posted on January 23, 2006 at 10:41 pm

i was thinking about numbers
as i was pushing thru the sea pool
about how i been in this group
this band
for over half my life now
we left the main road so long ago
we are making our own way
but still perpetually lost
i am starting to appreciate the paradoox
we are making our own way
but we dont know where we’re going
everything is paradox
vishnu says I am and I am not
(the westerner in ya says
oh yeah, thats bullshit
it does not compute
captain, thats quite illogical)
you gotta get yer head around it
and you gotta get yer head around
being in something
for this long
having remained true to original manifesto
and yet
having transformed
sometimes so painfully
sometimes so easily
and here we are
still going
that doesnt deserve any applause
just cause we stayed together
maybe it was the path of least resistance
the devils ya know etc
i never in my wildest dreams
did i think this would go
what would 26 year olde sk say
about it all?
who cares, he wouldnt have understood
we have adhered to our manifesto
to create the best music we could
with nice lyrics
and all the accoutrements
according to our heroes
and as anathema to those whose music
we loathed
determination not to fall in all those
money glamour power traps
determination to steer our own little fucking ship
determination to seek the stuff we wanted
and not listening to small minded short sighted musick bizz
who disappeared a year or two later
while we have endured, baybee
you wouldnt believe how they try to deflect me
from my course
from my destiny
those clowns and leeches in the bizz
you see its not just writing
cool jangly oblique electric symphonies
thats the easy part
its battling the inevitable idiots
populating that strange stupid thing called
the bizz
so any way
26 years of strummin’
findin” veg restaurants
packin’ and repackin’
sayin’ goodbyes
one year
in 1988
we would get up at six in helsinki
after having gone to bed at 3 or 4
we’d fly to rome
do a tv show
(with lotsa italian style argy bargy)
do a loada interviews
do a show
gee its 4 in the morning
dont we get up in an hour
and fly to minneapolis
jesus i might as well stay up
mmm i dont feel too badde
after havin flown here via 3 other airports
sk check into nice roomy sorta art deco
oohh sk not feeling so goode
whole world warping in a very NONpsychedelic way
everything falling down on me
world was imploding on me people
can you dig this?
everything that was out there came in on me
i had nothing keeping the outside out
i start weeping uncontrollably
a music bizz type called my manager
comes in my art deco warping bleeding room
why are you crying guy?
your album just moved up the charts a few spots….!
sk has 2 big shots o brandy fast as room service
can bring em up
now its a good thing that i dont really drink much
and have NEVER really been drunk in my life
cos the brandy slugs me
hammers me back into
this theatrette
we call “reality”
manager whisks tired and emotional singa
off to hospytal
this man is exhausted says cluey doc
he needs 3 weeks off right now
sure sure says manny
i’ll see to it
next morning post my nervous breakthroughdown
im up at 7 touring sam fucking goodys warehouse
in st paulie
meeting and greeting bewildered staff
at this stoned reclusive aussie space rocker
who don’ wanna be there a’meetin’ em
and is just keeping that BIGGE nasty feelin’ at bay
you see folks
once that levee in yer head breaks…
its gonna happen easier the second time round
i thank all my gods
that i never had that feeling again
even getting off ye olde gear
but i seen others gettin’ it
and its somethin’ to be avoided
thats for sure
anyway i did get my day off eventually
3 weeks later
on a train between washington and somewhere else
much farther north
maybe up there
where mike baroney from new haven
used to come and see us
i tell you touring can be a lotta fun
it can also be the most infuriating
slow stupid fucking runaround
waiting for people
sitting and travelling with the same bunch
turns you into something
you didnt wanna be
so you gotta resist yerself
as well as the imbeciles out there
hell bent on turning the band
into whatever was “bigge” at that point in time
imagine if yer humble hero had listened
i’d be a kiltwearin’ breakdancin’newromantic
grungin’screamin’ wreck
i always thought
why dontcha get yer own band, pal
then you can try these pathetic OBVIOUS ideas
out yerself
and leave me be
i only tell you all this
deer reeders
so you may imagine a little
of the determination
that was needed
to be here with you today
still proud of my band
we’re oldies
but we’re goodies
i reckon anyway
see ya round

42 Responses to “26 years stuck on my eyes, 26 years what asurprise”

  1. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 23 January 2006 at 11:40 pm #

    Noche de luz

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 January 2006 at 11:47 pm #

    Roll on, SK

  3. avatar
    Ginzilla | 23 January 2006 at 11:47 pm #

    I remember Mike Baroney! Hi Mike!

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 January 2006 at 11:53 pm #

    kilts? i dunno. you hae the legs to get awae wid it, but Mahhty? no nono

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 January 2006 at 11:58 pm #

    esskayer!(not SK)
    Read the comment from Anon Incognito from yesterday, I think you will be suprised.

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 January 2006 at 12:11 am #

    Rock On Steve!

    You band is the best with the best f*ckin sound.
    You guys get better with each record.

    p.s. and thanks for keeping it fresh and not trying to record a Starfish 2…

  7. avatar
    bpd | 24 January 2006 at 12:19 am #

    he said ‘it’s old but it’s good like another primitive would’
    all the people who have been listening to the band through the years are oldies too. Still wanting to hear more. Still wondering what wonders you’ll bring forth.
    When I want to immerse myself in music, I put on the church and drift into the music. What does sk listen to?


  8. avatar
    matt davison | 24 January 2006 at 12:26 am #

    Thank U SK.
    We appriciate the effort you boys have put in… Like nothing else.
    Marty, Pete, Tim, Richard P, … and all the others.
    Where all else seems rather futile, the Choich takes us where in the end, we all wanna go.
    Remember Bloggers…
    tHat is what SK has given us.
    Go Easy on Him
    Or Else……
    Lv Matt

  9. avatar
    mike | 24 January 2006 at 12:26 am #

    26 years – congrats!!!

    Look forward to ULTC!!!

  10. avatar
    fergal | 24 January 2006 at 1:39 am #

    1 year for each letter of our alphabet – bravo! ;-D

    when u were on that train, were u
    sitting in the carriage being jostled by the motion, overhearing conversations … ??

  11. avatar
    Belva-Dear | 24 January 2006 at 1:48 am #

    I don’t know what I would have done without the full range of most excellent music and adventures all these years. Yonder more- The Church have been my fashionistas, my spiritual guide, my style dictionary. HAHAHA. With much fun and love of traveling to where ever this road takes us….keep discovering new heights.

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 January 2006 at 2:10 am #


    Loving the Bloggs great work!

    All the best with your endeavours AKA yesterday’s blogg – thoughts are with you!

    Trying to get fit myself and it’s not easy turning back the clock!


  13. avatar
    Jnfr | 24 January 2006 at 2:53 am #

    Well, having worked in a roadhouse theatre for the last 10 years, I know how you guys look coming off that bus. I do the hard work as well – set up those pa’s you bring underneath your bus. I tweak the lights to make you glow. I tune the mics so we can hear you loud and clear. I know it’s all hard as hell, for us as well as you, but then, come show time, you see the people, musicians and audience alike, come alive and that’s what it’s all about in the end – that moment when everyone connects. You can feel it in the air (and no it’s not the ghosts in the theatre). So as hard as it all can be at times, I have to admit, it certainly beats being locked in a cubicle, chained to a computer, nursing a flourescent headache.

    So, again, thank you for plucking up the wherewithal to tour for us. I know it’s hard work but we appreciate it more than you know. Although, nowadays with this modern blog technology, I think you know how much we appreciate everything you guys do.


  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 January 2006 at 3:11 am #

    still proud of my band
    we’re oldies
    but we’re goodies
    i reckon anyway

    a bit humble even for you, SK.

    You guys are f’in brilliant (sorry I hope your Mum’s not mad at me.) LOL


  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 January 2006 at 3:12 am #

    thank you
    for the

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 January 2006 at 3:17 am #

    We love that you havent deviated from your manifesto sk and I for one have been lovin your lyrics and tunes for 20 of those 25 years(bit young before that to appreciate!). And it don’t matter that you don’t know where your heading. We’re all right behind you all the way.


  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 January 2006 at 3:22 am #

    first saw you in paisley 85 then last saw you in white outfits two months ago. havent missed a beat of the journey.

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 January 2006 at 3:49 am #

    you are lovely.
    keep doing what you are doing.

    somewhere in boston, usa

  19. avatar
    JoJo Flores | 24 January 2006 at 4:26 am #

    Hi, Steve! Congratulations with these 26 years into the “Church” ship and thanks to you, Peter, Marty and Tim, for making a great music and I hope to see you guys again in the US Tour…

  20. avatar
    Handyman | 24 January 2006 at 4:39 am #

    You have always been true in your heart to the magic you make. A real conscience effort to build the sound and the business in how you guys wanted to do that. You stand taller and brighter in my eyes as a result. I know there is much more to come and I can’t wait for people to hear it. Keep moving forward, living as you need, and plugging into those other fella’s to complete the circuit. Music is a about aural intoxication, a groove amoung your friends, a common goal, and one hell of a shit detector. SK you are the latter.

    There’s many here that can and will support you in many, many ways to keep the phenomenon alive and swirling above our heads.

    Love ya,


  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 January 2006 at 4:44 am #

    Dear Steve
    What you have achieved is by any measure miraculous
    Your body of work towers head and shoulderz over everyone
    And its as good or better than ever

    To those of us lucky enough to have open ears
    You’ve given an incomparable gift
    And the bounty keeps flowing

    with love

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 January 2006 at 4:59 am #

    …and on and on…


  23. avatar
    Ade | 24 January 2006 at 5:52 am #

    Nice daily reading sk.
    SWpeaking about Church history I’ve always wondered what happened during the GAF sessions.
    I remember you talking about how terrible it was and I think you found great release making Remindlessness at the same time.
    Something snapped with Ploogy or something…(??)

  24. avatar
    paula | 24 January 2006 at 6:00 am #

    u know what steve,i get that feeling nearly everyday .everyday i am forced into a money chasing situation,hanging out w/beings that i d probably otherwise obliterate.i feel as though the outside is ready ,willing,and able to sodomize my fragile ,bohemian cortex.i try to use it as an ultimate form of acceptance/discipline but sometimes it fries me to the point of serious breakdown.glad uve never had to experience that terror again.u are indeed a true champion of the arts who does not deserve such harsh scoldings from the strange gods at insomnia centrale! got any advice for a fellow [no longer frequent]fryer/creator who sometimes struggles on the verge of spanish questioning neurosis in the land of dark nausea on holocaust radio?

  25. avatar
    captainmission | 24 January 2006 at 7:22 am #

    tis true, the church are the only band that matters and it’s nothing to do with the industry of music, it’s nothing to do with anything but staying true to what you do and the reasons for doing it.
    i was reading about dr emoto’s experiments with water crystals while I was applying the same concept to ‘sound’ and thinking of the church creating a ‘vibration’ with intent that i, and maybe the rest of the audience experience as an emotional / transcendental response. i can only speak for myself but that integrity shines through everytime i have seen you guys, it’s the very reason the music you make commands respect.
    I ‘ve seen you over the years chastise people for talking during the songs, and I always thought fuck yeah, i’d do exactly the same, it’s rude and innapropriate, i mean Magician Amongst the Spirits is not Supermarket Muzak, it’s a very atmospheric, ethereal sound sculpture. The muse must be respected, it must always be quality over quantity, it has to be revered because it’s not cheap disposable pop music or fashion and it comes from some where as profoundly beautiful as it takes me.
    i think it comes back to the origins of music and these occurred in a shamanic setting, music guides us to other places, realms, universes, it takes us beyond ourselves, it’s sacred and thank our goddesses you managed to keep it that way.

    I used to love david bowie, i really loved his work, remember that old ad. ‘there is old wave and there’s new wave and there’s david bowie’ and then after scary monsters, it was downhill all the way because he started to compromise, he sold his soul on the stock market, now, sadly no one can take him seriously.

  26. avatar
    oldchurchfan | 24 January 2006 at 9:28 am #

    Rock on SK. Heartrenching and momentous at the same time.

  27. avatar
    bdc | 24 January 2006 at 9:32 am #

    Sk, I thought I heard you mention Buffalo in a song you played in Adelaide. I’m not a completist fan — sorry — and had never heard that one before. I loved it. Was that the way up north you mention? Upstate NY? The snow? The grey? The art deco? I wonder. It’s a peculiar place.

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 January 2006 at 9:49 am #

    Hey SK,

    The first time my “levee broke” (sounds kinda riske dunnit lol)I found the experience quite sorrowful & profound (as we all do I guess)…but then you realise the truism of “life goes on”…and moreover you find that the levee breaks quite often…so frequently in fact, it’s akin to passing gas or in my case the emotional equivalent of I.B.S (and just as annoying & ill-timed)…I’ve learnt to just “ride the moods”…my personal natural remedy for curing abject misery/ melancholy is boredom…basically, once I’m bored shitless with my “pity party” I find I’m ready to cut loose & have some dumb fun…


    btw…”kiltwearin’ breakdancin’newromantic” ….HILARIOUS!!!!

    PS My apologies for the lack of elegance & refinement in my choice of subject matter/ metaphor

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 January 2006 at 10:30 am #

    Breakthroughdown? All bad?

  30. avatar
    The Ghost of Future | 24 January 2006 at 11:09 am #

    Olde rocker’s, I don’t think so! Think your closer in appearance to the Dandy Warhols than the Stones. Iggy’s still looking bufffed for 58, you guys will look better at that age.
    You look great, healthy, tanned and you willl only improve.
    If you only knew, you and the band have another 26(I was not supposed to tell you that).
    Oh and by the way, Past has asked me, to ask you, to write that Auto-Bio. Would you mind, he’s kind of been bugging me.

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 January 2006 at 1:50 pm #

    Man What A Life!

    Music, Poetry, Paintings, Writing, Travel, Fame, Fortune, Books,Movies, Openings,Deals, Beaches,Cover versions of your songs, Five Beautiful Daughters,Family,Friends,Mates,Fans and that’s just the half of it, I’m sure.
    Sounds like a good way to spend 26 years!

  32. avatar
    Darko Flagg | 24 January 2006 at 2:19 pm #

    Dearest Lost Unkle,
    The soniks that youze are all pushin’ these days is taking me light years further than thy last decades. Exception of Remindlessness-which is ‘real gone kid’. Its almost like CHURCHSAT 1980-been shot to outer reaches of space expected to do a few laps and return home.. luckily you guys are meandering on the outer limits, hit a few parabolic gravity wavez and slungshot yourself to Messier 32 and have been transmitting reports all along the way…slight antenna damage but reception still clear…your out there and its bloody welcoming to tag along in ye olde BOLANIC cosmic dust. ..

  33. avatar
    Matthew | 24 January 2006 at 3:07 pm #

    Hey Steve,

    I’m proud of the band too. Been with y’all since circa 1984. Woke up 7am today to court courier guy delivering divorce papers. Went out 7pm this evening w/- daughter (soon to commence Bully High!) and saw ‘Narnia’, cried and felt more in touch with the ‘real world’ than I have for a long time. (+ agree Jadis is a bitofa inappropriate blonde). Life keeps on keeping on! So, please keep on keeping on.

    Matthew (looking for a wardrobe somewhere)

  34. avatar
    jeanz | 24 January 2006 at 7:33 pm #


    26 years of magic


  35. avatar
    Andreas- Italy | 24 January 2006 at 7:55 pm #

    I’m listening to Snowfaller for the first time… GOD!!! It’s been worth, worth, a thousand times worth, keeping it all together to make it until here and now… those who tell you youre great, they dont know your the greatest… you’re my soul.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 January 2006 at 9:37 pm #

    I remember Baroney too!

    Hey Mike, did anyone ever tell you you look EXACTLY like Peter Buck??

    *runs and ducks behind SK*

    Love ya!

  37. avatar
    Tim | 24 January 2006 at 9:52 pm #

    And yet there are several post-’88 songs that woulda/coulda/shoulda been big hits…I’ll name names when I start my own blog. Part of me is glad they weren’t ’cause I want The Church to myself. Another part wants to see youse guys get all of the recognition and royalties you deserve. Tell me you’re not starving and I’ll be satisfied with that.

  38. avatar
    eek | 24 January 2006 at 10:31 pm #

    I’m so glad you made it. The world is just a little better for you (individually and as a group) being true to yourselves. We should all be so true to ourselves.

  39. avatar
    Sweed | 25 January 2006 at 3:38 pm #

    God Morgon Steve!! Jag mår bra (!) Tack vare dig…

    Keep on keeping on!

  40. avatar
    Rubikon | 31 January 2006 at 1:25 pm #


    You guys have always made a beautiful noise together – notwithstanding one or two different drummers along the way – and you’ve always had the right attitude to it all and made music for all the right reasons. I don’t think you chose the path of least resistance but I do think it was the right one and we’re all still following your trail.


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