posted on March 31, 2008 at 2:20 am

anyway that was the gist
pumpkin soup
been listening to humphreys n keens “the overflow”
a lot
nz guys huh?!
you dont hear this kinda thing in rock often
a lot of ya know bout aunty may who raised me on the showtunes
yeah you know
from south pacific
west side story
porgy n bess
the characteristics of these songs were
meticulous attention to orchestral arrangements
often piano driven
tuneful singing
a warm fuzzy oldtime feeling
these were beautiful classic classic songs
i mean the ramones are great too
but these showtunes were oilpaintings
compared to rocks coloured pencils
humphreys n keen
not the greatest name i guess
this record has some stunningly beautiful songs
you know with major 7th chords n lovely melodies
the druid on the piano who i assume writes the music
knows his art n craft
the piano is just gorgeous
sad and romantic
jazzy sometiimes
the strings n things are lovingly done
this aint a record for guys who love metallica or something
this is old fashioned stuff
some of it could have been written in the 1920s
the words are tender and often almost naive
but not in a bad way
i dont want gimme danger little stranger every night
i got to like the guys voice n his take on things more n more
nk likes this record
i reckon my mum would like it
and i reckon a grand daughter in 2020 could like it too
track 2 is such a corker
i played it about 5 times in a row the other night
and no one here objected
downers: the inexplicable silent gaps in the middle of 2 songs
the occaisional twee bit (not that many really)
i know cd baby have this in stock at least
if you like that show tuney pianoey thing
warning :this record contains medium level violins
this record does not contain
space noises
pounding drums/throbbing bass
screaming and shouting
its a very nice record
but sometimes nice is really ….er…nice
some of you may check it out n say
no thanks that dont rock
others will say
thank you being
thats one of the loveliest records i ever heard
think maybe blue nile without the electronics n trauma
but the same honest romantic leanings maybe without their weariness
i love track 2
which reminds me of a missing track from west side story
and that aint a bad thing
as far as billy corgi goes
i love his soft n delicate numbers
i love disarm oh what a fucking corker of a song
jesus im gonna play it in melbourne
i love tonight tonight
and all those strange songs on mel n collie
machina too
jesus he can write a good song
oh yeah i rate our billy highly
pleased to hear he gave rep-tile a good kicking

bought myself an eye in the pyramid shirt
i should have sent it to mem or mhs
but i greedily kept it for myself
muse : you couldnt bear to part with it
i got it on now as i type
oooh big brudder watching me
gonna be a revolution of the heart
make it happen bruvvers n sistahs
lets make it happen
c’mon were taking over
the peaceniks
the psychedelic warlords
the animal lovers
the magicians n yogis
the singers
the sculptors
the myst-icks
the witches n whats
the surfers
the roadies
the rabid record collectors
the aesthetes n intellectuals
the bleeding heart idiots
who wouldnt know how to throw a decent invasion
the scientists who dont invent new kindsa bombs
the vegetarians
the ladies n real gentlemen
the vegetalistas
the healers n wisemen
the spiritual masters n mistresses
the good samaritans
the brave and patient
the generous and compassionate gang
the ones who turn people on
youre in there somewhere

ps btw
hump n keen do have some feedback…whooops!
but its very tasteful…
and davem
im saying it for you now

37 Responses to “daddy whos that big bald man in the silver dress singing your song while thousands of audience clap along : scarlet kilbey”

  1. avatar
    matt davison | 31 March 2008 at 3:35 am #

    hello nevets…..

    kILBEY Corgan togeter in duet perhaps?? sometime like remy zero guy……..Oh yess!!

    I must talk to Corgans people , get em to the Toff caus hes on Fri in Mel and killerz on Sun. we shall see.

    nz soul

    Try some Brooke Frazer SK hMMMM


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    SweatyWheels | 31 March 2008 at 4:45 am #

    Carry me Ohio

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    linjo | 31 March 2008 at 4:50 am #

    I used to play Demi Roussos over and over. Tonight tonight love it. Best part of East of nowhere yawn yawn melodramatic over hype was your beautiful song Steve. So hot up here today! Keep well!
    Linda x

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    Ethereal Butterfly | 31 March 2008 at 5:07 am #

    If only the peaceniks could take over the world SK. It is like the stones you wrote about yesterday – it is in our hands……………
    Hey any Crunchies fans going to see Marty W.P at the ‘Sando’ in Newtown this Thursday – might see you there?
    Melbourne’s cooooooooollllllllldddddddd today Linjo!
    Peace, compassion & tolerance………….
    Love Heather

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    Plus1 | 31 March 2008 at 5:20 am #

    Pumpkins doing Reptile at

    Kilbey doing Invisible, UTMW and One Inch Rock at

    Kilbey doing the above + 16 other great tracks, in the comfort of your own home, from

    Or get along to the Melbourne gig this Sunday night at The Toff!


  6. avatar
    matt davison | 31 March 2008 at 5:49 am #

    “kurt” you are spending way too much time on the computer!!


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    princey | 31 March 2008 at 5:51 am #

    Wow sk, are you really going to sing “Disarm” on Sunday, one of the most beautiful songs ever written?! But how will you do the “ding, ding, ding” bells a the beginning and the gorgeous violins??? It doesn’t matter, GOD, to hear you sing “the killer in me is the killer in love…I send this smile over to YOU” is all I neeeeed to hear:)

    As the daggy Pointer Sisters once sang; I’M SO EXCITED!!!

    Love Amanda

  8. avatar
    linjo | 31 March 2008 at 6:22 am #

    City slickers get all the action. I shouldnt complain though, did see Tex Muleskin and the Peckerheads on Fridee night aye! Wow. MD says the sherbies will be flowing on Sunday night, must be his shout guys. If he really loved his boy he would use his ‘managerial’ skills and organise a north coast tour this winter and keep the boy warm to stop the aches. Alpaca beanie on the way Steve.
    Linda X

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    Anonymous | 31 March 2008 at 6:29 am #

    I’m sure I would like that cd, I love old fashioned stuff and have afew fav songs from South Pacific plus other old musicals and most definitely Moon River is on the list. Would love to hear you sing it (lucky Scarlet). One day you may do a cd of songs from the classic musicals.

    Going to see Air Sun nite at the Opera House, looking forward to it.
    Thanks to you I bought their cd and have broadened my musical taste. The most cds I have by one group are of course by the Church, and solo ones by SK & MWP.

    Have a great week.

    Peace & love,

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    Hellbound Heart | 31 March 2008 at 6:40 am #

    …hump and keen sound very nice…would have to give them a listen before i decided they were my cup of tea…my daughter is helping me type this out by tapping the space bar when i tell her to…
    love always (space bar please gracie)…

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    davem | 31 March 2008 at 7:05 am #

    Crikey, when I read the title of today’s blog……except for the thousands of people that could’ve been me on any Friday night!!
    I often dig out your recommendations and was today going to purchase myself a cd version of Angels Egg by Gong. Will I weaken and put my hand in my pocket (ooooerrrr) for Humphreys and Keen instead?
    Love you Mr Kilbey.

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 March 2008 at 9:27 am #

    Yadda yadda yadda…
    Did Nick Ward ever put any of the Church in a choke hold and make you do piggy noises…?

  13. avatar
    Matt Davyddson | 31 March 2008 at 10:14 am #

    Sometimes, just sometimes, I’m embarrassed to have the same name.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 March 2008 at 10:25 am #

    stickitinyerear MD!

  15. avatar
    matthew | 31 March 2008 at 12:04 pm #

    Somehow we segued onto the Pashing Smumpkins & you compelled me to listen once again to Mellon Collie, something I’ve been meaning 2 do 4 ages. Thanks SK.

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 March 2008 at 12:53 pm #

    See what happens, Kilbey? You spout about some other band and they all start ! How long before Cromerford unleashes his Jeff Beck vaults ? Aieeeee!

  17. avatar
    a goose | 31 March 2008 at 12:54 pm #

    Did Nick Ward REALLY put you in a choke hold?

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 March 2008 at 2:02 pm #

    Kilbey, does it bother you that Corgan is the worst singer in the history of rock music? Not a bad songwriter, but that voice! God help us.

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    Anonymous | 31 March 2008 at 2:03 pm #

    Davem, go with Gong! This Kilbey recommendation may be good and all, but Angel’s Egg is beyond classic! And I mean brilliant from the first second to the last.

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    donna | 31 March 2008 at 2:47 pm #

    Hey Matt Davyddson!!!!!
    I’ve got a bone to pick with you..,

    For goodness sakes, just this once, you must exercise patience and understanding for those who share similar names ok??

    Those bastard demons on both your shoulders have been put there for inner strength and future wisdom …ok!!!

    It’s about time you faced up to one another and say “FUCK YOU!!!! ONCE AND FOR ALL”

    And despite your stupid, fucked up, addictive logic… just remember one thing..we love you BOTH dearly – truly, madly and VERY deeply indeed..learn to reach out for those flowers around you that are waiting to be touched and embraced.. you have alot to offer the universe..

    And never forget those that took you to that place of belonging either..they paved the way for future happiness..

    Steve, I hope you have a brilliant night on Sunday – Wish I could have timed things better!

    Good luck with the launch and hope you sell heaps!! Carla sends kisses too.

    Much love,

    Miss D.XXX

  21. avatar
    CSTCoach | 31 March 2008 at 3:01 pm #

    Great entries over the past couple days. Exploring that flimsy boundary between reality and unreality, the mental ward and the nicked ward, and dr benbow reminiscent of the sick and twisted dr benway…

    cool pumpkins clip, saw it on ewe-tube.

    ahh… mr. humphries again… But what of captain peacock?

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 March 2008 at 4:04 pm #

    If we can talk about other bands n irrelevant shit like that, lets talk boxing! Yehman! So: Hatton-v-Witter, who’d win? Bruising bodypuncher-v-elusive defensive genius with a knockout punch in either hand. Oops, guess I revealed my thoughts there. His name might be Witter, but it ain’t no rhyming slang! Yowsa.
    Well, you started it, Kilbo…

  23. avatar
    fantasticandy | 31 March 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    if y’all gonna talk about other bands then check this link….

  24. avatar
    davem | 31 March 2008 at 4:57 pm #


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    Brien Comerford | 31 March 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    The wise men, the spiritual masters, the healers, the yogis, the vegetarians and the animal lovers. Hindu Nationalism must reign supreme in India. Sk’s art could sell well in Gandhi country.

    Humphreys and Keen CD sounds very alluring. I think there was a bloke in OMD called Humphries.

  26. avatar
    Riki Tiki | 31 March 2008 at 5:41 pm #

    Graeme Humphreys and Peter Keen were the primary songwriting partnership of the critically acclaimed Able Tasmans, a band in the Flying Nun stable of New Zealand that produced 4 albums and one EP from 1986 to 1996. Since then Graeme never stopped writing songs but lacked the vehicle to realize them… until now. The imminent departure of vocalist and lyricist Peter Keen to an oceanographic research vessel hurling about on fearsome oceans over 5km above the seabed for the next 2 years drove the two to complete the project before he left.
    Recorded in November of 2003 they entered the studio with a singular vision and a lack of compromise. The result is a rich and compellingly melodious body of work with not a single dud in the line-up of tracks. Artistic goals were the only focus and Graeme and Peter are very pleased with the results.

    Former Able Tasmans Jane Dodd and Craig Mason feature on this record as well as Tasmans Ron Young assisting with synth set-up and Leslie Jonkers, who provided the cover artwork. Peter Scott provided double bass on the majority of the tracks. Other selected musicians completed the picture. Victoria Kelly realized the string components and Kingsley Melhuish the brass.

    Graeme Humphreys songwriting and arrangements meshed with Peter Keen’s unique honey voice make a musical experience like a big dreamy swim, but beware. The Overflow has depth, darkness and a considerable undertow.

    Until 2006 Graeme worked at Radio Sport as the afternoon host and compiled sardonic sports highlight video packages as well as appearing on Sports Café on TV2 under the name Graeme Hill. Why the name-change? It is a disappointingly mundane story. While working as a DJ on bFM The Able Tasmans’ music was regularly programmed. Rather than have the unfair perception of a vested interest when Able Tasmans’ music turned up on the rotate he grabbed another surname. Problem solved, but the name stuck as far as broadcasting goes. He continues to write for television productions Eating Media Lunch and The Unauthorised History of New Zealand.

    Peter Keen is indeed now spending about 6 months of the year aboard the Royal Research Ships Discovery and The Charles Darwin monitoring deep ocean currents from the pole to pole with his base being at the Oceanographic Institute at Southampton. He has also declared himself the King of Crozet Island with its wildlife his only subjects. When not at sea he lives on the Isle Of White. You can have a look at the ships and what they’re up to if you want at

  27. avatar
    steve kilbey | 31 March 2008 at 8:11 pm #

    rikki ticki
    tell humphreys if hes got any more songs like this
    i’ll fuckin sing em
    the killer

  28. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 31 March 2008 at 8:16 pm #

    The transmigration of Jesus Christ art is amazing. I’m too cash-strapped to buy the print. It really captures the mystical aura of the Christ I envision.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 March 2008 at 9:04 pm #

    might call meself M.D. from now on. See what’ll happen.


    Oh Andy, please don’t…

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 March 2008 at 9:11 pm #

    Is it a bit like Prefab Sprouts later concept stuff?

    Dutch Pierre

  31. avatar
    mandn | 31 March 2008 at 9:15 pm #

    hi Orpheus

    I’ve recently been enjoying the soulful singing of Catherine Russell. She is the daughter of Carlene Ray and Louis Russell, who played with Louis Armstrong.
    She’s wonderful!


  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 April 2008 at 1:21 am #

    You make them sound a bit like The Whitlams.

  33. avatar
    Ethereal Butterfly | 1 April 2008 at 7:31 am #

    That is fascinating Rikki Tiki – thanks for that!


  34. avatar
    nickfiction | 1 April 2008 at 12:42 pm #

    Corgan’s a great writer etc…. blah blah, but that voice……..ugh…..

  35. avatar
    quartzcity | 2 April 2008 at 6:25 am #

    So happy to see mention of the Humphries and Keen album. I’ve loved the Able Tasmans since I first heard them years back and only just learned about the H&K album late last year. Well worth seeking out.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 April 2008 at 10:55 am #

    oopsy!haha!;) x

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    dreamofsammy | 4 May 2008 at 11:05 am #

    yes, eyes of a blue dog, beautiful stuff, i hope they make more music soon


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