posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:10 pm

eternal strangest stranger in strangely familiar strange land
forget whatever you thought you knew about texas
texas is green baby
these aint no badlands
texas is lush and green and full of life
not the crazy desperate frantic life of australian nature
but the sedate peace of say a sweden or germany in summer
leafy as all fuck
you want birdies chirping n squirrels running up n down trees
(did i ever tell you all my kids think i resemble a squirrel??)
if you want soft balmy zephyrs
if you want gentle clouds drifting on a sky thats not so blue as australias
an older sky
a sky that seems further away and less revved up
in contrast to austin texas
sydney seems like a place where someone jumped on the colour graph
and intensified brightness contrast and saturation
because sydneys nature is wilder and more colourful
its more primitive too
busting out all over the place
at austin and dallas airports
long beautiful yellow weeds nod in the breezes next to the landing strips
jackrabbits are loping about
seems to be a loada rivers n lakes everywhere
it rains a bit
i remember being in hotel rooms in houston
unbelievable lightning and thunder raining down on the smitten earth
i sit alone as usual in room in 1988
why im sitting at a keyboard writing songs for hex
i got this ensoniq brand sequencer
i bought these little coloured cartridges with sounds on em
i go straight home after gig n i work on music all night long
i got a studio booked in new york at xmas 88
gonna record n finish an album with dt
(who also somehow managed to get loads of pics of herself in my bob lurie biopic)
but wow
yes it really rains here
i wrote that song mercury towers here
the music anyway
i was obsessed with writing these things on that sequencer
building up little interlocking phrases
a record totally ahead of its time
see the movie tarnation in which diviner is used
no one could dig this groovy trip at the time
but it is good
ah yes
and texas surprises me
a seductive place
youd say i couldnt imagine sk living in texas
but i could
what…leafy quiet bohemian enclaves
with all the latest doodahs if youd want em
ok some people are saying
what are you doing there exactly old killer bean
well i met via the net a chap
who is guiding me in net related matters i know little of
a crash course in logic
am recording a brand new song for ye
talk about
which aims to bring you more kilbey with less fuss
a total one stop shot for your quadruple kilbey fix
more behind the scenes than ever EVERYWHERE!
more old stuff rare stuff stuff from the vaults
more poetry more blog more photos more rants more raves
more of whatever you want
whenever you want it
whatever it is
(even more hyperbole!)
so we figuring it out
maximising my puny clout
kicking a gaol
etc etc
i drove his porsche today a little bit
it didnt seem to have that much more poke than tibor really…
until i floored it n it reared up like a black stallion who was being
stabbed with some silver spurs
after that i had more respect cos that frightened me a little
i had vegan chorizo n vegan black beans tostadas
i had a pommy granite n raspberry doodah with vitamin x
now will do some more music
2morro join other donkeys in minneapolis to resume the tour
oh yes that had you forgotten…?
this has been a great relaxing informative healthyish respite
thank you kmcc!
you others see ya tomorrow in min

35 Responses to “autobiopsy”

  1. avatar
    plumlady | 12 April 2010 at 10:00 pm #

    Nice weather awaits you in MInneapolis…70ish and slightly cloudy. Luckily the first Twins baseball game in their new stadium downtown is happening tonight instead of the night of your show; causing huge traffic delays I'm sure. The Fine Line is a totally different venue than the Varsity where you played last year…not nearly as Bohemian; harder to find vegetarian downtown…not sure where you're staying.

    Hope to get to say hi after the gig if it's not too late. This old gal has to get home to bed for work on Wed. Looking forward to the show. Have a safe flight on Delta airlines now that Northwest is defunct.

  2. avatar
    Richard | 12 April 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    the churches and the porsches

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    Anonymous | 12 April 2010 at 10:50 pm #

    Steve –
    As always, loved the The Church's performance in PDX last week (and being a bit crook at the moment meant having a seat was a huge bonus for me). I'm really glad you keep visiting our little town. Hard to believe it's almost 25 years since first saw you guys live (Heyday era).

    WRT your Porsche experience, what model was it? If engine was a flat six they tend to make serious power (and really cool mechnical noises) over 3k RPM. DON'T move to TX though… our roads lead to interesting places like the mountains & the coast. 🙂


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    Anonymous | 12 April 2010 at 11:00 pm #

    I love black stallions! I think they're just "Dreamy"…Especially the one's that can talk! (I'm just kidding!)
    FYI: Yesterday VH-1 Classic played The Church 4 times within a 24 hour period. You made it to #84 with "Under The Milky Way" as a one-hit-wonder of the '80's. You got it played again (twice) on one
    of their "One Hit Wonders: Alternative" Shows and then again on "Classic 120 Min's"

    See? You're very loved and appreciated! Good luck with your tour. All good things to you always. And if no one ever says it enough to you: Thank you for being you…Your music has given me much joy in my life since 1983. Peace.

  5. avatar
    Freddie | 12 April 2010 at 11:34 pm #

    Sounds like a good side trip. Curious to see what y'all come up with on the web thing. Just don't try to do so much with this netty stuff that you don't have time for the other stuff, ya know…real life. xoxo

  6. avatar
    princey | 12 April 2010 at 11:36 pm #

    Hello sk, well you painted a different picture of what I thought Texas would be like, sounds like a nice, happenin' place.
    Sk in a Porsche in Texas??, sounds like your having a relaxing and fun time there, enjoy it while you can sk!

    Good luck with rest of the tour and I can't wait to hear that new song mentioned, yay!
    love Amanda

  7. avatar
    TxRok | 12 April 2010 at 11:45 pm #

    Ah, Yes, Texas in the Spring – Nothing beats the beautiful weather here …. Wow – SK family living in the great country of Texas – how awesome would that be? But unfortunate that no live SK gigs going on in this great place. That's ok, will give me time to plan for next time. The yellow weeds are dandelions, and pretty in bulk from afar, as are the Indian Paintbrushes, etc. Hope that you got to see some of the blue Texas bluebonnets, our state flower. Nothing beats a hillside full of blue blue bluebonnets! … Or a great mix of Texas wildflowers making rainbows along the way. Glad that you are having a great time here. Houston is rainy – don't want to live in Houston – No way. Tyler is a beautiful area, and close to Dallas too. Austin is also nice. Hope the rest of your journey will be wonderful too. Love the pic – you look so serious! And thanks for sharing! 🙂

  8. avatar
    bc | 13 April 2010 at 12:25 am #


  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 April 2010 at 1:13 am #

    you know why there are so many pics of DT in the book? she's purty!

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 April 2010 at 1:41 am #

    "You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas." -Davy Crockett

    Enjoy the rest of your stay, Steve!


  11. avatar
    LF | 13 April 2010 at 2:11 am #

    Go for a swim in the big freshwater pool that was once a quarry. Amazing that it's right in town.

  12. avatar
    Chez | 13 April 2010 at 2:17 am #


    I was actually in Austin last week!
    My 98 yr old G-pa lives there. Wonderfully green this time of year.
    Looking forward to seeing the Minneapolis show tomorrow night.

  13. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 13 April 2010 at 6:37 am #

    i'd give my eye teeth (what's left of them after i've been to the dentise yesterday, anyway) to have a drive of something like a porsche….speed fiend, ooooh yeah!!!

    love always….

  14. avatar
    davem | 13 April 2010 at 6:41 am #

    True about the pics……but she is better looking than the rest of ya!

  15. avatar
    limebeaver | 13 April 2010 at 7:31 am #

    Hi SK,
    after watching some of these vids you put up here, particularly the operetta one, may I suggest that for future releases you consider releasing some of your visual 'clips' with the singles EP's?
    I reckon that the Operetta vid would have made an excellent 'official' clip. The rinascimento man now does video art!

  16. avatar
    Broken Toys and Heros | 13 April 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    "puny clout"…i had to laugh. as u venture across this great country of ours and encounter so many fans who have adored u from the beginning or just learned the gospel, ur clout has never been larger. oh… to climb in a time machine and find u many years ago to tell u that the mgrs. that u boys would use back than were all cancers to ur careers. if u had proper representation back in the day…u would have destroyed the rivals and left them in ur wake. ur position in this musical universe would have and still be…bigger than texas.

    but thats hindsight now… and in this digital age- u must keep reinventing urselfs. loved the blog- b careful with dt in NY, please do not let the past mix up the present, u have built so much happiness…so many who love u unconditionally.

    c ya thursday in chicago,


  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 April 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Nice Hofner bass! But what does the pickup, pick up in that position? Hmmm…no foolin'

  18. avatar
    Adrakkkkk | 13 April 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    Some time steve can you do a blog using only lyric phrases of your songs joined up?

  19. avatar
    Mary | 13 April 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    Austin is a nice party town thats for sure lol, but Dallas is where I think you should live in, a little place called Mckinney, really happy I moved here from California, true Cali has lots of nice places to go, but the people in Texas are so nice, and I hate the summer here but the other seansons kick ass, plus living here is close to louisianna, oklahoma, missouri, its great living here, and the houses are cheap!! I think you and your family should move to big D I could look for a house for you right next to me so we could do yoga together 😉 how great would that be??!!!then i could see you at the venues here all the time lol just dreaming haha

    Love ya

  20. avatar
    david duchow | 13 April 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    good luck to The Church on tour.
    Saw yur wonderful vid of Stardust the other day/week? and absolutely fell in love with this song…. so much that I made a vid to it too:


  21. avatar
    EDD | 13 April 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    I'm a Texan in exile in Oregon. Don't forget about San Antonio. Great town. Austin is way cool…too cool sometimes…

  22. avatar
    Tom | 13 April 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    I know I am a day late and a dollar short… but I am catching up. I read your post on aging and looking old. I have been told after a certain point in our lives, we age in one year and then pretty much look the same for the next ten. I guess this is your year to age.

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    stealthblue | 13 April 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    Cool!!! I can only imagine what you'll come up with in Logic! I mean the stuff you already do with Garage Band is pretty fookin' amazing! So, I'd say we're in for a real treat…possibly even an eargasm, no? Looking forward to that, Steve-O. It is just awesome what these DAWs can do now. I have a nice little digital recorder, but it's kind of a pain in the ass to use because the screen is only 3 by 4 inches, plus it's not very "user-friendly"!! Drives me nuts. So, I'm saving my beans to finally buy the iMac, but will probably do the Pro Tools thing, although I also know Logic to be just as amazing. So, I KNOW whatever YOU come up with is just going to be AWESOME!! 🙂

    Either way, my friend, I'm just looking forward to seeing you here in good Ol' Chicago this Thursday night!!! Gonna be a sweet night for all involved!! Gonna meet up with Mr. "Toys and Heroes" and our wives some for Din-din, then roll on over to catch our favorite preachers/Shamen…The Church!!!

    Anyway, lots o' peace, love and health to yas all on the road. Hope you're getting enough rest, etc. Be safe and well, SK. See you soon…

    Ben V.

  24. avatar
    stealthblue | 13 April 2010 at 8:14 pm #

    Well, how did you do with that Guitar Hero game anyway?? Very curious…

  25. avatar
    Ellen | 13 April 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    As usual, I enjoy reading about your travels while touring. You write in such a way that I feel I'm right there, seeing it for myself.

    It sure makes a huge difference while, in reality, I'm sitting in a stuffy office, working for stuffy attorneys. Can't complain though – I've got a job.

    Hope the rest of the tour is a smashing success (sans hecklers).

  26. avatar
    cazziem | 13 April 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    Very upbeat and I’m already excited by the thought of what will evolve from this venture. As for Texas, well personally I’ve never been there but it features in one of my fav line-dances and I guess compliments your blog SK? : –

    I've seen a lot of places
    I've been around the world
    I've been seen pretty faces
    Been with some beautiful girls
    After all I’ve witnessed
    One thing still amazes me
    Just like a miracle, you have to see to believe

    (cause) god blessed Texas
    With his own hand
    Brought down angels from the promised land
    Gave 'em a place where they could dance
    If you wanna see heaven, brother, here's your chance
    I've been sent to spread the message
    God blessed Texas.

    First, he let the sun shine
    Then he made the waters deep
    Then he gave us moonlight
    For all the world to see
    Well everybody knows that the lord works in mysterious ways
    He took a rest, then on the very next day

    Well I’ve been sent to spread the message
    God blessed Texas
    Well I’ve been sent to spread the message
    God blessed Texas.

  27. avatar
    Matt Mac Haffie | 13 April 2010 at 11:38 pm #

    Hello Steve,

    Matt Mac Haffie here.

    A friend of mine saw your LA area show and gave a glowing report. He also hipped me to your East coast trajectory.

    Are Boston and NYC as close as you come to me in Albany on this swing? If so perhaps I should plan a road trip.

  28. avatar
    princey | 13 April 2010 at 11:44 pm #

    Could someone please post a youtube vid of ANY song from ANY of the Church shows ("Louisiana" or "Tear It All Away" would be nice:))

  29. avatar
    princey | 13 April 2010 at 11:53 pm #

    Hi again sk, I just read the Billboard article about The Church tour and laughed SOOOO much cos they printed BWTB as "Backwards Two Beats" hahaha what a f**k-up!!!!! Or is that what you told them????? haha


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    m. | 14 April 2010 at 1:11 am #

    yeh-if u can get over the arcane drug laws and the incipent subtrefuge of their gangster protection racket (therin/therof) always threat'ning your perimeter; TX is great… for about 3 weeks in the spring time then it gets f@#!'n africa hot for the next 6 months w/ no ocean. Done there been that…

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 April 2010 at 2:33 am #

    Hi sk, love reading the tour tales.
    Keep 'em coming. You paint a nice picture.

    Thinking of you
    Lady Di

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 April 2010 at 2:38 am #

    Lost your fancy vest and both your kidneys…..beneath the Texas Moon? Never been to Austin, though I hear it's an oasis of bohemia and nonconformity in a sea of Texas right-wingedness and Tea Bagging brayers and naysayers. Or something like that. I know it gets damned hot there come summertime – not my scene, but – hope Minneapolis goes well.


  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 April 2010 at 4:25 am #

    Yes Texas can suck really from May until late October. Try living in Houston the town that never wakes up. Some band I love have a song about how lonely a place it is, Houston Don't Dream About Me. Yep.
    I love/hate me some Houstoned.

    Ron Bonham

  34. avatar
    lily was here | 14 April 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    I thought I was on FB for a second, and was looking for the darn "Like" button! A luvly detour SK, porsche and all.

    the church, overqualified and underpaid

    Sue xox

    ps i thought margot should've been in the book

  35. avatar
    themoneynerd | 14 April 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    Texas, it is cooler than it gets credit for. We welcome you Mr. Kilbey, come on down.

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