posted on October 11, 2010 at 11:55 pm

another head shot cos YOU ASKED FOR IT!

ricky maymi is the rockers rocker

he plays all the instruments

he understands all the fundamentals

hes a harsh taskmaster

he whips stuff into shape

he had warned me that my controlled explosion hoffmen

were rocking harder this time round

back in perth n freo we’d been very kinda restrained

energetic n stuff

but musical director ricky

was keeping himself n the boys from cockburn on a tight leash

and then ricky musta thought

we playing a shoegazer psychedelic  club in the middle of melbourne

so he unleashed himself n them crazy hoffmen in spades

and then he fucking cracked the whip on me

theres not too many geezers could force me to rehearse long n hard

only mwp and ricky

we got to the club

twice through the whole fucking list

we rehearsed for like 3 n half hours then did the gig

adrian hoffmans got dark hair now n he attacks the bass with confidence

i didnt listen to him all night

can you imagine that?

he just fucking effortlessly nailed it properly

you felt him but you didnt really listen because he was so good

thats right

sometimes the best bass is so right on you dont notice it

shaun hoffman on drums is a fucking powerhouse

i said you used to be controlled explosion

he said yeah….

i said now the controlled is gone….!

and he laughed n said  something about it being rickys idea

ricky has unleashed the kraken

he himself is loud mean and totally rocking

impeccable stuff

he was like a wall of music at my side

he was like directing the whole thing

a truly unique character hotheaded and filled with boundless energy

you cant fob him off with half arsed excuses

i tell him i need a break

he says i think you should have a break after this next song

after the next song

i say i need a break

he says you should have a break after this next song

anyway we hit the stage

i start singing like bob dylan kinda

hoarsely declaiming the words angrily

i hear my voice boom out over the music

have i told you bout the neverness hoax …..?

i mean what the fuck does that mean

that means that never never happens


anyway back to ricky he plays a blinder that night

like a football player always in the right place at the right time

we rip thru the set like we’re neil young or something

i cant believe how rickys got the band rocking

i mean its unashamedly rock ok

its pumping its loud its nasty its emotional

its valve bouncing rocknroll

the hoffmen rhythm section are world class

anyone could pick em up n be happy with em

ricky is the one of the best utility man in the world

he can do any job in rocknroll

and he’d kick any band up the butt that needed it

and he’d be brutally honest too n wouldnt mince words if it was lame

luckily he is a dedicated rocker and one of the best ive ever seen

he totally understands every musical trick or effect i ever pulled off

ricky could pick up any instrument n play it

at a church rehearsal a few years back

he amazes me by stepping in for every member of the church

at a rehearsal one day

someone would go off n ricky could play his part perfectly

hes got a mind like an encyclopaedia

hes got the arrangements in his head for all instruments

he must have thousands of songs in his head

boy could he play guitar

you could say i was a happy camper

i shouted out my songs and i felt real happy

good call

good club

good audience

very fucking tasty gig i reckon

these guys made my music rock n i love to rock

i didnt used to so much but now i do

stamp yer foot n bash yer geetar rock

nice one to all concerned

fabulous to see my true fans there

i love these true fans they are my lifeblood

they know who they are

special mention to kate who was smiling big x

special mention to diamanda galah who always been there x

special mention to lisa who yelled out this is a great set! x

special mention to melissa who is always so calm x

special mention to mary who sees the silly side of me easily x

special mention to donald ooops to much smokey dokey!

special mention to sam s a true original n impeccably eccentric

special mention to rob mc from triffids who was amazing on lonely stretch

ah thats enough……

the next day i flew outta melb early to drive for a while to parramatta

a suburb of sydneys sprawling west

i was one of 3 judges judging a sidewalk pastel competition

or a chalk the walk as they say

the other 2 judges were really cool n fun people too

so it was a real pleasure

ive judged a few things now n its hard

there were some really great things

n nothing stood out as the obvious winner

the theme was the blues

however you wanted to interpret that

there was robert johnson at the crossroads

there were blues playing koalas

there were blue smuggled birds

there was a blue angel who won both judges n peoples prizes

there was a guy trying to rig the peoples prize by stacking the ballot

his large extended family stood around his work

glaring n smiling at the judges

wow! i guess the 5000 dollar prize money  woulda come in handy

its a pretty good chunk of money

i wouldnt mind winning it myself

anyway we looked at all the works

we talked it out

i reckon the best one won

i had a good time

wish eekie coulda been there

i know she would have had some thoughts on things

ok then

see ya soon

thats it!

38 Responses to “ding dong / judgement of kilbey”

  1. avatar
    evilren | 12 October 2010 at 1:30 am #

    this is why I read The Time Being. Nice to see you in good spirits Kilbey.

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    Steven Krut | 12 October 2010 at 2:58 am #

    I’m glad you had such a great experience with that gig. I guess there are some bad things happening in your life, but on the plus side, you ARE a rock star and get to have experiences like that gig that most people can only dream about.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 12 October 2010 at 3:00 am #

    Way to go SK….Ricky and the guys !!!!!
    That sounded like a rockin great time.
    many of the true bloods within ur reach to smile and feed off their counter-energy as gb3 did their thing as you crooned/sorry… rocked them-thanks to all those fans that luckily live close enough to support you unconditionally. So envious here in Chicago that i cant witness that show for myself. shaking in anticipation of the gb3 cd to arrive her at my homestead, i am even now more excited to hear that collaboration, come on postal people-get it to me please!!! But hey- we got to witness the 30 Year Tour prior to them-thanks for that, and to all of you who have not purchased your tickets for the upcoming tour-GO GET THEM …NOW !!! Because iv seen ‘the church’ 13 times and that tour may have been the best yet (Grind, Acoustically to end the set-fuckin amazing !!!!!!)
    SK- you sound so upbeat-not a hint of exhaustion or a shade of grey. And thats awesome !!!! When ur in a great mood, the energy crosses over to us all, right thru the computer screens.
    A 5000 dollar chalk on the sidewalk contest? That couldnt happen here where i live-people sometimes have a difficult acting civil, especially when money is involved. the color on the sidewalk would turn crimson red-im afraid to say. Robert Johnson at the crossroads- that about sums up the blues, i can see why that would be an easy winner, stuffed ballot boxes or not.
    I used to CONVINCE my former bandmates to also practice hard, hour after hour, like MWP and Ricky. When u commented about taking a break, only for Ricky to proclaim that the next song or next or next would be the time, was friggin hilarious !!!! Im still laughing right now and will smile about that for days. Thanx for sharing that and…way to go Ricky if your reading this!!!

    Darrin K.

    Also- how bout a head shot now and then so we can remember what u look like…

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    Cecilia | 12 October 2010 at 3:01 am #

    Nice bounce back! Look outside, the sun’s still shining.

  5. avatar
    Anakki Mayhem | 12 October 2010 at 3:47 am #

    it was a truly ORSM gig & everyone on that stage was amazing!!! 🙂

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    Andreas | 12 October 2010 at 5:30 am #

    Wish I was there !!! Please come to Europe !!!


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    Anonymous | 12 October 2010 at 5:31 am #

    goofy thought? there are many that comment on here that, unlike some of us, personally know you… and their responses always add such great value… “Guest bloggers on ocassion?” It would be interesting to have the lead issue as told on TTB be hosted/introduced by you, but with another’s lead ; maybe… like had Eekie been at the chalk contest, instead of a response — the actual blog post! Same with others from your performance(s) and even other things – and you could leave “replies” to theirs. I don’t know, again, goofy perhaps — but then maybe.

    On another note — at a communal artist chalk sit in in my neck of the world recently; the theme was the anniversary of the Summer of Love… I was doing really good with my spiders from mars piece and everyone was looking at it… Then this one gentleman came up to me and asked what I was actually drawing… I responded in kind. He frowned gently at me before informing that I was off by a decade… Huh? Oh, yeah.. Well, it’s kind of the same and would correlate correctly if you would help me tell it’s inspiration better. We decided on “acid trip.” After that, everybody that came up and asked, smiled when I told them what it depicted; and told me about [theirs].

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      Shoffy | 12 October 2010 at 6:06 pm #

      Great idea, I often read the blog and wait to see who responds to what Steve has written, you can see how it effects everyone, Steve brings us up, like today, or he gets everyone worried when he is down, not intentional its just the way he is I suppose and thats why we love him. I love Kilbeyville, I like your suggestion Anonymous. Shoffy

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    eekie | 12 October 2010 at 5:51 am #

    “wish eekie coulda been there”

    aww… I wish I coulda too. Sounds like a lot of fun. I was on a panel of judges for a local art/fine craft show…we were to pick the best in show. While there were clearly several people in the top tier, it was tough to pick which was the very best. It does give you a different and valuable perspective being on the judging side of things though.

    “i know she would have had some thoughts on things”

    Well, I am mighty opinionated. 😉

    Glad to hear the gig went well. And I have to say Yay! about Melissa’s special mention ’cause she’s my buddy and I know she has a big smile on her face too! 🙂

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 12 October 2010 at 10:52 am #

      from some collected information over all this time, i believe that you have a passionate interest/profession in art. I have started up painting again from 20 years ago as a form of stress relief.Friends and family tell me that i have an interesting, yet simplistic approach, but they rave. Its hard for me to take all that in since they paid for their opinions far in advance with love. just a thought- if i could forward u a little file of 5-10 recent pieces? I would like a straight-on, no holds barred critique. Only if u are willing and able. Thanks in advance for reading my blog entry.

      Darrin K.

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    shoffy | 12 October 2010 at 6:59 am #

    Steve I really enjoyed todays blog, it seems your in a different place today, a happy place, good on ya. Cant wait to see some of that when you get to South Oz. Shoffy

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    Melissa | 12 October 2010 at 7:19 am #

    You’re the best Steve :-)) that’s all I can think of at the moment xx

    and always big hugs to Holly too, who is a very good friend to have 😉 xx

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    cazziem | 12 October 2010 at 8:13 am #

    Really enjoyed this one SK. Sounds like a good time was had by all?? Only wished those of us from near and far who had no chance of the real experience could get a chance to hear some of it. Hint, hint.

  12. avatar
    Jonny Hollywood | 12 October 2010 at 8:17 am #

    i am surrounded by idiots and pill poppers, please somebody help me…

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 12 October 2010 at 10:42 am #

      Ok- that was a strange entry from you. hope all is ok with you, even though ur statement is quite correct in many a sense- i just feel a little bit of pain. Again, hope is all ok.

      Darrin K.

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    Karen | 12 October 2010 at 9:10 am #

    agree with evilwren ..
    wish I was there
    LOVE The HEAD shot sk


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    Anonymous | 12 October 2010 at 10:30 am #

    Hi Steve,

    Wow, ringa Ding Dong whadda great gig! (yes, i was there too!). Pretty loud, brash and rockin’ right from the start as you launched outta the barriers with ‘Didn’t know where i was’, after that there was no going back!…Some great highlights in the set were ‘The Neverness Hoax’, ‘Transaction’, ‘Nothing Inside’, ‘Life’s little Luxuries’ and ‘Limbo’ – which was especially awesome to hear live…i was there with my brother in law and we both agreed the bass player was terrific (made me a tiny bit envious i gotta admit seeing those guys backing you, how lucky they are, i’d love to play those songs live with you…yes, a man can dream..haha), and as my bother in law said, you just can’t go past that little bit of ‘Kilbey Chocolate’ ie your voice!
    Also, and this is not a negative just an observation is all, but i was a little surprised that you didn’t play more songs off the Painkiller album? Didn’t matter one iota though, it was just great to hear your solo stuff live with a band 🙂

    Keep on Rockin’!


    Jon from Geelong

    P.s. See you at Gpac – can’t wait!

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    Christina | 12 October 2010 at 10:38 am #

    Hey Steve,
    Have you heard of a band called A Place to Bury Strangers?
    Really good and the singer sounds a lot like you at times – have a listen to Missing You and She Dies….definitely echoes of the Church in there…

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      lili | 12 October 2010 at 10:58 pm #

      I had never heard of this band so I just checked them out on You Tube. You’re right: they are really good and he does sound like Steve at times.
      Thanks for mentioning them!

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        Christina | 13 October 2010 at 2:41 pm #

        Yeah,they’re great aren’t they, lilli?
        You can really see the Jesus and Mary Chain, Ride and Cure influences in there as well and there are even traces of Ian Curtis/ Joy Division at times.
        But the more I listen to some songs the more he sounds like Steve…

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    Lisa | 12 October 2010 at 11:32 am #

    Hey Steve,
    What can I say? It was a fucking great set!
    Following on from Jonny, so great to hear Transaction, LLL, Neverness Hoax, limbo & all the jack frost nos esp Ramble!!
    How good was lonely stretch with Robert mccomb!
    Looking forward to seeing you, Ricky & Glenn at the NSC!
    Lisa X

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 October 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    Cats, Puh Puh!, Doug Wade, Puh Puh! – haha…take a bounce Kilbey!

    You know who…:)

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    BigSmilesKate | 12 October 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    Hey SK
    When I saw you before the gig you said “We’re gonna ROCK tonight!” and you certainly did. We all had a great time and I enjoyed every minute. Ricky and the Hoffmen were in fine form but you were hot and sweaty and cookin’! I’m off not for first session of radiation for my latest round with the bastard C but I’ll be fine. Have got tix for the rest of the gigs to come this year so will see you at GB3.
    Big Smiles

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 12 October 2010 at 10:55 pm #


      My well wishes are with you. Please take care of ur self and i wish u all the best in life and health. You are an important person in SK’s life, so ultimately-you are special in all of our lives.

      Darrin K.

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      Donna | 13 October 2010 at 12:38 pm #

      Kate – Your big smile is an inspiration to me!

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    princey | 12 October 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    Hi sk, it was an awesome night, you guys really rocked and the leg stomping was so cool, thought the stage was going to crack open haha!! Thanks for a great and unforgettable night 🙂
    love ya always,

  20. avatar
    hellbound heart | 12 October 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    if you could see me you’d notice that i’m a not-so-delicate shade of green at the moment……envy’s a deadly sin, right?

    love always…….

  21. avatar
    Richard | 12 October 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    there’s some great band names lurking in that combo
    Kilmi and the Hoffmen
    Maybey and the Hoffmen
    Sticki and the Hoffmen

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    Therese | 12 October 2010 at 5:02 pm #

    Rub it in sk about us unlucky ones who can’t get to c you and Ricky play.
    It’s not fair, grossly unfair. Haven’t seen him for afew years, but agree he is one of the best. Lucky Melby. Why can’t u repeat the gig in Sydley? Funny him having a go at you, well the taskmaster got what he wanted, the perfect gig. Bet all the hard work was well worth it and you’ve forgotten the exhausting rehearsals.

    Finished Stephens Cummings book. Afew interesting stories about Karmic Hit and u. That was nice of u to offer him a song u wrote and he suggested call it September 13 as u both have the same birth date. u did him a good turn by saying “You’ve had a good run with the smoking, Stephen. Why not give it away?” And he did and kept to it.

    Keep on gigging and painting and judging……

    Peace & love

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    vicente | 12 October 2010 at 11:55 pm #

    hola steve,soy un seguidor de tu banda de musica the church,desde los inicios hasta ahora,vuestra musica a sido muy importante en mi vida,un abrazo y que te vaya bien campeon desde españa

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    davem | 13 October 2010 at 4:22 am #

    Sounds great killer.
    I would love to see you and Ricky together. How about BJM and The Chrunch for a Euro tour?

  25. avatar
    Chop | 13 October 2010 at 9:30 am #

    Was that Mick Harvey I saw in the audience standing with Robert McComb?

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    Donna | 13 October 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    Wow! I’m so envious of you all! Sounds like a GREAT time and I’m all the way over here………………Steve, glad you enjoyed yourself.

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    neptune | 13 October 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    sounds like a good time had by all — excellent blog. Makes me (kind of) feel like I was there. Great blog!

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    dwellingwell | 14 October 2010 at 11:45 am #

    I didn’t post on this because I hadn’t finished reflecting on it. I know Rick quite well. He is very smart. Quite Talented. A natural Actor.He would be great in films . I got his “Toblerone/ Vizine voice/ character down , but I never could get the chinese/vietnameeze baggy pan-st punk. I think we met in 93 ?? Saw Him play with Brian Jones town. They were the best band up on Haight street at that time. Quite good. I got to see Rick jam in a rehearsal room with Graham Bonnar (the drummer from Swervedriver.) Rick had this really neat SWR Blonde Redhead bass Amp. It was real driving Neo 60’s Garage band jam out rhythm section stuff they did .Lots of fire and attack . Good stuff.I saw the Brian Jones town in L.A . They were good. I made a joke about a Byrds tune Anton plays to Anton after the set and he had the bouncers kick me out. That was the last time I saw them.

  29. avatar
    RedMango | 18 October 2010 at 10:32 pm #

    Very nice post!

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