posted on March 25, 2007 at 8:29 pm

so much to say
but so lazy to type it all out
hey rusty
can we do a talking blogg or not?
rusty’ll know
trust rusty!
rusty never sleeps
god all the stuff you probably wanna hear
fills me with inertia
like the new church double album of singles
i got one in the post
i tried to listen but i conked out after tear it all away
i did the single version of she never said
(only because its got a few little things the album doesnt)
i couldnt bear to hear unguarded whatsy
i listened to too fast for you…nice drumming ploogy!
then tear it all away….yeah that shoulda been a hit
its a million times better than unguarded thingy
then when fucking its no reason came on
i hit the ole eject button….fast!
i dont wanna hear all these songs in a row
come to think of it
i find it hard to listen to any of this stuff anymore
i wonder who in hell will buy it?
havent there already been a cuppla singles collexions?
did ya need another?
dont look at me
its nothing to do with me
im a forward looking guy
i dont revere this olde rubbish
i’d rather hear block once…or telepath
than all this olde singly malarkey
(blocks on the collection too, actually!)
and i tell ya one thing
the sk from 1981 woulda liked block better too
thats what i was trying to write
unguarded ding dong was just a accidental by product
in my searches to write a good song
and true to form
the public lapped up
that most melodramatic silly song cos it was “catchy”
everyone loved it from the word go
but i never did
i like how we do it now
relaxed n easy
but that olde version makes me cringe
especially when we keep getting offers
can you come on and do unguarded doo dah the olde way?
no sir, we can fucking not
but why why why
cos we dont wanna!
then you cant come on the blah blah show….
philistines everywhere
i wish theyd get their country back n piss off (a joke)
philistines trying to get ya to do something cheesy
hey check this:
im an artist
i dont fucking like speeches n awards
thats the stuff “straights” organise
when they wanna fit into our world
and thats what the idiots came up with
awards nights
so they can tame rocknroll by giving out their phoney useless awards
i won a few…i never picked em up
but i gottem
and then i sold the lot when i was on le gear
they were 1st thing to go
i dont need a”straight” awarding me a little statue
(unimaginative cheap plastic bullshit things..
youd feel stupid putting it up in yer house)
the same olde boozy pricks handing out their condescending nothing
the best album…how would they fucking know?
theres no best album…its all in individuals minds
theres a best selling album….(to the “straights” that IS the best)
the “straights” oh man i gotta laugh
you could put all the big wigs in the music biz
in a room
they couldnt come up with a simple tune between em
they cant play and they cant sing
and most of em are bloated grey haired wrecks
with all that red wine and meat showing on their red cheeks n jowls
all those boozy lunches they have
patting emselves on their pudgy backs
getting fat off musicians money
can you imagine that the top guys in medicine couldnt operate?
or the top guy in the airforce couldnt fly a plane?
or the head of the bakers guild couldnt put cream in a tart?
but these guys
they are useless
opportunistic is the kindest thing you could say
im talking about all of em
i met em
how embarrassing
meeting some tosser from blah blah blah records in new york
some hugely important exec
who has all the charm n eloquence of a pig farmer
bullying loudmouth idiot
or having dinner with rudy
the head of xyz records in germany
some olde fogey with a beautiful girlfriend about 50 years younger
gee i was really impressed..
what did she do, rudy…tuck you in at night?
im glad the record companies are going under
by the time they go under
therell probably all have merged into one
and the heaviness of that conglomerate of turkeys
will take em down down down
goodbye emi
goodbye cbs
goodbye carrere who never fucking paid us
goodbye stun records in new zealand who never fucking paid us
goodbye a-wrister…maybe olde whatsername’ll can save yer ass
goodbye warners n mercury n capitol n all the rest
gee we’re all broken up out here
as yer profits plunge
we’re crying our eyes out
the more d.i.y. the church can become
the better i like it
i dont have to be embarrassed meeting em ever
nothing worse than youve finished a gig
and you gotta come off and meet some awful oaf from arista
hey steve this is lenny kaputnickstein from radio marketing..
hey steve this laura binglebanks from a and r in l.a.
hey steve this bobby krupptink the ceo of the canteen
on starfish tour
i had to meet em n meet em n meet em
o i was an obnoxious sod
playing on all their insecurities
making em feel i was in on some enormous joke that was on them
i was a total ratbag
and i despise myself for all the games i was playing back then
i mean humiliating some dope from a record company
aint gonna getcha into any heavens anywhere
they were the enemy to me
they were trying so hard to swallow me up
and contain my creativity and redirect it
where they thought fit
i had to fight em tooth n claw
well actually i fought em with
in -jokes
not showing up
spreading rancour
talking about things they couldnt understand
(like history or poetry or religion)
can you really imagine the characters
who peopled the u.s. music biz back then…?
thank god i dont have to see anybody anymore
whoever the mediocre lot who put out our latest records out were
they didnt bother ever bothering us backstage
and thats just fine by me…
its funny
now im as olde as i am
occaisionally i do meet some of these rascals
and they assume ive mellowed with age
but i aint
im still looking at em with disdain
yeah yeah yeah
you really made it
yer the vice president of phucknuckle productions
and you pull down 500 k a year (you bastard!)
but you still cant play an instrument
your wifes only with you for the money
and your friends are all pricks like you
so i know you feel sorry for me
playing this half empty little theatre
but i feel sorry for you too
so its same as it ever was
i guess
i just get so angry that these guys are doing so well
parasites on musicians
swelling up with their ill gotten gains
it’ll be a relief to see the end of em
real soon!

71 Responses to “bing went the strings of my heart”

  1. avatar
    kat | 25 March 2007 at 9:58 pm #

    you tell’m sk.. the narrow minded fat straights need the axe

    reminds me of the beatles tune piggies..


  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 March 2007 at 10:02 pm #

    Amen Mr. Kilbey!, Amen indeed!!!!

  3. avatar
    Samosanx | 25 March 2007 at 10:08 pm #

    it’s the same in the public service…the higher up you go the more time you spend talking shit…the public’s m,oney gets spent on inter-departmental, intra-departmental working groups on xyz (message to you rudy?)who investigate the report into the report about the report on abc (who’se got the look?)…
    and nuthin ever happens (heaven)

    meanwhile, at the coalface of life, the lowly minions continue to drive the engine that makes the world go round

    here be hippies, weirdos, warriors, magicians, centaurs, straight-looking-but-really-bent neo nerds, olde freedom fighters, and silly unionists….

    the rabble!
    your fans!


    where are you koala girl?

  4. avatar
    nv | 25 March 2007 at 10:16 pm #

    sent inquiry
    re: life saviours and daylife savings
    cause I think the petals looked like snow
    and veils should be lifted
    no breaks, no brakes
    the differnt time zones
    make it hard to order things
    and hard to put things in order
    begged you not to stop
    on my knees
    please please please
    would go tomorrow
    if it ever comes
    please restring
    old knots need to be untied
    before new ones woven
    those casualties

  5. avatar
    damien | 25 March 2007 at 10:38 pm #

    These record company people may have been plonkers, Steve, but wasn’t their job essentially to sell your “product” to the market?

    Why would you sign record contracts, make records and get on that whole treadmill if you didn’t want to have people buying your records?

  6. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 25 March 2007 at 10:38 pm #

    all hail me and me esskay just for one day…
    Ne iko

  7. avatar
    Symon | 25 March 2007 at 10:43 pm #

    Fucking brilliant SK…the type of executive wankers you describe are in in every business and they are a “cancer” for the working class….sucking the life outta ordinary people who have all the talent/skills/vision.

    I have no experience with the entertainment industry, but your blogge today made me understand what you and The Church have gone through to still be here with us today, making sensational muse that will still be sensational muse in another 20 years. THANKS

    I left an organiation full of exec wankers 6 years ago. In the end, my greatest pleasure going to “work” everyday was making the bastards sweat about wot I was going to do next. In the end they couldn’t rest cos they didn’t know what I was going to say or do to cause them grief.

    Great blogge..simply inspirational.


    ps…I’m quite partial to Its No Reason and TIAA shooda been a landmark for los church

    pps..While you might not be a revisonist sortta person, I think it’s important to appreciate the past in order to know where we are heading in the future.

  8. avatar
    nickfiction | 25 March 2007 at 10:46 pm #

    first) telepath is a favourite church song … second) record companies aint doing so hot anymore cuz everything gets uploaded and then …. downloaded. FOR FREE!! I don’t know what’s worse… those guys not getting the money for promoting you or …… NOBODY getting paid as the world D/L’s everything. I can’t even stop itunes from selling my early songs because I ” lost the rights”? when the fuck did i lose the rights? I never signed em’over to you !? …. ahhhh , but some asshole sure fuckin did…..

  9. avatar
    Daberhasher | 25 March 2007 at 10:50 pm #

    no better laziness slayer than roiling waves of anger, eh…
    and spot on, well directed anger as well, yet with the glorious line,

    “or the head of the bakers guild couldnt put cream in a tart?

    ha indeed…
    keep kickin’ against the pricks
    and arousing the rabble…
    tales such as these make it
    that much cooler to be able to order from KH or Churchmerch or Holly… (the monkeys have been framed, finally!!! beautiful!!!)

    …or subscribe here…


  10. avatar
    the dean | 25 March 2007 at 10:59 pm #

    These music industry types are the progenitor for modern management. The current belief is that you don’t need to know anything to manage. This give the self promoting know nothings the right to lord it over the rest.

  11. avatar
    Wil-O | 25 March 2007 at 11:21 pm #

    aaaah Kil-O

    Tear It All Away, indeed. Now that was a hit, even if the straights never new it.

  12. avatar
    wil-o | 25 March 2007 at 11:21 pm #

    or knew it, even.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 March 2007 at 11:23 pm #

    1. I don’t know about the head of the baker’s guild, but funnily, a lot of bloated record executives could put cream in a tart, I bet.

    2. You forgot to mention Rupert Pupnick.

    3. You have a huge worldwide following of people who love your work and admire your integrity. That will never go away, whether you do it by label or DIY.

    Keep on burning, Killer.

  14. avatar
    cita | 25 March 2007 at 11:31 pm #

    It intrigues me no end how you bag your songs from the past. Yes there is the cringe factor but that is only part of the story, isn’t part of you still in those songs, don’t you still love them just a little bit? I have only had church fever sickness for the last six months or so searching for starfish and heyday and skins and hearts. I liked the Church alot in th 80’s but sorta let go over the years. What a revelation to discover all your old gems now. I wish you were more fond of those songs I love to hear them reworked on played around with. There is the essence of you still in them…that still holds true. Doesn’t that still mean something to you?

  15. avatar
    captainmission | 25 March 2007 at 11:32 pm #

    ha! ya know what i hate absolutley hate about record companies, its this.
    You buy a cd from a band or artist ya really like as soon as it’s released and then a month later the record company releases it with an extra disc or dvd, type thingy.
    Anyway, it is true that these music execs are just parasites in a way. I mean what actually do they contribute other than maya….?
    I loved it when mwp yelled out, ‘burn music’ at a solo show, it was one of the most subversive things, the whole audience was in stiches…

  16. avatar
    PAGEY | 25 March 2007 at 11:37 pm #

    all the twisted dudes, carry the news

  17. avatar
    flowerpower | 25 March 2007 at 11:47 pm #

    You know Killer, I really need to let you know that your absolute unswerving devotion to making music YOU and the band think moves you is what matters. I mean how bloody “uncommercial” is “Forget Yourself”? That’s what grasped my mind when that album hit my ears in late 2003 – these guys are true magicians – I mean it would SO EASY to just succumb to the constant offers of “Unguarded Blah Whasit”. But no you come up with the most astonishing textures and intersting bass lines that no fuckin’ piss poor HITS FM would touch with a barge pole…and hear’s the thing….since Hologram of Baal you’re music has soared WAY past your “Hits of the 80’s”. Now you’re writing from a higher plane..a new consciousness, not some fucked up nostaglic ghost of the glory days which so many bands try to grab onto. Let’s face it…Killer – you are one shining diamond in an open cut coalmine cesspit of musical mediocrity which is totally disconnected from the heart – pelvic grinding brought to you by SONY shite!

    Love and light


  18. avatar
    tim | 26 March 2007 at 12:03 am #

    Aw jeez Kilbey why don’t you tell us what you really think!

    I’ve been in Radio nearly 20 years. 90% do it for the passion. The rest for the money and all that goes with it. Cleaner up I say!


  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 March 2007 at 12:14 am #

    fuck em. and the ridge -top, mountain-destroying, carpetbagging mutha-fuckers that now inhabit appalatia. where oh where is peter koppes. where’s his cape.


  20. avatar
    Melbourne Girl | 26 March 2007 at 12:16 am #

    Hey Steve,

    Do you know of a good way for us consumers of music to hurry up the process in sinking these record companies? I hate the fact that my hard earned dollars don’t go straight to you personally! With the talent you have you should be one of Australia’s richest (regardless of whether you want to be or not) and it pisses me off that you aren’t. Especially, when I have in my collection just about every cd you have ever done. Including side projects. And I’d imagine every other fan past and present would have a collection similar to mine.

    What’s going on in this world!!!!!!!

  21. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 26 March 2007 at 12:19 am #

    “Who determines what it means to be a success? This stupid society! The main preoccupation of society is to keep society sick! And the sooner you realize that, the better. Sick, every one of them. They are loony, they’re crazy. You became president of the lunatic asylum and you’re proud of it even though it means nothing. Being president of a corporation has nothing to do with being a success in life. Having a lot of money has nothing to do with being a success in life. You’re a success in life when you wake up! Then you don’t have to apologize to anyone, you don’t have to explain anything to anyone, you don’t give a damn what anybody thinks about you or what anybody says about you. You have no worries; you’re happy. That’s what I call being a success. Having a good job or being famous or having a great reputation has absolutely nothing to do with happiness or success. Nothing! It is totally irrelevant. All he’s really worried about is what his children will think about him, what the neighbors will think about him, what his wife will think about him. He should have become famous. Our society and culture drill that into our heads day and night. People who made it! Made what?! Made asses of themselves. Because they drained all their energy getting something that was worthless. They’re frightened and confused, they are puppets like the rest. Look at them strutting across the stage. Look how upset they get if they have a stain on their shirt. Do you call that a success? Look at how frightened they are at the prospect they might not be reelected. Do you call that a success? They are controlled, so manipulated. They are unhappy people, they are miserable people. They don’t enjoy life. They are constantly tense and anxious. Do you call that human? And do you know why that happens? Only one reason: They identified with some label. They identified the “I” with their money or their job or their profession. That was their error.”

    Another De Mello gem!

  22. avatar
    limebeaver | 26 March 2007 at 12:40 am #

    exceptionally well said, yet again!
    So, you guys are going it alone?
    If so, a humble suggestion; if that means your masterpieces will be released through churchmerch, please, please get somebody to sort it out, it’s pretty shabby and the postage prices are unrealistic. Being thus, it puts off fans and perhaps potential fans from purchasing all the goodies they would like. It’s a lose-lose situation, the fans aren’t helped and it certainly doesn’t help the band.
    bowing and scraping

  23. avatar
    ed in fl | 26 March 2007 at 12:41 am #

    I would say you definitely made your point – and couldn’t agree with you more.

    ed in fl

  24. avatar
    CSTCoach | 26 March 2007 at 1:11 am #

    “can you come on and do unguarded doo dah the olde way?
    no sir, we can fucking not
    but why why why
    cos we dont wanna!
    then you cant come on the blah blah show….

    That’s just one of the reasons I respect you guys. You’ve always looked forward, kept going deeper, you’ve never been content to rest on past success, but instead kept relentlessly pursuing your vision. Its sad that this is such a rare thing.

    “so i know you feel sorry for me
    playing this half empty little theatre”

    Quality not quantity, perhaps. From what i’ve seen online and at the show i attended last year, choich fans are a discerning, intelligent group of people, one that i’m quite happy to be associated with (despite my reclulsive tendedncies ;-). I think you guys have done incredibly well. Perhaps not monetary riches, but your body of work is impressive as hell. Something that you can truly be proud of. Despite all of the producers and companies who were supposed to help you but instead tried to steer you away from your vision.

    “the more d.i.y. the church can become
    the better i like it”

    Me too, druid. You guys should get the largest percentage from your work possible, not some useless parasite in an office tower. When I make a purchase from churchmerch or KH, I like knowing that more of it is going to the creators. I make a point of ordering from Australia even if its available in a store down the street over here.

    Great rant. I’m gonna send this to a couple friends who used to be in the music biz (they got screwed too).


  25. avatar
    J Street | 26 March 2007 at 1:50 am #

    Hi to all the people selling me
    Here’s one straight
    From the factory…

    One of the best lines ever. Genius in a few words. More ideas expressed there than in a dozen albums from your favorite bloated band nothing and the nothings…

  26. avatar
    mattdavison | 26 March 2007 at 2:12 am #

    Yesss, and Telepath is my fav as well..Pity ya never did a vid 4 it (I will shoot one and send it 2 ya)

    I am an actor and the same stuff applies 2 me..Casting directors f- me like no tomorrow, agents are avo to say the least, film companies are alway’s tryn to screw ya with rates and people give ya shit for having a crack at it.

    Can c y Nz Pev’s ya off abit. Try coming back here it will be good for your karma.


  27. avatar
    mattdavison | 26 March 2007 at 2:12 am #

    Yesss, and Telepath is my fav as well..Pity ya never did a vid 4 it (I will shoot one and send it 2 ya)

    I am an actor and the same stuff applies 2 me..Casting directors f- me like no tomorrow, agents are avo to say the least, film companies are alway’s tryn to screw ya with rates and people give ya shit for having a crack at it.

    Can c y Nz Pev’s ya off abit. Try coming back here it will be good for your karma.


  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 March 2007 at 3:03 am #

    I hope all the major record companies go bankrupt too. All of the music they make for the masses, its all a bunch of garbage anyway. It actually fries my brain to listen to the top 40 on the radio these days. YOU are the few, and the real, really good music that is left in this world steve. You and the band. Thank you! Thank you!
    Galveston TX

  29. avatar
    syrinx | 26 March 2007 at 3:21 am #

    There will never come a time when the sound of “Block” fails to make the hairs on my arms stand straight up or I eventually shiver.

    Trust me. I’ve played it a lot.

  30. avatar
    fawn | 26 March 2007 at 3:30 am #

    Yes! I’m so glad you stood your ground for all these years. Painters have to deal with these parasites too (which is the very reason I’ve changed to dance – relief)!

    I met someone some years ago – can’t remember his name but he was a music producer and we talked about The Church and he was telling me that you had all these opportunities and you wouldn’t take them and it was very frustrating because he believed you would have been as famous as INXS at that time.

    I am so glad you travelled the path you have and stayed true to yourself. It’s integrity that matters more that anything else. You have the best kind of success I think- a loyal following of people who truly get what you are doing. I don’t actually think there is a large scale market for what you do – it’s esoteric – it’s meant to be for the few.

    I haven’t listened to a radio for years, it’s just immune attacking. There was some great commercial music back in the 60’s 70′ and early 80’s. (Oh no, I think this is just what people say when they are getting old).

  31. avatar
    Belfrank | 26 March 2007 at 3:38 am #

    Corporate cannibals have bitten their own hands off – boo hoo for them. I share your sympathy SK.
    Very fine blog!
    Thank you.


  32. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 26 March 2007 at 4:29 am #

    >> can you come on and do unguarded doo dah the olde way?
    no sir, we can fucking not < < And I’m happy to reveal here for the first time that the next Church album will be titled: “El Momento Guardado”

  33. avatar
    Melquiades | 26 March 2007 at 6:54 am #

    I tried to log into Psy-harmonics website to no avail. I want my Mimesis!

    Hey btw Steve if you have the please take a look at my link on my blog for my band link Conjur. I just recorded a new song and I want you to hear it. Look for the song, “Message”. I just got this recording interface a couple weeks ago and I am having too much fun with it. I also got a midi keyboard but havent’ installed it yet. in time…

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    Anonymous | 26 March 2007 at 7:03 am #


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    Anonymous | 26 March 2007 at 7:30 am #

    It is my view that this “anti-commercial” stance that artists like Kilbey take is as marketable to a certain demographic (the “pseudo-intellectual snob market” I call it) as the glossy, vacuous pop of Robie Williams is to his audience.

    While the music of The Church is very cool, don’t delude yourself that you, as a music consumer, are also somehow “stickin’ it to the straights” by buying Kilbey’s myth.

  36. avatar
    retinasoup | 26 March 2007 at 8:05 am #

    Tear it all Away is the song that made me want to explore The Church’s music. The combination of MWP’s chiming Rickenbacker, PK’s reverberated, echoplexed guitar and SK’s throbbing, stoned bass guitar was unique. It actually sounds like it was recorded in a church! The guitar solo sounds like an angel’s orgasm!

    whoops… too much red wine

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 March 2007 at 8:11 am #

    Haven’t we all been here before?
    Sure I agree with much of what your saying but I think you should lighten up a little.
    Awards nights can be trashy good fun if not taken seriously. All that ego and asslicking can actually be quite amusing if veiwed from the right perspective. (like an episode of the extras)Having said that im often taken back by how endearingly unaffected some supposed bigwigs actualy are. More than a few times I’ve later discovered some likeable gal/geezer i’ve been joking with is kinda famous.
    These bloated straits you describe are easily avoided if you don’t wanna talk to them.
    At the end of the day it’s all tommorow’s fish wrapping anyway. Then again the health dept wont even alow you to wrap fish with it nowadays.

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 March 2007 at 8:27 am #

    le terril est allé les cordes de mon coeur tellement à la parole mais si paresseux pour la dactylographier toute hors hé de rouillé pouvons-nous faire un blogg parlant ou pas ? le rusty’ll savent la confiance rouillée ! rouillé ne dort jamais un dieu toute la substance que vous voulez probablement entendre les suffisances j’avec l’inertie comme le nouvel album de double d’église de me choisit ont obtenu un dans le poteau j’ai essayé d’écouter mais je suis tombé en panne dehors après que la larme il tout loin j’a fait la version simple d’elle n’ait jamais indiqué que (seulement parce que son obtenu quelques petites choses le doesnt d’album) ours de couldnt de I pour entendre whatsy sans surveillance j’ai écouté pour jeûner trop pour vous… ploogy de tambourinage gentil ! déchirez-alors la toute loin….yeah que shoulda été un coup que ses million de fois améliorent que thingy sans surveillance alors quand baiser sa raison de non a avancé j’a frappé l’ole éjecte de bouton… ! je ne veux pas entendre que toutes ces chansons dans une rangée viennent pour penser à elle que j’ai du mal à écouter n’importe quelle partie de cette substance je me demande désormais qui dans l’enfer l’achètera ? havent là déjà été un cuppla choisit des collexions ? le ya a-t-il eu besoin des autres ? ne me regardez pas son rien à faire avec moi im un type regardant vers l’avant que je ne vénère pas ces déchets d’olde j’entendrais plutôt le bloc par le passé… ou le telepath que tout ce malarkey d’olde séparément (les blocs sur la collection aussi, réellement !) et je dis à ya une chose le sk de meilleurs trop thats de bloc aimés par woulda 1981 ce que j’essayais d’écrire à coup sans surveillance de tintement étais juste un sous-produit accidentel dans mes recherches pour écrire une bonne chanson et rectifier pour former le public a enroulé vers le haut de celle la plupart de chanson idiote mélodramatique cos que c’était “entraînant” chacun l’a aimé du mot vont mais je pas jamais j’aime comment nous le faisons avons maintenant détendu n facile mais cette version d’olde m’incite à me tapir particulièrement quand nous continuons à obtenir des offres pouvons vous avançons et faisons le dah sans surveillance de doo la manière d’olde ? aucun monsieur, nous bidon baisant pas mais pourquoi pourquoi à pourquoi cos nous ne veulent pas ! puis vous biseautés venus sur l’exposition de blah de blah…. BON ! philistins partout que je souhaite que le theyd obtiennent leur pisse du dos n de pays outre (des philistins d’une plaisanterie) essayant d’obtenir le ya pour faire quelque chose de hé contrôle de fromage ceci : im un artiste je des “straights” baisant comme des thats de récompenses des paroles n substance en plastique bon marché dénuée d’ imagination n’organise pas quand ils veulent s’adapter à notre monde et thats ce que les idiots ont proposé des nuits de récompenses ainsi ils peuvent apprivoiser le rocknroll en donnant hors de leurs fausses récompenses inutiles que j’ai gagné quelques uns… je n’ai jamais pris la fin de support mais le gottem de I et alors j’a vendu le sort quand j’étais sur le gear elles étaient la 1ère chose à aller je n’ont pas besoin d’a”straight” m’attribuant une petite statue (sensation de youd de choses de connerie. stupide la mettant vers le haut dans la maison de yer) les mêmes piqûres soulârdes d’olde ne distribuerant leur condescendant rien le meilleur album… comment ils les theres aucun meilleur album… son tout dans les individus s’occupe des theres un meilleur album de vente….(to les “straights” qui EST le meilleur) l’homme de l’OH de “straights” que j’ai obtenu de vous rire pourrais mettre toutes les grandes perruques dans le biz de musique dans une chambre ils le couldnt sont soulevés avec un air simple entre la fin de support ils biseautent le jeu et ils biseautent chantent et est-ce que majeure partie de la fin de support est les épaves d’une chevelure grises gonflées avec le tout ce que le vin rouge et la viande montrant sur leurs bajoues rouges des joues n tous ces déjeuners soulârds ils ont tapoter des emselves sur leurs dos dodus devenant gros outre de l’argent de musiciens peuvent vous imaginer que les types supérieurs dans le couldnt de médecine opèrent ? ou le type supérieur dans la mouche de couldnt d’armée de l’air un avion ? ou la tête du couldnt de guilde de boulangers a mis la crème dans un au goût âpre ? ha mais ces types ils sont opportunistes inutile est la chose la plus aimable que vous pourriez dire qu’im parlant de toute la fin de support partout j’a rencontré la fin de support comment la réunion embarrassante un certain tosser de blah de blah de blah enregistre à New York un certain exec énormement important qui a toute l’éloquence du charme n d’un idiot intimidant de loudmouth de fermier de porc ou dînant avec rudy la tête du xyz enregistre-t-elle en Allemagne un certain fogey d’olde avec une belle petite amie environ 50 ans de plus jeune gee j’ai été vraiment impressionné. ce qui elle fait… repli rudy vous dedans la nuit ? im heureux les compagnies record vont dessous avant qu’ils aillent sous le therell tous ont fusionné probablement dans un et le poids de ce conglomérat des dindes prendra la fin de support pour avaler en bas vers le bas au revoir du carrere de CBS d’IEM au revoir au revoir que ne jamais baiser payé nous au revoir assomment des disques en Nouvelle Zélande que ne jamais baiser payé nous au revoir le whatsername’ll d’olde d’a-wrister… peut-être peut sauver le capitol n du mercure n des warners n d’âne de yer au revoir tout le gee de repos nous tous sommes cassés dehors ici pendant que les bénéfices de yer nous plongent pleurent nos yeux hors de plus de bricolage que l’église peut devenir mieux je l’aime je ne dois pas être embarrassé rencontrant la fin de support jamais rien plus mauvais que le youve fini une gig vous avez obtenu de vous dégager et rencontrer un certain oaf terrible de steve d’arista hé c’est kaputnickstein lenny du steve par radio de vente. hé des binglebanks de ce laura de a et r dans le steve de l.a. hé ce krupptink de policier le CEO de la cantine en excursion d’étoiles de mer j’ai dû rencontrer la fin de support o de rassemblement de la fin de support n de rassemblement de la fin de support n que j’étais un gazon désagréable jouant sur toutes leurs insécurités faisant le sentir de fin de support j’étais dedans sur une certaine énorme plaisanterie qui était sur elles j’étais un ratbag total et je me dédaigne pour tous les jeux je me jouais en arrière alors signifie humilier du dopant d’un aint record de compagnie allant au getcha dans tous les cieux n’importe où mais ils étaient les ennemis à moi ils essayaient ainsi pour s’engloutir dur m’et contenir ma créativité et la réorienter où ils ont pensé l’ajustement j’a dû combattre le puits de griffe de la dent n de fin de support que j’ai combattu réellement la fin de support avec le sarcasme dedans – disparaître boudant de plaisanteries ne révélant pas des choses parlantes de propagation de rancoeur ils couldnt comprennent que (comme l’histoire ou la poésie ou la religion) pouvez vous vraiment imaginer les caractères qui ont peuplé le dos de biz de musique des Etats-Unis alors… ? remercient un dieu je ne dois pas voir quiconque plus celui qui le sort médiocre qui mettent dehors nos derniers disques dehors étaient eux embêtement de didnt tracassant jamais nous à l’arrière plan et des thats juste très bien par moi… son maintenant im drôle comme olde comme i AM occaisionally je rencontre certains de ces rascals et ils assument l’ive adouci avec l’âge mais distillateur de l’aint im de I regardant la fin de support avec le dédain ouais ouais ouais vous lui avez vraiment fait le yer le vice-président des productions de phucknuckle et vous abaisser 500 k par année (vous hybride !) mais vous biseautez toujours le jeu un instrument vos wifes seulement avec vous pour l’argent et vos amis sont toutes les piqûres comme vous ainsi je vous connaissez sentir désolé pour moi jouant ce demi de petit théâtre vide mais je me sens désolé pour vous trop ainsi ses mêmes que c’était jamais moi devinent que je deviens juste si fâché que ces types font les parasites tellement bons sur des musiciens gonflant vers le haut avec leurs gains obtenus malades que ce sera un soulagement pour voir la fin de la fin de support bientôt vraie bientôt ! signalé par kilbey de steve à 6:29 AM

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    Anonymous | 26 March 2007 at 8:30 am #

    Some people sell travels yet they don´t fly
    Some people sell medical services yet they don´t operate
    Some people sell artistic services yet they dont do it themselves
    Some people sell music yet they don´t play it themselves

    When there is no money in some business they will sell something else
    and that´s the way world has been for thousands of years
    What´s wrong with that?

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    Anonymous | 26 March 2007 at 9:38 am #

    Look,it’s this way:
    write short, sharp, catchy singles;
    write longer, more interesting, textured lp tracks.
    Hey, it was good enough for T-Rex, Bowie, Roxy, Be-Bop, Sparks, Mott…

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    Anonymous | 26 March 2007 at 9:48 am #

    What I want to know is why the early version of Different Man had the already classic early Church sound, but the released version ost the jangle n harmonies n boosted the synth. ok I know the answer really, progression n stepping away from the pastiche elements n exploring the genuinely psychedelic aspects…but the jangly un was so much better!

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    Anonymous | 26 March 2007 at 9:53 am #

    Hey Steve,
    y’know the worst thing about your whole smack period?
    It produced a time when y’gave so little a shit that there’s now a Church song that begins with the line “They built the pyramids…”
    – can you imagine allowing that to get on a record under any other circumstances??

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    Anonymous | 26 March 2007 at 10:03 am #

    I hear your comments killer. Even more annoying is when you haven’t got a catchy single behind you, you’re unknown being a new artist, and you have some twat talking to you about how drums should sound on a record. And well, for the record this twat that’s going on about how the drums should sound can’t even write a tune let alone play the drums. It’s no coincidence that the mainstream market becomes more insipid by the day.

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    rubikon | 26 March 2007 at 10:43 am #


    I love “Unguarded moment” and I love “Block” (the best track on the album IMHO) and I love everything in-between.

    I first heard “Unguarded momemt” on “The Whistle Test” (UK music program) back in ’82 – and it blew me away – I’d never heard anything like it. I went down to my local record shop and ordered your first album (just called “The Church” here in the UK) and played it until the grooves wore out.

    I’ve pretty much bought everything you guys have produced ever since. You’ve always made a beautiful noise together.

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    it's me | 26 March 2007 at 10:55 am #

    At the end of the day, the Time Boing is still bitter that you didn’t make the big $$$$, aren’t ya!

    If you were livin large from the royalties pouring in youd not have these nasty worrds to say about those who sell the musical product on the artists behalf.

    True or false?

    Sour grapes methinks. Nobody put a gun to your head to sign any contracts and that must rankle considering you think you are a pretty smart guy. You got the deal you deserved. You were a band that sold a moderate amount and probably pissed off anyone that could help you do better with your smug attitude in the process.
    You should really get over it and stop going on about the record industry ‘straights’ again and again. Your like a broken record!

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    adrak | 26 March 2007 at 11:02 am #

    lovely 🙂

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    Daniel 12 | 26 March 2007 at 11:21 am #

    One summer I had this flatmate called Chris who had an English band called Cuba.

    They’d just made a pretty good album and at the time they were being name dropped by members of U2 as something they were listening to.

    Funny thing was at the same time he had just been dropped by his record label and was bumming about with me in Bondi.

    Why? According to Chris he received a lecture from his A & R man about what he should change about his music.

    Apparently Chris told him where to go.

    And the A & R man’s background ?

    Well he didn’t play an instument or anything but he did once manage a biscut factory.

    The next year a plethora of English bands with a similar sound became huge.

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    eek | 26 March 2007 at 11:38 am #

    I’m proud of you SK — of you and of the Church — because you have stuck to what you believe and continue to move forward instead of riding your early songs to death on the nostalgia circuit. I love that the band is becoming even more DIY, I think it suits you well, as you’re an independent cuss (I suspect you all are). I don’t have any illusions that it will be an easy road for you, but at least you will make an honest cut of the profits.

    One of the reasons I haven’t really pursued gallery representation for your art is that most galleries want a big chunk of the sale price, first dibs on all your work, exclusivity in a certain geographical range (some don’t even want “their” artists selling online at all), and then many tell you where, when, how, and how much you are allowed to sell the artwork they don’t pick to sell themselves. Obviously it works for some people, and it might eventually work for you, but right now it seems a bit too much like music biz racket for comfort.

    Unguarded Moment — I had never heard it (or much of your very early catalog) until maybe 5 or so years ago, and I remember thinking “oh my. That’s interesting.” when I did. I was not at all impressed…maybe I would have been if I’d heard it when it first came out and I was a teenager. Anyway, when I heard it was going to be on EMD I was not a happy camper, but when the cd came and I heard it, I was happily surprised. I quite like the EMD version.

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    eek | 26 March 2007 at 11:47 am #

    Oh, and all the awards and all the hit records in the world wouldn’t make me any more proud of you or like you any better. I know what I like, and I don’t need anyone else’s approval. I think most of your fans feel the same way.

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    restaurant mark | 26 March 2007 at 12:43 pm #

    preach on my brother…
    by the way, i like block and telepath better than unguarded moment also…once again ultc is probably my favorite record by you guys…just keep getting better. can’t wait for the next one.

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    don joe | 26 March 2007 at 1:34 pm #

    Ahmen to all that too…How is Mr Lembo these days?
    Glad you and the band stuck to your path and followed. Caused some grief n got you by so can’t be TOO pissed at it.. But it’s your choice mate. I would feel the same too, just never got there to feel it..guess I see it everyday in government etc… Anomalies that appear and fade like forever dusk. It all has to fall someday to a golden age. Hope we get to see it.. should be rather rewarding, but have no idea what’s there to aim for. The singles? psys the bills, but guess like ol dead horse flogged again.. Strange habit to think of it. Look to the future. FInd what you postulated.

    don joe

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    gavgams | 26 March 2007 at 1:35 pm #

    We here at the Kilbey Commune at Snake Valley (near Ballarat, Vic, Aust) reckon Flower Power above is right on the money.
    And we also like flowers, too (anna lotsa heads).
    And we reckon After Everything is the Bees Knees. Laaaast track of ULTC, Song to Go and Pure Chance take us places. Looking forward to more mellow. Mellow is the new way forward.

    Aw yea, Kilbsy.. heard interview with Fran Kelly – Radio National breakfast show, pretty good. Liked point about acting your age, unlike Stones etc,, there was some stuff though you couldda easily made a much stronger case or arguments, but it came across well that you weren’t so well rehearsed.

    By the way, when Fran was band booker at La Trobe Uni, early 80’s, I tried pretty hard for her to get the ChurchModels, Go Betweens there, but instead she got acts like bloody Cold Chisel, INXS and Midnight oil and better was Simple Minds.

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    John Garratt | 26 March 2007 at 3:29 pm #

    “then when fucking its no reason came on
    i hit the ole eject button….fast!”

    But doesn’t the wife like that song?


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    ben | 26 March 2007 at 3:35 pm #

    sounds like school and my awful work history without the parasites. i was worse than all. but every jobs meaningless if its meant to boost your diseased perception of reality(ego, i mean). no difference in working at a cancer research center or a fast food restraunt if the worker has no humility. my heart is as capable as any ratbag who is capable of any deed if my thoughts arent directed. music i cant even play at the moment, until i return to the place were my ego takes backseat and that requires patience,i feel your pain. oh, i also dig the song tear it all away, something about the song relates to the blogg today.

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    DomeDwellr | 26 March 2007 at 5:06 pm #

    Good to hear you mention Telepath. You don’t credit Fergit Yerself enough.

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    drzej | 26 March 2007 at 5:45 pm #

    Ahh Steven, you really nailed this one on the head!

    Heathens, all of ’em! And you left out the evil clubowners and “soundmen” too. Charging US to provide crappy sound because he’s got an exclusive deal with the club.

    Conniving bastards. Or maybe, “pretty ugly, pretty sad” is a better phrase?

    Stay lovely.


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    Chela | 26 March 2007 at 5:48 pm #

    and Chrissie H. hates Brass in Pocket.

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    stealthblue | 26 March 2007 at 6:18 pm #

    You live and you learn I guess…or do we? Well, sometimes I wonder about my self! Anyway, at least you have your dignity and that truly is the most important thing. It is definitely painfully frustrating to see the many prickish idiots of the world seemingly skate through life, with no remorse, concern, or appreciation for that matter, for how or why they are “where they are.” On top of that you add arrogance with an enormous amount of ignorance about anything substantial, and it can make you even MORE crazy…especially when you dwell on it. I know it is easy sometimes to get bitter and let your (as in anybody’s, not just “yours”)diabolical tongue lash out. But in your case, I believe you had every reason to down talk those slimeball “Record execs.” It is kind of like many businesses I suppose where there is some talentless fuck(s) raking it in on behalf of the many deserving indiviuals, actually DOING the work, yet they just seem to forget about the real grinders of the wheel, take all the credit and keep the majority of any dosh.

    Anyway, I guess I appear to be venting too!! Thanks for that ;), but seriously, thanks for all you do, Kilbo. You are awesome! Take care and just be content…(I’ll do the same) Cheers to you, the guys, the family, and the rest of the TBers.
    Ben V.

    OH, and regarding your catalogue of tunes…FUGGETUHBOUDIT! There are many “artists” with little gold statues that could only DREAM of having such an impressive repertoire!! Later, gater…

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    Anonymous | 26 March 2007 at 6:22 pm #

    dont ever let’em take you prisoner

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    Cee | 26 March 2007 at 6:26 pm #

    That is preeeecisely why I don’t work in the music biz, I’d eventually hate it!
    That is preeeecisely why I have my own cable show so I can invite who ever I want on the show and not have to answer to anyone. It so totally rocks!

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    JJ | 26 March 2007 at 6:37 pm #

    You weren’t a ratbag to them – they deserved it. Carry on proudly.

    I don’t know why they get the financial rewards; they don’t deserve it. Same with this company I work for. The inequities are profoundly absurd and unfair, and – they’re the same fucking people, cut from the same cloth. I don’t get it, how they get in control. But they do…in most places. I’ll work here, take their dime, but they don’t own me. “Trade in your hours for a handful of dimes….” Jimbo said. Yeah, a whore for their coin.

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    mattdavison | 26 March 2007 at 8:38 pm #

    Please someone translate what that French comment is all about ..

    Why do these entries alway’s cause the most indignation ??

    SK I know you have been screwed..I know that you have been Ripped, I know that you have been dishonered
    know that you have been pushed,and not paid..And that, for all it’s meaning..It really means nothing.

    You have a future brighter than the southern stars (F-off with ya CYco -fant comments))

    The C’ s music has obtained the level of max brilliance..(think Isadore as well” The last utopia of space rock..You can make the money now..
    believe It.
    – You can make wonderful choices now.
    * Back then you were nieve’ young too drugged up to really inheret the rewards you so deserved..

    The Church was not ready..”you are now.

    Lose the past.

    I worked on Peter Jacksons 3rd movie “Braindead” in 1992 and was on smoke machine assist in a great big f-in cemetry for two weeks, every night on my own in the cold..never got paid and never got an acting roll in (LOTR)-I cornered PJ in the street a few years back and told him about that experience.. and he couldn’t remember me..??and I played a zombie…} at all; But I felt good tellin him as, he pondered on it.

    you gotta move on killa. make the crunch massive now……….

    Get those rewards, hopefully you will get the Aria this year for Elmo2.

    write to those F-wITS and release those ill feelings.

    Lv M

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    davem | 26 March 2007 at 9:02 pm #

    I’m with rubikon.
    I first saw you on the same programme (Old Grey Whistle Test), went into Brum the next day and bought that first album “The Church” and stayed with you ever since. Nice to know someone’s been on exactly the same path with you as me!
    I can’t be negative about that early stuff cos it’s so wrapped up in my life. Friends long gone now, friends still close, falling in love, getting married, kids being born – all done to the backdrop of your words and music since 1982.
    My fave stuff is from HOB onwards (esp UTLC & AENT) but I still adore TIAA, Sisters, You Took, Disappear, A Month of Sundays etc etc and onwards to today.
    It’s been great to be listening to you for the last 25 years as you’ve grown and progressed but all the old stuff is part of what has been (and remains) a wonderful journey.
    And I love you more for it.

    Dave M

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    eek | 26 March 2007 at 9:03 pm #

    Please someone translate what that French comment is all about ..

    it’s a translation of SK’s blog. I don’t know how good of a translation though as I know very, very, very little French.

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    mattdavison | 26 March 2007 at 9:31 pm #

    BTW… Listening to Tears for fears 1993 beauty ‘ Elemental” a refelective brilliant album about the loss of a band mate and the music industy. Gettar by alan griffiths and Tim Palmer produced (Tin Machine and Pearl Jam) Orzabal is a superb writer.. look what he’s been through.. James left the band on tour in 1992 and left Roland to move forward.. Have a listen


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    fantasticandy | 26 March 2007 at 10:02 pm #

    davem said…
    I’m with rubikon.

    well so am i,…… same story!
    old grey whistle test thursday,
    record shop friday.
    yeh, i was hooked from day one.
    but phase two, HOB onward,totally eclipses most earlier work.
    here’s a simple equation:
    pre HOB:best band from austrailia.
    post HOB:best band.
    in their field,of course.
    super blog today steve, i love it when you have a good old rant!
    still veg,
    andy L.

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    JLK | 27 March 2007 at 2:39 am #

    I don’t mean to be rude but – fuck you! I’m not bloated by red wine or meat and I never come back stage! Not all high flying record execs are full of bullshit – I’ve even paid you good, honest money on occasion! How dare you! You musicians are all the same – whining little kids that are upset because you can’t have a lollypop! We’ve come to expect better of you son, please don’t generalise in future. Why don’t you write a few more radio songs and get real… if the people didn’t like pop songs – what would they whistle while they washed up? Try whistling Magician Among the Spirits matey – it don’t cut it! Give me liberty or give me death metal. God, you really are bitter, record execs make you free Steven, you should know that by now… and talent – if you don’t think it takes talent to run a multinational label like EMI – then you probably have no respect for any of the people there that made you who you are. Shame on you.
    signed, not an impostor but the real thing, your brother,
    John Kilbey
    Managing Director,
    President & Office Boy
    Karmic Hit Records International.
    (Subsidiary of EMI Bondi)

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    JLK | 27 March 2007 at 2:50 am #

    Ps – All Steve Kilbey’s classic solo albums are now available – remastered with bonus tracks – from
    Do yourself a favour and collect the whole set now. Get them while they last and own a part of Oz Space Rock History.


  69. avatar
    Sunshine | 27 March 2007 at 6:31 am #

    Narc’ed by his own kin! How d’ya like that? 🙂

    (laughing on my way to dreamtime)

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    Centuryhouse | 27 March 2007 at 6:24 pm #

    “the more d.i.y. the church can become the better i like it”

    That’s not a bad thing at all. At the end of the day, whether you guys like your own music is the most important thing – far more important that what fans think or what a company thinks.

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    Brien Comerford | 27 March 2007 at 7:59 pm #

    Don’t question Steve because he is an enlightened member of humanity. Steve has not eaten any animals, birds or fish for over 35 years. To respect the lives of all God’s creatures is a means to preserve one’s sanity.

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