posted on February 29, 2008 at 12:51 am

walk to pool listening to peter hammill
the silent corner and the empty stage
dark words and music
“like the inmates of asylums
all the citizens are contagiously insane”
a solemn organ sweeps in, funereal
guitars warp and howl
accoustic guitar creeps in brittle arpeggios
strange soft moaning sounds
things moving backwards
things picking up momentum
something like dr whos tardis takes off
into horrible biblical ages
the music is full of torment and strife
sirens call and fade
the guitars become discordant
playing doomy harmonies
hammills voice
intelligent articulate mocking
suddenly piercing
suddenly becoming soft and beautiful
“atlantis is strange the explosion of an age
no one really knows what to do and the city is a cage”
the waves wash over us
the music takes us down to the sea bed
hammill brings back jericho
“maybe the people are waiting for trumpets”
he sadly suggests
why cant rock music be married to this ancient history?
to me there is no contradiction
everything is there for me to plunder
everything
magic
science
alchemy
drugs
sex
yoga
history
language
breath
exercise
literature
art
music
religion
philosophy
hammill destroys christianity on the lie
the organ summoning the mysteries of the latin church
the swinging censer with its sandalwood smoke
the reverb suggests the empty cold churches
where hammill was tormented as a boy
“benediction…fiction or fear?”
then on red shift
hammill bewails the universes move into the red
“once constellations were holy,
now darkness pervades all the older ones”
“hope is a word with no space for meaning”
oh sounds like something i might have written
johnny rotten even loved peter hammill
on red shift some sibilant snake like rattle
wriggles from speaker to speaker
hammill sounds like hes heartbroken
as the galaxies float into the redzone
mmmmm
gotta email from my fed ex agent
investigating my “case”
she says bondi junction fed ex need to “revert to respond”
hmmm…
yeah i bet they do….
tonite im doing something very interesting
something quite cosmic
maybe dangerous
maybe changing me forever
maybe not
will keep you informed
love
etc
me
ps vanguard hotel newtown 27 mar
toff in town melby 6 apr
be there!!!

35 Responses to “babylons strange…7th wonder of the earth”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 February 2008 at 1:41 am #

    It’s in the diary
    and be careful!

    Lady Di

  2. avatar
    syrinx | 29 February 2008 at 1:43 am #

    We’re standing here
    on the ground…

    Just make sure it’s not beyond recognition, Cap’n. Engines on.

    @__@

  3. avatar
    B Raine | 29 February 2008 at 1:46 am #

    steve something stronger than i can ever verbalize is happenning. Babyl? or Babel….Morroco to japan to mexico
    a world full of pain and isolation,,,
    clairvoiyant….Perhaps My own skitzo Non diagnosed perception however you caught the mood to a needle point.
    luv
    peace N
    Chicken Greece
    (american dumbass)

  4. avatar
    B Raine | 29 February 2008 at 1:49 am #

    peyote’ oh do tell….if u can fly through time/space do visit….

  5. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 29 February 2008 at 1:51 am #

    Robert Wyatt over Peter Hammill.
    Jeff Beck over Jimmy Page
    Steve Kilbey over Michael Stipe
    Morrissey over Robert Smith
    Tangerine Dream over Kraftwerk
    Paul McCartney over Sting
    Chrissie Hynde over Patti Smith
    Annie Haslam over Kate Bush
    Thom Yorke over Chris Martin
    India over China
    Dalai Lama over George Bush
    Wangari Matthai over Robert Mugabe
    Spirituality over Atheism
    My Cat over Me
    Sedatives over Stimulants

  6. avatar
    markobears | 29 February 2008 at 1:56 am #

    im just drunk woooooooooooooo!!!!
    ill check out hammill good review.

  7. avatar
    markobears | 29 February 2008 at 2:00 am #

    hey i dunno bout morrisey or robert smith but i do know the smiths instrumentaly kick ass without a singer.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 February 2008 at 4:16 am #

    NOTHING DANGEROUS EXPECTED. TAKE CARE YOURSELF.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 February 2008 at 4:18 am #

    TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

  10. avatar
    linjo | 29 February 2008 at 4:22 am #

    The following presentation is classified M for mature audiences.
    It contains the following which may offend some viewers:

    * Lengthy sex scenes
    * Frequent drug references
    * Occasional coarse language

    and old Ma Kettle here is going away for the weekend, bugger! Make sure its herbal mannnnnn!

    Linda X

  11. avatar
    eek | 29 February 2008 at 4:23 am #

    tonite im doing something very interesting
    something quite cosmic
    maybe dangerous
    maybe changing me forever
    maybe not

    Steven John Kilbey, you are a tease!

  12. avatar
    Melby Symon | 29 February 2008 at 4:33 am #

    Dear Steve…

    not sure how to say this and please excuse me if you think I’m being rude/forward…but why is your Melby show only costing $20 at Toff in the Town.

    Surely the tix price should be higher…and you get a bigger slice of the entertainment pie. After all…putting the soy bacon on the famebly table is what it is (nearly) all about.

    Please don’t think I am being smart…just thought you should know that many of us would pay more than $20 to see your live show in Melby. Don’t undervalue your talents and your ability to hold an audience captivated.

    regards Melby Symon

  13. avatar
    princey | 29 February 2008 at 4:44 am #

    Oh no, don’t do anything crazy tonight sk, I want you back here safe and sound tomorrow ok!

    Great news about the gig too, and Symons right, I’d pay more to see a night of sk live.

    Love Amanda

  14. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 29 February 2008 at 5:43 am #

    well, you ol’ thrill seeker, keep us posted and bring me back a t-shirt from wherever you end up travelling to…a postcard perhaps?
    (middle name john? well mine’s catherine)
    love always…

  15. avatar
    melissa | 29 February 2008 at 5:55 am #

    I like how you snuck in those dates at the end! 🙂 Very, very happy now! I’m glad the Melby show is at the Toff again .. I thought it was a pretty cool spot for the last gig!

    Very interesting read today .. I haven’t heard of Peter Hamill before. Maybe some new music to check out. 🙂

    Have a far out evening .. but make sure you come back safe and sound 🙂

    Best
    x

  16. avatar
    12str | 29 February 2008 at 8:17 am #

    Peter Hammill….never heard of before! Ichecked it out on you tube… what a wonderful strange new aquintance it was..
    Thanks man!

    Pat

  17. avatar
    triantelope | 29 February 2008 at 10:34 am #

    vanguard hotel newtown 27 mar

    hey cool.. i live next door to the vanguard…

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 February 2008 at 10:56 am #

    [Whatever] responsibly.

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 February 2008 at 11:30 am #

    something “cosmic”eh? ..howzabout sticking yer head up yer own cosmic date,if ya dont release this “pain killer”{bitching name fer an album,by the way!}in the next three hours…we’ll hold ya ta ransom,handsome.get it together man!far out!focus.keep yer eyes on yer balls.;( ;Dx

  20. avatar
    veleska1970 | 29 February 2008 at 11:33 am #

    “tonite im doing something very interesting….
    will keep you informed”
    please do. our interest has been piqued.

    “ps vanguard hotel newtown 27 mar
    toff in town melby 6 apr
    be there!!!”
    i wish i could be. 🙁

    lotza love……

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 February 2008 at 12:16 pm #

    oh god – i’ve fucked my brain

  22. avatar
    fantasticandy | 29 February 2008 at 1:06 pm #

    hi steve,
    whilst watching the SK live DVD last night i said to chrissy,
    ‘only a tiny handful of artists could pull a totally solo show like this off, the only other guy iv’e ever seen captivate a room full of people this way is hammill.’
    and i’ll be dammned…..
    the following morning you review one of his best albums!
    as you know, PH is my other iconic hero….
    you two have rocked my world for many a year!
    as singer/songwriters i consider you both utterly peerless.

    brien c:-
    Robert Wyatt over Peter Hammill.
    Jeff Beck over Jimmy Page
    Steve Kilbey over Michael Stipe
    Morrissey over Robert Smith
    Tangerine Dream over Kraftwerk
    Paul McCartney over Sting
    Chrissie Hynde over Patti Smith
    Annie Haslam over Kate Bush
    Thom Yorke over Chris Martin
    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
    how silly is this?
    almost all the musicians on your list are way above this kind of thing!
    i mean if is was more like:-
    david bowie over justin timberlake
    greatful dead over new kids on the block…………

    nevets,
    enjoy your adventure my friend!
    but take care!
    luv,
    andy L.

  23. avatar
    Matthew | 29 February 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    You got me googling this Hammill chap… sounds very intriguing… oh yeah, the swinging censer! I recall.

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 February 2008 at 2:09 pm #

    Kilbey, you have excellent taste. Fiends, get some Hammill and his band Van der Graaf Generator immediately! One of the greatest voices and lyricists in rock, much like our lad here, but in a different way. Dark and deep.

    BTW, Robert Wyatt and Hammill are so completely different that contrasting them in a value judgement is really dumb. They are both brilliant.

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 February 2008 at 2:10 pm #

    Also, you’ve heard him mention Bill Nelson and Be Bop Deluxe before. Don’t be stupid, go buy some Be Bop Deluxe albums TODAY!

  26. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 29 February 2008 at 3:46 pm #

    I am irreparably dumb but I did enumerate the names of many iconic vocalists, lyricists and musicians. It was a very difficult voting choice in the Obama and Clinton Presidential race. I opt for Obama because he opposed the Iraq war from the onset.

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 February 2008 at 4:23 pm #

    Didn’t say you are dumb, just that that particular comparison was.

  28. avatar
    davem | 29 February 2008 at 5:51 pm #

    Hope you enjoy your night SK!
    I was wondering what our Andys response to this blog was, knowing you were name-dropping his fave.
    As for me Andy? I’m one of those Gabriel-era Genesis freaks…I’ll stick with that. I don’t post on the womb but read the comments with interest.
    Have a good weekend Steve and all your loyal fiends!!
    xx

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 February 2008 at 8:10 pm #

    Hi davem, by Gabriel-era of Genesis do you really mean the “Tony Banks before he gave in to Collins and the almighty $$$ era” of Genesis? Such a shame.

  30. avatar
    markobears | 1 March 2008 at 12:46 am #

    brien me 4 obama 2. Iraq has vanished from the debates but i just want a black guy in the white house.
    Rednecks your time is up.

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 March 2008 at 5:15 am #

    I think Brien’s writing a P=A 2008.
    “…and barbeque over microwave
    …and Brien over FantasticAndy”
    Marty H.

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 March 2008 at 6:20 am #

    be peaceful ,beautiful poet .:Dx

  33. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 1 March 2008 at 9:48 am #

    …have you returned from whatever orbit you’re currently on…ground control to major steve…
    love always…

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 March 2008 at 10:28 am #

    Steve has probably OD’d..

  35. avatar
    davem | 1 March 2008 at 11:14 am #

    Greetings Mr K
    x


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