “mary-jane”shoes..my hair wasn’t cut til I was 11 yrs old,so I had a mane of red hair,that I had to pick up in two arms,before I could sit…mum would put it into 3 plaits before i went to bed,so i didn’t strangle myself with it in the night..and yes,i was tall and pale,and quiet,and smart,and completely “off with the pixies”..and GORKY as all get out,to boot!..{mind you I’d come home from a days play in the paddock or creek or garden,all grubby,grass in my hair,dirt,and grass stains n mud on my dresses a jar full of tadpoles,or a turtle or frog in my pocket}..I always dreaded going to other kid’s b’day parties,as it was the 70’s and all of the other girls would be there in their groovy cords,and stripey skivvies,and short haircuts,and they seemed to live in a completely different world from me…the other parents would always remark to my mother that i was born in the wrong century..when i look back at it all now though,i’m eternally grateful to be ME,and,i think,that it all has accumulated for me into the jolly lump that i have become!…you’d have been a welcome fellow oddity and guest at my parties SK!…happy birthday beautiful one!…love ,as always,and to quote davem..love you more..xxxxxgen x

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 7:35 am #

    Aw that’s cute, but so, so sad!
    Enjoy the rest of your birth day/night sk.
    Love and a kiss to you,
    Amanda

  12. avatar
    eek | 13 September 2007 at 7:35 am #

    I bet you were adorable in your paisley shirts, beatle boots, etc!

    I’ve come to realise the real beauty of these teenaged disasters is that they make such fantastic stories when you’re an adult. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wishing you the happiest of birthdays today.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    And to everyone else — if you haven’t already, go check out the SK birthday sale at the SK Art site ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. avatar
    Melissa | 13 September 2007 at 8:17 am #

    that mean boy bob steery was so, so wrong!

    Here’s hoping you’re having the best of days today … Happy Birthday SK!

  14. avatar
    not sociable | 13 September 2007 at 8:26 am #

    Never been to a party.
    Used to be invited to em.
    Never went.
    No-one asks anymore.
    Big relief.

    Happy Birthday, Steve.

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 8:32 am #

    Happy Birthday, Steve. Rock on.

  16. avatar
    melquiades | 13 September 2007 at 8:34 am #

    I celebrate the day they made you Kilbey. Here’s to many more years of spells and musical incantations.

    Happy Birthday Steve!

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 8:38 am #

    fall into the colorful world again. they are just so.. so beautiful!!! Steve, i cant tell how much i love you. You are truly a man of wonder i firmly believe.

    I love you!
    Happy birthday to you, and all my best wishes to you and your family. nk, and your 5 daughters.
    Have a beautuful night.
    I love you.

  18. avatar
    Athanasius Pernath | 13 September 2007 at 8:49 am #

    Herzlichen Glรผckwunsch! May your desires always converge with your possibilities. Or vice versa. Or whatever. The latter are infinite, anyway.
    St.

  19. avatar
    12str | 13 September 2007 at 8:55 am #

    happy birthday man!!=)
    may this year be a good one!

    pat

  20. avatar
    Faye | 13 September 2007 at 8:57 am #

    always amazed me ,the way some boys would operate at parties,luckily by the time I was 16,I could out drink,and out smoke{pot},most of the boys my own age I knew,so good luck to the last man standing,if he was brave or stupid enough to try it on!I was fortunate enough to be in a space where I was kinda thrown into hanging out with people10 or so years my senior..mind you,some of them needed to be reminded of my age{on a regular basis}..My father wore some of the most incredible paisley shirts,and when i was old enough to wear mini-dresses,my mother made them into some pretty spectacular little numbers..Thank god for paisley,else my dad’s fascination with rowdy hawaiian shirts could not have been transformed..groovy/romantique floral is a winner,in my books,but a hawaiian shirt worn{with no tongue in cheek}and walking shorts,long socks,and sandshoes??????and he complained when i wanted to wear eyeliner,and purpley black lipstick???…those kids must be kickinemselves,Steve!…do they know now how lucky they were to get an invite from SK!…happy birthday King Kilbey! xo

  21. avatar
    cloudburst.adrift | 13 September 2007 at 9:07 am #

    hippo birdy to ewe, steve. I hope you have a wonderul day…

    biggest of virtual hugs and bestest of warm wishes and happy thoughts to you. damn glad you were born! love janexxx

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 9:10 am #

    I love you SK!..Happy Birthday!..and thank you for filling my life with your magic,and words,art,music,and light!..a divine soul at 53.more of a king than some could ever be..Kilbey…../jb

  23. avatar
    verdelay | 13 September 2007 at 9:13 am #

    Yep indeedy. I agree with the anonymouse upstairs – time to let that one go. And indeed you have: We will take this memory from you and turn it around. We will stroke and caress it until the humilation turns to humility and the burning shame cools into the warmth understanding.

    Ya can’t be hip at thirteen, Killer, not even you. You’ve got to wait until your fifties before that kind of action starts to happen…

  24. avatar
    Athanasius | 13 September 2007 at 10:01 am #

    13 birthday…it was in france
    i woke up, and felt that stinging, singing pain everywhere…what’s up, boy? nothing, i said, gnashing my teeth…eventually i collapsed, and they took me to their french hospital, with ambulance, and all, where an egyptian doctor slaughtered me and took out my entrails, to put them back in after some production and mastering…and the rest of the holy days i was stuck in a hospital.

    i think i’d rather re-live my own 13th birthday than yours, steve. when all the love and help of your family suddenly becomes something to be slightly ashamed of…and even this “slightly” is a shame… sounds like a really awful show. well then, tonight, i’m going to have a glass of absinth on your health and music. i’ll be playing a mixture of SK’s songs, and like in 1993, my father will come in while i’m listening to Soul Sample, and say “Son, that sounds like a darker version of Zappa’s Bobby Brown!”, and I’ll say, yes, sure. “Who is it?” – “Steve Kilbey..” – “Mind taping that for me?”…

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 10:36 am #

    I was always one of those awkward kids who just wouldn’t fit in or do what the rest of em deemed ‘cool’,etc. Never wanted to be ‘popular’, blah blah y’know.For a while people tried to figure out why; then they just left me alone. Thank fuck for that.

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 10:44 am #

    Happy Birthday Steve,

    Your songs are a gift to all of us every day, enriching our dull & humdrum lives with your wit, cynicism, esoterica, poetry, & all round effortless genius.

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 10:45 am #

    fuck man, smoking STRAWS??? could you please forgive me if i had a bit of a chuckle at today’s blog…tell you something embarrassing about me, i was 13 or so when i accidentally shaved half my right eyebrow off so i had to go to high school for the next few weeks with 75% of my eyebrows…oh the shame…
    hope you’re having a gorgeous day full of love…happy birthday…the world’s a better place with you in it…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 10:46 am #

    my son is ten now – over the last twelve months or so I have noticed he is much more ‘socially aware/awkward’. it used to be that when he was younger you could throw him into any situation and he would happily get involved – now he can be shy with new kids. all normal enough i suppose but yet another sign that he is growing up and the little boy i treasure is changing and in some ways slipping away from me. god knows the horrors of embarrassment my good intentions will cause him over the next ten years as he goes into teenager mode and i continue see him as my little boy.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 10:48 am #

    Olde Amps…that kind of simple song{coz its a simple song,the music’s surreal,and you almost could feel,that there’s nothing wrong…coz its a simple song}reminds me of my favourite KinKs song..”everybody’s gonna be happy”..such a good feel to it.,short n sweet,and open to all manner of interpretation..songs like these..a wise man once said “a stare is just a backwards glance”..who was that maSKed man,anyway???..Hoppin’ Bathday SK!..with bubbles n sparkles!…love,gen xxx

  30. avatar
    Anakki Mayhem | 13 September 2007 at 10:54 am #

    Happy Birthday Steve!
    ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 11:14 am #

    at least you had parents that gave a shit
    you seem like a bit of a whiner
    dose anything ever measure up or are you constantly disappointed(ment)?

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 11:27 am #

    hi steve!

    Happy birthday to you from the artic sircle.From the bottom of my heart I hope you will have a great day.
    Take care

    Thor-Arne

  33. avatar
    Daberhasher | 13 September 2007 at 11:31 am #

    hey mister music fambley man, happy belated trans-hemispheric birthday!!!

    got a really kickin’ seasonal transition cold going on, and all your bloggy words are swimming this way and that… ooooohhh…
    youthful parties trade in the currency of pain it seems, then and now… vicious…
    or viscous, like me…
    drip, drip, drip…

    tra la la,
    erik

  34. avatar
    mime | 13 September 2007 at 11:40 am #

    happy birthday!

  35. avatar
    lily was here | 13 September 2007 at 11:50 am #

    hi Steve, how was your day?

    Trip Fontaine?? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your parents were pretty cool. My dad would’ve been at the door with a shotgun, if he had one. I cringed so much reading that …it’s the worst feeling having no control over a situation! I love these stories because I can so relate. And, u were a pretty sharp dresser for a 13 year old! At that age boys my era were into Lee Jean cords, Miller shirts and desert boots.
    BTW I think I’ll lock up my daughter now ๐Ÿ™‚
    Sue
    ps Olde Amps – i never thought about it before, those lyrics ha.. yeah, they look so bad hey, but its all in the delivery.

  36. avatar
    Debbysofuckin'what! | 13 September 2007 at 11:59 am #

    It’s yer Birthday!
    HA! HA!
    It’s yer Birthday!
    NEENER! NEENER!
    It’s yer Birthday!
    HA! HA!
    YAYYYY!!
    (no more party throwin’ fer me, I have the Mary Tyler Moore party disaster syndrome,I haven’t been able ta shake it off yet,)
    Best Birthday wishes!

    The Cano’s

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 12:01 pm #

    Spinnen Sie die Flasche
    Schรถner Freund
    xxx!!!xxx
    ist alt (aber gut)

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 12:02 pm #

    Anonymous at 8.46….ohh so true, the fleeting change, the perils of being a sentient father, or mother, the flow of life…and Slim, how beautifully you write about childhood/parenthood…your Dad was a champ…

  39. avatar
    Malcolm | 13 September 2007 at 12:03 pm #

    Happy Birthday. Thanks for everything.

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 12:15 pm #

    happy b-day killa

    r.

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 12:17 pm #

    Happy Birthday SK, I hope you spent it wonderfully and that you had attention and love lavished upon you. Big loves and Big Smiles, Kate

  42. avatar
    stealthblue | 13 September 2007 at 12:27 pm #

    Alright…I’ll try it again. You may have not even seen the other. (left this on yessaday’s as well, that whole 3/4 of a day ahead or whatever it is) I should know by now though, as soon as I chirp up on the message board, “TA-DA”…there is your new entry!

    Yet Another fine HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, Kilbo. May we be blessed with your presence on this Earth for many, many countless years to come. Sending you much love and respect…
    All the very best to you and yours,
    Ben V.

    (same message I know, but the sentiment is real) You are the best. Thanks for being YOU and all you do! BIG CHEERS! (as the absinthe glasses clink) Oh, speaking of Absinthe, I was just in AMSTERDAM last week and I noticed a lot of advertising for this beloved beverage, like even more so than two years ago. Our friends SAID it is “real” too, but they don’t even consume the stuff. Though I am not sure if they knew what I mean by “REAL” absinthe. I didn’t even investigate, but it was pretty interesting to see all the big signs in front of certain places. So does anyone know if it is newly accessible to A’dam or something, or just a late “trend”? I dunno, it just struck me funny, and of course I thought of you, Steve. Anyway, Happy Birthday, brother!

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 12:44 pm #

    my parents{and their respective 4th new husband n wife}did a cracker to me on my 25th Birthday…I had been single,and working too hard for a very long time..they took the opportunity then n there,in the middle of a vege/bohemian restaurant to give me one of those “now i want you to hear us out before you say anything back”talks…then proceeded to attempt to be hip,and cool,and liberal,whilst making the most Non PC lesbian remarks{in west end,as well}I had to sit through the barrage of “you know,if you were gay,it’d be ok with us,maybe not god,but ok with us”…oh it was surreal,and bizarre…If they only knew me better!!!in my parents generation,if you were not at least engaged at 18,you are either a lesbian,or god forbid what is this?they were pretty ashamed of the whole debarcle,when i turned and said”problem is…so many men,so little interest”…I think thats when they started to realize,that not only was i not a baby anymore,but,i’d lived a bit,and worked too much,and was so very different to all of them,and would not be seeking anyones approval,but my own… ..strength to all of you!viva la evolution!why frock up tomorrow when you could frock up today! …kisses SK!..love,gen xxxxx

  44. avatar
    davem | 13 September 2007 at 12:55 pm #

    Just clocking in whilst at work to wish you a Happy Birthday killer.
    Will read yon blogge tonight.
    God bless you.
    Love you lots,

    xx

  45. avatar
    restaurant mark | 13 September 2007 at 1:03 pm #

    happy birthday steve! i’ve been to a few and had one of those awkward 13 year old parties. everyone’s only concerned about the opposite sex, but doesn’t really know how to do that much about it???
    anyway…hope you have a great day. i’ll smoke a birthday bowl in your honor sir! but before i do that i have to finish getting everything together for my son, nolan’s 7th birthday today. it’s funny everytime he hears the church or sees one of your cd covers he’s like hey…that guy’s birthday is the same day as mine…he’s cool! funny what kids remember and say. and he’s right…you are cool! take care and enjoy yourself.

    love ya man,
    mark

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 1:27 pm #

    oh put a sock in it anon 9:14! – this one’s a good one!

    Happy Birthday Steven

    Love, KittyKatxxx

  47. avatar
    Brant | 13 September 2007 at 1:28 pm #

    Happy Bday dude.

  48. avatar
    timf | 13 September 2007 at 1:52 pm #

    Hope today’s is better than your 13th b-day…sounds like it couldn’t be much worse.

    All the best!

    Tim

  49. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 2:03 pm #

    Happy birthday!

    From Mike (in Canada)

  50. avatar
    lily was here | 13 September 2007 at 2:28 pm #

    Sorry to stray back in time, but Art, yes, i absolutely do love the Hollies, always.
    Sue

  51. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 2:49 pm #

    I hope you have “birthday” moments,often,and recurring,eternally,internally,and externally…a birthday isn’t just for Xmas..it’s forever!..so here and now it begins..a very merry . un-birthday Steve!..sweet dreams! xx..it hatta be sed..really?! x;-)…

  52. avatar
    persephone2u | 13 September 2007 at 3:09 pm #

    Happy birthday!

  53. avatar
    Loran Vesk | 13 September 2007 at 3:41 pm #

    happy birthday from france…Lots of sus chords, subtle harmonics and sweet ethereal choirs in your forever young heart

  54. avatar
    matthew | 13 September 2007 at 3:50 pm #

    hahahahahaha, that was so funny!

    I’ve sporadically stood awkwardly at those kinda kold kanberra parties for 25 years now, well maybe more grown-up versions but still… and the paper straws! I was remembering them recently, might as well smoke em coz they were useless for drinking through, they always got stuck together before you’d finished your can of Leed Lemonade, Tab or Tresca…..

    Happy birthday Steve, “you’re worth it”.

  55. avatar
    JONNY NOT YET SO HOLLYWOODISH | 13 September 2007 at 3:54 pm #

    Happy Born on Date Esskay!!!
    The Born Ultimatum

  56. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 13 September 2007 at 4:04 pm #

    sk
    have a great birthday!!!!
    peace,
    puccifish

  57. avatar
    Cee | 13 September 2007 at 4:16 pm #

    Here’s to 53 more!!
    I’m off to get the cake…

  58. avatar
    dean9000 | 13 September 2007 at 4:29 pm #

    happy birthday from one virgo to another…

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    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 4:34 pm #

    Reminds me of the “dance” that I threw in my basement when I was 13. It consisted of a jam box and one Duran Duran (sorry) tape. I basically set the whole thing up so that I could make out for the first time with this guy named Briab. There, upon the washing machine, I had my first kiss. I felt like throwing up afterwards for some reason…

    Anways – happpy birthday, Steve!

  60. avatar
    Ansible Jon | 13 September 2007 at 4:44 pm #

    My intuition tells me it is your birthday. Peas and happiness to you.

    wasn’t sure i was going to delve into Children of Huron, but feel i must after those glowing accolades. ever think of doing a painting of ol’ J.R.R.?

  61. avatar
    John | 13 September 2007 at 4:56 pm #

    Steve,

    Today’s blog was a wonderful birthday present from you to us. Unique to one but familiar to all, and beautifully written as always.

    Happy birthday. Thanks for having the courage of your convictions and for sharing your many gifts with us.

    I hope when I’m 53 I’m as young at heart and as wise in mind as you are.

    John

  62. avatar
    gareth,notts | 13 September 2007 at 5:10 pm #

    just nipped home for an hour in the middle of whats going to be a 24 hour shift to wish u happy birthday,so HAPPY BIRTHDAY! reminded me of my teen years so much,and going back even further my best friend,ever the practical joker told me his 7th birthday was a week earlier than it actually was so my gran walked me up there,elastic dickie-bow tie,lookin a right drip,only to be told we were a week early,kids can be cruel,but mums can be worse….elastic dickie-bow….for God’s sake !!!!

  63. avatar
    JawsOfJosh | 13 September 2007 at 5:20 pm #

    Happy Birthday Steve! I hope today is a pleasant Moon Festival for you.

    Couldn’t imagine my late 80s / early 90s adolescence without having your records serve as the soundtrack for it.
    I am so very glad that you were born.

    – Josh

  64. avatar
    fantasticandy | 13 September 2007 at 6:04 pm #

    steve, you had me laughing like a drain with that one!
    once again,
    have a great day.
    luv,
    andy L.

  65. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 6:40 pm #

    HAPPY BIRFDAY KILLAH..
    hope it shines ever the brighter
    have a good one on me..
    peace and love,

    jaime r………….

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    davem | 13 September 2007 at 7:08 pm #

    Nice to know you weren’t always such a space rocking hipster.
    Made me think of those lovely piccies from the booklet in Freaky Conclusions.
    Hope tonight is a better one.

    xx

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    John Garratt | 13 September 2007 at 7:20 pm #

    “he walks in our house
    all duded up in his best party clothes
    a red epauletted shirt
    bone elephant cords
    blue black zip up suede boots”

    And that was considered cool?

    John Garratt

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    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 8:09 pm #

    going away on a strange day. Smacks…….I am truly truly bewildered…..by all the fluff. My universal notions are being destroyed……I hadda blind spot the size of Uranus…..

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    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 8:13 pm #

    And how many of those kids have showed up at one of your gigs pledging their devotion and lifelong friendship from day one?

    Happy Birthday Steve…from one of your most ardent admirers.

    Mark
    Tampa, Fl

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    CouldBeAnyone | 13 September 2007 at 8:34 pm #

    Happy Birthday

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    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 8:36 pm #

    I was born in 1967, the 13rd of September…

    40 years old today
    and 20 years with The Church

    Happy birthday, Steve

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    John Garratt | 13 September 2007 at 8:59 pm #

    Anyone thinking of buying artwork during Steve’s birthday; the painting of Rimbaud comes out pretty swell as a print!

    John Garratt

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    CSTCoach | 13 September 2007 at 9:38 pm #

    LOL – that was a great story. I remember hosting an 8th grade party a bit like that. With my mother sitting in the kitchen with the lights off smoking, “chaperoning” us as we tried to get a little privacy in the livingroom to dance slow. Not exactly the party of the year, though i was one of the cool kids then. Now of course i like to think that i define cool.

    Hope you have a very happy birthday, druid. The world is a better place for your having been here. You and your work are appreciated.

    luv from me and tomoko

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    don joe | 13 September 2007 at 9:38 pm #

    That was eerily familiar to parties I used to have ……a parents idea of fun is not what their child deems it to be.
    So for this day I wish you a day where you are not put off, stressed, annoyed, peeved, blighted, harangued or in any way distracted from your whims n wants on this day being yours (though others have it for themselves also). Though I have not left my mark on these pages for sometime, I am still employed to read these as enjoyment and knowing of the future comes from this. Waiting dearly for publication of the soul O too.

    Enjoy the day Take it, it’s yours.

    ML,
    don joe

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    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 9:39 pm #

    do you do sculptures SK?..or maybe a plaster relief on canvass for depth,and sand etc.for colour perception/transition?…coz I’d get myself one in a nano-second,if i could work out what they looked like…actually I’d get lots of em!!..my little one has her school “barn dance tomorrow night..we all gotta get dressed up and dance to the “nutbush”..some kinda things never change..through the years huh?..last year’s barn dance had an uneven amount of fairies,and pirates…which was pretty funny…considering that we were/are all supposed to dress up as cowfolk!..have a beautiful day SK…you rock,god!…love,and peaz,as alwayz,gen xxxxx

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    william | 13 September 2007 at 10:46 pm #

    Happy Birthday Steve!

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    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 10:50 pm #

    Hi sk, wow!! so many birthday wishes, geez we fiends are a nice lot aren’t we????? You’re probably recovering from a BIG night, so we probably won’t hear from you for a while I imagine!! Anyway, did you know in the Grecian world today, there’s celebrations in honour of your name “St Steven”, yeah, so happy name day Stavros ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a beautfiul day and agapi always from de Greek fiend, Amanda

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    Anonymous | 13 September 2007 at 10:55 pm #

    Morning,Steven.

    L.

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    Olde Amps | 13 September 2007 at 11:36 pm #

    Good morning Gen,

    Lily Was Here was right about “Birthday”; it’s all in the delivery ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a wonderful Friday everyone!

    Olde Amps
    x

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    kat | 13 September 2007 at 11:46 pm #

    hope ‘yer day was as special as u, SK!!

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    NickFiction | 13 September 2007 at 11:52 pm #

    ahhh steve ya old bugger. Happy Birthday to you friend!

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    Leelinau | 14 September 2007 at 12:06 am #

    …errrrrt.

    just squeaked in

    Happy
    Birth
    Day

    xo

    ^_^

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    cita | 14 September 2007 at 12:12 am #

    What a fantastic story! Full of all the terrible awkwardness and anxiety of being 13. It made me laugh. We have all been there . We can all relate to that desperate yearning to kiss the one we have had crush on for so long. Your story is so beautifully told. I haven’t commented in a while but I still read your poetic blog everyday. Everyday it inspires me to be creative. Thankyou.

    I love the image of the damp and dingy garage with the barber’s chair.

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    Brien Comerford | 14 September 2007 at 12:49 am #

    Andy is back. Plaudits! I implore him to listen to Jeff Beck’s 1993 CD titled “Jeff”. The most prodigious guitar virtuosity imaginable layered with otherwordly far-out keyboards and blistering drums. You will be impressed because it’s replete with Riffs From Neptune! best wishes for your band’s good fortunes. It’s no longer SK’s b-day. Drag back into our eerie fallen world.

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    Anonymous | 14 September 2007 at 1:01 am #

    So that’s what you were doing when I was merely a five day old a few suburbs away…..I wonder how often our paths have crossed since then.Love the stories!
    Hope you had a lovely birthday celebration.
    Love and sunshine ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Anonymous | 14 September 2007 at 1:06 am #

    Happy Birthday Steve! You’re so ahead of my time, just had to say it again one last time this year!! How I love your story-telling…you always manage to jog my memories in a great way. I wish you a distinguished day that leads to many more.

    So funny H. Heart that Steve reminds you of your dad. He reminds me of my older brother, 54 y.o. soon, purple printed paisley cottony shirts, dingo boots, wide leather belts with big buckles…love beads, jeans, vw.

    1967-76 Seattle. I remember it although I was only seven in ’67- flashing forward to age thirteen…we used to have parties at our house, but my un-hippied dad lost trust in strangers, sadly.

    My excellent neighbors didn’t! She and her husband were and still are both artists. They designed their own home (with pool gen!)…absolutely amazing place with the water reflecting light into the galleries that surround the pool. This was a place for fairly private parties amongst adolesents, a substance free place. Very social- I enjoyed showing off my fashion creations…the floral jacket, the hot pink crushed velvet mini and vest with mauvey pinks turtle neck and those mauve suede boots!! Farah hair! not so blondy though…funny how I’ve re-created this groove! ha!

    Some of the neighbor boys became so off-turned when I gagged on one of their ciggies. Oh well, what a strange girl I must have appeared- and I don’t really care. Double standards. Looking back, a clove cig and extender might be more appropos.

    I’m glad I’m getting to know the guy behind the…what was that? Rolled up piece of paper on fire!!!? *-) hiyhhaha You make me laugh so much, Steve.

    This Birthday party is for you, Steve! It’s true, September 13th is a day of arts in certain utopias…yet another art fest this weekend to kick off Mill Valley Film Festival!!

    With Love for a Lovely Birthday,

    Art

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    Anonymous | 14 September 2007 at 1:43 am #

    Oh Art….I SOOOO Want to play with you…but I am booked up..BUGGER!..haven’t even been able to read the comments fully…OH,I have to go…love you ! xxxxx x and a couple for Mr.K..xxx.,love genx

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    Anonymous | 14 September 2007 at 2:55 am #

    oh genx, now I love you and your funnies!:-) you adorned long hair? Just a girl in the height of the Adams Family, I loved Cousin Its’ hair…I grew it to almost those lengths. sigh. My just younger bro. put gum in it, much to my mothers’ pixie fancy-ing delight! Then my booboo lip came out…’this is for boys’. Long haired men, I love that! paisley, floral, silk shirts, kimonos r a ok too by me.

    Art

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    Anonymous | 14 September 2007 at 3:13 am #

    Very funny, very real.What a fizzer.Ah, the shame. And how very embarrassing parents can be when we are young and think we’re hot stuff :). Will be grinning about this all day.And isn’t it funny – it doesn’t matter how many years pass these type of things still haunt us. Even on your death bed :).

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    freddy mercurial | 14 September 2007 at 3:19 am #

    Sept. 13, 2007

    Steven,

    Wishing that ya have a good day today Killer…

    Freddy Merk

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    mattdavison | 14 September 2007 at 3:23 am #

    Birthday greetings from over here in NZ Killer!

    All the best 4 the next 365..

    gonna be a biggie

    Xmattd

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    Anonymous | 14 September 2007 at 3:28 am #

    Hey Steve. I’ts still Sept.13 here, so Happy (timeshifted)Birthday! Guessing you managed to blow out all the candles on the cake – wondering what you wished for!!

    All the best for a happy and fulfilling year,

    Ron

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    Anonymous | 14 September 2007 at 4:13 am #

    Art!!!…you are such a big tease!..MAN!…mmm I love the um..oh…I am unable to focus right now!..my head is spinning{lovely dreamy spirally stuff }..and yes,i do have some of the clothes you are speaking of ..one of my favourites is a pale pink mini,with authentic paisleys,and a beaded fringe/tassle all around the bottom..and i have had to cull my boot collection,coz it was verging on O.t.t…love my tartan mini,as well…looks good with the superman or “whatever”shirt n the pussycat boots..and the dark “jaqui O “sunnies….do you remember “men in black”??the movie,where one of the agents says”the difference between me n you?…I make this look good!”…I say that jokingly to anyone who says anything about me looking so…UM?? un-blind,or saucey{etc??i dont know what the word is,for me,or my style???…funny??!!..come for a swim miss art??..love to you …xxxxx gen x

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    Anonymous | 14 September 2007 at 4:49 am #

    a swim…yes miss xxx genx too many things to wear…some prints for swimming, paisley waters, fleur de blossoms, neon au haute, couture extravagana, hollywood closeted, mini de faux go, only with tights in cold weather, below the knee otherwise as I age so vintagely. en vogie kilbie, too cool for you, no you always were cool.

    Memo for tomorrow:

    gold lame’ fermented. cross-dressers? I couldn’t tell…no, not you!! it’s your show just before the rockers as seen in Vegas by the Tropicana before midnight. So you hang out here? You think I’m cute or something. ‘Keep your pants on’ old Vegas saying, no I always wear dresses. Don’t worry, it’s not the 13th where you’re at now, so say the commercials who don’t pay for this note, thanks smoke.

    AvanteArt

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    Anonymous | 14 September 2007 at 5:00 am #

    Art..!..you are so beautifully,and perfectly stark raving mad!…I love you!…2 more treatments to go,and I’ll open up a corona n lime in your name…xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx x oooo gen x

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    Anonymous | 14 September 2007 at 5:27 am #

    Brother K.
    Thanks for the memories. Glad someone remembered. Mozart ain’t got shit on you (Or does he?). Please don’t tell Juicy I cussed! Really! Happy GDBD!!
    Dom G.

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    Anonymous | 14 September 2007 at 9:24 am #

    x

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    Anonymous | 14 September 2007 at 9:25 am #

    happy birthday steve


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