posted on February 7, 2009 at 8:36 pm

i dont know what to say
the words rush into my mind
and get jammed as they fall onto the page
beauty still staggers me
lovely music moves me to the other place
dylan or bolans words move through me like ‘lectricty
gods grace…..oh pray for it unceasingly
i ride the rollercoaster and i go up
kilbey down is a deep sordid horror
but kilbey up…..ah …i wonder have you ever been this high, childe?
when someone shuts up that nagglng voice in my head
when someone in the next room says
steven you are cleared for liftoff
oh to have this head without all those voices
i spent twenty years in an asylum in france
just to escape these voices….
and notwithstanding
i start to ascend the great arc of a mood swing
its the paint you see
the cobalt blue
inhaling its deadly vapours all day longer
i have gone quite quite strange…oooh rather!
and now
i lick the cobalt straight from the tube
and guess what?
aside from making me completely crazed
i feel much myself at home
you think i only got this one mansuit?
well youre right actually
god i’d change it if i could
change it for something more a la mode
you see before you the ravings of a ghost
a ghost in a suit
a ghost of a chance
wholly 100% ghost
spirit come and take me now
in some other un-universe
k/k is finally done
a thing of gentle love and beauty
a thing of subtlety and wonder
a thing of such exquisite charm
2 of the best doing what they do best
mk with his panoramic vistas
his attention to detail
his many simple things which imply a cosmic complexity
his honesty and integrity
his own original one-off take on music
even the simplest things sound like him
of course i always mention glenn bennie
another melbourne guitar wizard
these 2 guys whatever they do
and completely different to each other
no thats no easy feat
to sound like no other
in this world of imitation
originality is number one in my book
out of all those geezers n gals
who pick up that guitar for the first fucken time
to those who persevere and learn to play C
to those who go on to play in bands
finally culminating n people like mk n gb
who let the universe speak through them
when they play n compose
they are great artists manipulating the palette of rock
they cant help being themselves
both serve up scrumptious backing tracks
fit for me
yes me
and i dont sing on any olde thing
but when i hear mk n gbs music
the words go winging into my heart
saying sing me you crazy olde hippy sing me
and my voice wraps around those words
and in my mind i see it all unfolding
i walk through mks muted world of fogs and sighs
stripped of any great racket
the walls are transparent
you can see n hear n smell the great ocean
oh such clean songs
oh such simple inevitable songs
oh why hasnt someone written them before?
mk works at music like a watchmaker
fitting tiny parts together
or like a fresco painter preparing a wall for a master
a man who appreciates great music MUST contain distance
to these intriguing pieces
i do my thing
you know by now what that is
my voice croons intimately in your ear
i’m in the room
with you
so close
i am so close yet that music is so distant
and what i’m saying is kinda sad
but yet you feel so happy
being pulled in all directions here
the artists are stacking up juxtapositions
you strive for reconciliation with these various mixed emotions
you are elevated as the emotions tighten pulling you up
you reach the end of a song floating in yer disbelief
there may have been better lyricists before me
i do not deny
and to them i am truly indebted
but i do here n now
declare myself
the best in the world at what i do
no other has my depth my subtlety my vocabulary
nor my deep humilty (HA !)
no one exploring my field of melancholia
all to bring you that strange happiness
only an olde master like MOI can dream up
unpopular i maybe
but on my own excruciatingly high expectations
i am getting better n better
i mean its hard when youre as GOOD as MOI
its hard to get much better but….oh…gotta push that envelope
gotta try to….
gotta hold on to my tradition
gotta use all my tricks
gotta use all my voices
in the least amount i will imply more
i am an implier
i imply this n that
you infer this n that
you do all the work
you imagine it all
i aint telling you much
you gotta lotta room to move
mks givin’ya even more
go ahead
buy all my new records n weep
cos i hit the mark everytime
and baby
aint that what you expect from an old master bastard like

26 Responses to “apotheosis”

  1. avatar
    Freddie | 7 February 2009 at 10:02 pm #

    That’s exactly right baby!
    I been waiting here patiently
    a long time for those new records
    There’s no need to tell me about those songs & that voice.
    I’m ready to do my work 🙂

    ???blue paint?!!! surely you jest!

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 February 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    I should punch you in the point of your beautiful royal renaissEance high-pitched nose for disrespecting my rules, Sir, but, instead, I listened to s e a n c e this afternoon reaching for the reconciliation with the ghostly cobalt blue horizon. And I should add that it took all my blood and seventy senses to remain alive. It doesn’t change.
    Now don’t you seek for assurance in humans, all you need to be mildly peaceful to an extent in which you won’t fade creatively is to compliment your shadow. Wow, I really know () a lot. Hahahahaha.

  3. avatar
    seoigh | 7 February 2009 at 10:29 pm #

    That was a breath of the fresh and cool stuff there, boyo.

    You are definitely the best Steve Kilbey act I've ever seen.

    Do you find it hard to climb back into the magical realm of music past middle age? I do.

    When you're 20 it's hard to get out of it. It feels right to be passionate about songwriting and performance at that age. Somewhere around 40 it starts feeling like you're playing at child's games — that you are making a fool of yourself.

    You aren't, of course.

    I saw an interview with Dave Evans where he said that it was an odd thing being in a rock band in his 40's — that being in a rock band is akin to being in a street gang. It makes all the sense in the world at 17, but at 42 you feel silly.

    Of course feeling silly is merely the ego; as much satan as anything else could be. As we've discussed, being one with music is literally sacrament to some of us. Bolan is your canon; playing the bass and singing your liturgy.

    It suddenly occurs to me that this might all sound like an over reading into of the name The Church. It didn't even occur to me until right now, actually.


    Anything that keeps you from oneness with the Eternal is the Enemy.

    I was relieved to hear that becoming a blue tongued skink reversed ye olde pendulum. Your lows can get quite frustrating, after all.

    For the google-impaired:

  4. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 7 February 2009 at 10:39 pm #

    I was thinking about the k/k project just last night, so I’m very pleased it is finally done. I have a very strong feeling it might just turn out to be one of my favourite Killer releases ever. Aah, Steve…I wish to God you could understand how much your music means to people like me.

  5. avatar
    DEEP IN ARCHIVES | 7 February 2009 at 11:36 pm #

    Augh Ha!

    I knew there was much
    more going on…


  6. avatar
    PAGEY | 7 February 2009 at 11:41 pm #


    Great post. I can’t wait for the new releases. Amen..

  7. avatar
    kat | 7 February 2009 at 11:41 pm #


    a blue tongue?! lol

    ah if i tell bro that you mention dylan he will ask me to play political world. he really likes that song lately, and then some.

    can’t wait for mo’ kk!!


  8. avatar
    lily was here | 8 February 2009 at 12:37 am #

    Without a doubt. Its harder these days to be unique & original with a world of global influences swirling around us, information overload etc.. but you are uniquely unique, in all respects. Love that description of mk,the watchmaker. There's much to look forward to & explore. I just hope that somehow you get to enjoy the benefits of it all.Love xxxx

    ps Warner Bros & co are blocking all your online audio (ie youtube, myspace etc) for copyright reasons. I hope the new album goes platinum, titanium! and Unorthodox makes a killing for you all.

  9. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 8 February 2009 at 12:41 am #

    Steve Kilbey’s lyrics, vocals and music have had an inexplicable influence on my choice of music. He’s made me less interested in Julian Cope, Morrissey and The Cure. Conversely, I’m getting more into the Pretenders, Howard Jones and 10cc/ Godley/Creme. By the way Howard Jones’ non-commercial music is really great. He’s tainted because a few of his 1980’s hits were really enervating.

    Back to Sk and his eclecticism. I repeat he’s on a par with Ray Davies and Michael Stipe. Good company is much preferable to Bad “Feel Like Making Love” Company. BTO=BO ! My guitar avatar Jeff Beck kicked ass on his recent Australian Tour !

  10. avatar
    lily was here | 8 February 2009 at 12:48 am #

    Apotheosis meaning from Wikipedia: (Greek ἀποθεόω, apotheoō “to deify”) refers to the exaltation of a subject to divine level. The term has meanings in theology, where it refers to a belief, and in art, where it refers to a genre.

    In theology the term apotheosis refers to the idea that an individual, group, or locale has attained godlike stature. In art the term refers to the treatment of any subject (a figure, motif, convention or melody) in a particularly grand or exalted manner”

    Just in case anyone’s wondering. I cant get used to this comment moderation thing


    March 6th Barwon Heads Hotel VIC (warm-up gig)
    March 7th East Brunswick Club, Melb VIC
    March 8th Golden Plains Festival Meredith VIC
    March 13th Sands Tavern Maroochydore QLD
    March 14th The Zoo, Brisbane QLD
    March 15th The Factory, Sydney NSW

    Castlemaine gig is off now. The Church will play Golden Plains festival the 8th instead, around 6pm.

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2009 at 12:49 am #

    that’s our kilbey. the one i grew up with. staring into that pool of water. makes me feel young again.


  12. avatar
    princey | 8 February 2009 at 12:53 am #

    It makes me happy that you’re happy again sk. I’ll be letting KK take me to that other place, that’s for sure!
    love Amanda

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2009 at 12:53 am #

    I don’t know about anyone else, but you are MY favorite lyricist.
    And bass player too for that matter.
    I believe you to be very underrated in that part of your musical abilities, but that’s just my opinion.
    Oh, I’m sure there are some idiots who listen to your words and go “huh?”
    But for those of us who do indeed appreciate the time GOOD musicians take in crafting layers upon layers of musical crescendos and magnum opuses…you are indeed a gem.

    Rock On Baby!!!
    Tampa, Fl

  14. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 8 February 2009 at 1:11 am #

    dunno it my last comment went through before my puter decided to chuck a whammy…..just said somethin’ about hitting the aural/psycic/mental/emotional g spot….
    also wanted to know when the k/k album would be available and when….details, details, details….
    love always…

  15. avatar
    phil in Canbagerra | 8 February 2009 at 5:36 am #

    Buy all this guy’s albums and weep….

    Weep for the philistines and yobs that surround us..

    Weep for the ridiculous code of “mateship”…

    Weep for this fresh buring inferno hell called “New Holland”.

    Weep for Nicole K and Tom C..

    Burn Hollywood Burn

  16. avatar
    davem | 8 February 2009 at 7:10 am #

    I concur.
    You are the master.
    Can’t wait to hear it.
    Much love to you SK and all your fiends across the globe.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2009 at 11:06 am #

    Look at that buisness woman
    she’s got a head on her shoulders
    look at that buisness woman
    she’s not that much older than you

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    so, what happened to the comments….?

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2009 at 2:40 pm #

    I didn’t expect to see you again…

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2009 at 5:37 pm #

    I Love You .xo:)xo 🙁

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    buy all my new records n weep???

    Not until Richard Ploog is back

  22. avatar
    ScaughtFive | 8 February 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    And we are the chorus and we agree. You are truly filled with imaginary puissance, you Olde Master Bastard, sir!!!

  23. avatar
    A.M. | 8 February 2009 at 11:44 pm #

    You and Dionysus… like two brothers, I say.

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 February 2009 at 12:38 am #

    I don’t know what to do with myself 😐 😉

  25. avatar
    megalomaniac | 9 February 2009 at 5:26 am #

    strange happiness, that’s the way to describe it you megalomaniac fucked up person, love u man

  26. avatar
    catchow | 9 February 2009 at 10:35 am #

    don’t change your mansuit “for
    something more a la mode”, Steven,
    it’s yours and i think it suits you
    fine,very fine.
    as you’re gifted for everything,
    you just can make it more better.
    Are there many asylums in France?… no wonder!…

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