posted on September 30, 2006 at 12:56 am

adder-laide heirport
eating asian stirfry w/tofu
yum yum
(cept for capsicum!)
jimi our roadie says free intanet
and bang
here i am just like that
i reckon we were pretty good last nite
except for a foul illness
which swept upon me about an hour before i went on
shiverin’ n shakin’
my nose blocked
a fever
a sudden unbearable weariness
i take 2 codral coldes
get jazzy
the old ones with pseudo ephedrine
i knock back some red bully
and some copious jagers
i pull on earphones n receiver pack
we go on
voila! the lights n sound anaethetize me
the music begins
i dont care we in some pub in adelaide
transcendance project intitialised
bass guitar engaged
lyrics begin transferring to mouth
unrolling from wherever they normally hide
in my memory….
despite everything
we play pretty ok (i guess)
the musics playing me these days
the music plying me these daze
i just hanging on
i tickle the strings
i open my mouth
someone singin’ out there
someone singin’ therein
oh dig those lyrics
what the fuck is this all about
miracle streets n ionian blooze
the guitars writhe n beg for release
the drums pound bang boom crash
the airport intrudes with its announcements
people stream past
adelaide could be indianapolis
oh i cant wait to play again!
i walk on and a portal opens
i step in there
and i lose myself inside it
music suggesting everything at once
we strafe the audience with possibilitees
we rock n we roll
oh my my
space rock electrique
the mellifluous slipstream of the planets
sucks me into motion
wave particles
pointillistic music
colour washed music
pixilated music
my flight is announced
i guess im gonna go!
i love ya

41 Responses to “a devoted blogger n familiar manne”

  1. avatar
    ade | 30 September 2006 at 1:35 am #

    great work sk last night! loved it! you space-rockers are just as good as ever!

    wow, 2+ hours!

    you were wondering whether to rock or roll… maybe you could rock and/or roll next time.

    i’ll send you a CD soon.

  2. avatar
    eek | 30 September 2006 at 1:36 am #

    Sorry you were sick. Hope you feel loads better soon.

    “adelaide could be indianapolis”

    Don’t tease me, SK! I wish Adelaide was as close to me as Indy…I’d have just seen you play if it was.

  3. avatar
    Richard | 30 September 2006 at 2:16 am #

    could someone that went last night tell the rest of us what they played?

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 September 2006 at 3:02 am #

    Hope you’re feeling better today.
    Sure you guys rocked Adelaide.
    2 + hours, hope we get the same in Sydney.

    Good luck for the rest of the tour.

    Love Therese

  5. avatar
    Chris Kan | 30 September 2006 at 3:10 am #

    Go gently Steve and keep that inspiration in tact. And I agree about the capsicum…

  6. avatar
    Ade | 30 September 2006 at 3:20 am #

    Re: setlist for Adelaide:
    I’ve made a little page for wombers if they wanted to know…

    Here ’tis
    (spoiler warning)


  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 September 2006 at 3:23 am #

    yee ha
    can’t wait for the Enmore
    sounds like you trance-ended
    you lovely man

  8. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 30 September 2006 at 3:40 am #

    Rock Me Like A Hurricane…
    Ne iko

  9. avatar
    craig | 30 September 2006 at 4:11 am #

    tonight robin and i go to “ramsi’s cafe on the world” here in the “ville of louis” for dinner……she has asian stirfry w/ tofu….i have cubean burrito…..afterward outside the cafe we seek shelter from the rain under an awning and have a smoke……man walks up starts chatting with us….tell us he just turned sixty yesterday……wow….man looks like he’s in his late thirties….ask him his secret…..he says jazz and tai chi….i say “sounds like sk”…..arrive home…check blog because i’m wonderin’ what’s become of our white hippy moses…..find sk eatin’ asian stirfry w/ tofu…..i’m thinkin’ ramsi’s could be adelaide airport……and i can’t wait to eat there again!

  10. avatar
    mattdavison | 30 September 2006 at 4:16 am #

    Welcome back Steve.

    Telepath in Melbo… Please

    It’s so hard with a band like the Church… Every song is amazing all however many hundreds’.
    Great set list boy’s just… I gotta have Telepath or Buffalo.or Comedown…(but than Iam just a selfish dude, really)

    and…….One more Marty Number!!!


  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 September 2006 at 4:22 am #

    great nite, nice sound, Very impressed. Thanks..

  12. avatar
    General Catz | 30 September 2006 at 4:23 am #

    pretty nice review of yourself.

    today is marc’s birthday, by the way.

    miss grove

  13. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 30 September 2006 at 5:36 am #

    On the road again


  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 September 2006 at 6:19 am #

    I’m so relieved everything went well and you’re still happy playing electric, yay!!
    Wow, can’t wait to hear oldies like Ripple, Destination, Myrrh, and all electric and LOUD!!

    Love you always,

  15. avatar
    daydreamer | 30 September 2006 at 6:38 am #

    Steve, where was yer manuca honey?

  16. avatar
    damien | 30 September 2006 at 7:06 am #

    I watched the Live at the Basement episode on Thursday night, Steve. Since the current tour won’t be coming to Perth, it was the next best thing to a show proper.

    Of course, it was a sublime performance. I have often found that I enjoy the songs of The Church played live more than the recorded versions. In this instance I have been playing Day 5 over and over since seeing/hearing it on the tele. The live version was imbued with a quality that I hadn’t previously responded to from the CD but the live performance of the song opened up its beauty to me.

    There’s also something else that occurred to me while watching you on the show and it’s a thought that I’ve had previously when I have seen The Church live. It’s about you as a performer. There is something about you, Steve, when you are on stage. . . it’s a kind of fragility and vulnerability that you exude. It is, of course, extremely cool!

    Make of that what you will!


  17. avatar
    Ade | 30 September 2006 at 10:13 am #

    Have removed that Adelaide setlist. Element of surprise makes Church shows that bit more magical I reckon…..

    So Steve, I wonder if your kids are developing the same space-rock tastes as you. I’m doing my best with mine. I wonder if what one plays around the house/car influences them or makes them rebel.

    Good luck tonite!

  18. avatar
    fergal | 30 September 2006 at 10:55 am #

    cheers sk
    see u @ the tivoli in a week!
    and i loved (& video’d) your live @ the basement gig on abc 2 nites ago …
    space rock a space bar near u

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 September 2006 at 11:14 am #

    reptile, shadow cabinet, ripple, and thats the first twenty minutes…ma-an…it was good to have you boys back in electric mode…good to watch marty enjoying himself…unexpected set…what the fuck was the opener? been following the church 20 + years and you start with a tune I dont know…maybe from the tin mine thing, dunno (if only if only I could dissolve/solve it for you…indeed). anywho, ears/years ringing on the way out, earth affirming gestures soothing the tired soul…two am…this is the most rocknroll ive been in a while…then home to my crying baby girl, quiet really after the blissful hiss of the gov…well done boys…you never cease to amaze…

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 September 2006 at 11:39 am #

    a nony-mouse above:
    that opener was ‘saturation’ off back with two beasts

  21. avatar
    metal_petal | 30 September 2006 at 12:09 pm #

    I still cannot wipe the smile off my face!

    That show was fantastic.

    Thank you.

    (And if anonymous at 9.14pm is Annabelle – call me – I have spare copies of BW2B and ULTC that I received along with an admonishing note from MWP after sending a gumpy email regarding a slow delivery of Church purch – I would like to give them to you. Not the note, but… I’m having that framed!!!)


  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 September 2006 at 12:28 pm #

    shell fish prude

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 September 2006 at 1:15 pm #

    no no metal-petal. im not annabelle, not even the right gender so cant help you with your giveaways…good to see im not the only one with screaming kids at home…interesting watching the crowd at a church gig…from respectably old and bespectacled to very young (well, there was an 8 year old there i saw!! did he take mum to the gig or vice versa??). anyway, i like seeing the young ones there, going back upstream to see where it all comes from…and probably genuinely perplexed that old codgers can actually rock…

  24. avatar
    secretBeatinMichigan | 30 September 2006 at 2:06 pm #

    “Shadow Cabinet” within the first twenty minutes? That sounds fine!

    Good luck with the tour, SK. Hope yer AussieSpringTime-coldie is a weak one and you are back to peak soon – i’m occasionally feelin’ the MitchieAutumnDays-uglies myself but I never thought of Red Bull and Jager as medication ( OOF! )


  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 September 2006 at 2:13 pm #

    I reckon even your worst day performing is better than 99% of musicians performing on a good day.

  26. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 30 September 2006 at 2:24 pm #

    “music suggesting everything at once”

    That’s such a perfect way to describe it. Beautiful.

  27. avatar
    veleska1970 | 30 September 2006 at 2:41 pm #

    sounds like you had a great show, despite starting off with a bitch of a head cold. oh well, i’m sure you’ll be feeling better in no time.

    i agree with krissy above~~your description IS perfect.

    i love ya too…..

  28. avatar
    restaurant mark | 30 September 2006 at 3:01 pm #

    if only i could teleport to australia??? it’s gonna be hard hearing great reviews from everyone…show after show, when there’s no chance of seeing you guys electric myself. if anyone hears anything about bootlegs…let me know please. glad you’re enjoying yourself steve…hope the others are as well. you ooze talent…
    take care.

  29. avatar
    Jen Jewel Brown | 30 September 2006 at 3:25 pm #

    Live ATB was v good surprize out of nowhere. Started stiff but ended up a real good one, playing wise. Like it when you get a break from vocals Steve and become sheer muso every now and then, bending strings and rocking away. The band doesn’t sound like any other band in Australia. You have plenty of feel these days and v broad musical horizons; the harmonics are spooky at times.

    Congrats to the West Coast Eagles on winning the AFL Australian Rules Premiership by one point from Sydney today, just for the record. Great game. Go Weagles.

  30. avatar
    mandn | 30 September 2006 at 3:34 pm #

    rest up Orpheus and get well.

    glad you’re back


  31. avatar
    shawn_el | 30 September 2006 at 4:01 pm #

    Shiverin and shakin, huh? Funny…I’ve been listening to Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me by the Cure loads lately and that is one of the songs on it. Do you know that album SK? It’s not space-rock but it’s something-rock; psychedelic dreamscapes maybe? I know what a huge non-fan of Ian M. you are SK, but how do you stand on this other British band with a bloated ego?

  32. avatar
    davidcwelker | 30 September 2006 at 4:30 pm #

    Mr SK –
    any thoughts of putting out another live dvd ?

  33. avatar
    ambnt1 | 30 September 2006 at 7:18 pm #


    Go, spacerocker!! I think you might be a descendant of the Andromedean Hawklords. This would explain the telepathic musical abilities, hyperdimensional soundscapes radiating from your bass/voice, and cosmically-inclined lyrical inspiration. But whether you are human, divine, or alien, I dig it! Good to hear from you again…


    n.p. Hawkwind, “In Search of Space”

  34. avatar
    craig | 30 September 2006 at 8:34 pm #

    shawn_el…….not to be a name-dropper here but me and the wifey hung out with “the cure” in cincinnati, ohio a coupla years ago as their “curiousa festival” came through this part of the u.s……now you may know somethin’ i don’t but never at any point during that time did they come off as “ego-bloated”….in fact, they were just the opposite…… we were pleasantly surprised

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 September 2006 at 9:00 pm #

    hola steve, soy de argentina, no se si hablas o entendes español, espero que si.
    Quería preguntarte si hay posibilidades que vengan a la Argentina alguna vez!!! me muero por verlos, y mucha gente aca es fan de the church.
    Bueno, te te mando un beso

  36. avatar
    arcturus | 30 September 2006 at 10:43 pm #

    hey steve,
    wishing i was in australia right now!great you guys are playing around.i missed u all when you were in california.think u will b playing here again anytime soon???well i wish u all luck and safe travel on your journeys.thanks love n light arcturus

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2006 at 2:10 am #

    Well Mister Kilbey. I tell ya what, I was sick with a cough and cold when you played in Houston and Dallas here in the states and it was still a most memorable time of my life. The last bloggie seemed kinda dismal and depressing. Your so underrated man, so dont worry about it. Leave it to us to work the 9-5 so you can keep doing what makes us/me feel incredible with each note of music.
    Galveston TX

  38. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 1 October 2006 at 2:35 am #

    Your’e a tough bloke SK. Hope you are feeling better.

  39. avatar
    mentalwrench | 1 October 2006 at 4:51 am #

    nevets….whats yer favorite flavor smoothie as a daily drinker?

  40. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 1 October 2006 at 7:29 am #

    The first Church concert I ever went to was at the Palladium in Hollywood on August 13, 1988 (it’s my mom’s b-day – I remember the date well!). I had walking pneumonia and was coughing so hard I thought I would die. I suppose it was kinda rude of me to be at the show – but I’d already missed the band in March of that same year due to some bitch at the Roxy not letting us in on the guest list (my best friend worked at CBS Records). I was NOT going to miss them again!

    Despite my ill health, it was the most magical evening ever. The beginning of a long and beautiful love affair with Church concerts.
    Hope you’re feeling better Steven.

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