posted on March 14, 2006 at 9:29 pm

sk wakes up early
not feelin too good there, olde bean?
are you hanging out fer yer endorphins?
oh nasty feeling
restless fevery troubled

its great having a mind like mine
when its under control
but when im sick or delerious
or anxious or bad drug experience
especially gettin’ off the olde gearski
then, my darling devotees
sks mind bites him on the arse
all the songs
all the words
all the ideas
all the memories
going round and round
a tornado of maddening fragments
a circulating mind of useless disinformation
oh believe me
it is torment
here lies the little bit of truth
in that olde adage
genius is pain
(and sks in agony)
the hindus say the mind is your greatest friend
or worst enemy
depending on your control of it
but if i must control my mind
who is the i
if not the mind itself
you mean some part of my feverish mind
must detach itself and control the rest?
i mean i
not the mind
you see i always thought i was my mind
my mind was me
i didnt realise i owned a mind
you see i was trusting the mind for my information
i thought i was the car
but i was the driver
now i aint gonna spell this idea out for ya
too much
try to observe yer mind
going thru its antics
its hilarious watching it twuist and squirm
coming up with the bullshit
it uses to keep you enthralled
aint that so, donald b?

i told ya i wassa gonna mention ya
fiendss some of my best and dearly cherished friends
live in this city
im in right now
i meet up with a legendary australian boheemian
if they have the word boheemian in a dictionary
you could put a picture of mr sam s in there
they dont make this model any more
this guy is the real boheemian deal
he makes me feel like jeb bush..
i meet up with ss outside melb art gallery
tall and slim
hes dressed in a weird olde coat
baggy pants that are too short
and under a shirt
a kind of sailors tshirt
or something
he sports white stubble
and his thick sleek hair is
starting to turn grey
but in an amazing swirl
starting at his temples
we jump in his ancient renault
now ss maybe a great boheemian writer and legend
but his driving and his car
leave a little to be desired
the car shudders jerks and gasps down the road
ss is acting like an observant driver
that is hes acting
but the acting is taking up his actual concentration
im sorry ss
you are all right brain, baby
the whole episode is a comedy
of ss losing and finding stuff
his keys
his bits of paper
we go to a bistro
we talk of many things
dont try n bluff this dude
that youve read blah blah blah
cos he probably really has
and can quote it
i saw one of ss plays in 2004
absolutely amazing
if chris marlowe had written this
he would have been well pleased
it was weird wonderful
as the theatre should be
ss my hats off to ya
in all ways
a true son of the revolution
a boheemian original
too brilliant
to find his own keys in his pocket
of course we met up with db
another handsome laidback gentleman
a real gentleman
a quieter more sensible version of ss
strangely youthful and calm
his presence i have always found soothing
we both still amazed by ss general carryon
even after all these years
with a final session of key losing
ss splutters off into the sunset
what a shame
he should be driving a jaguar
hes got more talent and originality
than the rest of oz showbiz put together
me and db drive off
on that lovely coastal drive
i have always loved
(reminding me of childhood holidays here)
till we come to mr simon ps gaff
a lovely sprawling cottage
with a ultra hi tech rec studio
and a lovely ramblin’ garden
complete with triumph herald
quietly rusting
simon p. is the brainz behind mimesis
which you aint heard yet off course
so you dont know how bloody goode it is
sp is another genius
but in the sonic arts
he makes it sound expensive and luxurious
hes one of the best
and hes a cocky bastard
quite iconoclastic
joined by colin
whos scottish and plays the keys on mimesis
and o m
sps missus
we go to a jappy restaurant
where i enjoy the age dashi dofu
sp eats drinks and bes merry
and a goode time was had by all
ruined only by sks occaisional rants
and outpourings of vitriol
when certain peoples names are mentioned
(a load of petty bullshit i assure you!)
thanks for everything
all of you
sometimes i wish i did live down here…

on to to day
once there was a little country
that had its go
just like they all do
from egypt greece rome babylon whoever
they have a go at empire
then their little big empire crumbled
you coulda seen that coming
they had the fucking hide to treat
the hindus like savages
stiff upper lip turkeys educated and buggered at eton
coming to india
killing maiming imprisoning
and looking down their pale pommy noses
at the greatest philosophers on this planet
a sublime and beautiful religion
far beyond the feeble victorianencrusted minds
of the english
now im an englishman
so im allowed to say this
an upper class english bigot
is among the most embarrassing things
you could ever see
and the idiots that fucked up india
were no exception
this just one example of ye olde empire
we still celebrated empire day
when i was a kid
can you tell me one place
that the english went
that they didnt fuck up?
oh antarctica….ok…
any way now we got the commonwealth
(thats the engish word for a crumbled empire)
and the commonwealth is havin some games
altogether now: BIG DEAL
see ya round you crazy fooles

51 Responses to “altogether now :BIG DEAL!”

  1. avatar
    Fandorin | 14 March 2006 at 10:41 pm #

    we got the commonwealth
    (thats the engish word for a crumbled empire)

    new blog post always when i go to bed.
    mostly with a big smile.
    virtual grandaddy tellin stories 🙂

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 March 2006 at 10:54 pm #


    tonite is gonna be weird yeah…ure making us watch an opening ceremony fer fuck sake!!!anywho, all the best to you my altered ego.

  3. avatar
    Handyman | 14 March 2006 at 10:54 pm #

    Good luck my friend. Let it happen all around you. Think of all of your friends here and you will elevate above all around you and see clearly and perform elegantly. Turn off the mind and allow your essence to just be.


  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 March 2006 at 11:07 pm #

    Look into the camera and give your blogger followers a big fat wink.

  5. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 14 March 2006 at 11:15 pm #

    and when you smile for the camera
    you know i love you better

    sk, it will come back to you

    it’s your favorite foreign movie

    best of luck to you and the boy, man!!!

    ps…love to hear you rant about the fucked up USA empire someday…

  6. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 14 March 2006 at 11:15 pm #

    and when you smile for the camera
    you know i love you better

    sk, it will come back to you

    it’s your favorite foreign movie

    best of luck to you and the boy, man!!!

    ps…love to hear you rant about the fucked up USA empire someday…

  7. avatar
    me | 14 March 2006 at 11:15 pm #

    even when you’re feelin bad
    you’re able to give us this epic
    how you made me envy your day
    how you remind me of the big truths out there
    how i wish i could be the one
    to soothe


  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 March 2006 at 11:25 pm #

    Hope ya calm down, forget about the why’s & wherefores & enjoy yourself tonite.

    Dutch Pierre

  9. avatar
    OTTOMT | 14 March 2006 at 11:26 pm #

    Myrrh for your hot forehead…

  10. avatar
    Wil-O | 14 March 2006 at 11:35 pm #

    You are right, Kil-O, Simon P does know how to sprinkle the sonic faeriedust.

    X from up here.

  11. avatar
    Brian | 15 March 2006 at 12:05 am #

    That sounds like a great day, catching up with friends. I remember seeing Sam Sejavka open for you at the continental cafe a while ago – he was a good singer too!

    Big deal?! I’d say it is, yes! Millions and millions of people will hear a fantastic song by The Church they’ve probably never heard before. I remember how I felt when I first heard it, and I reckon thousands (at least!) will have that same feeling tomorrow. And I think that’s a Big Deal 🙂

  12. avatar
    the dean | 15 March 2006 at 12:12 am #

    Why don’t you take thorpie’s place in the swim. Who could swim a few laps, sing a couple of songs. Bound to get a medal.
    enjoy the evening

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 March 2006 at 12:40 am #

    All the best for tonight – your legends and tonight many more will realise it and hopefully go and buy your new record and they will realise your making better music now then you ever did.

    Best of luck – have a good night!


  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 March 2006 at 1:06 am #

    Tomorrow’s headlines:





    Oh, if it only was so….

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 March 2006 at 1:07 am #

    Any more headlines please?

  16. avatar
    fergal | 15 March 2006 at 1:09 am #

    in distorted haze
    the zephyrs raise

  17. avatar
    Brad | 15 March 2006 at 1:31 am #

    So burn the U-Jack on stage or something. Go down/up in history. Or shave your head and tear up a pic of Bush with Blair at the end of the milky way. But that’s sorta been done before eh? Announce the song title as “W.M.D.” and wink in the Wish I Knew chorus.

    Or bust into MATS after the first few bars of UTMW…and play an extended version of the extended version.

    Or just have fun with it somehow.

    Have some fun, play it strait even.

    Have fun.


  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 March 2006 at 1:40 am #

    hey sk
    give Lissie and Phil
    a charming wink
    and a smile.
    you’re sure to
    blow everyone
    away with your
    churchy brilliance.
    from boulder

  19. avatar
    mike a | 15 March 2006 at 1:49 am #

    Can anyone be more Bohemian than you? Interesting story about your friends!! Good Luck tonight!!

  20. avatar
    Azza | 15 March 2006 at 2:12 am #

    This will be the first games ceremony I’ve been looking forward to watching. Though I a planning on taping most of it to watch in ‘review’ mode!
    have fun, make a mark and run for prime minister!

  21. avatar
    Barnaby-Tresington-Howl-Foxworth | 15 March 2006 at 2:58 am #

    Mr Kilbey

    Please do not embarrass the establishment, remember no speaking only singing, wear your traditional black and play your song and get off(the stage that is).

    Yours sincerely


  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 March 2006 at 3:51 am #

    On India:

    You MUST see Deepa Mehta’s film “WATER”, (newly released on DVD,etc). Its her third of an “Earth-Fire-Water” trilogy. “Beautiful and moving” barely does it justice.

    A faithful fan

  23. avatar
    captainmission | 15 March 2006 at 5:17 am #

    its kinda sad that you have to feel such pain, i wish there was something i could say or do to make it better, but it’s all up to you i guess, suffice to say, here’s a big hug from me for what it’s worth, enjoy the moments, and if all those bloody lights block out the stars above ya, remember what AC says.

  24. avatar
    captainmission | 15 March 2006 at 6:45 am #

    Oh, and it’s strange i feel so proud for you guys, they say its a sin but it’s something deep surfacing, i can’t speak why i feel like that, its adolecent and inexplicible but its there alright in me heart and my bones, it’s emotional and i don’t even know why i’m sharing this bit but i’m happy for the four of you, really happy.

  25. avatar
    TINKU BHAT | 15 March 2006 at 6:46 am #

    oh dear.

    So you know THE db?

    So, the good Abby (hindu boyfriend) and I were walking one day, past an ‘english’ appearing building. He turned to me and said, “I despise that sort of building, the english put them up all over my country”. I said, “Well, that style of design is stolen from the great Palladio- an Italian Architect.” Now he’s not haunted by the building type- just those who invaded his country. But really, he gets more steamed about the big ‘C’ next door who have invaded India for centuries.

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 March 2006 at 9:01 am #

    The Church should be playing the Commonwealth to 1.5b people in the next couple of hour so it’s to late to say have a great one,except via ESP Hope the nerves are still intact, very proud.
    (ESPIknow you have SK)
    Have a great show!

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 March 2006 at 9:12 am #

    Read about the church playing the tonight at Comm G_m_s

    Should be playing within the next few hours.

  28. avatar
    eek | 15 March 2006 at 9:32 am #

    You guys make it a big deal — for me anyway.

    As always I love reading your observations. Had to laugh at:

    “the whole episode is a comedy
    of ss losing and finding stuff
    his keys
    his bits of paper”

    hmm…reminds me of someone who told me he writes down everything on little scraps of paper and then can’t find them sometimes… 😉

  29. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 15 March 2006 at 10:17 am #

    hey esskay, just got the block ep and opened it??? you guys have out done yourselves, i came to tears with splice block, you rat bastards. now i can’t play it more than once or twice. anyway, hurry up and get here already, please. I don’t want to wander away waiting for something that might or might not happen on my end of this planet. i feel it is soon. thanks for caring about me, my space monkeys(brothers) it really means a lot to us here in this house…
    mr. feathers

  30. avatar
    adrakkkk | 15 March 2006 at 10:38 am #

    Just saw the big show. ’twas superb playing, brillantine: outshone the ballet dancers that the fascist channel 9 crew gave more air to.
    Got a glimpse of ure buts (would have preferred a full-frontal angle though meself) and a tweak at mwp’s forearm and 12-string tunas.
    Skay’s vox as velvety as a deep-purple chaise-longue. nice stuff, made us proud. Delta Badrem’s got a lot to live up to.

  31. avatar
    james | 15 March 2006 at 11:19 am #

    Just saw the performance. Pretty damn good. Now if I could only think of a way to get into the Troubadour even though I’m under 18…

  32. avatar
    RA | 15 March 2006 at 12:00 pm #

    An orchestra and large choir accompanying the Church. Great sound. Maybe it’s a way forward…. Who wrote the complimentary piece for th orchestra I wonder? I loved it.

    Maybe you could get together with the Liverpol Philharmonic…. just a thought…



  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 March 2006 at 12:04 pm #

    It was good to see Marty with his hair brushed and his shirt ironed!

  34. avatar
    MB | 15 March 2006 at 12:17 pm #

    The Church, Ballerias and Motorbikes!

    Beamed across the planet to 1.5 billion people. Churhmerch get ready.
    Not only playing, but then channel 9’s going out music.
    Spose your going to be the theme music for the games, now.
    Absolutely beautiful rendition of Milky Way, (love that little spurt of guitar, reverse tremlo?) definitely the highlight of the Commonwealth Games!
    See you at Manchesterlane, got my ticket, on the 28th, sure alot more will want them now ha!
    Don’t come down too soon, see you at the gig!

    You rockgod you!


  35. avatar
    Love | 15 March 2006 at 12:38 pm #

    You have to use some of the footage for a video clip,if there’s not any legal issuse’s, fucking amazing!
    Hope I get to see some band photo’s.

  36. avatar
    The Armchair Cynic | 15 March 2006 at 1:52 pm #

    I guess Steve will never lose “the guy who wrote Under The Milky Way” tag now.

  37. avatar
    Rubikon | 15 March 2006 at 2:02 pm #

    Playing your music to 1.5 billion people – I’d call that a pretty BIG DEAL myself.

    Hope you all enjoyed it.

  38. avatar
    No one in particular | 15 March 2006 at 2:19 pm #

    Here’s to a bigger cycle in the Church’s career. Just when you thought they couldn’t get any bigger. What a shot in the arm!
    Don’t forget get the truly devout and the faithful on your way up to VIP bathroom.
    Really pround! all this on your own terms.
    Does this mean bigger venues bigger tours and more albums sales.
    What do ya reckon?

    Love ya always and always have
    No one in particular

  39. avatar
    gavgams | 15 March 2006 at 2:24 pm #

    Bread and circus’s…
    soothing the beast of the common man…
    great for advertising Red Meat,
    Life insurance, etc…
    A mega straight event.

    But Church gave it some soul.
    (Loved the arrangement, orchestral middle 8, finishing cadence, segua)
    Vastly superior to usual sequacious Aussie music trollop.

    But can’t escape deep irony in words
    sung as a knd of commentary:
    “Loveless fascination”.
    And what if UTMW becomes an empire games emblem? The irony is no less.
    It’ll make for another fish out of water. But a nice contribution.
    Good on ya, Mr Kilbey and Co.

    And: SS might write a great play, but SK made and played a tune the whole world can sing (if they have the ears for it). I have a citroen cx. CU

  40. avatar
    CSTCoach | 15 March 2006 at 3:41 pm #

    Impatiently waiting for the CBC broadcast. The bastards better not cut off my choich, or mark my words there will be an egging of their nice new Ottawa HQ…

  41. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 15 March 2006 at 4:08 pm #

    The video of the performance is up.
    Ehm…airborne ballerinas and motorcycles, interesting mix.
    The Crunch sound great but all you get is about 10 seconds, if that, of the band.


  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 March 2006 at 4:48 pm #

    To be fair, the British did introduce railways to India, and they got rid of wife burning. Simon.

  43. avatar
    sue cee | 15 March 2006 at 9:07 pm #

    Under the Milky Way was the absolute highlight of last night!!!

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 March 2006 at 9:18 pm #

    I remember being chased through the Kings Cross train station late one night with Sejavka.

    I think we were being set upon just because of how we looked. We were but kids then.

    The point to this? Sejavka was wearing a big ol’ coat, baggy pants, and a sailors shirt!

    The Lord of Misrule!

  45. avatar
    public savant | 15 March 2006 at 9:33 pm #

    Nuncle your voice was 22 karat. The massive G stadium and the fact that we didn’t get to see you just made your singing all the more ethereal.

    And, most of all, you silenced Ray Martini and Tracey Grimjaw for the entirety of your performance. No mean feat.

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 March 2006 at 10:10 pm #

    excellent stuff, weird context but yeah, it makes you wonder why you guys arent selling out stadiums on a regular basis…mind boggling

  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 March 2006 at 10:20 pm #

    found this below at the sydney morning herald website, in their forum where church gets mentioned a few times…good coverage….hope the cd sells well…the church and delta, beeezarre…

    I have one specific gripe.
    As a huge fan of The Church’s music I was totally miffed that channel Nine didn’t deem to show the band from the front ONCE, not at all.
    Two quick shots from the back of the stage of their backs.
    This was deplorable ,insulting and ultimately extremely puzzling.
    Were the band too old? Too scruffy? Wearing offensive messages? Pulling faces?
    We’ll never know because channel Nine didn’t show us.
    This was from the band that produced the opening ceremonies only memorable musical moment.
    What’s the story?
    Maybe we’ll find out at Steve Kilbeys blog which has been providing a hilarious inside account?

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 March 2006 at 10:35 pm #

    First rate performance last night- congrats,

    I bet the kids were proud!


  49. avatar
    SS | 15 March 2006 at 10:50 pm #

    Dearest Steve

    I am Mr McGoo on Largactyl.
    But the things you see in my bumbling ways!
    To me it’s a unforgiving curse,
    But to you… it’s something better
    Something I – momentarily – feel proud of

    I always feel determined after our trysts,
    Inspired to break out of whatever malaise I happen to be immersed in
    Inspired also, it seems, to have my trousers lengthened


    PS: Hey! Don’t you dis my car!

    PPS: Do I hear Gavin out there? May bogs, fens, flats fall on him! And make him, by inchmeal, a disease! [Not really, Gav]

  50. avatar
    carousel | 15 March 2006 at 11:01 pm #

    If ya drive a car with mirrors do ya get extra vroom out of the twin analogies?

    If i had tee vee i would have been tempted to watch for you last night but it sounds like the side show they organised around ya was a bit of a distraction/detraction though.

  51. avatar
    sue cee | 16 March 2006 at 1:47 pm #

    “I always feel determined after our trysts,
    Inspired to break out of whatever malaise I happen to be immersed in
    Inspired also, it seems, to have my trousers lengthened”

    hee ss … but what what a lovely escape, was it the great ocean road or the peninsula?

    Anyway this is all too much – kilbeys, sams and polinski’s? all in the same blog! sounds very hobbitish too.

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