posted on June 22, 2007 at 4:25 am

in no particular order of preference
but in the order as the come up
on my playlist on eye podd

bob dylan : a sweetheart like you
yeah i love this song dont i
bobby d the master
the big one
the guy who showed lennon how to express his spite
how it could be done
oh this is a corny sentimental song
its got marko knoppflah playin’ guitar n producing
it aint iggy n the stooges thats for sure
but just real real smooth and makes me feel good
hey remember that
music that makes ya feel good?

the cars : all mixed up
i dont like the cars much except for this song
which i really really like
it was a big influence on me round the time it came out
i wanted the church to sound like this, i guess
and the lyrics are right up my alley
only ruined by a rinky dink synthy-sizer
which trills in towards the endo

chapterhouse : autosleeper
amazing lyrics
produced by robin guthrie of the marvellous cock-toe twins
dangerous vacous bliss
blind angel move through me
its kinda shoegazery n biblical n dreamy n creamy
verily i wish i had done this

i am the cosmos : chris bell
one of the best songs ever! ever!
if you like the early chursh this was an ideal
ploogy n i used to play it ad nauseam
but were too in awe to attempt a version

crystal japan : david bowie
you want futuristic?
you want music for drowned continents?
you want grandeur and heartbreak?
you want atlantis’ anthem as she sank below the waves
this piece is an obsession of mine
poignant to the max!

gravenhurst :the velvet cell reprise
youre zooming along on some delicious substance
and stuff flies past ya
its really exciting
extra cool
like something i wish i dreamed i did in 1985

jeff buckley : dream brother alternate take
divine exquisite man
beautiful songwriter n genius
different lyrics here to the original
its a gentler take with some kinda tablas or something
every good rock characteristic
can be found in this one excellent song

mississippi : john phillips
another doomed genius
this song was a minor hit in canberra in 1970 or 71
its a real real nice song by the writer from the moms n pops
ex hubby of the once (and maybe still?) lovely michelle phillips
i didnt know what a bayou was in 1970 or 71
but i liked the bit where he sings
mmm i like your dress

pete wylie n wah : hope
a grandiose eighties tearjerker
and yet when it hits that chord
and he strains to hit the notes
and everything
you lied to me…but i wish youd believe me
oh yeah
the 80s werent all badde
be warned :its tres romantic
and it goes on n on

joy division : atmosphere
a huge influence on me
this song
the belltrees
the reverb
the tribal drums surfing the song
the insistent bass gnawing at your brain like mice
doomy lyrics
walk in silence
dont turn away in silence
more goth than notre dame baybee
oh sad tragic eternal

levitation : embedded
one of the great shoegazer songs of all time
one of the most complicated guitar bands
find lev records fiendss n enjoy
everything seems to bounce a long on a cushion of pink haze
the guitar playing is intelligent and executed with aplomb
most of you would like it
i met bick backstage in leeds a few years back
a kindred spirit

normie rowe : it aint easy
an australian singer,
who did this amazing flop single, 1968
it had everything
what went wrong?
if you love the walker bros
and righteous bros etc
please check out this
its a great overlooked song
and its got everything but the kitchen sink
it sunk normies career inexplicably when it failed
but why
its a fucking amazing torch ballad

peter hammill : the lie( berninis st therese)
more gothic than peter murphy nick cave and robert smith in a sack
darker than almost anything youve ever heard
bitter nasty intelligent diatribe against religion:
grace is a name like chastity like lucifer like mine…
a piano gets pounded
a church organ joins in ominously
hammills voice becomes lost in dark shadows in echoes
he rants in the empty church a flaming lunatic
i’d embrace you…
but that would be just another lie

primal scream : higher than the sun (american spring mix)
so called because of the preponderence of a harpsichord (sound)
like brian wilsons wifes band american spring
if you like to take psychedelic drugs
then this is a song for you
you can almost feel the ecky coming on
oh baybee i feel so straynge…
the only thing they ever did that i liked
but i adore this song
itll give ya a contact high you wont believe

the stones : street fighting man
the quintessential rock song
exciting wild shabby stumbling and lurching
it always does it for me
and a lotta olde stuff dont
but this one does
get down

santana : singing winds, crying beasts
one of my favourite instrumentals of all time
and the way when the bass comes in
it just simply propels the whole thing along
carlos guitar sounds amazing here
the percussion like small things running in the desert
the cymbals swell
the electric piano floats

sigur ros : svefn-g-englar
its something to do with angels im guessing
by the sound of that last word
but in a made up language
with bits that sound like bits of scandic or anglo
which is really no surprise i guess
bowie had his own language on side 2 of low
a band called magma always sang in their own language
(and they say my lyrics are obscure!)
anyway this is sublime
beyond description
and its not unlike grandiose off mats
well just a little…

the small faces : afterglow
2 genius songwriters
ronnie lane and stevie marriott
both ripped off blind by the bizness
they earned NOTHING despite being huge uk n us
sold millions
earned NOTHING
what a rollicking rolling rocking number
all the trademark ingredients
that grinding organ, all creamy
the drums wallop
its a goody!

smashing pumpkins : tonight tonight
amazing song again
pompous huge arrangement
corgans weird high pitched little voice
beautiful melody
a heartbreaking little song
then suddenly it explodes
tonight tonight
you filled with hope
this song and disarm i wish i’d written
yes i really do
they dont come along this good so often

tom petty n the hbs : the wild one forever
what a corker!
at the end of yer tether
things jingle n jangle
his best song ever

tori amos : a sorta fairytale
nk bought toris new record yessaday
funny watching her listen to her faves new record
seeing the bits she liked n the bits she didnt
this is both of our fave tori
i dont really like much else as much as this
tori pulls on this persona
a damaged sad waitress from south dakota or something
a lovely song of lost possibility
if yer heart dont melt when she sings
and i rode alongside of you
till he lost me
we decided to name our daughter after this album
on the steps of the opera house
after tori blew our minds
but i fear she may be somewhat “lost”
looking at n hearing the new one!

ultravox : i cant stay long
travel again
like gravenhurst
the plains n skies open up
longitude latitude
we fly over swamps n we pass thru walls
always going straight ahead
straight on n on
dreamy stuff

the who : mary ann with the shaky hands
i like this side of the who
what a great melody
great harmonies
short n sweet
funny and wistful
or is this a kinda rude joke??
(eg is she especially good at “hand jobs”)

there you go
my computer came up with this list
i dunno
but what a great buncha tunes
youll see lotsa things in there i nicked im sure
bye bye

109 Responses to “25 killer tunes straight from the ttbs i.p.”

  1. avatar
    steve kilbey | 22 June 2007 at 6:41 am #

    the arithmetically astute among you
    will notice there are only 23 songs here
    i been so worried about poor bonny
    that i miscounted

  2. avatar
    daniel12 | 22 June 2007 at 6:42 am #

    Hey Dude. Can i borrow ya i pod ?

  3. avatar
    Symon | 22 June 2007 at 6:49 am #

    Atmosphere….brilliant. An inspired choice there Steve.

    The wild one, forever..again simply awesome. Great song…one of his best…though must say I think I like It’ll all work out the most. Surrender also right up there !

    happy happy listening

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 6:52 am #

    Thank you ever so gratefully for only 23 songs. I was wishing I’d see some Durutti Column in there, I’d like to see what you think. I appreciate the articulation and selection your tastes…

    Daniel, can I borrow Steve’s eye pawd from you?

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 6:59 am #

    Anon at 4:52 continued.

    I’m aggreeable about Jeff Buckley, Chapterhouse, db, and small faces immediately. Others, I may never hear- but I’ll seek by your recommendation. thankyousomuch. I like most of the others I’ve heard. Interesting.

  6. avatar
    tristan the teuton | 22 June 2007 at 7:06 am #

    Es ist Zeit zu gehen.
    Es ist Zeit zu lass Sie in Ruhe.
    Es ist Zeit wieder zu sterben.

    Meine Liebe ist defekt.
    Mein Herz ist kaputt.
    Mein Traum so schnell verdunstet heute.

    Ich wollte nicht diese traurige Affäre
    Ich wollte nicht diesen Trostpreis
    Ich wollte nicht dieses Dreieck.


  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 7:11 am #

    missster k…you make me wanna go out and buy an i pod…some of the songs i’ve been listening to over the last couple of nights…
    -joy division-love will tear us apart
    -the stranglers-golden brown
    -the velvet underground-venus in furs
    -blondie-heart of glass
    -david bowie-ashes to ashes
    -nick cave and the bad seeds-the mercy seat
    -sex pistols-anarchy in the uk
    -black sabbath-paranoid
    -the pixies-monkey gone to heaven
    …good music to do teachery-type work in my office to…ashes to ashes film clip is a trip, isn’t it…what’s everybody’s fave film clip out there…
    -The Hellbound Heart

  8. avatar
    daniel12 | 22 June 2007 at 7:11 am #

    Wow. Other people besides me and John Frusciante remember the Durutti Column. Sorry anon 4.52 your joke was a bit cryptic for me . Were you being nasty ? . Can we just talk about music today . Yeah that bell tree and synth vocal free bit in atmosphere was a killer . Like the sky breaking open to reveal another world. I bought a Juno synth not long after hearing this.

  9. avatar
    Thelonious | 22 June 2007 at 7:11 am #


  10. avatar
    wil-O | 22 June 2007 at 7:12 am #

    hey Kil-O.

    Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott. Great tunes. I’ve spent some time with ‘Mac’ – Ian McLagan – and he is still bitter as hell about all the royalties they never received.

    Another source of inspiration?

    love to all

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 7:27 am #

    mississipi right after jeff buckley…mmm. i dunno…

  12. avatar
    fantasticandy | 22 June 2007 at 7:32 am #

    you were compared to peter hammill
    by a reviewer of ‘november’.
    that’s how good you are.
    and i want to thank you very much for:

    A: being the mega-talented yet big hearted geezer you are.

    B: name checking hammill and thereby introducing the fiendss to
    one of the most vital singer-songwriters of our age.

    a very cool selection on your pod i must say!
    a fine weekend to all,
    andy L.

  13. avatar
    Tommy Gunn | 22 June 2007 at 7:47 am #

    How did I know that Mr. Kilbey would have picked a Sigur Ros song.

    Sigur Ros are f’n brilliant. Any Church fan would appreciate them greatly.

  14. avatar
    The Carrier of Fruit | 22 June 2007 at 8:00 am #

    Some interesting absolute essential items on yer list SK, but also so some stuff I aint heard yet.

    mmmmmmm…..stuff I aint heard yet.

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 8:09 am #

    oi!…..imonly “vacuus”before my caffeine thwack… terribly dangerous though, and mean and shocking as well….id also like to borrow the eye pod…i think im 3rd in line …..h heart…you should see some of my tragics in my collection……”the missiom”,”huxton creepers”,the stems”,”exploding white mice”,way too much “tea party”,”concrete blonde”,”smith{and ereen}s””underground{velvet and U.G.lovers”,”stone roses”the sweet”….”are you ready steve?…..marty?….pete?well allright then,lets goooooooooo!oh moy gawd!……actually there are some goodens in there….STEVEN….i thought I was the “music guru”!am put to shame,now….love to all fiends and friends and kilbeys!…..xxxxxxxgenx

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 8:14 am #

    Crystal Japan: yes! Music for drowned continents (‘where the sharks dream in the waves’) – I agree entirely. Hard to believe it was written as the music for a saki advert! Just shows how important the listeners’s subjective input is to music, eh?

  17. avatar
    blixa | 22 June 2007 at 8:17 am #

    I like to glide in the long green light…
    I hear ya Steve!
    Ere, Killa, is ‘Stranger Than Kindness’ your favourite Nick Cve song?

  18. avatar
    damien | 22 June 2007 at 8:24 am #

    It’s my opinion that Jeff Buckley is somewhat overrated.

    Good ‘n’ all, but. . .meh!

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 8:42 am #

    discombobulated..gonna give thissun a wide berth…catch ya next time!

  20. avatar
    SweatyWheels | 22 June 2007 at 8:42 am #

    I was always so much more impressed by Tim Buckley than his son, especially Tim’s early albums. I don’t begrudge Jeff Buckleys talent, but it just don’t crank my skank.
    You can be more goth than NCave, the Murph and Bob Smith (in a sack?) but The Sisters of Mercy? Rock on. Oh la la.

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 10:10 am #

    Hey, Steve – hello, mentor. Some nice choices, even for my taste, which is considerably younger and less astute. I managed to find several of your playlist rotations, and I gotta say I quite liked them, especially the sigur ros – fantasia and fantazia! You know, I’ve never listened to their music but when I heard this piece it reminded me a little of my own. That’s not to say that I think I’m anywhere near their league – I’m not – but the aura is familiar. I tell you what else…My mum has written many songs kind of like this one (very old ‘real’ lingo with some ‘new’ words), only a cappella, and sung operatically. She’s a contralto (in colour), mezzo (if you classify in terms of range), so the sound is dreamy, moving, and definitely haunting. I will feature her soon on my own page. Perhaps one day you will have an empty moment to fill, and you’ll think (of me, which is unlikely. Hey! Let me dream here for awhile.) – why not, even if it offends my ears.

    Anyway, thank you, frate. Your music is beautiful – every note of it.
    Best wishes

  22. avatar
    Tony | 22 June 2007 at 11:28 am #

    the killa in me
    is the killa in you
    my love

    …f@#ing great song, SK!!!!

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 11:47 am #

    Is it true Heyday is being remastered
    and reissued
    as “Fucking Heyday”?


  24. avatar
    SK's motivation | 22 June 2007 at 12:18 pm #

    Nah, it’s being reissued as ‘Don’t ask about fucking Heyday cos I got nowt memorable to say about it!’

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 12:25 pm #

    Where’s the Killa-bee biog vanished to?!

  26. avatar
    mahatma kane jeeves | 22 June 2007 at 12:37 pm #

    bouncing off clouds on the tori amos record is good i think – if you like whinny, self-obsessed american chicks – which i do. what the fuck is the recurring obsession with heyday on this group – i have asked this before and nobody told me – so tell me please

  27. avatar
    veleska1970 | 22 June 2007 at 12:41 pm #

    mmmm….some very inner-esting choices today, steve. thanks for revisiting the ipod contents again.

    i saw a lot of songs that i recognized, and will check out the others~~thanks for the suggestions. i’ve always loved joy division and ultravox. great bands. as for tori amos~~i absolutely LOVE “a sorta fairytale”, but i cannot stand her. but that one song is definitely a keeper.

    reading about chris bell and how you and ploog used to play it all the time makes me wonder: would the chrunchies ever consider doing another cover album? “box of birds” was a masterpiece~~astonishing how y’all could take already-fantastic songs and elevate them to another artform as only the church can.

    hope you and my fellow fiendss have a great weekend.

    lotza laove…

  28. avatar
    veleska1970 | 22 June 2007 at 12:43 pm #

    heh heh heh…that should be “lotza love.”

    i haven’t eaten yet this morning, so maybe i’m thinking “loaf”, as in bread loaf. i think some toast and jam is in order.


  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 12:43 pm #

    Peter Hammill fucking rules, fiends.

    I can’t believe there’s a band named after Gravenhurst, Ontario. Well, they do have a beer store there.


  30. avatar
    gareth,notts | 22 June 2007 at 1:08 pm #

    ‘Tonight Tonight’ by the Smashing Pumpkins is an awesome song…recently been listening to ‘Aura’by The Church, ‘Map of the problematique’ by Muse,’This Corrosion’ by The Sisters of Mercy, ‘Forever’ by the Dropkick Murphys,and ‘Monster Ballads’ by the fantastic Josh Ritter……..

  31. avatar
    John Garratt | 22 June 2007 at 1:19 pm #

    Steve Kilbey,

    What did it feel like the first time you saw the Church’s name in print? In a newspaper?

    John Garratt

  32. avatar
    restaurant mark | 22 June 2007 at 1:35 pm #

    some great stuff there…hadn’t thought of chapterhouse forever, then seeing robin guthrie’s name makes me wanna go on a cocteau twins kick…love that band, so glad i got to see them live. been on a big bowie run lately…moonage daydream, cracked actor…wonderful! i’d wondered if scarlet’s name came from tori. haven’t heard the whole new record…only skipped through on itunes, but have the song, bouncing off clouds…love that one. she’s got three albums that i love, from the choirgirl hotel, to venus and back, and scarlet’s walk…the rest can be hit and miss. the guy who plays drums on sorta fairytale and all of that other stuff i mentioned is a guy named matt chamberlain…my favorite drummer for hire. he plays with fiona apple also. nothing but groove…watching him play is a treat.
    take care man

    more gothic than peter murphy, nick cave, and robert smith in a sack…hilarious! i think robert would even laugh at that one…peter…probably not…he’s serious, you know

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 1:46 pm #

    Ah Ultravox. My other favorite right next to The Church. Foxx gets a lot of credit (deservedly so) but me thinks Billy Currie had a hell of a lot to do with that sonic ride.

    Hmmm, that’d be interesting…SK and Billy Currie…nah, two too many strong personalities to make it work.

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 2:03 pm #

    gawd; and I had leonard cohen and stevie wonder on my vinyl last night whilst attempting to write a country and western ditty with my gentleman caller..sheesh

    ultravox, aah ultravox; those eyes, those shiny pants, that misex pastiche; yep, me definitely more Tim than Jeff…Killer, ring Uncut immediately and do reviews for em will ya! Fan bloody tastic…I wanna lissen to them all now! (except for the Who)

    love kkat

  35. avatar
    CSTCoach | 22 June 2007 at 2:03 pm #

    cool, i always enjoy checking out your musical recommendations. for a writer its kinda like reading the favourite books of your favourite author…

    the past couple days been listening to tyg’s in space (finally got my hands on a copy of that, would love to purchase an orginial – very cool stuff), recent a-ha (they’ve gotta great sound), the blue nile, nick cave…

    off to check out these new selections…


  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 2:03 pm #

    Sk,Who is Bonny?

  37. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 22 June 2007 at 2:34 pm #

    I am so commercial. Excluding Church songs I have a top ten or eleven.
    1) U2-Pride
    2) Boston-Higher Power
    3) Steve Vai-For The Love of God
    4) Beatles-Long And Winding Road
    5) Moby-Why Does My Heart Feel So Sad.
    6) Paul McCartney-Golden Earth Girl
    7) Morrissey-Southpaw
    8) Pretenders-Every Mother’s Son
    9) Pretenders-Human
    10) Jeff Beck-Jeff Beck’s Blues
    11)Boston- A Man I’ll Never Be

  38. avatar
    JJ | 22 June 2007 at 2:39 pm #

    Great blogge, I love these little insights. The tall, bald one – yes Corgan’s written some great songs, I also loved the video that went with “Tonight, Tonight” with the Victorian Jules Verne daguerrotype sort of photography. Reunited Pumpkins doing an “East Coast Residency” (U.S.) at Orange Peel in Asheville N.C. – 9 shows. “To Sheila,” standout track from Adore.

    I’ve seen Tori several times over the years, squirming all over her piano bench; several good tracks on Scarlett’s Walk.

    First time I heard Beggar’s Banquet and the needle went down on side 2 – “Street Fighting Man,” well, I thought that record would fly right off the turntable (1969, yes I’m olde). A Keef acoustic rhythmic explosion.

    Sigur-Ros, also capable of brilliance, and Robin Guthrie has a golden touch – got to meet him and Liz Fraser after an Atlanta show courtesy of then-journalist girlfriend….I miss her. Have a photo with Liz though.

  39. avatar
    Cee | 22 June 2007 at 2:42 pm #

    I’m so out in left field (without a mitt) that I’m listening to Stan Getz!!

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 3:04 pm #

    If Cummings ever hears ‘Pearls’, you know he’ll cover it, don’t ya?

  41. avatar
    Ansible Jon | 22 June 2007 at 3:22 pm #

    first song you listed was the one that caught my attention most. all those brilliant songs dylan wrote and the most overlooked is surely “sweetheart like you”. this is one of the greatest songs ever to just sing to yourself while walking along the block.
    dylan also has another great underappreciated tune called “up to me” that i love.

    more photos please…

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 4:09 pm #

    Hey Daniel,

    Anon from 4:52 & 4:57 getting back to you. I was seriously joking yes, nasty never. I don’t have the heart to be nasty…my boyfriend wouldn’t like it. Hey, I wouldn’t like it. Nice to see you again. I’m glad you really enjoy the Durutti Column- a one man show that’s highly under-rated. Such talent.

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 4:39 pm #

    The Small Faces

    Did not get the respect they
    deserved, and they should’ve
    been a lot bigger that they

    What a great band.

    Tampa, Fl

  44. avatar
    veleska1970 | 22 June 2007 at 5:19 pm #

    “Did not get the respect they
    deserved, and they should’ve
    been a lot bigger that they

    What a great band.”
    hmmmm…..sounds like somebody else we know. :*(

  45. avatar
    davem | 22 June 2007 at 5:35 pm #

    I try really hard to like other stuff. But being honest I have to make myself put on something non-Church related every 3 cd’s or so.
    I haven’t got an i-pod yet…when I do it’ll be mostly Chrunch n esskay.
    Some nice stuff you’ve chosen but I only know about 60% of it be honest.
    Love you more,


  46. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 22 June 2007 at 5:46 pm #

    Calling All Brits:

    There is a group of rock stars who belong to a group that I think is called the Countryside Alliance. They support hunting and blood-sports. Supporters include Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Bryan Ferry, Roger Taylor(Queen’s Drummer) and Roger Daltrey. These milionaires are very uncool. They torture foxes.

  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 6:17 pm #

    Cool, and i was runnin low on inspiration…yeah, it figures, the stuff you like…I was always the BIGGEST Joy Division fan, back in the early eighties, all the kids thought i was so cool and prophetic, with my JD stickers on my VW van…listenin to Unknown Pleasures …Ah!! anyway, someone mentioned Durutti Column..Yes! love Vinni reilly…those were the days of Lp’s – loved the artwork…I’m still convinced of the genius of JD and New Order aesthetic…neo-classical minimalism or sumthing…the guy from the small faces who lives in Austin- i’m sorry i forgot his name right now, I’m kinda spaced–well his wife was killed in a car accident not too long ago.. very sad…anyway, thanks Steve for the music list- like books- always need more manna to stay alive..I have always wondered how R> Guthrie gets those quiet and coiled overtones in his guitar sound….which brings me to a thought i have ofetn had- working as i do on processing sound and recording, etc- all by myself…Steve, how does your mind work when it comes textures of sound…I have a hard believing you have not endlessly experimented with tones and approaches, etc…One of the reasons i have always madly envied you is that you have all those people helping you!!!!! Shit,it makes me sick i cant pull off my songs and ideas without grand help…I think most folks dont understand the intricacies of producing music…thats up to snuff…Dee in Tx…Legalize Pot!!!!

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 6:54 pm #

    post script….dontcha ever listen to Godspeed You Black Emperor! and the like…maybe some Mogwai? I know GSYBE is pretty heavy, but that Canadian scene has been one of the most progressive in recent years…mature stuff, with natural elements….Really had me thinking about the under-use of violin and cello…Floyd style…also, always loveD Everything Takes Forever…DEE*TX

  49. avatar
    kat | 22 June 2007 at 7:06 pm #

    hello all, hello sk,

    nice tunez mentioned.. although i vote for odorono off sell out before mary anne ;] also, mick ronson from bowie’s entourage is sort of underrated in th whole mecca of guitarists, no??

    well, kat has passed out promotional posters all day for an indie band playing here on 6/27.. robbers on high street, check ‘m out..

    happy weekend all!

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 9:55 pm #

    #24..colin hay{men at work}acoustic version of “overkill”…..#25….the tea party…”in this time” off splendor solace….good morning captain crunch xxx

  51. avatar
    ed in fl | 22 June 2007 at 10:11 pm #

    I just order two Levitation CD’s for a total of 6 bucks (including shipping) on Amazon. Thanks for the suggestion.

    ed in fl

  52. avatar
    lily | 22 June 2007 at 10:48 pm #

    Hi SK!

    I haven’t commented in a while, but I have been reading. Thank you for the music recs. I hadn’t heard or even heard of some of those! I’ve noticed you like a few songs that This Mortal Coil has covered. Do you listen to/like them and their versions? Some of the non-Church/SK music I’ve been listening to lately: Guster, Dresden Dolls, The Nightwatchman. On a more personal and serious note, I just wanted to thank you again for the beautiful music that you make. I lost a loved one in April, and I’ve found some comfort in listening to some of the old Church stuff that the departed and I used to listen to together. Anyway, hope all is well there with you. Keep blogging, baybee!


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    restaurant mark | 22 June 2007 at 10:52 pm #

    jj, do ya live in atlanta? saw you mentioned a cocteau twins show there…i might’ve been at the same show. i live in macon, 45 minutes south. be cool to meet up at a show or something.

  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2007 at 11:13 pm #

    my daughters collection includes “voice of the beehive”..”b52s”..”shakespeares sister”an “the church”…..”reptile”is the NEW “rock lobster”….when theres a pile of children dancing in the lounge room,they put it on,and in the silence,all lie down,then JUMP UP N GO CRAZY when the” noisey guitar man” starts up again,…the kids got class…,genx xxxxxxx

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    Tim | 22 June 2007 at 11:25 pm #

    My RANDOM Church playlist and the first 25 church songs as they come up in order on my pc…I’m such a nerd..

    1.See Your Lights THICK AND HEAVY forget yourself was a Sonic masterpiece

    2Chaos Sonic adventure from 10 years previous..
    3Grind Nice ending to that side of GAF … left me speechless then as now

    4Shake It Off Jarvis Church
    OPPS looks like the soul singer from Toronto slipped past the playlist filter

    5The Unguarded Moment NO DOUBT about this one…btw gwen stafani would cover this nicely….sorry ttb

    6Lost My Touch I fucking love this song…its beyond words..

    7Laughing Oh yeah GAF the good stuff

    8Antenna Starfish.
    9Lay Low ttb from a whisper to a scream and back again!

    10Myrrh Just heard this on in my Jeep on the way home from work

    11Spark Excellent

    12After Everything melodic masterpiece..i hear brian wilson like work on this..

    13Witch Hunt P=A this album=masterpiece

    14Telepath brian wilson like genius here too.

    15Feel P=A see comments for #13

    16 Reptile blew me away the first gazillion time I heard it and still does today.

    17 It’s All Too Much words are useless to discribe

    18Song In Space You can’t?

    19 Magician Among The Spirits Here we are at number 19…what a fucking catalogue…as a fan I would not be at all upset if the band whored it out a bit for strictly financial gains…the catalogue is vast with so many quality track as this RANDOM list proves

    20Monday Morning more GAF
    21Nothing Seeker Nothing left to say
    22City GAF
    23Lost Starfish what can ya say…holy fuck
    24Lustre P=A
    25Paradox P=A

  56. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 12:01 am #

    adding #26 to captain crunchs list….powderfinger..”JC”…i love the way you can hear his heart pound and his pants seem to start getting less roomy,when he sings”oh jesus christ,dont look at me that way….dont look at me that way….oh jesus christ,dont look at me that way….dont look at me that way!”xxx

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    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 12:35 am #

    the first 10 in my ipod today (& it’s always on shuffle)…
    1. love will tear us apart – the cure
    2. 9ft underground – caravan
    3. in the court of the crimson king – king crimson
    4. just like honey – jesus & mary chain
    5. grind (the version from el momento siguiente)
    6. hallelujah – jeff buckley
    7. crystal – new order
    8. high as a kite – mwp
    9. brain damage – pink floyd
    10. you took (my absolute fave song in the world ever)

    i like ur list. ta for sharing.

  58. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 12:56 am #


  59. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 1:03 am #

    Love it.

    New order are great.

  60. avatar
    Tim | 23 June 2007 at 1:13 am #

    I’m a horrible Church fan…

    Still got the playlist going and I have just heard The Maven for the
    first time…


    the worlds most pathetic church fan.

  61. avatar
    mattdavison | 23 June 2007 at 1:13 am #

    and here part of the ipoddy list….

    In no specific order

    Bowie – outside alby “strangers when we meet”
    I Davies – goodnight mr matthews
    U vox – Vienna
    The The – mind bomb
    springsteen – worlds apart
    Al’ Stewart Year of the cat
    the crunch – eastern
    Pearl jam – Black
    Split Enz – Ghost girl
    split enz – without a doubt
    Smash Pumpkins – disarm
    manic street preachers – the everlasting
    the crunch – Buffalo
    Boston – more than a feeling
    Roxy music – midnight hour
    A-ha Hunting high and low
    Madonna – live to tell
    the crunch – day 5
    Floyd – the division bell
    Finn & house – private universe
    Bowie – ashes to ashes
    …………..thats it for a few hours of listening bliss

  62. avatar
    tim | 23 June 2007 at 1:18 am #

    Al Stewart..gawd

    what was the other hit…

    Time Passages..

    can’t believe i know that.

  63. avatar
    zebob | 23 June 2007 at 1:43 am #

    I just grabbed a recently posted show on the DimeaDozen live-music sharing site. Details are below. Very funny, with Steve running the show.
    To get it, you need an account on the DimeaDozen site, which can be hard to come by. I don’t mind converting the files to MP3 and posting them to a file-sharing site if there’s any interest.

    The Church
    KCRW Studios
    Santa Monica.Ca
    August 25, 1988
    source : fm
    transfer : markp

    01 introduction
    02 banter
    03 Under the Milky Way
    04 Antenna
    05 banter
    06 Spark
    07 banter
    08 Fly
    09 banter
    10 Bel-Air
    11 banter
    12 Instrumental Jam > Tristesse
    13 banter
    14 A Month of Sundays
    15 outro

  64. avatar
    sharka | 23 June 2007 at 1:50 am #

    The greatest track of all time goes to Slowdive. Track 2, Souvlaki.

    If that don’t get you high, ain’t nuthin’ gunna!

  65. avatar
    lily was here | 23 June 2007 at 1:54 am #

    Normie Rowe on Its Not Easy – “was picked from a series of demos ..was written by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil for the Righteous Brothers just before their break-up. I must’ve been the next person to hear it. I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard the song originally. …The orchestra on the recording was 36 piece which included John-Paul Jones and Jimmy Page, both of whom went on to form Led Zeppelin..”

    wow .. so much to comment on here steve, didnt know where to start but this is something i never knew.

    I love the Red House Painters version of All Mixed Up better & cant help lovin’ The Cars song My Best Friends Girl. I have goofy tastes sometimes but I love Gravenhursts Song From Under the Arches.
    That primal scream song’s awesome ‘n maybe i should check out Tori Amos more. Dylans coming but i cannot go 🙁
    Its going to be a beautiful day … melancholy’s lifting, strange how sad beautiful songs can somehow lift your spirits!


  66. avatar
    sharka | 23 June 2007 at 1:56 am #

    Followed by Tack 7, of course!

  67. avatar
    lily was here | 23 June 2007 at 2:10 am #

    ps we named our daughter after a Cure song. I dont think she’s that impressed 🙂 Mine named me after a flower, in hebrew, i was even less impressed!!

  68. avatar
    knot young | 23 June 2007 at 2:17 am #

    Old man look at my life,
    I’m a lot like you were.
    Old man look at my life,
    I’m a lot like you were.

    Old man look at my life,
    Twenty four
    and there’s so much more
    Live alone in a paradise
    That makes me think of two.

    Love lost, such a cost,
    Give me things
    that don’t get lost.
    Like a coin that won’t get tossed
    Rolling home to you.

    Old man take a look at my life
    I’m a lot like you
    I need someone to love me
    the whole day through
    Ah, one look in my eyes
    and you can tell that’s true.

    Lullabies, look in your eyes,
    Run around the same old town.
    Doesn’t mean that much to me
    To mean that much to you.

    I’ve been first and last
    Look at how the time goes past.
    But I’m all alone at last.
    Rolling home to you.

    dem thing keeps coming on the radio, and i switch stations all the time

  69. avatar
    Don Lane | 23 June 2007 at 2:34 am #

    Hands off the man, the flim flam man.
    His mind is up his sleeve and his talk is make believe.
    Oh lord, the man’s a fraud, he’s flim flam man. He’s so cagey, he’s a flim flam man.

    Hands off the man, flim flam man.
    He’s the one in the Trojan horse making out like he’s Santa Claus.
    Oh lord, the man’s a fraud, he’s a flim flam man. He’s a fox, he’s a flim flam man.

    Everybody wants him, the people and the police and all the pretty ladies disarm.
    Oh yeah, the beautiful gent, you know he has hardly a cent.
    He pays his monthly rent with daily charm.

    Hands off the man, the flim flam man.
    His mind is up his sleeve and his talk is make believe.
    Oh lord, the man’s a fraud, he’s flim flam man. He’s so cagey, he’s an artist.
    He’s a fox, he’s a flim flam man.
    Don’t believe him, he’s a flim flam. Ole road runner, he’s a flim flam.

  70. avatar
    Young Man Weed In My Hand | 23 June 2007 at 3:02 am #

    I’m alot like you are..

    Radio tends to kill songs when gov’t legislates content.


    that solo at the end of THE MAVEN seems young inspired

  71. avatar
    High Guy | 23 June 2007 at 3:05 am #

    smoke more cannabis

  72. avatar
    Noel Christian | 23 June 2007 at 3:06 am #


    The first time I dropped lysergic (at my grandparents’ house of all places)I was up all hours. The song which played as I let myself be taken by the chemical was ‘All Mixed Up’.

    A night I’ll not forget.

  73. avatar
    JJ | 23 June 2007 at 3:07 am #

    RestaurantMark –

    Yeah, I’m in Atlanta. Saw Cocteau Twins last at Roxy and Center Stage before that. Holly (girlfriend) was Arts n’ Entertainment editor for Athens Banner-Herald, so she had a press pass. Robin was a gentleman – bought him a drink.

    Sure, would love to meet up for live music. You musta been at Variety Playhouse for the space-rockahs last year then, eh?

    Email me at sometime. I’ve visited Macon, didn’t get to see much though.

  74. avatar
    sharka | 23 June 2007 at 3:10 am #

    please add on:

    Boards of Canada- “Peacock Tail” #4 on Campfire Headphase and keep listening tracks 5 through …

    Sigur Ros’s “Saeglopur” off Takk.

    Takk! (Thanks)

  75. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 3:27 am #

    Not sure what is scarier –

    That somebody posted Done Lane lyrics
    that I know the damn tune and could sing ’em.

    Thanks for your concern, SK, sorry to have come over all dark and broody. Had a bad day, as the song goes. I am working from home today so can listen to music as I toil….whoever mentioned the superlative Duritti Column certainly lifted my spirits and I have young Vini on now.

    Your list makes for very interesting reading, monsieur. I would never have picked you for a Who fan or indeed Joy Division. There is something elemental about Joy Division that infiltrates central nervous system somehow, oui?

    Our daughter is named after a track by The Damned.

    Back to work.


  76. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 3:42 am #

    b.bon……did you call your daughter “smash it up”???…xxxxxxxlove ,genx

  77. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 3:57 am #

    No, gen ….although it is the credo she lives by. She’s 5.


  78. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 4:00 am #

    b.bon,i bet shes a legend….at 5,theres a fine line between a “treasure”and a “trasher” love to ya all genx xxxxxx

  79. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 4:16 am #

    You took everything sk….

    Hey also.

    blinded by the light. Earthband

    & ELO telephone line.

    Oh yeah!! + 144 Crunch and kilbey WillsonP classics.

    Ya hoo..


  80. avatar
    Matt Davyddson | 23 June 2007 at 4:32 am #

    On my Iplod today is:

    Tra La La – The Banana Splits

    Bill & Ben The Flower Pot Men – Little Weed

    Rainbow – Bungle

    Down By The River Bank – Hammy Hampster

    Fantasy Island – De Plane De Plane

    Anything By Ive A Davies

    Paint By Numbers – ???

    Feed The World

    Green Door ?

    Livin La Vida Da Loca -Ricky Martin

    Macarena – Los del Rio

    Billy Don’t be a Hero – Paper Lace

    Lay Your Love on Me – Racey

    Dance Hall Days – Wang Chung

    We Can Dance – Men Without Hats

    The Final Countdown – Europe

    Johnny Reggae – The Piglets

    Crazy Frog – Axel F

    Coronation Street theme


  81. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 4:33 am #

    my church playlist is 168 tracks

    Artist with the most tracks on my pc (out of 7808 total songs)

    Bob Dylan 361
    Pink Floyd 309
    Beatles 285
    Tom Waits 268
    R.E.M. 204
    Genesis 198
    Neil Young 191
    Van Morrison 174
    The Church 168
    U2 164
    Tragically Hip 151
    Pearl Jam 143
    Black Sabbath 83
    Led Zeppelin 71
    Dave Mathews Band 68
    Allman Bros Band 62

  82. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 4:39 am #

    Hey You! check out the Durutti Column official myspace site-with NINA and Requiem…I haven’t checked em out in awhile…and these songs are fucking great!! “the ghost of Bob Marley…” HUM AH OM….Dee in Tx>

  83. avatar
    mattdavison | 23 June 2007 at 4:49 am #

    matt davyddson: you forgot can’t touch this MC Hammer, my fav song ever and that dup dup Ho girl classic by Tone Loc…….

  84. avatar
    theo | 23 June 2007 at 4:53 am #

    matt it might be time to drop the image of the downs actor. its in very poor taste and quite offensive those who live with family members who have this condition.

  85. avatar
    Matt Davyddson | 23 June 2007 at 5:14 am #

    Hey Theo, fuck off with your political correctness. I am totally offended that you think it’s offensive that I have something wrong with me, when I don’t believe I do. What a fucking cheek.

  86. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 5:19 am #

    That ain’t mattd theo
    the real one can be seen at keywords mattdavison

    I am sure he will thank me for sorting that out.

    Chrissy G
    Ballerat Victoria

    C/O Beth Champion
    Orange NSW

  87. avatar
    theo | 23 June 2007 at 5:37 am #

    whoever it is, its still not funny.

  88. avatar
    lily was here | 23 June 2007 at 5:57 am #

    Mark, i can vouch for JJ. We’ve shared ‘brekky’ & the church, amongst other things. No, nothing like that! All innocent 🙂 Eternal friend of mine x

  89. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 5:57 am #

    love it. beautiful!

    on my way up north
    up on the Ventura
    I pulled back the hood
    and I was talking to you
    and I knew then it would be
    a Life Long thing
    but I didn’t know that we
    We could break a silver lining

    And I’m so sad
    like a good book
    I can’t put this
    Day Back
    a sorta fairytale
    with you
    a sorta fairytale
    with you

    things you said that day
    up on the 101
    the girl had come undone
    I tried to downplay it
    with a bet about us
    You said that-
    You’d take it
    as long as I could
    I could not erase it

    And I’m so sad
    like a good book
    I can’t put this
    Day Back
    a sorta fairytale
    with you
    a sorta fairytale
    with you

    and I ride along side
    and I rode along side
    you then
    and I rode along side
    till you lost me there
    in the open road
    And I rode along side
    till the honey spread
    itself so thin
    for me to break your bread
    for me to take your word
    I had to steal it

    and I’m so sad
    like a good book
    I can’t put this
    Day Back
    a sorta fairytale
    with you
    a sorta fairytale
    with you
    I could pick back up
    whenever I feel

    Down New Mexico way
    something about
    the open road
    I knew that he was
    looking for some Indian Blood and
    find a little in you find a little
    in me we may be
    on this road but
    we’re just
    in this country you know
    So we go along and we said
    we’d fake it
    feel better with
    Oliver Stone
    till I
    almost smacked him –
    seemed right that night and
    I don’t know what
    takes hold
    out there in the
    desert cold
    These guys think they must
    Try and just get over on us

    And I’m so sad
    like a good book
    I can’t put this
    Day Back
    a sorta fairytale
    with you
    a sorta fairytale
    with you

    and I was ridin’ by
    ridin’ along side
    for a while till you lost me
    and I was ridin’ by
    ridin’ along till you lost me
    till you lost
    me in
    the Rear
    you lost me
    I said

    Way up North I took my day
    all in all was a pretty nice
    day and I put the Hood
    right back where
    You could taste heaven
    Feel out the summer breeze
    didn’t know when we’d be back
    and I – I don’t –
    didn’t think
    we’d end up like
    like this

  90. avatar
    dean9000 | 23 June 2007 at 6:28 am #

    sigur ros is awesome… if you like those guys check out the album leaf… moogy wedded bliss… produced by the same guy that produces sigur ros…. Atmosphere is one of my favorites as well…I would like to see the movie out about joy division …..have you seen it?


  91. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 7:33 am #

    Hey Chrissy G, didn’t I see you in a tv ad’ for a leading household detergant, and how it removed the grass stains off your husband’s trouser knees, more than any other leading brand of detergant???

  92. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 7:57 am #

    matt davyddson

    there is no need for you to be so aggressive when someone is obviously talking about something that is close to them. perhaps it’s time for you to get your coat…

  93. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 8:01 am #

    Yeah, “Tonight Tonight”, what a song, but no sk tonight, that’s NQR!
    Love always,

  94. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 8:07 am #

    On a Melbourne train a few years ago my seventeen year old daughter was kindly given an autograph from Matt Davison.

    He was a really nice bloke, even if he was from New Zealand {kidding}.

    I really did think he was a nice guy, and great in Riding High a show
    that screened here on network ten about five years ago.

    Who is that weird imposter above?

    Allison Grant

  95. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 8:08 am #

    yeah, where r u? it’s almost teatime.

  96. avatar
    eek | 23 June 2007 at 8:16 am #

    Just over 18 hours to go on a couple of original SK paintings on ebay, so if you are thinking of bidding, now is a good time. The links are:

    The Hellbound Heart

    Self Portrait — Revelation of Emptiness

    And there are also five new paintings up on the SK Art website so go check them out also.

    And you might want to do an all category search for Kilbey on ebay. A couple of interesting listings (in addition to the links I posted above) should pop up.

  97. avatar
    eek | 23 June 2007 at 8:30 am #

    Allison at 6:07 pm — I think he’s jealous that Matt might get tea with Steve. 😉

    theo and anon at 5:57 pm — there’s not much you can do to make obnoxious people give a damn about anyone but themselves. He’s obviously trolling for attention. Don’t give it to him and he will eventually go away.

    btw — I do understand — I take care of my aunt who has downs.

  98. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2007 at 9:13 am #

    how do you do it eek

    you sell his art
    you monitor his commenters
    you protect his fans
    yet at times you put him down on your own blogg
    what is up with you thatith you comith off sooo selfrighteous.
    i admire you for looking after a disabled relative
    surley that gives you a hard arse and a warped sense of humour

  99. avatar
    fandorin | 23 June 2007 at 9:22 am #

    enjoying your playlist, the Chris Bell song totally got me somewhere I’ve never been. Big Star is nice, but that one reaches the famous point, where instruments stop being instruments and transfer into pure sound.

    I think I should buy that Levitation album…oh…wait, no!

    What a nice Dylan song. My favourite were always “Simple twist of fate” and “Series of dreams” with the huge spectoresque sweeps; and there’s the last song on Love & Theft, “Sugar Baby”, with the infinitely deep re-tuned guitar. Twanggg…

    Naming a daughter after a Tori album. Sweet. The here-present daughter rolling across the floorboards was named after the Cocteau Twins singer.

    …and as everyone posting his most-played artists:

    1 The Church 541
    2 Popol Vuh 229
    3 Nits 202
    4 Scott Walker 188
    5 Neko Case 160
    6 Swans 158
    7 Blossom Dearie 153
    8 Steve Kilbey 151
    9 Judee Sill 139
    10 Milton Nascimento 133

    All the best

  100. avatar
    eek | 23 June 2007 at 9:36 am #

    I’m just better than you are, leanne. 😉

    And I neither need not want your — or anyone’s — admiration for that. It’s certainly not why I do it.

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