posted on August 23, 2006 at 2:54 am

we came
we saw
we got conquered
we drove
for miles n miles
santa barbara
upperclass hippy town
bouncer got me stoned
totally unlike whatever else was to come
on all levels
but whaddya expect
(im more of an east coast intellectual, mahself)
san diego
ah these surfin cats knew how to rock
the first really good gig
god gave rocknroll to us
anaheim grove
lovely venue if only more bums on seats
good audience too
a surprise
a great crowd
loadsa love
thank you arizona
a smaller tempe
weird rainy strange good
ah the lovely crowd there
great night
good night
all of florida pretty good
except jacksonhole which was pox
then myrtle
sorry bout problems
then atlanta
probably the best
norfolk n falls church
cant remember difference now
but ya were both real kind to us
new york
classic thank ye
very tasty
the most rocknroll
thank you
we tried n so did you
much better this time
sks apex of show bizz
as good as it coulda been
sorry i ran out of steam
but it was still alright….or what?
thats it
did i leave anywhere out
im home now
im at my kitch table
im about to do yoga on the balcony
the suns shining gently
its about 72 degrees
nk found some jazz for me while i was away
baby bumper was sayin dad dad dad in no time
doodles taller older wiser
we missed you round here dad they say
im listnin to air
my back aches a little from flight
got that weird jet lag feeling
havent sorted toes out yet either>……!
gonna pick doodles up n have a swim in pacific with em
its a dream life
but the weirdness of it
drives me outta my fucking mind!
the crazyman

54 Responses to “all come to look for america”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 August 2006 at 3:22 am #

    Nice to have ya back home SK!
    Look forward to some rockin oz electrics in September.

    A Knucklehead

  2. avatar
    stealthblue | 23 August 2006 at 3:26 am #

    Glad you made it home safe and sound. You’re not crazy, just human. Thank God for that! Relish the home, Steve. All the best to you and the familia…
    BV (aka: Ben, fellow crazy man) 🙂

  3. avatar
    matt | 23 August 2006 at 3:37 am #

    It’s been awesome sharing your journey with you esskay. Thanks for the memories.

    Looking forward to seeing you back in Melbourne.

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 August 2006 at 3:37 am #

    Around the world and back (PAin)

    You rocked me in sad diego
    For that i am grateful

    I am doubly thankful you made it home to au and the familia no worse for wear

    cause a familia needs it’s pater familia!

    it was a pleasure and a treasure
    to peruse this travelogue of yours

    hang with family/paint/write new songs


  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 August 2006 at 3:52 am #

    I just arrived home to Atlanta from San Francisco. Back in my chair, back to my lady. Strange and huge cloud formation off to the right through the airplane window; must have been 60,000 feet high, beams of light, surreal like my thoughts from the window, still buzzing from the fantastic show there. You seemed fatigued, but drew from some hidden energy source (the SF Jazz?)to rock and to roll and make that hall reverberate. How lucky I was to make it out, and see the band in my hometown too. Sad that it’s over, but happy to hear of kitchen tables, balconies, pacific swims and doodles.

    Thanks again for coming to our shores.


  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 August 2006 at 3:54 am #

    Can’t wait to see you move the aether in Melbourne my good man. Thanks for the fantastic blog. Glad you made it home safe and sound.

    Write some new songs too man, I’ve devoured ULTC and I want more. Quick as you can. Ta.


  7. avatar
    lizardlizard81 | 23 August 2006 at 3:56 am #

    Glad to hear the dream of real life has welcomed you back safely.

    Thank you so much for Dallas and Austin… so much better than nasty, smoky, rude Hurricane in Kansas City two years ago.

    The words, the trips, the trips: all splendid.

    Stay vocal,

  8. avatar
    pst | 23 August 2006 at 4:00 am #

    Exhale … !

    Sorry I missed The Crunch this time around.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 August 2006 at 4:05 am #

    “its a dream life
    but the weirdness of it
    drives me outta my fucking mind!”


    I love this dream life
    I even love the weirdness sometimes!
    But even in its most unbearable…
    the thing I value most is..
    kindness, gentleness…
    sometimes from others…
    but mostly from myself
    to myself
    and others

    it seems to
    the harshness

    ahhh….and to laugh and play like ’em doodles!

    they got the right idea!!

  10. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 23 August 2006 at 4:11 am #

    Thank ya so much for just doin what you guys do best! I’ve seen ya now 3 times since I was 18..and I’m thankful for every time. <3s!

  11. avatar
    freddy mercurial | 23 August 2006 at 4:20 am #

    Happy to hear that you made it home safe and that the family are in good form. I didn’t get to see ya this time around here in the you essay, however it sounds like The Crunch really knocked everyone’s socks off. As it should be.

    Freddy Merc

    P.S. – I think it’s time you kick out another solo record soon.

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 August 2006 at 4:36 am #

    dear sk
    welcome home!

    so cool to have you
    back at your
    kitchen table
    after your
    world travels

    cheers to nk
    and all that jazz
    enjoy your
    precious family


    bet that
    swim in
    the pacific

  13. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 23 August 2006 at 4:44 am #

    if me am your ship’s captain, where is me crew??? me miss you too you know…
    the darkest star

  14. avatar
    pharaoh | 23 August 2006 at 4:46 am #

    Welcome home Crazyman, great to have you back around these parts. It’s been equal parts weird and wonderful touring the world vicariously with you via yon blogge… Oz, Europe, the States… i almost feel like a roadie. Must say i feel for some of the American fiends on here, 16 years is far too long a wait to see a Church show. Even seeing you cats play once or twice a year doesn’t feel like enough!

    So the Church playing electric shows in Oz in Sept, is this true? Im curious as to where folk get this info… if it’s not on your blog or the official band site then i wouldn’t have a clue, i feel totally out of the loop.

    Anyways i’m sure you’re happy not to think about touring for another few weeks (months?) yet. Enjoy the Pacific and keep wiggling those toes…


  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 August 2006 at 4:55 am #

    I thank the gods I have finally seen the Church play. I love it, love it, love it! You may have been at it 20 some years but it’s all new to me. Rest now for a while in the beautiful afterglow of what you have given and created and the joy you’ve spread.

  16. avatar
    leelinau | 23 August 2006 at 5:20 am #


    glad to hear your home safely 🙂

  17. avatar
    salim nourallah | 23 August 2006 at 5:26 am #

    it’s good to know you’re home safe and sound. thanks for giving us dallasites a special dose of M to hold on to for a long time.



  18. avatar
    UnDead | 23 August 2006 at 5:38 am #

    i’m proud to have been a part of the audience in atlanta
    i could see and hear you play every nite
    but we’d have to have the energy for that
    thats what all these discs are for
    love to you and yours brother

  19. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 23 August 2006 at 5:47 am #

    ya’all come back soon

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 August 2006 at 6:51 am #

    Glad to read you’re home safe and sound. Seeing you four running around San Francisco operating on basically no sleep and then putting on a thrilling show that night let me see how hard you all work. I was fortunate to see two shows (Anaheim and SF) and thought each was brilliant. Thanks for letting us know what you thought of those nights.

    It was an honor to have the best band in the world back on our shores, come back as soon as you can.

    take care,


  21. avatar
    syrinx | 23 August 2006 at 7:06 am #

    SF – still alright or what? No question!

    That place was so theatrical in the literal sense I felt I got both the concert AND the play.


    It was beyond great. The informality and the jokes. SO many great jokes. I laughed my ass off when you did the little riff on “Hollywood Nights” and sang:

    “with her anti

    Elizabethan “Grind” rules. And now I imagine you running around loudly proclaiming “OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!” No provocation. Just doing it.

    Yeah. SF was QUITE alright. Fear not. Except for the dude in front of me who kept ordering martinis in a *most* distracting fashion. But then, it would’ve been no less distracting if he had gotten up and bought them himself all fifty-six times either, so there you go.

    Marty doesn’t look like he enjoys playing the drums much. I could be wrong. And…”what I like about you??” That was enjoyably random and gave me a fit of giggles.

    Yoga on the balcony sounds lovely. When you do any variation of Warrior pose, do you picture flames shooting from your fingertips, smiting your foes? I do. (cough)

    Glad everyone made it home. 🙂

  22. avatar
    dig | 23 August 2006 at 7:59 am #

    Good to have ya back SK!
    Thanks for the blog tour, really enjoyed the read!

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 August 2006 at 9:39 am #

    I agree with Matt 1.37.
    Couldn’t have put it better.

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 August 2006 at 9:44 am #

    great to have you back bud…look forward to the aussie gigs…we’ll try and be both quiet and more responsive at the same time!!



  25. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 23 August 2006 at 11:01 am #

    top o the mornin crazy brother,…
    for some reason im very comfortable to be back in your kitchen in the virtual kilbey house in me head,..

    ladies and gentlefriendss ,..on yer right the pacific ..on yer left a stack of unread mail..

    your bloggy jives like nothin else
    hippy,…im still doin the washing up and the mundane still get done …..but oh how i bounce foward to get here when i can ,..what a breath ,…such a breath of fresh,….


    yes squire?…

    im only two letters away,…

    im marching to hex on vinyl
    but my head pod is runnin space needle over n over n over,..

  26. avatar
    Renee | 23 August 2006 at 11:05 am #

    And the moon rose over an open field

    “Kathy, I’m lost”, I said,
    Though I know she was sleeping.
    “I’m empty and aching and
    I don’t know why.”

    I always loved that song

  27. avatar
    gavgams | 23 August 2006 at 11:26 am #

    Your “melancholy blog” was going somewhere. Somewhere like Hamlet (my sometime disenchanted friend). But you aint no monster.
    Enjoy your temporary contentment.
    Down South we need the rain, spring rains.

  28. avatar
    Altres | 23 August 2006 at 11:47 am #

    Steve, glad to hear your back home in the arms of love.

    OK, new album, new tour. Heh


  29. avatar
    veleska1970 | 23 August 2006 at 11:58 am #

    ahhhh……hearth and home. ain’t nothin’else like it in the world.

    it’s great that you’re back in the arms of your loving family. thanks again for bringing your wonderful-ness to us. hopefully you’ll be back soon….

    lotza love….

  30. avatar
    restaurant mark | 23 August 2006 at 12:04 pm #

    steve, happy the journey home was a safe one…even with the kids it probably seems quiet at home compared to the daily craziness of touring. so glad to have been a part of the atlanta night! i think our country’s a better place with you guys in it. thanks. my wife and i, as well as a couple of friends, are thinking about coming to australia in october to catch an electric show…and to see some of your beautiful country. enjoy your family time. that was nice of nk to have some jazz waiting! take care.

  31. avatar
    MandN | 23 August 2006 at 12:19 pm #

    Orpheus at rest at last

    much love,
    Mary in Philly

  32. avatar
    Brad | 23 August 2006 at 12:49 pm #

    many of us here are still loooking for America…and wish we were homeward bound

    ciao and thanks

  33. avatar
    captainmission | 23 August 2006 at 1:09 pm #

    hey welcome back, i been surfin all day, it’s beautiful man, just perfect. welcome home.

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 August 2006 at 1:28 pm #

    glad you are back home safe and sound crazyman.


  35. avatar
    diceman | 23 August 2006 at 1:46 pm #

    Maybe its time to read Diceman.

  36. avatar
    John Garratt | 23 August 2006 at 1:47 pm #

    “im at my kitch table
    im about to do yoga on the balcony”

    I’m at my work desk
    With my tea
    About to fall asleep


  37. avatar
    General Catz | 23 August 2006 at 1:48 pm #

    10 shows. 3 decades. 2 drummers. 6 cities. i have my own lists too 🙂

    That’s a shit your toe is still fucked up. Hope it’s not infected. You sure you got all the glass out?

    All that’s left to say is thanks to everyone for pulling out yet another great tour.

    staci grove

  38. avatar
    Letango | 23 August 2006 at 2:20 pm #

    Glad to hear your home.
    Just following your travels via your blog evokes the surreal for me.
    I still recall my utter surpise when, as I travelled over a continent, at each location…point along the way… I was on a different planet. Oh, yes, Earth. But it was Germany’s take on Earth, France’s take on Earth so forth.
    Each culture, each town even, seemed to have its particular way of organizing “The World.”
    And perhaps it’s just because I was open enough or just trippin’ in my own way, but I’d be swallowed up by it like passing through some warp in the fabric.
    I have to admit that while it was liberating, and quite an education, it was a little scarry too. The expediency of travel (even when not by thought) is a little, well, weird.

    Enjoy the water. Make it a great one.

    Thanks for all that you share with us.

  39. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 23 August 2006 at 2:31 pm #

    Dream life = vida de sueños


    May Hestia keep your family and home warm, safe, peaceful and dreamy.


  40. avatar
    Noel Christian | 23 August 2006 at 2:45 pm #

    The ayurveda anti-vedder prodigal rocker returns home.

    Glad you had a safe trip.

    Noel Christian

  41. avatar
    robert madore | 23 August 2006 at 3:06 pm #

    Great to have been able to live, vicariously, “some of your touring experiences”…and read your take on our country in fast decline. Thanks SK.


  42. avatar
    smoochgirl | 23 August 2006 at 3:06 pm #

    Well, thank YOU for coming! It was our pleasure to have you. Until next time…take care.

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 August 2006 at 4:13 pm #

    Hey Steve,

    Make sure you check out those ambient space discs I gave you in SF. I would love to see what you might paint while listening to those! We didn’t get chance to talk much but Pete Namlook and his Fax label are from Germany, Oophoi is the moniker of an Italian artist, Gianluigi Gasparetti, and Steve Roach, pretty well-known space musician from US. Enjoy!!! Would love to hear your thoughts on ’em sometime. Great SF show, you guys rawked (and roled).

  44. avatar
    davem | 23 August 2006 at 6:26 pm #

    Glad you’re home safe Steve,& have fun with the fam.
    Thanks for sharing life on the road & for making my life more interesting.
    When are you planning to hit the studio? I hope it’s before blogdeath November. Reading about life on the road was really interesting.It would be equally fascinating (& would boost sales of the book no doubts) to read about your feelings/thoughts when you’re recording.
    I’ve been thinking that surely there’s no rush to end the blog now the release date for No Certainty Attached’s been delayed?
    You’ll need some time for us to afford to purchase that before releasing your blog book so….any chance you can extend the blogs lifespan for addicted fiends??? Still happy to pay for it!!
    Love you more,

    Dave M

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 August 2006 at 6:47 pm #

    November 22, 2007…please?

  46. avatar
    Gareth,Notts | 23 August 2006 at 7:07 pm #

    god bless ya and the band!!!who knows,maybe one day you may even play full electric,at Rock City,Notts!!!(the eternal optimist!!)hope you guys enjoy your break,you,ve more than earned it!!!Cheers.

  47. avatar
    pagey | 23 August 2006 at 7:19 pm #

    Glad you made it back in one piece. Those long flights are a bitch.

    Now I gotta say that your latest video blog was the weirdest site I have seen for a long time. Yeah wow, weird weird, strange, gotta watch it again.

    And thanks to ya all for coming up over!


  48. avatar
    nickfiction | 23 August 2006 at 8:57 pm #

    Steve, we friggin love ya in Cleveland man, come back again please or I’ll have to fly to Cali again to see ya all 2x!!! The church are the real deal, a band who makes sacrifices to be with their fans ( we know ya aint gettin rich dragging yourselves around the USA ) Your music and dedication is a gift to REAL music fans around the world. A band that makes no comprimises, continues to create and release the best music of their career, and quite simply…… NEVER GIVES UP !!!!!! after everything we still love you ……

  49. avatar
    davem | 23 August 2006 at 9:13 pm #

    Nostalgia trip.
    I just played my vinyl version of No Explanation. Took me back through the years so quick…..It’s was 1 minute past midnight on Christmas Day morning, 1984. I’m 19 & ripping off the wrapping paper to open the copy of Remote Luxury that I’ve treated myself to. After getting over the shock of what looks like SK with short, blonde hair and whipping through Consant & Violet Town there it is “You pull the sheets around your throat talking the the harpy again…..”.
    Venom from such a velvet voice. effing magic. Bloody shame that I’m no longer 19 though. Bugger.
    SK – Thanks for so many life-shaping memories that can never be taken away from me. Many more to come I prey.
    Love you more,

    Dave M
    (Which reminds me that I’m off to see The Buzzcocks on Sunday at Clapham Common – any other fiends attending)

  50. avatar
    Letango | 23 August 2006 at 9:59 pm #

    Would it be click fraud if we devotees agreed to click any and all google ads (you might ever place as way to PAY you for your blog-o-rama) everytime we visited? Might that be a solution to prolonging our addiction, I mean affliction, I mean bliss, you mana maniac.

  51. avatar
    MarkM | 23 August 2006 at 11:48 pm #

    Glad to have you back safe and sound SK….love the Paul Simon reference…that has long been one of my fave tunes since seeing Simon and Garfunkel live way back in 1980 when I was a wee 10 y.o. lad…
    See ya round

  52. avatar
    limebeaver | 24 August 2006 at 12:57 am #

    great idea letango…
    it works for other sites. The thing is SK you said so yourself a while back. You TOO are addicted to the blog thing. not just us suckers. Glad to hear the US deal worked out in the end. I put out a call to all Australian audiences for upcoming (?) electro tour to whoop and holler manically if neceessary, so we can be loved in equal measure to our esteemed US counterparts.

  53. avatar
    logiclust | 25 August 2006 at 12:47 am #

    i quite liked the SF gig… i hope that this means that it’s the end of shows at slims…. GAMH is a much better venu.

  54. avatar
    Guy E | 25 August 2006 at 4:12 am #

    Thanks for the great concert in NYC. I gave the tix to my wife for her birthday (we’re a pair of 52-year-old kids) and we both loved it. Absolutely loved it.

    And special thanks for the helpful directions… we found our way home just fine after headin’ back to the junction about five miles. ;0)

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