posted on December 1, 2006 at 9:49 pm

ya see
now im working for ya
i respond so much quicker to yer ree-quests n dee-mands
and a very pithy commenter yesterday
was saying c’mon kilbey stop complainin’
you were in it for the money n fame etc
and yes my perceptive friend
thats a given
i still am, if it comes my way
but that dont mean working with idiots aint painful
in fact
does it have anything to do with it at all?
kinda…..
i guess
i confess
i thought you all knew
i want(ed) to make beautiful music AND lotsa money
after all at what i do im one of the crem de la crems
a crem de menthy
i see no real contradiction
one does not cancel out the other
im a master craftsman of songs in the melancholy school
of course i wanted reasonable remuneration (a fortune!)
and pear group recognition (divine fame!)
baybee who can ever realy say what their motifs are
i wanted the glory the money the lurks n perks
n whatever else they was givin’ out
but that never cancelled out my desire for lovely music
can ya understand this important distinction?
i hoped for the cash
but i never delivered you trash
(beginning of sk rap?)
i bet michaelangelo gotta fortune for the cistine chapple
he should have
just like me baybee
i did score big
for the greatest melancholy album ever made
by anyone anywhere
thats right
p=a
i got 125 grand publishing advance on that one
my one big kahoona ever
1991
wow
the xyz conglomerate
coughed up a hundred n twenny five gees for my next batch o songs
and they got their moneys worth too
these are great songs especially for the times
everything i’d ever wanted to do
i finally did on this record
the fucking widescreen cinematic wraparound
the walls of noise
the snaky bass lines
the infinite varieties of guitar sounds
i loved gavin mckillop
a producers producer
a funny clever shrewd warm hearted scotsman
he n i made a great team
we both wanted to make the same record
marty n peter both firing in top form
jay dees excellent n inventive drumming
+ his calmness and voice of reason
unfortunately i was in the “honeymoon” stage of opiate addiction
it was like ye olde devil sittin’ there waiting
till i finally cashed in a little
and he calls in the demon handling my case
an’ he says
ok now break out the heroin
i also was smoking eating drinking opium
anyhow anyway
you can hear it on this record
the ponderous slowness n depth
the warmth n sickly sweetnesses
the disconnected voice
turning dark words
its a masterpiece
rolling stone said at time its rotten
rolling stone in new encyclo says its brilliant
masterpieces arent easy to swallow
fucking hell!
some people buying a cd arent even looking for a masta-peece
they just want that tune they heard on telly
and maybe some more like that
they dont neskaserrily want the rise n fall of western civ.
as described by a rocknroll band
we wrote it easy
i was indeed connected into some opium universe
its like a mousetrap
i mean
a mousetrap kills the mouse
but it DOES have some cheese, right?
so for a very very few months
the opium n smack filled my head with ideas
new ideas
ideas i cant articulate or i woulda actualized ’em
sammy tailor collaridge type ideas
grandiose vistas
whole lifetimes in one opium dream
most is gone upon awakening
but the poet can struggle to recount
a tiny reflection of the vision
this then
was
p=a
what more is there to say?
i wrote the lyrics in feverish trancelike states?
yes i did
i snorted white powder off a black piano
and i wrote n wrote n wrote
i was like a receiver of messages from somewhere else
it all came whole
i didnt write it
i dreampt it up
the six string bass lines
the keyboard lines
dripped from my fingers like i been playing em forever
the other guys all brilliant too
they were high by osmosis
they were picking up
on this thing we were stumbling into
i smoked joints full of opium
a new way to get high
i saw the pot as the treble
the opium as the bass
the opium was playing my white six string bass those sessions
now my mother will say
why oh why sun all the drugtalk?
because thats the thing about this particular record
i paid a terrible horrible price
i still am
no one gets off scot-free from the gear, the scag, the stuff
but nonetheless
jesus
its an english tradition
poet + opium = good(for a short time)
sorry
thats how i saw it
i dont now nessacelery
its half true
please keep yer indignant antidrug comments to yerself
i aint glorifying it
or am i?
i cant tell
you’ll have to be an adult n decide for yourself
if you think im being foolish
thats ok
im just an olde olde rocker
spinning a yarn about some stuff
that happened a long time ago
some of the other people involved
occaisionally indulged
others like jay dee
were dismayed when o.p 8
reared its very ugly heads
but thats the biz
drugs booze women plane crashes greek mythology
i wrote swan lake for my new twins e n a
it got some good reviews
someone wrote in mm or nme or sounds
that the record would have all the shoegazers
running to their mummies to ask for new fx pedals..
ha ha
i liked that
p=a is an effected record
its cavernous reverbs
its pre-echoes that suck up to your earline
backwards things swoosh by
fizzy percussive zit zit zit tshhh!
the guitars!
mayhem n delicacy
these guys finally emerge as themselves n no others
pk paints huge backdrops n delicious melodic neo-classical
mwp screaming hovering howling pretty
jay dee bang bom boom boom boom
bass goes throb a throb a throb
can you hear the whammy bass?
thats the six string bass high up on beginning of olde flam
i felt sure we’d made a marstabiece
it seems
however
the world in 1992
did not want
an opiated pre-raphaelite swooning album/poem
but it wanted pearl jamb and
i oh i oh oh im still alive
and stone temp-hill pykelets
and wait till the dogzza found her…
so boy we copped some bad reviews
and boy
did that confuse me
i’d gone n done it!
we’d gone n done it!
me embarking on junkiedom n hard times
mwp embarking on all about eve
pk embarking on solodom
jaydee embarking back to other gigs
g mc k embarking on to other gigs
i still reckon its brilliant
its my berlin
its our #3 record
its our diamond dogs
our systems of romance
the fact that it flopped enhances its appeal
you gotta love it more cos no one else did or could
it deserves your love
its a nice record
its cool
dig it
if
you
can

sk

x

101 Responses to “bishop = handjob”

  1. avatar
    John Garratt | 1 December 2006 at 10:10 pm #

    “i wrote swan lake for my new twins e n a”

    I always got the impression that “Swan Lake” is a getting-nervous-providing-for-family-song.

    My brother got my P=A for Xmas one year. I nearly wore it out.

    John

  2. avatar
    CSTCoach | 1 December 2006 at 10:10 pm #

    Could it be the 1st comment? Could it?

    been enjoying these album introspectives/retrospectives… And to the folk who said Sometime Anywhere was tripe, I have to disagree. I got a lot of mileage outta that one. Some great experimental stuff as well, and a few o’ my favourite choich songs. Authority really spoke to me, as did Two Places at Once.

    ryan

    – oh, SK, i recently did an extensive interview in which I dropped choich references several times. sadly they didn’t print thos bits. the article came out today, and is here if yer interested in the rambling formative years of an explorer http://alaskaclubs.fitdv.com/new/articles/article.html?artid=791 Its strange to read my self-important ramblings, especially without the accompanying questions and context, in print. Odd feeling.

  3. avatar
    Anthony | 1 December 2006 at 10:14 pm #

    yep, that’s about how gavin described it. thank you for that record. it remains my favorite record to this day… followed closely by love’s forever changes and the beatles revolver. i’ve often wondered if what divides fans on the brilliance of p=a is whether they used drugs or not… and what drugs. i think olivia and i will give it a good listen tonight after the kiddies are put to bed.
    anthony

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 December 2006 at 10:27 pm #

    I think P=A is one of the best albums of all time too sk, I can’t believe you got bad reviews for it. I’ll never forget when I first heard P=A, it blew my brains out!! (I still can’t get over the dub/reggae remix of Feel, haha, what did you think of that one?!!). I’d LOVE to hear Aura live again one day soon…pleeease.

    Have a beautiful day.

    Love,
    Princey

  5. avatar
    MarkM | 1 December 2006 at 10:35 pm #

    p=a shall always remain one of my fave church albums….and I was one of those who went running to get a whole lot of FX pedals to search for all those great sounds (hmmm, not much has changed) Though I hear something defining for me in each and every one of them…I gotta say I’m enjoying the stories behind the albums. BTW Steve thanks for havin us at the Sando the other night, I know you two had originally decided no supports…an enjoyable experience as always…and most appreciated.

  6. avatar
    Fandorin | 1 December 2006 at 10:48 pm #

    cannot express how much i love that album. my 15 year old self needed a lot of attempts to get it then…in 1992. went to the shop…got out the 30 deutsche mark, presented them to the clerk who raised the famous eyebrow…had a look…strange stern one word titles from the 19th century. a lot to look up in the dictionary..jay dee who? gavin mac who? maude who? how i loved the little cars at the pyramides… and i just drowned in that record. i put it on, it went on for 15 minutes and i just drowned again. then someday, some weeks after purchase… i drowned again, but came out on the other side. i liked how the guitars turned into medieval machines, an echo in deep chasms, stalin’s army, the tip of an eiderdown, screaming beasts or sweet but poisoned orange liqueur. with its sounds so textured you can touch them in the dark. nebukadnezar’s parking zone. sure, that’s his cars at the pyramides!! coleridge is a good reference, the other might be gustav mahler, if he had known about better drugs than beer.

  7. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 1 December 2006 at 10:53 pm #

    I remember once in high school my dad heard Chaos playing in my room and he says, “Wow, you and your crazy drug music.” This from the man whose fave band is the Doors.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 December 2006 at 10:56 pm #

    priest = aural ecstasy

    my starfish fell and shattered the day I played that one in full! I was busy having a baby boy so it was quite a while later before i realised you’d made this one ..even with all the late nights/early mornings up watching RAGE and feeding him!

    It’s the album I actually voted for in Myfs poll.

  9. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 1 December 2006 at 10:57 pm #

    me dig it like never before…
    mjnjr

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 December 2006 at 11:19 pm #

    ps i can hear some verlaine influence on that album, yes? ie paradox

  11. avatar
    Renee | 1 December 2006 at 11:22 pm #

    i went out and bought p=a right after i heard ripple
    my faves on the album though are
    witch hunt
    disillusionist
    and old flame

    Naomi will not be consoled by your blues
    She calls down the crows then she pulls on her shoes
    Out into the empty street she walks
    Past the little piles of smoldering leaves

    Beware
    An old flame is still burning there
    Don’t stare
    Shadows in the smoke whispering everywhere
    Everywhere
    Anywhere is nowhere when you don’t care
    So beware
    An old flame is still burning there

    i wonder what inspired that opiate dream?
    it touched me because at the time i was experiencing unrequited love
    and it reminded me of myself
    i just love the imagery it invokes though….great song!

  12. avatar
    Finn | 1 December 2006 at 11:26 pm #

    Oh, I love that one too! Perhaps my favorite (though I actually I dig the Persia ep a little more). I remember getting that one too. I skipped school to go to town to buy it the day it came out. I once hadda pretty interesting LSD trip listening to that one too! So thanks for that one SK!

  13. avatar
    mattdavison | 1 December 2006 at 11:26 pm #

    Oh yessss!!! couldn’t have said it better yourself sk
    MATS….= Aura you created that again in that alby too buddy. And I realise that that one really cost a lot more than 125 grand…
    All for us. Fuc We are lucky fuccers!! Arn’t we all………………………
    MattD

  14. avatar
    mattdavison | 1 December 2006 at 11:30 pm #

    Oh’ hey what about
    FOG
    NIGHTMARE

    ON FEEL, (got that on tape) somewhere!!! Arrrrrrr where is it I need it now….Fuc

  15. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 1 December 2006 at 11:47 pm #

    I’m digging it now my precioussssss

  16. avatar
    pjm | 1 December 2006 at 11:51 pm #

    I bought it with my high school summer job salary, and was raving about it so much to my friends (including the ones who introduced me to Starfish/UTMW et al) that they looked at me funny. Thought I was nuts. (They were more into U2 than Stone Temple Pilots et al, but we used to play Reptile in our basement band.)

    I couldn’t believe everyone hadn’t heard it.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 December 2006 at 11:57 pm #

    when i was just a boy living in el paso – many years ago – right after heyday came out and i was i still playing 4 or 5 times a day. one glorious sunday the paper says the church was coming to play new mexico state university in las cruces (about 40 minutes away). my brother and i were twittering with excitement for weeks. we couldn’t believe it…the big day finally came – we piled in our friend jeff george’s car. we head to cruces only to see the backside of some paisley shirts exciting the outdoor stage. i was beyond despair…turns out dear old jeff got the start time wrong. i never forgave him…

    so do you have any juicy memories of that “heyday” tour (the one with the rented peavey amps). my imagination still needs to fill in the blank space that afternoon left.

    thanks for the memories,

    salim

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 12:02 am #

    i meant playing heyday 4 or 5 times a day…i wasn’t actually playing music yet.

  19. avatar
    shawn_el | 2 December 2006 at 12:39 am #

    SK – I love P=A. It’s one of my favorite records of yours. I always look at it as the definitive moment where your and the Church’s sound really changed toward what it is now – sprawling space rock soundscapes instead of the more song-based pop. It’s really interesting reading your memoir about it.

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 12:40 am #

    Some amazing albums came out in the early nineties but unfortunately Nirvana and the resulting grunge movement ruined most of its acceptance. I still rue the day that Teen Spirit came out (although it is a fantastic song) – it just changed everything in alternative radio and not for the better.

    ed in fl

  21. avatar
    shawn_el | 2 December 2006 at 12:40 am #

    oh yeah and I should also add that Aura is one of my top progressive rock style songs ever. Disillusionist, Old Flame, Dome, and Swan Lake are also outstanding.

  22. avatar
    Todd | 2 December 2006 at 1:00 am #

    It is a great album and I have listened to it heaps, but I must say I wasn’t into it initially. It took a little while to get into the subtlety of it. The song “Priest=Aura” from that album and “Day of the Dead” from Sometime Anywhere are two of my favourite grinding, intense rock songs of all time.

  23. avatar
    damien | 2 December 2006 at 1:02 am #

    Priest=Aura was the soundtrack to my first adventures into adulthood. A new job in a new town, all alone – my Church albums, and P=A in particular, were the touchstones that kept me connected to something I knew from my old life, something solid when it seemed everything around me was in violent flux.

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 1:05 am #

    What a beautifully haunting collection of songs. You, in the form of P=A, kept me company and filled the air on some amazing road trips through our enchanting southwestern deserts. It felt as if I was in a hypnotic haze cruising over the dusty red sands of New mexico and beyond.Must have been the opiates conveying over the airwaves. You obviously sold your soul to create such a masterpiece.

  25. avatar
    nickfiction | 2 December 2006 at 1:11 am #

    Ahhhh P=A like Pavlov’s dogs salivating at the ring of a dinnerbell, I too reach for the pipe and smoke the herbs and opium if i can get it . I can remember many heady nites listening to P=A with my lush Bose headphones and stoned and drunk to the gills, my body drifting off into the middle of the night. The disillusionist being among my favourite tracks and then probably aura and ripple. What a beautifully recorded album. I can never get enough of those lyrics and how they continue throught to the end , making you wonder if SK kept singing long after the song ended. It most certainly sounds drug – tinged. Too bad there is no existing footage of SK abusing drugs whilst recording P=A….. kind of like James Morrison drunk off his shit in the studio, barely able to finish a song. I’d say everything happens for a reason, like ya wonder why did i get messed into The junk etc …. well, i’d say if there were a good reason to abuse drugs, would be to make an album like that . But like I always , there’s a price to pay for everything . But you got a lot for your money……

  26. avatar
    lebuaf | 2 December 2006 at 1:26 am #

    p=a was also with me during my leap into narco hell. its that strange thing were junkies can recognize other junkies….sum outstanding fukin music from the sum of ya.

  27. avatar
    Paige | 2 December 2006 at 1:35 am #

    Been away…Do forgive.

    P=A is my favorite album, EVER, by any artist.

    And yes…I have thought that over carefully. 🙂

    Paige

  28. avatar
    jack of clubs | 2 December 2006 at 1:51 am #

    Hello Steve

    Thanks for the insight and reflections on p=a. Truly an album among the pigeons.
    You’ve rightly referred to your bass lines as being ‘snaky’, the track Chromium (though not on p=a) is, I feel, ‘snakyness’ down to the venom gland. That’s what havin’ a fang on ya bass means I s’pose.
    I’ve listened to p=a heaps and it definately goes there or rather comes from there, you know, from the other side – post death hazy mystery parallel existance land, or maybe it was the Uncle Doug’s but I hope not and I dope not.
    You should have been remunerated a little more for that one (and the others) too, at least enough to buy a modest abode and have a bit play cash on the side, nothing too outrageous, Christ knows you and your band mates work bloody hard enough.
    Also, If you wanna complain and piss and moan and rant and whinge and whine and dyne on you own blog, then bloody good on ya! It’s my choice to read it or not.
    Anyone complaining about your complaining should think about why they are reading it in the first place – so there.
    I was gonna end a more eloquently but I gotta split. Bye J o’ C

  29. avatar
    adrakkkk | 2 December 2006 at 1:53 am #

    Thanks for the insight, Sk.
    Of all the songs I know Ripple may have to be one of my faves.
    Love the film clip too.
    The Dissolusionist is an amazing song too. Such a slide into another dimension.

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 1:54 am #

    Oh honey, it was paradise, getting to know P=A. I remembered with a pang GWMcL’s comment about this ode to the O’s.
    But the gain is hardly what we’d have chosen for you, dear SK.

    A passing (lowbrow) thought: is Aura the C’s sexiest song, with its snaking bassline, as tempting as the fruits of the poppy itself?

  31. avatar
    Renee | 2 December 2006 at 1:59 am #

    me again!

    i’m gonna put my neck out on the chopping block
    and say something that may not be well received but….
    the church videos have always been a little lacking,
    (except for utmw and tantalized)
    but watching the video for ripple
    i’m just thinking there was so much more that could have been done visually
    not that looking at 4 handsome guys isn’t great!!!
    i don’t know, maybe the budget was an issue
    but with your phenomenal song writing you need imagery that is just as good
    maybe that is why tantalized and utmw are so memorable, they suited the songs so well and they really pulled the viewer into the music
    they are 2 of my favorite videos of all time!!
    i don’t know,
    i just don’t think some of the videos do your songs any justice

    that’s it, bye!

  32. avatar
    Christy | 2 December 2006 at 1:59 am #

    P=A is a masterpiece. I always start out newbies on that album; it’s so dark and beautiful and seductive from beginning to end. Not a single clunker on the thing. I still consider it one of my top 5 favorites, of all time, of anybody. Thank you for P=A. 🙂

  33. avatar
    Melquiades | 2 December 2006 at 2:08 am #

    Your music is the indigenous culture
    Misunderstood, some may even fear it.
    But there are people who get
    and that’s what makes it special

    Yes, wouldn’t it be great
    if the mass were enlightened
    dare to stray on that cosmic
    sometimes self introspective journey
    Wouln’t we be better off as a whole
    But this is what it is.
    here we are
    and I don’t mind it.
    do you?

    It’s rarified air (if I may borrow)
    And we are breathing it all
    without the help of oxygen

    Go SK make your dough
    You deserve it, man.

    I feel priveledged to have been
    a part of this experience
    really.

    i dig it.

  34. avatar
    Melquiades | 2 December 2006 at 2:12 am #

    Here is a link for a great space ambient site with 3 different streaming links. great to sleep to or just get off on. hmmmm……

    http://www.bluemars.org/

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 2:31 am #

    Diamond dogs – Bowie wrote all his greatest works in a haze. Buy now, pay later.

    UTMW.circa 1988’ish…I was playing soldier in the Army by day, and hanging with the local alternative crowd at night when it hit me.

    Today, like a junkie, I pleasure my ears to Forget Yourself, Clouds and about every other piece of work you’ve touched.

    Saves my brain from being etched away by simultaneous powerpoint, matlab, and the other pollution I endure in front of the lit screen.

    S’ok, I pay my bills and my own ‘doodles’ enjoy a nice life.

    My wife hates The Church, she listens to the worst commercial country. Takes all kinds I reckon.

    Shook yer hand after a GAF concert in Indianapolis in 1991. Awesome show; you were very nice, but had a flimsy handshake.

    I am still grieving that I missed you in Dallas on the clouds tour recently. Was off the blog for awhile and read about it exactly 1 day after the show; piss.

    I may have to fly to Bondi sometime before you surrender.

    Kind regards,

    Tony

  36. avatar
    Tokin' Jester | 2 December 2006 at 2:39 am #

    I had a dog, that looked alot like the dog on the poster. Even more endearing ta me. Whose dog was it?

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 2:58 am #

    yep it’s a cracker of an album. Snakey and sneaky basslines, honey coated vocals, Aura is one of the best opening tracks to any album…ever. Old Flame still gets the goosebumps going… Lustre, Feel are well… perfect.

    Also produced the best-ever church show (well in my opinion) at the Enmore in ‘92. Still remember seeing some cheeky graffiti over one of the tour posters out the front… “Preist = Aura… Peter Koppes leaving = end of Church”!

    so mr kilbee, how ‘bout a reemastered versheen with some out-takes huh! Imagine listening to P=A in 5.1 sound!!!!!

  38. avatar
    gareth,notts | 2 December 2006 at 3:18 am #

    so many good bands and songs,but none come close to THE CHURCH,no album as awe-inspiring as PRIEST=AURA,and no song on earth gets me like AURA.I remember travelling in Israel in 94 on my own by this point and out of money sleeping rough but having the time of my life(sounds odd but its true!)sat on the beach one night so desperate for music,I sat and wrote the lyrics to AURA! flat out on the beach gazing at the desert stars with that masterpiece playing through my head,with the waves in the background,a truly great experience.What a fuckin masterpiece PRIEST=AURA is(one of many)

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 3:23 am #

    p=a is my favorite

    most days

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 3:25 am #

    anon 1:58 – P=A was remastered at studio 301 by Don Bartley and released on EMI last year.

    There’s an xtra disc with
    Ripple (single edit)
    Nightmare
    Fog
    Feel (extended album mix)
    Drought
    Unsubstantiated

    You can pick up a copy at churchmerch along with the tshirt and poster of the doggy (which is actually a dingo), thats if they havent sold out.

  41. avatar
    Fina | 2 December 2006 at 3:32 am #

    opium booze smack…..
    no apollo no apollo
    no apollogies-no one has the right to judge.

    one of your freeeloaders-mea culpa mea culpa…
    all apologies.

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 4:18 am #

    I like the six-string whammy bass+chorus sound. Wasn’t it also used on Paradox? A fine album.

  43. avatar
    damien | 2 December 2006 at 4:25 am #

    Nightmare and Fog are also excellent tracks from that period.

  44. avatar
    dig | 2 December 2006 at 4:26 am #

    My P=A Experience

    Yeah, that was the best period of my life, my own little safe and dreamy warm little world with the all the promise of a beautiful future being only 19 years old. It gave me visions I knew no ones else could possibly have cos no one I knew understood the music I listened to(which seemed strange to me as I to them).
    I remember buying the album and staring at the cover for what seemed like hours the whole way home on the train, salivating in anticipation.
    At the time I was house sitting a big beautiful (friends parents) house that had everything. I got back to the house and a stunning girl that I had a massive crush called and asked me out, but I told her I was going to be busy all day, haha.
    I had just discovered Xanax and Panadeine Forte only a few months before and some how managed to get scripts for both. I remember taking 2 of each and then walking into the study which was full of old hard backs with a strong coffee in hand, took the shinny disc out of its black and silver cover placed it in the state of the art stereo and plugged in my expensive AKG headphones. I then sat on the heating vent on the floor with my leggs crossed and lit the first of a thousand Benson & Hedges cigarettes.
    Half way through the first track warm waves rippled through my body from the Panadeine Forte and a sense of tranquillity I had never felt before kicked in as colours became more and more deeper from the Xanax. I sat there for the the entire day with that CD on repeat for what must have been 12 hours in a state of mavel and I don’t know what else, but it was extraordinary. I spent the next ten years trying to recreate that experience and alot of the time with great success, but after a while I had to stop.
    I dont smoke or take drugs anymore cos even a xanax and codeine habit can end in tears……..but given the chance would I do it all again?

    Well yeah!

  45. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 2 December 2006 at 4:37 am #

    Went with Rolling Stone on this one at the time.
    Dropped off Church attendence for a while.
    Pulled the cassette out of a pile decades later.
    WHAT AN AMAZINGBRILLIANTFANTASTICWOW RECORD.
    I apologize for the delay.

  46. avatar
    the dean | 2 December 2006 at 4:51 am #

    P=A is so good I bought it twice. The dog was looking a little mangy, needed a new master.

  47. avatar
    cita | 2 December 2006 at 4:56 am #

    You don’t have to bear your soul to us but you do.

    When I read today’s pages I thought WOW Sweet Soul Steve.

    You don’t have to go there but I am glad you do.

    A glimpse into an other worldly window full of darkness and light.

    I feel blessed to have the words touch my heart and soul.

  48. avatar
    JJ | 2 December 2006 at 5:21 am #

    It was fucking BRILLIANT is what it was. An inspired dream-state captured, an art-piece. Up there with Dark Side of the Moon. It spoke to me like no other in 1992, which was indeed a rather melancholy period in my life, decaying marriage and realization of stultifying daily work drudgery as my reward and calling card in life, it seemed, all my bad life choices haunting me. I escaped through these dark kayaking adventures, with a vague sense of doom, and on the long drives back from the mountains through the night, P=A would play on my sound system at massive volume. The lyrics were stunning – all of them. The Disillusionist…..what an explosion of words, conveying this overwhelming dread. Dome – I certainly heard Coleridge in that song; the river Alph and Ozymandias-like lost civilizations. Kings, Aura, Lustre…….Even the cover art was starkly beautiful.

    I love this album to this day, and will not play it casually. If I listen to it, I have to block out all other distractions and give it proper focus, because ….I never want it to become diluted in it’s impact, or to slip into casual background music.

    Old Flame, man that resonated for me. Feel – conjures her back up for me each time I hear it, you know – her, the one I had waited for all my life, then – she was gone. It’s stellar. All fucking brilliant.

    This album sealed the deal forever, to me it didn’t matter if anything else followed, P=A had been realized.

    JJ

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    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 5:21 am #

    P=A was, I think, the 3rd Curhch album I purchased. I loved the first album and Hey Day. Then I came across P=A at a record shop and bought it. I wasn’t as fully into the Curhch back then like I am now, but always knew you had something special, something different, since first hearing UM (SK cringes…). My first couple of listens to P=A were difficult and unsure. It was new territory, not readily accessible in light of the run-of-the-mill drabble I’d become acustomed to. But like a supernova, it’s brilliance soon became apparent and it is now one of my 2 or 3 favorite albums of all time. You are correct that it was brilliant, critics be damned. So many brilliant things are unappreciated in their time. My fourteen year old heard it recently for the first time, and loves it. I’ve often thought of what albums I’d want my wife to play for me over and over if I am ever comatose and unable to communicate, but on the off-chance that I am somehow still perceptive/receptive, and P=A is at the top of the list. Kings has long been a favorite – one of the tightest, most well-crafted songs I’ve ever heard by anyone. And I can’t think of any other songs that mention Nebuchanezzar, which makes it doubly cool.

    That is clearly an album you should be proud of. It’s unfortunate that you paid such a heavy personal price to create it, but there are many who appreciate the sacrifice. Thank you for that album*, though my thanks be 14 years late in coming.

    Richard in Houston
    _______________________________
    *and all the others before and since

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    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 5:30 am #

    And one more thing – when I was getting into P=A, I had coincidentally just read Churchill’s history of WWII, which focused a lot on the maritime aspects of the war. So the image of “buckle like a wreck on the cold green sea” had an especially strong resonance with me and has been indelibly seared into my consciousness, and will never be erased. That single phrase is a truly stunning bit of wordcraft.

    Richard in Houston (again)

    P.S. I hope the Houston crowd this year was warm and welcoming enough that you come back again on your next tour. My 14 year old would love to see you guys.

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    galamor the wizard | 2 December 2006 at 5:48 am #

    I LOVE Priest=Aura – definitely one of your best. The inventiveness of and subject matter of the lyrics was outstanding. I remember reading a RAM (remember that magazine?)review for Ripple which said that if R.E.M. released it that it would have been an instant hit! The shoegazer review I hadn’t heard before. I remember seeing Marty and Peter at the last Ride gig at ye olde Paddo RSL(along with the rest of Sydney’s then Jingle Jangle royalty) at about the time of P=A and it was like the Church were giving their seal of approval to the band. Ride kept to the songs and faded away whilst the Church kept to the atmospherics and kept going! Still, I would dearly love you to really, really try to pull out all the stops, rip off every great Beatles chord change and every great Byrds cool and floor all of your critics!!!!!!! Can’t wait to see you guys supporting the Pretenders but wonder how WILL you put up with HER????

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    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 5:50 am #

    I’ve read your bloggy for a year now and never made a comment. I have to make one now because I simply love P=A. I love it so much I annoy everything around me, I was a church fan before P=A, but after P=A I was simply hooked. I don’t know if it has anything to do with my own trip on the downward spiral, but that record is a masterpiece. If you guys never made later masterpieces (and there are some!) I would still be “over the moon”. Anyhow man, thanks for just being you.

    Flint

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    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 6:13 am #

    Nevets! your friend Mathieu
    in Tucson, AZ – we met up at soundcheck by the backstage doors at the Rialto on that hot summer nite in july 23! hard day working at the bomb factory, just having some beers listening to Par/Universe!
    so bloody good!
    Carved ‘The Church/Kilbey Rocks’ into a COMSEC [communication security] chip – placed deep inside a missle going overseas.
    Rocket Science Engineering, LOL!!!
    Would luv to give you a tour?

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    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 6:28 am #

    stuck in small town usa in 1991.
    drove grandoaps worktruck to pickup p=a…listened and cried the whole way home. too dark, especially side 2 of cassette. now that I know how you ended up on gear…well I’m glad you put it down.
    stick with the green, weed is good for ya, it motherearth’s gift.enjoy the kind. ypu have always been an ideal father figure to me. never met mine till funeral in 90, cause mom kept me away from the irish drinking bastard. yet for me, through your songs and your Image I had a cool living dad that had stuff in common with me.
    keep telling these stories of your life, you have a bestseller on ye olde hands. Afternoon Gold Fix is the best cherch in chong, followed by Remote Luxury. thanx you are the best in the west!sincerely patrick-csa@myway.com

  55. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 6:46 am #

    Steve, Mathieu again.
    I have moral issues all the time
    about designing/building missles, but good things come about thru these builds.
    1. new vehicle design-fuel efficiency
    2. better/quicker communications
    thru fiber ops
    3. Satellite tech
    4. sound engineering – harmonics are so cool. [a secret] the senior engineers have found a way to hide all sound! frequencies can be hid with cross wavelenghts. mirror & reverse the bandwidth/+/- all I can say….

  56. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 6:46 am #

    Steve, Mathieu again.
    I have moral issues all the time
    about designing/building missles, but good things come about thru these builds.
    1. new vehicle design-fuel efficiency
    2. better/quicker communications
    thru fiber ops
    3. Satellite tech
    4. sound engineering – harmonics are so cool. [a secret] the senior engineers have found a way to hide all sound! frequencies can be hid with cross wavelenghts. mirror & reverse the bandwidth/+/- all I can say….

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    ambnt1 | 2 December 2006 at 7:05 am #

    Steven,

    I didn’t “get it” at first, wasn’t the Church I was expecting. Didn’t really fully appreciate it for its greatness until about 2 years later. Probably the most “cohesive” Church album ever, everything flows. Interesting reading about it.

    –Chris

    n.p. Killing Joke, “Hosanas from the Basements of Hell” (apocalyptic lullabies)

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    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 7:09 am #

    I ‘dig it’
    Donna

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    mime | 2 December 2006 at 8:46 am #

    The record is simply brilliant … except for The disillusionist I guess. Never really liked that song, but all the others are amazing

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    isolde | 2 December 2006 at 8:57 am #

    well you guys are lucky you have been able to space it out over 1 or 2 or 3 decades cos 10 months ago i only had blurred crusade, it was my sister’s lp really, from circa early 80s, and i now have about 30 bits n pieces and you can imagine the impact such a flood of priestly aural stimulation has had on a person why sometimes i think i might just transcend completely

    as i don’t have an attachment to the old versions, am really liking the new treatments of the old songs, with other songs woven in through them, and wouldn’t mind more spanish guitar, gypsy sounds or lute and harpsichord if you are ever in the mood

    re the dvd goldfish collection i find myself agreeeing with renee, as i often do really, on the tantalised video its simply superb, its got that live, driving quality too, who was the cinematographer i wonder?

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    captainmission | 2 December 2006 at 8:58 am #

    For what it’s worth, whatever you attempted to do with P=A worked, it’s the oddessy and iliad of contempory music. dome is possibly my fave song ever and every time i hear the complete cd P=A i sink into an altered state, you can taste its opium flavour as eyelids become heavy and the lines between dream and reality get blurred. i dunno, i don’t know much about how it was recorded or what was going down but the fact that people didn’t like it and people didn’t give it good reviews just don’t matter, becuase the intent is so strong, it’ll be around a lot longer than most contempory music, and when people look back on our silly civilization they will have P=A to unravel, as we do the pryamids.
    I hope the price of its creation wasn’t to high steve, last time i saw you you looked pretty fucking on top of your game.

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    davem | 2 December 2006 at 9:10 am #

    Saturday morning & Mistress blasting out.
    P=A is a work of effing genius. Unrelentingly seductive, warm, rich, deep and melancholy. I’m not sure it’s my fave, but it’s up there.
    I know you don’t much care for HOB ‘cos of where you were at in your personal life, but it’s special for me because it shouted that musically The Church were back in business. I also adore ULTC – falling in love with it more each week.
    The lure of P=A is such that amongst my xmas box on it’s way from Church Merch is a copy of it for my 13-year old son who is mad for it. I know you don’t get much in terms of royalties from sales but I’m hoping it’ll lead him to keep digging into the body of work of the world’s greatest.
    Love you Steve,

    Dave M
    x

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    davem | 2 December 2006 at 9:15 am #

    Wish I could be away from blighty and with you on The Pretenders tour. I’m not sure how big they are over in Australia but I don’t envy them having to follow on after you guys…..
    I hope it makes you decent money cos as a band they ain’t fit to lace your boots.

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    syrinx | 2 December 2006 at 9:15 am #

    I heard it for the first time, just moved to Alaska & a new apartment, and we were about to get four floors of snow. I put on the cd, my big wool trench, the headphones, and stretched the cord out onto the fifth-floor balcony. Closed the the glass behind me and drank a bottle of red wine while listening to all the magic during the snowfall. Stood the whole time. Looked up and the snowflakes were so big. I wanted as many of them to fall on my face as possible, so I kept looking up. Magic in the sky, in my ears and in my head. The wine kept me toasty enough. You can’t ARRANGE all that stuff to order. Just happened. When I think back on it I get that little thing where a tear tries to form in the corner of one eye, but doesn’t quite come out.

    Sorry for the ramble. P=A was an experience. Not just a listen. Thus far it remains the atmospheric winner for most levels involved in a single go.

    I’m having this weird deja vu I’ve already said this before. Maybe I just live it again for a few seconds whenever I hear P=A, or think about it.

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    syrinx | 2 December 2006 at 9:23 am #

    Oh yeah, it was AT NIGHT, too.

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    eek | 2 December 2006 at 10:12 am #

    The first time I heard P=A I thought “oh.” When it was over I tossed it on a pile of other cassettes and ignored it. Three or four months later I gave it another try and this time thought “OH!!!” Don’t know what the fuck I was thinking the first time, but ever so happy I gave it that second listen. 🙂

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    syrinx | 2 December 2006 at 11:08 am #

    Now would be a good time to confess that I loathe the song “Metropolis.” Yes I KNOW it’s on another record entirely…

    I just wanted to confess.

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    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 12:16 pm #

    My God, man. Good one. The blogs just keep getting better! The record still sounds new. They didn’t dig it when it came out because they didn’t know what to make of it. Neither did I. At first. But nearly 15 years later, it is still unfolding everytime I play it. And I play it often. So, thank you for P=A=The Sistine.

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    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 12:41 pm #

    I knew the dissolutionist was about something wicked this way comes before sk said it was. Aint I clever. rickity roller coasters opium and magic tricks all the fun of the fair

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    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 1:03 pm #

    P=A

    i REMEMBER WELL the P=A tour at the Palace in Melby when The Choich came on I had’nt heaRD THE ALBUM but they started with “Old Flame” from behind the curtains and I thought the DJ was playing this great new Cure song but then the curtains opened and I was in ecstasy.

    THEY PLAYED THE SAME TUNE THAT YEAR AT THE END OF cHANNEL 10’S NEWS WITH THE GULF WAR IN THE BACKGROUND LIKE A SOUNDTRACK TO ARMAGEDDON.

    iT WAS ALL ABOUT THE REVERB ON THAT ALBUM-SO MUCH SPACE SO ETHEREAL.

    Posted by sweetd at 4:50 AM 0 comments

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    Renee | 2 December 2006 at 1:07 pm #

    listening to the lyrics again….

    i think you fit the disillutionist rather well 😉

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    Daberhasher | 2 December 2006 at 1:12 pm #

    i was in full deadhead flower at that point, but still pulled my bus into the House of Guitars in ROCKchester NY to pick up P=A… on cassette!!! which i still have, thank you…
    liked the cover image right away, good start… we deadheads are all about “vibes”, man… i covered great distances behind the wheel unraveling that beast… or attempting to… it too, was what i was after in an album… i remember calling my friend back in Florida and raving about the album in stoned hushed tones, both of us ending up at, “and what about fucking chaos?!?!!!”
    that record captured so much disparate energy and still kept it together… somehow… still haven’t unraveled that…

    if ever i was forced to only take 10 songs of los urchch into the future, dome would make that list, for me…

    from rotten to brilliant,
    on the cover of the Rolling Stone…

    lohi,
    judas preest=ireen cara…

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    ben | 2 December 2006 at 1:12 pm #

    i loved the album, still do but safegaurd it at this point cuz i was going through some bad shit at the time. same way with somewhere anywhere. i loved that one too. lost my touch was a song i could relate too and im guessing drugs were hanging around for that one too. i think for me some of those lowest times were similar to my best as far as comfortability. workin with dicks an keepin quit or nice for the integrity of the music will do it to ya. i can tell the creativity was not the drugs but the leval of comfort u had.

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    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 1:13 pm #

    yes yes yes everything you say Sk I dig and concur…I really love “film”- great empire sound- Thanks for being honest about the drugs, man…screw the the complainers~Yeah and I love the opener….sorta warrior-like or something…I remember calling the local radio station for some reason and asking them why the hell they don’t play “feel” or any other Church besides Milky…they say ” i dunno, its the owner or whatever” see, we work for YOU SK…cuz we know it all too, this damned truth about good taste and vision……The decieved One- your friend DEE.

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    don joe | 2 December 2006 at 1:20 pm #

    From this point forward to the present, The albums have evolved quite extensivly. It would take about 2 months after purchase to listen to it again then it really got me hooked. Each successive album has been a departure significant enough to make me go WTF? and put it down. Only to come back in a few months time and play it 24/7 till the next one came out. This album is as you u wrote Steve. Old Flame is hauntingly short, Chaos is exactly that; but controlled effortlessly by the band. It is shimmering & exquisite; underhanded but overt. PK’s sonicality is still mesmerizing as is Marty’s howling and chiming throughout the entire album. And as always the bass/vox polish the underbelly and cariage that is propelled by some of the tightest rythmic flowing drumming i have heard. It is being loaded as I type so I will depart to ther realms (drug free) and enjoy your work.
    I won’t attack you for the drug references. You saw that yourself. I am glad that, like the topic of the blog, is history.

    ML,
    don joe

    PS So you listen to TISM hey?!

  76. avatar
    captainmission | 2 December 2006 at 1:21 pm #

    who’s playing that amazing outta whack piano on mistress, that is just purfection.
    god i’m so ridiculously subjective it’s slightly embarressing…..blah.

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    matthew | 2 December 2006 at 2:32 pm #

    heyheyhey essquéé… in strangest of spiritual connections – only yesterday, I drove with a friend to play a gig in western nsw… my first choice of cd sharing material was P=A… there i was, rambling on, wide-eyed ‘n’ foaming, about 1991, opium, mythology, unrecognized masterpeaces – all the choice goss i “knew” from all de rock mags ob de day. well, how bout that? So anyway: melancholy=ausome, still, im my book! tis the only genre I know well …and yes, I ALWAYS heard the whammy bass.

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    restaurant mark | 2 December 2006 at 3:14 pm #

    loved your blog…don’t believe it’s a contradiction in wanting to make great music and still wanting to be paid well for it. if you don’t make the music that’s in your soul just for a bigger check…then i think there’s a problem. but what do i know? never been in the situation. and don’t worry about me…definately won’t be getting anti-drug on ya. don’t think you’re glorifying it. just taking us through what was going on. love those journeys. but, of course there’s a dark side to drugs. but there’s also an exploration side and certainly a creative side. how many great records have been made by somebody who was on something…countless. like u said, there is cheese in the mouse trap! opium is a warm but detached thing to me…can completely here it on p=a. and as far as it being a flop commercially…so what. man, 1992 was a weird time for music. it’s like the stuff i was into had finally gotten some mass exposure in america and some were even having hits…yourself included. then grunge hit…and it’s like all the records companies, mtv, everyone only cared about seattle it seemed. i think it kept certain bands from ever getting a real break here other than underground notoriety. and some who had already broke…it’s like they got buried under a pile of pearl jams and sound gardens. while still making great music, but couldn’t get played anymore. anyway…i’m babbling. great record…great blog!
    take care man

  79. avatar
    Miss Fortune | 2 December 2006 at 3:40 pm #

    You know I do love you don’t you

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    biggle boggle | 2 December 2006 at 3:43 pm #

    You may be tooting your own horn big time in this one, but yes, that record is indisputably great…it blew my seventeen year old mind and still does. Even the Ripple video is fabulous. Where’s Erskine these days?

  81. avatar
    miss fortune | 2 December 2006 at 3:45 pm #

    ……and yeah you created me so by my name I could go either way!

  82. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 3:47 pm #

    don’t let reason cloud your judgement!

    you know who I am

  83. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 3:50 pm #

    ………beauty

  84. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 5:08 pm #

    ooooooo…do heyday next! do heyday next! and what of the demise of r. ploog?

  85. avatar
    MJ FRIMODIG | 2 December 2006 at 6:01 pm #

    YES YES YES!!!!!!WHY THIS IS NOT KNOWN FOR BEING ONE OF THE GREASTEST RECORDINGS EVER MADE I WILL NEVER KNOW. A COUPLE OF BROTHERS AND I WERE OUT IN THE GARAGE UP NORTH AT MY MOMS HOUSE JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO LISTNING TO THIS, DRINKING, SMOKING AND STUFF AND MY 16 YEAR OLD NEPHEW WHO PLAYES GUITAR CAME OUT WONDERING WHAT THE HELL WERE THOSE GREAT SOUNDS. I PULLED THAT CD OUT GAVE IT TO HIM SAID, HEAR IT, LEARN IT, LOVE IT. WELL HES PLAYING A LOT OF CHURCH NOW. RIPPLE COULD BE THE GREATEST ROCK SONG EVER. THANKS STEVE, FOR THE INSIDE ON MY FAVORITE COLLECTIVE RECORDING. I MAYBE GOING TO FAR HERE AND I DO LOVE THE NEWER RELEASES, BUT WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO GET THAT KIND OF CRISP SOUND AGAIN. P=A HAS THAT SNAP TO THE SNARE THAT YOU ONLY HERE IN GREAT RECORDINGS. MICHAEL J FRIMODIG MJFRIMODIG@HOTMAIL.COM

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    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 7:32 pm #

    SK,

    I think i would have listened to P=A for nearly two straight years and never got sick of it. Mistress is my wife’s favourite track, she loves that song and i guess from having it on in the car for so long she sings the words from the whole album, so you sort of have a backing vocal going on.

    I think the mark of how successfull that album was is in the tittle of todays blog. How many artists have had the recognition of having a tism song named after them – i guess your up with milly vanilli!

    DR

  87. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 8:01 pm #

    “From tomorrow I’m…
    I’ll be able to…
    He
    She
    They
    Have a head start
    But I can make up for lost time because
    I’ll…
    I have…
    Which they don’t
    and
    I can…
    Which they can’t…
    God
    What now?
    It’s only one
    And I’m struggling
    Stop thinking!
    Go!
    Where?
    There
    There?
    Yeah, there
    No, not there
    Then, there
    Yes, there
    No
    No, not there
    Well, where?
    Well, yeah, exactly
    Fuck it!
    I’m going
    Where?
    You know where
    Yeah, I reckon I do
    It’s just one more day
    What’s another day?
    I’ve always got tomorrow
    It’s a week away
    And usually three days is all it takes
    But it’s taking longer these days
    And something…
    Some things don’t look quite the same as they did
    And the response is different
    Actually, it’s barely there
    What do you expect without any effort?
    Yeah, I’m not thinking straight
    That’s it
    But I’ve been thinking this way for days
    Weeks
    Years
    Now
    So maybe I’ve lost it
    It’s gone for good
    Are you mad?
    Shut up, you fool!
    Of course, I’m mad
    You idiot
    Look!
    Look in the mirror
    You know every angle
    You know every line
    Every curve
    Feel!
    Your hands will never fail to recognise it
    Something’s different
    Shut up!
    Go away!
    But you let me in yourself?
    You know no matter how well you do
    Some of me remains
    You’re too slow
    Talking too long
    Waiting too much
    What if I can’t get it back?
    It’s getting too much
    The will
    The time
    I can’t bare the time
    I can’t spare the effort
    But you have to
    Who else can?
    Who else will?
    Who else knows enough?
    Who else could?
    No one
    No one can
    Or will
    Or knows nearly as much
    They could never…
    Even if they…
    Not he
    Not she
    Not anyone
    But me
    And me
    Yeah
    Maybe you
    Maybe
    Well, tomorrow’s today
    Yeah
    Fuck it
    There’s always tomorrow
    Right
    How long do we have?
    Well…
    It’s a week away
    Yeah
    Right
    That’s what I thought
    Well, don’t
    I do the thinking
    Remember”

    Hje=lo
    Aj hjev hjevi ak=sient
    Dis aj vish tu tel ju
    Pot=hi=en=shi=al[l]
    Dis=t[h]ing=vish
    Dis=t[h]ink=shi=on
    Dis=ting
    be=Kil
    ven=Sti
    Dis vik
    Maj prist= a=u=ra
    Mungo=Pushul

  88. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 9:35 pm #

    Lustre is my favorite Church song ever. For some reason it doesn’t get a lot of attention. Thanks for the blog SK.

    Boe

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    flowerpower | 2 December 2006 at 9:35 pm #

    Wow. The night at the National Theatre in St.Kilda when the crunch played was mesmerising. SK was throwing lollies at the audience (or was that a dream?) and making wiase cracks about dentists’profits in St.Kilda (Melb)

    The harmonics at the end of Kings always blew me out. Try humming along with the dominant chord and see what happens!

    I listened to this on a bus last really intensly for the first time in years and it STILL sounds like our civilisation sliding into petty obsessions and not noticing that the ship’s sinking fast.

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    Gordon from Scotland | 2 December 2006 at 10:18 pm #

    Hi Steve, been reading your blogg for ages, never left comment. However, like all responding here, P=A is not only your best but my favourite album ever. Feel is just a really gorgeous song. I have only ever played this through headphones, blasting my ears, and its one of a very few albums that I can play all the way through without skipping songs.
    The band are obviously on a roll since AENT. Thanks for all the great songs ,keep making music, we’ll keep buying it, and maybe one day you will make it over to Scotland.
    Best wishes to you and your family
    Gordon

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    Gordon from Scotland | 2 December 2006 at 10:23 pm #

    Oops, also meant to ask this. You mentioned Gavin M as being a great producer, and I have always wondered if there were ever any thoughts of Mitch Easter producing the band. I read he was a fan, and you also toured with Lets Active around Heyday. He is another that gets amazing sounds on his records.
    Gordon

  92. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 December 2006 at 1:14 am #

    it’s cute you tryin’ to sell me on that one.

    If it ’twere’nt ‘fer p=a

    i would not be here.

    All the best,
    glynnis

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    Tony Pucci | 3 December 2006 at 2:26 am #

    sk
    i admit i didn’t “get” p=a
    at the time
    i wanted more nsew from ya
    but now i think p=a
    is brilliant
    matter of fact
    it usually takes until the next cd
    one or two years
    before your last one sinks in
    but i have ultimate faith in ya
    cuz when it does sink in
    smiles and sense
    descend from the universe

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    Anonymous | 3 December 2006 at 5:42 am #

    P = A was a balm to my world-weary ears when it arrived; a languorous, sprawling, kaleidoscopic, musical codex… an electric Popol Vuh; magnificently vast yet so very intimate and warm. At once classical and romantic.
    Listening, I often pictured an expansive seascape…voice and instruments were islands, archipalegoes, continents. The ever-shifting tradewinds & storms could be synth pads, guitars…rippling waves of delays ‘n echoes, deep currents of bass, reverbs of seafoam and cloud.
    I thought Gavin Mackillop with ‘La Chiesa’ was brilliant. A mastapiece indeed; a landmark, a revelation.
    I liked it, OK?
    Can’t get enough of these recollections. Thankyou.

    c escherbach canada

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    the pissenger | 3 December 2006 at 1:34 pm #

    Sorry but I think P=A sucks. The lyrics are relatively peurile and up themselves (unlike the brilliance you generally achieve). It sounds like the Church spoofing themselves. It’s muddy and turgid and hookless. So I swim against the tide. I love Heydey and the EPs, Starfish’s shimmering clarity and many more. But sorry, I think P=A is a dog. Smack, schmuck.

  96. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 December 2006 at 2:47 pm #

    sk,
    purely brilliant. yeah , i knew 1992 was the end of fav band’s aspirations. fucking seattle.
    thank you. you were gorgeous

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    Jab @ BZT | 3 December 2006 at 6:50 pm #

    Interesting that you would write about this album now. I just listened to it straight through for the first time last night. It is indeed a supergroovy album Steve. It did capture me as my favorite I’ve heard so far. But, only by a hair of favoritism.

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    prego_man | 4 December 2006 at 7:29 am #

    Steve- If you had done nothing else other than create “Chaos,” you would still be considered by me as one of the great composers of all time. The first time I heard it, I was blown away. It was my “natural” opiate. My son and I saw the Church perform in Chicago a few months back. Outstanding. Even without performing “Chaos.” We continue to funnel funds by buying all that you and the guys put out.

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    Glen Sherman | 7 December 2006 at 7:25 pm #

    That was beautiful stuff…your words about P=A and 1991. Like your mind was right back there writing gems like “Ripple” and “Paradox” again. Nice stuff. You nailed one very important aspect of the Church’s historical record. Although your artistic genius, Mr. Kilbey, places you in an elite group of the most notable of luminaries ever to attempt to elevate the human race from the dust to the divine, your timing has mostly been terrible. I hate to say that to someone I would prefer to shake hands with (again) over kings and movie stars, the lot of them. You just showed up a little too late or a little too early. Timing is everything – even for genius such as yours.

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    Brien Comerford | 27 July 2008 at 7:18 pm #

    Priest=Aura marked the commencement of The Church being the greatest band in the world spanning 1992 through 2007. From 1980 to 1990 they were a very good band.


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