posted on April 23, 2007 at 6:07 pm

at the gig
i chuck all my washing in a machine here
its all black n sopping wet
then we find out the dryer is faulty
it dries for 1 minute n stops
n then has to be jiggered with for another 60 second burst
what will i do with no clothes
n a wet pile of stuff
i seem to have lost my alex grey shirt…
or have i lost my mind
my phone continued to not work
despite visits from different workmen
we have sold virtually almost no tickets tonite
but the venue is a corker with great lites n sound
of course
its denmark baby
they do things properly here
except no one wants to see old aussie rockahs on monday nite
i dont fucking blame em
my get up n go just got up n went
why am i struggling on with this?
i just feel de-feeted
under done
too little too late
i dont blame anyone
maybe myself
but who really knows
rocknroll is a twisting beast
im gonna end up with a loada wet clothes
my glasses are busted
im worn out
just trying to keep track of it all
passports n keys n money n glasses n sunglasses
computers n tickets n directions n bravado
so yeah im sitting here in arhus denmark
getting ready to play
thats gotta bee goode right?
but im ugly n olde n tired n sensitive
n i hadda nuff
hadda nuff
this is too much like hard work for me
what am i gonna do with these wet clothes?

41 Responses to “and then…..”

  1. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 23 April 2007 at 6:34 pm #

    would one rather play for free , (ie just open the doors and let em in ) or to an empty room ,just wondering doctor , have time will travel

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    Mayanaya | 23 April 2007 at 6:39 pm #

    i’d very much like to get my dryer up there…and spend my night drying your clothes, and parking your car, and ….just that i dont have one…
    and it hurts me deeply to hear about those tickets sales…

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    belfrank | 23 April 2007 at 6:39 pm #

    Killa – just put ye olde bass in front of your Prince Albert and remember not to turn your back to the crowd.

    Not to be racist to the Danes – but what have they given us musically. Don’t be deterred by a small crowd – give what you got for those who did make the effort. You can’t expect a country who’s main musical export is King Diamond to have that much musical taste.

    Anyway – I’m sure the very debaonair Mr PK can lend you a sharp lookin shirt!

    love and strength from sunny (at last)Boston.


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    Inge | 23 April 2007 at 6:40 pm #

    Oh , I know this is really not funny, but it’s so funny. I can just picture you there with all these wet clothes – sorry, I can’t stop laughing. Cheer up, it may jst be a quiet but brilliant gig with appreciative people, if not many.

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    daniel 39,1 | 23 April 2007 at 6:45 pm #

    Don’t forget the mythical city of Hengelo is waiting for you. That should keep you going!

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    Inge | 23 April 2007 at 6:47 pm #

    Yes, Daniel’s right. I just bought a ticket for Hengelo too today. That will be great, I know it. Just hold on for a little longer, Steve!

  7. avatar
    davem | 23 April 2007 at 7:02 pm #

    I hate to read you when you’re struggling.
    I can’t believe that you’re not playing to loads of people.
    What you do is just fantastic SK. You make remarkable music.
    Keep going SK. One more week.
    If it helps you some of us do go to a lot of trouble juggling diaries to come and see you.
    I’d imagine with travel, tickets, victuals, merchandise, accommodation etc I’ll be shelling out £500+ to see you twice next week. I don’t know what that is? $1100-$1200 Aussie dollars? But I’d pay treble that to see you chaps.
    AndyL made a point last week that you are great to us in keeping ticket prices affordable. Thank-you.
    I can’t wait to see you twice in the next week. I REALLY appreciate the sacrifices you make, especially when I read how miserable you are.
    Wifey’s just said there’ll be a number of folk in Denmark for whom you mean just as much as you do to me.
    I love ya!!


  8. avatar
    Al Renwick | 23 April 2007 at 7:06 pm #

    don’t worry killer Blighty is waiting for you it’s warm here and you can camp in London Fields if the clerk has gorming issues

  9. avatar
    gareth,notts | 23 April 2007 at 7:12 pm #

    nevermind steve,wait til you get to blighty,you’ll see the difference! belfrank,1 exception to denmarks exports,that being Mew an amazing band, Church fans should definitely check em out!

  10. avatar
    gareth,notts | 23 April 2007 at 7:13 pm #

    twice eh?? fast fingers!

  11. avatar
    Tony | 23 April 2007 at 7:16 pm #

    i remember
    when i was 18 and on my own
    for the first time
    i went to a laudromat
    washed my clothes
    popped them in the dryer
    popped next door to buy some groceries
    (remind you now,
    i’m wearing my worst clothing left,
    my “wash day” clothes)
    come back with a bag of groceries
    and find my wash has been stolen!
    I was crestfallen
    standing there, holes showing my underwear
    i had to call my mom to send money
    so i could buy a pair of jeans
    and a few t-shirts
    in the meantime, i had to wear
    that holey get-up for two more days
    hang in there, killa
    we love you

  12. avatar
    fantasticandy | 23 April 2007 at 7:46 pm #

    you coulda played 4 or 5 gigs in blighty and drawn a decent crowd at each one.
    why,why,why,are my fave rockas punishing themseves like this?
    what a grueller this tour is!
    hours and hours of relentless driving to crap hotels in the arse-end of the world, duff ticket sales and abject lonliness and despair.
    hell man ‘the dudes’ would have looked after ya, veg dhansak with bahjis and nan all round, plenty of jazz,green fairy and jag.
    warm beds and general chill-out and recharge.
    oh,and a phone that works.
    the world’s still a big place, mostly full of shit and heartbreak,
    but there are pockets of love out there.
    you’ll fall into a couple before this slog ends.
    chin up trooper.
    andy L.

  13. avatar
    nickfiction | 23 April 2007 at 7:46 pm #

    hahaha, on my first ” euro ” tour i wore the same underwear and socks for 6 weeks. a washing machine would ve been a luxury. when i came home , i still didnt wash my clothes. sounds like you are burned out old friend. doesnt the world know that the church are the greatest band ever? It’ll’ be over soon and you can wash your clothes at home all ya like. Buck up ya knucklehead!

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    ~ | 23 April 2007 at 8:12 pm #

    if I may
    offer a few suggestions
    about your uh
    raw circumstances
    finding yourself in the buff
    (with no camera that ain’t fair 😉
    wishing you find yourself in high temperatures
    sunshine so yer moon don’t get chilled
    being naked is fun
    provided the weather is very warm!
    now a good idea already laid down by an earlier comment
    wear your bass luva
    so not too many people stare
    whilst you get ready for next gig-not that I’d blame anyone
    no need for that
    some sirius jazz
    some divine space rock
    composed in the raw
    the tour is nearly
    and you olde Aussies do know how to work
    the magic roundabout
    even when ya tired and feel washed out
    you look great
    you give it all
    and demand more of yourself
    do you realise ? ?
    that without even trying
    getting a song to sing
    in under two minutes
    how many paintings poems posting posting posting
    all beautiful
    to the eyes of the beholder
    give yourself a break killer
    break something if ya like
    don’t break anything you’ll miss though
    break a sweat or
    break good bread with good friends
    you have good folks on your side
    lean on them when you’ve had enough
    it’s easy
    you don’t even need to ask
    the human beings who love you
    are many in number
    and will be there
    regardless of travel snaffus
    shitty hotels when you should surrounded by lovely things
    weird desk clerks?
    vans you wish could teleport
    I always want more faster
    damn the car I rented here is fast
    however 60 seconds to super highway speed
    seems sloooow
    even with the proverbial
    petal to the metal
    (flower power)
    the seconds may go past faster
    if I exercised patience
    and not just my legs
    alas it ain’t one of my virtues
    humor, though can lighten any burden
    got a fav ditty about teleporting
    from a book with the wise words
    Don’t Panic written in large but friendly letters on the cover
    it goes, a little something like this:
    I teleported home one night
    with Ron and Sid and Meg
    Ron stole Meggies heart away
    and I got Sidney’s leg
    so with the wet cloths
    maybe you could put them on and go swimming
    prolly folks would look at ya
    as if you are crazy
    not knowing your good reasons but you could
    put on your sunglasses and
    get in the hot tub or pool
    fully dressed
    with a rock god smile that says
    I meant to do that so whatchya looking at?
    as long as you have a towel, you’ll do fine
    hey I have cameras to spare
    you could say I’m into photographbee
    or something
    I’d share nice!
    I said I’d return a favour
    in whatever flavour
    the muse
    meant it
    when she says

    Love and peace to ya
    good to see you back veleska!
    andy L take care of your sweet heart

  15. avatar
    Cee | 23 April 2007 at 8:30 pm #

    OMG, that so inhales profusely!! Put the call out to those who do make it to the gig if ye can borrow their dryer, I’m sure there will be multiple offers – crikey! I’d be at my wits end too and crying to boot!
    I agree, make it a free gig and have the doormen/women welcome everyone.
    Use the time as a rehearsal, try out new things, have mwp, tp and pk sing their solo stuff – go nuts!
    I’m freaking out!!!!

  16. avatar
    veleska1970 | 23 April 2007 at 8:34 pm #

    wet clothes~~oh no!! why can’t any of your tours go off without any hitches? i remember last year’s fiasco with villainous washing machines and dryers and how your clothes shrunk. **pfft** it’s one thing after another, huh, killa?

    are you going to visit the twillies while there? that should cheer you up.

    what~~sold virtually almost no tickets?!?!?! what is the matter with people? don’t they realize what they are missing??

    “my get up n go just got up n went”
    hahahaha…..mine left ages ago. in fact, it doesn’t even telephone me anymore!!!

  17. avatar
    veleska1970 | 23 April 2007 at 8:37 pm #

    to my fellow fiends: well, no CT scan today. the insurance for the guy that hit me refused to pay it. i cannot afford it. besides, even if i could, why should i pay for it~~it was HIS fault. but i cannot afford it anyway.

    yes, i’ve contacted a lawyer. i really don’t, DON’T want/need this crap right now……


  18. avatar
    John Garratt | 23 April 2007 at 8:46 pm #

    Find some big, flat rocks. Lay them out in the sun. Turn them over.

    John Garratt

  19. avatar
    isolde | 23 April 2007 at 8:52 pm #

    sounds a little wet wet wet

    bring out the The Shirt and give those scandinavians some skin for their money

  20. avatar
    verdelay | 23 April 2007 at 8:57 pm #

    The Great Book of rock and roll
    Will be written by those
    Who could be
    And read
    By those who couldn’t

  21. avatar
    mandn | 23 April 2007 at 9:17 pm #

    play naked. that’ll sell tickets Orpheus.
    or at least get you some very interesting press. 😉


  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 April 2007 at 9:33 pm #

    Steve, I hope the show is a good one for you and the rest of the band as well as the fans.

    When you’re feeling tired & defeated, just think of how much us fans appreciate your effort and how much joy we get from seeing you guys play.

    You may not be living in lavish acommodations or compensated as much as you should be, but we do appreciate your hard work.

    Daniel W.

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    Anonymous | 23 April 2007 at 9:41 pm #


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    Brian | 23 April 2007 at 10:22 pm #

    It sounds the band needs a Gofer Corp, one or two volunteers in each city on the tour who will be there for domestic emergencies and local knowledge. Marty’s parking problems, busticated phones and dodgy dryers should not be allowed to make the tour any harder than it already is.

    Good idea, or is it weird to let creepy fanboyz volunteer to wash your clothes?

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 April 2007 at 10:35 pm #

    I suppose you dont have time to hang them on a clothesline? Thats what i do to save gas and energy. Then again, it must be hard finding a clothesline in denmark. Maybe you should go on stage for the next show naked, just you and your fender bass. ‘The church, with special guest: Steve Kilbey Naked!’ hahaha. No really, it will get better. Theres got to be more than one dryer somewhere.
    Galveston TX

  26. avatar
    ed in fl | 23 April 2007 at 11:04 pm #

    What a sad, beleagured tale you tell, and tell it well you do. Thanks for the insight and remember that in other parts of the world you and your band are revered.

    ed in fl

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    Anonymous | 23 April 2007 at 11:27 pm #

    Got Mimesis & you’re right it is “brilliant”. Nexta time want to play it in the right atmosphere, it deserves candles & a nice glass of… then take me away to the land of…
    Thanks to the person who put the link up.

    This morn on breakfast radio MMM in their promo, heard u singing “I’m almost with you”, how appropriate as you’re almost with the twillies. U must have good vibes today. Hope the show tonite really rocks & is sold out, the same goes for the rest of them.

    Peace & love,

    p.s. To Davem – We’re relying on you to give us a good review of the Brighton & London shows.
    Only afew days to go now.

  28. avatar
    Tim | 23 April 2007 at 11:46 pm #

    Thanks Mr. Being…

    Nothing like someone else’s problems to make your own feel small by comparison….

    Sounds like the making of a great dark comedy…

    Spinal Tap 25 years after perhaps…all kidding aside..if it was easy, everybody would be doing it!

    Keep Rocking!


  29. avatar
    mattdavison | 24 April 2007 at 12:08 am #

    you know I think you are the greatest band ever to walk the face of the earth……. But ya needed to have another hit single or album before the European your.

    Ya gotta get back to aus and get one on the charts… Man it frustrates me. “Block” Shudda been

    Come on.

    And washing?? well we all got dirty’ laundry, eh.

    Gzzz I gotta stop having dreams about the Crunch.

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 April 2007 at 12:41 am #

    Thanks for taking the time out to share the experience.
    It always sounded a bit ambitious but you gotta have ambitions right?

    Dutch Pierre

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 April 2007 at 1:26 am #

    “i would take it all away for you”, that’s what my mom would say when i was hurt. it always made me buck-up and get tough. yeah, i second the rehearsal idea. try some new stuff. could be a fabulous legal bootleg sometime in the future.


  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 April 2007 at 2:50 am #


    Hopefully you will find these bloggs humourous in a couple of weeks !!!


  33. avatar
    eek | 24 April 2007 at 3:59 am #

    Some days are a hard slog just to get through, aren’t they? For reasons I won’t go into I’m having one of those days too today. Sucks. I hope your visit with the twillies helps brighten tomorrow a bit for you.

  34. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 24 April 2007 at 4:10 am #

    Ha ! – but if you’d billed the show as a “Steve Kilbey Wet T-Shirt Competition” I’m sure you would have pulled a full house in a matter of minutes.

    gareth, I agree with ya. I remember ‘Mew’ from 2002 or something – they had a coupla sprawling tracks which made good travelling music. should check em out again.

    veleska1970 – at dawn in Heliopolis like a phoenix she rises.

  35. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 24 April 2007 at 5:03 am #

    please hello is this steves wife…? in america?


  36. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 24 April 2007 at 5:21 am #

    …being here, doing this…

    that was priceless !

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 April 2007 at 6:22 am #

    Steve, you’re lead singer of one of the best bands this world has.

    ^^ The problem is that most people in this world have shitty taste in music. ^^

  38. avatar
    don joe | 24 April 2007 at 7:45 am #

    Drop everything and take a long walk away from where you are. Walk till everything looks solid, look at people. get extroverted, get your focus on the here and now baybeeee!! try some solid nourishment and relax. go and rock then take the next thing to hand and do it. I can only offer advice. you have to decide if you will or won’t. It works for me everytime.

    Anywho, wishing you a strong DO WELL postulate. you will make it, you’ve been through worse.

    don joe

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 April 2007 at 8:10 am #

    Dearest Steve,
    i took a week off work without pay, travelled in a cramped airplane, shuffled through endless bureaucracy,stayed in a dutch cupboard,missed a friends wedding (really!) BUT IT WAS WORTH EVERY MINUTE AND EVERY PENNY!!
    You rocked, in souled-out amsterdam & could easily have filled the main hall, also utrecht..great show.
    Don’t despair my friend, you give mucho pleasure to many.
    Play preston again!
    I’ll put you up, feed you massala dhosas from local hindu bakery,wash yr clothes,give u a phone & make sure of a large appreciative crowd!!


  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 April 2007 at 10:27 am #

    Easy – this is the classic case of positive spin. Wet clothes, empty hall, confused state. Translation: clean clothes, have a gig, this buzz ain’t bad. Could be worse, my friend.

    Bradley “Spin” Bee

  41. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 24 April 2007 at 2:53 pm #

    It is the music industry’s fault. The Church are vocally, instrumentally and lyrically one of the most talented bands in the world tantamount to Radiohead(Even Better. However, the Church are overlooked by the media that loves sappy crap music and violent rap noise pollution.

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