posted on November 25, 2007 at 2:51 am

writing songs la la la
jamming good with weird and timmy
playing a bit of lead guitar
after all these years
at last i’m getting better
at least i’m getting better
people write in
dont reveal the process
other people say
tell us everything
explain it
unravel it
people say
play the song we know
people say
play the song we dont know
people say
be proud
be humble
some say too much
some say too little
i have stifled the fucking clamour of those voices in my head
i understand the principle of too much info
i remember what i said
yes i remember the people i was seeing
yes i remember everything
i take it all in
some one says
from where does your bottomless well of insp. spring ?
it springs from everlasting love, lady
it springs from my ceaseless stumbling around
crashing into songs
capturing blogges from the aether
whipping the little devils into shape
yeah yeah
i know you wanna know bout the songs we’re writing
not my rapper-like ability to spin a bullshit yarn
aggrandizing my stupid self
they were electric
brutal for my part some of them
i wrang the guitars neck and stepped on the peddles
i sang whatever came into my head
which was almost everything
nodded off over a piano giving me the cold shoulder
pummeled the bass cuffed it round the ears
i only feel like a real man
when i”m insinuating myself threw the air
a low sonic barrage
heat up and sweat i do
we hammer at a sigur ros like thing for about an hour
it seems like life on earth must change
i sit in carpark doing yoga twists
and i hear the morbid repulsive drone of heavy metal bands rehearsing
i hate metal
butterscotch with gills
what ever
i loathe it
even more than doof doof
music for teenage boys
made by silly old geezers like metallica
didja see their dvd with the shrinks and stuff…?
how could ya watch that
and then take all the ridiculous posturing seriously
they are all almost….effeminate
oh what a waste of time
of course they are like ravi shankar
compared to sydneys 4th rate metal bands
deafening each other in a black box out here in rehearsaland
all singing in that silly voice
you know the one
the one where youre POSSESSED!
ooh how scary
ooh how original
ooh how horrible to have to hear it
the moronic fundamentalist satanism of it
i mean
i dont know the dev. personally
but i’m sure
he gets a giggle out of this anxiety inducing bilge
a sample lyric:
im a decaying beelzebub with bubonic plague
im frying in the deepest pit of the abyss
im a sulphur spitting monster zombie gangland dog
now lil baby, can i get a kiss
i’m a pus dripping vampires afterbirth pickled in newts piss
im a worm eating yer guts in a vomit puddle
im a skellington rider eating little girls for brekkie
cmon lil honey, just gimme a cuddle
satan is a mofo
cos hell just aint like home
and the rotten carcass corpses demon fire skull
and garden gnome

see what i mean?
(actually…..hmmmm…maybe on to something…)
thats it
im sitting at the rehearsal studio in alexandria
getting readsy to pull my genius suit on
its all crumpled and torn

52 Responses to “again, a flimsy blogge”

  1. avatar
    Richard | 25 November 2007 at 3:35 am #

    the best genius suits are well worn, with patched elbows and forgotten stuff in their pockets

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    Anonymous | 25 November 2007 at 4:09 am #

    i’m sorry,but your “metal” lyrics have my cheeks burning with laughter!!!please dont even bloody consider it,ya wally! we like our sk smooth and wicked,not possessed with too much riddelen,and red jellybeans,and teenage hormones…it must be torture to have to walk through that energy whilst trying to keep your “gorgeous day to make a song “vibe…or then again,it may be just what the doctor ordered….a gen-izm?”one should lead by an example to those around you…..or at least a dire bloody great warning”did you forget that you are the church?banish the EVIL ONES…give em some flowers,thats what i would do!nah! actually ,i think i’d try to pretend they werent there either…oi! steven!…i dropped some priceless roman coins,and a few gems in the inspiration well for you…hope the ducks cant dive too deep,they might eat em…have a brilliant day Mr K. love to you,as always,gen xxxxx

  3. avatar
    chump | 25 November 2007 at 4:36 am #

    Give SK Fuel!
    Give SK Fire!
    Give SK that which he desires….

  4. avatar
    veleska1970 | 25 November 2007 at 4:52 am #

    writing and jamming your genius music amidst all that tripe going on around you. how do you do it??

    and “flimsy blogge”~~?? steve, you are ANYTHING but. don’t underestimate yourself. 🙂 just the fact that you take the time out of your busy day to jot down a few lines means a helluva lot. keep doing what you do.

    lotza love….

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    ben | 25 November 2007 at 4:53 am #

    yea too much work to fake it every night, dont see how some those bands continue even for a short time, without mentioning metallica. im not smart, but the truth bears examination, and it seems people choose ignorance with music to further personal ambition. seperation is the fight,for what cause is the search. if done with truth and deed together, the music cannot be termed or dated. anything else is its opposite.

  6. avatar
    JONNY NOT YET SO HOLLYWOODISH | 25 November 2007 at 4:58 am #

    write on esskay, write on…
    Ne ik’O’

  7. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 25 November 2007 at 5:26 am #

    Great blog today SK in reference to metal music. AC/DC is the biggest band in Australia’s History. They suck big time. Angus Young is actually a very good guitarist but the late Mr. Scott and the current Brian Johnson’s vocals were and are literally noise pollution. When I had front row seats for Led Zepp in 1979 it was amazing to notice that Bonham and Jones were much better than Page and Plant. The music industry is who you know not how intrinsically good you are. Mutt Lange made AC/DC and Def Leppard and Nigel Godrich made Radiohead. The latter do merit some of their fame!

    The new Prime Minister is signing the Kyoto accord. That’s good ! It puts a major ecological onus on George W. Bush.

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    Centuryhouse | 25 November 2007 at 6:07 am #

    Ha, love your death metal lyrics 🙂

    Yeah, the whole ‘cookie monster’ vocal thing is such a fake, put on voice it’s hard to see how anyone takes it seriously.


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    captain mission | 25 November 2007 at 7:17 am #

    ‘death metal’ what the fucks that, is that some sort of new type of heavey metal music?. it’s amazing how all these different names are invented for types of music, its time to invent some new ones.

    i think:
    ‘love transfusion blues’
    ‘blakian warlock tribal’
    ‘post coital disco’
    ‘pre cotial trance’
    ‘arbitory sunsplash pop’
    ‘neo freudian goth’

    that should keep the ‘marketing’ people busy or at least confused.

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 November 2007 at 7:52 am #

    i’m a metalbaby and The Church is my fave band ever ever ever… u guys also play metal better than Metallica… i’ve heard u do it at soundcheck many many moons ago… AND i remember The Church live on stage back in the early 90s – a powerhouse of drums and bass and guitars & your compelling & unique voice – all washing out over the audience in waves! In the audience at many shows i went to i recognized as your audience most of the local metal scene all captivated by your show… (Remember Fraulein – that song has lured many a metal fan to a Church show where they’ve quickly become the converted… And I’ve NEVER seen u play that one live!) Metal, space rock, psychedelic rock, acoustic revisions of previous gems, whatever u choose to do – u r a genius – & your band is the most magical in existence! And who cares for the categories – your music is amazing & continues to amaze – that’s all that matters!

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    craig1.618 | 25 November 2007 at 8:22 am #

    bullseye with the metal crap
    like a fucking cookie cutter
    i don’t personally no the dev either
    but i would have to think what a useless lot
    those posturing wannabes
    would be in the dev’s eyes
    if they only knew the trouble they are conjuring
    up for themselves
    ya know…….like attracting like

    aether and it’s universe
    granting all those wishes

  12. avatar
    davem | 25 November 2007 at 8:47 am #

    Glad it’s going well Killa.
    If you happen to get served amnesia I’ll be happy to remind you that you’re genius.

  13. avatar
    fantasticandy | 25 November 2007 at 9:56 am #

    let’s face it, call a band ‘metallica’ and youv’e painted yourselves into a corner before ever playing a note!
    i rather like the idea of the tattered genius suit, mine fell apart years ago.
    grab what you can from the ether,
    that’s my motto!
    much love to all,
    andy L.

  14. avatar
    Ethereal Butterfly | 25 November 2007 at 10:37 am #

    This butterfly’s just returned (with a sore neck from dancing too muchly) from the Queenscliff Music Fest (……… Killa got a mention by one of Aus’ treasured indigenous old Bards; Kev Carmody, “ Steve Kilbey, from The Church, has done a beautiful rendition of my/this song ‘Images of London’ on my album, ‘Cannot Buy My Soul’ – the songs of KC performed by Aus artists.” & exceedingly beautiful the rendition is too in my humble view. For those outside & inside of OZ this is fest is very laid back, but well organised, in a gorgeous historic coastal township & a fantastic way to live & breath OZ music, always held in the last week of November. Highlights for me were; Spectrum- they were big in the mid 60s (a bit b4 my time) but they must have been one of Oz’s seminal Psychedelic bands? All old hippies (and some not so old yet)really let their music lead us into another place, Mia Dyson – very earthy alt-country rock, blues woman was awesome! Dave Steel, a veteran OZ performer has much integrity as a blues guitarist singer & as much presence, Danced muchly to My friend the Choc Cake – they were excellent! The band ‘Even’ was a real classic rock highlight & got everybody in that venue partying. The real surprise for me was when at 9pm, Sat nite, the mc announced the ‘fall of the Roman Empire’ & that the seat of Bennelong (The Prime minister’s electorate) had been lost (or should he have said found?) then on came Paul Kelly to begin his set with Kev Carmody’s ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’. Kelly had changed some of the words to relate to the potential for positivism re the change in OZ political direction (not that I could work out all of the words, but heard Howard’s name a few times) and the audience just went off – he was fantastic – (my response to his performance was not what I expected at all – thought he would be just ok but not my fav), he really is a consummate performer & an another old OZ Bard, if you are in the mood for rock/blues ballads.
    Re the discussion on Death Metal- yeah I was being ‘Headucated’ on this at school the other day – student’s were trying to turn me on to it, but it was truly heartening to see soooooooo many young people ( and many young at heart and older in body than me) at the QMF over the weekend – the youngen’s parents are to be congratulated – there is hope for the love of the future of OZ and authentic music. My teenage sons certainly had a great time & they didn’t originally want to go, (too many other social & hobbies) even tho one of them is a muso! But their keen as mustard now……….. Music speaks to the soul……….. E.B

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 November 2007 at 10:49 am #

    i must say i just about pissed myself laughing with your ‘metal’ lyrics…i think the whole metal thing’s a bit of a wank…
    go ahead and heat up and sweat, baybee…get those endorphins and alpha waves happening…
    kevin rudd can’t be all bad, we’ve got a woman deputy prime minister…you go, sister…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

  16. avatar
    Klink | 25 November 2007 at 10:53 am #

    Right…. Matt MADE AC/DC and Nigel MADE Radiohead… pffft.


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    12str | 25 November 2007 at 10:55 am #

    black,speed,death metal…what a load of shit that is… but everytime we put it on stage we sell out the place…over a 1000 people every occasion..and what a strange crowd it is… they look like something out of a horror movie..they look like theyre going to kill you without a doubt…but they are the nicest people seriously!we have more problem with the kids on a regular nightclub evening…they sell dope, get into fights,drink to much, trash the place and are a menace in general…the metal fans are into the music how silly it may seem and theyre queing for hours just to get a glimpse of their heroes wich usually as you say are tired old farts with no interest in the artistic bit what so ever..theyre just in it for the doe..we had twisted sister here a week ago.. wigs, silly make up and and a crowd just waiting for them to play “i wanna rock” and “We´re not gonna take it” its pathetic but it sells…w.a.s.p a couple of days later..Blackie Lawless what an idiot!!they arrived late for soundcheck,making threats about not playing if there were people taking photos during the concert..complaining about everything…lousy dressingrooms,crappy food, cold weather,no one of the staff beeing allowed in the concert hall during soundcheck..and so on…its a funny buissness this…but i love it…

    doomsday Pat

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 November 2007 at 12:16 pm #

    …more of the worm vomit etc.

    I was just getting interested.


  19. avatar
    nickfiction | 25 November 2007 at 1:05 pm #

    I saw that horrible Metallica movie. It’s too bad about them….. they made one of the finest ” metal ” albums ever. They should have watched that before they released it . I wonder wwhy you hate metal so? There are many thoughtful metal bands out there with a ton of class. I have been a ” metalist ” for years playing all over the world . But my favourite band is still ” the church “

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    persephone2u | 25 November 2007 at 1:16 pm #

    Rhyming home with garden gnome hahahahaha! Love it!! What a bunch of silly posers. I saw the Metallica documentary earlier this year as I was told it was a comedy in and of itself. My God, thought I, surely this can’t be for real?! It was more Spinal Tap than Spinal Tap, but without the humor or genius of Christopher Guest and cool props of Stonehenge.

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 November 2007 at 3:46 pm #

    Comerford, you are an idiot. AC/DC was (not any more) a great, great band in the 70s. Wake up.

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    knot me | 25 November 2007 at 4:36 pm #

    Adramelech at Starbucks
    Xaphan over at McDonald’s getting a number 2 meal
    Moloch buying something plastic for his babies

    When do these guys have time for heavy metal?

  23. avatar
    steve kilbey | 25 November 2007 at 8:26 pm #

    the sight of that horrible olde codger in ac/dc
    the one with the hat
    and ann-gus young
    sitting on his back
    53 wearing a school uniform
    and then
    a sea of teenage boys
    cheering them on……
    fucking hell
    freud could have had a field day
    a disgustin’ spectacle
    music by morons for morons
    why did the lord take jeff buckley and grant….?
    i woulda swapped every metal knucklehead in the world for them
    that olde ‘orrible poofy twit in jude-arse priest
    coulda been 1st…..

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    I keep a stiff upper lip | 25 November 2007 at 9:01 pm #

    When that orrible poofy twit in jude-arse priest came out of the closet it gave whole new meaning to the title of their album
    “point of entry” anyway…metal in all its forms appeal to young males
    who are dealing with hormones and aggression and I can see why young men are attracted to metallica and the like and acdc I was one. however there are a lot of misogynistic overtones and degradation of women in the lyrics in metal and the ilk. And really if you are over the age of 24 and still digging it well thats pretty pathetic. Does not take alot of talet to come up with lyrics like “lets get it up” or “working double time on the seduction line” it was fine when i was in my youth, now its just sad, I mean really “I keep a stiff upper lip” the double meaning is funny if you are 13 or 14 but for a grown man its a shame.


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    Anonymous | 25 November 2007 at 10:43 pm #

    well???….i suppose you could take heart,and hope that these “boys” are at school today!…you have managed to find beauty and magic under some of the most treacherous times…inspiration is a by-product of magic and beauty SK!…a brillig day to all…love,as always, xxxxx neg

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 November 2007 at 11:16 pm #


  27. avatar
    bob clearmountain | 26 November 2007 at 12:18 am #

    “on the alpine drive…” i liked that one.

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 November 2007 at 12:45 am #


    Dutch Pierre

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    daniel12 | 26 November 2007 at 12:47 am #

    Sorry guys but i think your all missing something with AC/DC.
    What your missing is the Joke.
    AC/DC have always been brimming with toungue in cheek humour.
    Just the other week i heard dirty deeds for the first time in years. It gave me belly laughs the whole way through.The band have allways presented themselves as a cartoon and it’s really rather silly to dissect them on terms of artistry and intellectual merit. It just good fun headbanging rock n roll and there very good at it. You don’t sell over 100 million records for nothing. Keith Richards favorite live band , I wouldn’t turn down a ticket either. AC/DC Rock ! . Back in Blacks a classic.

  30. avatar
    steve kilbey | 26 November 2007 at 1:01 am #

    oh its a joke….?
    alright then

  31. avatar
    ticker | 26 November 2007 at 1:10 am #

    you’re both in the entertainment business, no better or worse than each other.Try and keep an open mind, even if it dosen’t push your buttons no need to slag all the guys that like it. and there are a few million of them at least. they give their fans wghat they want and so do you. pretty boring world otherwise.

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 November 2007 at 1:33 am #

    I hope Marty’s there.
    Surely you can love & labour at the same time.

    Dutch Pierre

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 November 2007 at 1:35 am #

    Wot about Slipknot?

    Now there’s a horrible fucking sound.

    Dutch Pierre

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    lily was here | 26 November 2007 at 1:50 am #

    oops too much information, delete. Me not you.

    I dont think ACDC were a deliberate joke, and the school uniform just a bit of fun that he now has to live with? More heavy rock than metal.

    A crumpled genius suit would suit you nevets. A bit of steam in the studio and she’ll be right. Yes Marty’s here now Dutch.

    ps there’s a guitar bit by AccaDacca that i love.. the beginning of the Rock’n’roll aint noise pollution one.. but then the singing starts 🙁 Steve, you should play that riff at the Divinyls gig ha ha ha .. Chrissy Amphlett intentionally copied the school uniform from Angus Young.

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    eek | 26 November 2007 at 2:04 am #

    Oh that was funny! I was laughing my head off reading those “lyrics.”

    Never having been a teenaged boy I think I’m missing what it takes to get the allure of metal so even metal that’s considered ok makes me cringe. But really bad metal bands (as so perfectly described by SK) are hilarious. Unintentionally hilarious at that which of course makes them even more funny.

    Your description reminds me of the time I was stuck at an event where a gospel/praise/devotional/whatever-the-hell-it’s-called singer performed for hours. She was hideous, absolutely hideous. By the end of it (she did four hour long sets with half hour breaks all afternoon) I just couldn’t stop laughing because it was so amazingly bad. I’m sure her singing inspired many prayers that day — “oh god, make it stop” or “please god kill me now” — but I don’t think that’s quite what they were going for.

    At least maybe the metal kids will grow out of it.

    And for me no matter how much or how little about the creating and recording process you tell here the music is still fresh and unblemished when I hear it. 🙂

  36. avatar
    daniel12 | 26 November 2007 at 2:17 am #

    Yes a joke, Really.

    My dad was a lawyer who sometimes had to represent the most odious small thime thugs the suburbs had to offer. It really ate at him and he hated it.
    As a young man he had wanted to be a saxoponist and he had generally sopisticated tastes in music.
    AC/DC was the exeption and he particullary loved Dirty Deeds.
    For people who haven’t grown up in the Australian suburbs it might be a little hard to understand but the thugs n’d miscreant’s that continually reappear in AC/DC songs are strait from the Australian badlands. To my dad at least AC/DC songs caricaturised and mocked the clients and crime that he so loathed. Add to that the release of there hi octane guitar sound and AC/DC hit the spot for him. (especially when he was drunk) The band themselves wern’t thugs or morons. The young brothers are from a very musical family including there older brother who was a renown producer aswell as a former Easybeat. There mum recomended the name upon seeing it on her sewing machine.
    Recently some of Bon Scotts old letters to his girlfriend were sadly put up for auction. Much to the surprise of many they were thoughtfull,well written and full of love.

  37. avatar
    lily was here | 26 November 2007 at 2:25 am #

    ps its got a bluesy sound. Riffmeisters! You gotta give’em that. I heard one that sounded like The Church once, cant remember which one now though.


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    Thelonious | 26 November 2007 at 3:46 am #

    Chill SK. I wouldn’t mind hearing the church doing some metal. Also SK a bit rich you knocking the effeminate metalheads given some of the early getup the church used to get around in. Funny you should write about this today as I lay on my bed late last night listening to ACDC, Shook me all night long with my young sons before I went off to sleep. An alltime Aussie BBQ classic as my 8yr old said. That said, prefer to listen to any jazz or the church.

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    Sunshine | 26 November 2007 at 4:07 am #

    I’m sorry, but I have to agree that there’s a lot worse racket out there calling itself “music” than AC/DC! AC/DC’s music is, at the very least, danceable and, though you may not be able to make out all the words, it’s obviously rooted in a structured type of songwriting that’s catchy and memorable.

    I mean, I used to really like Ministry back in the late 80s, which I think could be called Speed Metal aside from also being classified as Industrial, while we’re classifying things. BUT, there’s tripe out there lately that I can’t (or won’t) manage to wrap my ears around, and it’s like an onslaught of the worst sort of wall of noise I’ve ever encountered. I don’t even think those who create it know what a melody is, and they make AC/DC sound like The Beatles!

    It’s stuff that makes me really feel like, at the ripe old age of 34, I should be brandishing a cane and barking at kids to get off my lawn… and for goodness sake, turn that infernal racket down!


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    CSTCoach | 26 November 2007 at 4:30 am #

    cool to read about the recording sessions. been digging sigur ros since you recommended on here. interested to hear where you go with it. every new choich album is always a bit different than i expected, and better than i hoped. ie it surprises me a bit every time.

    re: metal, i think you said it all here: music by morons for morons.

    it’s just so bloody silly and laughable. all that posturing. all that “evil”. Pu-lease.

    One of the best lines i’ve read came from an interview with you, where the interviewer mentioned a church show he was at. You guys apparently came on after the metal heads, and when you started to play the audience shifted to the back. Apparently you said “this must be the biggest retreat of the goths since the renaissance.” That still slays me.


  41. avatar
    Sunshine | 26 November 2007 at 4:52 am #

    PS – I meant to also say that you give mighty good Bowie allusions, good sir Kilbey.


  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 November 2007 at 8:15 am #

    I think you should call your next ambient ep “the rotten carcass corpses demon fire skull
    and garden gnome”
    hee haw hee haw (not a quote) those lyrics are hill-air-eee-ouse!
    Yep, I think you are on to something killer; and here’s another money making scheme for ya – create a Random Metal Lyric Generator online and charge the heads coupla bucks a pop! “Easy money” (that is).


  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 November 2007 at 8:18 am #

    You remember what you said
    you remember people you were seeing
    you remember everything
    I was starting to believe, but come on,
    know one remembers all that. Just slivers heavily embellished with
    with your own perception of the experience.
    Unless one keeps very complete diaries?


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    persephone2u | 26 November 2007 at 8:22 am #

    I’m so happy to see that there are others that loathe AC/DC as much as I do. So many people through the years have tried to *explain* this band to me — they’re a joke band, they’re this, they’re that. Whatever. They suck. That’s just really all there is to it. They suck and they’re boring, tedious, wretched, odious, vile, repetitive, repulsive, etc. You get the point. ;-}

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    and the crowd,with their hands clapping in unison,and stomping their feet,some whistling,suddenly st | 26 November 2007 at 9:08 am #


  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 November 2007 at 10:08 am #

    methinks one is a little homophobic – no?

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    Anonymous | 26 November 2007 at 2:07 pm #

    Insulting a really good rock band and making fun of the sexuality of a frontman who was very brave to come out in that genre is unlike you, SK…what’s up? AC/DC was a better rock band than T.Rex ever was…and the lyrics weren’t any worse than some of Bolan’s worst tripe.

  48. avatar
    knot me | 26 November 2007 at 6:00 pm #

    woke up the west, and was hoping for some words, or pithiness, ruthlessness

    instead this?

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    Anonymous | 26 November 2007 at 9:56 pm #

    And anothing thing…Buckley never really achieved that much. Tim Buckley did, but Jeff’s talent was never realized. His first (and only real) album is OK, but has a bunch of covers and some pseudo-Zep rockers on it. I’ll take any Bon Scott-era AC/DC rock over that. You like the Faces and Humble Pie, and I bet you like Alex Harvey too, considering that you covered one of his songs. How is that stuff really different from Bon’s stuff?

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 November 2007 at 4:50 am #

    making love with his ego
    kilbey sucked up into his mind
    like a leper messiah

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    Anonymous | 1 December 2007 at 7:09 am #

    genie-arse zooooot 😉

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    PAGEY | 6 December 2007 at 5:01 am #

    i’m praying for the hindu god of health to cure your ear(s) bewfore the gigs and recordings

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