posted on January 3, 2006 at 9:34 am

thatss rite
yer humble hero is back in the cafes
so beware
backpackah skums
and naughtynurses
oh the horrible music is playing
the click click click
of ye olde keyboards
as the germans and swedes
chat with the old country
its a nice evening
in bondi
huge queues for the restaraunts
loads of noisy people everywhere
blow ins
johnny come latelys
fair weather friends
low key day for me
achieved very little
house sitting duties over
surf nice but small
listening to
the plateau of mirror
by eno and harold budd
(this budds for you)
never get sick of this
spacious music
liquid shoals of piano
reverberating and changing

well its all over
all the hoopla and fuss
dead christmas trees litter footpath
(aurora:what a waste)
most of the fairy lights have blown
the last of the wrapping paper hit the
recycling bin
daylight hours shorten imperceptibly
the crowds thin out
things fall apart
the centre cannot hold
back with two rough beasts
slouching towards bondi
to be rebirthed

so even a bigge starre
like me
has mediocre days
unlikely but true
no yachting or golf today
no polo or gambling
no seminars or vedic massages
just a slow day
running around

running low
in all quantities
feeling flat
on the ups n downs
cmon sk
get it together
write at least one interesting thing
before you sign off
something about the “straights”
nope, bored with all that
what about the jet?
no comment
hissy miggins?
ah, let her be
the weather?
its ok
any plans?
any aspirations for the new year?
none o yer bizness
whats next for ya, olde rockah?
never you mind
got anything to say for yerself?
enuff with the questions
you can see im cranky cant ya?
i better get goin
fore i launch into a rant
and end up
disappearing in
a long black car
like w reich
opus dei
the cia
the fbi
i know yer bugging my line
i’ll never stop blogging
while injustice still prevails
see ya soon

13 Responses to “back in the cafes….again”

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    Andreas -Italy | 3 January 2006 at 11:51 am #

    steve, if you have time and nothing better to do, download this video and listen to this terrific concert:

    I’m sure you know them already and I bet you appreciate them.


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    chukleslovakia | 3 January 2006 at 2:30 pm #

    Mr. Kilbey:
    An impossibly mundane day in a life beats the hell out of the alternative. simply being above ground & sucking air is sometimes just what we need to appreciate the extraordinary that has been or is to come. one more cliche before i go, yer only bored if yer boring. “it’s no reason to be sad.”

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    Anonymous | 3 January 2006 at 3:14 pm #

    a slightly older/wiser Neuman rears his head?

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    CeciliaGin | 3 January 2006 at 3:54 pm #

    Bueno pues hoy es mi cumpleaños y se si lo supieras me mandarias mil felicidades. Francamente ya estaba cansada con el rollo de los “straights” porque son cosas que se, cosas que tambien detesto, cosa que quisiera que cambiaran. Pero sabes? Si no levantamos un solo dedo, nada cambiara.

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 January 2006 at 10:04 pm #

    I was up in Port Macquarie for a week with my daughter & whilst driving around I was playing Of skins & heart, Rhyme & R u Real by Stewart & Melville quite a bit.
    My daughter ( 11) bagged me for it in a friendly kinda way & at some stage asked me to switch to FM & when I did Missy Higgins was doing some live concert in Byron.
    I returned the compliment by bagging Missy & had had enough after 3 songs UNTIL she did Under the Milky Way tonite – it wasnt great but seemed to have got the best crowd response & I scored a minor victory over Jess when I said ” see Missy Higgins likes the Church”
    Touche I say

    Dutch Pierre

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 January 2006 at 11:20 pm #

    this was actually sent to me by my dear friend martin murphy. he likes narnia

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    esskayer | 4 January 2006 at 1:39 am #

    Ye Olde Steve–Ah, the lovely combo of Budd & Eno. Did you enjoy a “bud” before enjoying your “Budd”? (wink) Ya left out the “X” on PLATEAUX. Very important, that X. Makes it sound even more mysterious, like it’s not just some regular plateau (ya know?)but from some other dimension. The music certainly is, for sure. A total classic. For me “The Pearl” was their masterwork. I had a chance to interview Mr. Budd some years ago (super nice guy, almost Buddha-like) and he talked about how they recorded “The Pearl.” As he played the piano Eno would do his “treatments” live as Harold was playing, and Harold would hear all that in the headphones as he was playing, so the treatments weren’t “added after the fact.” I found this rather interesting considering it’s my fave album of all time. Dunno if Plateaux was done in similar fashion (I don’t think so, think it was a “mail” project where Budd would send Eno his parts and Eno would do his thing). If you don’t already have them, the “original masters” re-issues of these two are worth getting. Ya got good taste SK (but then we already knew that)!

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    cinders | 4 January 2006 at 2:06 am #

    similar experience to dutch pierre these holidays driving my son and his friends around i had Starfish playing and the boys all now want copies.
    And I got Sigur Ros Takk for chrissie,very nice,roll on the Blues festival (I cant believe they are playing at it)
    Keep blogging SK

  9. avatar
    Hermann | 4 January 2006 at 2:57 am #

    Wow! And what was Buddha like? 😉

  10. avatar
    sue c | 4 January 2006 at 3:53 am #

    Ahh, Sk, good to see you back in the atmosfear. You’re even funnier after a few hmmmms…

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    esskayer | 4 January 2006 at 5:00 am #

    Well Budd-ha (gettit?) was like the most polite person I’ve ever talked to on the phone, very humble, no ‘tude in the least. Gregarious, warm, supercoolio daddyo. He never had any music pre-written before going into the studio to record. Too bad he has officially “retired.” Think it had something to do with his last album: according to David Sylvian, the Budd-ha shopped it around to many labels without success, and finally Sylvian put it out himself (“Avalon Sutra”). If I’m not mistaken, didn’t the Choich open a show or two on FY tour with a Budd track from “The White Arcades”?

  12. avatar
    Hermann | 4 January 2006 at 6:21 am #

    Sad story eskayer.
    A little more injustice to keep sk blogging.
    Budd-ha on KH would’ve worked, what a pity.

  13. avatar
    captainmission | 4 January 2006 at 9:53 am #

    Nice album Mr. Budd recorded with Andy Partridge, can’t recall the name but you may enjoy that to.

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