posted on July 18, 2006 at 6:06 pm

im sitting in my hotel fiendss
in the lobbie
watching wiltshire blvde go bye
in the heart of korea town
ive a hadda shower n had some refreshments
its about eleven in the morning
lassa nite i retire to cain-os lovely studio
for a nite of jamming n lo-jinks
plucking a tele bass slumped back in the the luxurious upholstery
i was in a mood for simple basic things
i made up songs with cain-o
and our drummer mr sleigh
one horse open etc
mr sleigh appeared up to the task
and he drummed artistically on n on
beyond the call of judy
ready to give a little rhythm to the most
fanciful of our whims
cain-o provided tech support n guitar
we had italian before this
i had delicious minestrone n salad
i picked up my new favourite drink
a vanilla soy chai
full o’ shuga says mr sleigh
but oh so good
so we jam until 2 30 in ye olde morning
earlier that day i did my laps in the hotel roof pool
totally empty
beautiful but slightly faded very hollywood setting
almost expect joe dallesandro to appear
i saw em all
the blowsy chicks lounging round the pool
the detached n distant hero
the head jobs
the drugs
the cars n the blvdes
the fractured dialogue
you understood
that hollywood contains unbearable excitement
crushing boredom
coexisting side by side
people sitting in doorways
low riders
people of every possible combination
weird mixtures
ragged dirty tramps who would make sydneys worst “derro”
seem like fuckin george clooney
models n acktresses of unbeleavable artificiality
muscley guys with boils on their backs (steroids?)
long red buses
mirrored n chrome buildings reflecting only each other
porsches…a dime a duzzen
celebs…thyre everywhere baybee
hey aint that keanu in the limo….?
i swam in the empty pool on the empty pool deck
the water was velvety
i swam around under water like a kid
my chest grazing the pool bottom
i stared up from the bottom at the cracking sky n billdings
l.a.s weather is gentle, a film set
the never ending traffic
the taco joints
the jewellers
the cell-fone shacks
the sevenelevens
cactii n palms
glamour n despair
the publicity lady for cooking vinyl says theres lotsa
requests for interviews with me/us
do i make a refreshing change from the monosyllabic grunters
i wonder
why do they wanna talk to me
its funny how our clout in the press
is always much bigger than our actual success justifies

im sitting here listnin’; to stay on obscured by clouds
peter n marty are disckussing whether we gonna have
such n suches when we play live on 91x in sane diego
all around the mostly korean crowd gulp down starbux n tuna sandwiches
people come in n out with suitcases
a flock of korean air pilots n hosties appear
their luggage rolls along obediently like dogs
they are all perfect n unflustered after their last flight
they check in elegantly n without fuss
n quietly disappear to their rooms
peter k reappears clutching a packet of vitamins
the tvs have people working their “abs”
and news footage of some unfortunate bastard somewhere
getting his arse blown off in some missile attack
a red balloon rises across the street
loose from its moorings it ascends into the photosphere
a metaphor for….what…?
today im gonna drive up to santa hanna barbera
im gonna rehearse with the boys
we gonna do a gig
we gonna tighten up the loose bits
we gonna slacken off the tight squeezes
sunlight filters thru the smog
maybe go up to s.b with cain-o in saab?
should wind up n go do yoga
will be back

66 Responses to “centre barb error”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 July 2006 at 7:14 pm #


    Feel like i’m almost their with you. Is this turning into the best Ye olde Rocke God travelogue ever? I think so.

    Good Luck for tonight, I think you sound in the mood to Rock (in a post jingle jangle alternative type vein of course)!


  2. avatar
    syrinx | 18 July 2006 at 7:21 pm #

    The images of you eating tasty food, swimming in cool water and then going off for some yoga sound marvelous. Gas prices being what they are, I won’t be road-tripping until further notice, so I look forward to your travelblog. I today will also have soup, a chai latte, do yoga, then swim when the stars come out. But I won’t be doing it in new places with new marvels at which to marvel. Not this season. Your blog will be my vicarious vacation to places unreachable. Thanks for blogging it. Enjoy our country, SK.

    @__@ —-> Blog #24

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 July 2006 at 7:22 pm #

    red distress..
    too high in the sky
    only god may know
    our transient mortality
    tell all
    go high the balloon
    til the sun say
    it might blow up,
    but it wont go pop

    nice day in chicago today
    goin back to where it all began
    the old neighborhoood..taking the pooches
    world keeps turnin..
    God is Love..

    keep on livin it kilbey
    om tat sat om..

    jaimito r

  4. avatar
    John Garratt | 18 July 2006 at 7:24 pm #

    “im sitting here listnin’; to stay on obscured by clouds”

    I had that playing the car a few weeks ago. My wife was complaining about how much she hated it. My friend Richard then leaned over to turn up the volume.


  5. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 18 July 2006 at 7:49 pm #

    Definitely take the Saab…ehrm, what’s the alternative?

    Besos y mas besos – yo!

  6. avatar
    mother_upduff | 18 July 2006 at 7:56 pm #

    Please tell Jeff that Garrick from Atlanta says hello, ask to see the Feel Like You cd : ) See you guys on the 6th.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 July 2006 at 7:57 pm #

    I dunno why, but i’m in anuther Pink Phase….recently re-bought Umma( course i dont care for the noise bits too much)anymore-ever)and Obscured by Clouds( intro rules)…probably cuz there aint nothing else great to hear( Iv’e played sk and church on and on)maybe ad nauseam infinitorum…So Sk you need to give us MORE muzak to listen to and reap the elegant mist…kudos …are you fiends with Grant Lee Phillips?? Dee in Aus. Tx

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 July 2006 at 8:11 pm #

    maybe u should call the new Isidore album “Lautreamont”…word*

  9. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 18 July 2006 at 8:16 pm #

    photosphere…huh…that’s a good analogy…

  10. avatar
    Brian | 18 July 2006 at 8:20 pm #

    Welcome back to America, Steve and the whole band! I’m looking forward to seeing you all in Florida – I’ve taken a week off work to do the honorable thing and follow the band around the state 🙂

    Speaking of clouds, by sheer coincidence, today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day has a beautiful shot of “noctilucent clouds” (lit up at night) that was taken in Sweden. Uninvited or not they’re apparently not very well understood, but seem to be high altitude (which is why they catch the sun after sunset) and made of small ice particles.

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 July 2006 at 8:36 pm #

    hi sk
    enjoy the pool
    enjoy the yoga
    enjoy the vanilla soy latte
    enjoy the ride to santa b
    with your friend
    sounds like fun
    enjoy the night!
    those lucky


    and thank you sk
    for the bloggie
    cause if i can’t be there
    it’s of great comfort
    to be transported
    via your words
    sincere thanks

  12. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 18 July 2006 at 8:52 pm #

    Oh Steve….you sum up my hometown so perfectly…buildings reflecting only each other…joe dallesandro – I had to laugh!!!! at least you had a nice swim, this weather is ick!
    I have an intense, brutal love/hate relationship w/l.a. which one day soon will probably see me leaving here…but there’s something so….oh i don’t know…

    …all that glittered had me mesmerised…
    glad you got some good food.
    I will see you sooner than you’ll read this no doubt.
    looking oh so forward to your magik
    gotta hit the road
    over and out

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 July 2006 at 9:01 pm #

    Steve welcome back to the states looking forward to seeing you in a couple weeks here in lovely sunny Florida. 100 degrees no breeze.

    Steve in FL

  14. avatar
    Demeter | 18 July 2006 at 9:35 pm #

    Vanilla is a flavoring, in its pure form known as vanillin, derived from orchids in the genus Vanilla. The name came from the Spanish word “vainilla”, diminutive form of “vaina” (meaning “sheath”), which is in turn derived from Latin “vagina”.

    So there you go, now your blog is sexy, and sensual and stealing the top blogger spot, all via the conduit of your vanilla soy driny-winky.

  15. avatar
    baby | 18 July 2006 at 9:36 pm #

    water all my orchids
    save my dynasty

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 July 2006 at 9:48 pm #

    sound like fun
    fun to had by all, except..

    i feel so shunned

    were we bad

    perhaps impolite or audacious, bold, bold-faced, brash, brassy, disrespectful, impudent, insolent, saucy, shameless; boorish, churlish, clownish, loutish, uncouth, vulgar; undiplomatic, unsportsmanlike; abrupt, blunt, brusque, crusty, curt, gruff, sharp, snippy; antisocial, crabbed, cross, disagreeable, grumpy, sullen, surly; improper, inappropriate, incorrect, indecent, indecorous, unseemly; arrogant, conceited, presumptuous, pretentious?

    do I have to consult a different thesaurus

    The rains have stopped, it’ll be dry for a bit, the weather is mild here, 75 and cool breezes, the ocean’s still cold but it’ll be 110 in florida, big nasty hurricanes

    And still they get three

    Bet it’s all the college girls

    missed the last one – i’d’ve clapped, gone horse in the throat
    wifey didn’t want to go, but she’s gone now

    still, san fran is too far away – got my job – used up my pto this year (sis’s wedding – had to)

    swing on by, make a vacation of it, we got mountains and desert, beaches and forest, big clean cities – almost like europe

    ok not really, but clean by american standards – best you’ll get in a month

    or see some sort of owl at least…

    Think of the owls! The owls need you! They need to rock!

  17. avatar
    demeter | 18 July 2006 at 10:17 pm #

    OOOHHH!! (foot stamping) I hate my own typos! DrinKy-Winky, me boyo, that is what I was saying. DrinKy-Winky!!

  18. avatar
    mattdavison | 18 July 2006 at 10:31 pm #

    Fuc you are good!!! (no) GREAT SKay. I feel like I have just watched city of angels, or LA story…or Paris Texas…or been give the LA rundown by Wim Wenders…you make me frustrated!! your prose non-fiction” is soo fuccin good that if you don’t write books….) ?Hey I sn’t this bloggy one??? Silly me You take us on your journey Oh’ ever so gracefully.
    Fuc it must be te same in Bayroot, That vast blue sky that never ends, the pools on the top of buildings! only a world away..depressed housewives in the valley “where ghosts lay there final thoughts… where homeless lie murdered, next to brad pitts Hummer at the lights.
    where the porn shop sells the wedding ring of a vegas gambler who was killed by his brother for sleeping with his wife, while the brother sits in the Betty Ford Clinic waiting on bail………
    have fun,la,la,la;.

  19. avatar
    Samosanx | 18 July 2006 at 10:41 pm #

    Demeter the orchid etymology of vanilla is lovely thankyou but vagina means “sheath for a word”, which is another reeason why i’d rather use the c -word than the v-word…(just btw)

    LA in July… i recherchez…kind of humid, slow, like yon pool lapping on the roof; that tepid LA inversion; “you can sing with the vampires….” pops into samos head….

    clickometer at bottom of page seesm to say The Time Being is variously 1, 2, 30 and 63rd

    Did you make it to the top without knowing???

    nice n easy mood there S.

  20. avatar
    Samosanx | 18 July 2006 at 10:43 pm #

    d’oh….”sheath for a word”…I wish

    sheath for a sword!!!!! is what i meant to write

    (sheath for a word, she muses)

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 July 2006 at 10:46 pm #

    So glad you all made it ok to one place. Keep playin the tunes and ill be there… somewhere.

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 July 2006 at 11:40 pm #

    this is starting to be very henry miller…except forget the american in france and substitute the english aussie in the us…mmm…

  23. avatar
    captainmission | 19 July 2006 at 12:49 am #

    ‘mirrored n chrome buildings reflecting only each other’

    nice bit of reportage there, i could almost taste and smell the city of angels, could almost see ya in the pool, almost with ya even, steven.

    ‘mirrored n chrome buildings reflecting only each other’

  24. avatar
    veleska1970 | 19 July 2006 at 1:02 am #

    a very keen observation about american pop culture today, steve. you are dead-on accurate, as always…

    have a great show tonight. go on and bring the house down!!

  25. avatar
    verdelay | 19 July 2006 at 1:17 am #

    hey samo

    pen is
    s word


  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 July 2006 at 1:35 am #

    how else would i spend my vacation than following me heroes around the blazing hot south. asheville to n.myrtle to atlanta to…….virginia. only in a plane.


  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 July 2006 at 3:22 am #

    Rock and Roll Baybee!

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 July 2006 at 3:38 am #

    so sad you are not visiting the nothwest. no Seattle, Portland, or Vancouver??? How can you Pass on the grooviest leg of the trip? Maybe you will return soon with the electrified gear.

    Luv U

  29. avatar
    abtom0104 | 19 July 2006 at 4:51 am #


    Beautifully described, mate. Just about made me feel like I was there with you. Enjoy the tranquility (while it lasts)and kick fucking arse on tour. I won’t wish you and the guys good luck as you don’t need any. You’re a professional rock unit.

    Blow ’em away, fellas.


  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 July 2006 at 6:18 am #

    It’s 95 degs in Liverpool . Tell MWP Noctorum’s melted !

  31. avatar
    lily | 19 July 2006 at 6:50 am #

    Hey SK,

    Good to have you guys back in the States again. But you’re not coming to Minneapolis this time?! Ah, disappointment…well, have a great tour. Hope it’s enjoyable and successful for you.


  32. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 19 July 2006 at 9:12 am #

    I wanna say

    yes, i have tons of work to do
    i’m at work right now

    hope your workday went well
    awaiting the blog to tell all

  33. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 19 July 2006 at 9:29 am #

    a red balloon rises across the street
    loose from its moorings it ascends into the photosphere
    a metaphor for….what…?

    What a coincidence, I saw a red balloon rise across the street today also! The wind had set it free.

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 July 2006 at 9:42 am #

    “Sunlight filters thru the smog”…how poetic sk! haha.

  35. avatar
    sockfacepuppetmunch | 19 July 2006 at 10:52 am #

    make some money for the twillies.send some good vibes out for the kids of emerica..pity the nicklebackers and the blunk 185’s the underage’ undermature tetrus of the emerican culture won’t get to see ya, and pass on the words…… Thanks Sue C ya rite, I would be better playing TP…as I do play the mapex and tinkle the sabian’s with my firth 5a’sticks.
    however who’s gonna play SK.???
    Fuc it I will play em all, even Dougherty. If ANYONE KNOWS THE CUHRNCH I DO.
    seems sk is in the US… please ask me a question (band related) an I will tell ya…those who arn’t huge churchies. Mabee I can Help ya wif a bit of trivia.

  36. avatar
    Lynnster | 19 July 2006 at 10:56 am #

    I feel like I’m on tour reading all this… you’re an ace reporter, Steve, you are! What fun this is…

  37. avatar
    sue cee | 19 July 2006 at 11:56 am #

    Matt, you’ve got that TP look! And nk could be played by Billie Piper from the new Dr Who series, that girl has spunk… SK, thats a hard one, who is good enough to get inside your head Steve? You choose!

    And who needs videoblog?… the visuals are right here in your writing SK, slight memories of HST lately too. Dont worry about the sugar honey, Vanilla Chai is worth it… so good, it MUST be sin!

    You lucky devils, BLOCK is gonna absolutely blow your mind!

    Denise 🙂

  38. avatar
    sue cee | 19 July 2006 at 12:03 pm #

    ps Steve Harley, funny he’s mentioned, I was playing his “Star For A Week” live album all last week. I dont get what he was doing with Duran Duran.

  39. avatar
    RONIN | 19 July 2006 at 12:08 pm #

    Someone else said it: ace reporting, sk. I feel like I’m seeing through your eyes, which is a good think, I think…

  40. avatar
    General Catz | 19 July 2006 at 12:44 pm #

    I wonder if you’re playing that place in santa barbara that has lights glittering the ceiling that looks like stars. what a magical place to see a show in.

  41. avatar
    don joe | 19 July 2006 at 1:22 pm #

    Sounds like nothing has changed since NSEW….not suprised…did u get the bitter n vain or the bimbo’s n bux??…glad u took the yoga and the swim (oh, n pinch some o pete’ees vits:)

    don joe

  42. avatar
    John Garratt | 19 July 2006 at 1:56 pm #

    I dreamt you had a loft in downtown Chicago and I came up to see it.


    Love, John

  43. avatar
    Renee | 19 July 2006 at 2:01 pm #

    99 dreams I have had.
    In every one a red balloon.
    It’s all over and I’m standing pretty.
    In this dust that was a city.
    If I could find a souvenier.
    Just to prove the world was here.
    And here is a red balloon
    I think of you and let it go.

    Sorry!…..that’s the first thing that came to mind. Not my favorite song, but it does seem rather fitting.

    I remember seeing a movie in elementary school
    about a boy that chases this red balloon throughout this small village.
    I can’t recall whether he ever catches it or not.
    I remember it bored me to death as a little kid.

    I think it’s a sign of luck and hope,
    a simple childhood amusement (why do kids love balloons?)
    rising up above all the ugliness
    the red a stark contrast to the black and grey of concrete, filth and smog
    drifting into the clear blue
    with no particular course or destination,
    open to the possibilities

  44. avatar
    CSTCoach | 19 July 2006 at 2:09 pm #

    Is this a sign that the next Isidore album is on it’s way….? 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Full on reporting. I enjoy the way you reach below the surface to capture the spirit of the place. So much is communicated through a painting of that telling detail or two… Nicely done.


  45. avatar
    Larry | 19 July 2006 at 2:33 pm #

    Yeah, go to SB in the Saab. Just don’t let it drive itself into a tree, à la Sideways.

  46. avatar
    Californicator | 19 July 2006 at 2:38 pm #

    Me like Vanilla Chai Latte too, very soothing for the throat; no worries on the shuga.

    Excellent travelogue through Hollyweed, er Hollywood Babylon. I like to visit L.A., but wouldn’t live there. S.F. is better. It’s the forest you know, the redwoods nearby, and I love the forest.


  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 July 2006 at 3:10 pm #

    Love ya Killbee Baybee!


  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 July 2006 at 3:10 pm #

    Love ya Killbee Baybee!


  49. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 July 2006 at 3:10 pm #

    Love ya Killbee Baybee!


  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 July 2006 at 3:10 pm #

    Love ya Killbee Baybee!


  51. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 July 2006 at 3:10 pm #

    Love ya Killbee Baybee!


  52. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 July 2006 at 3:10 pm #

    Love ya Killbee Baybee!


  53. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 July 2006 at 3:14 pm #

    Wow, that’s whole lotta love!

  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 July 2006 at 3:15 pm #

    Didya get my message???!! I love you Killbee Baybee!!!


  55. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 July 2006 at 3:15 pm #

    Didya get my message???!! I love you Killbee Baybee!!!


  56. avatar
    stealthblue | 19 July 2006 at 3:45 pm #

    What a life…a righteous experience. So inpirational…wish I was there.
    Can’t wait to hear what you and Cain-o come up with. All the best…
    Ben V.

  57. avatar
    Gareth,notts | 19 July 2006 at 6:25 pm #

    hi SK,do hope this means another ISIDORE album will soon be with us, the first one’s a f*ck’n belter!L.A. sounds awesome you lucky blogger,hope you all have a great time….the fans are in for a treat! Cheers mate…….

  58. avatar
    davem | 19 July 2006 at 6:55 pm #

    Hi SK,
    I’ve lost track of the timeline here. What day are we where you are? What’s with all this Kilbey baybeeeee stuff… I’m hot and vaguely annoyed to be honest.
    As an ex-pat you can appreciate that 100 degrees c plus in blighty is grimmer than life without ULTC. Fucking hot.
    How are the gigs? Where are the fiends?
    I went and saw a new(ish) Welsh band on Monday – The Automatic. File under fad. Average with a capital A.
    NME this week (out today) is featuring Syd. Heartening, but if I hear “Wish You Were Here” once more I will scream!!!! Play some fucking Syd, England for Gawds sake.
    Englands finest threesome: Kilbey/Perrett/Barrett.
    C’mon USA match that? Oh and we could pop in: Macca/Lennon/Macca jnr (E&B version for Chrissy)/Jagger/Richards/Jones/Moon/Townsend/Yorke/Copey/Costello/Ray the Kinksy D/…but we could stick at the first three!!! Submit?????
    We’re hot and sweaty and up for the challenge….
    Love you more SK……the inimitable SK…..

  59. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 July 2006 at 7:50 pm #

    kilbey – stop lazing around hollywood swimming pools and get to work signing the prints that holly said she was sending you when you arrived – i’ve forked out 40 bloody quid for a painting of a many armed diety with a bass and i want the bloody thing signed

    fondest regards pip

  60. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 July 2006 at 8:07 pm #

    Just got back from Brasil a day early cause Varig is gone broke.Yahoo! thought I was gonna miss it! The Church in Hollywierd!!!!! .Should I bring the VApo? See ya tonite Steve, can’t wait!..KB

  61. avatar
    warner | 19 July 2006 at 8:30 pm #

    Anyone catch the SB show last night? Looked briefly for reviews on hotelwomb, but nothing. Looking forward to seeing tonight’s show. How infintesimal are the odds of an encore acoustic version of Night Sequence?

  62. avatar
    pharaoh | 19 July 2006 at 8:56 pm #

    Loving your stateside blogwerk so far Steve. Its a thrill to be vicariously touring the US with the Chruch via the magic of the interweb and your droll observations and witticisms.

    Much love to you and the rest of your Diocese… hope you send those LA cats to Elysium and back! The fiends will love it i’m sure, can’t wait to read their feedback either.

    bon voyage, fiends


  63. avatar
    isolde | 19 July 2006 at 10:10 pm #

    the independent saint loves you too it appears so … consider barbarella conquered, release some endorphins in the titanic garden, swim through the greeny grayze in the azure hayze of the velvet underwaterground
    and sing with the seraphim this lovely eve

  64. avatar
    Clydey | 20 July 2006 at 1:07 am #

    Cap’n soaking up the rarefied ambience meeself. Yoga in Venice and a dip in the sea. Can’t make it to your show tonite, but will be there in aussie spirit. See ya back in the hood bro. Good luck…

  65. avatar
    virocana | 8 August 2006 at 8:32 pm # from fi-chlor specialist.

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    esusetain | 25 November 2006 at 6:00 pm #

    Swimmng pool guys don’t get a lot of swimming pool pump till we get “really” famous – but we live and breathe our swimming pool pump regardless. swimming pool pump

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