posted on August 9, 2008 at 11:41 pm

all pics lately courtesy of nelg drofstaw

theres ganesha still with the bad cars
i eventually finished and got better cars
these ones were shockers
yesterday went to reptile park for kids day out
saw alligators crocs snakes lizards and urinating bullfrogs
i saw a load of tasmanian devils
who people say will be extinct in 15 years
given this facial sarcoma disease which 80 percent now have…
the guy running the show out there
was very very very funny
he reminded me of me in some ways
his accent was neither aust or english
and he was dark too
if you were listening
he was saying to this snake
if youre a good girl i’ll get you some guinea pigs on the way home
yeah the guy in the pet shop thinks i love guinea pigs ha ha
not melbourne stockbroker guinea pigs tho
(here he was alluding to a sydney stockbroker
who was recently arrested for having sex with and
then destroying in a vicious frenzy
fuck…and i thought i had a lotta pressure in my job…!)
and he was making gentle fun of the children:
ok parents
grab a suitable sized kid and hold them against the gaps in the fence
use them as human shields while you stand behind in safety
looking at the rattlesnake
childrens hearts are precious
thats why i have one on my desk…
anyway if yer thinking of taking the kids there
i thoroughly recommend it
but i enjoyed the guy so much more than the beasts
another snake gag
after this black headed python tried to bite him
he grabbed it and stuck it in his shirt
the stupid thing which had been bursting its pants (!?)
to bite him
now coiled around his belly under his shirt fast asleep
he stood there with this unsightly droopy bulge
“a vision of the future” he said
then he walked around like a fat ole redneck trying to adjust his gut
evie dropped one of her thongs (flip flops)in the snake compound accidently
i’ll take that home for my daughter he said
(i knew what was coming..he musta said it thousands of times)
shes only got one leg….damn….its the wrong foot

yeah well
i enjoyed him anyway
he fucking had me cracked up all day long
even when it was only me guffawing at his jokes
so much better than the snake man out at la perouse
with his schpiel and schtick
snakes are seriousthings boys and girls!
in the bat compound
we saw a bat giving himself a good ball and bat licking
as he hung upside down
his quite human looking genitalia
hanging just inches from his handy mouth
why is he doing that? asked a lady
because he can madam i replied
and i was laughing again
wow what a fun reptile park
came home
got stuck into ganesha
i’ll be playing tonite at 28 spring st bondi junction
i will be featuring the amazing guitar work of frank kearns
also known as dublin frank
and you can meet and or buy ganesha in person
bring yer chequebook sunshine
there you go
i tell thee this
oh how youve longed to hear it
ricki maymi currently on holiday in australia said
this is your best record ever!
hes been a fan since his mum played him a baby grande tape in utero
so he would know
i know youve suffered these long long months
waiting to have the pain of life being blotted out
by the sweet narcotic fix of this record
outbound : throbbing lift off
“white hippy moses like an aphid in the roses”
wolfe : a real song! over orchestrated and guitars howling
“crash his pad out in the snow”
celestial : ooh a cruisy one mellotron flutes
tims sample of a school boy choir
“ice man has melted
dice man felt it as a six”
crystalline rush : seen the picture now hear the song
“and i cant find a sign of life
but i can find my way”
song for the masking : monstrous slowdown drums from another song
the static and shortwave hisses like a scalded cat
my dual electric guitars conjure up fripp on dope
my best piece of singing ever ever ever
right at the end
i come back like a (self) righteous brother
in a deep troubled baritone
“and nobody ever
ah…but you want me to”
file under travel: graham lee goes nuts on his pedal steel
not the way you or i thought
in there with the ever pulsating bass
the glorious fucked up radiotronics
powlsey bashing all hell of his kit
this bastard song crash lands on itself halfway thru
and then mutates like a phoenix rising from the hashes
polinski had a ball on this
no lyrics
13 minutes of space rock
look homeward angel : a pretty song
about my wife
its all feverish and mixed up
thats how she makes me feel y’all
“now get up
now heat up
now rise up
rise up like a bird”
oenone : a slavish t rexy rocker
i didnt like this one so much
but with fresh ears its a little light relief
listen to tim go nuts at the end
what a drummer!
” oenone dont you cry for me
cos i come from lemuria with this banged up harm on knee”
spirit in flame : deep dubby track
wriggly bass line
“burn thru the (w)hole like a spirit in flame”
forever lasts for nothing: wolfes bookend in a way
bigger than ben hur but very short
“just like the honeymoon they wait for you to score
just like the animals they keep outside the door
just like a welcome mat you lay down on the floor
just like a law for the rich
a prison for the poor”
not what you say: everything but the kitchen cinque
big mutating thing
changes and changes
and goes out in 30 odd minutes of sound
polinski going nuts here…
:i had potential baby
what do you want me to be?”
well there you go
its coming real real soon
how soon is that?
real soon

26 Responses to “cattle list”

  1. avatar
    kokky | 10 August 2008 at 1:09 am #

    nice to see how you used the photo. Stop teasing us poor fans describing Painkiller tracks and release the damn album, will you please.. please.. please!!!

  2. avatar
    matt davison | 10 August 2008 at 1:15 am #

    Outbound thats right! forgot the name….What a song

    Well did ya tell the snake man you wrote reptile??

    Everyone PK is gonna smash ya like a atom bomb..Its gonna make ya think about the groovy nights kissing some other under the pier..

    Its gonna funk you out like the sound of an F1 race car..

    Its gonna beat you into a pulp like a fruit juice blender!!

    Its gonna make you crave a cheese platter with olives and old sweet wine.

    Its going to undress you and wrape you in sound…

    Its gonna make you frisbee your coldplay alby over the nextdoor house…

    Oh Yessss

    I can tell you.


  3. avatar
    matt davison | 10 August 2008 at 1:17 am #

    ps killer love the painting!!

  4. avatar
    veleska1970 | 10 August 2008 at 1:21 am #

    “how soon is that?
    real soon”
    how soon is now?? heh heh heh….

    lurve the pix!! the last one is very pretty. is that the sunrise? and i like how the window screen places a tangible texture on the photo. it’s almost canvas-like.

    glad you had a great day with your family. and hopefully you’ll have another one today, too. 🙂

    lotza love…

  5. avatar
    JJ | 10 August 2008 at 4:42 am #

    Looking forward to the new album with anticipation. Nice photos of sunrise/sunset… Thomas Wolfe in high school, an excellent book that Look Homeward Angel. Found the angel in the cemetary near Hendersonville. Of Time and the River…..the
    River has always called me; a siren sound.

  6. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 10 August 2008 at 5:22 am #

    many thanks for today’s and yesterday’s piccies…v. nice indeedie…
    what was mrs k doing while you were giggling and guffawing at the reptile bloke…rolling her eyes and shaking her head, joining in on the hilarity or standing there glaring at you…
    love always…

  7. avatar
    davem | 10 August 2008 at 5:28 am #

    Painkiller…gagging for it more than that bat!!!
    Hurry up…PLEASE!

  8. avatar
    kat | 10 August 2008 at 8:54 am #

    that painting is awesome! check out those colors and detail.

    hope you keep laughing, sk.

    painkilla, sooN

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 August 2008 at 9:26 am #

    man…patienced is a skill i dannae have

  10. avatar
    fantasticandy | 10 August 2008 at 9:47 am #

    a great day out!
    i love days like that,
    the ones that make you smile when you think back on ’em….
    ‘dudes’ at launch party for charity cd tonight…
    wish us luck people!
    we need it.
    some painkiller would have helped too……

  11. avatar
    isolde | 10 August 2008 at 10:17 am #

    Ganesh and the Moon

    One day, Ganesh was given a lot of sweets by his devotees. Indeed, everybody is aware of his greediness. He swallowed the sweets forthwith.

    Then Ganesh went back home, riding his mouse. It was sunset and in the darkness, it came to pass that the mouse suddenly stumbled over a snake. Ganesh fell to the ground.

    But he had so much eaten that his over-filled stomach burst and the cakes poured out.

    Ganesh collected and replaced them in his widely open belly . By way of belt, he caught the snake who had caused the disturbance and tied him around the waist .

    Looking at this funny performance, the Moon, Chandra, bursts out laughing.

    Ganesh was very annoyed, and thought that jeer had offended him. Resentful, he removed his right tusk and threw it to the moon face .

    At the same time, he put a curse on her, so that she stops to shine at night and disappears from the sky. At that time, the legend tells that the moon used to shine every night.

    Since then, the moon being missing, there was neither moonlight neither twilight. Young lovers lamented and bewailed; old people grumbled. They could not sleep, because the sun brightened even nightly.

    Without the moon, the gods found the heavenly life as unbearable as the men found on earth. So, they hurled themselves at Ganesh house, supplicating him to manage the situation.

    Everyone knows that Ganesh is basically full of indulgence; thus, he complied with their urgent requirement but, nevertheless, decided that the moon would not be allowed to shine every night as she did before.

    Henceforth, she was sentenced to wax and wane, alternating a shining fortnight and a dark fortnight, each of these periods ending by the full moon and the new moon.

    This is the reason why people think unauspicious to look at the moon on the Ganesh birthday, the Ganesh Chaturthî (which corresponds to the forth day of the wax), during the Bhâdrapad month (in august or early september). One says that people taking no notice of that, will probably get big problems…

    This belief is still running nowadays and people carefully avoid to glance at the moon on the Ganesh Chaturthî day. Some people, very superstitious, abstain from looking at the very moon every fourth day of the waxing moon, to be sure not to mistake !

    And if any unlucky man sees the moon on that particular day, he has to throw stones (or coldplay albums) quickly on the next house, so that the injuries sent by his neighbors in return unprime the god’s anger !

    more at

  12. avatar
    Leelinau | 10 August 2008 at 10:26 am #

    geeze mang,

    I miss a few days
    (really miss)

    and you go and write


    OMG Friday they played Aura on the new indie station here, almost spit my coffee out when I heard it. I called them and told them to get some yer new shit, he laughed and said NEW?? I don’t understand why people ..just nvm.

    You know!


    What a beautiful day, enjoy it!

  13. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 10 August 2008 at 11:41 am #

    Painkiller, FINALLY…

    I bought The Gutter Twins’ Saturnalia a couple of weeks ago, and I’m enjoying it a lot. Not as much as a Church record, but it really is very good. My favourite’s probably God’s Children. I like The Gutter Twins better than The Twilight Singers. I was wondering if you know about The Black Angels’ Directions To See A Ghost album, Steve. You might like it. It’s full og psych-drone goodies.

  14. avatar
    ross b | 10 August 2008 at 12:20 pm #

    Great painting there sk, and nice photos too! Hope the gig went well.

    That stockbroking rabbit fiend you allude to was an ice addict apparently, ah the dangers of ice!

    re: the bat and ball licking…my nephew once asked his step-mum, my sister, ‘why does he do that?’, refering to Snatcher the black labrador giving himself a good going-over…

    ‘you would if you could!’ she shot back instantly

    she cracks me up she does, my big sis

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 August 2008 at 12:52 pm #

    Hey Kilbey,
    its been nice to sit down and read your last few entries. I think I know the reptile man you’re talkin about, his daughter is in the same age group as my twinnies at little athletics and he usually always turns up with a bird or other creature on his shoulder to get them used to being surrounded by kids. Hes a lovely bloke but surprisingly shy and quiet away from the show.
    Im a winter swimmer myself,
    (15 degrees in the ocean today), and I enjoyed your efforts putting into words the huge buzz you get out of swimming in the cold salt water, I’m hooked as well and cant wait to do it all again tomorrow

  16. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 10 August 2008 at 2:55 pm #

    Man, I really hope you’re going to release another collection like Freaky Conclusions, Steve. I’m finding all these great demos on You Tube, including Statue Garden an d Rocking Horse to name a few, and I can’t believe that they haven’t been released yet.
    I mean, I can’t wait to get my hands on Painkiller, but I want the unreleased stuff, too. When it comes to Steve Kilbey and The Church, I’m greedy.

  17. avatar
    kat | 10 August 2008 at 4:06 pm #


    hope the dudes launch party goes well.

    its another nice sunny day here in the ‘nati.

    luv to all the fiends

  18. avatar
    tim | 10 August 2008 at 4:56 pm #

    soon huh?

    c’mon now!

    did you hear the one about the reptile trainer who had his leg bitten off? He couldn’t take the pain, killer.

  19. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 10 August 2008 at 7:31 pm #

    The painting is indeed awesome. For some reason it reminded of World Party’s Goodbye Jumbo. I really liked Karl Wallinger and the people affilaited who contributed to that band. I know Wallinger used to be in the Waterboy’s led by Mike Scott.

    Whenever I think of Matt D I also think about Split Enz and Tim Finn’s songs. “Six Months In A Leaky Boat,” “Shark Attack”, “Dirty Creature” and “Poor Boy”. Matt D is adventerous and so were New Zealand’s Split Enz. I have four of their CDs. I like their live CDs “The Living Enz” and “Anniversary”.

    Steve Kilbey’s Man of Sorrows drawing of Christ is perfection and no longer available. It’s priceless.

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 August 2008 at 7:54 pm #


  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 August 2008 at 10:02 pm #

    Good Looks…
    and some Painkiller on the side…
    lets ride…


  22. avatar
    veleska1970 | 10 August 2008 at 10:06 pm #

    best of luck to you and the dudes, andy!!!

  23. avatar
    the dean | 10 August 2008 at 10:26 pm #

    man it looks like bondi.

  24. avatar
    as the pink fairies once | 11 August 2008 at 9:18 am #

    “Don’t talk about it – do it! do it! do it, ya mutha!”

  25. avatar
    jax | 11 August 2008 at 4:32 pm #

    Steve, please consider putting “Outbound” up on iTunes or kHarmichip and we will gladly pay2play.. or the cruisy one!

  26. avatar
    John | 11 August 2008 at 5:53 pm #

    “how soon is that?
    real soon”

    Like, in 5 minutes?

    John Garrratt

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