posted on October 1, 2008 at 2:14 am

we needed the money
for start up costs for next u.s. tour
why us?
the ceo of promotions loves us
have we sold out?
yes and available for more

well i kinda hadda good time
the band played tight n hard
it wasnt my fave selection but….
we had certain obligations
we played
as we finished the first song
i thought we sounded real good
but the audience hardly clapped at all
and didnt for rest of the night
we were broadcasting unto the void
of course the odd bloke or sheila here or there enjoyed it
but most of em ignored it or whatever….
kept on schmoozin’ n boozin’
(ooh they had some nice cocktails there ! )
yeah there were those searchlights
and coppers divertin’ the traffic
i ate hummous n avocado n pitta bread
i drank water n jaeger n red bull n cocktails
i hadda spliff behind a faux petrol tanker
look we were really good but the crowd were not an audience
we didnt have the necessary mojo to transform em
we were just a noisy bloody rock group
megan gale said she liked us when briefly introduced
she is beautiful i guess and seemed lovably dopey
me n nk were snapped by a photographer…will we be in goss section?
the event was drowning in alcohol
and groaning under hors d’oeuvres
nothing spectacular happened
we were very good
the crowd were not there to listen to us
thats for sure
the people who hired us were well satisfied
i pissed off with nk as soon as gig over
they had hired us a hotel room with all thrown in
up in kings cross
with a lovely courtyard off the room
overlooking eastern subs
we had a lovely night
today say goodbye to church
a little sad
but i’ll manage
kids on school holidays wanna be taken out
and i
with hardly any sleep or food for a while
feeling like a hollow man
and charlie turned up!
it was loverly weather
our room was so nice
all the people were tres pleasant
im not complaining
neither should you….

59 Responses to “corporate gig”

  1. avatar
    kat | 1 October 2008 at 2:56 am #

    for next US tour?!?! that is the best news i got all day.


  2. avatar
    the dean | 1 October 2008 at 3:03 am #

    we’ve all got to earn a crust, may as well do what you’re good at.

    We all sell ourselves to some extent but not our souls.

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2008 at 3:06 am #

    Would have loved to have been there, was thinking of you all. Some people don't clap at anything, they were probably too blown away.
    Saw you on tv this morn, Ch 7 news, tonite will be swapping channels to catch another look, you all looked happy, get used to all the cameras, interviews, get the big bucks rolling in. Church tour US, great news, another Basement gig here would be a dream come true (or Enmore or anywhere). Playing El Mo Sig lately, brilliant songs, need to hear it live.

    Peace & love,

  4. avatar
    kat | 1 October 2008 at 3:13 am #

    the people who don’t clap or show life at a great show such as the church suck. i mean i see alot of those types at shows actually and i just want to club them to put them our of their misery.

    ok, so that was pretty harsh but it just bugs me.

    time for spark!

  5. avatar
    eek | 1 October 2008 at 3:15 am #

    we needed the money
    for start up costs for next u.s. tour

    Well now that makes it just fine. Seriously, you could tell me you were all becoming hitmen or porn stars and if it was to fund your next US tour I would say “That’s wonderful! You go on out there, have a good time and knock ’em dead!” 🙂 (yep, I’m selfish. 🙂 )

    have we sold out?
    yes and available for more

    Good. I have no problem with you taking advantage of whatever comes your way to make a living or to make a more comfortable living. And it doesn’t sound as if it was too painful for you….

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2008 at 3:31 am #


    You guys haven’t sold out youv’e just extracted some money


  7. avatar
    jfw | 1 October 2008 at 3:32 am #

    Hey Killa,
    1st post here, been in the shadows-check in bloggie everyday. I have mixa feelings…
    pissed at the deaf-
    saddend by the forcasted conclusions-
    optimysic about a tour-
    reserved to get overexcited.
    inspired ….
    painkiller on the way- I hope it does

    love and respect J

  8. avatar
    heather | 1 October 2008 at 3:53 am #

    wtf is “selling out” anyway? I reckon the minute you take your art/music out of the bedroom/garage and into the public you are making it commercial and who the hell doesn’t want a number one hit?

    the selling out bit is when you make your music/art with a view to money and not to the muse..which you never do anyway…it’s not like you got paid to play someone else’s songs…you just got paid more for doing what you already normally get paid for

    oh and Vishnu…sorry but once you have let the work into the world it’s not yours anymore (ducks)..isn’t the best work always that which has meaning to people beyond and apart from the creator?

    what is utmw about? isn’t it’s success based on it’s resonance with people which may be different to the author’s intent? Personally I’ve never know what it’s about and it’s never mattered…although watching the video on utube recently I was reminded of “story of the eye” (whoa) What about tristesse and the fellow who named his daughter that…is it not a lovely sound even though he didn’t know it’s literal translation…

    is god a female or a male?

    or is it universal, unconditional love which is beyond gender?


  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2008 at 3:55 am #

    Please come to Portland, but please, please, please play at someplace other than Dantes!

    Wonder Ballroom is one suggestion, Aladdin Theater, or any spot owned by McMenamins.


  10. avatar
    Thelonious | 1 October 2008 at 3:57 am #

    SK, no complaints at all. Good luck to you you deserve it. Hope Megan gale didn’t ask you to play her favourite Church song ” Happy Birthday Helen”?

  11. avatar
    captain mission | 1 October 2008 at 4:08 am #

    there’s no such thing as sold out in my book, just souled out and you guys have an abundance of soul, shame about the audience. i’m glad you guys got some extra cash and were treated well though.

    smoking a spliff behind a petrol tanker ha!

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2008 at 4:09 am #

    hee hee hee!!! on ya SK!!

    Last night it was all about being the life of the party at the event, which was held in a former petrol station, complete with a large petrol tanker booth for DJs.

    "Walking along the catwalk was a lot of fun but you don't really engage with people like I do now," she said.

    She certainly did that last night, with a stellar crowd in attendance including James Packer's wife Erica, Nine boss David Gyngell and Leila McKinnon, swimmer Grant Hackett and his wife Candice, sass & bide designers Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2008 at 4:14 am #

    A-list entertainment hey…you boyz have made it for reel!!!


    The department store spent big on champagne, canapes from celebrity chefs and A-list entertainment for a lavish party last night to launch its newest spending carrot.

    Entertained by the 1980s alternative rock band The Church, guests included Erica Packer, Nine’s boss, David Gyngell, the broadcaster Alan Jones, the swimmer Libby Trickett, Hermes’s head, Karin Upton Baker, Sotheby’s chief, Justin Miller, and a host of chefs and fashion designers from the David Jones stable.

    They descended on a car wash in Darlinghurst, which had been transformed into a cocktail bar-cum-vintage petrol station, a nod to the store’s marketing campaign encouraging card customers to turn everyday purchases into rewards.

  14. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 1 October 2008 at 4:21 am #

    u.s. tour!!

    this is what I’ve been looking for…

  15. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 1 October 2008 at 4:24 am #

    …did any of the corporate types indulge in some herb along with you behind the fake petrol tanker??? think they all just needed to loosen up, baybeee! 😉
    love always….

  16. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 1 October 2008 at 4:34 am #

    U and The Church have not sold your souls. Bowie, Dylan, Doors, Bolan, Lennon and many of your heroes did and it’s no big deal. We’re no longer in idyllic Eden. The worse (least best) Church song is better than the best rap, death metal or teen pop song. If I was in the audience I would have roared in approval while gorging on tofu and booze. The set list was impressive !

  17. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 1 October 2008 at 4:40 am #

    your next u.s. tour???, you never finished that electric magnetic tour from last tour, is this a new tour for new album release or what???
    Sit Down Jonny

  18. avatar
    Rich | 1 October 2008 at 4:55 am #

    Y’know, her in Fla. our grocery stores play music that appeals to upwardly mobile 30 and 40s – DM, nice Cure, REM, old Cars, whatever. I heard ‘Metropolis’ today as I bought frozen pizza and wine. I thought, “They’re playin this right now, 17 hours ahead.”

  19. avatar
    the dean | 1 October 2008 at 5:16 am #

    SK may yet replace Deborah Sutton.
    From paisley to houndstooth, who would have thought.

  20. avatar
    marc | 1 October 2008 at 5:31 am #

    fuckin hell…alternative music has become old codger’s easy listening adult music…what the fuck…am I getting old….eeeek…and is it a generation gap to consider today’s kids music to be utter crap or is it actually cos it is utter crap…am I missing something…is it self centered to consider that the music I grew up loving is still by far the most brilliant music ever released??

    however I look at it, I’d rather be me than them….

  21. avatar
    princey | 1 October 2008 at 5:36 am #

    I would never complain about The Church playing for money either sk, glad you had a great night, made money, had yummy cocktails&food, stayed in a beautiful hotelroom….what more couldya want?
    And I sincerely hope you felt really, REALLY sad saying goodbye to the Church fellas, it can only mean the end is NOT near!
    Take care and love always,

  22. avatar
    matt davison | 1 October 2008 at 5:52 am #

    Well at least that leaves he way for an NZ stopover tour…Kurt you listening??

    But still…”I didnt like it” But who am I anyway……………..

    Rather a sell out, then a sell out but anyhoo I am an Idealistic W******


  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2008 at 5:59 am #

    Matt doesn’t like it, what a fucking wanker you are mate

  24. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 1 October 2008 at 6:16 am #

    “have we sold out?
    yes and available for more”


    From – Love Is In The Air: “I Should Be So Lucky”

    “We were complete opportunists. You know the whole thing of selling out, people would say oh you’ve sold out we’d say you know just tell us where to sell out and we’ll g- you know, we’ll be there!” – Todd Hunter

  25. avatar
    MEM | 1 October 2008 at 6:23 am #

    augh… to be
    to rock ’em

    the thing

    a shame

    greedy ears
    ready and

  26. avatar
    fantasticandy | 1 October 2008 at 6:57 am #

    this news is enough to draw even me back……
    but come ‘n play for me dave gareth and fireseed too eh?

  27. avatar
    Miss D | 1 October 2008 at 7:36 am #

    Hi Steve,
    Miss D here-I don’t often comment but just wanted to say that I’ve been reading the mixed bag of comments lately and I’m glad you chose to remove ‘anon’s’ comments a couple of days back-wow, I really think it’s sad how someone can be so viscious and attacking towards Brian, Matt and Mark..then to mention someone’s partner and thier ‘bits’ was way below the belt I think!! Not to mention sexist and pathetic..Negativity aside, good for you guys that you enjoyed your gig last night..that’s what it’s all about isn’t it? Lucky you and NK for having a lovely night in the hotelroom and even better, getting paid for it..and why shouldn’t you take advantage of every opportunity?? You are just blessed with the talent that can pay your bills and support your family, and that’s admirable in my eyes…
    Love and Respect – there’s not enough of that around at the moment.
    Take Care.

    Love Miss D.XX

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2008 at 8:20 am #

    Hey, Andy’s back! For the love of God and all things holy, nobody mention dog poop.

  29. avatar
    cita | 1 October 2008 at 8:38 am #

    Selling out…I don’t think so. It is always nice to be asked to play. I am sure over the years whatever reason you have to play together is a good enough reason. I’m glad you didn’t knock it back. I still have to pinch myself to think my favourite band from the 80s is still playing.
    Glad you reviewed it for all of us that would have loved it.

  30. avatar
    don joe | 1 October 2008 at 9:48 am #

    Ok Steve! Nice one…lap it up. You have the knowledge not to get fuct over this time, you are seperate enough from it to be able to impinge, extract and withdraw. Use it to your advantage, you have the cred now mate. How many others can lay claim to the trail of creation you have provided. You are a 1st class artisan of many, many fields. You deserve the recognition and adulation. I say bravo ol chap and keep the fire stoked to boiling point. Roast those naive suckers who will glady part with readies for your goods. As naive as they are, they have some semblence of what you are worth and have done, otherwise Shannon Noll or whatever sugar coated, just add water formulaic music they make would be paraded…blah blah; blab as I must. Be gone I am in SK we trust.

    PS: Thanks for the vote of confidence lily 🙂

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2008 at 9:50 am #

    It was Thomas with the dogshit, not Andy.
    Glad you’ve got managed to get some money for a change, Steve – it does my head in to think you’re usually so skint. Hope the pressure’s off for a bit now.
    Don’t think matt was criticising as such – more sort of idealistic distaste for the evil necessity of it.
    Doubt if anyone here would put the boot in unless they were just trying to stir the shit.
    As for the ‘viewers’, well, I saw Joy Division in 1979 and hardly anyone responded to them – and they WERE playing to people who’d paid to see em! It’s not a myth – people really did stand there in raincoats and just look at em!
    Anyhow, enjoy the money, Steve, you deserve it, mate.

  32. avatar
    steve kilbey | 1 October 2008 at 10:03 am #

    it wasnt THAT much money folks……

  33. avatar
    princey | 1 October 2008 at 11:16 am #

    For seven songs, it woulda been mucha money…

  34. avatar
    restaurant mark | 1 October 2008 at 12:12 pm #

    glad you had a good night playing steve…love the news about an upcoming u.s. tour. smiles all around on that one…
    good think it wasn’t a real oil tanker…might’ve been your last spliff…watch those hot ashes!

    take care everyone

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2008 at 12:13 pm #

    Well, Steve, however much money it was (or wasn’t), it’s better in your pocket than theirs, I say!
    Look at it like this:
    you’re taking their evil, corpororate dollar away from them and redirecting it into artistic pursuits. Sort of like a ram-raid with cultural benefits!
    And yes, Steve, I do count your life as an artistic pursuit!

  36. avatar
    Shawn El | 1 October 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    then how much was it, SK? surely more than you make at one cherch giggy right?

  37. avatar
    ross b | 1 October 2008 at 12:23 pm #

    Hey Steve I hope you can do some local warm-up dates with the Church before your US tour, here’s hoping!
    Cheers, Ross

  38. avatar
    markobears | 1 October 2008 at 12:46 pm #

    You got to mix your art with business sometimes or next corporate gig could be at Mcdonalds.

  39. avatar
    damien | 1 October 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    Who works at their job for free?

    All this hand-wringing over whether The Chrunch have “sold out” is a load of old tripe.

    Sounds to me, Steve, like you had the typical kind of gig a cover band plays. You sing and play your heart out for a bunch of drunks who aren’t even listening anyway.

    That’s what being in a band is like a lot of the time. And like Steve says, you don’t get THAT much money at the end of it all.

  40. avatar
    lily was here | 1 October 2008 at 1:33 pm #

    What?! You didnt play your big hit ‘After Everything’? 🙂
    How did Unguarded Moment go? For you i mean, not the audience.


  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2008 at 1:54 pm #

    Glad the gig went over well Steve.
    Not a damn thing wrong with taking advantage of a little $$$ regardless of the amount.

    You completely made my day as well with the U.S. tour news.
    I have fingers crossed that you will be coming to my neck of the woods.

    Tampa, Fl

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2008 at 2:06 pm #

    Yes, good news for us in US. You played State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, last time, 2006. Spectacular show and I think the best venue for The Church around DC.

    Well, I got my Painkiller! First 5 songs are magnificent. Not sure about the radiotronics…


  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2008 at 2:52 pm #

    There’s no handwringing at all – cos there’s no sellout.

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2008 at 3:03 pm #

    Wish my company would have you at one of their dos! I reckon DJ VIPs probably thought they were too cool to clap (how common) – bet most of them wanted to. Glad you and NK had a nice night out for two.
    Big Smiles,

  45. avatar
    CSTCoach | 1 October 2008 at 3:19 pm #

    Not another word about “selling out”, esskay. I hope you guys will continue to take advantage of such opportunities, and any more that come along as a result of the recent publicity UTMW is getting, your TV gigs, etc.

    Everyone needs money. Just remember, the more energy in the form of cash you can accumulate, the more that frees you to devote your time to artistic projects. To gather together those creators who resonate with you and fund such projects as Painkiller. To buy more paints. Sure, maybe the corporate types don’t get your message and only hire you for “prestige”, but you’re spinning that cash into projects that matter and that benefit more widely.

    Besides, music resonates, and continues to resonate long after the last note has been played. Who’s to say that a few of those corporate types weren’t affected and won’t be changed by the seeds you planted and the subtle vibrations you laid down?

    GREAT fucking news on the US tour. I’ll be making my way down there fo sho.

    Glad to hear The Church isn’t parting ways just yet. While you may be finding your creative energies flowering in other directions these days (and i think its wonderful!), there’s a certain magic that gets tapped when all four Choich members get together which isn’t tapped at any other time. Even if that only meant an album every couple years, it would still be a worthy pursuit. Recent albums have shown you guys at the absolute top of your form, with such promise of more. You and you+theband are more creative and prolific now than at any time in your long and storied careers. That’s pretty amazing.

    Much respect, druid. And glad to hear that things are going so well.:)


  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2008 at 4:49 pm #

    Aah, Church gigs! Any chance of seeing The Church in Europe?
    Painkiller CD should be here soon — John’s running everywhere to post albums to everyone.


  47. avatar
    jax | 1 October 2008 at 5:07 pm #

    Thanks for the ‘splanation’ Killer, wondered what was up.. I am thinkin poor MWP.. travelin from States and he has a gig this weekend in SF.. yikes, tell me did Tim wear a shirt and tie?

  48. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 1 October 2008 at 6:55 pm #

    The Church is also a very good live acoustic band. That format allows Steve’s voice to be an even more resonant instrument than usual.

    Happy United Nations’ International Day Of Nonviolence And Gahndi’s Birthday On October 2.

  49. avatar
    verdelay | 1 October 2008 at 7:20 pm #

    An audience applauds
    And a crowd pays

    A bit of both does nicely.

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2008 at 8:15 pm #

    A friend who moved from Brazil to Australia mentioned that one of the biggest differences at shows was that in Australia, people tend to stand w/ their back to the stage, chatting away and drinking like nothing is happening. This has happened without exception at every gig from The Church to Maiden. Perhaps someone there can give some insight into why crowds seem so indifferent.

    Here in the States, at least in San Francisco, The Church get a really warm welcome and the crowds have always been more than the merely curious. So as far as having to play ‘that song’ or any other, you can be sure that anyone at a gig here is fan enough that they’d be thrilled to hear b-sides, rarities or just a jam. Really, it’s not like we hear U.T.M.W. every month live and are getting a little bored! The S.F. fans are ready for more of whatever you’d enjoy playing for us.


  51. avatar
    davem | 1 October 2008 at 8:18 pm #

    Hiho Andy!! I didn’t want to ask meself……and where the heck is Gareth?
    Killer…I picked up Painkiller a couple of hours ago. It looks fantastic and the shirt will make the most of my 6-pack…hum.
    Only 1 listen in, so too early to comment and I’m still shaking with excitement anyway. Early impressions though – awesome bass, THAT voice and yet you’ve taken more risks with it. It’s going to be a PK weekend.
    God, it’s effing good to live in a Steve Kilbey world.

  52. avatar
    davem | 1 October 2008 at 8:23 pm #

    SK, further to Jeff’s comment… you get welcomed anywhere like you do here? I’ve seen you many times (at least for someone not from Oz) and I thought April 30 last year was one of the most adoring audiences I’ve ever been wrapped in, for any artist.

  53. avatar
    steve kilbey | 1 October 2008 at 8:24 pm #

    thanks dave

  54. avatar
    captain mission | 1 October 2008 at 8:26 pm #

    annon (postal) 12.06
    that’s radio’phonics’, not ‘tronics.’
    i’ve recently learnt the difference there’s a difference my friend.

  55. avatar
    steve kilbey | 1 October 2008 at 8:29 pm #

    no mission
    its tronics
    radiophonics is dr who

  56. avatar
    davem | 1 October 2008 at 8:41 pm # all this lurking affecting todays blog? Good morning to you.

  57. avatar
    eek | 1 October 2008 at 9:40 pm #

    Steve, y’all made Australian Vogue!

    click here

  58. avatar
    matt davison | 1 October 2008 at 11:22 pm #

    Oh….Just wish NME or RS would pick up on this band again, not ruddy old Australian Vogue.


    GOod on ya SK, money is important
    I am just a dick! All the best.

    -at least you won’t go put it in the pokies eh!!!

  59. avatar
    m.p.k | 2 October 2008 at 4:04 pm #

    It’s OK to get paid Steve. Sometimes it’s art, sometimes it’s a job. Do it for yourself when it’s an obligation, not a privilege.

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