posted on December 25, 2009 at 1:39 am

there are good people in this world
like the fambley in buffalo who brought me sox n absinthe
(bands love sox n absinthe….you cant go wrong!)
like all the subscribers who pay me to right this stuff
look i thank you all for your contributions large n small
you didnt have to but you did
and everytime a sub rolls in i feel a little validated
like all the people who came along n donated some jazz
from homer in perth
to my whacky friend up in maine
and all the people in between
i thank you
i thank again and always klk who is there for us
and without whom there would be no U@23
no fy
no aent
no no no
klk merry xmas
of course my friend in ohio who spoils me hopelessly
in everyway
merry xmas know it all bitch goddess of antenna
and my friend in nsws second biggest city
who is a “boho” in “straights” clothing
merry xmas dave
and of course again and especially
a rather dapper chap in so-cal
who has verily kept the wolf from ttbs door
the wolf was about to keep on gnawing on my intellectual copyright
when suddenly
this guy appeared n immediately turned the tables on the fookers
and kicked their bum
(they only have one bum between em)
i could not have done it without ‘im
knowledge is power anyway yes it is
now appointed the sk minister of justice
merry x-mas john
jesus man…..merry merry xmas
i’d like to thank the people who commissioned pictures
i agonize over these things
i know i dont always get em perfect
i know it takes much much longer than i promised
but i really do try for you
to people still waiting…they will come!
people who are thinking of getting one…go on…
i’d like to wish my mother joycie a merry xmas
her book is back on sale at karmic hit
its a bloody good read
and something every true sk compleatist should own
plus i get a 20 cents spotters fee if you mention my name
careful my mothers book contains strong language
and violence
(when she gives me the bloody wooden spoon)
merry christmas to my brothers too
merri christmas to people like
sue c who works as an autominous body
keeping our vibe permanently up!
arise dame campbell…!
thanks to kate away aka iseult
for filming and suggestions
now countess kate of the archives
merry chrimbo kip in tx
merry chrimbo hoffmen
merry chrimbo mr ricky n f’licity n mr o
merry chrimbo the english crowd
merry chrimbo the yanks
merry chrimbo the swedes n germans
merry chrimbo kurt n matt in nz
merry chrimbo annaki may-hem
merry chrimbo mal turnbull (HE’LL BE BACK)
merry chrimbo in darwin rb
merry chrimbo bon bon n hellbound heart
merry chrimbo johnny beyond in l.a.
merry chrimbo freddie… can call me lord..the black
merry chrimbo stephen judge a good guy at our u.s. label
merry chrimbo to perry whos got a damn good sk painting collection
merry chrimbo pablo
merry chrimbo to nigel the banker wherever you roam
merry chrimbo to queen h
merry chrimbo to veleska
merry chrimbo to cazziem
merry chrimbo to jazz-perina
merry chrimbo to bigsmiles kate
merry chrimbo to my pest n nuisance
merry chrimbo belfy in boston
merry chrimbo the crunch
merry chrimbo j cain n mister slay
merry chrimbo k/k…long may you run
merry chrimbo princey n mary n tim p
merry chrimbo gb3….new album coming soon
merry chrimbo david neil…..ditto
merry chrimbo richard lane…gee richard youre a cool guy
merry chrimbo drofstaw nelg….whos coming for xmas dinner
merry chrimbo…karin in sweden…a nice job you did with the twills
merry chrimbo mimi n marlon n logan…a nice bunch of kilbeys
merry chrimbo jon f n john c in the states
merry chrimbo cst coach
merry chrimbo everybody else
i’ll be embarrassed when i realize i forget to say yer name
thats it
now bleat drink n be mary
sk n bondi xmas 2009

30 Responses to “a knight before christmas”

  1. avatar
    veleska1970 | 25 December 2009 at 2:38 am #

    and a very merry christmas to you, too, steve.

    lotza love….

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    Queen Hatshepsut | 25 December 2009 at 4:21 am #

    Awww…Merry Chrimbo SK. Thanks for another splendid years of words and music. You're a true gem, in every way. Love you,
    Denise aka Queen H

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    Freddie | 25 December 2009 at 4:34 am #

    Merry Christmas right back at ya.
    Thanks for all the music & stuff.
    Love xoxo

  4. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 25 December 2009 at 4:35 am #

    merry chrimbo to you and your loved ones as well, sire!

    love always…….

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    c h r i s p y | 25 December 2009 at 5:07 am #

    A present from St. Chrispy….

    ‘Twas the night before Chrispymas, and all through the list,
    not a Seancer was posting …except for Chrisp! 🙂
    His presents were wrapped, and under the tree,
    Perhaps Santa would deliver some new Kilbey/Kennedy;
    He should've been sleeping, but lay awake instead,
    While dreams of the new album danced in his head.
    He had on his HOB tour shirt, SASE spinning nearby,
    He had just reached track 7 -that great song "Lullaby".
    When all of a sudden there arose such a skipping,
    he didn't notice at first -he thought he was tripping.
    but away to the player he flew like a flash,
    smacked it a few times, and it fell with a crash.

    But the player's speakers continued to sound,
    Giving a great vibe to the room all around.
    When, what into the yard outside should drive,
    But a small red minivan & U-haul, with The Church inside!
    Along with a couple of roadies, Trevor and Ward;
    I knew that this night, I wouldn't be bored.

    Out of the van like rock stars they came;
    I started shouting and yelling and called them by name,
    "Hey Peter, Hey Marty, Hey Steve, Hey Timmy!
    Er.. Mr. Willson-Piper, Mr. Powles, Mr. Koppes, and Mr. Kilbey…".
    They said, "We've got a private gig for you, a present, -the set list's
    your call;
    perhaps something from 'Seance', 'Magician', 'Heyday', or 'Baal'?"

    Like leaves in the wind, the roadies did fly;
    They set up all the instruments, and gave them a try.
    Then up onto the stage the guys were drawn,
    I couldn't believe it! A concert on my lawn!

    And then in a twinkling, began a new song that they wrote,
    They started strumming & picking on each little note.
    I took the entire scene in, and was swaying around,
    And over to the mic Mr. Kilbey came with a bound.

    He was dressed in white jeans from his waist to his feet,
    The rest of his clothes were road-worn, but still pretty neat.
    He had his milk-white bass, strung over his back,
    While Marty & Peter stood poised as if for attack..

    My eyes –how they twinkled, I was feeling so merry!
    The songs were like …roses, only darker and scary! 🙂
    Tim drummed with his sticks repeatedly up and down,
    And a great steady beat throbbed through my town.
    Marty had the stump of a joint held tight in his teeth,
    And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
    And Peter -he stood and played like the pro that he was,
    The speakers were thumping and shaking (Peter -the cause).

    Marty was jumping all over the stage like an elf!
    I laughed when I thought this (I couldn't help myself).
    After many a tunes the set list wore down
    (I was still in shock -The Church in *my* town!).
    I had seen them play live before, so had nothing to fear,
    But I couldn't help but think "shouldn't Santa be here?"
    With a nod from the guys, and a wave of their hands;
    (No need to say much, it was easy to understand.)
    They spoke not a word, but went straight to their ride,
    Got into the vans and started to drive.
    The red minivan in the lead, …kind of like a sleigh.
    (Sorry, no Rudolph, just red-nosed roadies guiding their way.)
    Suddenly, I awoke on the floor -back in my room!
    The fallen player on my head no longer playing it's tune.
    The dream that I'd had was caused by my klutzy tripping;
    Note to self: Don't smack the CD player to STOP it from skipping.
    Still, I was very grateful to have dreamnt such a sight;
    So, Merry Chrispymas to all, but for now ….GOOD NIGHT!


  6. avatar
    SD | 25 December 2009 at 6:03 am #

    Merry Christmas SK!

  7. avatar
    Celticat | 25 December 2009 at 6:05 am #

    Well SK,

    have been preparing a seafood christmas lunch for my fambley with the ABC radio playing in the background Australian artists playing live in ABC studios across Australia and was thinking bout you and your fambley.

    Merry Christmas Steve, and NK and your girls and loved ones. I hope your Christmas Day is joyous and filled with the things that make you go SMILE! Stay safe, sane and above all stay loved.

    Over and out from Bunbury WA

  8. avatar
    meh | 25 December 2009 at 9:23 am #

    Trippin' on in to wish you and yours a Happy Christmas!

    (much as i appreciate and enjoy visiting here with sporadic frequency, my hittin' up that Paypal button for ya needs to be at a future time – i'm skinned, mate! jobless and wattknot)

  9. avatar
    davem | 25 December 2009 at 9:26 am #

    And a merry chrimbo to you sk!!
    Have a great one. Good olde santa didn't let me down with operetta. What a geezer.
    love to all.

  10. avatar
    matt davison | 25 December 2009 at 9:52 am #

    Wow You are just awesome Killer…. Happy Chrisso to you and the famb too….


  11. avatar
    Derek | 25 December 2009 at 9:54 am #

    And a very merry Christmas to you Steve. Thankyou so much for your music. I am a recent convert but Deadman's Hand & Anchorage rank amongst my top songs of the year. I will try and hunt down Painkiller now. Cheers from Derek.

  12. avatar
    princey | 25 December 2009 at 11:01 am #

    Thanx sk, same to you and your fam and all the friendly fiendssss around the globe
    Bee good Killerbee, keep on buzzzzzin'
    love Amanda

  13. avatar
    timetunnel | 25 December 2009 at 11:26 am #

    Yesterday a package sent by the Church merch arrived here containing, among other stuff, the Operetta EP. That was perfect timing.

    Operetta – the best song in the world! So simple, yet so effective. There's no other song I know which renders a happy smile on my face every time I listen to it. No matter how good or bad my mood is, no matter how good or bad the weather is out there: I immediately feel happy when this song starts.

    I'd deeply like to thank you (and the whole band, of course) for Operetta. But also for masterpiece U#23. And for all the other gems of listening pleasure which have come from the Church universe. It's been an incredible journey so far.

    Merry xmas and all the best for the future


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    cazziem | 25 December 2009 at 11:27 am #

    Merry Christmas to you too SK, and of course the fambley. I visited Karmic half way through reading your blog to enquire/order my copy of TOIP, which I’ve been trying to get since you mentioned it back in October.

    Thanks for all the great blogs in 2009, which have helped keep my brain active and given me something to look forward to during a time that has been quite stressful for me. So many things have changed for the better for me over the last few months, so in 2010 I will have only two things I want to achieve. Firstly I MUST see the church perform! Even if it’s not England, some how some way, I will definitely get to at least one gig. If you guys fancy Austria, then make it Vienna, that way I’ll be able to combine it with a visit to the relatives. It would be even better if you gigged in England too though, cos then I’ll be able to do both! The second thing I’d like to achieve in 2010 is to find a life partner. However, he’s gonna have to love the band and be as enthusiastic about ttb and your good self as I am. No ifs, no buts, if he doesn’t match me on an intellectual level, as well as a musical one, he’s no good to me! Who knows maybe I’ll meet him at a gig??? I’ve compromised myself far too much throughout my life; but now it’s time for me to stop putting everyone else first and focus on my own dreams, desires and wishes.

  15. avatar
    matthew | 25 December 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    sox n absinthe you say? …I love it already! I'm so gonna try that cocktail…

  16. avatar
    robertmadore | 25 December 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    In keeping with bad moments in rock I remembered this jem: Bon Jovi doing Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah! Now, not only is this one of the most overdone and bastardized song's in rock…those of us with taste must know that NO ONE should've touched this after Jeff Buckley! But some people just can't resist can they?

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 December 2009 at 4:58 pm #

    Merry Christmas to you SK!

    Keep up the great blog!!

  18. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 25 December 2009 at 8:46 pm #

    Mary X Mas!!!

  19. avatar
    Big Smiles Kate | 25 December 2009 at 9:27 pm #

    Merry Christmas Steve and the Kilbey fam,
    I hope you enjoy spending this time with your beautiful girls. Thanks for everything this year, the new music, the blogs, the gigs and most of all your thoughtfulness.
    Big loves


  20. avatar
    Anakki Mayhem | 25 December 2009 at 9:51 pm #

    thank u 4 the mention & hope ya had a very merry chrimbo too!

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 December 2009 at 10:39 pm #

    merry christmas to you and the ones you love
    bu vic chesnutt's in a coma
    so sad


  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 December 2009 at 11:11 pm #

    and merry christmas to simon!x

  23. avatar
    Big Smiles Kate | 25 December 2009 at 11:19 pm #

    Chrispy, thanks for your post – I think all of us here have had that dream!
    Big Smiles

  24. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 26 December 2009 at 12:28 am #

    oops…..forgot to wish you fellow fiends a cool festive season…..

    peace and love….

  25. avatar
    princey | 26 December 2009 at 12:39 am #

    Hi again sk, just wanted to wish you(an early)Happy New Year! for 2010 and thanks for all your brilliant&beautiful music,words,painting,poetry,blogs,live gigs this year, it's a special part of my life forever and life wouldn't be the same without you and all you give….it's true:) Hope to see even more of you and The Church in 2010(although I should be content with 4 Church gigs and KK shows, NO! I just cant get enough!).

    Anyway, I'm away for a week to a gorgeous, secluded beach called Somers, so I'll be missing my TTB fix while there:((
    Take care and HAppy New Year to you and all the TTBers here and everywhere,
    Love AMandaXXXX

  26. avatar
    Jasperina | 26 December 2009 at 1:34 am #

    …and thankyou for all that you inspire. Cita…AKA Jasperina.

  27. avatar
    iseult | 26 December 2009 at 4:12 am #

    salutations oh venerable one and 1000 blessings upon your innumerable fiends

    happy box-ing day oh bee-bon!

  28. avatar
    mary | 27 December 2009 at 9:26 am #

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, hope you guys had a wonderful day!! love to all of you,


  29. avatar
    John Garratt | 28 December 2009 at 5:02 pm #

    Merry Chrimbo. Now, does anyone have chewable valium for children?


  30. avatar
    Ellen | 28 December 2009 at 6:33 pm #

    Ya forgot to mention my name, but that's okay.

    Merry [belated] Christmas!

    P.S. Early next year I promise to start contributing to TTB, just as soon as I figure out how to make a recurring contribution with PayPal!

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