posted on August 18, 2007 at 9:37 pm

i dont know what you want
its not even 8 oclock in the morning here
sunday morning coming down fast above you
i need to write something though
and fast
all day n night my mind is bubbling over with ideas…
muse : just show us the good ones
i watch show on the saints
except for one good song..
what a bloody awful racket!
and how amazingly like lord byron bailey speaks
muse : have you actually ever heard lord byron?
no, but i bet he sounded like bailey
ed was lugubrious as usual
wry and lofty
what strange rockstars these 2 were…
damo lovelock waxes v. enthusiastic
even nicky cave wades in with his top drawer praise
to hear these guys talk
youd think the saints were like
guitar weilding tchaikovskys or somethin’
opening up some huge new possibility in life
bobby forster
a man of impeccable taste i guess
goes so over the top
with his descriptions
of the 1st time he heard im stranded
electric pulsations going up his feet and spine
leaving him prostrate breathless
at this stage i says to the wife
an’ you thought i was over-enthusiastic last week……?!
bradley sheppard from the goo-roos
is mystified by its eternal punk enigma
look the list goes on…
but what im really thinking
cos the saints
i admit to not understanding
in the parlance of shallow hollywoodesque cant
i dont get it
i didnt then
i still dont
i dont hate em either
theyre just outside my sphere of reference
(i used to have prehistoric sounds and it was ok)
and it occurs to me
that richard n marty both played with bailey
at different stages
but one thing you gotta admit
is that the saints had that raw sound
before most others
in the middle of the very confused 1970s
they were no namby pamby glam turkey like moi
i guess i jumped straight over punk
from glam to psychedelic comeback
in one fell swoop
like a knight on the chessboard
arriving at different places unexpectedly
actually i watch saints show
to re evaluate whether i would like staff-ish on there
is it a classic australian album album?
do i want a load of lumineries saying how great it was?
muse: i’d say so….
do i want to be on there raving on about myself?
muse : i bet you do….
do i want a load of mega successful hipsters
saying how they nicked everything from starfish?
muse: you might want it…but it aint gonna happen…
and you have no control
there i’ll be
in a shiny empty recording studio somewhere
oooh look doris…its steve fucking kilbey
oh boris…he looks like one of the nine mortal kings
i dont like that silly beard
hes got a good suntan though boris
oh look there he is when he was still glamourous(sigh)
i wish hed stop going on about himself…….
……and saying all those big words
….and comparing himself to his betters
…..and smirking….god thats annoying
…and touching the silly beard
…..and dropping in foreign phrases like zeitgeist n je ne sais quoi
…..and looking bemused and self satisfied
…..clearing his throat before weighty pronouncements
…..rubbing his hands together smugly
…..long rambling answers full of tedious details
…..putting on his english n australian accents, i mean, which is it?
….hey doris
what boris?
the shows over
damn!
i wanted to hear that one good song!
which ones that ?
you know la la la dah dah
oh yeah
the one they did in that tv show
thats right
i wanted to hear what he said about that….
why wouldya.?…itll just demystify it for ya, dear…
ah youre right doris
youre so right

129 Responses to “abject luxury”

  1. avatar
    esne snoner | 18 August 2007 at 11:16 pm #

    totally agree re the saints for me it’s a case of one song propelling the band forward into eternity ed k got smart very early on and jumped ship to do what the saints had no chance of delivering up i.e. the laughing clowns now that’s a band worthy of on the knees praise and yes ditto for your fine outfit that also suffers the ignorance of one song praise (2 probably) please refuse to do the classics thing unless it’s tbc

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    Anonymous | 18 August 2007 at 11:17 pm #

    The chainsaw guitars,for their own relevance,do my head in,with The Saints…I did like “always”,and “all fools day”{was that the one with “just like fire wood”?},though..love,as always,genx xxxxx…p.s. have a smashing day!

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    jeanz | 18 August 2007 at 11:18 pm #

    ”guitar weilding tchaikovskys or somethin’
    opening up some huge new possibility in life”

    haha classic

    I don’t get most of those punk era bands that are meant to have done so much for music

  4. avatar
    eek | 18 August 2007 at 11:20 pm #

    cos the saints
    i admit to not understanding

    Oh thank god! I was beginning to think I was the only one! I mean I haven’t heard a hell of a lot from them, but what I have heard just hasn’t done much for me. Oh well, I guess the Saints just aren’t the horse for my course.

    actually i watch saints show
    to re evaluate whether i would like staff-ish on there
    is it a classic australian album album?

    You might not know if you want it on there, but most of us sure would love to see it. And the people they have on the shows commenting about the albums are articulate and intelligent — it seems like one of the better opportunities to get some exposure to me. And yes I know it’s a 20 year old album, but just think of how many of us long time fans had Starfish as their first exposure to the Church. It is both a wonderful album on it’s own and a great introduction to the rest of the band’s catalogue.

    I know I don’t get a vote, and I’m ok with whatever you all decide on it, but hell, YES! Starfish belongs in this series!

  5. avatar
    Chris Kan | 18 August 2007 at 11:21 pm #

    Maybe p=a would be a classsic album for all of your blessed readership Steve?
    Are you gonna sign up for blog action day on the environment? I know its not much but we all do what we can…
    http://blogactionday.org/

  6. avatar
    davem | 18 August 2007 at 11:25 pm #

    Buzzcocks and Only Ones…yeah…they have that fragility. Not too testosterone-packed.
    And as for you being one of the nine…mortal and doomed to die….that may be true SK, but they’ll be strumming some of those Chrunch sounds in the House of Elrond for many, many centuries. Tell us about the 20th century? Just listen to this guy SJK 1954 – 2048 (& then some..)…he had it all wrapped up…you’ve just got to put down your bows and listen.Sssshhhh.
    After midnight in blighty… Antenna blasting out………yum.

  7. avatar
    davem | 18 August 2007 at 11:27 pm #

    Had Starfish on before reading this…..

  8. avatar
    eek | 18 August 2007 at 11:35 pm #

    ps: glad to see Doris back on your blog. She’s a hoot.

    …looks like she got herself a new boyfriend though — I could have sworn her last guy wasn’t named Boris. Good for you, Doris! 😉

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 August 2007 at 11:37 pm #

    You seem to be recovered from your ailments sufficiently to conjur up some levity on this soggy Sydney morning. You do make me chuckle, my good man.

    The Classic Albums series….I haven’t seen any of them. I live in some weird valley or trough in the eastern suburbs that only gets Wollongong television stations. It rarely causes me angst as there is little I want on watch on TV….but I wish I had seen the dear Triffids last week. The Saints were not my era or even retrospectively that appealing to me….but I admire their place in the history of Australian music and they sure seem to have inspired a lot of people. I love all these sorts of programs, there is a great British series of the same name that I have had on DVD.
    Go on, if they ask you to dance, get up and take a turn around the floor with your astral/aquatic tour de force. I’d move house to see it.

    B.Bon

  10. avatar
    JONNY HOLLYWOOD | 18 August 2007 at 11:48 pm #

    the Saints, never heard of them before now…
    mjnjr

    ps. I am getting bored here once again…
    Hollywood

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    Melquaides | 18 August 2007 at 11:56 pm #

    I caught MWP play with the Saints in Hoboken a few years ago. And just about after every song would come to some monstrous end, Chris Bailey would look to his right and say, “Marty Wilson-Piper ladies and gents”. good show.

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    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 12:08 am #

    but I did see chris bailey and jonette napolitana{concrete blonde} play together at an accoustic candlelit gig about 10 yrs ago…that was pretty special…..there was no code…for their performance…it was an almost empty room,and the music just poured out,truth and reality in music….mmmm don’t know bout the album show for you…if you could edit and direct it yourself?YES!..but,I don’t believe that general surface statements,and only 45mins,is enough,to display the tapestry that built this monument!…Oh,I got a house full o little girls,this morning…there’s a cubby house in my lounge room!…no wonder I can never find the clothes pegs??? ….xxxxx gen x

  13. avatar
    Richard | 19 August 2007 at 12:26 am #

    the toughest thing would be the perception that Starfish was your finest hour

    you’d need to make sure that every comment about the Starfish songs was referenced to something you’ve done since

    “yeah… that was the sound we perfected on…”

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 12:53 am #

    I saw that show too sk, I have to say I love watching our “Aussie Legends” like Nick Cave get all excited about a song and tell us how it “changed their life forever” musically. Chris Bailey made me laugh when he said how “I knew I was a rock star, when I was swept away by two school girls in Melbourne…haha…boys will be boys!!
    I’d LOVE to see you on that show, smugness and all, please do it!!!
    Love Amanda

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 12:56 am #

    just a little post punk still blips my radar…P.I.L. Public Image Limited “Rise”, “Seattle”, and “Dissappointed”. Nothing else is so remarkable per punk although I know I like some other songs..my little punk interest is? OK I like some Vines, but that’s not truely punk….

    I’m almost positive that you’ll hiss if I mention Grunge in here…I can’t help love Nirvana if you’re going to talk about HARD rock.

    AA

    Love your fun prose today…

    Mimesis: I love it upon first -#? listen and well- it’s a an instant classic all the way through. I’ll listen for years, decades- it’s both contemporary and classic. You’re gonna laugh at my grasping for words here- haha. It’s that beautiful. How Kryptonite of me. uh, um. Did you say somewhere that you don’t like Classical music?

  16. avatar
    lily was here | 19 August 2007 at 1:22 am #

    Brad was funny. What did he say? He “couldnt understand what Chris was saying in Stranded, just the odd word, but as a kid who cares” … .something like that. Ed on guitar, wowee.
    And I changed my mind, us women can do that – you must talk about Starfish. No matter what scenario comes to mind, you have to do it! You can practise here ha! I’d love to know who’d they get on the show?! Where would they start? You’ve influenced hundreds of young bands, let alone your peers. Honestly though, i dont know how they could get it all into a one hour show.

    sue x
    ps b.bon i might be able to make you a copy, email me

  17. avatar
    Mark | 19 August 2007 at 1:25 am #

    Dear Sir,
    My name is Mark and I am writing from Vancouver, Canada.
    I wanted to send you a quick note to tell you how much I enjoyed your blog today.
    I usually tune in everyday.
    Your ‘essays on rock’ are my favourites.
    I have two copies of ‘Starfish’ and it gets my vote for best Australian album.
    And, for what its worth, I used to play ‘Unguarded Moment’ on my radio programme at a little radio station in northern Manitoba twenty three years ago(!)
    I was cheering for you guys then as I do now.
    Please keep up the great work.

    Love and Luck,

    Mark

  18. avatar
    lily was here | 19 August 2007 at 1:46 am #

    ps when you think of Nick Cave & the Birthday Party. Steve, your descriptions of yourself are hilarious, you could interview yourself 🙂

  19. avatar
    Faye | 19 August 2007 at 1:53 am #

    Oh! Do it SK!..The public needs an infusion of class,so desperately..honestly,there’s so much empty music out in the stratosphere!..Knock em DED!..P.S. AA,no-one’s gonna hiss at you for mentioning nirvana here!I once saw a reference to duran duran, on this page,and nobody said anything!I know where you are coming from tho..I’m a bit partial to nirvana as well..also dont mind audioslave,stone temple pilots,screaming trees etc.{there’s something about apassionate, fiery,strong voice that just sends you,yes?{I’m assuming that you are a woman?!}} .have a great day all xo

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 2:02 am #

    very funny, steve, i like sombody who can take the piss a bit…i’d love to see you guys on great australian albums, but c’mon, it’d be a bit hard to pick just one by the church…by the way i quite like the saint’s earlier stuff, like to listen to music that’s ballsy and grunty sometimes…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 2:06 am #

    Yes, faye…I’m a woman and those others you mention also make my rock ‘n roll grove.

    Sue C, He is a Killa talking about himself like that! I saw Letterman last night- the one with John Travolta and David Birdie at the end. They had a top ten “What the pope would say when buying a used car” I could have sworn they were really talking about SK!! “This car hasn’t been washed since the refo:mation” and “God really is my co-pilot” etc…

    Steve: do you have floor to ceiling mirrors on each wall at your place? antiqued of course…

    AA

  22. avatar
    iconoclast | 19 August 2007 at 2:11 am #

    Here Here! i couldnt agree more, it was one hour devoted to the absence of melody in my humble opinion, and who ever said my opinion was humble.
    Take mimesis for example, what a fine bunch of melodic gents!
    cheerio toodle pip then

  23. avatar
    isolde | 19 August 2007 at 2:20 am #

    i thought it was borderline pretentious wank frankly, the whole series a bit contrived and slightly hysterical. the saints were great at pigcity recently and bailey is hilarious, none of which this program showed apart from the lip curl at m.meldrum which was most satisfying

  24. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 19 August 2007 at 2:29 am #

    The music critics and writers love to stereotype and finalize. The Church’s zenith was Starfish? All Church fans know that a minimum of eight post Starfish CDs are better. Jimmy Page is the best living guitarist? He has done nothing for the last twenty years. I know The Church and Jeff Beck rule and they get better with age. This is the truth and Morrissey said the world is ruled by the carnivores and destroyers of this unhappy planet. The funniest author ever was John Kennedy Toole and he killed himself a decade before his one book was published. Van Gogh was despised and did not earn any money from painting when he was alive. I was asked to see Crowded House tonight in Chicago and I said no way because they are just ok computer.

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 2:42 am #

    I reckon The Saints ripped off “Rip Off” by T-Rex to get started, don’t you reckon sk?….what a song!!!
    Have a beautiful Sunday rockstar.
    luv Princey

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 2:45 am #

    I value your opinion as a church fiend above someone banking on their poison pen.

    Can I have yer Crowded House tx?

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 2:48 am #

    and I’ll buy the box set,if I may..?..xxA

  28. avatar
    relic | 19 August 2007 at 2:53 am #

    isolde,i havent seen it but being a “rock star” is a little bit pretentious, nothing new there. They cannot have a series like that and NOT include Starfish.

  29. avatar
    daniel12 | 19 August 2007 at 3:04 am #

    As a tweenange private school boy growing up in brisbane i was ripe for the saints and the pistols(the brisbane public school kids were into kiss)
    It’s kinda embarassing to admit now but it was punk rock which inspired me to take up the guitar.
    However after playing a few weeks i realised that it was mostly
    just bar chord bollocks. I never admited it but the school prog rock kids had a point in assessing the early punk bands as naive garbage. But then there was the Clash. They started out as garagy as the rest but kept growing and impoving at a rapid rate. Where as there contemporaries seemed anable to grow out of fake thrash angst the Clash spearheaded the cross pollination of all sorts of stuff. But just as important back then was that they looked cool too. I was hooked and the saints were a forgotten punk rock footnote. No dissrespect to anyone involved but to hail I’m Stranded as a landmark in Australian rock is just silly.
    Now the episode on Silverchairs Diorama is the one i would like to see. I dont much care what Robert Forster thinks but Van Dyke Parks is someone worth listening too. Diorama is an brilliant record by most rock standards. For a guy in his early 20’s to have made it is quite incredible. Certanly light years ahead of I’m Stranded.
    Sometimes i suspect these ol rockers heap praise on one another because it makes there own work look good. Perhaps the same is true for some frustrated muso journalists.

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 3:04 am #

    xxa..i agree..m a church tragic myself they are the only albums ive ever thought to keep in their sleeves..my other music is cd singles../GBX

  31. avatar
    lily was here | 19 August 2007 at 3:22 am #

    Daniel12, Johns is a genius and Im past the Silverchair generation,I like Diorama more than the new one. Steve, they just cant do a series like this and, putting Starfish aside, … not include The Church. Jest be yourself, you always come across on TV as a natural x

  32. avatar
    Fireseed | 19 August 2007 at 3:28 am #

    looking forward to seeing the show…!

  33. avatar
    melquiades | 19 August 2007 at 3:45 am #

    me-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-eow….

  34. avatar
    A Message from Buckingham Palace | 19 August 2007 at 3:53 am #

    Sir Kilbey…We Love YOU ! Your presence is requested,for high tea!RSVP.

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 3:53 am #

    Hello Isolde.

    B.Bon

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 4:02 am #

    i’m speechless…

  37. avatar
    daniel12 | 19 August 2007 at 4:07 am #

    Hi Lily 1.22

    Yes I agree Diorama is better than the new one. However Diorama seemed to be a great record born out of real personal pain.
    Young Modern seems a good fun pop record made by a happy healthy young man.
    Daniel Johns seems like a very clever likeable chap and he’s a vegan too.
    I’m glad to hear he’s better even if it means he wont make another Diorama.
    I’m way past the Silverchair generation too but Diorama is brilliant. Well worthy of a doco.
    I sort of agree with Nevets regarding I’m Stranded.

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 4:13 am #

    I agree with the majority sk,you should do it..just imagine the initiation,and breaking-in,then liberation of those who would experience the show!.just the idea of it is exciting,and then we’d all get to see your handsome face on the screen…/cw

  39. avatar
    isolde | 19 August 2007 at 5:07 am #

    relic i’m not against the idea of starfish being in a series of great australian albums

    i just didn’t like the aesthetics and production style of this doco series, it was irritating, overblown and poncey

    i did like the production style of the bob dylan doco though I spose that was martin scorcese so there’s the difference

    hello b.bon

  40. avatar
    mel | 19 August 2007 at 5:34 am #

    cheeky productions bear no breeding

  41. avatar
    The cheshire cat | 19 August 2007 at 6:06 am #

    so sweet! i have so many words for how amazing a doco will be,i just don’t know where to start

  42. avatar
    lily was here | 19 August 2007 at 6:34 am #

    Daniel Johns & Steve Kilbey together, now there’s a combination I’d love.

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 6:37 am #

    Hi sk, can you post us a photo or sumthink? Pleeease:)
    Luv from your friend and fiend amanda

  44. avatar
    the cheshire cat | 19 August 2007 at 6:47 am #

    Um?..my whiskers are tingling,have you been trying to say that you don’t wish to disclose UTMW?didja?..now or zen? x silly o me to ask……but?

  45. avatar
    paul lightfoot | 19 August 2007 at 7:29 am #

    yeah, The Saints, like I said to you walkin from the airport to the carpark.. Like The Arctic Monkeys, I don’t understand The Saints either, or understand what all the fuss is about. The Saints make my prostrate, or the rear exit nearby, active if anything.

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 7:37 am #

    lily….spot on.it’s something that’d warm the cockels of my heart,as well x

  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 9:11 am #

    SK, did you see the lovely words on your singles collection in the SMH yesterday from Mr Zuel?

    I’ve always liked him, that Bernard…

    B.Bon

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 9:17 am #

    however doris – i do believe the blog has done the demystification already – kilbey might as well go and tv and tug beard thoughtfully

  49. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 19 August 2007 at 9:22 am #

    I’m totally at a loss re: the Saints. But your “Sunday morning coming down” made me think of one of my all-time favourite songs. Written, I believe by Kris Kristofferson, and sung most brilliantly of course, by the late, great Johnny Cash. This is rather off the topic, but c’est la vie. Carry on!
    Denise 🙂
    xxoo

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 9:23 am #

    Ed Kuepper came and played at my university in the 80’s. He was good but only played for about 20 minutes – the manager of the uni social club went apeshit, stomped into whatever passed as a dressing room for visiting artists, and demanded he come back out and do some more – and he did

  51. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 9:33 am #

    AA..do you like classical music?..I love MOST music{coz ya can’t actually call some rubbish that gets released these days MUSIC} I am more fond of intelligent/stylized{stylish?} kinda punk,than what i hear as “a bunch of pissheads with untuned guitars and serious brain malfunctions”..I think that an artistic statement doesn’t need to be so “in yer face”in style..the music’s intention should just naturally flow throu,without being so contrived…I once upon a time,had a cd in my collection by Malcolm McLaren…It was a fusion of classical,and electric guitars..I think it was ok?I only got to listen to it one or two times,before it got pinched,at a party.have you ever heard of it?if so,is it worth tracking down?.I used to enjoy playing a rocky electric guitar, and singing over some old jazz toons{like “stormy weather”,and a couple of gershwin and cole porter numbers}and then,well,that ‘d make me want to paint,again..oh,the upward spiral of inspiration…is exhilirating,isn’t it?..good morning,beautiful one!{i really don’t know what the time is ,where you are?but I’ll imagine the sunlight on your face,as you read this…love ..xxxgenx

  52. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 9:41 am #

    probably a bit too ‘rock’ for a lot here but theres a great collection of oz punk, post-punk and indie called – Do the Pop(its on amazon.co.uk) – oh yes – and the saints were indeed a one trick pony – they made quite an impression in the uk, however, where they were quite well liked by a lot of the original london punks (mind you, thats no ringing endorsement,those fuckers loved dub reggae – the most overrated form of music in the world – with the possible exception of northern soul (or in fact, any soul at all))

  53. avatar
    Beach route | 19 August 2007 at 9:43 am #

    KNOW ..WAY??!!!{smiling}get outta here!……how many SAINTS does it take to make a CHURCH?

  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 11:25 am #

    AA…I realize it probably is an out there question to ask,about malcolm mclaren,but i figured you,as an artist{who ALSO shares a love for sk and the church},would/might have come across some unique things even if only once in a blue moon.there’s an intense beauty that arises from contrasts harmonizing..see you at the bar at the end of the universe,my lovely!apparently…drinks are on the house!…xxx genx p.s. i still dont know how to drive this “blog community thing”…sometimes i fear that my contrasts will never intercept,when it comes to computers{but i’m not doin too bad,i’d say}

  55. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 11:32 am #

    can you stop having these conversations here gen and aa. thats what email is for.

  56. avatar
    thickhead | 19 August 2007 at 11:42 am #

    It’s REMOTE Luxury, dummy.

  57. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 11:50 am #

    Ok, it’s time to ‘fess – I don’t reckon much to Priest=Aura and never did. I don’t like Jay Dee’s drumming, I don’t like the swirling, heady, liquid production, there’s a lot of “fuck it, this’ll do” lyrics (‘they worshipped the son of the evil one’, for fuck’s sake?) or half-arsed bits of old proverbs cobbled together instead of lyrics, there’s too many songs with great verses and poor choruses or vice versa, as if the good bits were shared out instead of being focused, and Nightmare and Fog weren’t on it! I DO like the last part of Aura, all of Paradox, Swan Lake and Kings, the first half of Chaos, and i LOVE Film. I know this makes me a heretic to you fanboys and yesmen but fuck it.

  58. avatar
    baffled | 19 August 2007 at 11:59 am #

    As fuckin IF Steve Kilbey (of ALL people!)is ever going to go out and strip away every layer of ambiguity and dreamtime otherworldliness he’s imbued his songs with!
    As the man himself once said:
    he wants you to see the swan floating serenely and looking magnificent, NOT the two poor feet flapping ten to the dozen beneath the pond scum!
    Anyone here actually listen to and take on board what this man tells you?

  59. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 12:07 pm #

    The only one of these sort of programmes I’ve liked was on Lou’s Transformer. There was a great bit where he pulled out all the instruments on Perfect Day except for Mick Ronson’s string arrangement. Lou had clearly never heard it like that and there was a genuine look of ‘What ? Fuck !’ on his face followed by a faraway expression and the comment ‘Boy, Ronson’s good…’.
    Pity Bowie won’t admit it too.

  60. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 12:12 pm #

    Yeah, probably. I’m over it now though. Sorry guys!

  61. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 12:13 pm #

    9.59pm

    ten to the dozen?

  62. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 12:14 pm #

    There’s some famous graffiti made by Lord Byron in a cave called The Devil’s Arse in Castleton, Derbyshire. I saw it. My oath upon it, sirrah!

  63. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 12:15 pm #

    SK!..there’s some really uptight folks here tonight…I dont know why they waste so much energy on negativity!?!You are such a clever,and talented,and beautiful man…I wish they’d all rack off!….CW

  64. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 12:18 pm #

    You mean you don’t have ‘ten to the dozen’ in your armoury of antiquated slang?! Must be North of England thing, I guess. Sorry, Steve, relevancy meter plummeting, I know…

  65. avatar
    emily teechen | 19 August 2007 at 12:55 pm #

    God I wish some of you folks would get your hands off it, yours and Sk’s…

    Weren’t your ever stuck in some wasteland feeling totally excommunicated from the world and pissed off as all get out? Like society was a bus you wanted to miss, like you wanted to break wondows of the dopey shops just by looking at them?

    Life changed when I heard “I’m Stranded”, one of the few 45rpms I have kept, and “Know Your Product” not only ramped the jizz but it was “Can’t Get No Satisfaction”, but smarter:

    Yeah
    All right
    Sing it up, west coast
    Too much!

    I’m just sitting in my chair when a voice comes on the air
    Says “Why don’t you try it? You’ll feel allright!”
    “Got some great new brand of smokes
    “Cool your head and clear your throat
    “Keeps you young and so in touch.”

    Cheap advertising, you’re lying
    Never gonna get me what I want
    I said, smooth talking, brain washing
    Ain’t never gonna get me what I need

    “Our new soap that’s peachy keen saves your soul and keeps you clean
    “It’s recommended, used by the queen
    “Gonna improve your IQ, help in everything you do
    “It’s economic, don’t cost too much.”

    Said advertising, you’re lying
    Never gonna give me what I want
    I said, smooth talking, brain washing
    Ain’t never gonna get me what I need

    I said take it,
    Come on,
    Soul man.
    Let’s shoot the professor!
    Alright!

    I’m just sitting in my chair when a voice comes on the air
    Says “Why don’t you try it? You’ll feel allright!”
    “It’s a great new brand of smokes
    “Cool your head and clears your throat
    “Keeps you young and so in touch.”

    Said advertising, you’re lying
    You’re never gonna give me what I want
    I said smooth talking, brain washing
    You’re never gonna get me what I need

    What do I care?
    Yeah! Hey man,
    Where’s the professor?
    We need him now!
    Gonna tell you ’bout them
    Yeah we take it all the way ’round the world
    For that west coast feel
    Yeah man.
    Yeah everything, let it out
    It’s not what you love
    Look out on the radio
    All right.
    Yeah.
    Yeah…

    and the words don’t and never will describe that big mass horn riff in that wry soul-punk pop song with a punk razor riff kind enough to spark Nirvana… Man, so many of you guys have just missed out on a whole tap-vein of rock… It’s fun, and tongue-in-cheek, and it has soul…. and not a jingle or a damn jangle in sight. Awright! messing’ With the Kid, Ghost Ships, Just Like fire Would, all Ed’s wierd and wondeful genre, life-shanging music. And I mean shanging!

    And get Starfish on there if you’re asked… Hey, what’s the big deal?????

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    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 1:00 pm #

    ten to the dozen?…do you like Victor Borge?…you really have to have mastered a medium,before you can fein perfect oblivion{the clever ones ,twist for fun!}…I saw that genx,either ..meant to use the adjective “timeless”,when regarding a clock,or it could have been a subconscious ,surrealist word association…it was very funny,,and left me wondering how she got it so right,and so absurd,at the same time ,doesn’t matter anyway,it mystified me for a while?…all of your lyrics have always been bullseyes,and a million miles above the rest Steve!../xxA

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    Dinosaur Swamp | 19 August 2007 at 1:17 pm #

    Hey, and other classic elpee TV shows that worked… Steely Dan’s AJA, one recently on Frank Zappa & the Mothers – a coupla albums… Are You Experienced with Jimi…It’s just so great to hear what’s on the other tracks, and what went down at the time, and the things that didn’t work, or that worked but were too much… Of course, SK would have to gaff tape his mouth when it came to Waddy words, wouldn’t he now? (Better get a lawyer son, better get a real good one, in the words of the Beasts of Bourbon)…

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    Anakki Mayhem | 19 August 2007 at 1:40 pm #

    i watched too… i was just a kid when i’m stranded first came out & it, along with a bunch of other punk stuff sparked my interest in music… & then came the church & i fell completely in love with music.
    methinx for the church to be on classic australian albums they would need to devote a whole series of at least 22 eps to cover most of the important output of a band that proves you can create a brilliant first album & then go on to keep creating more brilliant albums – each one different from the last… how could anyone ever pick just one??? anyhow, it sounds good to me – i’ll watch every ep.
    xxA
    ps: the blurred crusade is still my sentimental fave… the very first record i ever bought with my own money! 🙂

  69. avatar
    Faye | 19 August 2007 at 1:58 pm #

    there’s the most delightful sprinkling of rain on my tin roof,and The Church’s “song for the asking” is helping me to drift off into an otherworld. neither the harsh sounds of The saints,nor the too smooth “Japan” could finish this day off,the way the gods intended! xxoo

  70. avatar
    sharka | 19 August 2007 at 2:20 pm #

    Kilbey- you did everything right.

  71. avatar
    飞翔 | 19 August 2007 at 2:28 pm #

    and we love you.

  72. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 2:30 pm #

    Hey! that zappa n jimi doco sounds good..I’ve always found that alot of those kind of doco’s are just missing a certain something..be an awesome show to see if it could be made by a “trusted” fan of the music{say someone who actually LOVED jimi and zappa}and exhibit some of the facts and mechanisms that is not generally known by the public..if the producers had the integrity of the music in mind,instead of the fame and money they would receive for making it,it would resonate much more with me….I aint seen it before!..but I want to*!

  73. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 2:48 pm #

    and maybe, if i could
    i would…
    but
    you escaped
    then regreted even before … what?
    why?
    was you writing just for writing?
    or… something else i don’t really know?

  74. avatar
    the wicked witch in the west | 19 August 2007 at 2:49 pm #

    that was a swimming pool!* your space on the album show,would kill em with magic,and sweetness, sk!

  75. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 2:51 pm #

    answer me, tim. if you are.

  76. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 2:53 pm #

    the saints are fools. because they are saints.

  77. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 2:57 pm #

    places i want to go,with dante.i’ve not been before,i have expressed visions of locations in music,that i have never experienced. ..only dreamed{?}dance with me?

  78. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 3:02 pm #

    and with dante and jrr alone

  79. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 3:07 pm #

    it must have been the saddest days in my life you must know…

  80. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 3:19 pm #

    we do love you so much sk!..xxxoooplease never get dis-heartened,ever again.it brings a flood of tears to my eyes..

  81. avatar
    NickF | 19 August 2007 at 3:21 pm #

    I’d like to see a tv special on “starfish”. please!

  82. avatar
    ben | 19 August 2007 at 3:26 pm #

    having a good laugh on thia one

  83. avatar
    andmoreagain | 19 August 2007 at 3:28 pm #

    Obviously go with yer usual impeccable instincts that resulted in more Priests than Fixs. You know what to do my boy.

  84. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 3:30 pm #

    anything AND everything you want,and need SK,is yours..know that!definitely,a “best aussie albums”calibre band..it’s all here and waiting for you../JB

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    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 3:34 pm #

    You guys are so funny. Ive been reading Steve Kilbeys interviews and listening to him on radio shows etc etc etc for years AND years and no matter what is said it still doesnt demystify his work
    for me. So, youu cant do that in one tv show.

  86. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 3:42 pm #

    has anyone seen the marty willson piper ” saves the show ” clip on youtube from the Bowery!?

  87. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 3:44 pm #

    the saints actually sucked, if they were’nt aussies nobody would have paid attention……

  88. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 3:45 pm #

    AA…gee ,hope we don’t get in trouble again!….I’ve got a friend who kindly took photos of my artworks last weekend…but she’s quite ill with flu,and I wouldn’t hound her to hurry up the emailing etc..but I’ll maybe put them at a site that you could find ,and tell you the link?…xxx sweet dreams time for me very soon,i feel love,genx

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    andmoreagain | 19 August 2007 at 4:19 pm #

    The things about polls and critics is so few of ’em have an original opinion. Hence, Stone Roses were the greatest ever while House of Love or the Church weren’t important at all. They’re so scared of looking “un-hip” that they follow blindly whatever other critics are saying without really listening to the music. Robert Christgau has a couple of books on the seventies, eighties and nineties that state some real opinions. His review of Starfish amused me greatly. It was something along the lines of:
    Anyone who likes it “has his or her [tastes] stuck in the sixties and up his/her ass respectively.”
    His review of Remote Luxury was kinder but in a dismissive kind of way. Priest=Aura? Not even reviewed. Jack Frost-Snow Job gets this little nugget:
    “It’s 1993. Grant McLennan of the much-mourned Go-Betweens metts Steve kilbey of the barely missed Chuch for a second one-off…By McLennan’s standards, it’s hokey, mysterioso, fulla keybs.Yet its schlock diposability and glam brio generate the crass charm McLennan’s class act too often avoids.”
    Wonder who’s responsible for the ‘mysterioso’ sound that he’s damning with faint praise. And the ‘barely missed Church’? As far as most American critics were concerned they’d faded into obscurity already.
    Speaking of Jack Frost. I remember seeing them on a late night post Arsenio Hall talk show that was hosted by various no names. The host, some obnoxious comedian, asked them “so who’s Jacky and who’s Frosty.” Remember that one Kilbster? No wonder you’re so nervous about entering into the T.V. world again with situations like that in your past. Yer instincts have always yielded a lot more Auras than Fixs when you’ve heeded ’em. I’m sure you know what to do better than any of us.
    luv dunc

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    sharka | 19 August 2007 at 4:44 pm #

    I would love to see a show about Starfish.

    A cast of thousands, a visit to LA, talking to waddy watchel…

    Yes, it sounds good to me!

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    gareth,notts | 19 August 2007 at 6:19 pm #

    i always thought the saints were ok but preferred the more melodic stuff mid-late 80’s…would love to see all these shows on aussie bands/albums and The Church should be top of their list!

  92. avatar
    knot | 19 August 2007 at 6:21 pm #

    no saints in california

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    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 6:24 pm #

    It never mattered to me what genre- if it were cool, I’d play it on air from shoe-gaze to garage to glam, grunge, dark rock, ambient, punk, funk, soul, jazz, rock-a-billy, avante garde, classical. I was firstly concerned with a great show- I had to be ecclectic to gleen the best songs from the best artists- I always had my show in the top three of fifty with this performa.

    I played the Church and all side projects, Talk Talk, James, House of Love, Blur, The Left Bank, Small Faces, Viva Saturn, Nirvana, MudHoney, Mark Lannegan, American Music Club, Straight Jacket Fits, Pain Teens, Melvins, Drunken Boat, The Verve, Phsychic TV, Johanna’s House of Glam, Mumbles, Treat Her Right, Stone Temple Pilots, Uncle Tupelo, Yo Le Tengo, Keith Jarrett, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Wes Montgomery, Dave Brubeck, Cal Tjader, Ry Cooder, Red House Painters, MC 900ft Jesus, The Charletans, The Chameleons, The Soft Boys, Robin Hitchcock, The Nits, The Young Gods, Daniel Lanois, Yello, Art of Noise, Julian Cope, Dudes of Stratosphere, Clan of Xymox, Durritti Column, Eric Satie…..I’ve neglected many, my regrets.

    Wish I had time for a show these days, maybe later! I hear Bobby Dylan has a show on XM radio.

    If you get a chance, go for the Doco Steve or whatever feels good! I hope I can get connected to OZ TV by then! The world gets smaller by the minute so maybe an american-austrailian conglomerate TV will happen?

    genx- I’m working on my website…so, soon we’ll have another tea room!

    AA

  94. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 7:47 pm #

    Hello Jeanz…nice to see you

    AA

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    CSTCoach | 19 August 2007 at 8:44 pm #

    Nice to see doris and boris again. its been a while…

    Yer bloody nightmare of someone stealing the Falcon invaded my dream last night. I was just tooling through some weird place with strange characters, trying to figure things out, when i heard some strange looking international type thugs talking about stealing cars, and i coulda sworn they said “falcon”. I remember thinking, shit, i wonder if that’s steve’s falcon? I’ll look for the bumper sticker, then i’ll know for shore. Of course i immediately dispatched the room full of thugs, grabbed one, vanquished and bleeding, and made him open the crate with the car. It wasn’t your falcon but some sorta brand new jeep-like design. Good news is that I somehow knew the customs guy, and got him to redirect the shipment to your place. So look for a shiny new jeep-like vehicle in a dream sometime soon… 😉

  96. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 9:21 pm #

    AA…I just knew that I loved you,from the first time I laid my X-ray vision on your soul…your music collection sounds very impressiveI haven
    ‘t thought of some of these names for years..art of noise? well!that’s an album or 2 that i had forgotten about…mmm and alot of your others,and too much more{i know}my daughter loves it when I dress up like a cat and do “stray cat strut”.anyway,we’re probably going to get our bottoms smacked,for this kinda conversation,so?….reply to me,and if sk has any grievances with our chatting,then he{I’m sure} can intervene…until another time,and tea room!sounds heavenly!….xxxlove,genx

  97. avatar
    steve kilbey | 19 August 2007 at 9:43 pm #

    gen x
    consider yer arse well n truly smacked

  98. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 10:55 pm #

    We do spanking here now….I thought that was another blog.

    There goes the neighbourhood!

    B.Bon

  99. avatar
    dROPfRAME | 19 August 2007 at 11:04 pm #

    Ha Ha – Doris and Boris – I know them.
    Thanks to this message board I have just turned onto Somewhere, Anytime – an album that left me cold when I gave it an ear in 94 – that was a big oversight, this album freakin rules – Fly Home is absolutely brilliant. Please come back to Orc-land Steve with the band and play this soon. Kings Arms in Newton is waiting for ya

  100. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2007 at 11:16 pm #

    Hooray!!, genx (plus all her other “alias” comments) and AA banished with their crap from the time being…about bloody time


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