posted on October 19, 2008 at 3:19 am

1st things first
manly is a beach across the harbour from bondi
on the other side of the heads
it was called manly cos some british imbecile
thought the natives there were more “manly” than some others
is that a bullshit name or what?
natalie is attacked by cockroaches in the car on way to gig
(cockies in my computer,cockies in my car)
we have to stop to nail em
and chuck em out
we get to manly gig
its ok
about 120 people
not too shabby
it was 15 bucks to get in
i had agreed to take 6 bucks per person
the gig was good
mission was there
di n therese
i played pretty good
it was fun
i enjoyed myself
sold a little merch
but afterwards
when i go to get paid
the lovely lady from the boatshed
says the “promoter” says he’ll pay me next week
do you wanna call him in the office ?she says
we go into the office
the promoter is a freelance guy
who just happened to email me
(the boatshed n their people were not involved)
the boatshed girl wanted to pay me…
i rang the promoter on his mobile
i was also realising out of 1500 bucks
i was only scheduled to get 600
which seemed a little off kilter
seeing how i pulled the people
but ok
i had agreed to it
i ‘m stoopid like that
but now mr promoter doesnt want to pay me
he says he cant pay me without an invoice
is that true i ask the girl
no she says
i can pay you
then he says again he’ll collect the money
and pay me next week
i say
i’ll take my bit now
you collect yours when you like
ok he says
but youre only getting 4 hundred
i start to get angry with this person now
why should i get 4 hundred
when it was 6 bucks per person i ask
he says
cos i told you 4 bucks per person
we contradict each other for a while
but when he concedes it was 6 bucks
he then says
that he lost money on the annandale on tuesday
thats too bad i say but not my problem
oh yes it is he says
they were part of a package deal
(this fellow must seriously think i came down in the last shower
i been in the bizness 30 fuckin years
ive done business with billy graham n clive davis n michael chugg
and i heard everything
but this is surely the limit)
eventually i express my disgust at this man
and my determination to get my six hungey
happy ending
the girl pays me my 600
says the manager of boatshed will be very angry with
mr promoter
and wants me to play back there soon
booked direct thru them
which means i’ll get the whole door charge (minus supports)
come home very angry with that nasty dishonest man
i know one “promoter” in sydney who owes thousands n thousands
to struggling players
he laughs about it n thinks its cute to rip you off
he owed me some dough
i rang him up n he laughed
and i threatened to come around n wring his fucking neck
he decided maybe to pay up
but i know he still owes a fortune in unpaid fees to broke players
ripping off naive musicians……what big men!
this smorning played at tamarama whamma bhamma gamma bink bank
the most glamourous n dangerous beach in sydnee baybee
same band as sat nite
part of sculpture by the sea celebration
all acoustic today
isolde was there filming it
stick it up on you tube, darlin’ if ya like
we did providence n all over now n medicine ball n randwick bells
n bedside light n secret country n me n my arrow
we were laid back n breezy as befits a gig on le beach
nasty note: there was a sausage sizzle ….oh good what a stench
gig cost me 50 bucks in taxis
too bad
it was a hoot
over n out

29 Responses to “boatly manshed and tamarama-lama-ding dong”

  1. avatar
    ml68 | 19 October 2008 at 4:12 am #

    twist and turns and a happy ending!! holly-wood a la killbee

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    Anonymous | 19 October 2008 at 4:24 am #

    Good afternoon,
    I went along to Tamarama this morning. Walked along from Bondi to view the sculptures…and mighty fine they are too. I encourage all who can to check them out. I made it to a shady spot to partake of the musical offerings of the ‘big band’. The ABC commentator was whooping it up with passers-by in a most inane fashion. One of those kinda people you just wanna poke in the eye, simple as that. The band was situated in a strange, clear sided marquee which meant the were impossible to see…but I could hear ’em. Really lovely. I got to listen to three songs before my kids went feral and I had to be on my way lest my offspring drown out the sounds of the musicians with a howling tantrum. There were sandcastles to be made.

    It was very pleasant. I would like to add that SK has not told the complete truth about the sausage sizzle…the band was situated between a stand selling sausages and some kind of sausage making or sampling stand. They were right in the middle. I actually thought this could be the catalyst for YOU to poke the ABC commentator in the eye, SK. Now…that would have been quite a show!

    I did not see Isolde there or I would have thanked her for the discs she sent me. Mind you I have no idea what she looks like and there were hundreds there. I hope you enjoyed yourself, Isolde!

    Au revoir,


  3. avatar
    lily was here | 19 October 2008 at 5:33 am #

    ….“I’ve got a Rolls Royce, because it’s good for my voice”

    Cant help wishing you were saying that.


  4. avatar
    davem | 19 October 2008 at 6:02 am #

    There are some nasty sods about. Glad the playing and audiences were better. You deserve the best.

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 October 2008 at 6:17 am #

    Have to have my GUSH about last nites gig. You Rocked, Rolled, Joked and gave it your all. One of your best gigs, that's fer sure.
    Your guitar was on fire, can't believe how the strings survived, it was fast and furious and exciting to watch.
    Great song selection incl Providence, Randwick Bells, Comedown (which I am playing now before Painkiller), Lonely Stretch, Almost with you, Wolfe, UTMW, + Leonard Cohen & Dylan to name a few. You had the audience transfixed, great to hear the applause & cheering.
    Always so happy after seeing you play, you give so much to so many people through your music etc.
    Hope all the merch sold.
    Looking forward to another gig in the not too distant future.

    Peace & love,
    p.s. So mad to hear about the money trouble, just as well the girl paid you.

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 October 2008 at 6:25 am #


    Last nite at the Boatshed was pure magic. When you started with Providence I knew we were in for a real treat. That was sublime and so was the rest of the set. Great songs sung by the master.

    There were good vibes all nite. The crowd loved ya.

    That’s the way SK, tell the people your cd’s there for the bargain price of $20. I hope you sold heaps. I’d love to think you introduced more people to your masterpiece.

    May your star keep shining.

    Lady Di

  7. avatar
    markobears | 19 October 2008 at 8:02 am #

    Good job making the promoter pay. SOunds like he moght be dishonest and the club owners wouldnt have it either. WHo needs them anyway?

  8. avatar
    captain mission | 19 October 2008 at 8:36 am #

    despite feeling manly at night is over flowing with far to much alcohol and testosterone, an ugly combo at the best of times, it was a great gig, you played really well, sung better than ever and kept the audience in line, man you worked hard up there.
    for a moment it felt like take no prisoners- lou reeds brilliant live album. anyhow somehow you turned the audience around and commanded respect from them.

    a number of people mentioned how they wished people in the audience would just shut up and listen, the bar area was particularly loud.
    one lovely chap was most upset at the lack of respect people have these days. i concur.

    it was a great night for me. loved the dylan tune and mr.cohens sad song but comedown was my fave of the night, really brilliantly preformed and then keeper, one of my personal favorites. what incredible song writing, definitely in good company with bob and len.
    i enjoyed being merch man, it was really special, thanks nk for keeping me company in the war zone.
    i must say its freaking awful about these promoter people who behave like this, i wouldn’t believe it if i wasn’t there, incredible that people can be so ruthless, but the situation turned into a blessing in a way, as now we will see you on the north side again and you will get the cash directly from the venue so it all worked out good.

  9. avatar
    nickp | 19 October 2008 at 8:39 am #

    Glad you had a good gig and that you got your money from the promoter. He sounds like a complete shit.

  10. avatar
    Pennybridge | 19 October 2008 at 8:49 am #


    I have read your blog everyday
    since May -08
    So I decided to leave a (quite long) comment!
    Get ready for some swinglish or start scrolling down …

    I used to play my brothers LPs back in the 80s
    He got some of those new aussie bands, Church as well i guess
    Slitz, a great pop/rock magazine, wrote quite a lot
    I can even recall some early TV-shows like “Casablanca”

    That was it
    I listened to all kinds of music after that
    wasn´t really a devoted Church fan

    But one lovely spring evening
    For some reason I was watching a tv-show
    called “Söderläge”, about gardening(!)
    (Nota bene: the average watcher is NOT older than mid 30s)

    Planting tomatoes doesn´t appeal to me that much
    But suddenly from the background
    I vaguely heard
    that guitar line in “Tear it all away”

    And it was like that madeleine-cookie part
    In “La recherche du temps perdu”, you know?

    Went off to check out the old Church-hits on U-Tube
    Love those Church/Kilbey songs an the new material as well

    And TTB is for me like a bonus
    Like hearing from a friend you dont really know at all
    Sometimes I dont understand a shit
    But still it makes perfect sense

    like great poetry!

    Åsa from Sviiden

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 October 2008 at 9:42 am #

    Seriously what do you expect!
    You got paid the big bucks but it never lasts.
    You’re better off cashing in on what was cool in the 80s and no matter how talented and intelligent you are, and how far you have evolved, it’s not cutting edge for the yooff of today.
    Bowie floated shares, didn’t he? The Rolling Stones never play new songs when they tour.
    These guys accepted their greatness was periodical.
    If only you would make heyday while the sun shone and focus on your own stuff without expecting the accolades.
    For someone who rants about his IQ being enormous you kind of don’t have a clue and rely on a few die hard fans to stroke your ego and tell you it will be O.K. Bullshit. They only care about you because of how you make them feel about themselves, as they have interaction with their hero. They will never be honest as they have you all to themselves.
    You can still be as creative as you like but why do you need the whole world to get on board and recognize your greatness.
    You continue to flounder about after all these years.

  12. avatar
    Cita | 19 October 2008 at 9:45 am #

    You seem to be copping the best and the worst these days…cockroaches as well. A stroke of warm temps and they seem to appear everywhere…

  13. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 19 October 2008 at 9:55 am #

    I randomly flicked open The Dancing Wu Li Masters this morning and read a piece that, for some reason, I immediately thought about posting here.

    Then I read today’s blog…with all it ups and down, highs and lows…and the relevance of this piece became clearer!…

    “Eastern religions have nothing to say about physics, but they have a great deal to say about human experience. In Hindu mythology, Kali, the Divine Mother, is the symbol for the infinite diversity of experience. Kali represents the entire physical plane. She is the drama, tragedy, humor, and sorrow of life. She is the brother, father, sister, mother, lover, and friend. She is the fiend, monster, beast, and brute. She is the sun and the ocean. She is the grass and the dew. She is our sense of accomplishment and our sense of doing worthwhile. Our thrill of discovery is a pendant on her bracelet. Our gratification is a spot of color on her cheek. Our sense of importance is the bell on her toe. This full and seductive, terrible and wonderful earth mother always has something to offer. Hindus know the impossibility of seducing her or conquering her and the futility of loving her or hating her; so they do the only thing that they can do. They simply honor her.

    In a particular story, Kali, the Divine Mother, is Sita, the wife of God. Ram is God. Ram, Sita, and Laksaman, who is Ram’s brother, are walking along a jungle trail. The path is so narrow that most of the time Laksaman can see only Sita, who walks between him and Ram. Every so often, however, the path turns in such a way that Laksaman can see his brother, God.”

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 October 2008 at 10:12 am #

    please,speak to me in english .x

  15. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 19 October 2008 at 10:19 am #

    …bloody fucking hell…tried in vain to get abc radio today in the car when i was out and about and all i ended up getting were either classical music stations or obnoxious commercial stations…GRRRRRRR…so there you go, i talked about missing the bus all the time and it happened yet again!!!!!!! GRRRRRRR….i tell ya folks, my joke about selling my house, leaving the man and quitting my job to move to sydney seems less like a joke and more like a serious alternative….GRRRR…..
    where’s this dickcheese mr promoter…we’ll all gang up on him and clean his clock for you….
    sorry, just a little aggro this evening….
    love always…

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 October 2008 at 10:29 am #

    its not funny.m serious.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 October 2008 at 11:06 am #

    anon 842. We all need encouragement to keep going in this world whether we be taking our very first steps or floundering.

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 October 2008 at 11:23 am #

    anon at 10.06. You are not encouraging him, you are patting him on the head and saying there there, you are just like us, please don’t try to rise above it as we will be left behind

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

    Hello anon 10:23. I can’t speak for the previous gentleman but I think you missed his whole point.

  20. avatar
    fantasticandy | 19 October 2008 at 11:49 am #

    nonnymouse at 8:42pm said:

    ‘no matter how talented and intelligent you are, and how far you have evolved, it’s not cutting edge for the yooff of today’.

    sadly this is a true statement.

    painkiller is, indeed ‘cutting edge’………..

    such a pity the ‘yooff’ of today have been lured away from real talent.
    steve,why would the ‘suits’ bother with an awkward olde bastard like you, when they can get a check-out girl who looks nice and has a half-decent voice?
    tv slop like x-factor(or whatever they call it in aus)has replaced genuine artistry…..
    ‘shove that girl in front of a mic ‘n tell her to sing the words on this bit ‘o paper’.
    ….’that was shite boss’
    ‘no probs..put some pitch correction on it, kids these days are fukin’ clueless, they’ll buy this crap anyway’……….

    almost ALL the best muso’s in the western world struggle to survive,
    your sense of buisness accumen is zippo mate!
    a ruthless, arrogant, asshole of a manager….every bit as mean and heartless as the guy you had the phone tussle with…..
    that’s the only way to get the big bucks in…

    slight snag there though….
    he’s too busy with the check-out girl at the moment……….

    andy L.

    p.s. no offence to any check-out girls out there!

  21. avatar
    verdelay | 19 October 2008 at 12:42 pm #

    Last night I dreamed that I lived in Sydney. Might have been that article in the Guardian on Sydney’s sea pools. Not a lot to say, except I’m pleased there’s a version of myself living in Sydney. Going to killer gigs, I expect, and getting ripped off by leathery spivs.

    Some of us are merely living the dream.


  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 October 2008 at 1:21 pm #

    Perry from Florida. If you have all that money to spare why dont you order a stack of cds for sk and sell them from your house? If fans have money they CAN donate to his blog. Someone has to invest money for the business to kick off. Just suggesting.

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 October 2008 at 1:34 pm #

    yes a plan is what we need.


  24. avatar
    davem | 19 October 2008 at 4:35 pm #

    That girl at Sainsbury in Worcester is gonna piss on yer muesli for that!

  25. avatar
    fantasticandy | 19 October 2008 at 4:49 pm #

    don’t care dave….you know every word is true………
    as for their muesli….it could do with a little something extra in it……

    and, yeah..that’s right folks, one of those tv fame junkies currently in the spotlight is from my hometown…sheesh!

  26. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 19 October 2008 at 7:01 pm #

    The very talented Badfinger vocalist, Pete Ham, actually killed himself because promoters and others financially destroyed him. Keep up the fight SK.

    I don’t mind cockroaches. They don’t spread diseases and their self-preservation and evolutionary prowess is incredible. No I don’t want them to infiltrate my abode.

    “Comedown” is a paramount Church gem and inarguably? the best song from MATS. Must be great live! Should have been a hit.

  27. avatar
    eek | 19 October 2008 at 10:21 pm #

    What a complete and utter bastard! I’m so angry reading what that sleazy bastard promoter tried to do. (I’d be angry if it was any other musician too) Good thing you stood your ground and got your money that night because I think it’s very possible if you walked out without it, you would never have gotten it, or would have gotten much, much less.

    On the plus side, you had a good show and the venue people like and appreciate you and want to book you back there direct.

    Overall I’d say it was a net positive. 🙂

  28. avatar
    CSTCoach | 20 October 2008 at 7:29 pm #

    Was that the same shifty bastard who ripped you off on the earlier show, the one who cried hard times about his lack of preparation?

    Glad you held the line and insisted on being paid what you’d agreed — and immediately. If you hadn’t walked off with cash, you would never have gotten any at all. What a bastard for trying to stiff the poor suffering artists who are doing all the work. And even worse that he’d leave some poor concession girl holding the bag.

    (S.S. is in australia right now – anytime you wanna release the hounds, just let me know – the hounds of loving readjustment…)

    Sounds like the show was great anyway, and nice that they’re already planning the next one 🙂

  29. avatar
    TheFurtherestRealm | 21 October 2008 at 5:04 am #

    I need to apologise Steve, I have been a true believer in your talents since 1981, but I never knew just how good a live performer you were until Saturday night. I had only seen you perform solo once before, the acoustic and intimate performance at Bondi Pavilion all those years ago.

    But I agree with Lady Di, Therese, the Captain and others a stunning performance full of energy and passion, personable with tremendous respect for your material.

    It will go down as one of my all time favourite gigs and it wasn’t just because you tickled me with Dylan’s “Sweetheart Like You”, though I will always be chuffed about that.


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