posted on April 3, 2013 at 12:28 am

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/entertainment/music/john-farnham-tops-the-list-of-australias-greatest-singers-of-all-time/story-e6freeuu-1226610374225

 

 

 

 

i am actually counting myself lucky to be on that list.
on a recent list of top guitarists while marty was rated highly peter didnt get a look in at all. which is totally wrong as he is in my opinion one of the most accomplished guitarists of all time from anywhere. it was a joke seeing some of the idiots that “beat” him…guys who shouldve stayed in the garage forever. but thats the problem. favourite or best? and there is a difference. in australia people really seem to think they like that screaming yelling belting it out style. like farnesy and barnsey. personally i find it anathema esp. barnesy . what an excruciating racket i literally cannot bear it! but people like it and you cant take that away from them.
i am not a good singer per se. i am an individualistic kind of singer as they were kind to point out in the article. what i lose in range and power i make up for in other ways. i dont always go for cliched bluesy options . i use subtlety and sensitivity and stuff like that which doesnt always come across live. i am definitely better in the studio than live . i know i sometimes sing a bit outta tune live. i am not a natural singer either. i have struggled with it long and hard. and often it was style over actual singing. ie my apparent image and schtick was used to “cover up” that my singing was often flat . flat as a pancake. of course i had great words so that helped take your minds off my weaknesses a bit. barnsey and farnsey dont write words . they sing other peoples i guess and i usually hate the kind of overwrought malarkey(theres that word again!) that they come up with. but aussies lap it up. and the kinda aussies that lap B and F up would rather listen to a tap drip than hear my
brand of sing-speak …anyday…..
i was surprised that bernie from powderfinger rated so lowly. there is a real singers singer. a lovely melodic mellifluous voice. he can really sing.neil finn yes. what a singer! guy sebastian…that insipid tepid voice. jesus! do people really even listen to that stuff. i almost prefer B n F but only almost. grant n robert yes but they are like me in a way in that they use mannerisms to get over “defects” in range sustain etc. margot smith should have been on that list in a fair universe. she was a singers singer. iva davies and katie noonan…you couldnt argue with them, could you?
its subjective in the end. i’d rather tear my ears off than sit through one song of B n F or the Guy but i dont like beer or meat or footy or car racing. so i aint no arbiter of aussie taste.
above everything though i am a songwriter. and the singing just got tacked on the end. i started out pretty flat and lots of stylisation and mannerisms. but some people like that. i like that in singers too. sometimes. its as personal as you can get. why you like some singers and you cant stand others. sometimes you dont even know why that may be. you cant even articulate it. anyway thanks for all the nice comments . i’m glad you liked what i did with what i had. singing is a real mystery to me. i’ll never understand how it does what it does to us. goodnight. its late here in melbourne tonight. and ive been singing all night at a rehearsal……

71 Responses to “46th best singer in orstraylia”

  1. avatar
    Winston | 3 April 2013 at 1:27 am #

    First heard you singing in 1986 when I picked up a copy of Skins and Hearts. A perfect compliment to your lyrics – haunting, rich, and a bit irreverent. You’re number one in my book and I know many agree.

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    seoigh | 3 April 2013 at 1:41 am #

    On the overwrought screamers of the world…

    When exactly did the English-speaking world decide that music of no genre should ever attempt to be pretty? R&B no longer has no soul; it is an athletic competition of gymnastic runs up and down scales. Rock is measured on an anger scale… anything that isn’t in a minor key is a little too light in the loafers or something. (?) American country has become an odd story of political defiance that I won’t even go into. Rap, well. It suffers from all the machismo that rock does x100. Is there something wrong with prettiness? I can say from my (very!) limited success as a songwriter, it’s probably the hardest thing to write and perform credibly. And I’m not saying that all music should strive towards prettiness. It’s just odd that there is no place for it anywhere, it seems. Seems wrong to me.

    • avatar
      Galamor the Wizard | 6 April 2013 at 1:41 pm #

      EXACTLY…cue Donovan as the tonic!

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    Anonymous | 3 April 2013 at 2:31 am #

    I love your sing-speak and have done since I first heard it in 1982. Fucking love it. So much so that I found the exploration of ‘real singing’ on U23 somewhat disconcerting to say the least!

    Peter is a wonderful guitarist and the idea that no one in Oz rates him is just fucking cretinous. As for Aussies voting for Marty but not for Peter, in what way is MWP even ‘Australian’?!

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    Kohl Ette | 3 April 2013 at 4:47 am #

    To me, any imperfections somehow always enriched your voice though I’m not an expert. They are subtle not glaring, appropriate for the style of singing, mood and the subject matter. Anyway there are far more pros than cons. You just can’t imitate feeling or quality. Once I was in the Station Hotel at Byron Bay (in my youth) and found myself sitting next to the guitarist who wasn’t for some reason listed above. (Hmm are we talking about the same list? I thought he was listed but way too far down?) I had to say something and Cold Chisel were playing, not live thankfully. So I spoke the truth and said ‘They should take this off and play some Church’. I must have been dreaming. Welcome to the nightmare that is often aussie culcha. Yep there are some good and great singers in there but ranked too low.

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    eekie | 3 April 2013 at 5:06 am #

    Your voice works for the music you make and that’s all it needs to do. The singers I like best are often not objectively great singers, but they always have voices that work for the music they make (to me anyway…and that’s all I give a shit about). Still it has to be rewarding to be recognised for your singing by other singers. Congrats!

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    TFLK | 3 April 2013 at 5:16 am #

    Congratulations SK – You deserve to be there. I remember way back trying to cover Chrome Injury with my band. Impossible to make that tune sound right without your voice behind it. Also cool that you beat out that American Idol judge Keith Urban … Rock on man – See you in Seattle again soon!

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    Tanya | 3 April 2013 at 5:35 am #

    I don’t care what they say; I’ve always enjoyed your emotive, magical and mysterious voice delivering your poignant and thought provoking lyrics.

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    John Garratt | 3 April 2013 at 5:40 am #

    Lists of guitarists are always bullshit. Anyone who thinks that Jack White outranks Steve Howe while never considering people like MWP and PK are just…well, you get the picture.

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    hippy | 3 April 2013 at 5:44 am #

    SK,

    There is a fragility in your voice that expresses emotion, a subtlety that suggests a myriad of shades and meanings. To me this is far more impressive than a singer who can belt out pitch perfect vocals yet not affect you in a visceral way. Peter Gabriel and David Sylvian are some other singers who do what you do very well. It goes without saying you should have been higher on that list, but congrats nevertheless!

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    robertmadore | 3 April 2013 at 5:57 am #

    Let them have their charts…

  11. avatar
    Michael Baer | 3 April 2013 at 5:59 am #

    I have been popping in to your blog for quite awhile now, but have never commented as I didn’t think I had anything to say that wasn’t being articulated better by someone else. However, your post here provides an opportunity for me to pipe up and say what a pleasure I have had on a few occasions to mix your vocals. I have listened to the Church for 30 years, and when you and Martin Kennedy ran your fan remix contest a few years ago on your first collaboration, I was thrilled to participate and have actual studio stems to work from. I approached the mixes with advice attributed to Bob Clearmountain primarily forefront – and that was – start with the vocals. I can’t tell you how cool it was to listen to your tracks in isolation and hear the guy I’d listened to for so many years, and I built all the mixes I submitted around your voice – really, as it should be. Anyway, fan gushing aside, it was a real pleasure. So – thank you for that, and congratulations on your honour. Cheers!

  12. avatar
    greyfin10 | 3 April 2013 at 6:01 am #

    I was just talking to my friend about your latest offering (For all that we lack, we carry on our backs) and I mentioned to him how amazing it is that someone could actually commision magic from someone I consider one of the world’s best voices.

    I find it hard to put into words that which you bring to a song (not always, but often enough that I always come back) that moves me to use the word magic. I’m not someone who would be accused of seeing magic in the world, but if it exists, I think what you can do with a turn of phrase in a song is an example of it. There is power, there are layers of feeling underlying the layers of meaning, deeper than I can see.

    Anyway, I have never tried to rank singers… because even trying to look at that problem straight on reveals how silly it is as a concept; but you are a master at moving people who would listen to you. Thanks!

  13. avatar
    Dean | 3 April 2013 at 6:10 am #

    You may have the 46th best voice, but the #1 blog in Australia. TTB can’t be beat – as always, thank you for your thoughts.

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    Telesian | 3 April 2013 at 6:23 am #

    That was an incredibly humble and honest post and response to the article. Two qualities that I know define SJK. I cannot agree more with your comments. Singing, vocalization, and style are always subjective. People love what they love. YOU are and always have been the full package.

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    Anonymous | 3 April 2013 at 6:52 am #

    Very pleased to see Steve Kilbey in the top 50. Would have at least put you in the top 5, but F and B have have their stalwarts. Glad you scored higher than Keith Urban though although he is not bad he is my daughters fave and she always rubbishes my Church CDs. So there you 46, not a bad number, congratulations and I agree there is no accounting for tastes.

  16. avatar
    Dean Delgado | 3 April 2013 at 7:05 am #

    #46 best singer…but #1 best blog. Thanks for sharing your thoughts – always appreciated (esp. here in America).

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    Anonymous | 3 April 2013 at 7:19 am #

    Yes, I’d say you’re not a “singer”, but your music and the way you deliver your unbelievable lyrics is what makes The Church, your solo work and side projects really connect with the people who listen.

  18. avatar
    Reid | 3 April 2013 at 7:36 am #

    You just can’t get away from Keith Urban, can you?

  19. avatar
    Melissa | 3 April 2013 at 9:16 am #

    4 + 6 = 1

    there you go 😉

  20. avatar
    Cath | 3 April 2013 at 9:28 am #

    you deserve to be there, your unique, your voice is resonant in ways that range wont ever capture or belting…..you’re authentic to the muse,you sing what you write, and give it how it comes…..naturally, we love you for the realism….me i find your voice soothing,transports me all over the place,takes me out of the dark places, Together you guys are the best 🙂
    The Finn brothers yes a few others yes, like Michael H Iva Davies
    What is happening to music…………..

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    Anonymous | 3 April 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Gongrats killa…..you deserve to be there indeed

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    Anonymous | 3 April 2013 at 10:05 am #

    I thought Keith Urban was American and that he married an Australian who previously was married to Tom Cruise? don’t understand any of this?

    and then there’s guitarists: w/technology, if PK and MWP did a collaboration w/ already recorded solos of MR’s, you’d have the 3 best guitarists ever… playing together. I think the recordings would be in a universe all their own.

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    andy | 3 April 2013 at 10:13 am #

    all these lists are shite,
    and as someone else said..where’s rolf?

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    Trevor \|/ | 3 April 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Steve, you should be at least no 3 (after Gurrumul & Dougy Mandagi, even you would have to admit to these guys have superb voices?). Also puzzled why ‘screamers’ like Barnsey get into these charts – can’t stand his style, like sitting behind a jet at take-off!!! Yep, very subjective!

    After listening to Shriek (recently purchased…still playing catch-up!), you definitely have the ‘right’ voice for radio plays and doing books on cd (as others have already suggested/mentioned). I could listen to you for hours…!

    I’m also puzzled as to why Koppes didn’t make it into the ‘best Australian guitarist’ charts. As far as I’m concerned he, and MWP, should be in the top 10 IN THE WORLD!

    Anyway, 2013 is looking like a good year all round, with the release of MacBeth (soundtrack by SK), the Sydney Opera House concert (on CD + DVD?) and, dare I hope…..Untitled #24…..????!!!!

    Trevor \|/

  25. avatar
    Steven Krut | 3 April 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    I think that sometimes it’s almost an advantage to have some limitations in your voice that you need to overcome. Singers with powerful vocal chords and great range often can’t resist showing that off when they sing and so the song becomes a showcase for the fact that they have a set of killer pipes. The point of singing is to convey the emotion and meaning of the song and you do that very well. Congrats on being recognized for it!

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    Steven Krut | 3 April 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    I wasn’t familiar with John Farnham, so I googled him and gave a listen. OK, this is what I was talking about above. There’s a lot of “look how strong my voice is” in his performances. His style also seems ridiculously generic to me with zero subtlety. You’re a much more effective singer than John Farnham, Steve. Think of what John Farnham would do to a song of delicate, heart felt reflection like After Everything Now This. It would be tortuous. It’s beyond his talent level to pull off a song like that.

    Harry Nilsson had greater vocal range and ability than Farnham, yet he subsumed his vocal talent to the needs of the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S9_VBRzhok

  27. avatar
    Bern adette Keys | 3 April 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Your singing voice is really soothing actually. I think you are rating your singing as lesser than what it is.
    xo

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 April 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    magic is better that any out-rangeous range, ain’t it?

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    Chris | 3 April 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Words make you think…music makes you feel…a song makes you feel a thought…sk’s voice allows you to see that feeling and thought in psychedelic tecnicolour….and all with the scents of myrrh and aloes and saffron and jasmine and cloves and honey and sandalwood and mimosa and patchouli and Marrakech orange oil…not sure those other voices do that…

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    kell | 3 April 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    The true poets/geniuses/amazing souls ~ Each has much to offer. Each has enriched my life & journey Profoundly. There is no ‘number 1’, because Art (in my eyes) is not a competition. It’s a journey of frequency. And what you like depends on your Frequency. Steve Kilbey, Glenn Richards, Neil Finn, & more….all unique, unstoppable, incredible….& _______ (some other word i can’t find right now).
    There’s the Aust. ones, & there’s the English/Scottish ones (Ian McCulloch, Robert Smith, Jim Kerr, Bernard Sumner,Siouxsie, &…..more) Maybe they all come from the same ONE. What a trip….(!)

  31. avatar
    Richard | 3 April 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Just wait for the dancing ratings….

  32. avatar
    hellbound heart | 3 April 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    your voice, the music, the lyrics….they compliment eachother perfectly….
    give me SK or The Church any day over the commercial radio drivel served up day after day….
    what really irks me is the vocal ‘style’ that is encouraged by ‘talent’ shows such as American or Australian Idol….just belt it out as hard as you can with as many vocal gymnastics as you can possibly fit into one bar of music and deliver it all with the subtlety of a frigging sledgehammer to the temple…..
    there, that’s my vent….
    love always
    (ps good to be able to log in here, was worried that you’d forgotten me since it’s been a while since I’ve been here xx)

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 April 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    And no one picks up on the fact that you’ve been ‘singing all night at a rehearsal’?

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 5 April 2013 at 7:19 pm #

      I’ve been rather curious about that too……any updates on that?

  34. avatar
    DavidP | 3 April 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    Don’t underrate thyself Steve, you was robbed!

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    david | 4 April 2013 at 3:22 am #

    …its the frailty..and the direct line to heart strings..and strings and things ..that’s what it is ..it really is ….theres something in there that’s shakes me all the time , makes me cry outta the blue…sobbing…for every one out there wondering what john, jimmy,jimbo and janice and countless others might have sounded like, and the types of work they may have produced , had they made it through lifes little luxuries and tangles and kept writing and singing….stop wondering start listening to # 46.

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    david | 4 April 2013 at 3:24 am #

    ….oh yeah I jus turned 46 so ..that makes us like cosmic brothers on our mothers sides ..I think.. yeah …wait

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    quietpleasethankyou | 4 April 2013 at 3:30 am #

    #1 in my book!

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    Heather Daydream | 4 April 2013 at 4:37 am #

    What a weird list – its a list of singers. Glad you are on it though. On another matter, I was in a vegetarian restaurant in Brunswick Street last week when a woman showed me a photo of you in a blue jumpsuit which nearly made me fall off my chair!

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    Singer Songwriters | 4 April 2013 at 9:11 am #

    Where is the list for the top guitarist list you are referring to? At least you made the list SK, good for you!

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      Singer Songwriters | 4 April 2013 at 9:22 am #

      Another thing, there’s probably 50 lists for anything you want to find out there anyway, so what really is the “Best Of” anyway? If you were stuck on Mars how good would this list do you? Best of the World? which World? Your World, His World, Her World, That Other World? Hmmm

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    veleska1970 | 4 April 2013 at 9:53 am #

    “i am not a good singer per se…” What??!?!?!! Baloney!!

    Everyone is their own absolute worst critic, but I will tell you again as I have before that you have the most UNIQUE and lovely voice in the biz. It’s smooth, silky, hypnotic and pleasing to listen to. Your voice is unmistakable and unforgettable when one hears it. You don’t give yourself enough credit, sweetie.

    It’s 10am your time at the time I write this, so I hope you were able to get some rest.

    Lotza love……

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    Anonymous | 4 April 2013 at 11:36 am #

    A blue jumpsuit?!

    • avatar
      Heather Daydream | 5 April 2013 at 7:32 pm #

      Yes and it was Lycra, full body! SK looked very fit and healthy and there was a, there was a…a……, he had a ….a

      • avatar
        Anonymous | 8 April 2013 at 11:20 pm #

        Bratwurst in his pocket?!

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    Michel | 4 April 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    There is nothing like the chorus of “Lustre” to lift my spirit to the stars. This is number one in my list. And I have never heard of Barnsey (I may be lucky for that).
    By the way, Peter and Marty are good singers too !

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    davem | 4 April 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    I’ve had a real problem logging in here for ages!

    Anyways up….I’ve always thought you had the greatest voice in the world. Not technically but for richness, warmth, tone and the ability to evoke mood and atmosphere.

    Other faves: Ian Macca, Perrett, Lou, Bowie.

    • avatar
      veleska1970 | 5 April 2013 at 9:55 am #

      You too? I was unable to login for a few days also. I thought it was my computer. So I guess whatever ghost my machine had was in yours, too. 😉

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    Galamor the Wizard | 4 April 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    First time I heard you (on Countdown) I thought you couldn’t sing.
    But you have grown into your schtick and found ways to intone that convey SO much more than people who want to sing an orgasm out aloud at the top of their voice so that EVERYONE can here it! (Cue “The Voice”).
    That sort of singing is amusing once in a while but it feels (and has always felt) like a production line, much like Young Talent(less)time or the host of STUPID proliferation of singing contest shows that usually have drips judging them on their dislike of obviously clasic songs (Like UTMW).
    Neil Finn is damn good though….
    When are you 2 going to write an album of Lennon (you) and McCartney (him) classics?????

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    Brien Comerford | 5 April 2013 at 1:18 am #

    As a Jeff Beck fanatic I really loathe these lists. Clapton, Page. David Gilmour, John McLaughlin, Brian May, Tom Scholz (Boston), Steve Lukather, Les Paul, Joe Perry, Gary Moore and Sir George Martin have all called him the greatest and/or their favorite guitarist. But he never cracks the top 5 in polls. He was even Jimi Hendrix’ favorite guitarist.

    Sk and Judith Durham should be in the top ten vocalists in Australia. With all due respect Bon Scott screamed. Great screamer but only an average singer. I do want him to rest in peace. He died too young.

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    narelle | 5 April 2013 at 1:20 am #

    oh nooooooooo!!!! not another one of those trashy reviews/lists

    mostly only ever read them by ‘accident’ anyway…like trying to compare what the BEST colour is or what the BEST spice flavour might be…a mindless, stupid waste of time
    I did stop and say hello to Marty last week at Newtown train station…we were post Shuggie Otis etc show…I went to see Shuggie not because he is the my fave anything but possibly because I loved Al Cooper…Cooper Session as a teen…PLUS the sheer love of live music about a trillion times over recordings…

    PS what to do with reviews etc according to Jeff Porcaro (RIP)…good for lining the cocky cage…

    take care xox

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    time traveller | 5 April 2013 at 6:04 am #

    I`ve been listening to countless vocalists over the years. And believe me, your voice stand out from the rest of them. Otherworldly magnificent. A Short Song About Eternity is on my playlist these days and your voice has never sounded better, mesmerizing and hypnotizing – like an instrument in itself. Conveying atmosphere, character and beautiful poetry. A real joy. Be at peace….

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    Gavin | 5 April 2013 at 9:43 am #

    Steve, I put you alongside David Sylvian. The two of you could make a recording reciting the instructions to a toaster oven and I’d still by it. While I’m at it, through Paul Buchanan in there as well!

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    david | 6 April 2013 at 6:11 am #

    ……….have you seen the footage from Feb. from moshcam on youtube …and you wanna stop now …..When youre closer then you’ve ever been! watch your self on reptile ..youre there man ..they’re there .! you guy s aint Never Been so There !

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    Kohl Ette | 6 April 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Guessing you’re rehearsing for the KK album launch. Can’t wait for the new cd! … Will we be able to order the OH dvd from here? And! will you ever play ‘The Idyllist’ live? If so, I wonder about the band?!

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    Jesiah6 | 6 April 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    Just got the new Kilbey Kennedy album and have been listening to it over and over. It’s really good! I’m amazed! I especially love “Brother Moon, Sister Sun” and “Can’t Get Free”.

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    good company | 6 April 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    checking my record collection, SK is top five, along with macca

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    Brien Comerford | 7 April 2013 at 9:06 am #

    Best live vocalist is MACCA. He’s 70 and can sing for three hours without a break. Best studio vocalist is SK when he sings with The Church, Isidore, and Kilbey Kennedy. Veggies rule.

    Female vocalists are kd Lang, Annie Haslam, Chrissie Hynde and Judith Durham.

    Hi Ho Silver Lining mates. I always exclude anthropocentric carnivores. Sorry Blue Eyes, Bono and Johnny Lennon.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 8 April 2013 at 11:19 pm #

      Dude, did you hear the godawful caterwauling he did at the Olympics when he came in too early and didn’t have his backing vocalists doubling his vocal line?!

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    anatomy | 7 April 2013 at 11:18 am #

    yours is the best – it’s simply more unique while at the same time sounding so easy/comfortable and familiar… yet w/so many tones/nuances/flights, it’s beautiful. vocals nobody can even closely replicate (an observation, not a compliment); seems impossible to – i think that is what puzzles many; whether intentional on your part or not- you are the only singer/songwriter who can’t be duplicated/covered and have anyone’s attempt compare even moderately close to/with your original productions; any attempt would (and I’ve heard some)come short – and for that, you will perhaps never get the recognition you deserve. how do [they] compare something so completely different? simple (so it sounds), but not. (listening on youtube to the Martin/Steve ‘here’s how we do it’ clip from you guysiz upcoming, when it hit – you’re really lucky to have each other – will be up there w/Church and Isidore and some of your solo suff)

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    Cocoamo | 8 April 2013 at 6:09 am #

    Uh..per se…you guys – You, Peter, Marty, Tim – you’re all GREAT.

    And the screamy, belt-it-out stuff is definitely up there with waterboarding.

    So you’re on a list? Now you know you exist. Ha ha.

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania
    (Now in Cocoa Beach)

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    Kohl Ette | 8 April 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    Was just thinking about sk t shirts and laundering of. I think I asked a while back about caring for the fabric and prints. I may have suggested using a brand of fabric softener by a company called Earth (sorry to name if this is contentious but…). Have recently discovered that they, along with lots of other brands use palm oil in their products, so this is bad news. Have been looking at a site about products free of palm oil. There don’t seem to be many. Apparently vinegar and bicarbonate of soda is recommended.Just fyi and because I recently watched a distressing video about the impact of palm oil plantations in an Asian country.

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    THATCHER IS DEAD !!! | 8 April 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    Fucking YES !!!

  58. Kraig
    Kraig | 9 April 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Steve,

    I just wanted to say the new KK Album ‘You Are Everything’ is one beautiful piece of work! It’s not just a piece of Art, it’s a time capsule of genuine beauty! I can tell so much love went into this album! Just downloaded it from Pledge and am enjoying it for the first time. I can’t wait to get the physical items in the mail. Martin’s been really good at updating things and giving us the lowdown over past year or so. I’ll have to tell Martin next how much this album means to me too but I think he knows, we’ve been talkin! So proud to have pledged and contributed to this album. You guys done good! This music is so touching and beautiful the words escape me to explain it, just listening and feeling it.

    Best Wishes,
    Kraig

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    Kohl Ette | 9 April 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    Steve, am listening to Brother Moon Sister Sun as I type. It sounds superb with real strings as Martin said. The song inspires a sea of crazy and familiar emotions, it is the world as I know it. I imagine myself singing with you and Martin playing but I think I would be in tears so it would not be possible! Thank you for the magnificent album. The whole thing is a magnum opus or is that magnus opus? I am not compus mentis. One of my kids heard the song and said it is so special!

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    Rusty Willoughby | 18 April 2013 at 8:46 am #

    strangely enough, i was thinking about my favorite singers of all time the other night. and on that night, you came in at number 1. it sounds like hyperbole, but i find your voice very magical. even when you were on that aussie game show and you sang popular melodies while reading from a book, i was amazed at how captured i was.

    now i have to say i’ve been a church fan from the very beginning. i sort of had my own mini musical career in the 1990s, so i lost touch with the church, but a few years ago i heard “untitled #23” and have been following you guys once again. i think i even love the post ploog church more. you are all like fine wine, getting better with age.

    anyway, back to the singing. i think you are so right when you talk about being an individualistic singer, but i think of that as being a very high compliment. there are singers/musicians who are virtuosic and have tons of physical dexterity, and sometimes those musicians make great music. but more often i find myself gravitating towards artists who use music as their medium. the music is much more interesting, because it is an expression of something deeper and often transcends typical musical description anyway.

    well, now i’m just rambling. so i’ll finish by saying thank you. thank you for being such a wonderful songwriter and thank you for being such an expressive and wonderful singer. for over 30 years, you really are it for me.

    thanks (again)
    rusty willoughby


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