posted on February 4, 2007 at 12:47 am

yessaday have nice day at bimbadgen winery
i manage to reconcile being a husband father n son n player
you see my lovely mother came to the winery to see me play too
it was a very hot day
we hadda nice drive up from syddley north n then west
we play the deluxe edish of born sandy devotional
we stop at forest of tranquility rest area
scarlet needs to be unleashed from her car seat for a while
shes been calling out like a baby whale in distress for a few miles
and i feel her restlessness filling the car
poor olde auroras asthmas been getting her down a bit lately
shes been coughing a bit and i wish there was something i could do
shes the most low-keyed of all my kids
i take her for a wee-wee and she keeps up a steady patter of quiet chatter
the bloody kids have no idea how much i love em
and actually they have no where to put all that hope n anxiety
so i just walk along with my hand on her shoulder
we drive thru the beautiful vineyards of the hunter valley
i feel a bit nervous
and i realise i gotta go from fambley man to joe rockstar in about an hour
when we get to the nice cool tent
my mum n her husband are there
mums looking a bit overheated
but im glad they got in alright anyway
n found their way backstage
theres 5 thousand people out there
security men
porta loos
cars parked everywhere
brynny powles is there too
and the doodles n bryn proceed to go crazy until we leave
this means running round flat out
screaming at top of lungs
n not listening to anybody
rikki tikki tavi from the brain-jonesing machete rock combo is there too
and we chat to ash from paul jellys band
who it turns out is a huge fan of the bjm
rikki is suitably embarrassed
we offer ash a smoke but he refrains
i gotta remember my licks he says
rikki n i both laugh
we only remember our licks when we smoke the ‘erb
if youre around after ive played… ash offers hopefully
i wasnt
but maybe rikki got ash to smoke (ha ha)
kelso wandered around with a very “model-y” looking galpal
and i talked to him briefly after i played
and i was glad that i set the record strate the other day
and ya know
im honest with you
and im honest with him
if i make a mistake i’ll own up
i tell kelso im envious of him
but he just smiles
he IS a very very nice bloke
and in a bizness full of idiots n pricks
you can bet its a rarity
the chirch play a bit of a struggley show
but we convert em in the end
block rocks their winery hearts
and we perspire but not expire
in the generous heat
i pose n ponce about
knowing my wife daughters and mother are watching
im up on the big big screen too
sweating n swaying around
afterwards they all like it
even bryn joins in
re-singing under the milky way for me
just in case i wanted to hear it again
we ate some food
hung out a bit
davey scotland n joe lee from baby grande were there
plus my brother john n zoe
the other guys work much harder than me
signing cds n stuff
but i hate fucking doing all that
so i just hang about talking to my mother
who asks where all the drinks come from
shes amazed we dont have to pay
“do you mean they just give you all these drinks?”
she says pointing to our black tubs full of ice n lemonade
n beer n apricot nectar n red bulls n red wine etc etc
doesnt she know that ya get free drinks everynight
which is a blessing im not overfond of booze
finally the doodles n bryn are running round the compound
going im a little train choo choo choo
i decide to join them
its wonderfully “empowering”
(i hate that word)
i get in touch with my inner child
(not that hard to do for me)
and i make a right goose of myself
(as usual)
but then how many 52 year olds
can run round yelling im a little train?
we leave earlyish
im sure i missed out on a party
n a tearfull goodbye with chrissie
but what the heck…?
nice drive in darkness
the falcon devours the miles
a smooth beast
at last
i get a bargain!
when we get in its nearly midnite
but the bumper whose slept most of the way
is laying down the law
and her earsplitting scream is her power of veto
bumper had a good day at bimbadgen
getting lotsa women (n men) all clucky
and she fitted in pretty well
but now at home
shes grumpy n raining on my parade
my oh my shes a hard lady to handle
anyway today is sunday
have been for swim at beachy already
very hot n steamy
now im off work for a few weeks at least
ah relaxation…
uh oh her comes the bumper
better look busy

42 Responses to “everything for the man with something”

  1. avatar
    craig1.618 | 4 February 2007 at 1:48 am #

    aah february….remember….don’t fluff….push down firmly on those brakes!!!…..enjoy…..ya crazy man πŸ™‚

  2. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 4 February 2007 at 1:52 am #

    me am glad you are almost done down under, me need some ‘LOVE’ up here and over like never before…

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    deluxe | 4 February 2007 at 1:56 am #

    Bumper Patrol! πŸ˜‰

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    stealthblue | 4 February 2007 at 1:56 am #

    Sounds like you had some nice support, great to have the family around I bet. Yer mum’s so cute…”do you mean they just give you all these drinks?” Certainly they musta been proud of their dad/son/hubby/brother/ex-bandmate up there. Glad you had a good time and the Flying Falcon got you home safe and sound.

    Hope you enjoy a little R&R. Take care, SK.
    Lots o’L&R,
    Ben V.

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 February 2007 at 1:58 am #

    Awwww, what a nice way to end a rockin’ tour, all the family in tow and even proud mama Kilbey watching her boy doing his thing in front of thousands of people. That would have been so special for her, you’re a lucky fella sk!
    P.S. When is Mimesis out, I remember someone mentioning February????

  6. avatar
    damien | 4 February 2007 at 2:11 am #

    It’s so cool that, like me, you eschew the chauffeur-driven limousine and drive yourself to gigs.

    ; )

  7. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 4 February 2007 at 2:48 am #

    the colours take me down.. once again the music pulls me weeping from my chair…the mirrors hurt.. call up the past, like a busted lip or broken heart..

  8. avatar
    ed in fl | 4 February 2007 at 3:05 am #

    very nice blog today…very homey feeling for a famous rocker…

    ed in fl

  9. avatar
    veleska1970 | 4 February 2007 at 3:13 am #

    “bumper had a good day at bimbadgen”
    sounds like everyone did. πŸ™‚

    enjoy your time off. it’s well deserved.

    lotza love….

  10. avatar
    Thomas Irvin | 4 February 2007 at 3:15 am #

    I read every day but only rarely post. I just thought I’d mention that I really liked today’s blog. It didn’t have some of the wonderful wordplay that we all love, but it had a certain essential truth that really came through.

    I think we wouldn’t be listening to the Church if we didn’t like a little mystery, but today’s entry was less about the mystery and more about the genuine. That’s nice from time to time.

  11. avatar
    Brian | 4 February 2007 at 4:16 am #

    Adding my voice to those above who thanked you for today’s blog, Steve. It’s nice to read about sharing the day with your family – I bet you could write about them every day for a year and not scratch the surface. But that’s the way of every family, I suppose. I hope the new record does as well as EMD did and I’m glad you and Paul Kelly are talking πŸ™‚ To tell you the truth I bet he’s glad to hear a genuine opinion expressed; like many artists he’s probably a bit tired of everyone telling him he’s a genius, know what I mean? As you’ve said (iirc) you can learn more from a bad review than a good one. Though I might have that wrong!

    I just got back from a concert of my own, playing third trumpet in a 50-piece concert band. 650 people in the audience, mostly retirees, all singing along to the swing songs we played. A fun night πŸ™‚

  12. avatar
    Melquiades | 4 February 2007 at 4:20 am #

    Here’s to that person in the crowd
    upon hearing you guys maybe for the first time in a while
    says, “where the hell have you been all my life?”.

    Hopefully you made some more converts through this leg of the tour. I know you are revered in Aussie, but I’m sure there were people who got it this time and will be sure to follow the sheppards of divine music.

    cheers mate enjoy the sabbatical.

    can’t wait to hear more.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 February 2007 at 4:29 am #

    Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your break!

  14. avatar
    mtv | 4 February 2007 at 4:30 am #

    Is Aurora a vegan yet?
    You know milk and asthma… not a good combo.
    Maybe might want to see Dr Tim Carr (in Sydney + also an expert in Ayurveda). I’ve seen him myself. He’s the best.

    best wishes,


  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 February 2007 at 4:46 am #

    I wonder how many kms have been driven, on Australian roads in particular, with BSD as the soundrack?

    I hope you enjoy putting those calves up for a few weeks πŸ™‚ I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that a new painting, or song happens along on your ‘holidays’.

    And I just wanted to pass on a story that shows Kelso is also a very human nice guy – apparently one night, he responded to repeated requests from one section of the audience for a certain song, with “I’m not a f king jukebox”
    Amen to that πŸ™‚


  16. avatar
    Melquiades | 4 February 2007 at 5:12 am #

    good to see Brian comment. Your website was the first thing I found back in the 90’s devoted to things Church. In fact, you started a link on your page for poetry in the vein of Kilbey. I was your first submission. You are a boon to the movement. Just visited your site and got the full stream of Studio 22. too short, but I loved it. thanks, Brian

  17. avatar
    The Electric Barb | 4 February 2007 at 5:25 am #

    to the deliverer of the clever title, I submit. You are but one of a few who have streamed through and expanded our horizons. sublime, true and essential your teachings.

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 February 2007 at 5:25 am #

    can you do us american folk the favor of telling us what kind of set the chuuuurch would be playing nowadays?
    some of us half to wait a very long time to see it live.

    sk? anyone?


  19. avatar
    eek | 4 February 2007 at 5:29 am #

    anon at 4:25 — what exactly do you mean by “what kind of set” ?

  20. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 4 February 2007 at 6:19 am #

    You know I love you as a musician but I’m really starting to love your amazing family-man qualities. I would love to see you with your kids.

    You’re a lucky man.

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 February 2007 at 7:22 am #

    Hey Killa the Rockstar,

    I was at the State Theatre Fri nite. Loved your dance moves (was one of those copied from Scarlet?)
    The yoga most definitely helps, at one stage thought u were gonna do the splits. Performer extraordinare!! Dancer, Singer, Bassman, Comedian. Sure everyone would have liked to have heard some more anecdotes (maybe Marty didn’t though). Full marks to the band 10 outa 10. Great set list new & old, all good ones. Especially love Reptile, that song has grown on me, first time I heard it liked it, but now absolutely one of the ones at the top of the fav list. Guy next to me looked so quiet, but looks are deceiving, after each Church song he was applauding & whistling. Seeing as I can’t do the whistling thingo I madly clapped and yelled out, made some noise.
    Congrats to band for a superb concert. Roving reporter heard people at interval talking about Church (all good).
    Bought El Momento Siguiente that nite, played it yessaday & today. Afew favs so far (prob change next time I play it to other ones) It’s No Reason, Song in the Aft, After Everything. Another great cd to add to Church collection (it has grown).

    Thought it was nice of Ms Hynde to mention how good the Church were.
    She also gave a bit of goss that Divinyls may be reforming (but according to Chrissie A they never officially broke up). Would love to see u and Chrissie H dance together. Enjoyed the Pretenders, but the Church were numero uno. By the way does nk like the Pretenders?

    Saw Bobby Flynn do a version of UTMW on Aust Day concert, liked it, but can’t beat the original one. He would be a great support act if u play solo, or with afew people. Wish him great success.

    Think all this touring agress with u, you’re in top form. Great blogges about tour. Cracked me up re smoke at Penrith Leagues club.
    Went to one of the concerts at Hyde Park Barracks for Syd Festival, reggae band was on and said to d can u smell that. I sure could, 4 diff times, made sure I took afew deep breaths.

    Hope to see u do an album launch in Syd soon. Relax & enjoy time with the family, think you’ve earnt it. Gonna catch up on the last few blogges now.

    Take care
    (You make me feel like dancing)
    Love t

  22. avatar
    isolde | 4 February 2007 at 7:22 am #

    that’s true melquiades
    there’s heaps of people in australia in their 40’s who loved em in the 80’s but have missed them since
    i gave my sister forget yourself to play in the car then I took her to a concert, she was ecstatic all weekend after it and she said “that’s what’s been MISSING all these years”
    sk you have at least as many if not more fans as mr kelly
    these people grew up with your music its ingrained, it feels natural its undeniable, they’re out there waiting waiting for you

  23. avatar
    Imber | 4 February 2007 at 8:12 am #

    Wicked blog today, SK.

    Great to hear the tour ended on a high.

    Enjoy your break!

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 February 2007 at 9:14 am #

    great read sk….always a faascinating insight…thanks for sharing dude.

  25. avatar
    metal_petal | 4 February 2007 at 9:33 am #

    But if you’d only gone to the party!!!!

    Lovely blog today, thank you for your words.

  26. avatar
    cita | 4 February 2007 at 11:33 am #

    how well loved are you to end the wave of current gigs with all your family there. We all cheer you on to whatever awaits next.

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 February 2007 at 11:43 am #

    I love the ‘goodnight’ at the end of the EMS Electric Lash. Almost like a newsreader, at the end of the bulletin…

  28. avatar
    davem | 4 February 2007 at 12:25 pm #

    Have a nice break Sk. Re-charge the old batteries in readiness for us stuck here in blighty.
    Would love to see you at a big show like the winery. One day.
    Love you more,

    Dave M

  29. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 4 February 2007 at 12:34 pm #

    the bloody kids have no idea how much i love em

    There’s nothing like the love for one’s children is there SK!

    the other guys work much harder than me
    signing cds n stuff
    but i hate fucking doing all that

    That’s a shame! I wonder why? The others seem to enjoy it. Well don’t complain about never being mobbed then.

    but the bumper whose slept most of the way
    is laying down the law
    and her earsplitting scream is her power of veto

    That would be great for the Tinnitus. I had a friend who would visit with a pair of ear plugs to avoid pain from the screams from my baby. I have read that nicotine and marijuana should be avoided if suffering from Tinnitus. No chance hey SK! Apparently smoking narrows your blood vessels which supply vital oxygen to your ears and their sensory cells.

  30. avatar
    mike a | 4 February 2007 at 12:48 pm #

    Glad to see your mom was there – I hope you offered her a drink (they were free you know!!)

  31. avatar
    nickfiction | 4 February 2007 at 12:48 pm #

    steve you make it sound so easy….

  32. avatar
    Jennifer | 4 February 2007 at 2:03 pm #

    “it was very hot today”

    we’ve got a high of 0 degrees F today in detroit but hey with the windchill it will feel like -17

  33. avatar
    restaurant mark | 4 February 2007 at 3:31 pm #

    good stuff today…no doubt. you’re a trip man. take care and enjoy your time off…you know chasing around kids and such.

  34. avatar
    John Garratt | 4 February 2007 at 5:58 pm #

    “poor olde auroras asthmas been getting her down a bit lately
    shes been coughing a bit and i wish there was something i could do”

    Well, when I was a kid, my mom sent me off to a camp just for asthmatic kids.

    To this day, my wife still can’t stop laughing about that. That’s her ‘ace-in-the-whole’ when she wants to humiliate me in front of people.


  35. avatar
    fantasticandy | 4 February 2007 at 6:29 pm #

    i can’t think of a damn thing to say,except,
    sometimes i almost feel im’ there,
    thanks steve,
    andy L.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 February 2007 at 9:16 pm #

    I think Mrs Garratt has a cruel streak. What’s funny about sick children?

  37. avatar
    nic | 4 February 2007 at 9:35 pm #

    thoroughly enjoyed you recounting your last gig (for now) – and beautiful you had your family there (Mamma too).
    I love you sharing the realities of parenting…can relate (again) to the loooong car trips. The stops for wees and stretching legs etc. My little ones don’t travel well – so we do the same things…try singing and pointing out different coloured cars etc. Did trip from Blue Mountains to Bundeena yesterday…even when they sleep on the way home (ah the peace!)- we still take a big gulp as we wake the 3 yr old (once we are in our driveway) – as he gets all whingy/grumpy once we get home – and takes AGES to settle down.

    LOVED imagining you being a ‘choo-choo train’.
    I believe your girls know that you love and adore them – in all your special Daddy-o ways….

  38. avatar
    the dean | 4 February 2007 at 10:31 pm #

    family is what it’s all about.

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 February 2007 at 10:57 pm #

    hey sk

    theres a fine collection of ‘vintage’ church performances up at youtube…”she never said” + “when u were mine” (both countdown gigs!!!!!) and some other assorted rarities (german tv performances of UM and AWY). you boys looked young, eager and full of make up…

  40. avatar
    gareth,notts | 4 February 2007 at 11:05 pm #

    great imagery!- sounds like the ultimate day!

  41. avatar
    dr freud | 4 February 2007 at 11:17 pm #

    Megan, this is from the National Asthma Council FYI-

    Do dairy foods affect my asthma?

    Some myths about mucus
    The National Asthma Council has warned parents who have removed dairy foods from their child’s diet, due to fears that they will act as asthma triggers, that they are inadvertently placing their children at risk of developing osteoporosis and malnutrition.

    There is a common view that people with asthma should avoid milk and other dairy products, because they are said to promote the production of mucus, and hence trigger asthma attacks. This perception dates back more than 2000 years, when some alternative medicine systems attributed excess mucus production to the consumption of milk.

    According to the National Asthma Council, it is very rare for dairy foods to trigger an asthma attack.

    Genuine allergies to cow’s milk are caused by a milk protein, and generally lead to gastrointestinal symptoms, rather than respiratory difficulties.

    How do milk and dairy products affect my asthma?

    When milk is consumed it temporarily thickens saliva in the mouth, a sensation that many people mistake for respiratory mucus production. There is no clinical evidence to suggest that reducing or stopping consumption of milk and dairy products will help relieve symptoms of asthma.

  42. avatar
    ambnt1 | 5 February 2007 at 12:41 am #


    Enjoy your few weeks off. Today “celebrating” my 39th b’day. (What’s to celebrate?) My last year as a young person, next year am officially olde. In the blink of an eye I’ll soon be as olde as you. By that time you’ll be 65 and in rock star retirement home.

    My b’day present to myself was a Popul Vuh CD, “Hosiana Mantra.” Gorgeous. Only thing that would beat that is a package from Bondi. I’ll try and be a patient. Now you can lissen to lots of ambient while on vacation.


    n.p. Klaus Schulze, “Ballet 2” (the soundtrack to ballet on the moon)

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