posted on September 9, 2009 at 8:05 am

adam jam the president of music
summoned a brand new bag
oh those cool be-bop cats playing on
the melodiotron
laying down some deep groove
high in the small hours
in some basement kingdom
all lit up with little LEDs
twang twang twang goes old bass moan
rumble rumble bang bang
the drummed wires half in time
slipping in some strange stuff
takes me back to mixolotyl
and the ancient electric prophesy
and the ripped up strings that were coiled down
and we listened so much we wore silver strips off the sound
and adam jam compressed all the sugary singer
for in truth
the lambless jam was who i am
and we plucked our fluted liars
and god helped the triers
with hoods n friars
we blew up the horn
we called upon the yet unborn
adam jam unto himself
speaks to you now:
the samples of myself
i freely give away for a price
i sing this song
unmastered as it is
the machines are there
the possibility doth exist
drag summer into your head
your guitar gently sleeps
yet you wake upon some treble cliff
strung out between the pearl inlaid necks
looking for a bridge looking for a newline
the moon is singing something
every song that ever was
every dream you ever really dreamed
every sweet n kind dream soft as theme
oh its a wonderful wild music week
and the how the beat has turned on me
and how the key eludes me in spades
yeah adam jam
president of sound
island bound
howl like a hell hound
looping round n round
let all notes be free
let the pianos feed upon the raw audience
let the violins rule the mob
let the bloody trumpet shriek in victory
ah men

34 Responses to “a jam”

  1. avatar
    cazziem | 9 September 2009 at 9:13 am #

    Music is like love – it knows no boundaries and has no limits. Couldn’t imagine a beat turning on you though or even a key eluding you. With your creativity I’m sure you’d make it fit, and we’d love it!

  2. avatar
    A. Kite | 9 September 2009 at 9:58 am #

    Whoosh…Excellent Kilbey-fix.

    Ps. Have a good gig in Melby.


  3. avatar
    AssMidget | 9 September 2009 at 11:11 am #

    I'm getting about 20 hits a day on my site! It's from people who want me dead. (o:

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 September 2009 at 11:45 am #

    We've had all this shit many times before from this whacko – he's the reason Steve switched to comment moderation:
    His name's Barry.
    He wanted to collaborate with Steve.
    Steve said no.
    Barry recorded a one-chord new wave cover instead.
    It flopped.
    Barry lives with his mom and often doesn't take his medication.
    Barry blames Steve for his plight and hounds the comments with bullshit.
    Half the time he pretends to be other commenters just to stir the shit even further.
    Why is he still here? Who the hell knows.
    Steve once asked us all not to make any response to him whatsoever, no matter what he said. Might be a good idea to go back to that?

  5. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 9 September 2009 at 11:54 am #

    christ, i can't imagine my life without music….what a barren thing it would be…..
    my little one's been invited to join the school band…got her heart set on learning the clarinet but she'd also be happy with the trumpet or drums…..good on ya fluffy duck!!!

    love always…..

  6. avatar
    Freddie | 9 September 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    Dear, Adam jam, President of Sound,
    I hope this doth not mean thou hast hit a creative wall.
    Ps: the photos in negative are eerie 🙂

  7. avatar
    EDD | 9 September 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    "We listened so much we wore silver strips off the sound" I like that line…….

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 September 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    Just got through confirmation from Amazon UK that 'No Certainty Attached' has been posted. Yeah, I know I'm ages behind loadsa folk, but hey.

    Been enjoying September Music Month, and hope the demos (are they?) can be firmed up (ooh that bum guitar note!!).

    Also,I remember playing UTMW with some folk in the past and, you're right, it was shite with us doing it!

    Some other random thoughts:
    See Mark Burgess (Ex Chameleons) is playing with assorted musicians in different towns throughout the
    US. Watched a crackly sound quality, sideways video (!) of 'In shreds' in Los Angeles 30 August (see YouTube), but I could still sense it was a cracking performance.

    See, The Chameleons were another of my favourite bands who emerged in the 80s who also succeeded in producing some timeless music (Second skin, View from a hill, Swamp thing, Monkeyland).

    'In his autumn before the winter comes man's last mad surge of youth!'
    'What on earth are you talking about?'

    Was also looking at some The National videos (Available, Murder me Rachael) after reading that the Dessner twins are doing some kind of music/art-related project as The Long Count.

    Oops, who am I to be saying such stuff in Mr Kilbey's blog comments, and potentially inviting a cutting one-liner from the great anonymous insulter? Just a buddy, matey, and yeah I still enjoy me swimming!


  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 September 2009 at 8:31 pm #

    Oh, and just so you know, my litmus test for a band in the days of the 7" single was whether I could hack the b-side, and, for me, 'Busdriver' passed the test.

    By the time I reached the b-side of 'Almost with you' it was like WTF???. (Is it just me, or does the start of Oasis 'Shock of the Lighning' remind of 'Life Speeds Up'?)

    My thinking doesn't follow yours, we are parallel beings. I peer, you then review

    Shucks, off on one! WhooooH!

  10. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 10 September 2009 at 2:55 am #

    DC: "You are not a human being. You are BEing human for the time being."

  11. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 10 September 2009 at 3:29 am #

    all this waiting waiting has really fucked up my relationship with Mary so thanks for everything, dreams do never come true for me…
    Jonny is never going back to Hollywood

  12. avatar
    lily was here | 10 September 2009 at 7:30 am #

    MY guitar gently weeps. But not in a good way

    You and MK, have a great night! Those lucky Mexicans.


  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 September 2009 at 9:57 am #

    Puppet puppet, string string.
    Puppet puppet, string.

    How's the Superfund going?
    How's the Superfund going?

    Any wally can write a song.
    Any wally can write.

    You don't need to be a dictionary,
    But you can be a dick.

  14. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 10 September 2009 at 11:41 am #

    ….hope the gods are smiling on you tonight…..

    love always…..

  15. avatar
    nicholas | 10 September 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    I walked out of your gig tonight.
    25 bucks to see you sing to a backing track is a f**king rip off.
    even worse is the room full of people who thought that it was good. your music with your normal band takes me to heaven.
    sorry to see you as Australia's MILLY VANILLY tonight. Steve, dont become shit, just get old and rock.
    love from nicholas ogburn

  16. avatar
    tendraftsdeep | 10 September 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    Wow Man, this blog goes well with the old Daptones records sampler I am jamming right now.

    cheers SK

  17. avatar
    St Christopher of Pivot Town | 10 September 2009 at 2:55 pm #

    Thanks steve
    been away
    returned to feast on a couple of weeks' worth
    beautiful songs
    brilliant words
    gorgeous images
    but so awful so upsetting
    to have to spit out the blighted bits
    i feel so heavily sad for you
    imagine creating something like this
    only to have someone pollute it
    smear it with their mental bacteria
    burden you and your fiends
    with their puerile rank stinking boredom
    and self-hatred
    and in the face of such generosity

    a comment was made
    the stain will be at the melbourne show
    if the sideshow is known to you and others
    why not reveal their naked shivering form?
    you have to try something new
    something bold and extreme
    before it destroys you
    and your lovely blog
    i understand why ignoring doesn't work
    or withholding publication
    it would only mean a more private torment
    you need our help
    so use us to chase him/her back to the ordinary hell
    from whence he/she dragged their bent frame

    liked the suggestion
    surely blogger can do something for you?

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 September 2009 at 4:28 pm #

    Steve, what are your thoughts on the biography of you that came out recently?

    Athens, Georgia

  19. avatar
    John | 10 September 2009 at 5:13 pm #


    Have you checked this out?

    Just heard about this on the radio today and thought of you. Apparently they keep the royalties of any any artist they can't "find" (and apparently they don't look).


  20. avatar
    davem | 10 September 2009 at 6:25 pm #

    What news from melby olde time bean?

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 September 2009 at 11:38 pm #

    a jam, oh what a pickle!
    we have a story for you today Mr K

    how 2 say
    bad letter
    me horrible nasty…money ,mine,eh? m…
    'matter to discuss with you'
    arrive saturday
    me no sleep
    sweat..brain boil…sweat…brain boil
    Zopiclone from doc
    after advice from wife
    'me worried'she kinda say

    Me kinda ok weds
    (calm b4 storm)
    Weighed me'sel
    20p at market
    lost 5kg in 2 weeks

    aaskt questions Thurs morn
    say nothing nothing, say nothing
    oops…yes, yes…no…no comment (too late)

    No charge…yet…ooh the latency
    'did you ever fall asleep and dream that you died?'
    nah, i never landed mate.
    in mine i ended up hurtling towards an ever growing spinning turntable…
    (don't think it was the crappy blue one ma folks bought in Malta circa 1970 but, hey it was dream!…and it had FUCK all to do with…'You spin me…', ok babies?)

    Guilty as sin? Pick your cross, folks!
    (apart from exemptions under mitigating, extenuating, fallow hill. followfart
    circumstances////the world of legalities, and others…'come dine with wine, and oyster feast…')).

    …An afterthought

    b4 i switched on this thing again i'd beeen allowing myself the fair, open and legal liberty to write whatever i thought about
    whenever i thought about it,
    occasionally without even trying to punctuate…double check spelling…make literal connections between the sentences and paragraphs…
    find the right connecting keys…
    get yir lawyers!!!

    Ach,' am awa' tae dae a waz afore a mak masel scarce in the hubbie o' th hoose…

    too mch (not enough?) w(h)ine?

    Och…on days…off days
    on…on…on days?

    (the crux is , yeh…i remember…stuff to do
    Got to go

  22. avatar
    Jen Jewel Brown | 11 September 2009 at 12:34 am #

    Rave on John Donne.


  23. avatar
    eek | 11 September 2009 at 1:55 am #

    Some pics (found on Flickr — user mandy-pixels/Mandy Hall) from the KK gig last night. Damn, you guys clean up well!!

    Click here

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 September 2009 at 5:22 am #

    unbound ramblings of the
    positively unhinged
    uh oh
    we're off again
    the kraken has been raised
    how much sleep was that?
    or did i just try to keep my eyes closed?

    opened eyes
    looked out the window
    at a light(e)ning autumn sky
    well before sunrise
    i see a solitary star
    look away and think that i catch
    the blink of the tail
    of another shooting across the canvas
    now how many times has that happened through the years?

    I picked up a pencil and started writing this stuff on A4
    with no great awareness of where or whether i'm writing over my words
    or if they''re even legible

    is this the mania or the depression?
    or that symbiosis of the two that we find oh so fascinating?

    i'm in me jim jams
    dco i want to jump on me bike
    and go looking for coins and notes in the city centre
    or down to the seaside
    take the air and kinda chill?

    or should i go back to bed and lie down
    knowing that my mind is
    off on one
    big time?

    i've praised your lyric 'he was standing in the rain to catch some snow' b4…
    last week it was absolutely c huckin it down
    tail end of a big tropical storm
    'worst' rain for 39 years
    the paper said the next day

    i'd said to my wife
    as i put on my waterproofs
    'I'm off out to make the best of the good weather, cos you don't know when we'll get it again'

    art therapy…creative writing
    just letting loose
    going with the flow
    'des[ite impossibility infinity had been reached'
    an absolute hoot, ta

    (ooh, look who he's trying to be like'
    wot? me? myself?
    no fuckin choice
    (carp trout fillet o fudge)

    used to smoke fags
    stitch together the rizlas
    polish of the spirits
    (make sure they're all shiny for the next visitors to the pavilion)
    just now
    none of that shit
    (and still i hadn't switched on the light 10 mins later)

    Oh well that's my 3 pages of A4
    as the book i read years ago recommended
    Wot now?
    (But who says you have to stop just as you get started
    cos sometimes it only happens in bursts

    Oh me
    The tap! the tap!!!

    (and now it gets light as i finish typing up what i've written)

    Why bother, some may say
    maybe it matters to someone else
    and there will be a recognition
    of that place where the tears well up

    Ain't my birthday, couldn't see the moon
    may be a festival for someone somewhere?

    Have a nice day.

  25. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 11 September 2009 at 12:09 pm #

    i dunno, must be a phase of the moon or a solar flare or a planetary alignment because there are some odd offerings here in the comments…..

    love always….

  26. avatar
    MKL | 11 September 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    Steve, you're gonna cack yourself: Did you know you were intervieweed by Raymond from Everyone Loves Raymond??

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 September 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    The KK show was done perfectly to present a brilliant album… Great to see Graham Lee on pedal steele.

  28. avatar
    CSTCoach | 11 September 2009 at 9:39 pm #

    Good god! Now i've seen it all. Kilbey in a tux.

    Lookin sharp there young man! It's a bit weird though after the shorts and label shirts. But i suggest you get used to it. i see award ceremonies in your future.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 September 2009 at 11:10 pm #

    SK you lost your mystic, and I threw out all your music cd’s. I went back to buying U2, REM, Ian McCullock, and Brett Anderson. This nonsense that you write is not art.

  30. avatar
    princey | 12 September 2009 at 12:34 am #

    Hi sk, well done on Thursday night, KK were magnificent, I was on such a high that night, your vocals and music were flawless and so dreamy, took me to the other place, thats for sure!:)

    To that person who walked out of the show in a huff and soooo disappointed…the vocals were LIVE, the guitar was LIVE, the drums/percussion were LIVE, the pedalsteel guitar was LIVE, the backing tracks were there to enhance the songs, which they did beautifully. If you hung around a bit longer you would have realised this and actually enjoyed the show instead of getting on your high horse and storming out,and what do you define as a "normal" band????? MilliVanilli my arse!
    Thanks again sk/mk for a spectacular LIVE show
    love always,

  31. avatar
    Mary | 12 September 2009 at 2:03 am #

    im so happy for you anon 7:39, that shitty music u bought sure does suit your lovely ass personality, now do us a favor and leave you f@#$%ing retard!

    mary (im not scared to hide behind an anon)

  32. avatar
    M E M | 12 September 2009 at 2:34 am #

    …it is predicted
    that i die

    …in a puddle
    of my own vomit.

    i do not look
    forward to that day…


  33. avatar
    melissa | 12 September 2009 at 5:26 am #

    what Amanda said 😉


  34. avatar
    Johnsense | 12 September 2009 at 7:24 am #


    2 the anonymous scabs
    ya should flak off
    or fuck off!
    or fall off
    like the ring worm (s) you’ve become

    The sad anon has no talent
    except to cut down others
    how sad this is for
    the anon pig…

    must have a thin skin
    hiding away
    on their keyboard
    of sadness…

    You weasels
    must be really great artists
    to judge Kilbey.

    You snails should sleep shallow
    well tonight…
    Knowing that the shark
    of true self…
    of thought might
    dissolve you…
    You bitter
    anon bastards.
    (yet not all anon…)
    Best to you Dr. K
    as I daze along into-midnight…


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