posted on September 18, 2008 at 8:30 pm

kilbey this
kilbey that
kilbey in the middle
kilbey with a pinch of salt
kilbey after lunch with tea
the many thoughts of chairman steven kilbey
well while my erstwhile pal mal
makes headlines in aust
look out tomorrow
one of australias leading papers
will declare MY song the winner
and yesterday i did the interview to prove it
the complete lowdown on THAT song
boy i spilt the beens on it once n fer all
that song and i
bound like a witch and her familiar
or like king and his sceptre
or like a sailor n an alby-tross
yes my little song
now 22 years old and doing allright
many of his new friends dont know or care
that i am that little songs father
and really
the little song is now all grown up
and its made its daddy so proud
by becoming a “standard”
even if every other song i wrote
is an esoteric piece of aerated tripe
then blow me down gently
cos at least i wrote one fucking classic
the people have decided
it won by twice as many as the nearest song!!!!????
why do those people love it so?
or are my rabid australian fans just votin’ n votin’
n votin’ n votin’ n votin’
either way i am surprised
just when i’m declaring my love for space rock n whale bleeps
out comes this olde chestnut
to remind me of my mousy roots
now look keep this all under yer hat till tomorrow, ok?
i promised i would but ive kinda leaked it
but isnt it nice to know
that that scruffy olde geezer ranting on the sidelines (moi)
keeps getting tiny extensions on his famous fifteen minutes
and the bloodshot eye of general popularity
sometimes blinks in my vague direction
after my interview
which was quite pleasant enough
i was left to a camera person
who got to boss me around for about 20 minutes
stand like this
stand like that
take yer sunglasses off
look up
look down
look fascinating
all around on bondi beach
the tourists are craning their necks
it must be a bricklayer who rescued a kitten….
the locals are saying
“ha ha someone taking ole kilbeys picture on the beach..”
gee whizz
how do i feel……
being popular is as bad as being ignored
its just got its own set of conundrums
someone was complimenting me in the sauna again
the other day effusively
in front of some other people
just trying to relax
this person gush gush gush
finally i lost my fuckin’ temper
WILL YOU JUST SHUT UP i say surprising myself
but but but…
i just finished reading titus alone by mervyn peake
strange book
peake spends 2 books creating a gothic masterpiece
perhaps 2 of the most incredible works of fantasy bar none
better even than narnia and tolkien
more detailed
and then
titus alone
when i first read the gormenghast trilogy i was about 12
the first 2 books i adored but the third one i hated
what happened to the castle and all the characters?
now our hero is lost in some sick 1940s pseudo-england
where some people ride llamas and small flying cylinders watch you
and we sometimes see such beautifully clear visions
scenes that take your breath away
peake was being ravaged by parkinsons disease as he wrote this book
it is extra-ordinary
i humbly kneel at the feet of a real master and genius
meanwhile the martin kennedy gigs are approaching
one at the excelsior in surry hills
the other at the tap gallery
where a buncha musicians are exhibiting their art
including me and mk
we will be doing half a dozen songs for you all
i have also been vaguely inveigled in a movie being made
here in lovely bondi beach nsw
playing the part of a zen surfer and doing the music
i was surprised to see all the auditioning going on
all the over the place yessaday at the pavillion
gee maybe it will be a blockbuster….
saddened yessaday to see
all the bickering claptrap starting up on ze comments
i been guilty of this in the past
but now im tired of it
its the same old pests as usual
ah who cares
its a singers blog fer christ sakes
its some wag in a comments section on the fuckin’ internet
amazed someone didnt rope in meat as well
ooh it must be funny getting a rise out of em
tsk tsk tsk
shame on you
and say what you like about yonder micki raymi
but hes playing in nyc right now
playing the electric guitar
and sitting up late discussing reverberation
with some english rockstar
whos cooler than fuck
and what are we doing….yes…you and i?
well i’m waiting patiently till the 23rd dec in melbourne
when we will unleash painkiller again
and you
youre sitting at your computer thinking
i bet this blog is about to end
sil voo play

50 Responses to “bilge and beanstalks”

  1. avatar
    m | 18 September 2008 at 9:47 pm #

    you’re up so early daddy! i haven’t even gone to bed yet. i should though. just letting you know that i like your blog and i am proud of you!
    have a good day!

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    the bricklayer that rescued the kitten | 18 September 2008 at 9:56 pm #

    fuck that was funny…self depricating humour always makes me laugh…

    …at other people..

    yep…some people don’t get it.. mister maymi does it cause he loves it…so many of us stuck in 9 to 5 jobs we hate…

    I was on radio for 16 years and fucking loved it..just loved to hear the sound of my own stupid voice….and those people who come up to you and start to gush….you are so are so this and that…it is very unnerving.. had to get into advertising sales to make any money…and am beginning to hate it…really all i do is help big…I mean the BIGGEST corporations…McDonalds and Ford and GM persuade people to spend their money on things they don’t need…I’m veg for christ sake..selling McDonalds 150grand in radio ads a year is more than a little against my ideals…but hey…if I could play guitar like maymi…fuck he’s good…and he aint on no treadmill like the rest of us.

    Another cat that you should check out..(he has a voice like no other..somewhere between springsteen and seger) is Jody Raffoul (ra-fool) he has a disc ready to drop..just google go to his myspace…he is a cat who is about 40 but livin the dream…a regional fav in S.W. Ontario and Detroit. Will he ever make it big…no fucking way but he is doing what he knows and what he loves…and making a living…to all of those out there doing the same…here’s to you!

    now shut up and play the music..


  3. avatar
    eek | 18 September 2008 at 10:16 pm #

    Aha, I wondered what that was about. People love it so because it’s a great little song. Luckily, it’s not your only good song, even if it is your most popular song by far. True, for many people it’s the only song they know of yours, but for other people (including me) it’s the song that introduced me to you. That gives it a very special place in my heart.

    youre sitting at your computer thinking
    i bet this blog is about to end

    Actually I’m sitting at my computer thinking “I gotta go get some boxes and I hope the hell the people driving when I am remember when a stoplight isn’t working to treat it as a four way stop instead of just driving right through. …and I hope I remember that too.”

  4. avatar
    the dean | 18 September 2008 at 10:21 pm #

    It is a great song and if it enable you to keep putting out space and whales bleeps then it’s a even great song.

  5. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 18 September 2008 at 10:23 pm #

    …so you’re saying that this ‘fame’ thing’s a bit of a double-edged sword…..?
    found out yesterday that it’s incorrect grammar (apparently) to have more than three dots at the end of a line of text…………
    love always…………………

  6. avatar
    persephone2u | 18 September 2008 at 10:53 pm #

    Better than Narnia and Tolkien? Really? Ooooo I just love good fantasy book suggestions. Off to Amazon I go! Just in time for Autumn reading too.

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    jax | 18 September 2008 at 10:55 pm #

    .. shit it was #2 song on a 10 song vinyl plastic disc.. I got hooked on the #10 song IMMEDIATELY.. still love it when the volcano erupts and guitars start ripping and..and . then you sing its a wonderful room. love it..

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 September 2008 at 11:37 pm #

    under the milky way makes me think about how america is trying to take over the world, bloody bastards

  9. avatar
    princey | 18 September 2008 at 11:38 pm #

    YES! YES! YES! thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, grey skies have finally cleared up!!!!!!
    Only 104 sleeps to go!!!
    Love&happiness 2u sk
    P.S.congrats on being the winner with "that" song sk, you should be proud as a peacock!!

  10. avatar
    Richard | 18 September 2008 at 11:39 pm #

    did you manage to slip in a painkiller reference in your interview – wearing the tee shirt maybe?

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 September 2008 at 12:03 am #

    yes, I love that song, simple.
    ….I hope they play it as I’m burning on the pyre.

  12. avatar
    kat | 19 September 2008 at 12:16 am #

    ha sk i can imagine you erupting out by the pool. congrats on utmw. i remember last time in cincy when you did that song. right afterward this couple left and my brother and i were laughing because you gave them a hard time.

    holly, i know what you mean. everyone always sits there at a 4 way stop and its like a mexican standoff til the next car goes. if you are lucky! alot still don’t have power our way. i know because i just tried to get a pizza delivered!

  13. avatar
    esne snoner | 19 September 2008 at 12:24 am #

    all very cool about utmw and the deserved accolades – i hope the teenage daughters in sweden (esp the unwell one) get to hear that their ma and pa have done good – who needs fucken’ abba when you’ve got the church!?!?!

  14. avatar
    melissa | 19 September 2008 at 12:34 am #

    23rd December … YES!!!!!!!!

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 September 2008 at 1:01 am #

    Hi Steve,

    Due recognition at last for you, the song, and the band…as much as you love/loathe the platitudes, i am so happy for you. I think UTMW is such the quintessential Church song, it sums up what the Church are about in so many ways, and you just absolutely nailed it (again) when it comes to expressing feel (and so much love put into your work)…i know you’re sick n tired of it, and i don’t blame you! Enough effusiveness for one day from me…


    Jon from Geelong.

    P.s. Thanks for the Christmas present re: 23rd Dec in Melb!

    p.p.s. Beautiful words from M, now that’s what you want to hear!

  16. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 19 September 2008 at 1:18 am #

    If you have one big hit a dreamy and atmospheric song is perfect. UTMW fits. Aerosmith was lucky to have “Dream On” as their breakthrough. Can’t stand them but I like “Dream On.” The Church has recorded 40 perfect songs and Aerosmith has 3. Tyler and Perry were very clever emulating MIck and Keef. It literally paid off.
    “June” is arguably the perfect Church song but so is “Ripple”, “Tranquility”, “The Aweful Ache” and the obscure “Heading South”.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 September 2008 at 5:24 am #

    Where do you find thetime to write all of this? WOW!

  18. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 19 September 2008 at 5:30 am #

    Dream On is an excellent song, Brien, but I guess that’s the only song of theirs that I like.

    Steve – what’s great about the fact that Under The Milky Way has become a bit of a standard is how good it is compared to other 80’s standards.

  19. avatar
    Richard | 19 September 2008 at 5:44 am #


    I’d add the following to the ‘obscures’:


  20. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 19 September 2008 at 6:08 am #

    What I meant to say is that a lot of 80’s standards are BAD – and it’s a really good thing that a song like Under The Milky Way has actually become a classic.

  21. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 19 September 2008 at 6:17 am #

    Other excellent obscure Church songs:

    Nervous Breakthrough
    The Illusion Mysteries
    Real Toggle Action
    Further Adventures Of The Time Being

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 September 2008 at 7:18 am #

    surely unguarded moment is older than 22 years???

  23. avatar
    matt davison | 19 September 2008 at 7:47 am #

    bollocks!! to all of you…. I stood outside a drama school party Wellington 22 april 1993. My friend Beth Champion..(Secrets, Exile)sent me a tape with all her favorite songs on from Sydney including Tori Amos…,Velv Undies, and some other cool stuff.
    UTMW was on it and I listenend to it about nine times over the evening in my car,Knocked off a six pack and headed into the gig…nothing was ever the same
    even my gay tutor chating me up at the party had nothing on that whirling rickenbacker and deep vocal spread that signified the sounds, that would fill my head for 15 years ….. That song evolved our musical senses. Next day I found a tape in a record shop It was Ripple with Fog and Nightmare on it……… mind exploded with a new perspective of Rock…

    god bless SK & KJ…..&THE church





  24. avatar
    matt davison | 19 September 2008 at 8:00 am #

    PS… Who would have thought 15 years later I would have Directed a dvd for my Fav singer in… SK live 2007))) Wow thats cool don’t you think?? mmmmm next (The Crunch)…Yep mark my words…………….

    mATT dAVyydson

  25. avatar
    eek | 19 September 2008 at 8:12 am #

    hh — technically you can have four — ellipses (…) and period (.) 😀

    I knew all that education would come in handy someday! LOL

  26. avatar
    ho-ho-ho | 19 September 2008 at 8:40 am #

    Busdriver finally got recognition, huh?

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 September 2008 at 8:42 am #

    Steve, who’s this English rock star who’s ‘cooler than fuck’ ?! There ain’t any left, mate – the species is extinct.

  28. avatar
    more e-bow! even more! mix it higher! more! | 19 September 2008 at 10:07 am #

    UTMW would’ve been even better with Pete’s e-bow solos in it.

  29. avatar
    iseult | 19 September 2008 at 10:49 am #

    the best song of all songs written in australia in the last two decades,25197,24365642-5017898,00.html


  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 September 2008 at 11:52 am #

    You wrote the greatest Australian song? You wrote The Jack?!

  31. avatar
    bookclub | 19 September 2008 at 11:55 am #

    Congratulations SK

    I’m a long term member of the Frenz of the Enz fanclub and was asked by the fanclub to vote for a CH or Enz tune for the poll but when i got there, spied UTMW on the list, and despite my 18 year allegiance to all things Finn, just couldn’t go past this classic. It’s so deserved. Trust you get to dine out on this for the rest of your life.


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    captain mission | 19 September 2008 at 1:01 pm #

    i don’t think i could ever chose a fave church song, it’s mind breakingly difficult and changes all the time, but MATS would be close to the top near Two Places at Once and Fly Home, but i love and adore Night Friends and ooh i forgot Song for the Asking and how could i leave out P=A and then there’s ohhh….mmm, see my point

  35. avatar
    captain mission | 19 September 2008 at 1:02 pm #

    congratulations 🙂

  36. avatar
    captain mission | 19 September 2008 at 1:03 pm #

    Dome i love Dome to.

  37. avatar
    lily was here | 19 September 2008 at 1:08 pm #

    Sorry about all the noise & thumping, just me jumping up and down… excited, but not surprised, that you won out of thousands of votes and 500 songs! and maybe, just maybe, i can make melb at xmas time for Painkiller, an incredible album, I cant stop playing it. Ok Im a dedicated follower but it is an amazing creation of music. Kudos to you and your artisans. Oenone was in my headspace today. The cd package looks fantastic, my t-shirt is the bomb (way too big 4 me, my bad) BUT its fab. Thank u JLK. And congrats again to you and Karin! Dont be so humble sk, readers could only vote once per computer!

    What a sweet message from M

    Zen surfer dude? hey, tell us more

    Love xox

    ps Brien & Thomas, I was a sucker for Janies Got A Gun & Cryin'. I know, i know.. get a grip

  38. avatar
    don joe | 19 September 2008 at 1:19 pm #

    Accolades take some time to roll in. Congrats for the long overdue. 2 weeks and no painkiller…..all ok at KH??
    Interesting mix in y’days comments. Guess it leads to the current scene with the financial scene. All that money “loant” to the US to make some guns and other things that go bang led to the increase in the US’s wealth and production, similar to he 1920s. Then it gets a little out of hand and it all gets called back or overspent and unstable. So now we get the high powered banks/brokers buying up the guys who floundered and recreate another depression…oh it’s depressing writing about it…rockerfella and co win again. Their federal reserve bank just “loant” america a few hundred more billion to add to the yanks debt. I feel sorry for the people on the street over there. The amero is just around the corner and this is part of the master plan to create a one world government. Australia sold the great barrier reef to help rid some of it’s debt…don’t believe me right, well just google it. If you haven’t watched this then do so and make up your own mind. More ot the world than meets the eye.

    So, Steve, happy belated b’day n all that. Glad to hear PK coming to Melbourne and that you are still a busy bee creating on many spheres in the cosmos. BT? Wanker, 1st class..maybe u should’ve just sold your soul and rode the coat tails?? Be filthy rich n in government as a dreade public servant…oh the tyranny u could’ve waged on us poor sods.

    send regards to Elly for me too xo

    don joe

  39. avatar
    cheat! | 19 September 2008 at 2:13 pm #

    But neither you nor Karin are even Australian!

  40. avatar
    Cee | 19 September 2008 at 3:30 pm #

    and you
    youre sitting at your computer thinking
    i bet this blog is about to end
    sil voo play

    y tu
    sentado enfrente de tu computadora
    apuesto que este blog esta por terminar
    if you please

  41. avatar
    Cee | 19 September 2008 at 3:31 pm #

    By the way:
    Did you like Mariachidelic?
    I’ll post it on my bloggie, too.
    Cee, not Sue Cee, but Cee (Cecilia)

  42. avatar
    fantasticandy | 19 September 2008 at 5:02 pm #

    oldest song there too!
    well done sport….
    c’mon…you MUST feel ‘loved-up’ now.

  43. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 19 September 2008 at 5:11 pm #

    Aah…Two Places At Once and Fly Home. LOVE those songs.

  44. avatar
    kat | 19 September 2008 at 6:36 pm #

    hi all. sk, i see utmw as being uploaded on the church myspace page but its not there? you are too much ah ha ha

  45. avatar
    jax | 19 September 2008 at 6:52 pm #

    Hey go see BJM tonight if you are in New York, if not don’t go!

    9/19/2008 : music hall of williamsburg : new york, usa
    9/21/2008 : kutshers country club : monticello, usa [ all tomorrow’s parties!!!! ]

  46. avatar
    Mr. Argent | 19 September 2008 at 7:59 pm #


    I too can’t wait to hear more about the Zen Surfer Dude.

    Bilge is a such a great word, no?

  47. avatar
    iseult | 19 September 2008 at 8:50 pm #

    here it is,25197,24373840-16947,00.html

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 September 2008 at 10:24 pm #

    “It’s not like, say, I was Joe Dolce and I had to keep doing Shaddap You Face … like you had a song that was your song and it was a real stinker,” Kilbey said.


  49. avatar
    davem | 19 September 2008 at 11:35 pm #

    Nothing compares to you.
    Must do your ego good to know the venerable Ricky agrees.
    Every day I’m thankful for all you’ve brought to my life.
    UTMW – one of over 200+ pieces of genius. I’m happy to list ’em if required!

  50. avatar
    ross b | 20 September 2008 at 1:35 am #

    there are songs that operate as a premise for you to have your own adventure (sk, The Australian)

    that's precisely what utmw did for me. when you're at the impressionable age of 17 or 18, having finished school, and a song like this comes out from a band you like very much (and subsequently grew to love'n'adore) it opened up for me a whole new world of possibilities & dimensions, and it continues to do so. It remains one of my (many) favourite Church songs and i continue to love it very much.

    My first Church gig was the Tivoli back in December 1987. I remember you guys performed utmw with that excited expectancy of presenting something new and something good. For something completely new it received a rapturous applause.

    Well done Steve, all the best to you! Cheers, r.

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