posted on September 21, 2011 at 10:16 pm

i had to cram so many things to store everything in there

ok this is the deal

ask me a question ABOUT MY MUSIC  in my comments and i’ll answer ya

one question per commenter please

go on and make sure its an interesting question too

i’ll check in from time to time and answer em as they come up







  1. avatar
    Ben Dobson | 21 September 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    Hi Steve.

    In ‘disappear’, who was the singer ” who’s long dead but his voice goes on and on”?

    God bless u kind sir

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      thetimebeing | 21 September 2011 at 10:37 pm #

      hey ben
      the singer was me

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        Galamor the Wizard | 22 September 2011 at 10:59 pm #

        Wow, I always assumed that it was John Lennon given the time that that song came out. Thanks for clearing that up!

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    Mark Lubinsky | 21 September 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    What is your favorite Church L.P.?

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      thetimebeing | 21 September 2011 at 10:45 pm #

      dear mark
      actually i change my mind a bit
      none of them have ever been exactly right….yet…
      i do think priest =aura is pretty good
      i think back with 2 beasts is pretty fucking good too
      all things considering
      but more and more i like individual songs from all periods
      but pushed to say one i’d say so far p=a

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    Ben Dobson | 21 September 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    There u go. Cracking song. Still one of my faves, particuliarly when out running.

    Cheers Steve

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    princey | 21 September 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    Q. tell me the truth sk, the “3 Album Tour” is coming up in Oz in December (although there’s no Melby gig announced yet!), how do you really feel about playing for almost 4 hours on stage these days???

    (I’m really looking forward to it btw!!! 🙂

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      thetimebeing | 21 September 2011 at 10:54 pm #

      dear one true fan
      its more like 3 hours
      i have to be fit
      running around with a bass guitar and singing is a unique kinda fitness
      but let me say this
      when we did this show in america
      i felt completely anaesthetised from all other feelings
      this show is the most intense expression of the church ever seen
      u23 is a fantastic colourful prologue
      p=a as a whole album is a seriously heady trip
      and starfish is the dessert
      all nice and authentic
      but i guess i could be preaching to the converted…..

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        princey | 21 September 2011 at 11:02 pm #

        sounds good to me, thank you for your time, Timebeing 🙂

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        Ryan | 21 September 2011 at 11:15 pm #

        it was an incredible tour. the best i’ve ever seen. imagine being hypnotized for 3 hrs, swirling through a dreamstate of intense emotion, memories, nostalgia, euphoria. and surfacing 3 hours later disoriented and slightly unmoored. changed on some fundamental level.

        i never imagined priest=aura could sound so good live. it’s even better than the album version. you guys pulled it off in spades.

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          thetimebeing | 21 September 2011 at 11:54 pm #

          1 hey ryan i’m glad you feel that way
          i know you would be a scathing critic if we didnt deliver the goods ever
          i know you demand a lot from your music and especially lyrics
          your praise is most appreciated
          2 where is the question?

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            Ryan | 22 September 2011 at 5:49 pm #

            1 if you didn’t deliver the goods i would egg the stage and then poke you in the (good) eye in the parking lot
            2 the question is, how do you decide how to deliver a lyric? how to sing or intone it, the rhythm, etc? does the music dictate it? some of your coolest deliveries have this sort of broken rhythm, slightly off where you’d expect it, and i always really hook into those. do you have to mess around with it a bit or does it just come out like that?

            yes, that’s one question. aspects of the same question, resonances all folded into one. if i could count i’d be a mathematician.

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            thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 5:56 pm #

            ryan i usually experiment as i sing it
            in the old days producers would ask me to sing songs over and over
            they would cut between 24 vocal takes sometimes choosing syllables from here or there
            these days i suit myself
            i get an overall idea of words and melody and how it will fit
            and then i record it say 7 times
            i usually hit upon all that stuff you like as i go along
            sometimes i have to keep working on it continually as i go
            sometimes it takes a while to figure out how to sing a song
            look at dylan man
            sometimes it took other people to figure out how to realise the potential of each song
            have you heard the original all along the watchtower?
            its like a sketch
            but jimi fleshed that out into a huge thing

  5. avatar
    Don Quan | 21 September 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    Hello Steve,
    You mentioned above that none of your albums have ever been exactly right. Which album would you most like to go back to and make ‘right’?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:07 am #

      hey don my man
      i would not like to revisit any of them for the purposes of getting them right
      even if i knew what that would actually require
      which i wouldnt necessarily
      i am done with them
      thats how they are
      i dont want to change them
      i cant be bothered
      i’d rather do something new
      i dont listen to em
      i dont think about em much
      only occasionally i suppose
      i am only interested really in recording new music
      i intend to go down swinging

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        Don Quan | 22 September 2011 at 2:37 am #

        Thank you for your reply, sir. In fact, I don’t think there’s anything not ‘right’ about anything you’ve ever released. I still have a vinyl copy of “Unearthed” that I reckon is my favorite thing you’ve ever done. Cheers, Steve!

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        Don Quan | 22 September 2011 at 4:03 pm #

        Thanks, Steve! Hope The Church can come to Asia sometime for a show!

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    Sten | 21 September 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    What is your favorite cover-version that another band/artist has done of one of your own songs?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:03 am #

      the geezer that did chaos recently from scotland
      for some reason i really like what hes done with it
      he found another subtle angle
      i really really like the way he sings it
      and phooey to anyone who doesnt like it
      can someone else please post his details here for people to check it out

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    mrkillabee | 21 September 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    Hi steve…
    how you explain your love for 12-string guitars?
    why the fretless bass is gone?
    I really like “city” on GAF … it reminds me of some writings of Moorcock … Can you tell me more about this song … an anecdote perhaps?

    mille merci de la planete France!!!!

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 21 September 2011 at 11:59 pm #

      hey thats a few questions there mrkillabee
      12 string acoustics are much more orchestral and “bigger” than a 6
      i pawned my fretless bass when i was on the gear and i lost it
      i love moorcock perhaps he has surfaced in this song
      city is a vague song and its now quite impenetrable to me
      at the time i would have had a vision of that city but now that image is almost gone
      it is one of the three tracks on that album to have richard ploog actually playing on it

      • avatar
        Daniel Watkins | 22 September 2011 at 1:59 am #

        That’s cool, I didn’t realize he was actually playing on ANY of the tracks – I thought they were all sampled/programmed.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 21 September 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    In the decades of tours and concerts, I can imagine an influence tugging and pulling on the four of you to make a “Live” cd, possibly accompanied by a dvd with all that extra footage and stuff…my question is : who, of the four of you in the church, has petitioned the hardest for it and who wants no part of it?

    Darrin K.

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      thetimebeing | 21 September 2011 at 11:49 pm #

      i dont want it the most because the singing aspect worries me
      that is the reason plus we never seem to capture how it seemed to feel
      the others have all pushed for it from time to time
      the opera house thingy is coming soon by the way

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 21 September 2011 at 11:54 pm #

        Thank you for making my day, the ‘opera house thingy’ will be epic, and Steve, iv heard you sing ‘ live’ countless times- and trust me you have never sounded better than the previous tour. You are the gem, the fine wine, that which becomes flawless with age.

        Darrin K.

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          thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:08 am #

          hey dazza
          i hope its as good as you hope it will be
          time will tell
          regards sk

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    Daniel Watkins | 21 September 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    Compared to the days when it was just you and a 4-track (or 8 track) doing demos alone, how does the current availability of a) higher recording technology and b) an array of collaborators, change the way you write/record songs and the final outcome?

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      thetimebeing | 21 September 2011 at 11:47 pm #

      everything has changed yet its still the same deal
      someone somehow comes up with some music
      and i write and sing on top of that
      the technology makes it easier quicker and all that yes
      but its still the same game at its heart
      and thats all thats important to me
      the song itself
      and all the rest is just however it comes….
      thanks daniel

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        Daniel Watkins | 22 September 2011 at 2:01 am #

        Excellent, thanks for the reply!

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    Ron Bonham | 21 September 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    The opening 30 seconds of Hotel Womb, is that another song/jam or just an intro the band came up with for that song?


    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 21 September 2011 at 11:44 pm #

      it was a little piece of music we had written at the same time
      we just stuck it on the beginning

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    chris moore | 21 September 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    Why no songs about the platypus?

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 21 September 2011 at 11:43 pm #

      didnt you know under the milky way was inspired by my pet platypus binky….?

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    john sheehan | 21 September 2011 at 11:25 pm #


    Are there any newer bands u draw influence from since your fans have an idea of your influences(bolan Bowie,procul harum. ,etc)

    PS u make Bruce Springsteen look like a 3 toed Madagascar sloth! 🙂 in terms of ur energy .

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 21 September 2011 at 11:41 pm #

      i no longer draw influence
      i am incapable of it now
      i work my own seam and it is enough
      and that is good and bad isnt it?

      • avatar
        John Sheehan | 22 September 2011 at 2:58 am #


        There is no bad when you connect with your audience soul 2 soul and leave people asking the question ” how come I don’t know of this and why don t they play this on radio?” upon hearing anything you do!. It only becomes bad when you become cliche. I can relate to what you can only draw from and as expected an on point reply as that is what happens when you shoot from the heart.

        Whatever inspires you internally or externally works for your fans as we enjoy the journey you express through your multi talents!

        We can appreciate great works like Dali or the “Garden of Giveny” but could never do it. Fortunately, we are in the present benefiting from your labors of love.


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    cta102 | 21 September 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    Just wondering if you had been reading ‘Out of the silent planet’ around the time of writing The Blurred Crusade as some of the imaginary is similar

    I did ask a certain MWP when I once met him but he wasn’t sure

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      thetimebeing | 21 September 2011 at 11:39 pm #

      i certainly have read out of the silent planet when i was a kid
      other than field of mars i’m interested to know the things you have noticed
      if anything is in there it is most certainly subliminally

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    Sami from FInland | 21 September 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    Hello, Steve!

    First I’d like to tell that I’ve been a fan to the Church and all Church-related stuff for 25 years now. In the 80’s I had to go thru a lot of effort to find the records and stuff, but nowadays it’s so much easier ’cause of the Internet.

    But my question is: What album would You re-record if You had a second chance?
    I’ve always thought that the songs on “Seance” would have deserved a better work on mixing, mastering and soundwise…But, that’s only my view.
    Btw, any chance for a European tour?


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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:44 am #

      hey sami
      i couldnt bear to re record any of it
      its just not what i do
      they are as they are as they are
      i have such horror at the prospect of having to re-do something
      that i cant even consider it hypothetically ….

  15. avatar
    Ray OK | 21 September 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    I see you have teamed up with Ricky Maymi on a album. I’ve yet to hear it as it seems not available in the States. I happen to be a big fan of both your music and the Church as well as the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Are you planning on releasing this record to broader distribution in the future? Also, I realize this is two questions 🙂 …however, how much influence did your experience with narcotics have on your song-writing sensibility?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:42 am #

      ok ray
      you can download it at bandcamp at the moment
      im thinking the whole distribution thing thru
      havent really decided but in the meantime pay yer 16 bucks n download it
      in the beginning opium and heroin gave me some definite inspiration
      and for fucksake before some wowser starts screaming from his soapbox
      remember coleridges kubla khan for god sake
      it was an opium dream
      its considered one of the best poems extant in the english language
      p=a was made in the honeymoon phase as was narcosis
      you can hear it in the words the music and the intent
      but narcotics eventually overcome you
      and then you either are jonesing and incapable of work
      or stoned sleepy and cant be bothered
      no one can stay in the honeymoon period
      please read opium by jean cocteau
      also i believe
      when a visionary artist ingests a drug seeking inspiration
      that is his business and it is his right to do so
      and fuck the petty morals and draconic legal bullshit!
      but i dont recommend it…
      i was lucky that i could escape its gravity
      it is not a good thing at all

      • avatar
        Ray OK | 22 September 2011 at 12:53 am #

        Thanks Steve! A beautiful response and I agree 100% with you. I also do not recommend it, but having said that, I do not regret my experiences with narcotics, overall, but am glad to be free of it.

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    KevinN | 21 September 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    I have always loved the song “the moon and the sea” off the refomation record. One of my all time favorites. what do you remember about writing/recording that song? Did you consider to play it live at the Autism show? I know it was not played finally, but was it considered?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:31 am #

      i really dont think that song would sound good played live
      it is better just to leave it as it is i feel
      i wrote the song and had a vision of this house
      several years later in delaware i saw the very house i had imagined
      down on some desolate beach
      weird, eh?

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    Magnus Grönbäck | 21 September 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    Hello. I’m a long time fan. I love the album “After everything now this”. Great title for an album. Was the title just humoristic for a “comeback”-album or refering to something else? Thank you in advance… 😀 Magnus

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:29 am #

      it was a phrase i was tossing around during a tour of ireland
      it was just me and marty and i was on the gear and rushing back to dublin
      where i had a connection and then onto wherever cork or belfast etc
      the phrase came to me in my miserable condition because everything was always going wrong
      it was one thing on top of another
      its a great phrase
      i was happy when i came up with it
      its very appropriate for that time

  18. avatar
    mattyc | 21 September 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    Hi Steve,

    Do you feel your best music is written spontaneously, or when you reflect for a time, build a framework and flesh it out?


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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:25 am #

      i think both can produce results that have their own charms and problems
      i favour no particular method and am happy to do it anyway or any mixture in between
      a good mixture of these 2 ways is a safe bet for successful music, i’d say…
      and a songwriter should master both i think

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    atha | 21 September 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    You have touched on Hinduism a few times and I would like to hear more of that. You incorp some yoga moves in to your shows & all over your paintings so it seems like a big part of your life. Do you plan to include some more of this in to future music? Maya is one of my favorite Church songs and it’s in some of my yoga playlists right along side traditional Indian music & the Tantalized Redux. I would like to see a SK solo project based on this area of your life. Any plans on this? Namaste.

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:21 am #

      i will always be somehow and more or less incorporating things of this nature
      hinduism is such a rich source of inspiration
      the hindus say that all songs and art should aim to glorify god
      well i say thats a good start
      at this stage however i have no immediate plans to do something like what youre suggesting
      nonetheless it remains as a relatively good possibility….

  20. avatar
    Boriah | 21 September 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    Of all the basses you´ve owned/played, which one was your favourite and why?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:15 am #

      dear mr B
      the one i own now is the most exquisite bass guitar
      it is the very alpha and omega of bass guitars
      i love it and i feel it somehow loves me back
      it is an unbearably sublime instrument
      a stradivarius equivalent in a bass
      i’m sure there are better fender jazzes than mine out there
      but ive never played one
      that bass guitar is an extension of me
      it fucking just about plays itself
      and its notes are deep and crisp and even
      in my humble opinion
      the fender jazz bass is absolutely the last word in electric bass guitars
      everything else is a bit mickey mouse compared to a jazz
      they are the rolls royce
      they are for whatever reason the one for me

      • avatar
        Boriah | 22 September 2011 at 12:36 am #

        Thanks for the answer Steve. I could recommend you a lot of different brands that, in my opinion, would suit better to your playing. But anyway, glad you made up your mind long time ago choosing the Fender Jazz as your companion.

        I have more questions so more blogs about Q&A in the future would be much appreciated.


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          thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:51 am #

          you would never ever convince me
          it is impossible
          for me the jazz is the summit
          i am stubbornly unimpressed by anything else
          and actually not even interested in giving anything else a try
          i like to settle things in my mind and move on
          i settle on an instrument and its like a pet
          i couldnt swap my bass for anything you could possibly imagine
          unless it was a better jazz than mine
          my deepest instincts as a bass player is that this is the bass for me
          i can look no further
          hows that for closedmindedness?

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            Boriah | 22 September 2011 at 12:57 am #

            Sure yeah, I understand you 100%. In my case, I dont know why (is it the shape and size of my hands???) I feel the same for Fender guitars. And hey, the most comfortable guit I ever played is a Squier, way far cheaper that a classic Fender Strato. So, yeah.

            In basses, I have some Fenders, but I love a blue MusicMan Stingray that I have. the deep tone of that bass is unbeatable.

            Yeah, it´s like women, it´s the feeling, skin deep.

            Thankya sir!

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            Cath | 22 September 2011 at 7:40 am #

            Yes they become an extension of you so charged with vibration and intent, magical doorways for melodies and rhythms, i struggle to let others play my guitar, i want the vibrations untainted. Your bass is your best friend, my guitar has been my life saver many a time, they never desert, abandon or hurt you only be faithful to you! end of blurb!

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            thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:02 pm #

            the instruments become charged with intention
            peters guitars for example are full of his playing

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    Ray OK | 22 September 2011 at 12:13 am #

    You know, I almost want to retract that second question, about your experiene with drugs and music. It’s probably stupid. I happen to have had an addiction myself and know that it has at least influenced my worldview, which in turn probably influences how I think about things. If you think the second question is stupid I certainly won’t be disappointed if you don’t answer it. 🙂

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:56 am #

      hey ray
      an addiction changes everything
      my oh my fuck yes!
      and it seeps into your art if youre an artist
      how could it not?
      opiates create a feverish series of vivid visions
      in the space of one minute you can dream an entire life
      but the visions are elusive and hard to pin down
      and the drug itself and the problems inherent
      mean that the nasty consequences far outweigh any inspiration in it
      unless youre a fucking genius i guess and willing to take that risk
      still i dont recommend it

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    Phil | 22 September 2011 at 12:40 am #

    How do you decide when to use live instruments for a certain arrangement (like strings on Maya, or horns and strings on Heyday), as opposed synthesized instruments? Also, do you or does somewhere else actually write the parts down on paper? P.S. thanks for doing this!

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:46 am #

      its usually a random kind of thing
      however it comes down the line
      both have ups and downs
      i cant write music on paper
      i write string lines on keyboards
      i dont really know much about it
      but i have a good modus operandi and i just kinda work it

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    Phil | 22 September 2011 at 12:50 am #

    Well the M.O. obviously works. Btw “I have a good modus operandi” and “I just kinda work it” could totally pass for Zappa song titles (instrumental song titles, however).

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    Lara | 22 September 2011 at 12:59 am #

    Wow. My laptop fried and I almost missed question day…

    Oh so many, but here’s one: do you hear music when you write this blog?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 1:08 am #

      sometimes and especially lately
      when i seem to be breaking into that hexameter or whatever it is
      then i have some dummy nondescript music going on
      just to kinda keep time
      but its nothing special believe me…
      one blog a while back was based on the song jeffrey n i wrote
      its the title track of our new record
      life somewhere else
      i took the feeling of that to write some added extra verses
      lately ive been listening to my tinnitus treatment music the classical stuff as i write
      i guess thats somehow getting in there
      how could it not?
      love on you lovely lara !

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 22 September 2011 at 1:18 am #


    just had to throw that i’m here, stolen from overproduced and indulged Disney movie…

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    Ceiltsei Cshrivan | 22 September 2011 at 1:22 am #

    There was a time when you recorded these rich complicated songs where layer upon layer of different emotions bound themselves into the state of something like.. remindlessness, which pretty much became my favorite piece of music. Do you ever plan on doing something this wicked ever again? (or perhaps another solo)

    Also, just to be a bastard, here’s how I found your music -> Business Woman. Something of a rebel beneath the haze.

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 1:36 am #

      this is an interesting question
      i can only make music like remindlessness on my own
      i mean i can have guests come in and improvise on top of finished tracks
      but i have to be hands on controlling the whole thing
      i have to be the engineer i have to write n play everything
      i have to be the main man in everyway
      on remindlessness i called every possible shot
      it was totally me with all the good and bad of that
      since then i have not really recorded in a hands on manner
      for various reasons and lazinesses and blah blah blah
      i intend to rectify that soon with a series of solo albums
      wherein i will play and do everything
      maybe someone else could mix it
      but everything else will be pure undiluted me
      i will be using logic and my mac
      i have some nice speakers and a few guitars
      a good mic and interface
      this is the beginning
      i tell you the scope and grandeur of what i could create
      or the precision mood sculpting now possible
      i am almost reluctant to begin…
      in some ways it will almost certainly be the best work of my career
      it will be undiluted unpolluted and straight from me to you
      nobody else will have any say whatsoever
      its a good and a bad thing isnt it?

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        Ceiltsei Cshrivan | 22 September 2011 at 1:59 am #

        No, it will be perfect!
        The good and the bad make the diamond a personal and precious gift.

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        Daniel Watkins | 22 September 2011 at 2:11 am #

        That sounds great! I love the collaborations and the band stuff of course, but I’m fascinated by what you come up with all by yourself, esp when you have to do EVERYTHING. Very cool to hear how that kind of thing turns out.

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        Paul | 22 September 2011 at 2:35 am #

        I’ll mix/remix it for you steven…… for free!!!!! an honour, etc……… in return you could sing a song on our next set of recordings…… all written and demo done…… would suit your voice……

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        princey | 22 September 2011 at 11:57 am #

        Best news I’ve heard in ages, we NEED these solo recordings sk, pronto!

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      Anonymous | 22 September 2011 at 5:52 am #

      that was the question (and statement; though from me it would be “bitch,” not bastard… didn’t know that was the name of the song, … fitting; and the only Church song I don’t like all that much) on my mind; thank you – no redundancy needed. though… PKiller, I believe, is the most beautiful album ever recorded. when I last stated that quasi-publicly — in the company of a huge Church fan; his eyebrow went up… what? what did I say?… I know, I’m sorry, but it is just stunning! but a few months later, we were out again and he told me just out of the blue, you know, you’re right — I re-listened to PKiller and “those layers” — I can see why it’s your favorite.

      floating through layers… nobody on the planet can do it as well – so with his answer to your question… thank you for asking; and I look forward to lots of layers.

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        thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:24 pm #

        oh i am so glad some people are digging painkiller!

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          Lara | 23 September 2011 at 1:24 am #

          Did you ever doubt that? It’s a treasure, one of my favorite things you’ve done. I have it in my office and play it whenever I need a lift (or sometimes when I just need to calm the fuck down and get some perspective).

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            thetimebeing | 23 September 2011 at 11:06 am #

            dear lara i cant tell which record youre referring to
            ive lost track of the thread
            please do remind me

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            Lara | 23 September 2011 at 1:07 pm #

            Oops. That would be Painkiller. 🙂

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            thetimebeing | 23 September 2011 at 5:47 pm #

            painkiller yes indeed
            does it kill the pain for you lara?
            what more can i ask for than that?
            careful tho they might make it illegal and test you for it…..

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            Lara | 23 September 2011 at 11:15 pm #

            They should be happy I’m teaching under the influence in this case. Besides, I have tenure: can’t be fired. 😉

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        Narelle | 22 September 2011 at 12:45 pm #

        I totally agree…its about the only CD I play…a bit crackers really!!

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    Cee | 22 September 2011 at 1:54 am #

    Hola Esteban,
    Multiple choice. Pick one question to answer please.

    1. What 5 musicians (living or dead) would you like to share a stage with?
    2. What book would you like to write the soundtrack for?
    3. Do men start bands mostly to pull chicks?

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    monksphere | 22 September 2011 at 2:20 am #

    Thank you muchly for today’s blog. Very, very, very generous.
    Wondering how the tinnitus treatment is coming along. Does the condition affect your live performances or is it just noticeable in quieter environs? Does it distract from your songwriting?

    Wishing you the best, Anthony.

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 8:09 pm #

      its driving me crazy
      it ruins everything
      its much worse after a gig
      dunno how treatment is going…yet…

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    Adam | 22 September 2011 at 2:23 am #

    I have long been fascinated by what the meaning or inspiration of two different songs are. Could you shed some light on this for me? Thank you.

    The Songs are:
    1. After Everything – After Everything Now This
    2. Welcome – Magician Among The Spirits

    The first one I have foggy idea or at least my own interpretation, but I am totally baffled by Welcome and always have been. These are two beloved songs for me and I am very eager to hear it straight from the author.


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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 8:08 pm #

      after everything is the last thoughts of a dying man
      welcome is simply a list of characters

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    steveboyle1 | 22 September 2011 at 2:25 am #

    Hey Steve, Hope you are well. Is there any chance of doing another 3 album concentration tour in the future with 3 other albums? I heard rumblings from a “super-fan” at the Highline show, but that is the ONLY time I have heard it. Cheers

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 8:06 pm #

      its a possibilty
      i guess i heard talk about it too…
      you never know do you….?

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    bionicanna | 22 September 2011 at 2:36 am #

    do you feel affinity with any other bassists or singing bass players, and has playing bass affected your vocal style?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 8:03 pm #

      no not really
      no affinity really …is that strange…..?
      i think bass has affected how i sing live when i’m playing it
      but not when im in the studio just singing….

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    Grace | 22 September 2011 at 2:38 am #

    If the choice was yours and yours alone, which songs would you perform live and why? (I know, that’s two but who’s counting)

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 8:02 pm #

      grace it would always change
      i cant pin it down
      there are so many songs
      i never know what i want to do
      sometimes songs get played because theyre easy to play
      sometimes i just dont know
      i dont know what to play at all…..

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    roboticdeathhawk | 22 September 2011 at 2:52 am #

    Long-time listener, first time caller.

    How do your girls feel about being name-checked in a few of your songs?



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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 5:50 pm #

      they usually like it
      not that they hear it or think about it that often
      one day they might stumble on these songs
      when i am long gone
      and think about it

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    Freddie | 22 September 2011 at 3:11 am #

    Cool beans! :^)

    You have an amazing talent with song lyrics and Martin has a clip on YouTube of you writing song lyrics. On the surface it would seem that you have the remarkable ability to just write songs on the spot, any ole time and in any place you happen to be. Many artists have spells of inspiration followed by long dry spells. However looking back over your releases, you seem to always be on! Have you ever had a long dry spell? A time when the muse just seemed to desert you? If so when was that in the timeline of your music career?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 2:02 pm #

      if i ever had it it was in sweden doing some bits of after everything and dabble too
      but i never really had it since

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    nick | 22 September 2011 at 3:21 am #

    i heard somewhere that the church have taken a “live in the studio” approach as opposed to tracking individual instruments separately. if that is true, when and why did you guys make that decision?

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    MartyTheScot | 22 September 2011 at 3:26 am #

    Re: The Great Machine. It has a rare ‘feel to it (similar to ‘On Angel Street’) but every time I listen to it I wonder ‘did he have a really heavy cold the day he recorded the vocal?’

    Any recollection?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 1:56 pm #

      its a telephone voice i guess
      also i had a heavy addiction
      i was that detached and distant
      you can hear it all there
      i like that track
      i really do

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    crimsongate | 22 September 2011 at 4:01 am #

    Hi Steve,
    I’ve been listening to the Ricochet lately after a line grabbed me “You can’t be a lover if you want to keep on using. What are you using that’s stronger than the love”. I’ve been listening to the song for years and never “heard” that line. I first thought of a girlfriend I had who O’D but then realized for me, the line meant anything, not just a drug that keeps me from being a loving human being. My question is, what inspired Ricochet, and if you have any comments about the song in general or that line I’d love to hear them.

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      that line actually was about heroin
      heroin precludes romance pretty much
      i dunno what you could say the whole song is “about”
      its like a conversation starting one place and ending another

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    Steven Krut | 22 September 2011 at 4:04 am #

    How does it work exactly when you’re working with someone else’s music? Are these often fragments of musical ideas that you forge together into a coherent whole or are they often complete songs that just need lyrics? I’m especially interested in how you frequently achieve such memorable melodies. I just recently started writing songs and I find that sometimes the words suggest a melody.

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 1:47 pm #

      usually the geeza gives me the finished piece of music
      i sit down and i begin to sing stuff over the top
      thats it really

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    msmel | 22 September 2011 at 4:05 am #

    Why haven’t lyrics been on your liners? They read so beautifully and are another facet to be appreciated on a different level.
    Also, missed your day last week – happy BD to you Sto Lat!!
    Love you, msmel

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 1:46 pm #

      i dont want my lyrics read
      they are only to be heard
      (until i print my compleat lyric book)

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    Jonny Hollywood | 22 September 2011 at 4:50 am #

    my question is, How did you think up ‘The Church’ for a band name? and why? I think I know why but I am usually wrong so…

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 1:45 pm #

      there is no more answer left to this question jonny
      have another go for free

      • avatar
        Jonny Hollywood | 25 September 2011 at 12:47 pm #

        okay then, how bout you make the next year and a half blow by real fast for me so I don’t have to feel the pain of waiting waiting 🙂

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    timetunnel | 22 September 2011 at 5:21 am #

    I remember a radio interview in which you said you never have a “writer’s block” when writing lyrics and that’s there’s something like a constant flow of words in your head. Transfering that concept to writing the music: is it the same there or do you have “songwriter’s block” sometimes? You know, like having written some chords which make a great verse and then despairing when trying to find a proper chorus. Or when trying to find some new chord progression and going like “yeah, sigh, I had this one yesterday. No, that’s Othertime again. Nein, that’s Bowie. Damn, and that’s… etc etc”

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 1:26 pm #

      no i hardly ever do jens
      i can tap into the flow whenever i like
      i could write a good song whenever i like

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        timetunnel | 22 September 2011 at 5:51 pm #

        Thanks a lot for your answer and for this question day, Steve. It’s great to hear that the flow is still and always there – the amount and quality of your songs do prove that 🙂

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    Stephen | 22 September 2011 at 6:52 am #

    I finally decided to treat myself to a MacBook Pro recently and have been immersing myself in a bit of Garageband, aided by regular 1-1 sessions at a local Apple store. This is the first time I have been presented with such a wealth of possibilities, and I’m enjoying some of what I’m coming up with. Have held off from buying interface stuff, and am just going to be working with an acoustic and Musical Typing initially, adding layers and experimenting with effects.

    But now to the question for you! A few years back you were posting some snippets of short songs which I think had been getting recorded as you yourself were experimenting with Logic Pro initially. Are any of these ideas possibly still in the pipeline and being further refined?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:23 pm #

      those things were garageband things stephen
      i intend to get my logic going very very soon

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    marc roman | 22 September 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Thirty year fan here. I notice on certain songs, including ‘magician among the spirits’ and ‘terra nova cain’, the lyrics hint at time travel and otherworldly space craft. The line from magician among the spirits ‘Ancient craft that waltz the maze of metal shells beneath me’ is one example(which I think is one of the finest songs ever written). Just wondering how much interest you have in the subject of ufos and their ‘passengers’, given the explosion of sightings here in the states and worldwide and admissions from retired military once their non-disclosure statements are up?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:22 pm #

      although i bear the incision scars upon my back of some inexplicable tampering
      i have little interest in the subject
      i suspect this has been deliberately made so
      i am definitely altered and i match quite a number of typical symptoms
      eg a spontaneous inexplicable decision to become a vegetarian
      by the way the line you quoted was martys not mine
      terra nova is about as sci fi as i will ever get
      sci fi has no appeal for me now

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    Mickey A | 22 September 2011 at 7:14 am #

    SK what is the most complete piece of music/song you believe you’ve written, and why? Thanks MA

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:17 pm #

      my opinion and answer to every question like this will change everyday
      so i will randomly pull something out of my head and say
      how about that fucking chord progression on afterimage…..i impressed myself with that

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    davem | 22 September 2011 at 7:16 am #

    I remember you did this Q&A thing a few years ago too – it was a joy and I’m really enjoying this one. My question: Do you think you’d have been more commercially successful if you’d been an english band working out of blighty?

    I walked into a small bar in North Devon last month. I’d just arrived after a lengthy drive from the midlands and fancied a quick snort overlooking the waves. Drought was playing on the juke box!!! Believe you me anyone on TTB in england would tell you how bloody freaky that is)

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:15 pm #

      yes i do
      i would have been huge
      ha ha
      thats the way it goes
      but i wouldnt have had pete n marty n richard or tim…….
      but it would have been more advantageous for me
      now england ignores us no matter what we do
      that is a deep sorrow to us two english members
      can you imagine how many people in england would love us
      if they only knew we existed
      some weird antipathy now exists between us and england
      i know one day it will happen somehow i guess i hope
      but until then thats just the fuckin’ way it goes in life….isnt it?
      hows the mrs?

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    Thrash | 22 September 2011 at 7:27 am #


    How did “Dome” from Priest=Aura come about?
    Love the videos from your lodgings…. Keep the music comin…

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:10 pm #

      it was a piece of music that we wrote
      the words are pretty much about a film i saw or dreamed i saw
      i cant remember
      i was an opium addict
      sometimes i couldnt separate my memories from my dreams

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    jaime r.. | 22 September 2011 at 7:29 am #

    Ha dont laugh here.. but Business Woman has amazing vocals w yu n Marty harmonizing beautifully.. enjoyably a rather unique song for its delivery alone.. I was really taken to the melodic sound of u23.. given the breadth of the side projects and amazing collaborations, time must be limited. How far along is the new album? any tidbits that could be offered as far as concept or direction?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:09 pm #

      the new album is in an inchoate state
      i havent heard any of it really
      i have no idea what it is
      i am content to let it unfold

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    Cath | 22 September 2011 at 7:33 am #

    DEarest Steve long have you inspired me in many ways so this opportunity is a treasured gem!
    How do you cope personally with the comings and goings of creative impulse when life deals those odd balls, how do you personally keep the passion alive? Love you!

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:07 pm #

      the creativity constantly goes on through all good and bad times
      my ability to express the creativity is however hampered and helped by outside forces
      the passion burns on itself
      not even heroin could extinguish it
      the passion and the creativity are fixed certainties of which i have no doubt

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        Cath | 22 September 2011 at 5:56 pm #

        Your prolific output astounds me. thanks for the reply, There is not enough true art in the world at the moment.,Depth artists know the pleasure and pain entwined !, I am glad you overcame, the bliss is hard to turn away from. Maybe one day I can share the sounds I create with you, you used to have a post office box wouldn’t know now though! Take care Steve, , hope to see the triple album tour in Melbourne town xx blessings

  49. Jmb066
    Jmb066 | 22 September 2011 at 7:36 am #


    I think question day is an excellent idea and appreciate you doing this, here is my question:

    The song Leverage is one of my faves, what album session was this recorded for and why was it left off? Are there many more Church rarities like this in the vaults? I know that was three questions and I thank you in advance.


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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:05 pm #

      i cannot recall exactly where leverage springs from
      a jam maybe leftover from forget yourself which had 100 sprawling jams…
      someone said we need a track
      someone else dug this outta the vaults
      and i smoked a joint
      knocked up some words
      sang em
      and went home and forgot all about it
      i can hardly remember it now at all…….

      • Jmb066
        Jmb066 | 22 September 2011 at 12:11 pm #

        Thanks Steve, FY was my 1st guess as well. It sounds like some of the other songs from those sessions. This has been an amazing night of reading Q&A. Keep knocking em out and we will keep listening to them.

        Take Care,


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    p webb | 22 September 2011 at 7:51 am #

    In some old interview somewhere (the “Sum of the Parts” LP?) you mentioned that in the early days you would spend your whole paycheck on buying records, thinking you were better than many bands, but worried that you might not be as good as some others. I’ve always wondered what bands that were around in the early days, particularly in Australia, did you think of as equal to or “better” than The Church? In other words, who, if anyone did you see as your “competition” in those days?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 12:01 pm #

      everyone was the competition
      most of em i didnt rate at all although their successes made me jealous
      there were a few bands here and there that i really actually liked and enjoyed
      flowers for example who became iva icehouse
      iva wrote some unbelievably beautiful poignant songs
      when he had that oboe stuff it fucking knocked me out
      my girlfriend at the time jennifer keyte bought primitive man
      and we listened to it so much in 1981 and we loved it to the max!
      and trojan blue is still one of my favourite songs of all time
      every now and then iva would knock out a real beauty
      but then he started writing some rubbish too some real cliched corny dross
      i cant understand how you could go from ,say, i dont believe anymore
      to something like that song crazy which is buttock clenchingly godawful…

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    colette | 22 September 2011 at 8:02 am #

    The tinnitus question, hope it’s improving as I said on fb page which hope you haven’t answered. I’ve been stuffing around trying to get a new password and stuff so what was this all about again? Don’t mean to complain…How are your ears fb friend?

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      colette | 22 September 2011 at 8:25 am #

      Your ears are connected to your music…

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 11:51 am #

      my ears are bad
      i am quite deaf
      the treatment is long and slow
      i hope it gets better
      i will still be able compose as long as i got any hearing left tho
      then i’ll just have to write fucking lyrics

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        Cath | 22 September 2011 at 6:34 pm #

        I believe Beethoven kept going even into deafness, he knew what he wanted to compose, may have been on paperat the piano , but your body would be so attuned resonance wise/ vibration wise you could probably still crank em out. Read about it recently it was actually some medical condition Beethoven got apparently! ?

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          thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 8:14 pm #

          yeah im not surprised if he had it
          its a mother of a problem ….

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          Mallory Weiss | 23 September 2011 at 2:48 pm #

          I always wondered if he really did have completed loss. Sensorineural, probably yes. But a person can still hear sound through bone conduction as long as the acoustic nerve is intact… place you watch between your teeth and plug up both ears — you’ll hear as if it’s ticking inside your head…

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    verdelay | 22 September 2011 at 9:12 am #

    Regarding working alone/calling every shot – I can understand the reluctance at starting such a venture. The sheer abyss of possibilities is utterly daunting. The technology available to me in the next room would have made George Martin gasp back in 1966, so I suppose I often feel I’m letting George down by not being…well, The Beatles. Which is just bloody stupid really. I choose to work alone for various reasons, but mostly because I don’t have the personality to deal with others effectively in a musical collaboration – the technology available allows me to make music with no “malarky” except my own (and that’s enough). I used to crave perfection and sounding ‘professional’ or ‘authentic’ but I guess now I’m content to dabble – in much the same way as an amateur painter mucks about with a selection of high quality watercolours, but has no actual training in how to paint. It’ll never hang in a gallery, but at least I get to paint what I want.

    But that’s not a question. Here’s one: A wise man once said to me that his favourite album or song is the last one that he had worked on. Is this true for you, or do certain songs/records persist? If so, which song has resonated with you longest (even if you don’t think much of it now)?


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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 11:49 am #

      yes flowers i see you have grasped the daunting nature of too many choices…
      ok yes its true
      the last thing i worked on is my favourite most of the time
      a few songs persist with me however
      myrrh is a good example
      has anyone in the world ever conveyed the feeling
      of moving effortlessly through the astral sky
      observing history in tiny dislocated flashes?
      that song is one of the sleekest songs ever written
      its like a dream

  53. nina
    That Lady | 22 September 2011 at 9:12 am #

    How did ‘Travel by Thought’ come into existence?

    Excited to hear about your new solo endeavours… all good karma coming your way. Thanks for the 2 gigs I can now go to. Bring on the light. Will definately get the gift into your hands then. Everything as it should be..
    Keep making us proud
    ** 🙂 **

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 11:44 am #

      travel by thought was just most obviously a jam
      it had its origins in a piece i wrote which was more electronic
      it was the same basic thing tho
      the band then took it and we did that
      then my same kinda free form blah blah on top
      i dont mind that track…but we couldve done a better version
      it seems to polarise a lot of people
      also remember nick launays mix didnt bring out what i hope
      my bass for example should fucking throb a lot more
      but thats a matter of taste…isnt it?

      • nina
        That Lady | 22 September 2011 at 6:15 pm #

        I am blessed to have heard you guys play it live… foreva ingrained with that pumping/throbbing bass.. Capturing the live is a gift rarely bestowed. Is there going to be a recording set up @ the Enmore?
        **if it is kept pure** then ones taste factor becomes changed/rendered obselete as all will be transferred and heard as it should be then comes ‘happy happy joy joy’

        Thank you for being you *your commitment to do what you do best is a blessing and enlightenment for us all*

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          thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 8:15 pm #

          i dont know if enmore will be recorded….could be….
          thanks for your kind words!

  54. Kraig
    Kraig | 22 September 2011 at 9:13 am #

    Hey Steve,

    Apologies ahead of time for breakin’ the one question rule! Maybe I should post these separately under anonymous masks, never. Scorn me if you will!

    Sorry I haven’t been on yur blog lately, life’s been crazy to me lately. Job, new wife, new life, etc. Fun times, nursery rhymes! OK, i have a couple easy questions but answer what you will, i guess. I don’t think anyone has touched on these or maybe everyone knows the answers already, i know some. What about the album art covers, names never used for albums, painting, and couple of song inspirations!?

    I wish i could ask you about “most” album art covers, but to name a couple i don’t know off hand…who took the picture of “P=A” and “Forget Yourself”, “Hologram of Baal” or where did those come from? BTW, love Hologram of Baal, that’s one of my favs! I know where “U#23”, and sever others came from, that is interesting…from Marty’s private collection taken from Mexico fur U#23….pretty cool! Looks like a map, but just paint flakes! Feel free to add more if you’d like descriptions about the album art or just those few?

    Are you a BIG coffee hound in real life too? Lmao, I like that cut! It wasn’t Amsterdam coffee was it that influenced that song? how many scoops?

    Here’s another one I’ve always wanted to ask…Are there “album names” that you guys wanted to use in the past for The Church albums that you will never use and never made the light of day, but will maybe use or never use, would like to list here or tell us about sometime?

    Also, I was lucky enough to be the proud owner of the painting “Lonely City”, and this is probably a silly question, but was there any particular place you were thinking of when painting that awesome painting, how long did it take, and any certain music you were listening to while painting it? BTW, i just love the purple hues in that paint you used, violet colors just stand out fantastic and enjoy it everyday/night! I like the companion poem that goes with it btw, dark, humerous, insightful! I had a dream one time, and swear I saw what you painted there before seeing it, weird. That’s why i had to have it, plus it’s just too cool!

    I always wanted to tell you too, from the GAF album, I had a black and white dream back in the day, one time of this city, dreaming within a dream of a dream of a black and white city. That’s when I really started getting into The Church. Just too weird, either the song influenced that dream or the opposite.

    The song “Dome”, “Priest” and “Alaska”, where did those stem from and how did they develop? Milli Vanilli, funny. Lastly, what’s in your iPod or tape deck right now? Don’t lie!? Are you into anything new at the moment?

    P.S. You should add a subtitle to each of yor blogs telling us what “album” or “song” yur listening to at the moment while typing your blog or posting it. Just a thought. Take care Man, and as always, keep up the spaced out psychedelic “plate-tectonic-al” jams!

    P.S. Do you ever watch a lot of sci-fi? If you do, what’s your fav?

    OK, a-nuff from me…if you answer all of these, let me know what to donate to your blog? Weekly, Monthly, or Yearly specials to those who donate a certain amount? I caught a glimpse of that.

    Big Cheers!

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 11:39 am #

      kraig i love you man
      i cant fucking answer all that on here
      thats just too much
      so many questions i cant even begin to answer
      greedy greedy
      i can only answer one:
      i am developing a good little caffeine habit and i’m digging it
      but it does not obsess me…

      • Kraig
        Kraig | 23 September 2011 at 8:57 am #

        I love my coffee too, fellow coffee hound! I don’t think i’ve ever been obsesses by “any” drug…just enjoy “everything in moderation!”…that’s the key! I think i heard caffeine helps Alzheimers disease too…either way, i like my cup of joe in the mo!

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 22 September 2011 at 12:02 pm #

      Hey Craig-
      Missed you and your contributions. I am so glad that life has had a great spin in a positive direction for you. Wow…that was a mountain of questions for anyone to absorb. Hopefully, some of the masses can help you out with your inquiries.
      Super Congrats on finding a new love in ur life, I am very happy for you !!!

      Darrin K.

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 22 September 2011 at 12:09 pm #

        Oooppssss…I meant KRAIG. I go crazy when my name is spelled wrong, but now my wife and family call me Dazza, that’s what SK has ‘nicknamed’ me so they are running with it, and they told my mom. That will be weird…LOL

        Darrin K.

        • Kraig
          Kraig | 23 September 2011 at 9:04 am #

          Man Dazza…people get my name spelled wrong “all the time!”…I don’t much care anymore. What gets me is when people call me Greg or other names when they’re angry at me, haha! Otherwise, it’s all good bro! Thanks for the compliments! Yea, i knew Steve probably wouldn’t answer most of those, but was worth a try ya know. I couldn’t let them slip by!

          I’ll try and get on here more often! Take care man!

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    Umbero Ledfooti | 22 September 2011 at 9:35 am #

    Hi Steve, thank you for taking time out for these questions. Every gig I’ve seen you do since 1986 – be it the big shows at places like Selina’s, or the very small pub gigs like you did in Newcastle – you and the guys still sound razor sharp and the gigs are always thoroughly enjoyable. I’m curious about the creative process behind one of my fave songs (and what I think is one of the best songs ever written), “Tantalized” – what was the inspiration behind it, and did its creation musically evolve with adding a piece here and there like you described in ‘how [you] did it’, or did you conceive it in its final form right from the beginning ?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 11:36 am #

      tantalized was written as a jam as a jam as are all our group compositions
      we improvise and things fall into shape and we suggest different things as we go
      afterwards i add the lyrics and find the melody and how it’ll fit into the music
      so i guess i went home one night with a cassette of this songs as an instrumental
      and then from out of my head fell those words
      because the music i was hearing told my head to write these words
      this was the story the music was insisting upon
      a wild ride through a load of stuff
      and the possible failure or redemption of a lost soul

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        Umbero Ledfooti | 22 September 2011 at 1:54 pm #

        Many years ago at the end of a Church gig at Byron Bay, you and the guys did an impromptu jam as part of the second encore, and it sounded so good that it didn’t sound impromptu. Being a bit of a lost soul on a wild ride myself, now I know why those lyrics have always resonated so strongly with me. Thank you very much for answering.

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    That Girl | 22 September 2011 at 9:41 am #

    I have been away from your songs for awhile. I find this time around I am hearing them like a new discovery. Do you ever look back at your work now and think along those lines.

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 11:29 am #

      this is what i’d like to do but never will be able to do
      listen to my songs with fresh ears
      i guess i can appreciate my songs
      but they can never “get” me
      i need an amnesia pill to be able to really enjoy them
      that is the songwriters doom
      dylan n lennon
      those amazing fucking songs
      but i bet their own songs never “got” em
      i bet you all the money in the world
      that composers have a detachment from their compositions
      that prevents any true wonder in them as a listener

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        That Girl | 22 September 2011 at 3:43 pm #

        A bit like standing on the outside looking in , in a foggy sort of a way. I guess that’s why it’s called yesterday. Thanking you your reply.

      • Kraig
        Kraig | 23 September 2011 at 4:11 pm #

        I just love this thought and answer, awesome! I think your right Steve, i’ve heard plenty of musicians talk about that, they never listen to their “own” cuts! Well said. Let us do the listening and enjoyment! Democracy of the ears tell the truth in lending~

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    Waratah | 22 September 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Hey kilbey, I’ve seem some great live church concerts over the years and I’m sure there is spirited discussion when choosing setlists. what songs do individual members push to include and what songs are your live favorites that you go into bat for?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 11:20 am #

      as you can well imagine choosing a set list is a series of negotiations
      everyone has different concerns and all that
      each song has a hundred different levels that you can make pros n cons for
      eg its beat
      its tempo
      its length
      its popularity
      its frequency in the setlist
      its key
      its era
      its importance
      etc etc etc
      so seeing we are a democracy i guess
      we kinda talk it all out
      its very complicated and nebulously nauseating
      i usually leave it to the others

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    edd | 22 September 2011 at 9:54 am #

    1)Have you ever played a Rickenbacker bass? 2)Were the lyrics to “Paradox” easy to write?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 11:14 am #

      i have played a bit of rickenbacker bass.
      i very much admire chris squire from yes and thought his bass playing was a breakthru
      his sound and his approach were a completely new take on this instrument
      ive played martys bass a bit
      i’m sorry to say i didnt like it one bit
      i could feel instinctively that it could never have the sustain of a jazz
      i didnt like anything about the feel of it at all
      but i am a dyed in the wool fender man…guitar or bass
      i have no desire to play anything else…
      its a bit like cars…its what youre used to….
      the lyrics to all my songs are easy to write
      it makes me feel guilty
      shouldnt i have to work harder at this

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    bouvardia5 | 22 September 2011 at 10:49 am #

    I still remember how great it was to come home with a newly released
    LP of The Church and read the messages etched onto the disc.
    Who’s idea?

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 1:44 pm #

      mine i guess before that john foys from redeye
      little silly clues …..interesting, isnt it?

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    . | 22 September 2011 at 11:04 am #

    Does the weather and/or change of seasons affect your approach to songwriting?

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 1:43 pm #

      everything affects it in some way
      the weather is huge part of our lives
      it is in everything

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    CB | 22 September 2011 at 11:32 am #

    Hey SK

    I really enjoyed your “Art, Man & Technology” spoken word CD. Any plans for another?

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    GeezS | 22 September 2011 at 11:38 am #

    Hi Steve:

    While on the subject of basses, how did you the Coronado come to meet? That’s a pretty obscure bass, even if you’re into Fender gear. One of my favourite Church memories was seeing the band in Vancouver on the GAF tour. At the conclusion of the show — while the last howls of feedback were still reverberating — you through the Coronado way up into the air towards the back of the stage, where it was caught by a roadie. That was impressive. I hated to think what would have happened if the roadie hadn’t been on the ball that night!

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 1:42 pm #

      i first came across one in a pawn shop in newcastle nsw in 1983
      i had never seen one before
      they are light and easy to play
      i collected them but i lost them all due to my habit
      not a patch on the jazz tho
      but still a fender is a fender

  63. avatar
    Thrash | 22 September 2011 at 11:41 am #


    I’m curious to know what your favorite venues in the U.S. are when you guys go on tour. I saw you at CenterStage in Atlanta for the 30yr Anniversary tour and at the Variety Playhouse for Future Past Perfect. I’ve been playing many of your songs to my 7 year old son – his current fav is Terra Nova Cain.

    Forever a fan

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 1:39 pm #

      centerstage is a favourite definitely
      all the venues on our last tour were brilliant

  64. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen | 22 September 2011 at 11:44 am #

    I love Real Toggle Action. I can’t imagine anyone but The Church coming up with a song like that. What’s the story behind it?

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 1:38 pm #

      thats me fiddling around on a guitar toggle which moves you between different pickups
      it sort of switches the guitar on and off
      the rest joined
      i made up some words aimed against some composite character
      its ok

  65. avatar
    Matty | 22 September 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Hi Steve,

    Speaking of Delaware in a previous answer- and me believing that Dabble was recorded there during the time you lived there…

    What was the inspiration for ‘No Time At All’ on Dabble- a really enjoyable song with a great feel.

    P.S. Thanks for these responses and I do hope all is well with the family as they aren’t mentioned too often in your blogs.


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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 1:37 pm #

      i really dont know matt
      i have so little interest in dabble
      creatively i was at my lowest ebb having just escaped heroin
      it was on a kind of auto-pilot
      that record is the sound of my modus operandi running on empty

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    MTF | 22 September 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Here’s a different one…. you speak alot about pets…. what pets do you really have? I’m picturing “Tranquility”, that song takes me away. What these days inspires you to write a song that takes you away? What inspires you to go off in these other worlds of imagery or characters?

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 1:34 pm #

      i have a black cat
      the music inspires the wordsthis world disappoints me
      i needed to create my own for people like you to dig

      • Kraig
        Kraig | 23 September 2011 at 9:11 am #

        What’s the kitties name?

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          thetimebeing | 23 September 2011 at 10:32 am #


          • Kraig
            Kraig | 23 September 2011 at 6:55 pm #

            Awesome name! We have 3!!! Cosmo, Luna, and Nova! Love them all, but poor ole Cosmo has been with me for 11 years and has cancer…he’s traveled with me across country and back…especially during the “After Everything Now This” era! I can totally relate to that album, reminds me of the Arizona Desert and rough times! Job, apt, crappy times but that album put me back in tune! Cosmo does too! Give a big hug to Solomon for me from Cosmo & Kraig 🙂

  67. avatar
    atha | 22 September 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    With your side projects, mimesis (my favorite, please do another) & the MK stuff, do you just drop in and sing or do you help compose the music?

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    Benjamin | 22 September 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    I have recorded a bunch of demos, I often come up with a riff, a hook, a couple of good lines, but often fail to finish the song cause I get bored, in the beginning its fun, then it turns into work, do you have any stream line techniques to get the song written, recorded and in the can? Really like the live at Bondi tape, really like your work over the last decade. Thanks.

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 1:30 pm #

      i never get bored
      i only get pulled in
      if its boring you there is a fundamental problem
      your initial idea must be faulty
      spend some time
      find the best riff or hook to start off with
      and then persevere to the end of the line
      also if nothing works eventually
      consider the possibility that songwriting just aint for you…

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    p webb | 22 September 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    OK, one more – you are being honored with a lifetime achievement award, with a big all-star gig. What musicians, living or dead, do you want up on the stage with you to play the grand finale all-star jam?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 2:22 pm #

      mick ronson tom verlaine pete townsend neil young nicky hopkins greg dulli
      pete marty tim patti hood jonny zwartz ricky maymi maurie from the underground lovers
      ringo starr keith moon

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        Boriah | 23 September 2011 at 2:34 am #

        Greg Dulli!!! Fuck Yeah!!! “Black love” and “Gentlemen”….And some of the Twilight singers stuff…

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    caitbrid | 22 September 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    If you ever need or want a backup singer for anything would you ask me?

    Kathleen in Philly

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 2:19 pm #

      i dunno

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        Anonymous | 22 September 2011 at 11:50 pm #

        You mean there’s a remote possibility?! I have plenty of good referrals! Thanks for not just saying “no”! I love your answer about not re-recording any Church albums–I would never want you to re-record anything either. It’s all perfect as it is as far as I’m concerned. And it’s a part of the time in which it was recorded. It wouldn’t serve anything to redo it.

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          thetimebeing | 23 September 2011 at 11:20 am #

          always remote possibilities exist.
          you never know with me
          i’m interested in doing everything
          its just fucking money time and laziness stops it

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            caitbrid | 23 September 2011 at 1:30 pm #

            Thank you! You made my day (and week/month/year)! You must be utterly exhausted after all these questions. You’re very generous.

            Kathleen in Philly

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    Freddy Merc | 22 September 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    Hi Steven,
    Thanks for answering some questions. I’ve always loved Unearthed and songs like Othertime & Nothing Inside. What are your memories of recording that album back in your Rozelle days and who specifically were each of those songs written about, if anyone? Thanks! (Yea, I know…I tried to sneak two questions into one.)

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 2:16 pm #

      they were just little songs i’d knock out in an afternoon
      some rainy rozelle day back in 84 85
      mucking about with a tape recorder
      they are intangible songs to me now
      i can remember nothing of either of them
      they are pretty tho, arent they….?
      i could write those songs by the truckload if i wanted….

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    Emily T. | 22 September 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Disenchanted is one of my favorite songs. Who or what inspired you to write that song on Heyday?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 5:48 pm #

      it was a bit about myself a bit about my brother russell
      it was a bit about anyone in that situation
      songs are often inclusive of different times and events and people
      they are not linear they are not about things like articles are about things
      none of it really matches up
      its just a mood

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    Dean | 22 September 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Which do you enjoy more…the creating of the song or performing it once it is “complete”?

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 5:44 pm #

      i guess they both are so different dean
      its hard to compare the pleasures and pitfalls
      i suppose the writing is always the main thing
      thats the source

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    Mallory Weiss | 22 September 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    The questions didn’t even have a chance to duke it out between themselves – who gets the spotlight — as the blonde git blatantly pushed his way through to the forefront. So sort of a chicken-and-egg question: did songs come first, or did David? Was there anything sort of a trigger that made him materialize?
    (im thoroughly embarrassed to admit that i believed in DN – may be for a day, or for a few hours — that’s because i only had 2 snippets of info at first – the cockpit video and TTB blog entry — had an instant crash on that song it was so bloody beautiful i couldn’t let it go — and you’re to blame for that blog entry because you made him so tangible that “nebulous as if he was already a ghost” had me transfixed it was so spot on DN, that entry is still my favorite just amazing how real it felt — so it made perfect sense to have a crash on david as well – gee thanks sk — i understand why i fell for the cockpit oddly it has a distant BHP ring to it as does near — i feel these are the only true david songs — the rest are nice but less him, less so – still, what an album)
    I was just listening to reptile – that lovely bass line with gaps! – do you have a favorite one(s) or the one you’re particularly proud of? (sorry about shamelessly sneaking in so many questions – guilty as charged – sentenced to 50 electric lashes for transgression)

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 5:43 pm #

      everyone is in love with david neil
      where did he come from where did he go
      yes cockpit and near and maybe equator are real david neil
      and the others are more me and ricky
      reptile is a favourite bass line actually its very cool how that song works, isnt it?

      • avatar
        Mallory Weiss | 23 September 2011 at 3:10 pm #

        it’s a flawless song – perfect in every respect. i often use it as a bait to get someone hooked on the church music — works like magic. oh wait, it is.

  75. avatar
    Finn | 22 September 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    You should! Othertime and Nothing Inside, well, really the whole Unearthed album are big favorites of mine.

    What was the deal with the Starfish bonus EP? A bunch of great songs on that (“Texas Moon”, “Perfect Child”, “Anna Miranda”) but relegated to near complete obscurity. I would have thought The Church would have decided to pull “Texas Moon” out live by now. Such a great tune. What determines whether something ‘makes the album’ or not?

    Thanks for the Q&A

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 5:28 pm #

      we recorded starfish and it was an album. there were no leftover tracks. the songs that got onto aqsas and bonus records
      were essentially bits and pieces done over 86 87 88 89 in different places for various reasons

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    Joshua Gavins | 22 September 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Hi Steve. I read once that you used to record home demos of early church albums before going into the studio with the guys to make the actual album. Any chance you’ll ever officially release these if they still exist somewhere? Cheers!

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 5:26 pm #

      even if any demos exist i would never put them out…..
      i have no interest in that kind of thing
      maybe someday someone else will track it all down and do it
      but not me
      i gotta go forward

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    Fran | 22 September 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Hi Steve

    What are the songs that you’ve written that you feel most proud of, or feel are your best songs from your perspective (i.e. not according to the public/press)?


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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 5:24 pm #

      its always changing fran
      i usually like all the songs no one else seems to like
      david neil has some good songs
      so does the new isidore
      so does gb3
      i’m happy with most things i do …

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    Steve | 22 September 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Hi Steve

    A couple of questions:

    I remember a few years ago on your blog that you had bought some new technology etc and were going to make another double album like Remindlessness at home on your own (like you did in the old days)?

    How do you feel about people of all ages liking your music? Does it feel weird or strange that younger kids and adults get into your music now that you are older. I am nearly 40 and have all and have followed all of your music since I was probably 14. At 14 the music resonated and stood out from all the other stuff. Something about the music, the words, and how it was presented really inspired…

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 7:59 pm #

      i dont care about age or sex or anything
      as long as i can get them in……
      i love to have new young fans…its very stimulating…

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    Mickey A | 22 September 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    sk you’ve changed a lot of people’s lives with your music – how does That make you feel? Do you understand this power?
    Thank you for this qna, it is awesome!

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 8:18 pm #

      it is an honour!
      it makes me feel good !
      i do understand this power
      i have studied it my whole life

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    Chu-chi | 22 September 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    Do you love the Planet Queen video now? Playing really loud so that you can hear all those low frequency rumbles is just mind-blowing … what do you think?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 8:16 pm #

      i love it

      • avatar
        Chu-chi | 25 September 2011 at 10:58 am #

        What a showcase for such an amazing voice. An amazingly crafted song by TimeBandit.

        Our music industry has a lot to answer for ignoring her (and others). I’m lucky I got to discover her before it was too late thanks to Peter.

        RIP MS.

  81. avatar
    ed | 22 September 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    too many questions come to mind …heres one…a fender man with a Guild 12 string for solo acoustic gigs? Does this guitar have an interesting story?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 8:13 pm #

      i never played a fender acoustic that i liked
      i had my guild a long long time now
      peters taylor 12 is the nicest i ever played
      but i love my 1966 guild
      i am happy to have it

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    esne snoner | 22 September 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    the blurred crusade is the centre of the ever-expanding church universe as far as i am concerned – what chance a one-off luxurious rendition of the full album with trimmings e.g. guest appearance of the ploog, etc, etc

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 8:12 pm #

      maybe maybe not
      i cant rule it out
      not at top of my priorities
      i dont care about something so old anymore
      its done its gone
      i dunno

      • nina
        That Lady | 23 September 2011 at 4:00 pm #

        Just heard ‘you took’ live at kexp gig…. That guy on sound has captured the live *happy happy joy joy*
        Its a timeless classic 🙂

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    delboy | 22 September 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    Hi Steve…..what are the damn lyrics of freaky conclusions ?
    Been driving me nuts for years…….cheers

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    . | 22 September 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Are you working on new material with The Church? Will you ever do a solo tour of the US with a full band?

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 8:54 pm #

      yes we are working on new stuff
      probably wont tour us solo with band i’d say

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    Patrick Bateman | 22 September 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    Hi maestro,

    Do you still get royalties from “Like a Ghost”?

    Great track BTW, why did you give it to IJ? Would it not have made a perfect room-mate with others on Seance.

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      thetimebeing | 23 September 2011 at 11:48 am #

      it was done before seance i think a long time ago
      if i get any royalties its probably like 2 cents a century

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    MTF | 22 September 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    My question was about your pet (cat) which turned into the question about going off into another world with your music…. I want to thank you. I have listened to your music since I was 13 (now 40). Because of your music I have never needed a drug – if I ever needed to step out to another world or expand my mind, I simply listened to your music! You are the only sonwriter that is able to make that happen…. with every song there is another world to step out into. How does that make you feel?

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      thetimebeing | 23 September 2011 at 11:47 am #

      makes me fucking feel that i have done something right !
      that is exactly what my music is supposed to do
      another world for you
      no drugs (necessarily) needed

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    . | 22 September 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    Outside of The Church and your current side projects, what artist/artists would you most like to write & record with and why? Any favorite producers past or present that you would like to work with?

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      thetimebeing | 23 September 2011 at 11:45 am #

      i dunno
      i think my way of working might not fit in with anyone else
      i am nervous to clash with any of my favourites
      i let em be
      they can come to me if they ever want to…
      sorry i know thats not what you asked….

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    Graham | 22 September 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Hi Steve

    Would you ever consider visiting Liverpool England with the band and are there any plans at all to take the future past perfect tour to Europe at all in the future?

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      thetimebeing | 22 September 2011 at 9:23 pm #

      its all economics graham
      i’ll go anywhere where there is a demand and financial means to do so
      that is the problem

  89. avatar
    Sharon | 22 September 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    In your vast catalogue of songs, Church or otherwise, is there any song that has transformed into something quite different from it’s original beginnings?

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      thetimebeing | 23 September 2011 at 11:43 am #

      you would have to milky way
      look at that
      its a little mini success story
      it doesnt need me does it?
      who would have ever thought that?
      not me

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    Richard | 22 September 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    are there any songs of yours that make you too sad to sing – not because you don’t like them, but because of what they mean or represent to you?

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      thetimebeing | 23 September 2011 at 11:41 am #

      no richard theyre arent
      but theres certainly some depressing ones i stay away from …!

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    Steve | 22 September 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    Hey Steve

    What ever happened to the fretless bass? It was on those early church and kilbey albums and eps here and there. It was really a big part of the early sound. Would be great to see you play it live.

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      thetimebeing | 23 September 2011 at 11:40 am #

      i hocked it
      plus it wasnt really my style
      if i could afford to i’d get another one n use it sometimes
      it was good for some things…but not others

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    Anonymous | 22 September 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    When you write a song about someone would they realise it is about them,and would you talk about the song with them?

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      thetimebeing | 23 September 2011 at 11:39 am #

      only if it was a love song written for them
      i guess i’d point it out
      but i’d be reluctant to discuss specifics with em…..

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    ticktockclarice | 22 September 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    Hey Steve,
    Have been loving this thread. Some fantastic questions and insights into your creative process. Music has always been my religion.(Is it any wonder my favourite band is called The Church?) I was raised Catholic (didn’t take) and in hard times have tried every type of faith from Buddhism (nice, i like the idea of being rewarded for being good rather than punished for being bad) to the Happy Clappy brigade (not for me, ’nuff said) but nothing compares to the sheer aural transcendence you get from a really special song or being front row at a gig that is totally going off. I guess what i want to know is what song (or songs) have given you that special feeling deep inside, the chills, the out-of-body transcendence, a music-gasm if u will. Because several of yours have done that for me (in no particular order Ripple, It’s No Reason, Awful Ache, Day 5, Radiance, Myrhh, Under The Milky Way (sorry, it’s a fucking great song, deal with it), among others….

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      thetimebeing | 23 September 2011 at 11:38 am #

      here are some random songs that do that for me
      autosleeper by chapterhouse
      i cant stay long by ultravox
      twilight by twilight singers
      roundabout by yes
      moonlight mile the stones
      holiday by underground lovers
      nectarine by gb3
      rocknroll friend by the go betweens
      providence by jack frost
      kangaroo by big star
      into temptation by crowded house
      series of dreams bob dylan
      hope by the mighty wah
      doot doot by freur
      elemental child by tyrannosaurus rex
      get it on by t rex
      all of ziggy stardust by bowie
      powderfinger by neil young
      the passenger by powderfinger
      search n destroy by iggy
      gone tomorrow by jobriath
      gargoyle by the lighthouse keepers
      waiting by the doctors of madness
      heroin by the VU
      julie with by eno
      in the court of the crimson king
      the lamb lies down on broadway by genesis
      the last ride by todd rundgren
      hows that?

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    atha | 22 September 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    I always feel like if The Church did a concept album, people would listen. Flaming Lips were obscure and way off the radar until Yoshimi. Do you think Church will ever put something like that together? Shriek doesn’t count as I don’t think you ever expected that to ever be more than an obscure background album in the first place. Of coarse if you could get Phish to preform one of your songs, that would work, too.

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      thetimebeing | 23 September 2011 at 11:28 am #

      a concept album?
      gee thats a disturbing term to me not sure why
      i guess it is not an impossibility
      i hope i can think of another way to present it if it happens

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        Daniel Watkins | 24 September 2011 at 2:54 am #

        To me, AENT seemed concept based. Thematically, it seemed to revolve around life, death & spirit.

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    Galamor the Wizard | 22 September 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    Alright O.K.!
    Can you recall your feelings when you heard like minded sounds coming from bands who you had obviously influenced?
    Did they ever push you to out do them, like the Beatles upon hearing the Byrds/Beach Boys /Dylan etc, or did you just sit back with a little contentment?
    I’m thinking Ups and Downs and Ride here.

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      thetimebeing | 23 September 2011 at 11:27 am #

      i only heard the ups n downs a few times
      they were a little churchy…i didnt mind… way or the other
      you think ride listened to the church?
      well thats cool if they did
      isnt this weird…
      youd think i’d be interested in this subject but i’m not
      when i read greg dulli was a fan that made me sit up and think
      and you got the killers doing milky and matchbox 12 fucking 3 or whatever they were
      and pumpkins doing reptile……
      people have been influenced by me/us yes
      good luck to em
      but no one out there can write my kind of words
      let them try it looks easy
      gregs writing some fucking good lyrics
      i dunno
      who else is tho?

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    bc | 23 September 2011 at 12:24 am #

    I believe great artist like yourself are channeling life force (or god)…when creating (and that natures drugs can ease this channeling – at least for a while – while our egos attempt to detach us from spirit). My question, is do you believe you are channeling this life force…and if so if are you grateful (giving thanks) to a higher power for your immense talents?

    much love and respect

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      thetimebeing | 23 September 2011 at 11:18 am #

      this is an important question you know
      and as you know yourselves
      its hard to know whats happening
      whats real ….where things come from….etc
      sometimes i feel like i am channeling something
      something deep and something special
      and at other times i rationalise that
      i am a bloke whose been working on this a long time
      i should be good at it
      i’m 57 years old
      i should be good for crying out loud
      if i was a fucking architect or a lawyer
      i’d have hoped i’d be good by now
      so i go through weird doubts and weird exaltations
      but oh i am grateful
      yes i am grateful and blessed to have been allowed to do this
      however it comes and wherever it comes from
      i can now see that it makes some people very happy
      not impressed or whatever but happy
      i cant sneeze at that
      i have a monstrous ugly ego
      but behind that stands an ordinary bloke
      like my dad was
      and i think to myself
      well that is certainly something
      and i am delighted in the way this is now all unfolding…
      it feels good to be able to do this
      and you know what
      it will continue to get better
      it will never stagnate again
      you have my solemn word
      i’m on a roll now for the rest of my life….

      • avatar
        bc | 23 September 2011 at 9:06 pm #

        thank you for your thoughtful reply sk.

        “delighted in the way this is now all unfolding…”

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          Violette | 25 September 2011 at 11:35 am #

          This might be just me, but I think there’s a certain element of channelling the life force anytime anyone gets into the zone while working. I do think there’s a strong element of Steve chanelling something “other” than just his human, biological terrestrial self when he creates this music. He’s not the only one, but damn, he’s good at it.

          I think it has something to do with getting in touch with your “divine” essence — I use quotation marks because words are always tricky when talking about something as big and unknowable as this — but I think the beauty of Steve’s music comes from his ability to tap into his divine essence and channelling it into his music. It’s all about essence, and energy, and all that is essential, evanescent, and so very fragile, and delicate…

          The fact that Steve has gotten so good at what he does comes from a basic amount of skill, and large amount of work, and a perhaps even larger amount of mindfulness — in the Dalai Lama sense. Steve channels his spirit into his music, shaped by his emotions, crafted by his mind. The end-result is a complete work, pleasing on every level. That’s why it’s so damned good.

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            thetimebeing | 26 September 2011 at 10:33 pm #

            oh thank you so very much for this kindness!

          • avatar
            Violette | 27 September 2011 at 9:44 am #

            It’s not a kindness, it’s the truth! 🙂

            (Or as near to it as I think I can get… ah, the “truth”… another long ramble which I will spare you. Now *that’s* a kindess. 😉

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            Violette | 27 September 2011 at 9:47 am #

            And let me seize this tribune to say that I’d reallyreally like to hear Anyway and Lizard live. I don’t think they’ve ever been done, have they? At least, not in North America. Big lapse!

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    william | 23 September 2011 at 3:45 am #


    won’t try to roll 173 questions into one, so i’ll just ask this about a song from my favorite church release:

    why does ‘swan lake’ make me feel like crying, still, all these years later?

    by the way, i’m also still crying because i missed the ‘future, past, perfect’ tour when it played in nyc!

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      thetimebeing | 23 September 2011 at 10:59 am #

      cry on william…it was a great show! sorry you werent there….
      oh boy swan lake is a very very sad song
      theres me big daddy-o just had these 2 little twins
      and the world is a big nasty place and i’m worried for em
      and i’m suspecting i may not be the greatest father in the world…..
      but still you know
      …and guess what…?
      they did sprout wild wings and they flew
      and they flew and flew and flew….
      i hardly ever see or hear from them now
      yes its a sad sad affair
      and sad that they will probably never bother listening to this song
      because that was my way of expressing my love for them
      big deal..a song….
      one song from a bloke whose written thousands…..
      oh well
      at least william you can access this sorrow
      and strange isnt it….somehow there is some triumph in it
      or none of us would ever listen to someone elses sad song
      and in this subject
      lies a whole thesis on the glorious triumphant sorrow that is the essence of the best art

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        william | 27 September 2011 at 12:46 am #

        dear steven,

        now you’ve got me feeling even sadder with your heartfelt words regarding ‘swan lake.’ i DO draw strength from the sorrow evoked by songs such as ‘swan lake,’ but they are sad songs nonetheless. but not all are ‘art.’

        ‘swan lake’ is art.

        i, too, have two daughters i wish i was a lot closer to. they live just a few miles away geographically, but couldn’t be further emotionally. i wasn’t always the best father, but i’ve spent many years working at it and i think i’ve gotten better.

        and that’s all we can do – try and be the best william, or steven, that we can.

        you are an inspiration mr. kilbey.

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    monksphere | 23 September 2011 at 3:57 am #

    Thanks again for the openess and generosity of the Q&A. It’s been an excellent read. You are an exquisite diamond set perfectly in platinum! Anxiously looking forward to hearing your solo work with the new technology at your disposal.

    Sincerely, Ant.

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    Brad | 23 September 2011 at 4:31 am #


    Saw you in Atlanta in Feb. Really liked the crunchier rocking stuff. Big fan of #23.

    Anyway, my question is about Ripple. Was it a conscious decision while composing Ripple to not give the listeners ears what they wanted. I love the song. To me what makes it great is the tension of expecting and waiting for the exploding chorus, yet there’s none. Was this planned out?

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      thetimebeing | 23 September 2011 at 10:49 am #

      yes its a kind of anti-chorus isnt it
      maybe that exploding chorus would have better
      i dont think it was a conscious decision tho
      it just turned out that way!

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    Thomas Thomsen | 23 September 2011 at 5:39 am #

    The fact that you describe Real Toggle Action as “It’s ok!” is further evidence of your genius, steve 🙂 I realize it’s a fairly obscure Church song, but it’s so freakin’ unorthodox, uplifting and downright exhilerating, what with all those weird “sound effects” – just love it! For some inexplicable reason it makes med think of Brian Wilson’s “Smile” project. Hmm. That said, I hope you’ll do another one of these “ask sk a question” blogs. I need to know more about Mechanism!

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      thetimebeing | 23 September 2011 at 10:48 am #

      hey man i m glad you like toggle
      i dont anyone ever mentioned it before….

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