posted on November 5, 2009 at 7:10 am

i am in west australia doing my solo tour
ricky maymi on guitar
shaun hoffman on drums
adrian hoffman on bass
im playing my guild 12
we are playing tonite after rehearsing yesterday
we sound really good too
please come along and cheque us out
the weather is warm n sultry
had a delicious vietnamese last night with ricky
the song tam in fremantle
had a sweet potato n pumpkin roll for lunch
we are staying on the top floor of a freo guesthouse
its really nice
very quiet
perth is 3 hours behind sydney
i got a minor case of jet lag
the flowers next door are magnificent blue pink and red
richard lane the promoter of tour is in the stems
we are playing a couple of david neil numbers
my strings are quite old
we did an interview at 8 am proving rockers can get up early
there are posters on the wall in here
of every old aussie rocker in the book
i fell asleep for a while on the way here
i looked out and imagined triffids songs being enacted out there
a woman at a mall bumped into me accidentally n said sorry
i charged my coffee to my new debit card
i hope i remember the words to all the songs
ricky did a great job teaching the band my songs
i had an anzac cookie in bunbury which i funnily called bumbury ha ha
our van is a hyundai not a kia as i previously thought
im wearing the periodic tables t shirt
a lovely male fan in seattle gave me
i dunno what it all means
but at least im getting a nuff magnesium now
and plenty of zinc alloy
we have our soundcheque in 1 hour n thirty minutes
or 1 and a half hours, if you like
we will roadtest our material
see if it is pure 100 %rocknroll no other rubbish ingredients
because rock must be rock…its carved in stone, isnt it?
so that we may rock…..all so that we may rock
my computer battery is about half empty
im wearing black undies with white piping
ive had 2 cups of coffee n its making me wee a bit
ricky didnt bring his wah wah or his ragini
adrian is playing bass live for the first time
hes very good i must say
at 18 i was useless n you all know thats the truth
shaun uses drumsticks called hotrods
i wonder why coffee makes me wee so much?
i cant play the drums myself but i play the tambourine
which is much harder to spell than drums
thats why i wanted to originally play the cor anglais
(literal translation : a slightly distorted crumphorn)
i like instruments that are difficult to spell
like base guitar because your the base of the pyramid
and lead guitar because you play it on a lead like a dasch hund
and symbols are always more legible
ricky is sitting next to me now
a big blog huh ?he says
the bjm have black undies on their ryder
but what do the black ryder have on their undies??
the bjm have black sox on their rider too
thats to put all their speedballs in so the feds cant bust em up
does anton really work for the reserve bank?
ricky is having a snooze
i want to too but the coffee got me restless
you see im rest-less…english is easy isnt it?
i came top of my english class once
n now im the arguably best lyricist in bussellton wa
my knee aches a little
i shood do yoga soon
please come n see us
all you thousands of time being readers in bussellton wa
if only one tenth of you would come
we would have at least a pair of shoes here toniote
a little dog just ran in n sniffed my leggy
i made a sound like psssst n it fled
but its owner who runs this pub gave me a stern look
mind you i bet my legs do smell nice
especially to little white dog
or maybe a tapir would enjoy my finest calves
rickys got a little beard
he looks like dylan off the cover of infidels
type type type
people walk thru our dressing room like its a thorough fare
i hope the little doggie does not come back to snifter me
i might upset bc n give it a little kicky next time
imagine if i ran around sniffing strangers knees
its totally unthinkable in a town like bussellton
perhaps the dog was trying to sniff my legend
after all im an old aussie legend now …
a motion was passed in the senate: TTB = LEG end
must wee wee soon but lavvy is so far away
lucky i is not type of rocker to become disgruntled n wee
in a bottle n leave it hidden in some festering place
until the whole fucken gig has to be demolished
to get rid of the galloping strpto-cocco n strepto-rococco
and the germans in my eppigloppalis
i still got my adenoids though
sometimes they crash into the earth leaving craters
ricky wakes up briefly
someone downstairs says cheque 1 2
over n over in a cartoon aussie accent
with all the hum n ring n feedback
my ears love it
please come n see us if i have tempted you
bussellton wa tonight
live in the showbiz capital punishment of south west west australia
in the south west hemisphere a long way from the north, paul
yeah well
see ya!

33 Responses to “bussellton, wa”

  1. avatar
    eek | 5 November 2009 at 8:40 am #

    "i wonder why coffee makes me wee so much?"

    Because coffee is a diuretic. 🙂

    Apparently if you drink coffee or caffeinated beverages regularly, the diuretic effect diminishes, but if you don't normally drink it and then have a couple of cups, you are going to be peeing a lot.

    "imagine if i ran around sniffing strangers knees"

    If you did it a lot you might get sent to a place where you'd get free room and board. 😉

    (gah! I'm commenting on pee and knee sniffing. So much for my hopes of making a highbrow comment)

  2. avatar
    princey | 5 November 2009 at 9:48 am #

    I used to love The Stems….play a cover of "At First Sight" tonight sk, I love that song to death, yeah!!!

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    Hellbound Heart | 5 November 2009 at 9:53 am #

    black undies with white piping?

    how very rock'n'roll!

    be nice to the little white dog…please?

    love always……

  4. avatar
    linjo | 5 November 2009 at 11:11 am #

    Hey its an old fogey thing to wanna go wiz waz all the time, haha, only joking Steve. That's a very hilarious blog tonight, got a few laughs for sure, dog trying to sniff your legend , hahaha!!!!Anyway hope it's a very successful tour. I will sleep well tonight knowing that Australia's best lyricist has white piping on his panties!!!

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    Jasperina | 5 November 2009 at 11:14 am #

    I had an Aunty Peg that lived in Busselton. Went to visit her when I was 9. Took 4 days on a train to cross the Nullabor Plain read Peanuts books and played cards. Aunty Peg had lots of frogs in her backyard. Hey it's great to hear the (being on tour) excitement in your voice.

  6. avatar
    Freddie | 5 November 2009 at 11:36 am #

    Hahaha…I love all your irrelevant lil’ details…
    Hope it is going/went well.
    Verily, you must ROCK!

  7. avatar
    fantasticandy | 5 November 2009 at 12:06 pm #

    love to be there mate…..
    'there' is sooooooooooo far away though…

  8. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 5 November 2009 at 1:47 pm #


    Steve, I need some help from my fellow fiends in here – those whose native language is English/American-English. I hope it's okay this once?

    The thing is I am creating this new website, where I intend to write reviews of the music that I personally love – that is, selected albums by selected artists. I've already bought the domain, but since I did I've started worrying, whether the name chosen actually makes sense, not so much in a literal sense, but rather…figuratively. I added the the text I've written for the front page, which – hopefully – explains my choice of name?

    Please let me know if it makes any sense. It would be much appreciated. Thank you very much.

    Great music needs to be heard. Reading about it can never measure up to listening to it. So how does one do justice to the listening experience in writing? How do you put into words the range of emotions it makes you feel, the nuances and details you pick up on, and all of the images it makes you see? Hopefully, reading reviews on will inspire you to listen to some of the selected albums and selected artists.

  9. avatar
    bc | 5 November 2009 at 4:18 pm #

    a video post perhaps?
    so that we may rock…..all so that we may rock

  10. avatar
    Ellen | 5 November 2009 at 5:00 pm #

    I'd be there if it weren't so very far away…

    I recommend drinking an equal ratio of water to coffee because coffee is dehydrating and the water will re-hydrate you – something very important to singers! Yes, you will wee alot but it's healthier that way. There's a coffee that is actually very healthy. You may want to check it out:

  11. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 5 November 2009 at 6:34 pm #

    I know that the most ordinary word in this context is Soundspectrum and that usually the word spectre means ghost. But I googled the word soundspectre and that also seems to mean soundspectrum unless these people are using the word incorrectly. was already taken, which is why I chose!

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    knot | 5 November 2009 at 8:03 pm #

    my little dog yogi
    who can do yoga
    ate a big chunk of double cream brie and had to be exiled
    off main street as it was
    most foul
    to sit near him and nobody did sniff him in a happy fashion

  13. avatar
    Warpedjohn | 5 November 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    Thomas ,
    I think Soundspectre sounds good. It sounds kind of grand , indicating the grandeur of music.
    But you must take in to account that this is the opinion of an Australian. Therefore Emglish is my second , you could say foreign, language.

  14. avatar
    cazziem | 5 November 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    I genuinely enjoyed your witty blog SK. It was just what I needed to lighten my mood and relax my brain after 7 and a half hours, or should that be 7 hours and thirty minutes of intense training for the third consecutive day in my new job! Please can I have a few more like this, cos I've got another seven days of training to get through? Haha!

    Your ‘undies’ description reminded me of my youth and those awful nylon brightly coloured Y fronts my big brother used to wear in the 70s.

    Hope everything goes well, although I'm 100% it will be a great gig! xx

    Ich werde da sein und Singen im Geiste mit dir!

  15. avatar
    fantasticandy | 5 November 2009 at 10:53 pm #

    sounds ok to me thomas!

  16. avatar
    Melquiades | 5 November 2009 at 11:12 pm #

    would love to see you all perform. ahhh, well I had probably my best year what with seeing you guys on So Love.. and the BJM too. the gods were a smilin this year

    rocknroll, yeah baby

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    Anonymous | 5 November 2009 at 11:41 pm #

    Have a good show!! Wish I could be there.. =(

  18. avatar
    Damien | 6 November 2009 at 12:10 am #

    Looking forward to your show tonight (Friday), Steve. My own band is doing a gig in Freo tonight without me (the bass player!) as I'm coming to see you. The other band members had no hard feelings about me going AWOL tonight. They all agreed that seeing Steve Kilbey was better than playing a gig anytime!

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 November 2009 at 3:12 am #

    Please sk, how about one of those shows for old sydney town?

    Lady Di

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 November 2009 at 8:09 am #

    brien???? brien? are you not going to go nuts about the dog thing?

  21. avatar
    Galamor the Wizard | 6 November 2009 at 8:50 am #

    You sound in particularly good spirits. Hope the gig is a blast! Now if you can do far away Bustletown…. can you bring the whole shebang to the Heritage Hotel in Bulli?

  22. avatar
    lily was here | 6 November 2009 at 9:17 am #

    You and Ricky, the temptations! Alas I will have to wait for the eastern church tour to kick off. We will wear black undies with white piping just so you dont feel weird 🙂
    ps get some camomile calming tea

  23. avatar
    Darkgrace | 6 November 2009 at 9:30 am #

    Are you sure it was coffee? ;-P

    Love the blog.

  24. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 6 November 2009 at 10:02 am #

    YAWN……thank christ it's friday….i desperately need sleep……zzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZzzzzzz

    love always…..

  25. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 6 November 2009 at 11:30 am #

    Thank you for your answers, WarpedJohn and Andy.

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 November 2009 at 11:38 am #

    yes yes. as another poster mentioned. please post some vid-ayo, perthy pleeeeez

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 November 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    hello caffeine

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 November 2009 at 12:49 pm #


    Wish you play your music in the States more. Don't have to be w/ the Church. And don't have to be in such a hurry to get from town to town, such that the tour becomes a horrendous road trip. just ease your way around. bring your family.

    best of luck in Australia.

    Wilfred Paradise.

  29. avatar
    davem | 6 November 2009 at 4:43 pm #

    I would love to be at these shows.
    Best wishes to you and Ricky.

    Thomas – the site sounds fine.

    Have a great weekend all. I've worked through man 'flu (a heavy cold) all week, so it'll be good to let my "hair" down tonight with the chaps.
    Love, peace and all that.
    Even the dogs like SK's calves!!

  30. avatar
    Saint Louie | 6 November 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    Just pee on the little white dog, haha…

    Cheers and have fun at the gig dawg!


  31. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 6 November 2009 at 8:14 pm #

    sounds good to me!
    peace and love….

  32. avatar
    Celticat | 7 November 2009 at 1:45 am #

    Killer, Part 1

    To all Perth friendss and fanss – get there tonight or you will miss something special.

    I'm looking at the number of posts before and feeling sad that you probably won't get to read this far down but will repeat on your next blogge just in case.

    I WAS THERE!!!!!

    Friendss and Killer and The Fambley let me tell you about the night and how it made my soul sing and soar.

    1. Young bass player first gig looking cool as a cucumber and Steve asking him if he was nervous about playing first gig and then telling audience "I had to have a week off work after his first gig (not that I worked anyway)". The young fella showed no signs of nervousness (perhaps a touch of Stuart Sutcliffe Hamburg Beatles but with out a beard and blond). The way Steve spoke to him was gentle and lovely.

    2. Cate and I saw an evening of Original Australian music kicking off with tall gentle and really good looking fella, much travelled playing a beautiful guitar he bought in Germany while playing a gig in a Berlin Guitar shop. I spoke with him at length before and after the show. His name is Rory Faithfield; his latest CD is "Songs for Sooner". His last song done with loops he looped live was fabulous and whilst not technically challenged impressed me a great deal. Apparently is done by loads of singer/songwriter/solo performers – check him out.

    3. The second band, a 2 piece from South Australia – Acoustic blues/slide/stand up drummer were great to listen to.

    4. Partner (I think) of second act singer walked the audience to get people of their asses and get up and dance for Killers show and whilst shy, late forties and clearly church obsessed in my MWP ripped jeans T dutifully obliged even when there was only 2 or 4 of us up there. I didn't care, I GOT IT, I had the opportunity of a lifetime to be up close and personal to a man I consider to be a musical legend (in my lunchbox). Singing words from old songs and trying to harmonise with the veteran lead singer of second act – He most definitely got what we were able to experience.

    5. An odd couple came up on the dance floor, she introduced herself as not a cougar but was there to accompany her young nephew (I think) who had obviously lost his father and was there for his DAD to see Steve. Both stayed on the floor. The feelings that went through me in that moment were rapid and many having lost my fiancé to C a few years back and making think of how much I love my girlss and Cate.

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    Celticat | 7 November 2009 at 1:46 am #

    Part 2

    6. WOLF – a must have live and on CD, MP3 DP4 or whatever format tickles your pinkies – BUT GO AND GET IT – you will not be sorry.

    7. Killers band did rock and played some oldies newies and with a THE WHO bit slipped in I just thought wow how good are these guys I'm watching.

    8. I've heard SK refer to Ricky as a gentleman several times and you know what – he is. Walks with the statue of a man who has music at the core of his soul. Met him briefly (albeit begging to get a photo with Steve) but felt a serene sense of calm (or something I can't label all around him).

    9. Got SK's Bio signed "read it and weep", sorry SK can't – it' a great read. Those who haven't go get it, it is a must read.

    10. Got to meet the man briefly and shook his hand introducing me to him by my Friendss Blogge name and he acknowledged me straight away. I understand why you shot through so quickly.

    11. Up close I have never seen a more vital, healthy person – a walking talking advertisement for the values he promotes, yoga, vege, swimming in cold water exercise. His photos and self images do not do him justice. He is fabulous shape for a mid-fifties man, and if I looked as good as he does at 30, 40, 50 I would be well pleased.

    12. Steve's energy on stage knocks most of the other performers I've seen into a box.

    13. Steve’s voice, live, man the man CAN sing, not the lilting whisper some criticized his earlier recordings for (I didn't agree then either by the way), but Steve has a forcevoice to be reckoned with.

    14. To the Bussopeople who came expecting to see the church and stood at the back all I can say is WTF?

    15. To all the people in the south west that didn't go – your loss it was a great show of original Australian music topped off by a fabulous rocking pub band (forget that SK was there and all the hoo-ha that goes with that) is was a rocking performance by any standards.

    16. Got so caught up in show and my feelings afterwards that I forget to ask to have my picture taken with him (sobs!).

    15. Cate driving me home back to Bunbury in foggy haze of music bliss, contemplating on the young fella there for his dad and his cougar auntie, my family, and my beloved Cate.

    My soul has been revitalised, fed and energised.

    Thank you Steve for the night and all before.

    If you miss the chance to see this man live solo or with The Church you are stark raving bonkers.

    No apologies for my ramblings.

    Sub But pressed for annual subs

    Love Celticat

    To SK's fambley and all friendss, hi and much love.

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