posted on September 2, 2006 at 3:16 am

i aint descended from no fuckin’ monkey
i got here via space
that beautiful nothingness
full of universes
darwin , he still turned to god
even after everything
and einstein n olde sir isaac
yeah you remember
the druid who could first dig
the gravity of the situations
these genii
these proto space rockers
they could suss gods hand
now imagine this
its canberra act australia
one of possibly the least space rock places
in the whole f***ing world
theres like a seventeen year old kid
lying in his bed listnin’ to the radio
its monday night
theres a guy call winter
hes got a radio show on the abc
only for a cuppla hours a week
this guy plays the latest “new” stuff
and announces them in this whispery voice
anyway im lyin there and listnin’ to his show
as i faithfully n religiously do
and he whispers
this is hawkwind
in search of space
something starts up
a creaking grinding wheezing machine
starts to fire up
gradually from a cacophany of machine noise
a pulse coagulates
the unmistakable throb of engines
coming to life n then
beginning to purr
the thing heaves itself free
of its moorings
and in agony n triumph
we flame away from earth
now a tiny blue green point
in the darkness
immediately space paranoia sets in
cos space is deep baybee
but space is also very spooky
and these voices are whispering in the darkness
should do that
shouldnt do that
should do that
shouldnt do that
music invoking travel
crystalline voyager
the space rockers
the surfers
the sufis
the poets like arthur was
the rishis
the explorers
the yogis
the whales
the hippies
the stargazers
the alchemists
everybody groovy
all in search of space
i need these planets close to my bones
i remember travel
the long journey
space rock oh my my
description of an arc
i hate arithmetic
n i hate offices
n i hate paperwork
n i hate red tape
n i hate all
these tiny chains
my vessel is bound with
so theres hawkwind
my first taste of spacerock
an amazing log book comes with the record
which i bought the next day!
i was down the record shop
quick as you please
lookin’ anxiously thru the “h”s
here it is
race home
crank up volume on my tinny system
lo and behold
a nother disciple of space rock opera cult is born!
we seek freedom
we seek oblivion
our music n our thoughts
are always on space
the space between the houses
the inn a’space too
those crazy crazy kraut rockers
they understand space
so too julian cope
a true intra-spacenik
the pink fluid
michael moorcocks deep fix
the injection of heroin n cocaine into bloodstream
as metaphor for the liftoff n weightlessness of spacetravel
hold on
an incredible rush
your heart goes what the….
upwards you rushing now
then suddenly
ladies n gentlemen
we are spacing in a float tank
im disappointed if youre disappointed
this blackness
this is it
the stillpoint
the calm in the eye
our vehicle begins to shake
cap’n she can no take it …..
space cadets dont try this at home alpha bravo
astronauts get confused n disconnected
the black corridor
the magicians staff
visions, temptations
amphetamine babes
n blackened devils
the constant feeling of travel even after you stop
wave particles
thank you cosmic jokers
amon duul
all the rest
space rock
available again soon

50 Responses to “almost outta space”

  1. avatar
    On the Edge of Time | 2 September 2006 at 5:18 am #

    It was DoReMi for me K.
    Love that stuff.
    and then a 1974 live performance
    in Memphis, Tennessee, USA
    of all places. Space Ritual in the flesh.

    Then there was Camel, Andy Latimer, a majestic individual.

    And now,
    and now you and this awesome Church thing…
    You don’t think I hear the Hawkwind influence?
    You know I do, space needle.
    It chills me to the marrow.

    Keep it ALIVE K.

  2. avatar
    malenkybit | 2 September 2006 at 5:24 am #

    Ur so brilliant I hate ya! Damn it! I got more in common with a monkey after reading all that.

  3. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 2 September 2006 at 5:39 am #

    I started listening to The Church again because I felt an attack of Hawkwind coming on and didn’t wanna get sucked into all that spacetime!!!!!!

  4. avatar
    syrinx | 2 September 2006 at 6:31 am #

    I think, on any given night in 1972, though my math is never quite right, I would be lying on the bed with my first cassette player – a VERY special and begged-for birthday present – listening to Todd Rundgren’s “Hello, It’s Me.” Taped from the radio, because that’s what you did then. I remember thinking how safe that song made me feel, and how good. And what a nice man he must be. What do you know about Todd Rundgren when you’re eight?

    I do remember it was Minnesota. And the blank cassettes came with pink and maroon swirly patterns on them.

  5. avatar
    syrinx | 2 September 2006 at 6:40 am #

    Radio was very good then.

  6. avatar
    kat | 2 September 2006 at 7:08 am #

    write lightly
    yours truly
    dear diary


  7. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 2 September 2006 at 7:10 am #

    it was one of those summers ,…you know ..about august when ya start thinkin that you should lay off the psycadelics for a month or two till the chill winter set in….
    we were in my buddies car ..believe it or not intently focused on a brick wall….listening to stars end , our version of the space radio ,..all guttaral stabs n grunts , bells, low moans and unidentifiable instruments…i dont think we spoke for an hour..
    each of us doin our own thing together
    my father always gravitated toward the space ,but nothin like this,..
    ive been tethered ever since..

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    calling down baal and zeusy | 2 September 2006 at 7:21 am #

    sorry one more quickie …
    syrinx mentioned recording from the radio …brought back a funny memory ,…real quick..

    the first time i heard “stairway to heaven on the radio iwas all set so i pushed the rec button ,…and im listenin ..remember how u used to be real specific bout how everything qued up on your mix tapes ..proper spacing tween the tunes …

    so there i am with my finger on the pause waitin for the end ,..oh yeah this is gonna be one of my good mixes,… pretty cool new song,
    well imagine my suprise ,seconds after i press pause when plant says … to heaven ..

  9. avatar
    mattdavison | 2 September 2006 at 7:39 am #

    have a feeling that you might be chomping at the bit to get another studio album soon …………
    ya know prolific does’nt even come close to explaining the ccrunh…

    F*** I love 408

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 September 2006 at 7:45 am #

    Killa can ya have a jazz ciggo for me at nxt gig I am gonna need one ta pick up a churchie chic at the forthcoming gigs.


  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 September 2006 at 7:46 am #

    I left work tonight feeling lonely and ashamed. Turned on sound of the Fender bass, the reverbed magic six string with the sound I just cannot replicate at home, the Zildjian shimmering discs, and the voice that still gets my heart racing and my mind clear. I hit another human being as hard as i possibly could tonight. I saw his eyes roll into his head- his breath became shallow, his body went limp, and I was relieved. I wiped his blood off of me over and over- and over, until I realized it was my own flowing blood. When he came back to life, I stood him up and walked him to my vehicle. I then began to hurt, physically. My left leg and both arms stung as the cool night air blew into my open wounds. I cursed- out loud and deep inside myself. God, how did this happen? I started shaking as I began to entertain the possible outcomes and scenarios this night could have brought to the doorstep of my life. “He” was/is a drug dealer/parolee at large/man with a knife/bad guy/child killer/fill in the blank. “I” am a California Highway Patrol officer/son/scared child/what the hell am I doing this job for/on to the next criminal/father of three. Some call us the best, some the worst. Either way, I went home listening to that beautiful bass/guitars/drums/?/voice/manna. Thank you Steve Kilbey, thank you.


  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 September 2006 at 8:08 am #

    To the astral travellers who helped me keep my pecker up yesterday…..a large


    Progress has been made, my partner has calmed the situation down somewhat (did I mention that I went nearly apoplectic when they told me…?) and we have been getting advice from the powers that be.

    Mostly we are being told, to paraphrase the immortal Tex Perkins – ‘Better get a lawyer’ as it falls straight into the area of discrimination….so, if needs be, we’ll get a professional to verbally duke it out with ’em.

    My sincere gratitude to all you who wrote caring posts….sorry to hi-jack the blog SK. As a parent whose own daughters seem to undergo more than their fair share of trials and tribulations, I hope you’ll take it on the chin.

    I leave you with this, dear space cadets, and be sure that nothing is truer…

    What goes around comes around.



  13. avatar
    The Other One | 2 September 2006 at 8:52 am #

    “Some days you waste your life away
    These days I find no words to say
    Only when meanings have no reason
    Take you beyond your sense of right”.

    A homage to Space Rock:

  14. avatar
    lily | 2 September 2006 at 8:53 am #


    A question unrelated to today’s blogge from a fellow Rimbaud fan: did you ever see the film “Total Eclipse” and, if so, what did you think? Especially of the casting? Just curious.


  15. avatar
    davem | 2 September 2006 at 8:54 am #

    That was fab SK.
    I lurve Copey too. Tamworth isn’t too far from me.
    Only The Choich really take me elsewhere though.
    love you more,

    Dave M

  16. avatar
    lee | 2 September 2006 at 9:00 am #

    You gotta love a man – even if he’s overly weird- who would crash his car and call his album Autogeddon.

  17. avatar
    davem | 2 September 2006 at 9:07 am #

    🙂 too right.
    Also admire the way he’s been led by his heart not his wallet. Mad as a fish but one of our finest sons.

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 September 2006 at 11:25 am #

    All I know sk, is that in Oct the space between these two ears is going to be blown away into the deep, dark universe…..and I’ll be floating around out there on a high forever…..that’s for sure!!

    Love you always,
    Princey Planet xxxxx

  19. avatar
    Sweed | 2 September 2006 at 11:47 am #

    Space is the place….

  20. avatar
    Renee | 2 September 2006 at 12:03 pm #

    syrinx, that is so funny, i remember doing that too!

    1972 i hadn’t arrived yet 🙂

    great blog about space today,
    your background for your blog kinda reminds me of space
    white words floating on a black field that goes on forever
    it’s like the beginning of a star wars movie

    goin away this weekend up to PA to an ethnic/folk festival, it’s good to get back to your roots sometimes, they say by the 3rd generation in the usa ethnic traditions within the family are lost,
    anyhow, gonna listen to some good german, polish, irish, music
    eat some slovak foods like halupki, haluski, piroghi (my grandma is slovak) and try to preserve my heritage!

  21. avatar
    Gareth,Notts | 2 September 2006 at 12:12 pm #

    dammit! Church electric tour in oz! to fill the big hole that not being able to attend those shows has left,i’ve bought multiple tickets to see inxs,muse,the cult,dropkick murphys,amongst i love these bands and love seeing them live,but none beat the church,and electric even more so!seeing the church itself is just amazing,but electric and with lightshow was the most fulfilling and complete musical experience of me life!always said aussies were the luckiest folk on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(sob!)

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    Chump / USA | 2 September 2006 at 12:46 pm #

    Take your experience to about 1985 and just change Hawkwind to “The Church” and you’ve got my story.

    Someone loaned me a tape with Seance on it and I’ve been hooked ever since.

  23. avatar
    john in austin, texas | 2 September 2006 at 1:10 pm #

    yea, verily. long live space rock!

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 September 2006 at 1:11 pm #

    you gotta ckeck out PAIK from detroit. excellent space rock. oh and of course windy and carl.
    thank you for introducing me to hawkwind. lemmy sings silver machine. i thought, in some recent photos of you, that you kinda bear resemblance to ye olde kilmeister. maybe a duet? just kidding.


  25. avatar
    crucified in space | 2 September 2006 at 1:29 pm #

    calling all space-monkeys. love the planet you’re with… this ain’t no stinkin’ earth

  26. avatar
    mike a | 2 September 2006 at 1:30 pm #

    You can’t spend the whole song in space…

  27. avatar
    restaurant mark | 2 September 2006 at 1:36 pm #

    thinking of my moment, could write on and on…but you nailed it.

  28. avatar
    MandN | 2 September 2006 at 2:08 pm #

    mornin’ dear Orpheus and welcome back to earth


  29. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 2 September 2006 at 2:25 pm #

    Happy Father’s Day!

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 September 2006 at 2:45 pm #

    hey sk,

    funny you should mention tangerine dream. i’m listening to them as we speak (force majeure). phaedra, rubycon, green desert, stratosfear –great space portals. the later albums not so much.

    why did all bands turn to crap as soon as i became a fan?
    genesis: and then there were 3. wtf? no hackett, but instead rutherford’s cheesy guitar playing. collins oozing crap over everything else and even banks starting to lose it.
    yes: tormato. jeez, what a fucking embarrassment. ‘don’t kill the whale’, ‘the circus came to town’ (that one was the last straw for me). still like chris squire, though.
    pink floyd: turned into a real cheese factory after waters left.
    radiohead: kid a? unlistenable.

    big exception? the church. you guys are getting better and better. it’s because you’re keeping the vision. love back with 2 beasts (even more so than ultc). a great space portal.


  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 September 2006 at 3:32 pm #

    Hawkwind? You have got to be kidding. That’s like Spinal Tap. Leon.

  32. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 2 September 2006 at 3:47 pm #

    me am your spaceman who is willing to go all the way just for you…

  33. avatar
    biggle boggle | 2 September 2006 at 3:49 pm #

    You brought a tear to my eye with that one…I dearly love the Hawk. I’ve got about 20 albums, and some of ’em are crap, but you can’t beat those early 70s Hawkwind albums for space rock. Bob Calvert was a genius. The Deep Fix too, a great record by Moorcock and co. Don’t let the philistines diss the Hawk, Steve.

    Early T-dream is killer too, especially the Zeit album.

  34. avatar
    joe801 | 2 September 2006 at 4:30 pm #

    Excellent musings on space rock! I felt similarly when I first heard 801 Live’s East of Asteroid and Diamondhead. The whole album is awesome, but those 2 tracks in particular are amazing space rocks excursions.

  35. avatar
    On the Edge of Time | 2 September 2006 at 6:21 pm #

    Saphin – Spent the afternoon with this one, when I should have been cutting the grass.

    Early David Bowie, revisited, revised, re-invented.

    Not bad, not bad at all in a rose colored glasses, kaleidoscope eyes, sort of way. Would have to be in one of my cherub kind of moods to really crave it.

    Thanks for the link Mary.

    Flight log comment – Not too enthusiastic about dreamless deep space hibernation. It brings new meaning to the phrase, “Dead in the Water.”


  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 September 2006 at 6:25 pm #

    You know
    I feel a little
    spaced out…
    I can hardly see
    my feet on the ground..

    How about Os Mutants from Brasil
    the early 70’s stuff is mind blowing
    tropicalia samba on acid
    ripping musicianship and then Rita Lee on vocals
    check out Technicolor
    although previous albums are much more
    authentic and unpredictable…
    Seriously as a sincere commentary..
    Jorge Ben, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethania, Alcione
    my God, my fiends,
    anything these guys touched
    turned to Brazilian Gold….get some
    feel free to consult me..

    going to see Roy Ayers, Lonnie liston Smith, Bobbi Humpries + more
    Jazz fusion @ the African fest in Chicago…
    Sonic funk is my secret indulgence..
    Yu need some sk
    you need to get some soul sonic grooves…
    I got yu covered mate..all on wax + cdigity
    I aint kidding..
    this is raw and uncut…
    let me know when and where you want it…
    hit me up and I will send it on..

    Jaime r…….

  37. avatar
    steven koontz | 2 September 2006 at 9:15 pm #


    one the greatest rock riff and head trips of all time!

    great “trip” nevetS!

    steve koontz
    high point, nc

  38. avatar
    On the Edge of Time | 2 September 2006 at 9:19 pm #

    You didn’t forget Nektar did you?

    Journey to the Center of the Eye
    A Tab in the Ocean and
    oh , Remember the Future

  39. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 2 September 2006 at 9:25 pm #

    to the anonymous highwaypatrlman ,…your comment sent chills , seem to be at a crossroads sir …and aware of it ..we do need and rely on the peace keepers …ahh but its such a fine line…

    my advice as another human being , and i know you havent asked for any , but i feel compelled,..

    if i were you i would try to put more space between “god why am i doing this job” and “on to the next criminal”

    i mean absolutely no offense to you …take advantage of your counsel and speak of your ambivilence towards what is a very necessary and dangerous line of work..

    hope i havent over stepped the comment boundaries s.k.
    i had to reach out .


  40. avatar
    Fandorin | 2 September 2006 at 9:53 pm #

    …and i wasnt even conceived…..
    well…i’m listening to your space rock song “nightmare”, which i like a lot, and i like how all the aliens/spaceships are coagulated into something earthly….devouring, smoking, drinking. Nightmare is the Thinking Man’s drinking hymn. Pity you never played it live.

  41. avatar
    biggle boggle | 2 September 2006 at 10:57 pm #

    Ah, Nektar. Remember the Future is great. Anyone know “Solar Music” by Grobschnitt, the German Hawkwind?

  42. avatar
    CSTCoach | 2 September 2006 at 11:54 pm #

    glad to see you got home safely, SK. Getting caught up on the ole time being after several weeks in the wilderness. Returned from the far north and expeditioning today. patched up, bleeding, on antibiotics, 15 pounds skinnier, but a little the wiser I hope, and with good stories to tell. One close grizzly encounter too (didn’t get eaten ;-), and a big black wolf walked into my camp one night….

    will send ya the article when it comes out in spring, druid. 🙂

    Now to search out Hawkwind…


  43. avatar
    DJK082067 | 2 September 2006 at 11:55 pm #

    I had 2 older bros. 3 and 6 years older. One drowned out my homes existence w/ Ted Nugent( go hunt,kill and eat something you overrated hasbeen) and my other not so close brother punished our house w/ bad disco/dance music because he thought he was a rollerskating star (flippin kill me) LUCKY for me, my best friend growing up had a stoner brother who played music that no one ever heard of….and he just kept on playin what he wanted to all the time and we just sat there mesmerized. It was 1977 and Floyd entered my life. The original, non-watered down ( as a previous blogger stated) ANIMALS (1977) I was 10. Sheep,Pigs,Dogs who would have thought. They created inner and outer space. Then $$$$$ and egos crushed the legends. The 4 of you have stood the test of time. BRAVO !!! But in my opinion no one created a more unique universe up until THE WALL then FLOYD.
    Enjoy life and take the old Animals out for a walk sometime for a dejavu.


  44. avatar
    JJ | 3 September 2006 at 12:24 am #

    For me, it was 1969 when I first heard Astronomy Domine – Syd was a space rocker, Jupiter and Saturn, Oberon, Miranda….then Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun – I would listen through headphones, ensconsed in my own universe, afloat and in orbit. In 1970 I also picked up a Paul Kantner/Grace Slick album, Blows Against The Empire. I identified with these hippies hijacking starships (ha)….”Can You See The Stars Tonight?” Grace had drawn Paul with cannibis leaves for hair on the insert’s artwork – I knew these were my people (heh-heh!).

    Hope your galatic muse never flames out, SK.


  45. avatar
    retinasoup | 3 September 2006 at 1:19 am #

    Some modern space-rock bands worth checking out:

    Saturnia (Pink Floyd influenced)

    Serena Maneesh (Church influenced?!)

    The Heads (Hawkwind influenced)

  46. avatar
    mandn | 3 September 2006 at 4:12 am #

    WOET you are quite welcome.

    Saphin would appreciate it.


  47. avatar
    captainmission | 3 September 2006 at 4:18 am #

    i aint descended from no fuckin’ monkey- ha thats such a great opening line, i laughed so much i can’t tell ya. the panspermia theory is the only one that makes sense to me to, the old testament is filled with references, maybe we was on the same ship.

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    The Other One | 3 September 2006 at 4:59 am #

    Wow. People are talking about Nektar, Serena Maneesh and Mutantes here. Can I organise a trip to space for us all? Maybe Pluto’s prices have decreased now that it’s not a planet anymore. I know we’re not going to rival that ex-N’Sync obscenely well-paid comedian who could afford an experimental (aren’t them all?) interestellar trip (which song did he play there, people?) but I guess we’re gonna have a better soundtrack than him.

    Ah, Jaime. Mutantes: Fuga No 2 (devilish lyre + Rita Lee’s ethereal voice).
    Caetano Veloso’s first couple of albums.
    And the Tropicalia album.
    Then you have the tropical deep space amongst dictatorship guide to carnivalized melancholy.
    But I’m gonna recommend you Construção by Chico Buarque. Another trip of sorts.
    Yes, I dont have bananas but I know some Brazilian music.

  49. avatar
    set the controls for the heart of the sun | 3 September 2006 at 11:48 am #

    Thanks AV, B Bon.

  50. avatar
    dinosaur swamp | 3 September 2006 at 12:12 pm #

    my simian cousins and i live on the same branch of life’s family tree
    the universe has blessed us all with life
    i came from the miracle of evolution
    chimp and i share 98% same dna
    but bonobos are gentler
    i feel in my bones that all living things have souls
    i am no better, no worse but
    monkeys couldn’t have dreamt up abu graib

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