posted on December 24, 2007 at 1:02 am

further thoughts on fremantle
when we arrived
there was a tight cordon of security
they wouldnt let us in the grounds
peter was coming the raw prawn with some big dumb sec guy
peter points at me
see him , hes a living legend
if he has to walk in, the crowd will rip him apart
the sec guy sticks his big head in to look at me
gee he thinks he sure dont look like a living legend
after a lot of argy bargy we are getting no where
look mate says sec guy
i been told no more cars
we’re fucking entertainers says pete
good says the guy now park somewhere else
in the compound a slim bald headed guy appears
hes dressed in a gold shirt and has a bunch of laminates
round his neck
is that the promoter says peter
it must be i say though i no idea why
i jump out and past sec guy
i walk up to the guy in gold shirt
im in the church i say
uh huh says the gold shirted one
they wont let us in i say
really? says goldman
well can we come in? i ask
he appraises the situation
yeah come in
he waves our car on
and the sec guy fades away
peter drives triumphantly through the gate
the guy in gold shirt walks off
wow hes got some clout here
an hour later the 1st band the smoking somethings go on
the guy in the gold shirt is the bass player
but isnt that the promoter i ask someone else
him? no! hes the bass player in that group. much laughter….
you see folks, its that easy
thats all it takes
to get in to a big gig
a bit of luck n a bit of nerve

i noticed that the divs played the 1st song
for a long long while
before lady christine joined them
in fact
the intro went round and round and round
it wasnt picking up any momentum either
eventually the singing started up
she was unaware the band was starting up
and was otherwise engaged
you see
all that organisation
and then no one tells the star shes on

in perth i buy nk some bath bombs for christmas
i buy myself a disposal shirt and some stupid iron on patches
my fuck you you fucking fuck patch
is not the hit i had expected it to be
i peruse books
i see pleasure n pain chrissys book
i stand there n peruse it
lotsa intimate details in there
what a voyeur i feel reading this stuff….
all about charlie and mark m etc
i almost buy it
when i see ronnie woods book
imaginatively called
the arch diamond geezer
jack the fucking lad incarnate
instantly lovable madcap groover
smoking fags
snorting coke
free basing
drinking like a fish
look at him on the cover
nearly sixty
his amazing rockstar hair
long after keiths went thin and frizzy
ronnies rooster do is black as ever
perhaps the ultimate in old school rockstar hair
the missing link between keith n rod
talk about heavy weight names to drop
dylan this
clapton that
barbra streisand tony curtis
every blues legend still above ground
and of course
the ever present keith
the blue print for every guitarist ever
from izzy straddlin’ and joe perry
and one million others
wild guntoting smackshooting drinking smoking keith
and i tell ya
he is a great musician
his writing style is not that great tho
its a bit superficial
he talks about being locked in bathrooms
for weeks on end
freebasing cocaine
as if its all a bit of a giggle
maybe it is
when yer a rolling stone
and ya can give one to pms wives
and get outta jail free
and maybe it dont matter if you spend 70, 000 on coke
in a couple of weeks
when the dough rolls in like woodys must
or of course
rod and ronnie dressed up like doctors
doing gynaecological examinations of groopies
mmmm not sure how pc that is, actually ronnie
woody laughs it all off
hes just a very lucky geezer having a bit of fun
anyway its a pretty enveloping read
and i three quarters finished it on way home from purf

took kids for swimmy
blah blah
scarlet scared of me
when she wakes up and sees me here this morning
boo hoo daddy shes crying
she needs nk to bolster her confidence
i got wicked game and science fiction stuck in my head
which im thoroughly tired of by now
thats it
seasons gleetings!

38 Responses to “christmas eve and aurora”

  1. avatar
    Celticat | 24 December 2007 at 2:44 am #

    Merry Christmas Steve

    Love Celticat

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    Celticat | 24 December 2007 at 2:49 am #

    Musings on Chrissie – the voice was there but it was so sad – the MS is obviously creeping fast – I noticed she couldn’t even put the mic back on the stand with one hand without steadying it with the other. I thought she did well considering – just couldn’t stay and watch the demise.

    Besides we saw who we came to see (The Church) – Best Fucking Band in the World bar NONE!!!!!

    I hope you and your loved ones have a soulfulfilling Christmas and a proposerous New Year.

    Thanks for your words and your songs. I think TTB is terrif and also feel special to be part of it.

    Take care mate.

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    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 24 December 2007 at 2:50 am #

    Mary X Mas meye ass!!! once again eye will find meye self alone here in me desert wasteland without meye true friends, that’s fucked up…

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    restaurant mark | 24 December 2007 at 3:03 am #

    hey steve…just wanted to wish you and your family a very merry christmas…i appreciate ya

    take care and much love


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    veleska1970 | 24 December 2007 at 3:13 am #

    “thats all it takes
    to get in to a big gig
    a bit of luck n a bit of nerve”
    and a gold shirt, LOL.

    well, if you decide not to write christmas day, then a very merry one to you and your fambly.

    lotza love……

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    Altres | 24 December 2007 at 3:14 am #

    The dark nights and freezing weather are starting to kick in too deeply here. I need to watch It’s A Wonderful Life in the next few days just to heat up. Something about winter though, you should walk along the waterfront here listening to music you love once. I listened to Earthed today, with frozen mists sweeping past. Bracing, but bewilderingly alive and essential.



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    Ethereal Butterfly | 24 December 2007 at 3:31 am #

    Just wanted to say ….. Killa – hope you and yours have a love filled & happy time together and thanks for initiating such a special community and for giving us so much of yourself in the way of; music, poetry, insight, provocative & inspirational thoughts, wit and angst & for inspiring me to want to do something to help some of my students to become pro-active in relation to their Animal rights protest….read on……..
    A positive Animal Rights story I believe to be the result of my reading of TTB: Some students came to my Drama class recently with pretend bandages with red paint on their arms. I figured it was in protest at something & it was in protest at the use of animals in the science department – they (14yr olds) have to cut up animal’s eyes, hearts etc or if not participate they have to watch. These girls were horrified and so that afternoon had begun their own quiet protest. Because of the topic of animal cruelty often raised on TTB regularly raising my own awareness, (although I am also a sponsor of WSPA) …….well to cut a long story short I put them in touch with another teacher at a different campus who is a lacto- vegetarian & very much anti- the use of animals in schools & began his own protest a couple of years ago against the use of hatching chicken eggs and allowing the students to take the chicks home for the weekend to observe them. He has since been seconded to an Ethics committee with the Government. He has now assisted these girls to establish their own Animal Rights awareness group. They had 40 students attend their first meeting recently. As there were only 2 year levels of students left at a very large school at the end of the year, there’s hope for bigger things for their protest group next year where they plan to have awareness days and campaigns, guest speakers etc. Isn’t that great?!! I’m really happy for them and for the cause itself. As Kev Carmody says; ‘From little things big things grow’ – this small community has initiated something big in my small part of the universe & so it grows and grows………….
    May our awareness of the consequences of our actions on this planet humble us to grow with respect for all living creatures great & small. May this silly season allow us the space & time to nurture our love for those near and dear & allow us the ability to offer what we can to those in need.
    Namaste, Peace, Shalom, Joy to all………especially to you Captian Mission ‘A.K.A Hollywood’..

  8. avatar
    steve kilbey | 24 December 2007 at 4:05 am #

    talking of stones/faces
    one of the worst bands ever
    the black crowes
    are playing a big concert hall in syd
    that i just drove past….
    trying to be the rock gypsies so hard
    they are bloody awful
    their popularity here baffles me
    is there no justice…..?

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    princey | 24 December 2007 at 4:11 am #

    Hi sk, wishing you a Merry Xmas for tomorrow. It’s so dark, cold, wet & windy here today, it’s hard to get into the xmas spirit I have to say. But have a beautiful day tomorrow, I imagine you’ll be having a huge get together with all the fam, lots of pressies to open, are you Santa this year ha ha!
    Thanks for all the blogging & live shows this year, I can never get enough of you and the Church, I hope there’ll be MANY more Melby visits in 2008!
    So, Merry Xmas to you and all the friendly fiends out there too.
    Love Amanda

  10. avatar
    Melby Symon | 24 December 2007 at 4:45 am #

    Steve….love, peace, happiness and health to you and yours in 2008 ….from me and mine.

    As if you need to hear it again…but thanks for the words and music that has so deeply touched my spirit and given me so much enjoyment. A very special year round present from yourself and the Church.

    ps…peace and goodwill to all fiendss.

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    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 24 December 2007 at 4:54 am #

    ‘A’ Sort of Homecoming Meye Ass!!! I hate this time of year be cos all I feel is personal pain and suffering over and over again, this is not fair what eye did…
    Jonny Moondog Smythe

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    the dean | 24 December 2007 at 5:10 am #

    merry exmass and all that good intentioned stuff.

    BahHumbug to the rest.

    Scrooge McDean

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    Brien Comerford | 24 December 2007 at 5:58 am #

    RE: The Black Crowes !

    There is no eartly justice Sk!! Nick Drake sold no records in his lonely, melancholic life. Van Gogh sold no paintings during his tortured life. Gandhi never won the Nobel Peace Prize. Fortuna has not been overly generous to The Church. I am glad that ULMW was and is an international hit because the dreamy gem is for the most part emblematic of your band’s otherworldy and innovative genre.

    It’s soo cold in Chicago. The birds known as crows and ravens have more earhly value than the Black Crowes. The latter are an insult and affront to the Byrds.

  14. avatar
    Leelinau | 24 December 2007 at 6:03 am #

    the tundra really IS frozen now

    happy holidays peeps



  15. avatar
    eek | 24 December 2007 at 6:22 am #

    i got wicked game and science fiction stuck in my head
    which im thoroughly tired of by now

    Ack! I hate when that happens! >:(

    Happy whatever-you-celebrate-at-this-time-of-year to everyone here. Hope everyone is able to share it with people you love.

    PS — you are a living legend to us, SK. We wouldn’t rip you apart if you walked into a crowd of us though. We’d be nice. 🙂

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    davem | 24 December 2007 at 7:14 am #

    I’ve seen the Ronnie book on the shelves, but it was a tad pricey pre-xmas, so maybe it’ll turn up in my stocking instead…..not!
    Thanks for sharing Steve. Have a fantastic Christmas. I love you loads.

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    melissa | 24 December 2007 at 8:22 am #

    I could of sworn I read ‘disposable shirt’ when I first read today’s blogge. I thought .. ‘disposable shirt?? what’s SK on about?’

    Now reading again … aaaah .. I geddit :). I think Santa should bring me some new spectacles! And one of those ‘f-you’ patches too, which I found hilarious 😀

    Have a loverly day tomorra!

  18. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 24 December 2007 at 8:38 am #

    yes, here i am against all odds and despite the in-laws…love and christmas greetings to one and all…
    love always…

  19. avatar
    Jen Jewel Brown | 24 December 2007 at 11:51 am #

    great adventures space captain.

    Happy birthday baby Jesus! Your philosophy kicks ass!

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    tim | 24 December 2007 at 12:41 pm #

    i like the stones and their music at least everthing that came before the 80s but the stones have been about as relevant as the black crowes for as long as the crowes have been around. But thanks to cohen, an incredibly resourceful manager have been fleecing their fans for decades. The fools that would pay that kind of money for a ticket to see them have to take some of the blame for the on going rise in concert ticket prices. every album after 81’s tatoo you is garbage. fuck em…
    now, if steve kilbey and verse chorus press were to ever get around to release no certainty attached then I’d have a book to read over the holiday’s…hmm guess its back to chapter 3 of 7 habits of highly effective people…could we get an update as to its eventual release?

    merry christmas mr. kilbey


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    craig1.618 | 24 December 2007 at 1:01 pm #

    happy birthday baby sun!!!

    you rise every morning and fill us with life

    your warmth helps to keep the cold at bay

    your light (horus) illuminates the dark (set)

    and here in the northern hemisphere

    today is the last of the three days of your death (22nd,23rd,24th)

    for tomorrow it will seem your descent has stopped

    and you will rise from your tomb


    (or something like that) 😉

  22. avatar
    fantasticandy | 24 December 2007 at 2:34 pm #

    merry xmas to everybody!!!!!!!!!!
    have a super-dooper-day.
    andy L.

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    tim | 24 December 2007 at 2:38 pm #

    hate to sound like a pissy spoiled fan, but univited like the clouds has been out for over a year and half yet nowhere can i find to download, not itunes, not, not cooking vinyl page, not true north the label distributing in canada. I don’t want your cd…i want your digital download.
    someone help please…

  24. avatar
    veleska1970 | 24 December 2007 at 2:45 pm #

    try napster, tim. the entire album is on there.

  25. avatar
    tim | 24 December 2007 at 3:04 pm #

    well of course never thought of that one..oh my gosh…thanks veleska. its like i’ve just won the lottery! best to you and yours this holiday season!

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    CSTCoach | 24 December 2007 at 3:28 pm #

    glad you’re home safe. Yestadaze manne, my arse. As you can see from this blog, your work has never been more relevant.

    merry xmas, killa.

    happy holidays to all fiendss.


  27. avatar
    Anthony | 24 December 2007 at 4:09 pm #

    Merry Christmas Steve and family!
    Much love,
    Anthony, Olivia, Thomas & Asher

  28. avatar
    davem | 24 December 2007 at 5:07 pm #

    Happy Christmas to you Steve…and all fiends across the globe.

  29. avatar
    ed in fl | 24 December 2007 at 5:25 pm #

    Happiest of holidays to all…now it’s off to the beach!

    ed in fl

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    syrinx | 24 December 2007 at 8:22 pm #

    “i’m in the church i say..
    they won’t let us in i say”

    PREFECT! Could it not be more so? 😀

    I wish you and your beautiful family love and laughter well into the new year. And every reading fiend out there too.

  31. avatar
    steve kilbey | 24 December 2007 at 9:12 pm #

    bah humbug

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    lily was here | 24 December 2007 at 9:13 pm #

    After the gig my head was spinning “I thought love was science fiction, like you were a ripple in my memory” over and over!

    Seasons greetings to you, Dave and all the luvly people. Thats it,Im sending you my copy of Pleasure & Pain, it was given to me for Christmas 2 years ago xxx

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    lily was here | 24 December 2007 at 9:18 pm #

    grumpy young man

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    c h r i s p y | 24 December 2007 at 9:26 pm #

    A present from St. Chrispy….

    ‘Twas the night before Chrispymas, and all through the list,
    not a Seancer was posting …except for Chrisp! 🙂
    His presents were wrapped, and under the tree,
    Perhaps Santa would deliver something from Kilbey;
    He should’ve been sleeping, but lay awake instead,
    While dreams of the new album danced in his head.
    He had on his HOB tour shirt, SASE spinning nearby,
    He had just reached track 7 -that great song “Lullaby”.
    When all of a sudden there arose such a skipping,
    he didn’t notice at first -he thought he was tripping.
    but away to the player he flew like a flash,
    smacked it a few times, and it fell with a crash.

    But the player’s speakers continued to sound,
    Giving a great vibe to the room all around.
    When, what into the yard outside should drive,
    But a small red minivan & U-haul, with The Church inside!
    Along with a couple of roadies, Trevor and Ward;
    I knew that this night, I wouldn’t be bored.

    Out of the van like rock stars they came;
    I started shouting and yelling and called them by name,
    “Hey Peter, Hey Marty, Hey Steve, Hey Timmy!
    Er.. Mr. Willson-Piper, Mr. Powles, Mr. Koppes, and Mr. Kilbey…”.
    They said, “We’ve got a private gig for you, a present, -the set list’s your call;
    perhaps something from ‘Seance’, ‘Magician’, ‘Heyday’, or ‘Baal’?”

    Like leaves in the wind, the roadies did fly;
    They set up all the instruments, and gave them a try.
    So up onto the stage the guys were drawn,
    I couldn’t believe it! A concert on my lawn!

    And then in a twinkling, began a new song that they wrote,
    They started strumming & picking on each little note.
    I took the entire scene in, and was swaying around,
    And over to the mic Mr. Kilbey came with a bound.

    He was dressed in white jeans from his waist to his feet,
    The rest of his clothes were road-worn, but still pretty neat.
    He had his milk-white bass, strung over his back,
    While Marty & Peter stood poised as if for attack..

    My eyes –how they twinkled, I was feeling so merry!
    The songs were like …roses, only darker and scary! 🙂
    Tim drummed with his sticks repeatedly up and down,
    And a great steady beat throbbed through my town.
    Marty had the stump of a joint held tight in his teeth,
    And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
    And Peter -he stood and played like the pro that he was,
    The speakers were thumping and shaking (Peter -the cause).

    Marty was jumping all over the stage like an elf!
    I laughed when I thought this (I couldn’t help myself).
    After many a tunes the set list wore down
    (I was still in shock -The Church in *my* town!).
    I had seen them play live before, so had nothing to fear,
    But I couldn’t help but think “shouldn’t Santa be here?”
    With a nod from the guys, and a wave of their hands;
    (No need to say much, it was easy to understand.)
    They spoke not a word, but went straight to their ride,
    Got into the vans and started to drive.
    The red minivan in the lead, …kind of like a sleigh.
    (Sorry, no Rudolph, just red-nosed roadies guiding their way.)
    Suddenly, I awoke on the floor -back in my room!
    The fallen player on my head no longer playing it’s tune.
    The dream that I’d had was caused by my klutzy tripping;
    Note to self: Don’t smack the CD player to STOP it from skipping.
    Still, I was very grateful to have dreamnt such a sight;
    So, Merry Chrispymas to all, but for now ….GOOD NIGHT!

    Happy Hollydaze to you & yours, one & all!

    – c h r i s p y

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    matt davison | 24 December 2007 at 11:43 pm #

    Happy Christmas bugs of Hum…

    All you Bloggers & Bloggetts..

    Mangey pather and Famb

    Be safe

    Hope the coming NY is wonderful to all…

    Nevet Matt

  36. avatar
    Anakki Mayhem | 25 December 2007 at 1:38 am #

    Merry Xmas! May your Santa-sack overflow with goodies! 😀

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    andmoreagain | 25 December 2007 at 4:31 am #

    Hey Stevey, didja ever read Julian Cope’s Head On where he mentions a certain singer of ye ole Church givin’ him a magic mushroom before his Teardrop show? Sounds like a great gig. Funny book.

  38. avatar
    damien | 29 December 2007 at 5:06 am #

    GLad to see you’re opening up the floor again, SK.

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