posted on October 30, 2008 at 7:55 pm

this world
wrong world
i been sent to the wrong world
they abandoned me here as bloody punishment
i look around…surely this aint my world
i knew it right from the start
waiting for my mother or father to tell me
“son, you done come to the wrong world”
good god
what is this…?
a penal colony for clowns
are you seriously telling me
that in all of america
the best guy the GLOPs could find was johnny mccain
if thats really true…..
in all the united states
they came up with him?
am i awake or dreaming?
has something gone wrong somehow somewhere?
where do i protest at this absurdity?
at the same time
rock band ac/dc are playin’ to 40,000 people in chicago
imagine in 1983
if someone had shown me a crystal ball
and said kilbey
thou shalt behold the future of rock in twenty five years time
and you gasp with anticipation
and briefly you imagine all the weird n wonderful things 2008 will hold
the kinda futuristic boogie them future cats will be laying down
you look deep into the ball
something begins to materialize..through the glass darkly
oh no
you shudder
you laugh bitterly
you wince
shake your head
why no….you say thru yer abject dismay
theres bin some kinda mistake…!
this aint the future…… it?
it cant be….!!!??
for there in that ball
you would see the geezer in the hat
n the geezer in the schoolboy get up
then you fucking well n truly know
you got beamed down here by mistake
and the future aint much of a future
if thats what it holds….
oh please no
no no no
it cant be true, can it?
and people still eating meat
and people still fighting wars
and people still robbing banks
and shooting people at school
and crashing cars cos theyre driving drunk
and etc etc etc
still busting potsmokers
still dealing out guns
still getting pissed n brawling in pubs
is this it?
we got the internet but we’re the same old losers
i dunno….2008….
painkiller easily the best record of the year
and i aint even heard the others…i just know it is
(enjoying robert forsters the evangelist at the moment)
no wonder the record biz is down the drain
good fucking riddance
what will all those smarmy pricks do for a crust now?
real estate..or used cars, i guess
the future seemed more futuristic in 1980
what with gary numan n the human league
(and now thank god we got vince noir)
it really seems this future was hardly worth arriving at
hardly worth waiting for
a passe future
future of materialism
future of bellicosity
future of the yob
i’m trying to hang around till 2032
when they let the public in
on the real story behind jfks assassination
a story still too shocking i guess to be told now
if they think no one around then will give a toss
then they aint counted on me
at 78
i’ll still be furious
when i find out
that we
the good guys
the straight guys
the normal white nice guys
that we
shot our own king

32 Responses to “bouquets n brickbats”

  1. avatar
    the dean | 30 October 2008 at 8:59 pm #

    the only thing I recall from school maths is lowest the phrase lowest common denominator. This seem to be the universal axiom for overpopulation. Equilibrium for the masses.

    PS. did you know that Gary Nueman flies his own plane!

  2. avatar
    davem | 30 October 2008 at 9:03 pm #

    Nope, not much has changed.
    I remember in 82 you saving me from a world of Depeche Mode and Human League and bloody Duran Duran.
    Thank-you for then and thank-you for now!

  3. avatar
    davem | 30 October 2008 at 9:04 pm #

    Nope, not much has changed.
    I remember in 82 you saving me from a world of Depeche Mode and Human League and bloody Duran Duran.
    Thank-you for then and thank-you for now!

  4. avatar
    restaurant mark | 30 October 2008 at 10:28 pm #

    hello…good one today. sorry for my absence professor kilbey. i’ve had an ill, pregnant wife…ill children…and now i don’t think i feel so well!

    yeah, john mccain’s a real treat…almost as much fun as his running mate!

    can’t wait to vote against them!

    what…in 1983 you didn’t picture 50 cent, hannah montana, and the jonus brothers…come on??? kidding me? uggghhh…think i threw up a little just writing those names…

    take care everyone

  5. avatar
    ml68 | 30 October 2008 at 10:43 pm #

    yes, thank god for future sailors….

  6. avatar
    Richard | 30 October 2008 at 11:19 pm #

    not everything’s the same or worse Steve

    there’s those green shopping bags and…



    …well, there’s you

  7. avatar
    captain mission | 30 October 2008 at 11:36 pm #

    its truly awful isn’t it?

    this is not what i expected at all, although reading 1984 when i was in my youth did have a profound effect upon the way i saw the future heading politically.
    i re read that book a while back and its so freaking amazing, a handbook for the leaders of the world and warning for us to wake up.

    truth is, most people are sheep being herded by weird invisible forces they are blind to, but we can chose to conform to consensus reality, the great maya or wake up and see it for what it is. my problem is what do you do next. how do you be authentic and manage responsibilities. how can you be true to yourself without ending up behind bars. its almost impossible i think. then i realize even my thoughts are abstracts and i get even more confused, ha. the chapel perilous, laughter is the only way out.

    lately i been listening to bob dylan singing a song called political world, its really brilliant and seems to encapsulate my malaise and general mood about things.

    but then i think you gotta have the yin to have the yang, quality not quantity. painkiller is the pain killer.

  8. avatar
    jax | 31 October 2008 at 12:00 am #

    yep, 4 wheels in reverse and we are going full tilt towards nowhere.. tonight in LA, Neil Young is playing the Forum (where he played in 1973) and the new young band “The Damned” are playing down the road.. I got me Painkiller and pranya to keep me goin..

  9. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 31 October 2008 at 12:26 am #

    Morrissey is the antithesis of AC/DC. Good vocalist, lyricist, backing band, animal loving vegetarian and glam/mope/angst/angry/self-loathing persona. His song “The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores” is appropos for the throngs of instinctoid dominated AC/DC fans.

  10. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 31 October 2008 at 12:35 am #

    this ac/dc thing’s really gotten on your goat, hasn’t it (just a bit of female intuition here)….fuck yeah, 1980’s we had ronald reagan and now we’ve got george dubya…yep, the world’s really gone ahead, yeah right….
    love always…

  11. avatar
    princey | 31 October 2008 at 1:10 am #

    It’s a mad, bad, sad world, sk and his music,his poetry,his blog is/are my saviour. Thanks once again sk. Any sk news coming up?
    Have a lovely weekend one and all,
    love Amanda
    I was just listening over and over to “come up and see me, make me smiiiile”, pleeez, corker guitar solo, forget AC/CD!

  12. avatar
    Richard | 31 October 2008 at 1:21 am #


    ever notice the similarity between come up and see me and almost with you?

  13. avatar
    princey | 31 October 2008 at 1:36 am #

    Only the corker guitar solo, you gotta start somewhere I suppose!

  14. avatar
    linjo | 31 October 2008 at 3:02 am #

    Oh yeah baybee this is your world you betta believe it and doncha just love the progress! I especially like today cause I can tell all those little rotters with wanker parents to nick off home, no lollies here and tell ya ma that yooz an orrstraryan and halloweens got nuffin to do with us! Go hug a kwalla or somethink.

  15. avatar
    m.p.k. | 31 October 2008 at 3:41 am #

    i agree, this world is a big fucking disappointment. is this all the better we can do? it makes me want to become a monk. i think i’m heading that way. get me a little place and let the weeds grow with me behind the gates. goddam there was (and is) so much potential but we don’t seem to be getting anywhere. whackjobs still running things and raising their kids to be whackjob despoilers. well, at least there are still some things worth fighting to save… at least the planet ain’t dead….yet

  16. avatar
    kat | 31 October 2008 at 3:53 am #

    the election: sorry folks, without major system changes it doesn’t matter if mccloud or osama wins. just my opinion.

    i’m in the wrong world too. for how long?

  17. avatar
    matt davison | 31 October 2008 at 8:03 am #

    I am with ya M P K

  18. avatar
    markobears | 31 October 2008 at 8:51 am #

    Drink some beer and record big knockers! Southern Rock style!

  19. avatar
    markobears | 31 October 2008 at 8:53 am #

    Look what happend to monks just this year. Followed by a cyclone and earthquake (O: Maybe KArma is real

  20. avatar
    verdelay | 31 October 2008 at 1:24 pm #

    My old mate Valentinius used to talk at length about such things. I’d say he certainly had a point, but he was dead wrong about Sophia…

  21. avatar
    sergezéni | 31 October 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    Politics… Sarkozy has a new thing: Cops patrols in the streets who can jump on you with no reason. Not for away from my blocks, a teenager got smashed by two of them, on his way to see his girlfriend. Why? Just because. Of course, the TV: Sssssshhhhh…!

  22. avatar
    questionsaboutfaithetc | 31 October 2008 at 3:04 pm #

    I’m going to have to check out some Human League. I kind of dissed them in the 80’s. Time to respect their music I think.

    You’re right about USA politics. Do you like Obama? What do you think of Clinton??

    You’re right about the false promises and moral contradictions that run rampant.

  23. avatar
    CSTCoach | 31 October 2008 at 3:44 pm #

    well said, cap’n mission! you nailed it well and truly.

    well, sk, being born in the wrong time is what makes your art heroic. your persistence, your unwillingness to compromise your vision (when you could have easily cashed in by using your considerable gifts for churning out tripe), your dedication to your craft. that’s tremendously admirable, in a world where so few “public figures” are.

  24. avatar
    Shirley Sally | 31 October 2008 at 4:25 pm #

    The Human League are still on the go – Louise is quite fat, Joanne looks haggard and Phil Oakey is totally bald (but still looks good as he is so tall and thin) – they will always be an amazing live band and are continuing writing and creating good music.

  25. avatar
    davem | 31 October 2008 at 4:48 pm #

    Fucking hell Shirley Sally…..The Human League must be Keane…or me.
    Fat, Haggard, Bald…I can ALMOST forgive them for Dare. No, I can’t actually.

  26. avatar
    restaurant mark | 31 October 2008 at 6:46 pm #

    funny…had to go back and read the last couple…missed them. BIG KNOCKERS!
    it’s like BIG BOTTOMS from spinal tap…

    big bottoms
    big bottoms
    talk about mud flaps…my girls got ’em
    big bottoms
    big bottoms
    how can i leave this be-hind…

    the test tickles…brilliant!
    can i be in the band??? i’d be like seven feet tall with platform heels on!

    take care

  27. avatar
    eek | 31 October 2008 at 8:01 pm #

    I’ve long thought having children is the ultimate expression of optimism in the human race. I’ve never been that optimistic.

    And I’m hoping like crazy that life is a one and done proposition, because I sure don’t want to have to do this crap over and over again. Once is plenty.

  28. avatar
    12str | 31 October 2008 at 8:14 pm #

    dont be bitter man….youre the light in the dark…right now crystaline rush on repeat…you inspire..!!painkiller..amazing!! cant wait for the new church record to see the light of day..kilbey and kennedy…totally kickstarts my imgagination..pluckin´on the old 12string…smoking a good writes itself you know..the song i´m workin on..a little bit of kilbey to get it see beyond the visible(pardon my spelling…u know what i mean!)i envy your talent..wish to be there..
    oeone…fuck!! what a great song!!
    keep bringin the light for us man!!


  29. avatar
    stealthblue | 31 October 2008 at 8:15 pm #

    The future is still just a dream away, Steve. I feel your pain about all of “this”, brother. I was just catching up a bit on ye olde blogge, and how…comforting it is to know I am so not alone in these thoughts of disillusion, antipathy, and just plain sadness for the world. Strangely enough, though, for whatever reason, I still hold on to a small sliver of hope. I believe all of this idiocy and strife is just part of something bigger and better, like somehow it will all have been worth it. But it does make you wonder why, and how long all of “this” has to go on for. WHEN will “we” all learn that LOVE is the answer, and be done with greed and hatred and lust for power and killing, and tolerance for “fast-food”, ultra-shitty music and cinematic fodder!? On that note, “BIG KNOCKERS, BIG KNOCKERS, BIG HUGE KNOCKERS ALL AROUND, I’LL JUST LAY HERE ON THE GROUND, BEGGING LIKE A HUNGRY HOUND, I’LL LOVE THEM POUND FOR POUND, JUST PLEASE GIVE ME THEM BIG KNOCKERS!!!”

    Oh God, HELP US!!!

    Anyway, cheers to all of you. Hope everyone has a safe Halloween.
    Much Peace and Love,
    Ben V.

  30. avatar
    Brenton Diaz | 1 November 2008 at 2:03 am #

    2038 can’t come soon enough!

  31. avatar
    Brenton Diaz | 1 November 2008 at 2:05 am #

    oops, I meant 2032…..darn keyboard…

  32. avatar
    Michael K. Warren | 5 November 2008 at 4:20 pm #

    Ugh, in regards to AC/DC, I never liked ’em and I like ’em even less since I got my ankle blown out for expressing my opinion. After stating at work that “AC/DC sucks” a co-worker playfully tackled me but caused my ankle to bend a little bit too much.

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