posted on February 2, 2007 at 12:22 am

yes blogge fiendss
its the olde killer back here on the prophet margins
riding shotgun on yer shopping trolley
sorting the metaphysical wheat from the chaff
dotting yer eyes and saving you all those nasty commas
well i hate to name drop
but last nites ride to penriff special guest star
was rikki or ricky or whatever permutation he use to spell it..
(why cant everyone be called steve….?)
who of course is the lead rhythm geetar player for the brianjonestown mascara
who actually get mobbed….
that little devil gets me so jealous when he tells me
the bjm get mobbed…?!
why…i aint been mobbed since…
hmmm..lemme see
well once i think i might have been standing in front of simone le blobs chauffeur
and got mobbed accidentally
actually when i come to think of it…
do i really wanna be mobbed…?
its a little like being razzed at school
a whole loada strangers grabbing at ya n kneeing ya in the balls
anyway rikki is in the most bohemian band in the world
they make the church look like the new christy minstrels
and his girlfriend is a yoga teacher
and he lives in san francisco where hippies were invented…
i mean how much more fuckin’ bohemian can a bohemiann get…?
so we drive out to pen-riff way out west
its pretty surreal out here for me
i mean it frightens me a little out here in this farflung satellite
man they never used ta particularly like the church out here way back when
we drive into the ginormous penrith panthers footy club
(do they let mangey panthers in for free tho?)
this place is as big as a small mall
and guess what
the people here are
super super lovely
and although i dont have my tour pass
they happily lead me thru the huge gambling caverns full of pokies
and a lyric comes into my head unbidden
i am a addict
the ice or the dice
theyre both as nice
we finally get to ye olde dressing room
and the others wander off
i try to do yoga in dressing room but the ceiling is low
n theres fluoro lights
n i can hear the drums being soundchecked…
i get a bit of fettucini with mushies n peas
but none of that rancid foul parmesan cheese
we have to smoke spliff in the tiny bathroom in dressy room
rotating to get under the fan that sucks the air outta the room
gee i wonder where the smoke goes after its sucked outta here i ponder
probably straight into the managers office says someone
oh wow i hope so says rikki with a glint in his eye
no no no i say suddenly paranoid that the penrith panthers footy team
will bust down our door n cart me away screaming
anyway no heavies consequently materialise
so we asssume the manager enjoyed his whiff of neils purple heads
the cherch play a good show
the crowd are nice n kind
everything is ok
glenny drives us home safely
while i pontificate on about this n that
the grey-blue falcon purrs back into distant city
we listen to closer by joy div
today is today
cood only manage 10 laps of pool
too much red bull n coke
too much booze plonk n romance
too much
but no more or less
goodbye penriff
if you wanna see me again i may be available
tonite the state theatre again
almost like having a real job
we should have a good one tonite!

32 Responses to “authenticity… it for real?”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 February 2007 at 1:27 am #

    twice first consequentially nothing

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    damien | 2 February 2007 at 1:31 am #

    It’s funny to think of you blowing smoke into the fan. Bit like a naughty school boy smokin’ in the boys’ room.

    Hope the gigs keep going well for you, chief.

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    veleska1970 | 2 February 2007 at 1:44 am #

    no, i don’t think you would enjoy being mobbed. who in his right mind would want to be beaten up?

    you had quite a bizzy day. (or it is “dizzy”?) glad the show went well for you.

    lotza love….

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    Anonymous | 2 February 2007 at 1:45 am #

    Professor, why didn’t Bernie Zoooool mention the Choich rather than concentrating on the Pretenders not generating enough energy in the room to light a 25-watt bulb? Was Bernie there at all? How could he see what he was writing in his widdle notebook? Why, when I think of bernie, whcih is very very rare, do I suddenly want to see Francis the Talking Mule…particularly Francis Joins the Navy…Francis is extremely underrated…

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    Anonymous | 2 February 2007 at 1:45 am #

    Professor, why didn’t Bernie Zoooool mention the Choich rather than concentrating on the Pretenders not generating enough energy in the room to light a 25-watt bulb? Was Bernie there at all? How could he see what he was writing in his widdle notebook? Why, when I think of bernie, whcih is very very rare, do I suddenly want to see Francis the Talking Mule…particularly Francis Joins the Navy…Francis is extremely underrated…

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    nic | 2 February 2007 at 1:52 am #

    “if you wanna see me again i may be available”
    YES PLEASE SK – (we now have it in writing!!!!).

    glad your experience of Panthers was a pleasant suprise ….(despite it being a little Westie Vegas!)

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    The Carrier of Fruit | 2 February 2007 at 1:58 am #

    I dunno about not being mobbed SK, I’ve seen the young Chruch boys on youtube recently, back in those carazy ‘noo wave’ early days.
    Grrls screaming etc.…er&search=

    But it’s nice to hear Sydney’s west are kinder to you guys these days.

  8. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 2 February 2007 at 1:59 am #

    me liked that bloggy very much thank you…

  9. avatar
    ed in fl | 2 February 2007 at 2:06 am #

    so did the brian jonestown massacre play? Open for you guys? They are great – tell us more.

    ed in fl

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    the dean | 2 February 2007 at 2:32 am #

    When you think it’s going to be bad it turns out being good and visa versa. Don’t jinx it.

  11. avatar
    Celticat | 2 February 2007 at 3:45 am #

    Hi Steve,

    I enjoyed todays blog – all sounded very positive.

    How are you getting on with la Hynde?


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    CSTCoach | 2 February 2007 at 4:28 am #

    sounds like the shows are goin well. 🙂

    the image of you guys huddled together in a stall taking turns puffing towards the fan, shoulders hunched with paranoia… i can see it lol


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    Anonymous | 2 February 2007 at 5:38 am #

    Hi Eskay,

    3 wise men made a last minute decision to come down from the foggy mountains to the scary Penrith Panthers “World of Entertainment” last night.
    You guys played the second band off the stage.
    How very polite you were to us all, and obviously making an effort to talk the local language…footy!
    Thanks for the great set, nice to hear the Triff’s old song get an airing too.
    Go Killer!


    Is it tough to transcend in such a short gig?

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    fantasticandy | 2 February 2007 at 7:13 am #

    dear steven,
    you wrote:
    ‘almost like having a real job’.
    i got a ‘real’ job.
    you got a mission.
    andy L.

  15. avatar
    indigoruby | 2 February 2007 at 8:06 am #

    Why can’t everyone be called Steve? Coz you’d hate it!!

  16. avatar
    Dig | 2 February 2007 at 8:31 am #

    You are the coolest of the cool.

    BJM are a great band but have nothing on The Church. Its like comparing a small plane flying interstate to a rocketship going to mars and beyond.

    Thank you so much for our daily blog.


  17. avatar
    Steve | 2 February 2007 at 9:45 am #

    OOooo, What happened to karmic hit’s website? It looks expired. Are you moving it to a new space or is something else up?

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    isolde | 2 February 2007 at 10:21 am #

    not sure if the fiends could work up to a mobbing either, we would probably start giggling, or chatting about balti curries and why new zealanders are the way they are and whether b.bon is going to lose their church concert virginity any time soon
    hope you had a good show tonite

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    Anonymous | 2 February 2007 at 1:10 pm #

    ((‘{~_~}’)) Great news re CT scan! That surely put some wind in your sails! REALLY pleased for you!! Remember seeing my baby off to Primary School – just today saw her off to year 7 (secondary school. Lay last night with her on her bed as she cried for the loss of her circle of friends of Primary school and the trepidation of what awaits, bittersweet the fact of growing up….

    Sue Cee THANKS for sharing the pics, yes Steve – shorter hair is the go! Is it shorter still than you had it as NSC, Or just tamed for the day in Tassie?? LOVE so many of those pics MWP really does it for me….. Sk though mmmmmmm

    Right now Appalatia EMS – soooo mellow LOVE after everything (all 3 versions – someting about it) – Kate

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    Melquiades | 2 February 2007 at 1:25 pm #

    So, did Ricki make a special trip to down under to catch you?

    Yeah, someone wrote you’re on a mission, not a job. They are absolutely correct.

    rock on, man!

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    restaurant mark | 2 February 2007 at 1:38 pm #

    sounds like you guys had a good time. glad no heavies showed up to cart you away…that would completely kill your high i think! would be a waste of good pot. did ricki sit in with you guys or was he just there to check the show out? we’ve talked back and forth on myspace…he’s always seemed like a nice guy.
    by the way, my wife, amelia saw the pics that were posted yesterday. she said you looked very good and healthy. all the swimming is doing ya right. think she might’ve had a little gleam in her eye while she was looking at ya too…yeah, that’s it…no more picture of you for her! ; )
    take care man.

  22. avatar
    restaurant mark | 2 February 2007 at 3:23 pm #

    hey veleska…are you from new orleans? just checking out profiles over coffee and saw you mention in your blog you lived in the quarter twice. i’m from lafayette, and lived in the quarter once myself. i’m in georgia now. you in texas? my parents live in victoria…close to corpus christie. just curious…been in georgia so long. always love to meet someone from home. it’s normally few and far between. take care.


  23. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 2 February 2007 at 4:45 pm #

    blog eats comment…give up

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    veleska1970 | 2 February 2007 at 5:34 pm #

    to restaurant mark: hey~~where y’at? LOL

    yes, born and raised. yes, katrina sent us up here. i’ll have to give you the whole scoop sometime, don’t want to clog up steve’s comment box, ya know, with my boring story. got airlifted out by the coast guard and everything.

    the first time i was in the quarter i lived in the 900 block of dumaine, and the second time in the 500 block of st. philip, right close to the apex of where decatur street and north peters split. i worked at an art gallery in the 500 block of royal street the first time i lived there. the walk to and from work was nice.

    being a photog, i took pix of the hell we went through during katrina. (actually, rather innocently, not knowing that i was recording history. after all, mark, you know how much it floods down there and i have pix of OTHER floods!!) i always have a camera and i’m always taking pictures, of everything!! after being bombarded by everybody i know to see the pix, i just uploaded them to an online album:

    that was five days i do not want to ever repeat again…….

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    davidcwelker | 2 February 2007 at 5:37 pm #

    all named steve eh ? suppose it would make things easier. as i get older, i find that i’ve begun to call people as i see ’em. if somebody looks like a frank to me, i call them frank. maybe its a sign of senility, at least i’m aware of it, so i’m not crazy.

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    ambnt1 | 2 February 2007 at 5:43 pm #


    Come back to SF for an electric show and I will mob you.


    n.p. Siouxsie n’the Banshees, “Kaleidoscope” (we need more mascara in rock)

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 February 2007 at 5:51 pm #


    who are the brain jones massa’s

    never heard of ’em

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    stealthblue | 2 February 2007 at 6:27 pm #

    Sounds like a blast! I did a show a while ago, when I actually had a band that was on the verge of actually being a real band, where a similar instance happened. I was upstairs in the dressing room with a goyle and she brought me a nice little number, so we toked it as quickly as possible of course. Then I was doing a quick change of shirts as the dippy little sound guy comes in (he was a prick to begin with) and says in his whiny voice, “You know you can’t do that here. You know that the vent from this room blows right into the main room, and then out through the main duct work, and I could smell it. You are lucky there are no cops around, blah, blah, blah…” ( so I played dumb and said, ” Oh sorry, I didn’t know, I won’t do it again.” (But what I really thought was…”AWESOME, the crowd will dig it, and they did seem to, and I was high as a kite already!) and he stormed off (more like pranced off) and then we had to deal with his terrible attitude all night and he didn’t have a clue about signal flow, etc. (there seem to be a lot of “sound-people” like that around) Lots of fun that was. I miss that actually. Hopefully soon, very soon a resurrection will occur. (As I type this from my mind-numbing undertaking!) Hey-gotta stay positive, right? In the words of Ric O./Ben Orr…”It’s all I can do…”

    As far as being mobbed, I guess a little attention is nice, but I don’t think of you as the “being mobbed” kind of guy. You are definitely respected and loved though. So, that’s cool, isn’t it? I know personally, I enjoy a more private lifestyle, and God knows what I would do if say paparazzi were always around, stalkers, etc…that would suck. Ah well, who knows what will happen in this life anyway? Have a GREAT show and know that if all of us on this site were there, you WOULD be mobbed! 🙂
    Later, gater…
    Ben V.

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    restaurant mark | 2 February 2007 at 6:44 pm #

    hey veleska, thanks for getting back with me…sorry you had to go through katrina, but glad you made it. lived with a girlfriend briefly on decatur…down kind of where boomerang was or is…haven’t been there in a while. used to go to the blue crystal a bunch. do ya remember that place? my wife and i were supposed to go to new orleans on our honeymoon, had reservations in the quarter and everything. but katrina hit i think 5 or 6 weeks before we got married, so needless to say we had to make new plans. anyway, good talking to ya. don’t wanna ramble too long. think i’ve exceded my comment limit for the day. take care.

  30. avatar
    nickfiction | 2 February 2007 at 7:58 pm #

    Ahhhh Joy Division…. will the film be any good? would they have made it had Ian Curtis not offed himself? Will they make a film about the Church ? And who will play SK?

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 February 2007 at 5:28 am #

    Sorry about this but if I weren’t anally retentive I’d have nothing at all……….
    Quote:”anyway no heavies consequently materialise”- The word you want is “subsequently”. The first meaning “as a result of” and the second meaning “after”.
    This is very wierd because it reminds me of my old mate Desire,whose father was a clown and whose mother was a lion tamer (no shit), who used to mix up the same 2 words and who always scowled when I corrected her.
    She was way cool and used to live with Jean Jaque from the Stranglers but I haven’t seen her for years.
    George taxi

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 February 2007 at 5:40 am #

    thanks for sharing george

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