posted on July 25, 2008 at 10:20 pm

i fucken love you guys
ive been really touched by your reactions
ive been really touched reading yer youthful memories
i know 1985 kilbey would have been chuffed
i mean 23 years into the future people still digging it
why cant we have those heydays over and over….?
ah…..if i could figure that out
i’d like to thank all the people who donated yesterday
i really appreciate it!
things are a bit skint chez kilbey at the present
so we really thank you warmly for generosity
you didnt have to do it but you did……nice one!
i listened to it myself yesterday…1st time in ages
its where we really turned into ourselves
heyday facts.
emi aust dropped us after heyday
it only sold 20 thousand odd copies
i had a hilarious conversation
with some 1986 emi dennis eton hogge
complete with yes…a hairy chest and a libra pendant
he was a hog a pig and a bore
i told him i wanted our next album to be a double
i told him i wanted our next album to explore instrumentally
the ebb and flow of nature
more choirs
more orchestras
more peter walsh
the pig sat there stunned
the next morning
i was informed by telephone
just as i was about to jump in a cab
to begin pre-rehearsal for our next reckord
that the church were dropped from emi
our next album sold nearly a million
do you reckon that the pig ever got his porky ass kicked?
(oooh im a childish little sod, aint i?)
fact 2
more than one proud parent has named his daughter tristesse
thats true
they shoulda researched it more
its the “sadness that comes after lovemaking”
eg. post coitum animal est triste
3 there are 1 million acoustic guitar overdubs on each song
the original title
4 of already yesterday was hover
5the beginning of hhg was called poland
marty n i wrote that in bondi in 82 and slipped it in there
6the original title of roman was transylvania
7columbus was written in ….columbus..i was stuck with the title
now headquarters of my art empire…hiya eek
8peter walsh had a big brother also a producer he used to ring for advice
9peter didnt like the word “slump” he had me remove it from a song
10we called him the young english knob twiddler when we played pinball
11we hired the persian rug from a store in rushcutters bay
12the church werent wearing paisley at that stage
it had gone after 1982
i wore black from there on i guess
we did it as a retro laugh on ourselves
13steve sutherland called hhg
“like felt stumbling thru a big country rehearsal”
most american rags gushed however
14disenchanted was written about russell
but when he asked me i denied it!
15the last record to have lyrics printed
thats it
im racing against a “blog outage”
so im gonna post this
and wish you all a happy heyday weekend

35 Responses to “dear reader”

  1. avatar
    CouldBeAnyone | 25 July 2008 at 11:08 pm #

    It made me smile to hear of the “daughters named Tristesse”. Back in the 80s I dated a man who thought it would be an excellent name for our theoretical child, even after I told him the meaning of the word.

    So I don’t have a daughter named Tristesse, but I do have one named Piper. Nothing to do with a certain guitarist, however.

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    kat | 26 July 2008 at 12:02 am #


    you and all the fiends must have fixed it. heydey didn't skip on the way home from work! 🙂

    & a happy b-day tomorrow to mick jagger…

    happy weekend everyone!


  3. avatar
    tim | 26 July 2008 at 12:03 am #

    just one million huh…have a nice weekend killer..

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    Lord Orange | 26 July 2008 at 12:20 am #

    Hey Steve — here’s a Heyday fact you don’t know. HHG got used in a big-time planetarium show!

    I used to write and produce planetarium shows — not the laser rock shows mind you, the real astronomy shows. I was always on the hunt for good music. Most shows back then used really naff newage, which I hated. I was lucky to have been given the freedom to do as I saw fit, so I used a lot of the Eno/Lanois material (Apollo, of course) and other good ambient music. Naturally the Church were a rich source of material that just seemed to work perfectly with the subject.

    I remember using Happy Hunting Ground off Heyday. I also used some stuff off of P=A (Film) and StarFish (Destination). Ironically I never used UTMW. Too obvious I suppose.

    I like to think a few patrons went out and bought Church records after seeing one of these shows, but who knows if they did or not. Maybe some of ’em ever preferred the usual newage. Can’t please everyone.


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    freddy mercurial | 26 July 2008 at 12:22 am #

    Thanks for all the insights into that great f*cking album you made. It really is a masterpiece. Disenchanted was always my fave song. Listening to it now on a warm Friday evening on the East Coast USA.

    Best to you and your family.

    Freddy Merk

  6. avatar
    gazbosue | 26 July 2008 at 12:43 am #

    i remember sitting in a “mushy room “
    in Melbourne with ploogy as he gushed about how good the new album “Heyday”
    was.Good?Probably the greatest to come outta oz.One thing i’ve always
    loved about you is your integrity.
    More power to you brother.
    Does The Church have to be like
    Big Star and be discovered,uncovered
    recovered in the future? I bloody well hope not!

  7. avatar
    tim | 26 July 2008 at 12:46 am #

    my church

    the guitars
    softly shimmer
    the bass
    the drummer
    kicks in
    but there is a space
    between the notes
    where sound
    and silence
    and then….
    that voice
    takes you to
    another place
    its thick
    and soft
    yet pierces
    the night
    as it floats
    above the crowd
    and magically
    into my skin
    my bones
    my soul
    i am bound
    i am free to
    roam but
    i am held
    to this sound
    it goes on and on
    but i know no time
    or signatures
    just pleasures in
    this transendent place
    in this
    my sacred space
    this is
    my church

  8. avatar
    JJ | 26 July 2008 at 1:18 am #

    Loved reading the FunFacts file on Heyday.

    Know this: it was the album that spun my head around to The Church, and – it still stands today. It has not diminished nor tarnished with age. I was inspired to put it on again in the car CD player trudging into workville, and had to pause in the carpark, let the seat back – and soak in it’s glory almost as if for the first time.

    Ah, Heyday. A merry weekend to you and yours.


  9. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 26 July 2008 at 1:34 am #

    My Church is Priest=Aura, Sometime Anywhere, Hologram of Baal, After Everything Now This, Forget Yourself, Beside Yourself, Uninvited Like The Clouds, Parallel Universe, El Momento Siguiente, El Momento Descuidado, and Uninvited Like The Clouds. Dabble, Unearthed and Acoustic and Intimate are tossed in too.

    Very impressive Heyday lovefest yesterday. So many longstanding Church fans. I’m a fanatic for 18 months but I simply cant get into the 80s Church. Never liked early Beatles, Smiths, Pretenders and Jeff Beck Cd’s either.

  10. avatar
    Polydora | 26 July 2008 at 1:38 am #

    “…complete with yes…a hairy chest and a libra pendant”

    Shit, someone dim the lights and spin the mirrorball!

  11. avatar
    veleska1970 | 26 July 2008 at 1:40 am #

    “ive been really touched by your reactions”
    and i was touched reading this!!

    “i fucken love you guys”
    and we love you, too!!!

    sorry i couldn’t donate yesterday…didn’t get paid till today. i’ve just donated a little bit. i wish it could be more, i really really do. 🙁

    i just wanna slap idiots like this denis eton hogge. is he THAT ignorant to not realize he was in the presence of greatness? i guess not. **pffftt** **rolls eyes**

    i have to laugh about the choice of “tristesse” as a baby name. i would have never used it because i knew what it meant. 😉

    interesting fact about “disenchanted”. and i’ve always thought the beginning is one of the most beautiful and compelling guitar playing i’ve ever heard. ah, perfection.

    awwww~~blog outage. what a bummer. well, you and yours have a great weekend.

    lotza love….

    ps all this “heyday” and “myrrh” talk prompted me last night to click on my MP3 player and lullaby myself to sleep listening to…what else?…”myrrh”. and i haven’t listened to “heyday” in its entirety in a while myself. so methinks i’ll go out to the car now and get the CD. 🙂

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 July 2008 at 2:02 am #

    No…thank you Steve.
    For all the music and for letting us be a part of your world every day.
    I’m here for one reason and one reason only.
    Because I happen to think that you’re the absolute best.
    Plain and simple.
    Have a great weekend.

    Tampa, Fl

  13. avatar
    Thomas Irvin | 26 July 2008 at 2:14 am #

    Thought about posting the other day and for some reason didn’t.

    You should know that Heyday, more than any other album, changed my life.

    Heyday was the album that made it okay for this punk rock kid to like the Beatles again. I still remember the day I saw it in the rack at Pickles Records in Lincoln, Nebraska. I rarely had disposable money in those days (teenager with no job) but I did that day and I bought it completely on the basis of the cover. It just seemed like those four people on the cover must exist in a much cooler world than my own. It was a world I wanted to visit.

    I still recall putting the album on when I got home and, upon hearing the first 30 seconds of “Myrrh,” knowing that I had made a good choice. I listened to side one about a half dozen times before daring to listen to side two because it couldn’t possibly be as good as side one, right? Well it was. Might’ve even been better.

    Years later (when I did have disposable income) I bought Richard’s Heyday shirt from an Australian collectibles dealer. I really wanted to have something tangible from the album that changed my life.

    Of course, it could never be as good as the music.

    Thanks for taking us back, Steve. (I’d donate, but unfortunately student loans have left me poorer than I was in high school.)

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    Anonymous | 26 July 2008 at 4:01 am #

    Ain’t it all just a fuck show anyway… them “Dennis eaten hogs” got some tiny balls… at least ol’e St. Nigel got the bragging rites for figuring out how Stonehenge was made… and I think he just might be right after carefully tracing and reviewing his research tactics… onwards and upwards…

    Much love

  15. avatar
    princey | 26 July 2008 at 6:53 am #

    I loved reading everyones Heyday memories too sk, it’s been a beautiful experience. I can’t believe it was 23 years ago though!! Boy do I feel old, but always count my blessing knowing that The Church still exist and write and record together, and I always feel so lucky that YOU sk, still create new and wonderful music,art,poetry,blogs and come to think of it, I can’t believe I get a chance to write to my hero and send him a cheerio everyday at the touch of a button!….yep,life can be beautiful.
    Love always,

  16. avatar
    Josh in Chicago | 26 July 2008 at 7:26 am #

    Sorry on the late donation (just sent it), was a little drunk on late 80s nostalgia when I posted yesterday.

    My envy for things English and Aussie stem from names like Rushcutters Bay. I love that! Bricktop Lane, Sheep’s Head Lake, etc. Wish the U.S. had cities named like that. Never been to Europe, but apparently “Columbus” is worth naming a song after and “Poland” isn’t. Everybody seems to really love Disenchanted, but I still prefer Tristesse…and it’s trippy to now hear Marty singing it.

    I love you too, Steve. Words can fail to express this kind of gratitude. Thanks for all the singing and all the songs.

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    davem | 26 July 2008 at 7:47 am #

    It’s a lovely summer morning here in blighty.
    If you listen really carefully you’ll hear THAT intro……….it’s Myrrh playing in my heart.
    Hope you and all your devoted fiends have a great weekend SK.

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 July 2008 at 8:44 am #

    ahem… I still have the Heyday cover poster framed … loved that album

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    lily was here | 26 July 2008 at 9:29 am #

    But thank u sk for the pleasure of your company throughout all these years! xxxx

    PS Brien C, do not stress, great things come to those who seek

  20. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 26 July 2008 at 9:52 am #

    …i remember cranking the stereo up at home and poring over the lyrics when i was growing up…i was the only person i knew that loved this kind of music, everyone else was into mental as anything and the angels and men at work and stuff like that and the whole ‘beautiful teenager’ party party thing…figures, just one more thing that made me stand alone from the crowd but i tell you what, steve, i absolutely loved your music when i was a kid and i still feel the same all these years later…
    the hallmark of something that is really outstanding is its ability to stand the test of time and your music does just that…well done, friend…
    love always…

  21. avatar
    fantasticandy | 26 July 2008 at 10:17 am #

    your’e being objetive again!
    no bad thing i feel….
    being a recent convert and therefore unhampered by nostalgia you find ‘heyday’ not up to par with church mkII offerings.
    fair comment i think.
    and sk…..
    bc….’glorious sounding but slightly insubstantial’ true….
    but still a good ‘un by other’s standards.
    ‘remote whatnots patchiness’…no argument.
    osah or ‘the church’….’the first record which is a bit awful’……
    more like ‘a bit fucken great!’
    better than heyday anyday!
    is this where you live,
    don’t open the door,
    check ’em out bri…..
    and seance too…..another total stormer showing all the brilliance we now consider a routine thing from the the man and the band…..
    yes….the production is shite,
    but the songs…oh heaven!
    listen to the slow build on ‘it does’nt’ change’…..stunning stuff,
    even zappa couln’t have done better.
    and ‘fly’….words cannot express….
    but as someone pointed out yesterday, the newer more organic versions of these songs are superior.
    don’t throw yer toys out of the pram if you read this nevits!
    ya know i love ya…….
    and all yer stuff is ‘a cut above the rest’ anyway!
    i just think the first and the third show most of what wev’e come to expect TODAY…….
    have a fab weekend everyone!
    andy L.

    p.s. jonny…nice to see you on your soap-box again!

  22. avatar
    matt davison | 26 July 2008 at 12:58 pm #

    crash / ride

  23. avatar
    restaurant mark | 26 July 2008 at 1:28 pm #

    thank you so much for the music, the words, and your time…love ya man

    take care everyone

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 July 2008 at 1:32 pm #

    its a warm feeling for sarcastic old bastards like us…

  25. avatar
    CSTCoach | 26 July 2008 at 2:30 pm #

    wow – the heyday story finally and for real. all kidding aside, that was fascinating. Fascinating to hear your take on songs that have already formed distinct images and stories in my mind.

    i first encountered heyday after university, when i discovered your back catalog. Of course i’m of the generation in north am who discovered the choich with starfish. via the colombia tape club – by 11 for a penny, quit and do it again.

    Then came GAF in that catalog. I had no idea who the crunch were. i just loved starfish and had nearly worn it out. so i bought GAF and really liked it too. After that i started checking the ‘C’ area in the record store, and stumbed on a lonely copy of Of Skins and Heart – this in the backwoods of small town canada.

    when i moved away for uni i found this big place in ottawa called CD Warehouse. In the C section there was an expensive imported copy of Seance. And i think after that Priest = Aura. It’s all i was listening to at that time. They also had this machine that would print a complete discography of whatever artists you liked. I printed the church and couldn’t believe all the stuff that came out.

    Finally, in uni, along came the internet. Then i found out who you guys were (to be honest, i thought that kilby guy sounded like a bit of a prick LOL i was pretty disappointed) and i also found this australian online music store and ordered all your back catalog. That’s when i found Heyday. Out of that box of CD’s its the one that hooked me most immediately.

    I moved to japan soon after that, and took my church cd’s with me. That’s when i started writing seriously, until 3am most nights after work. When i was finished i’d put the headphones on and crank up heyday – i couldn’t get enough of myrrh, already yesterday, tristesse – i loved the melodies, and the lyrics with their opaque hints fascinated me. I wanted to be able to do that too – not write those same lyrics, but tap that feeling, to make someone else feel like those lyrics and songs made me feel. Throughout those lonely years of unpublished nonrecognition of my heartfelt efforts, it was those songs that inspired me and kept me going. they still do.


  26. avatar
    CSTCoach | 26 July 2008 at 2:34 pm #

    oh, wanted to tell ya i’m really digging the new Esoteric Music Club tune ‘Nobody But You’ I owe ya a donation on those, and must update my blogge subscription. gearing up to leave for europe, but will try to send some coin your way before then. Please keep the tunes coming! 🙂

  27. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 26 July 2008 at 3:39 pm #

    I’m happy for all the fortunate commentors who actually know and interact with Steve Kilbey. I have met my share of rockers and the one that was nicest to me was Rick Wakeman. I only met him once but he was very personable and tolerant for thirty minutes. Steve Vai is very cool too and Robert Frippp actually ran away from me and my King Crimson loving friend. Rick Wakeman and Andy from the Dudes Of Neptune are virtual kindred spirits in the realm of personality. Yes !

    Can’t wait for a Priest=Aura blog ! The instrumental closer “Film” is so emotive and apropos. The Time Being has been a magnet the last few days. Addictive like Forget Yourself and Ripple. God bless all the intelligent and benign commentors that grace this blog with goodwill and insights.

  28. avatar
    fantasticandy | 26 July 2008 at 4:49 pm #

    brien….i’m gobsmacked!

  29. avatar
    steve kilbey | 26 July 2008 at 9:08 pm #

    didnt i do p=a?

  30. avatar
    eek | 26 July 2008 at 9:35 pm #

    7columbus was written in ….columbus..i was stuck with the title
    now headquarters of my art empire…hiya eek

    Hiya Steve!! 🙂

    Y’all should come back to Columbus when (you notice I’m writing when, not if — I’m doing that optimistic thing) you tour next. It can’t be that horrible…after all you got “Columbus” out of it.

    Plus I’m here. That alone should be more than enough reason. 😉

    and yes, you did do P=A (and Starfish) already. Here are links to the posts:




  31. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 26 July 2008 at 9:57 pm #

    Thank you Holly. What a great P=A blog back in late 2006. 99 comments. Cat lovers rule Holly and SK and JB rock my world! Rolling Stone gave Sometime Anywhere a 4 star review !!!!!

  32. avatar
    bezepae | 26 July 2008 at 10:34 pm #

    Hello! A little late here with my bit but I just have to add that “Heyday” started my love affair with the Church. Funny thing is, I had previously seen UTMW video and didn’t like it. One day looking for something new, I perused the Church section in the store and bought Heyday because liked cover. Later, when I put it on, I was completely blown away. Myrrh hit me like no other song ever has on the first listen. The rest of the record wasn’t bad either. Magic!

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    The Kipper | 27 July 2008 at 1:32 am #

    My local record shop didn’t get Starfish the week it was released, so I wound up driving 80 miles a few days later to buy it. The clerk, an old hippy (he must have been at least in his 30s!) nodded in approval when I placed Starfish on the counter. “Good one,” he muttered. “Is it as good as Heyday?” I asked. “Better!” he replied. “It doesn’t have the fukkin’ horns and strings on it!”

    Heyday remains my favorite album, although I think that Starfish is probably better. It’s hard for me to understand why a fan wouldn’t love Heyday as much as any other album by The Church, but to each their own…maybe it has something to do with appreciating the context of the time it was released as well. But, when I turn people onto The Church, I always tell them to buy Heyday first…it worked for me.

  34. avatar
    ross b | 27 July 2008 at 12:58 pm #

    …and to think back in Xmas '85 I was disappointed to receive this brilliant record, of a band that I portently declared at the time that "I liked", wishing instead as i cracked open the wrapping paper that it was gonna be 'our favourite shop' by the friggin' style council!!

    well, age has wisened me no end (i was only 15). That vinyl copy/cover is now a wall poster and I've grown to love this warm, lush & lovely album with its brilliant lyrics and music. Warmth is the one of the keys to it, it's warm and incredibly inviting, there's a lot of love in those grooves.

    And Love is so important..

    I only bought P=A recently at the influence of the good people of this blog – that's brilliant too. I'm keen to explore post Starfish Church more closely as I've tended to concentrate my listening to the skins-to-heyday period.

    Nightnight, r.

  35. avatar
    John | 29 July 2008 at 3:33 pm #

    “7columbus was written in ….columbus..i was stuck with the title
    now headquarters of my art empire…hiya eek”

    And home to a possible future fan. She’s only 8 weeks though, music doesn’t make her happy yet.

    What was the name of the club in Columbus in which the tune was composed? I’m curious to know. Was it Stache’s? Because I live right next door to the ex-owner.

    John Garratt

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