posted on October 29, 2007 at 2:11 am

played the excelsior sat night
just a few persons under sold out…
let me tell you people that made me feel good
after a slightly shake take off
trouble with my capo actually
i did pretty good
only a cuppla mistakes
lotta words to remember and i did
i fizzled out in my attempt at a medley a la melby n d bridie
i didnt have d bridie playing the keys for a start
it left a big hole
i sang quite well
i played ok and the guild 12 sounded wunderbar
in jorden brebachs talented hands
the crowd were lovely
not a bad venue
look it wasnt transcendental like say…
(aucklands the only recent one that comes to mind)
but it was more accomplished than my usual shambles
i am not a natural singer songwriter type
you all know that i think
but im improving
and if 53 years can improve
well theres hope for everyone
(you would presume)
my trouble is
i want to be good at everything
this is how i rate myself
lyricist : 9 out of 10
im one of the best
im one of the best there ever was
im one of the most consistent
there is very very little dross in my catalogue

bass player : im a 7, i’ll always be a 7
i do slowly push the envelope
but i’ll never be as good with bass
as i am with words

singer : im a 7 here too
although when i started off i was about a 2
but in the last few years
along with everything else
my singing has started to improve
this is of course due to swimming
yoga, qi gong, meditation
and getting off ye olde gear
however unlike the bass
i feel that i maybe able to
improve a little more still

guitarist : 5 and thats being generous
however in a studio situation
i can appear brilliant
but thats studio wizardry for you

painter : 5 ish i guess
i could be more if i work real hard at it
a long way behind my musical abilities
but i’m ambitious and i want to get there

poet : a 7 and a half
who do you judge me against?
arthur rimbaud or some olde turkey who just got a grant?
once again
i can and will improve

blogger :the best blogges are 9s
the worst hover round 6
of course its hard to tell
compared to who?

entertainer : a 6
but i will try harder

composer : im a 7 and a half to maybe 8
probably hit my natural peak here
just not gifted enough to write something totally brilliant
i am however consistent
rarely resorting to cliched devices
i do try
and i will keep on trying

human being : a 5
half the people you meet
will be nicer than me

swimmer : 3
i swim a lot
but im slow and im awkward

yoga : 5
clawing towards a 6
but yoga isnt about how good you are
its about your level of dedication faith and perseverance

businessman a 1

father : 7
i get angry and yell and stamp about
but i listen and im there
and i love them and they know it

went home
had some lovely legal herbal products
(more on this soon)
my wife was impressed with the gig
and was keen to express her admiration
got to sleep at 4
got up at 7
(having lost an hour to daylife savings)
flew to melby
a hot dry dusty field outside a community centre
same as last year
a gig from hell
actually hells probably got a better p.a
i did my free form vegan rant
having already been primed inside the hall
by all the horrific images (as you could well imagine)
of animals being degraded tortured abused cut up
shot butchered neutered castrated mutilated etc
so i preached to the converted
got in trouble afterwards for swearing around children
(a frequent complaint chez kilbey)
i played without much relish
hung about
caught a delayed flight back to sydney
encountering a thunderstorm and nervous lady passenger
whos anxiety was thoroughly contagious
i gripped on to my chair (a lotta good that would do)
my arm pits and feet bathed in a cold clinging sweat
as the plane shivered n shook n shuddered
diving and dropping
bouncing and rising up again
swearing never again never again….
but the gig wasnt about me
it was about the animals
same as this sundays gig in sydney at petersham
for enthusiastic ttb fans
i’ll be down at tamarama beach on sunday morning 9 30
doing 2 songs with an ad hoc band
then saturday night
a private party where i have been engaged to play
memory motel by the stones
(and i’ll probably do more than that if they like it…)
thursday im doing an hour n a half on songwriting
at newcastle townhall as part of music expo
i’ll be on around 1 pm
and maybe playing at annandale next week too
as a guest (more on that as it comes to hand)
working tonight with jlk at kh headquarters
results will be heard soon
church doing divinyls tour perth ad. melb syd gold coast
i dunno
that should be sufficient
how the recording process of heyday
helped bring down the berlin wall
and meditation tips that will have you looking
good in your bikini this summer
plus all the inside gossip, laughs, screams
and assorted bullshit
go ahead
make a comment
i dare you!

63 Responses to “ex hotel/veg fest”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 October 2007 at 3:36 am #

    I know I said ‘turn it off, turn it off if they continue with their nonsense’ but…then when you did…well, as I said to Isolde…it suddenly felt a bit….one-sided!! And it always felt so multi-faceted, and I didn’t realise that until I saw the gig on Saturday night and then I couldn’t post my review on Sunday (as I am wont to do post SK performance).

    Multi-faceted is good!

    I don’t know how to keep the arseholes at bay, but thank you for perservering with this little gang…some of us are worth the effort, even if I do say so myself.


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    veleska1970 | 29 October 2007 at 3:45 am #

    glad to hear that the gig went well. and for such a great cause. sounds like you’re going to be quite bizzy with all these other shows coming up. wish i could be there to see you. 🙁

    i found it interesting how you rated yourself in different areas. it would be a challenging exercise for anyone to do, and would be a great blog in itself.

    “i am not a natural singer songwriter type”~~haha!! coulda fooled me!! LOL

    have a great day, steve.

    lotza love….

  3. avatar
    the dean | 29 October 2007 at 3:57 am #

    That gives you 84 out of a possible 140. Room for improvement your old school teachers echo, once again business studies let you down.

  4. avatar
    Richard | 29 October 2007 at 4:03 am #

    you didn’t rate your self as a comedian

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    Anonymous | 29 October 2007 at 4:07 am #

    SK, You’re just what this country needs, a politician with a sense of humour. You were in good form on Sat. nite, played well too.

    Now as a member of your cabinet
    might I suggest more public appearances. No baby kissing required, just heaps of bass.

    A few more performances like Sat’s should sway those swinging voters.

    Vote 1 Kilbey

    Lady Di

    p.s. There you go underrating
    yourself again.

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 October 2007 at 4:29 am #

    i can resist anything….except a dare from The SK quadrant.something i’ve learned:never underestimate anyone,especially yourself..glad everything’s going well….xxA

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 October 2007 at 4:33 am #

    I think everyone appreciated the symmetry of Saturday’s show (8 by 8 with the excerpt from Fruit Machine). Polished performance with awesome guitar playing and popular song selection…. What’s happening? Quite a contrast to the goofing off Sando shows but both styles are equally satisfying. Average score 9.42

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 October 2007 at 4:43 am #

    Hi sk, it was great seeing and hearing you play yesterday at wvd. I know it was a long, hot, windy, dusty, fly-infested(yuk)!!day for you, but it was fun having a chat to you afterwards, you always make me laugh! Yes, tell us more about those lovely herbal products you’ve discovered too!
    Take care and love always,

  9. avatar
    steve kilbey | 29 October 2007 at 4:44 am #

    anon at 3 33
    thank you
    bon bon
    so wheres the review?
    the dean
    a very deanish comment
    behave yourself now

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 October 2007 at 5:11 am #

    Your voice continues to get better and better. I only have to think of “Night Sequence”, “Nervous Breakthrough” and “Wide Open Road” as examples of how you strive to be better and better. What is next?…

    Mike (in Canada)

  11. avatar
    JONNY NOT YET SO HOLLYWOODISH | 29 October 2007 at 5:26 am #

    Hey Esskay,
    eye am getting tired of you singing and playing for everyone else BUT me, what the fuck man, don’t you love me like eye love you, eye can’t go on like this…

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 October 2007 at 5:54 am #

    I’ve accepted the dare.

    I’m swearing a bit to myself, just lost all my typing, trying to remember what I wrote and do it again. The joys of computers!!!!!

    Great show Sat nite, you were a crowd pleaser. Hope the hands are ok, those guitar strings got a good workout. Glad you told people to keep quiet but think it was people in the main bar. Didn’t hear people talking near me, we wanted to hear the words. Hope to hear “Wolf” song in not too distant future.

    You survived the plane trip! It’s my worst fear to be on one in a thunderstorm, been lucky so far. Bet a bit of ye olde herbal stuff helped you relax when you got home.

    Can’t wait for Dec to see the Church. Hope the boys are all well and rearing to play. Know the fans can’t wait to see you all.

    Take care have a great week, looks like a busy one.

    Peace & love,

  13. avatar
    Symon | 29 October 2007 at 6:04 am #

    ah well you see Steve…everyone thinks that the Simpson Desert or somewhere like that is the dustbowl captial of Austrialia, but really …it’s Melbourne. Lovely city as you know….but a living hell if you suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis (hayfever).

  14. avatar
    Faye | 29 October 2007 at 6:13 am #

    phew!you came back!i thought there for a while that we had pissed you off so much,that you were going to leave us fiends out on a limb…but you’re back.Excellent!I am very glad your gigs went so well,never mind about the happens in the real world,kids just need to be educated on the subject,and what tone the words are voiced in,and what is not cool vs. what is kinda ok for adults,but not for little angels.seems you are going to be pretty busy.take care of yourself,rest easy.wished i could have been there for either gig,but alas,was not even able to make it in should give yourself a couple of marks on top of your score card,for being brave enough to share what you see as your shortcomings with strangers..peace . and love . xo

  15. avatar
    athy pernie | 29 October 2007 at 6:56 am #

    seagulls screaming: wrong continent, wrong continent again

    > how the recording process
    > of heyday helped bring down
    > the berlin wall

    that’s not so weird and unreal as it sounds. at least one of my very best friends, stuck behind that wall, bought, when the whole damn thing actually came down, the magnificient unrock’n very roll album Heyday on the same day.

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 October 2007 at 7:48 am #

    good stuff SK!You are probably your own harshest critic though…its a shame that theres not a picture on animal products,which graphically shows the tortuous process an animal goes through to “bring the product to the consumer”.i think that would make a huge impact,maybe in the not-to-distant future this will be the beginning of the end to the appalling treatment of our beasts.sometimes folks need to be shocked into believing the reality of things…schock,shock!the shows were great?!!no schock,of course they were.have a lovely night…love,as always,gen xxxxx x

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 October 2007 at 7:59 am #


    It’s not going to be a thorough as my regular reviews have been (you were not the only one imbibing that night, old fella) but my impressions are as follows…




    The Excelsior Hotel, Saturday 27th October.

    Steve Kilbey had never been to Surry Hills before Saturday night, and yet despite his geographical disorientation, he proved that it was possible to keep it tight and hang loose at the same time during his one and a half hour acoustic set. The crowd were with him every step of the way, having been sufficiently primed by the delightful support acts, Sierra Fin and Matthew Robert (names to watch out for in the future).

    There were minor tuning problems to start, which Kilbey talked through with his wingman, Jordan B., and indeed the whole audience, before launching into it. Do I remember the set list – no. What I do remember are fantastic performances of ‘Buffalo’, ‘Providence’, and the Bob Dylan track ‘What’s a sweetheart like you doing in a place like this?’ Kilbey begrudgingly did ‘Under the Milky Way’ as the audience would not allow otherwise, but the standout for me was ‘The Comedown’….dulcet tones indeed. We were treated to a reading of his latest published manifesto as well, marking the mid point of the show. The whole performance was peppered with interludes and asides, including Kilbey’s strong words to silence noisy, inattentive punters on the fringes of the audience. I do believe they got off lightly.

    Too soon Kilbey was suggesting he’d be gone but for an encore, if we wanted one, and we did. Then the lights came up and everyone was smiling and shuffling out to the bar. A good time was had by all.

    Now that you know where Surry Hills is, hopefully you’ll come back and play there again some time soon. One acoustic show a year is not enough for Sydney town, so don’t be a stranger.


  18. avatar
    12str | 29 October 2007 at 8:13 am #

    love to read this optimistic blog.. it brings sunshine to this lousy completely grey,windy,wet monday morning in gothenburg… its raining cats and dogs and im hungover after a weekend of partying with my brother and old friends… we had a blast ,but i lost my voice somwhere along the line… im sounding like a broken amp trying to speak… distorted and sore… however i rank this hangover as a 7 on a scale.. anxiety is my heritage…



  19. avatar
    stevep63 | 29 October 2007 at 9:19 am #

    living in the blue mountains i don’t get down to olde sydney town much any more.In fact the last trip down the great western highway was just before christmas to see steve,marty and tim at the basement.So this was a great chance to venture down once again to see steve,what better excuse would i need.Once i had figured out how to use the parking ticket machine outside the excelsior i was ready for a good nights entertainment.I was not to be dissappoited either,2 good support acts got everyone in the mood for what was to come.Steve was in good form,played well and sang well.great selection of songs some that i can remember where the unguarded moment,lost, the comedown,under the milky way,a couple of dylan songs.all to soon steve left the stage into the surrey night and i had the long trip back up the motorway,with uninvited like the clouds to keep me company.after 4 hours sleep i was on my way to bathurst another hour and a half drive for my sons cricket match.i guess my next trip to sydney will probably coincide with something to do with the church.

  20. avatar
    Melissa | 29 October 2007 at 9:28 am #

    Thank you very much for a great performance at the Excelsior Saturday night Steve!

    10 outa 10 for a nice bloke and 10 out of 10 for a beautiful sounding guitar 😀

    Off home to Melby now, sob.

  21. avatar
    SweatyWheels | 29 October 2007 at 9:37 am #

    I enjoyed this blog very much.

    But have not much to say.

    More than this.

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 October 2007 at 9:58 am #

    make a comment, do you say…well i will…don’t be too hard on your self regarding your worth as a parent…anyone who thinks they are the perfect parent is kidding themselves…
    ps…felt kinda lonely not being able to reply for the last coupla days…
    love always
    The Hellbound Heart

  23. avatar
    fantasticandy | 29 October 2007 at 10:08 am #

    hi steve,
    iv’e yet to see you play ‘comedown’
    …my favourite church single.
    i’m so glad you had a good gig, i’ve been a bit worried ’bout ya…
    so great to see yer back ‘n in high spirits.
    we had a good gig too!
    our first.
    of many i hope.
    oi!….less of the self-denigration
    all killer….no filler!!!!!
    almost with you,
    andy L.

  24. avatar
    Ethereal Butterfly | 29 October 2007 at 11:06 am #

    Re the Melby Medley n D Bridie was for me the highlight of that gig in Sept– if you are referring to your mosaic, esoteric Version of ‘Gloria’(?) Also really enjoyed ‘Wolf’!! Yeah – predominately new works and some (few) oldies for sentimental value are my choice for anyone’s gig that I have travelled musical time with…..
    Re the poetry – personally I don’t make comparisons. Your style is more prose than poetry, or ‘free-form poetry’ in literary terms. I just personally enjoy magic-realism in content combined with the free form…………….’Poetry’, ‘shmo-metry!!’, let us not analyse it, just do……….

  25. avatar
    eek | 29 October 2007 at 11:30 am #

    I’m pleased the Excelsior show went well. I always love reading the gig reviews, even if they do make me green with envy. 🙂

    I’d give you a little higher marks on the painting. You have a wonderful sense of colour and design which is something that doesn’t come easily to many people.

    I agree you are getting better as a singer, yet I’ve long found your singing style and sound perfect for your songs. And your speaking voice (except when you are doing your John Howard imitation) is lovely — it would get at least a 9.

    And I think anyone not in imminent danger of drowning any time they get in the water and can actually swim straight deserves at least a 5.

  26. avatar
    NickF | 29 October 2007 at 12:14 pm #

    i ‘d agree you are certainly a fine lyricist

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 October 2007 at 1:19 pm #

    Well, I wouldn’t want to presume….

    But I will anyway.

    It sure is nice to have us back, eh?

    Perhaps akin to laying off the fluxotine after a good dose. Why would you want to silence all those silly voices in your head anyway?

    (imagine Isolt on helium, B.Bon in a cheap japanese transl/imitation of Mickey Mouse, and Eeek with a rumbling Lee Marvin/Lenny Cohen burr).

    By the way, you sure are busy for a wastrel poet layabout-type. I know that’s not really you at all, but please let me have my fantasy. I have to be jealous of somebody.

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 October 2007 at 1:21 pm #

    and peace was brought to all,and to all a good night!i wonder what i would rate myself on any of those areas?faskinatin’!…/jb x

  29. avatar
    John | 29 October 2007 at 1:36 pm #

    “go ahead
    make a comment
    i dare you!”


    John Garratt

  30. avatar
    isolde | 29 October 2007 at 1:53 pm #

    somehow i found myself at the excelsior on saturday night

    something to do with my qantas frequent fryers i think the ad went “each concert is subtly different…”

    the venue was pretty good an old style pub on the corner
    this was their opening show apparently. its in foveaux st surry hills you know that far flung obscure sydney suburb

    the excellent sierra fin – is that morse code? anyway charlie foxtrot and echo delta from sienna fin got the crowd to stand up which was a good move

    then sk came on and i have to tell you i was impressed. in terms of: style & sexy suavity; switched onness; wit; lovely songs; remembering the words; audience enjoyment & question answering; dealing with talkers; maintaining the pace professionalisme & panache; and fruit machine excerpt reading and signings this show was a cloud 9

    songs included: teachers, neverness hoax, hotel womb, wolfe, another new one, providence, buffalo, almost with you, civil war lament, song of solomon, bye bye pride, love in vain

  31. avatar
    thickhead | 29 October 2007 at 2:07 pm #

    I’m not making any more comments!

  32. avatar
    Leelinau | 29 October 2007 at 2:52 pm #

    I missed all the hubbub!?
    >_< Singer a 7? You can’t be serious? I mean… Seven? Have you HEARD some of these people who call themselves singers lately? Hmm! I say HMMM! O_o Your voice is magically delicious.
    Thoroughly lascivious.
    Humbly individualist.

    [haha, sour pucker rocks]


  33. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 29 October 2007 at 2:59 pm #

    Sk is a 10 (10) as a vocalist. His voice became a key instrument for The Church commencing with Heyday and the great solo CD Unearthed. He’s a 9 as a lyricist. Back to vocals SK is on a heightened par with Lennon, McCartney, Yorke, Bono and Syd Barratt (at his best.) Doing the vegan gig and cruelty free festival are great deeds. Daniel Johns no longer talks about veganism and animal rights and neither does Tim Finn. Peter Garratt is not even a veg even though he purports to be Mr. Environment. The Seekers graceful Judith Durham has been one since 1969.

    I am not bashing meat eaters. Its the self-professed green environmentalists who have to be vegetarian to be bono fide environmentalists. My best friends are all carnivores. I accept them and they accept me. The Dudes of Neptune is a very cosmic name. Tangerine Dream would be impressed and so would Julian Cope’s former band.

  34. avatar
    knot again | 29 October 2007 at 3:50 pm #

    worlds & words away on a foggy moonday
    no sk poet, musician visible
    only flax seed waffle, honey cold coffee
    woe is me
    blessed australians have all the fun

  35. avatar
    rubikon | 29 October 2007 at 6:06 pm #

    Great to have you back – thought we’d lost you for good and that I or one of us had pee’d you off a little too much.

    I’d give you 10 out of 10 as a lyricist, up there with Zimmerman at his best – and he was only that good for a few years 🙂

    And your voice has a quality and tone which is totally unique.

    You’re a pretty mean 4 string (occasionally 5) plucker too!!!

    Glad the gig went well.

  36. avatar
    ed in fl | 29 October 2007 at 6:17 pm #

    blogger – 10

    ed in fl

  37. avatar
    Cee | 29 October 2007 at 6:33 pm #

    Thanks for writing this all in your bloggercycle diary.

    SF Cecilia Cee

  38. avatar
    davem | 29 October 2007 at 7:09 pm #

    Glad to hear it went so well. I hope the flight hasn’t put you off a return to blighty???
    It was interesting to read you rate yourself. Maybe as the artist you can somehow miss the appropriateness of what you do? Good to see you rating yourself as a 9/10 lyricist, but your bass playing is now just such an integral part of the sound. Chris Squiers wouldn’t suit where you and the band are at. For The Chrunch at least you are better than a 7. I prefer your playing now than back to say, Remote Luxury…Shadow Cabinet et al. Ditto vocals. Never understimate the richness of your voice. I’m not being a creep when I say one of the main reasons The Church are THE band for me and you are my favourite vocalist of all time. Not my favourite bass player (albeit close), but totally my fave singer.
    Love you lots Steve.
    Take care of yourself. Nice to see the old faces back – glad it went well AndyL!

  39. avatar
    Candy | 29 October 2007 at 8:37 pm #

    no daylight saving for us up here!the cows might get confused,or the curtains might fade! good morning all!have a delicious day! 😉 x

  40. avatar
    syrinx | 29 October 2007 at 9:03 pm #

    Oooh! Truth or Dare! Oh wait, it’s just dare. I dare you to rate yourself higher on a lot of those categories, but I hate the whole “scale of 1 – 10” thing just on principle.

    I got a new stack of goodies last week and have been thinking a lot about your voice. Obviously, you possess my favorite one. It’s why I’m here. Forget lyrics for a moment (ha, that’s a good one). They are a given. Whatever quirks you perceive as keeping your voice from being closer to perfection – well I flashed on this book I used to have around here somewhere. Stranded, I think. Recurring premise about what album would you take to a desert island and why. Except this book was written in the 80’s, so it was a little more original an idea then. Decent names too – Greil Marcus, Lester Bangs, Billy Altman (oh I miss Creem).

    I’m thinking it was the writer who wanted to take Astral Weeks with him that mentioned the imperfections of VM’s voice. And then you have to think about Neil Young too – and Dylan. These are voices that are just slightly “off” somehow in the conventional sense, but they command you to listen to them in a way that someone with technical perfection never will. Because there is no “there” there.

    You may want to improve aspects of your vocal stamina, but good god man, your voice itself – it is one of a kind and therefore the best of its kind. Goosebumps and shivers result from the suggestively slithery delivery of certain syllables. When you are spinning a tale it’s easy to get lost, like having the serpent in the garden telling you all the secrets and it’s spellbinding. You are OFF the scale, sir.

    And that’s my rant on your voice. Ass-kissing post? Well yeah. Of course it is. I can’t sing a string of fucking notes to save my life.

  41. avatar
    steve kilbey | 29 October 2007 at 9:25 pm #

    dear syrinx
    thank you for that
    and everyone else who wrote in
    giving me higher marks than i gave myself
    thank you very much
    its appreciated
    and its not ass-kissing at all
    it gives me confidence to carry on
    and im glad someone likes what im doing
    and i will continue to do my very best
    for you few
    who understand

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 October 2007 at 9:27 pm #

    good work sk, keep on keeping on.

  43. avatar
    lily was here | 29 October 2007 at 9:30 pm #

    You were always a numbers man SK! Way underestimating yourself again in my eyes, but then again im always expecting you to raise the bar as well.
    Did you hear the collective sigh around the world? ..I couldnt help thinking of Ballad of the Thin Man these past few days, and you, but not in the way that people might suppose, everytime you and we come into this room.
    love Sue

  44. avatar
    lily was here | 29 October 2007 at 9:32 pm #

    Freaks me out when you’re posting at the same time! 🙂
    I’d give you much higher marks for your artwork and as for lyricist/singer def a 10/10 for ability to draw the most emotion from me than any other

  45. avatar
    restaurant mark | 29 October 2007 at 9:41 pm #

    glad your gig went well…hearing so many say how good it was makes me jealous to say the least…don’t get as many opportunities to see ya live over here.

    like seeing the comments back on…left my last one a few days ago then came here yesterday and it’s turned off…wondered what happened and who offended??? if it’s just a read and no comments kind of thing, i’ll of course keep reading, but i think it would lose it’s sense of community…being able to interact with the others, whether it’s agreeing or disagreeing is a good thing…i’ve made some very friendly aquaintences here on top of that. obviously some of steve’s blogs spark more conversation than others…some of it quite heated…but we comment on those as well as the funny ones, thought provoking ones, the music related, and everything in between. sometimes i’ve loved what i’ve just read or it touched something inside and i just didn’t have time to comment…or i only had time to say loved your words…thanks…just didn’t have time for more interesting, thought provoking words or opinions. i think most everyone came here for the same reason…we love the church’s music and steve’s words…other than that there’s a lot of us who are probably very different people, who think, talk, act, and react to things in totally different ways. and some that probably aren’t that different. hopefully we all can appreciate that. don’t like it when the comments get too off base either though…or it turns into a chat room, but i do feel if it’s relevant…going back and forth on a topic should be encouraged…other than that, one comment should be plenty. anyway…there’s my opinion for the day.

    by the way steve…i’m going with an 8 on the bass player category for ya…too much groove and melody for a 7!

    and only a 3 for swimmer??? i’ve never seen you swim, i’ll give you that…awkward, you may be…however, i know you got in the ocean and swam that day the pool was closed…there’s great whites in that ocean right? that’s gotta be worth a 5 right there…come on…

    take care everyone

  46. avatar
    timf | 29 October 2007 at 10:21 pm #

    you should have given yourself higher marks in songwriting knowing you going to plug your workshop a couple of paragraph’s later…

    well you did say you were a 1 as a businessman.

    glad to hear the gig went well for many reasons.


  47. avatar
    veleska1970 | 29 October 2007 at 10:36 pm #

    “…and i will continue to do my very best
    for you few
    who understand”

    the Few, the Proud, the TTB Fiendss.

    all lame jokes aside, this is what perplexes me. why is it this way? i just don’t get it.

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 October 2007 at 11:01 pm #

    Good Morning,

    Hope the work with JK went well last nite. You’re keeping us in suspense with the news.

    Got the tickets for the Church/D gig, (luckily), it was nearly sold out when I was trying to get them.
    Can relax now.

    Peace & love,

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    Anonymous | 29 October 2007 at 11:10 pm #

    the energy that sprouts and emminates from this creative melting pot is irreplaceable.gone are the days of the interested,and respectful community,from our modern world{and that world outside TTB}it’s nurture SK,..from you,to us…and from us,to didnt rate yourself as a magician,and i’d say that you were pretty clever in this department as well.look at the marvellous things you conjur,for us.i’d give you an 11 for is all that matters,so dont be too…and i think that this rousing reception you have received,should show you the tip o the iceberg of how much you are loved,and appreciated in this universe…./gbx

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    Thelonious | 29 October 2007 at 11:48 pm #

    Hey SK,sorry I’ve got nuthin much to say except keep at it, people appreciate it. What you do in some strange way does matter to us. Listening to Sound Grammar, the Ornette Coleman Quartet.

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    Anonymous | 30 October 2007 at 12:06 am #

    good god, sk, so mnay talents. i give you an 11 as a blogger by the way. bassist, i’ll give a 9. i play no instruments. vocals a 9. swimmer 7…great whites, tigers, bulls. jesus man. dad an 8.


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    isolde | 30 October 2007 at 12:47 am #

    comment part 2
    scientific tests have just come in and these are your percentages mr kilbey
    fountain of delight: 3174%
    source of inspiration: 365%
    catalyctic comment converter: 267%
    charismatic ambience in a legal high entertainment situation: 1098%
    rantability: 923%

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    fantasticandy | 30 October 2007 at 12:48 am #

    no,no,no veleska!!!!!!!!!!!
    you DO ‘get it’!

    and steve…don’t be so daft!
    how the hell can you stick some kind of points system against your work?
    it’s art.
    it’s about feel… intuition…spirituality.
    points are for techno-flash twats!
    you trancend all that crap and thats why wer’e here.
    jaco’s a 10, so’s shirley bassey…
    so what…
    gimme a couple of root notes in the right place, a softly spoken phrase.
    delivered by the killer.
    stop being silly…there IS no frame of reference here.
    WHO are we supposed to compare you to??????.

    your’e totally unique.
    how cool is that?
    love to all,
    andy L.

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    Brien Comerford | 30 October 2007 at 12:55 am #

    The objective “Professional” critics have called Sk’s vocals dreamy, floating, hypnotic, ethereal, lush, detached and poignant. I agree but still cling to my idyllic Lennon, Bowie, Barratt hybrid. I love MACCA but no silly love songs have ever emanated from Sk’s voice.

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    Anonymous | 30 October 2007 at 1:20 am #

    13 out of 10 FOR YOUR VOICE STEVEN……’s divine…/CW X

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    Centuryhouse | 30 October 2007 at 2:36 am #

    I’ve always thought you rated yourself and your work much harder than you should. Same here.

    5 for human being?? C’mon, give yourself more credit that that.

    7 for bassist? You’re no show off prog bassist (thankfully) but your playing is melodic, tasteful and rock solid. Your bass work live is better than most bassists who ONLY play bass – and you’re singing too.

    7 for father? Only you and your family can judge that, but most of us conscientious fathers are probable a little harder on ourselves than we should be 🙂


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    syrinx | 30 October 2007 at 2:51 am #

    Wait, wait…no mention of the perfect calves or buns of steel? How did those escape the ratings system? They didn’t make the cut for the ratings system? They’ve always been such prominent players in this blog. They’ve come dangerously close to needing a blog of their own.

    (whistles: “Oh Minister of Oversight – we have a malfunction!”)

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    JJ | 30 October 2007 at 3:12 am #

    B. Bon – thank you for the review, a nice read.

    Lyricist – 10. Writer of depth, imagination, impact, compelling stories. There are few whose lyrics I study intently. I wish I knew where the words came from. Mysterious.

    Vocalist – at least a 9. Your voice is instantly recognizable, and yes – soothing, cool, scathing, dripping with sarcasm at times, world-weary, projects a certain undefinable melancholy. Emotionally evocative, that’s what matters to me. i don’t care for trained vocalists, or technically proficient vocal styles nor technical skills at guitar without any emotion, or meaning. Your voice communicates so richly, you gotta great tone and timbre.

    Songwriter – 9 to 10. Brilliant and compelling to just plain interesting. Never pedestrian, never schmaltzy, never contrived.

    Performer – cool, intent, confident, involved. Committed and present.

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    steve kilbey | 30 October 2007 at 3:29 am #

    shucks thanks folks

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    Bionaut | 30 October 2007 at 5:18 am #

    a few more categories for you:
    bread winner
    date for dinner
    candlestick maker

    rate away!

    me as a commentor: 2
    (missed us, didn’t you)

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    Chump | 30 October 2007 at 6:47 pm #

    Best line EVER!

    “human being : a 5
    half the people you meet
    will be nicer than me”

    I’m gonna use that sometime.

    Anywho, your voice is what drew me to Church way back with Seance. I’d put it at a 9. I actually think it sounds the same as it did 20 years ago and thats why I’m still buying your music.

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    Craig Miller | 2 November 2007 at 6:10 am #

    Voice = 11.
    No one else even close. Especially on the two acoustic records where you can really hear your singing in it’s rawest form.

    And you were pretty nice to me when we met in Atlanta ever so briefly, so I’m thinking much more than a 5.

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    Anonymous | 2 November 2007 at 6:47 am #

    you’re great SK .

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