posted on February 27, 2006 at 1:06 am

so im driving down the roady
i gotta my little family
stuffed into my brother jlks little car
we’re driving home from nannas
evies got tonsilitis
shes got a fever of 153 or sumpthin
shes sitting in the harsh glare
of the australian sun
trapped in the corner
hemmed in by baby bouncer
in her car seat
little evies moaning and wriggling…
now although the back seat has the full
brunt of the sun
up ahead
about a mile away
is the biggest blackest meanest nimbus cloud
spittin’ twin layers of lightnin’
identical everytime
like in a rorsach test
(or whatever)
two vivid forks of energy
thats gonna blow yer mind
and behind that
is a sky
emptying itself inside out
rainin’ n pourin’
the a/c is freezing me
my hands and long skinny nose
are like ice
(my nose is always red
from sunburn
or cold
my dad said i should get a job as a stop light)
but the back seat is calling for more cold
nk and i both fiddly widdly with the controls
im thinking
at least it cannae get any worse
suddenly the backseat is screaming
theres a bee or a wasp in the car
a big black shape darts around the cabin
everytime they all scream
my heart jumps up higher in my throat
and my driving falls apart
lighting striking to the port and starboard
i kidd thee not, fiend
we heard the zitch
we smelt the smell
that the air has
when the bolt has eaten up all the
blah blah molecules
our hair on our bodies stood up on end
then a peal of thunder…
a peal…?
this was more like the drum of doom
some quiet part of me
way down deep below the anxiety and hysteria
is going
wow this is just like clark griswald
as played by chevy chase
i mean
im shooting down this highway
at 110 kmh
the suns roasting the back
rain and lightin lashin the front
and a crazed bee
a sick childe
a carful of screaming ninnies
bring it on
we did get home safe and sound
thank you to all concerned
evies been to the quack
auroras got it too
and baby bouncer is
lying around
smiling and dreaming
like nothing has happened
oh yeah
i did my screen test
im in
if i want it
they want me to play
an english immigrant
who grows up in aust
becomes a minor pop star
has a minor hit in america
gets on ye olde gear
and is eventually redeemed
by making some goode music
and becoming a bloggstar

i dunno
i think its an unlikely story
i dont think the publics gonna
really warm to that
if they offer me
another cuppla million
i may consider
playing the twilight years
if nothing else is going on

apart from all that tripe
i saw the kaiser chefs on rage
as charismatic as a sponge
maybe i am just too olde
the guy with the hat
looks like a right gooseball

well if its getting to that level
it must be time for me to be on my way
i will be back real soon
with the real truth
until then

47 Responses to “alluvial debris with pink clouds”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2006 at 1:53 am #

    Must’ve been a hell spliff B4 you got in the car.

    There’es a coupla things got an urgent need for some attention.

    Until next time

    Dutch Pierre

  2. avatar
    mike a | 27 February 2006 at 2:01 am #

    I remember Chevy Chase In European Vacation – it sounds just like your trip!! Glad you made it back alive!!!

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2006 at 2:03 am #

    By the way…
    It could have a better ending –
    How bout ” and is eventually redeemed by gettin on the gear”

    Ok I’ll behave but it’s Munday

    Dutch Pierre

  4. avatar
    Handyman | 27 February 2006 at 2:15 am #

    Hope the ladies all recover soon. Pamper them well, they deserve it!

    Take the part, screw it! You only ride this planet once as sk. Share it and have fun with it.

    Hope you got the DG link.


  5. avatar
    fergal | 27 February 2006 at 2:20 am #

    ‘lightning is frozen
    tv’s gone haywire …’

    does it ever strike the same place twice?

  6. avatar
    eek | 27 February 2006 at 2:50 am #

    Aww poor Evie and Aurora. Hope they feel much better soon. No fun at all being sick — not for them and not for you.

    The image of you Clark Griswalding down the road however, was hilarious! 🙂

  7. avatar
    captainmission | 27 February 2006 at 3:00 am #

    T’was a hell of a storm, glad you are all safe and sound, wishing your family health. I just recovered from the flu thingy, veggie soup wiv lots of ginger and garlic helps, along with mwp and the maidens.

  8. avatar
    verdelay | 27 February 2006 at 3:19 am #

    …two times that night
    twin layers of trouble
    both of us can strike…

  9. avatar
    kurtez | 27 February 2006 at 3:37 am #

    it’s one day late but what the hell, ‘the time being’ is one of the church’s best songs ever. gargoyles, winged monkeys, i sense a curious george soundtrack hit in there somewhere. sorry, but jackass johnson just doesn’t cut it. and a red nose is better than a brown nose. aloha.

  10. avatar
    There's a bee in my bonet | 27 February 2006 at 3:41 am #

    I saw the kasier chefs on rage too.
    I can’t tell what’s good anymore(didn’t andy warhol say that?).
    Seems I have to look harder or I’m just not as easily impressed anymore.
    Simple during the 80/90s there was Bowie, The smiths, The church, U2, Echo and the Bunnies,The Cure, N’Cave, D’Mode as your staple main diet and a whole lot of other great stuff that kept poping up and that then faded away.
    Anyway now what is there, Radio Head, Block Party,The dandy’s, BJM, Sigur Ros, Placebo and
    Bowie, Morrossey, The Church, U2, Echo and the Bunnies, N’cave(sort of lost me at murder ballards) and D’Mode.
    My point is that I my staple diet is the same 25years on, ha!
    Anyone heard The Silents very Floyd not bad for some young cats.

  11. avatar
    theres's a bee in my bonnet | 27 February 2006 at 4:11 am #

    I also saw Duran Duran (on rage), never really liked them at the time, although now I’m not so sure they did write some catchy tunes or maybe I’m just sucked in, cos it was during my youth.
    How’s this for integrity, simon le blob said “yeah we making a come back, and if we fail who cares, will just go back to our yachts”.
    Although the integrity is missing that comment did kind of hurt a bit, considering I went back to uni and I’m on like $300 austudy a fortnight, (if I don’t work behind a bar as well) lucky bastards.
    Did anyone hear Lloyd Coles last album(music in a foreign language), now there’s a man that can settle into middle age any make the bitter seem beautiful.

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2006 at 4:49 am #

    Fuck, as if the film Tarnation (on DVD in Aus) wasn’t disconcerting enough, about halfway through the quite incredible soundtrack the unmistakably hypnotic opening of Diviner (Hex) kicks in. Talk about add another layer of poignancy to this visceral little film. Nuncle, is there no artistic place the tentacles of your influence don’t reach?

  13. avatar
    Daberhasher | 27 February 2006 at 4:57 am #

    …across the cultures of the globe, the familial rite known as
    “The Journey From Nanna’s” is often frought with danger and drama…

    congrats on a safe docking,
    and here’s to bettah kiddy helf!!!

    aloha from the land
    of the winter cough,
    ee & kiddees

    psk… my kids love your pictures, man… they call you SK Five-0…
    or Four-0, dependin’ on the vintage and all…

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2006 at 5:15 am #

    good work sk

    saw the kaisers on rage 2 and though to myself what a right bunch of twats…then I too pondered whether I was getting 2 old or the kids 2 young…then I went to bed and slept…

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2006 at 6:43 am #

    Your reality check has bounced, Minor hit Minor pop star, I don’t think so, get back on your horse high and ride. The only thing Minor about the church was the chords.
    But then again I suppose the sound track of Donnie Darko just selected any olde cult bands!
    I do enjoy the humble stories though you olde human/rock god.

  16. avatar
    esskayer | 27 February 2006 at 7:32 am #


    The lightning scare was your punishment for making everyone wait until April 16, 2006, for an album that was recorded two years ago. See, timing is everything. Now you’ve fucked with the space-time continuum and it almost singed off your eyebrows. About your “God exists” blogge entry from some daze ago: what if this was all created by little green men from the planet Zwrok 324(a)2x in the Crab Nebula?? Would you still feel the love, dude?

  17. avatar
    MEM | 27 February 2006 at 7:34 am #

    Th[or] mst m{a}dly lv u & ur’s… yt’s fnny wy 2 shw [i]t thgh…. m[o]re pre-post 4 u on yestdy… {m]

  18. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 27 February 2006 at 7:36 am #

    Meh, mediocre music is mediocre music, at whatever age. I’m a kinda youngin and I share this uninterest in said Kaiser Cheifs..I think one of em’s named Peanut fer godssakes. But there’s still goodstuffs out thar! New stuff too, not just the Bunnymen 🙂

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2006 at 7:49 am #

    What’s the problem with Peanut? Names don’t mean much, do they? Kid Strange, Sid Vicious, Queen Latifah…
    Kaiser Chiefs. They pretend to be pompous and sumptuous but they’re just raggy faggy and knock Blurish tunes with a little bit of ol’Clashed rock down to nanananas. The front-man has no charisma, he’s quite affected but they can write some good tunes to nananana over. “Everyday I Love You Less And Less” is a good example of English irony ironing American hip-hop black n’ white curtains. It can mean nothing to the old geniuses around who have less than Tim Pope directing their videos if they have any but come on, it is decent and full of youthful energy. It is rock n’ roll in a way “that’s entertainment” without being silly.
    But Interpol, TV On The Radio (please check this one, Steve, in spite of its dreadful name), Skywave are far much better than the Kaisers.

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2006 at 8:04 am #

    Yeah, like the church!

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2006 at 8:05 am #

    7.04 was directed at 6.36 not 6.49

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2006 at 8:10 am #

    Have you heard TV Personalities, it like the splice outtakes of my worst stuff and that’s pretty bad, who the fuck fronted the cash for that video.

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2006 at 8:26 am #

    h…..m. that part you were offered sounds faintly farmiliar, I’m not quite placing it. Hm, Barry Manilow maybe? Where’s his blog?

  24. avatar
    esskayer | 27 February 2006 at 8:34 am #

    Kill-bee’s jetty in overdrive
    nightmare descent from nana’s city
    litenin boltz threaten their arrival
    Jesus Christ the kidz’ tonsils swoon
    Oh shit he is threatened again
    By the slipshod buzz of bees in zen
    Stumble through some doomed flight
    Down here on Erf it’s hopeless again

    A bolt of litenin in a roiling cloud
    Which never got to zap you last tyme
    They’re interrupted by the mobile phone
    You wouldn’t think they’d get reception then
    Oh fuck he needs miracles
    He needs more hitz and crowdz
    He needs slaves & roadies & tour managers
    We need “Uninvited, Like the Clouds”

    How can He be so inimitable
    Give us your new see-deez
    Sacrilege on sacrilege
    An unwanted atrocity…….

  25. avatar
    Peanut | 27 February 2006 at 9:33 am #

    Don’t push me with the name shit, dude. You think I haven’t heard it all before? You think primary school wasn’t a nightmare?

  26. avatar
    tex | 27 February 2006 at 10:09 am #

    Hey Steve

    Your car trip sounds a lot like crossing the Clyde – a ritual any beach-deprived ACT resident will understand.

    Following your blog is a lot like that trip from Nanna’s – one never quite know what to expect – some spaced-out allusions to any given mythology, or an earthy diatribe about driving/suburbia/the sad experience of middle age etc.

    I can hardly ever stay awake for Rage these days – partly because of boredom, partly old age. Sounds like I’m not missing much.

    Saw Echo and the B-men a couple of years back in Perth – not their finest hour. Look forward to MWP and the Maidens soon.



  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2006 at 10:40 am #

    i’m sorry captain missionary position, but the MWP and the Mood Maidens you saw must have had a different mixer to those who seemed embarrassed and a little bit apologetic to be inhabiting the stage at the northcote social club. maybe you saw a different pianist/vocalist too. and a less comatose cellist. and a violinist whose mind wasn’t on the glory days with the boys….as for our hero, well, he must’ve known…he’d completely lost his higher register and he was uncharateristically terse with the cockheads from central casting. no NY stories. no postcards from his mum. no sense of humour. i rather thought it should’ve been MWP and the Sirens, so violently was his usually dependable craft brought splintereing upon the rocks. i know not which maiden has brought him undone, but something certainly distracted him througout rehearsal…

    How dare i? So sacriligeous? we shouldn’t be scared to let our generally sure-handed heroes know when they’ve fucked up. the queenscliffe music festival gig was the most obscene squander of trust and adulation i did ever see. i wanted to strike our boys for that. for the walk from the outsskirts of town. for having to withstand the support act. for having to smoke a bad spliff proffered by 30yo old hippy girls in that immobile fucking train. And the ozone brought on my asthma. o fuck, shut up. i can’t stop, the dandys are playing on the stereo and it’s going and going.

    so cap-e-tarn, tell me you had a different mixer.

    some regular crazy fuck in public servant’s clothing.

  28. avatar
    Rubikon | 27 February 2006 at 10:46 am #

    The Kaiser Chiefs – I’ve seen worse but then again I’ve seen a lot better – I can’t say I,ll be buying it. There is some good new music out there but you have got to look for it (check out MEW). A lot of the new (UK) stuff sounds very derivative to me (sometimes blatantly so) but, as you get older everything starts to sound a little bit like something/someone else.
    I must admit I’d love to see that film if you ever decide to do it.
    Someone else mentioned DURAN DURAN – they have GOT! to be kidding.

  29. avatar
    A flea in your ear | 27 February 2006 at 10:56 am #

    Peanut.. Never Mind.. they do say a good little un’ is better that a bad bigun’ but then again, a good bigun’ is always better that a good.. etc, etc….

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2006 at 11:04 am #

    Has anyone noticed some regular crazy fuck in public servant’s clothing on this blog!

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2006 at 11:22 am #

    in a very early blog, you said that you’d divulge a few things about one Mr. Powles. ‘More about him later’ i think i recall.
    Well, I’m still waiting…


  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2006 at 11:24 am #

    P-lease keep (or make?) this a ‘suck-up-free’ comments section!

  33. avatar
    Daberhasher | 27 February 2006 at 12:54 pm #

    yes… more rules would make this blog and this world a better place… shame to keep your identity hidden with gems like that pourin’ outta your fingers… but modesty prevails…
    i’ll save the suckin’ up for the wave face… speakin’ of alluvial debris and pink clouds, that’s the vision of one the most treasured gifts of surfing… the duck dive at sunrise, fish eyes open…
    not too sucky uppy i hope…
    go surfing, p-lease…


  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2006 at 1:03 pm #

    hey, anonymous of 10:04, r u being vicious or nice? too obtuse for my blood. if you’re looking for a fight, i’m up for it. it’ll be just like a breakdancing showdown from one of those awful films from the late eighties, except we’ll bust some phrases at each other. r u the fuck from hampshire or regular old concorde, nsw? surely you’re not in palermo…

  35. avatar
    Brad | 27 February 2006 at 3:20 pm #

    I have never seen the Kaiser Chiefs. I have a burnt CD from a library visit. Used to do that all the time, I’m due.

    I like a lot of it. Some of it’s a little irritating, some is good fun. Could be one of those deals where once you see what you’ve been hearing you can’t listen anymore. Many a good song has been undone by it’s video, or act by it’s “act” I reckon.

    But more in line – I also enjoy as someone else noted, your blogs range, from macro to micro, but almost always pretty cosmic.

    Ah, if only I was as stoned as I sound in that last comment.


  36. avatar
    OTTOMT | 27 February 2006 at 4:18 pm #

    Bee or wasp in the car? I would’ve pulled over so fast and had everyone OUT of that car! Allergic you see, nothing sends me into a panic faster than bees, wasps and grasshoppers!
    I can’t explain the grasshoppers…

    We’ve got the rain now, poor driving to follow…

  37. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 27 February 2006 at 5:14 pm #

    Yes, Interpol and the Raveonettes are the best bands of the last 5 yrs. And the Bunnies are still amazing! About Mr. Peanut, if you’re gonna name urself, it’s gotta be something cool or dangerous like Sid Vicious or Bowie or Prince, that’s the whole point! Um, well not Prince.

  38. avatar
    buzby | 27 February 2006 at 7:19 pm #

    never heard of the kaiser buns… sound blah though. can’t see kaiser buns up there with say… the beatles on name alone. but, then again.. is ‘the beatles’ really a good name? they made it a good name. the choitch.. come on. haha.. you made it a good name. anyway, i digress.

    your clark gris situation could have been worse… like when the camera pans around the sleeping faces of the car… including clark’s …driving. that was hysterical.

    we’ll take some of that hot australian sun up here in freezing brooklyn. last time i saw lightening it was snowing. have you ever heard of anything more ridiculous than a ‘thundersnowstorm’!?

  39. avatar
    jeanz | 27 February 2006 at 7:50 pm #

    Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand and the sort are good for some younger indie kids , we’re not meant or expected to get excited by that stuff cause we’ve been there and out grown that genre.
    However there are loads of good young bands out there . If you ask me alt music keeps getting better.

    and Mr S K if you want some good new music just ask and I will burn and send.

  40. avatar
    Handyman | 27 February 2006 at 8:39 pm #

    I think you take that lightening bolt as sign to take the part, release ULTC, and hit the road in the US. I would guess the bolt from the blue was uninvited as well.


  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2006 at 10:07 pm #

    Or something sexy, like ‘Cashew’.

  42. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 27 February 2006 at 10:35 pm #

    …sonriendo y soñando, que bella la pequeñita.

  43. avatar
    captainmission | 28 February 2006 at 12:06 am #

    Dear Anon
    I am not sure what drugs you take but I don’t want any, they make you appear slightly deranged and somewhat ungracious. Okay you had a bad MWP experience, I didn’t. Get over it baby. As for sucking up, man i love the church, they are my fave band, i like their music and i like what they do on stage, i don’t have to justify my comments or moderate them just becuase you see them as sucking up. Belive it or not, the band don’t really make music for me exclusivly, my respect is a side effect and i display it unashamedly. If it offends you, then in a perverse way it says more about you than me,

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 February 2006 at 12:41 am #

    captain my captain, i wasn’t accusing you of sucking up, not at all. i just wanted to share my disappointment in the hope that you could provide some insights into the poor showing. MWP’s previous 2 visits to melbourne had me incandescent for weeks. my three-year old can recite ‘nailed to a bar with liquor’ for christ’s sake. she sings along to ‘chromium’ (though i still cringe when marty mispronounces ‘ennui’ in the remix on…beside yourself is it?). i am not a rude and ungracious prick, merely flush with high expectations.

    as for the drugs, only paint fumes and acrylic at that, more’s the pity…

    maybe i should just take my keyboard and mouse and fuck off to the forum at Scarlett Johansson’s fan-site.

  45. avatar
    matt davison | 28 February 2006 at 1:15 am #

    Sounds like a hunted overdrive.
    Still SK havnt writen a comment for a while..
    Blimey that’s a ruff trip, but all glad that the kidzies are alright..
    Tell us all about ULTC please.
    The journey
    The musik.

    ….The up coming New Zealand tour
    Hey if its good enough for Bono and his crowd, the rolly stones.. It’s good enough for the Choich to please a few kiwis.. Idntit!
    I won’t let up until you do Sk. I did carry your guitar to the car for ya at the Speigal..
    The least you can do is come to Aucky for a giggy!!
    Oh and this bloggy beast is gaining momentum.. It gonna explode, we need these bloggies like the air we breath.. I speak for us all

  46. avatar
    captainmission | 1 March 2006 at 4:22 am #

    My apologies. I mixed up my Anon’s.

  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 September 2006 at 2:33 pm #

    I heard someone say once
    that they were working on their first million but never finished
    so just decided to
    go right for the second

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