posted on April 22, 2009 at 9:04 pm

got my bio in the post yessaday
nice work
i really enjoyed it
robert dean lurie has done a lovely job
and great relief
i read it all in one go yesterday
it was like a novel i couldnt put down
then this
then that
uh oh
watch out for nick…oooh..i mean niC…ward
also previously known as nigel murray
he recounts the night he got kicked out
complete with splendid tales of punching the”pommy bastard”
and ” his bitch had jumped on my back”
i threatened to “knock her out”
“i lifted my knee into his guts…i was amused at this”

hes talking about marty n lucy willson-piper here…..
later on he daydreams how hed like to thump everyone involved…
how very strange
you see
poor olde fella still thinks violence is the answer
he says in the book i had a smart mouth but nothing to back it up with…
ie i didnt like being constantly threatened by my own drummer
ie if you said hey nic(k) can you play like this….
you didnt have to back it up with with yer fists
poor old nic(k) nigel nee murray-ward
still back in lyneham high
permanently locked into some 1950s aussie mans mans world
like paul hogan having a really bad acid trip
no one will ever wonder again why he was kicked out
they will, however, wonder why he was let in….
but jesus
it had me laughing out loud
a lot of the book did
theres some funny stuff in there
you wont believe it
of course i dont actually get royalties for it myself
so this is a free advertisement
its been a long time coming down the line
and im very happy with it
it is an aspect of my story
its fun to read….believe it or not
i felt like i was reading about some other geezer
some other geezer i dreampt up when i was still in the public service
a goodlooking young guitar strumming lad
with some goodlooking pals
(some stunning pics of young pete n marty)
an interesting up n down story
so random
so stupid
so preordained
a life i was destined to lead
and nic(k) ward was right
a smart mouth that got me into trouble n ruined it for me
why didnt i just shuttup and play?
theres lotsa good bits about my nasty side
dave studdert gives a withering account of my time in “tactics”
and gee whiz…i really was a turkey wasnt i
voice in another book : you were a real fool….
the drugs….yep
the cover is really nice
the quality of the paper is a bit iffy
its that glossy cheap stuff
theres loadsa pics you probably never seen before
rob has understood the biography thing well
and hes done a pretty good job
you can imagine how i’d be railing against it if it was a stinker
he even gives me the last word
and it seems a little harsh
taken out of some context but not really
on the printed page it just seems more…errr…concrete
and final
certainly the people who preordered so long ago
will be very very happy with it
its a lot better than some ive read
also remember that my life wasnt so exciting
so its hard for my biography to be too wild…
theres some sad stuff
some really hilarious stuff
peter koppes remarks kept me in stitches
oh god
i’m glad the little redheaded bugger wrote this book
he says many many kind things about my work
he understands
he grokks it
he wrote me an email recently saying he was loving u#23
to me thats high praise indeed
after all this
i mean i consider him an expert on us now
he deserves a masters degree
and i was pleased to be the object and subject in his thesis
maybe the church’ll be selling it on church murch
go on
buy it
read it
imagine you had led that life
oh god what a story
a ha ha ha

36 Responses to “certainly no cheque attached”

  1. avatar
    princey | 22 April 2009 at 11:18 pm #

    AT LAST!!, a book to sink my eyes into PLUS never-seen-before pics of the dreamy-blue-eyed-bassman to sink my eyes into, yummmmmmmy πŸ˜€
    But does this book reveal the REAL Steven J Kilbey??????
    Can’t wait to get my little hands on it sk:)
    Have a beautiful day,
    love Amanda

  2. avatar
    TrishT | 22 April 2009 at 11:22 pm #

    I was googling to see when you might next play in Melbourne when I stumbled across this blog o yours.

    It has now become an obsession to read you each morning.

    Thank you SO much for sharing, and making the everyday poetic.

    YOU sir are the diamond geezer, a 21st century bard.

  3. avatar
    esne snoner | 22 April 2009 at 11:30 pm #

    no royalties??? hopefully if he is the fan you say he is then the cheques will flow out of moral obligation if nothing else – also – get it onto church merch on a consignment deal – you pay him for an agreed price after the sales are made – and recommend all who ask about it to buy it there

    i’ll buy it when i know you’re getting something – he says indignantly

  4. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 22 April 2009 at 11:34 pm #

    vicariously live the rock’n’roll lifestyle, woohoo! ok, when can i buy it?
    love always….

  5. avatar
    restaurant mark | 23 April 2009 at 12:32 am #

    i look forward to reading it! glad you enjoyed it…

    take care

  6. avatar
    Celticat | 23 April 2009 at 12:50 am #

    Good news Killer – will grab a copy as soon as available.

    Just FYI – The West Australian had a fair size write up about u#23 and yon cruncjies came out smelling of roses.


    Love to you, yours and friendss


  7. avatar
    loolaabillions | 23 April 2009 at 2:04 am #


    sorry to sound dim
    where/how do i get to order
    a copy??? xx

  8. avatar
    PAGEY | 23 April 2009 at 2:20 am #

    why do i have this feeling Rob will forget i paid for this in 1999. Crash Boom Opera, oh well WTF! I know the details already…

  9. avatar
    the dean | 23 April 2009 at 2:58 am #

    Yeah I made some sort of preorder donation so long ago that I barely remember, I’ve moved, changed email, burnt bridges and forgot it even existed so I will look forward to the read. I love biographies, the weirder and stupider the better. Fear and loathing in paisley.

  10. avatar
    linjo | 23 April 2009 at 3:28 am #

    Good stuff, cant wait. Linda

  11. avatar
    EDD | 23 April 2009 at 3:41 am #

    Wots it called, Guv’ner?

  12. avatar
    Also Ran | 23 April 2009 at 6:00 am #

    Nic Ward sounds like a dangerous type. Let me guess, you nicknamed him ‘J’ or maybe ‘Psych’.

  13. avatar
    stealthblue | 23 April 2009 at 6:29 am #

    I can't wait for it. Man, if anybody deserves to be honored in that way, it's you and the band, Steve. Congratulations to you and the fellas. Also to Rob, Congrats and THANKS for finishing!! πŸ™‚ What an honor for him I say. Hey, congratulations to US as listeners and readers as well; We are privvy to some of the best Art on Earth, the music, the shows, records, etc. It's all excellent, all the differences in our lives, different times, etc. But there was always that constant, the band I knew would change my life and sort of…raise me in a way. I had a few other bands kind of up in that echelon too, but NONE was The Choich. Lets face it, though, none of us are here because we can't stand you, right?! I mean you guys are The CHURCH! Fuckin' eh! I dunno, I gotta good feeling about all of this…a great new record, a freakin' BIOGRAPHY!! I hope it continues to lead to what ever it is you guys need or want in this merry-go-round of life as a human on planet Earth. Know what I mean? I think that most people have a pretty interesting story to tell, but there are certain ones that are so truly inspiring and just…interesting! Yeah? I cannot wait to check out the new book. Sorry, but I am just really proud of you and the Church! Looking forward to the tour. Just got my tickies today too!! So… when's the MOVIE ("moviefilm") coming out?? πŸ˜‰ Now THAT would be awesome! I would truly love to see a film/documentary, sort of "bioesque" on the band. The story of the Church is fascinating in its own right and realness. I've always known you guys were something special. For the record, I absolutely cringe when I hear ANYTHING to do with The Church and "one hit wonder" in the same phrase. I guess because it serves as a reminder as to how far removed "we" are from the "Main Stream". Whatever that means. On the other hand, it means people are interested even if it's on that superficial level. Who knows, there may be some "converts" still in the waiting ranks. So, screw all that. Just enjoy the ride, 'cos it's yours. We, yourself included, know how much grander and real you and the band are than all the Cookie-cutter bullshit. Thank GOD, man. Seriously, Thank you for hanging in there though all of this. It's probably safe to say that you and the band are the cosmically lucky ones that just happen to have "It". It just doesn't always happen like that, though. That's aprt of the fascination. That is one of the reasons why I am personally interested in reading the book. I have a feeling I'll be able to relate, even just a little bit. Kind of like a lot us us probably. I'm also waiting for the new U23 to arrive . I'm a little behind in my listing to the new stuff I guess. I only received Pangaea THIS evening as a matter of fact. (and the tickets too, and here you are talking about the new book. that's…cosmic?? ) Anyway, Steve, I don't mean to come off too mushy, but you know what I'm saying. I just wish you and the band the very best…Always. I'm glad you enjoyed the book and liked it as opposed to hating it! That would have sucked. Good on ya, SK! Cheers to you , the band and all of us other "fiends" out there.


  14. avatar
    Richard | 23 April 2009 at 8:15 am #

    hey stealthblue

    have I got something for you!

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 April 2009 at 8:17 am #

    Does anyone remember when it was actually fun coming to the comments section for real time banter with fellow kilbey-ites. As fun as the blog sometimes. I understand why the quasi-censorship Steve, but in a way barry or the wag or whoever it was won. We all suffer (although obviously in a very relative unimportant way) all things considered. Sort of like after 9-11 in USA, if everyone would have hidden away and avoided going out to dinner, movies etc. The terror tactic would have been successful. Just my two cents, miss the old days with Andy et al chiming in with clever real time bits feeding off of other comments which is not possible now but it is what it is. Some real laugh out loud witty shit. Ashame one bad apple able to spoil the whole bunch. Was it really that hard to simply ignore the wanker? The final blow to you Steve was a couple of off color comments made to Valeska. If you take the time to click on her link, and I have because I have plenty of time and I know it is very sad, anyway there is a close-up photo of her breasts which prompted the comments. You immediately started disabling comments stating “personal attacks” but it was a bit clever in context but the mood so tense unable to see. Anyway, let us interact on a limited basis like good boys and girls and who knows, maybe barry has moved on to some other source of misery. Used to be fun to check comments several times throughout the day, now no fun at all simply because there is no time for us to interact.

    Jonas Goodfellow

  16. avatar
    heather | 23 April 2009 at 8:55 am #

    you were in tactics???!!!

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 April 2009 at 10:20 am #

    No thanks

  18. avatar
    fantasticandy | 23 April 2009 at 10:48 am #

    ‘elo ‘elo…what’s goin’ on ‘ere then?
    i thought WE(the dudes)were bonkers for putting out our latest!
    what a joy to find wer’e not alone……
    feinds….if you’ve not heard u#23 yet ignore comparisons to p-a ‘n fy
    and all that ‘coz the’re bogus.
    this is something else altogether…
    i’m not going to try and ‘review’ it here because i’m crap at that kind of thing and totally biased anyway!
    so…just a few observations.
    this album(which should have gone the whole hog and been a double cd)
    is the bravest, boldest statement the band have ever made.
    lush/stark/bieak…all at once, the least ‘comfortable’ work to date.
    ‘magician’ is the hight of commerciality compared to this.
    themes…yes themes! for the first time steve lets down the mask and exposes his neurosies to our view and by christ it hurts….
    try ‘on angel street’…the anguish-ridden and cracked vocal, the downbeat and sparse backing, the achingly sad guitar outro(which fades all too soon)all meld together into a truly heart-rending experience.
    less oblique lyricaly, yet more dense musically than previous records.
    a LOT of tim on mellotron,
    a LOT of steve on guitar,
    a LOT of marty on bass,
    a LOT of peter.
    within it’s own framework,
    within it’s own terms,
    this is the most ‘progressive’ band
    this set of songs is about as far removed from bog-standard r ‘n r as you can get.
    in fact….it’s about as far removed from the average church offering as you could get!(not that church stuff is ‘average’ in the accepted sense of the word…)

    iv’e used only one song as an example…as i say read the press elsewhare…i play guitar.

    in summation….one soulful piece of plastic!

    oh….do i like it?
    it’s such an intense ride it’s hard to decide…..
    ask me again when the the feelings of lonliness and isolation subside,
    and i’ll probably say something like:
    ‘it makes me feel i belong.’

    congrats killer!

  19. avatar
    fantasticandy | 23 April 2009 at 10:50 am #

    oh…the book!
    if you get a cut…i’ll have one.
    if’n ya don’t…no interest.

  20. avatar
    Benito Boniato | 23 April 2009 at 10:51 am #

    I envy people who can read a whole book in one day.

  21. avatar
    lily was here | 23 April 2009 at 12:17 pm #

    Loolabillions, the book is called "No Certainty Attached – Steve Kilbey & the Church" by Robert Lurie on Verse Chorus Press. Its out in Australia in May and USA in June. I think UK it might be May as well. You can pre-order it now on some online stores in Australia I see and hopefully Churchmerch.

  22. avatar
    lily was here | 23 April 2009 at 12:18 pm #

    ps Celticat, would u be able to get me a copy of that review?

  23. avatar
    Freddie | 23 April 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    Well, it sounds as if the guy who wrote it still likes and respects ya so it can’t be all that bad I suppose.
    I look forward to the read πŸ™‚

  24. avatar
    Richard | 23 April 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    well now, there’s a coincidence

    21 comments today, yesterday and the day before

    …oh bugger

    Not a religion

  25. avatar
    anonymouse | 23 April 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    who wants to give me a rickenbacker guitar?!



  26. avatar
    veleska1970 | 23 April 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    finally~~!! it took long enough. as soon as you have it available on church merch i will certainly buy it. i just KNOW it’s an interesting read. good on ya, mr. lurie!!

    lotza love….

  27. avatar
    CSTCoach | 23 April 2009 at 3:06 pm #

    great to hear the new bio is on its way. its a really good year for choich fiendss. new albums and ep’s, a tour, new bio, new art exhibit… what next?

    i’m one of those pre-order folks from way back. can’t wait to hear the bonus material attached for those who purchased so long ago (i’ve moved 3x – or possibly 4x – since i ordered the book LOL).

    glad to hear it’s got the official killa stamp of approval.

    you’re in an entirely different league now kill-bee. must be kinda cool to be able to refer to “my biographer”…

  28. avatar
    CSTCoach | 23 April 2009 at 3:10 pm #

    oh hey, for any fiendss in central canada. the lineup for the ottawa bluesfest was just released yesterday. The Church is on for Saturday July 11th at 7pm – prime bluesfest time slot. Ticket info thru here

    i'm catching that show for sure (it's far from where i live these daze, but quite close to my hometown). Also catching the Cleveland show. Anyone else headed to these?

  29. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 23 April 2009 at 3:39 pm #

    I’m in total concurrence with Andy. Untitled # 23 is so good it’s otherworldly. I played the CD 14 consecutive times. A sooothing and intoxicating time release audio narcotic. Painkiller and Untitled# 23 are on a par with Beside Yourself and Forget Yourself but all four CD’s are brilliant in their uniquely virtuosic ways.

  30. avatar
    davem | 23 April 2009 at 7:12 pm #

    I’m glad you’re ok with it SK. I’ll look forward to reading it now.
    Nicely put Ben. THE CHURCH. STEVE KILBEY.
    Nothing else comes close. I’ve had a great life (so far) and one of my biggest blessings has been your music, sk.
    Who could have imagined all those years ago we’d still be receiving your magic and, on top, this majestic TTB.
    I owe you so much Steve.

  31. avatar
    fantasticandy | 23 April 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    jonas 6:17….
    yeah it saddened me too….
    but y’know the obstinate olde bugger does listen….
    i gave him some grief over the moderation,
    he relented…and straight away some git had a go about his dad!
    dunno ’bout you jonas….but yer dad?
    if steve ‘n i got one thing in common…..our dads were numero uno, kapishe?

  32. avatar
    eek | 23 April 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    Oh it sounds like a fun read! I remember chatting with Robert in Antenna several years ago when he was trying to locate Nick Ward — I guess he found him. I wonder if he has realised the only reason anyone wants to talk to him is because of you. Somehow I doubt it.

    I preordered several copies of the book when that was first offered. I had planned on giving several as gifts. Now not only do I not remember how many I ordered, I can’t remember who I was going to give them to either!

    i’m glad the little redheaded bugger wrote this booklol! That line should in any advertisement for it!

  33. avatar
    catchow | 23 April 2009 at 8:38 pm #

    looking forward to read your bio!

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