posted on February 18, 2007 at 7:51 pm

a list of famous people i have met n brief description
billy thorpe (aust 70s rock muso)
i met thorpey backstage at canberra theatre..not a badde guy
greg macainsh from skyhooks
spent a night at his place discussing songwriting in early 80s
a measured intelligent dude
red symonds from skyhooks..a lovable smartarse
not for the easily offended
bongo from skyhooks….very ordinary
steve lukather from toto…met him in a recording studio
the prick couldnt believe i never heard of him…a total l.a. wanker
ian mc cullough from echo…thick n stupid n short sighted (sorry k t g)
julian cope…ah more my cuppa bhang tea
a totally stoned drugged looney with his heart on his sleeve
me n ploogy smoked joints n supplied mushrooms
the rest of his band hated ‘im..but this was 1982
peter murphy….effeminate english schoolboy turkey
oh how disappointing…
garth porter from sherbert…diamond geezer
jackson browne…youthful, cautiously friendly
linda rondstadt..didnt recognize her in 87..a bit podgy.
tom verlaine..sarcastic sardonic hyper jumpy funny
richard lloyd…boy what a burnt out wreck
j d of the nicest people i ever met
ivan kraal n lenny kaye…both as nice as youd imagine
sinead…paranoid n twitchy
steve gilpin( rip) from mi-sex…a gentleman
paul kelly…seen paul over the years since 1980
always the nicest calmest guy
sean kelly from the models..a bit like me
guarded paranoid cynical
james freud…changed a lot over the years
bit of a diamond geezer these days
ps read his fucking book!
jimmy iovine..famous producer..very new york, but he was ok
clive davis head of arista..didnt say much
very powerful..he bootpolished the bald spots in his head
and when he sweated the black stuff ran
the rain parade…all lovely guys
angus n julia stone…very friendly
rose tatoo…ruff but lovable
ian rilen (rip) another diamond in the ruff
robert forster..intelligent cool slightly stand offish
powderfinger….all the nicest sweetest guys
john butler…ditto (but cant understand why hes so popular)
shayne carter from straitjackets..moody n intense..very n.z. n indy
jeffery cain…a darling man
grant mc ..ditto
mark knopfler …cockney geeza
duran duran….they tried to be friendly but i was rude
n they ended up being turkeys…but what did you expect
jj burnell from stranglers…a real live wire
gersey…all very nice
australian crawl…tossers
nick seymour…one of the funniest most charismatic guys ever
neil finn…quiet n intense
tim finn…kinda boring
kev carmody…complex sad lovely talented man
kev i hope this new record sells by the bucketload!!
real life( scraping the barrel here) …new romantic tossers
bert newton …professional but friendly
donny sutherland….easily frustrated interviewing pricks like me
anton from bjm…intense nutty bigmouth weirdo
rikki…aw..hes a fuckin sweetie
delta goodram n the oirish git…forgettable
danny minogue….superficial little nobody
but what didja expect
iggy pop…iggy was one of the most humble softly spoken guys
i ever ever met…
reg mombassa n pete odoherty….both champion blokes
andrew eldritch…tiny coked up twitchy little geeza…but good fun
lindy morrison….she used ta hate me…now she doesnt so much, very funny
amanda brown ….lovely lady
mark mcentee…weird
ploogy chased him round countdown studio
threatening to biff him it was hilarious
molly meldrum…an intelligent guy actually
i like him
craig mclachlan….nice aussie bloke
jules shear…a good friend for a while
sweet n lovely
swannee…a bit of an olde scottish wanker
bobby flynn…good guy
the pretenders… lovely people
chrissie herself… but a bit lost…maybe
the bangles…uh…underwhelming…
peter koppes mwp n tim powles…ok dudes
holger czukay…fascinating chat in cologne cafe
warren ellis….friendly n nice
glen bennie…lovely man
evil graham lee…another lovely manne
blixa bargeld…whatta goose
mick harvey ..he was ok
tex perkins…dont like ‘im
the cruel sea…but i like all of them
nk met pete murray n chatted for a while
outside a porta-loo
she says soft spoken npolite…quite shy
tim butler from psychedelic furs
gave me a line of coke in 1984 in ny..a nice fella

thatll do!
but i know i forget some real bigshots somewhere

103 Responses to “fey-mouse pea-pull”

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    Anonymous | 18 February 2007 at 9:02 pm #

    What about me…?!

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    Anonymous | 18 February 2007 at 9:18 pm #

    did you ever get to meet patti smith?

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    Fandorin | 18 February 2007 at 9:41 pm #

    today i found out that you recorded a song for Grant’s tribute album. The wrong road. And that you pay homage to the nice sad Mr Carmody, too. And that you did not mention it here. I think this is wonderful. Big part of your recent “persona”, as you call it, is the genius thing…and then there are cool things happening behind the curtain that make me say….wow… how nice & friendly he did it…and he didnt even talk about it. Just reading this all with a big smile…

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    Anonymous | 18 February 2007 at 9:42 pm #

    I miss the rains down in Africa…

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    Tim | 18 February 2007 at 9:43 pm #

    Hmm..I wasn’t sure I was reading the SK blog or a tabloid at the grocery checkout…

    Why would Britney Spears shave her head?

    Have you met her?

    Better blogs ahead, I’m sure..

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    the dean | 18 February 2007 at 9:46 pm #

    Sk…he’s an OK druid.

    Ed Kuepper…enigmatic but approachable.

    Buddy Guy…I think I broke his hand, oops.

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    Anonymous | 18 February 2007 at 9:48 pm #

    a lot of famous people you have meet during the church years travelling around the world.Lucky you………………..what about me??
    1. I had a long chat with Paul Kelly when he had a gig in Trondheim,norway some years ago.I guess we talked for acouple hours.Very nice
    2. dan Kelly-ditto
    3.Mike scott from the waterboys.twice, first time solo and second with his band.He was very cool.
    4.marty willson piper. I talked to him in the phone last time he was in oslo with thw saints.I couldent be there……..I got a baby girl.
    5.I sent Steve Kilbey an email years ago.i wrote in english,and he answerd me in sweedish.Then I sent a new mail in sweedish and he answerd in english.Nice bloke
    6. my first church gig.Cobenhagen april 2007.Maybe I will meet……who knows.
    7.a lot of famous norwegian, Sivert HΓΈyem from Madrugada,Al deloner from Midnight choir,Paal from MC,Vidar Vang,Ragnarockers,mpotorpsycho,


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    Anonymous | 18 February 2007 at 9:50 pm #

    I’ve met Alice Cooper and a load of old hair metallers…I’ve nothing to say about any of them!

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    gareth,notts | 18 February 2007 at 9:51 pm #

    I’ve always been impressed whenever i’ve met you guys,which is fortunate considering The Church are my all time fave band!i’ve also been a big fan of Counting Crows since 1994,I met Adam Duritz in 1997,n gave him a tape of a band i was in,which,after listening to it,he loved.ever since then,he always has time to catch up after gigs,he gave me his p.a’s phone no.and they’ve sorted out however many guest list tickets i wanted for any gigs i wanted on every tour since! s’pose i’ve been really lucky enough to meet a few of my music idols,and they’ve always been great,woulda hated it if they had been arseholes!!!

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    Anonymous | 18 February 2007 at 10:00 pm #

    where did you come across Andrew Eldritch???? Loved their stuff. Where are they now. Still love it though.

    Flood. great song.

    btw, I just stumbled across some PIL stuff. remember href=””>this

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    Sunshine | 18 February 2007 at 10:09 pm #

    Steve, thanks for the laundry list. Wow, that’s a lot of hobnobbing. Did you meet Richard Butler as well? I always imagine him to be really sweet. I love the Furs. I’ve never met you, and I imagine you’d be the same, or at least polite, if I was showing the same courtesy.

    Have you considered that the timing could have been off during the time(s) you met those who made bad impressions? As you well know, everyone has off days.

    Someone once said (and I could be misquoting) that “expectations are disappointments under construction.”

    PS – What’s your definition of a “turkey?”


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    Sunshine | 18 February 2007 at 10:13 pm #

    PSS – I’ve met a few ‘slebs in my day, but I don’t wanna name-drop. Mostly good impressions, and a couple of minor disappointments.


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    Anonymous | 18 February 2007 at 10:21 pm #

    hi sk
    that was fun
    ok can’t resist

    famous people
    i’ve met

    charming and so funny
    made me and john laugh
    and feel like old friends
    one night in denver

    neil young
    intense genuine
    gave me a chocolate
    quiet low key
    nice to me and my
    young daughters
    jackson browne
    easy going
    bryan ferry
    cool dapper
    piercing eyes
    jeff buckley
    sweet vulnerable
    johnny rzeznik
    relaxed real
    julian lennon
    so nice lovely
    david crosby
    cool paranoid
    thought everyone
    wanted to sell his
    autograph on ebay
    graham nash
    nice not paranoid
    mark knopfler
    english charming
    george thorogood
    brian setzer
    richie havens
    tim finn
    sloppy drunk
    soft spoken sincere
    bobby weir
    down to earth
    mwp and pk
    okay dudes
    hee hee

    thanks for indulging

    with love

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    Anonymous | 18 February 2007 at 10:25 pm #

    The last time we saw Shayne Carter was in a video shop in Auckland – he was gettin a porno.
    Bike had some promise for a while.
    I met Japan in Paris , very nice people.
    Also stood next to George Michael @ the Tivoli while watching the Divinyls – he was a gud bloke.

    Dutch Pierre

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    Richard | 18 February 2007 at 11:00 pm #

    how about Steven Cummings?

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    Anonymous | 18 February 2007 at 11:04 pm #

    My own measley tally…

    Peter Garrett
    James Reyne
    Kate Cerebrano
    Paul Young
    Boy George
    Julian Lennon
    Adam Ant
    George Harrison
    Geoff Lynn

    ….and the guy who played bagpipes at Madonna’s wedding. His name was Spike.

    Best: George Harrison
    Worst: Julian Lennon

    The only thing they have in common is that they are all smaller in real life.

    Now, SK, surely you met Michael Hutchence back in the day? And Barnsy? What about Farnsy? Do tell!


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    veleska1970 | 18 February 2007 at 11:07 pm #

    having lived and worked in the french quarter for a time, i’ve met quite a few myself, but mostly the hollywood set, though. i have met a few musicians in my day, too. my experience has been that movie stars are a different sort of breed than musicians are….but the most memorable has been meeting my most favorite AND best band in the world (i wonder whom that could be??)


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    Anonymous | 18 February 2007 at 11:22 pm #

    Is that it,?? there must be more. Even the partly famous, all the druids in the 2 bit bands you’ve shared stages with and the ‘media personalities’ from the tv/radio shows you’ve been on (i spose who really cares..)…yep, I’ve always thought you and sean kelly are similiar. He also had his ‘little problem’, Sean K seems to have a rep as being even more’difficult’ than you, wow…. the models did have their musical moments but they backed them selves into the ‘gotta be young to be relevant’ corner. Unlike the crunch who have been able to “mature” (dis)gracefully… So you win, you are cleverer than Sean K (ha ha)…Shout yourself a smoothie!

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    Anonymous | 18 February 2007 at 11:36 pm #

    Anon 9:00 AM. Heard this funny thing about how SoM were supposed to record more albums because the record deal said x albums, and for some reason they didn’t want to. So instead Eldritch recorded the worst album he possibly could, so no one would buy it. Dunno if it’s true, and don’t know if the album really is as bad as they say, but it doees sound like something Eldritch would do. πŸ™‚

    Anyhow, there has been SoM concerts the last few years, but haven’t heard anything about any albums or anything like that for a long time. πŸ™

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    captainmission | 18 February 2007 at 11:49 pm #

    i met heaps o famous people, went to skool with george micheal, he was okay, kinda straight for a gay dude, iggy, ohh yeah hes such a lovely quiet chap, we chatted about books and then he went onstage in blue war paint and picked up a mike stand and threw it javilin style into the audience smashing a girl in the face, that’s entertainment, william hurt, yeah fantastic guy, strange and alien, with post alcholic energy but an intense dude soft spoken and gentle, the furs, ohh yeah i hunged out with them when they was in muswell hill before they had a hit record, Richards a really smart guy, tim powles opened the door for me at the basement once, let me watch a sound check, i was so ecstaticly grateful what a lovely lovely human being, peter i bumped into in glebe once, he seems lovely although i never really had much of a chat with him, mwp, ohh he makes me laugh, always says hi and although i hate wasting his time with silly questions and my embarresment meeting my guitar hero i do really love him, and mr. kilbey, ohhh you is kinda strange, i was very happy to keep ya at a distance cos i thought ooh ya better not meet yr hero else you’ll be disappointed but i did meet ya and ya was not, so me theory went out the window, but yr an enigmatic old space rocker that’s for sure and ya been blessed with the talents of the gods.
    Well i never really set out to meet anyone famous i just do by acident, nicole kidmen and tom i met in a local resturant they seemed kinda average, being an ex thespian i met a few local heroes, mostly english actors and actresses and a few directors, some aussie soap stars but the only people i’d like to really meet was bowie and eno cos they made my fave albums low and heroes and i’d like to thank em. when i was a young punky space teen i met adam and the ants, the only ones, teadrop explodes and the clash, i met charlie watts once with his jazz band rocket 88, very sweet well dressed geezer, i told him once my band covered a stones song calle drip it up, only we did it much faster, he said, ‘oohhh dear keef won’t like that.’
    err okay well i lived next door to damien lovelock for a while, he’s abrasive and somewhat obssessive about soccer but i actually like him ennuf to tease hiom about his best gig, when he sung electric lash with you guys at dee why hotel. (the venue) eer ohh, in berlin i hung out with some strange german bands, met lloyd cole and the commotions, err but having said all of that i think the people that i’d really like to meet are writers, i met william burroughs, he was really so sweet, nothig like i expected him to be a real gent. I’d love to meet Paul Auster and Martin Amis, and a whole batch of sci fi writers, Aliester Reynolds, JR Ballard and maybe even William Gibson.
    However as you was saying earlier, it’s important to make yr own mark on other peoples lives, pursue yr own goals and follow yr own muse, fame or oblivion at the end of the day everyone lives with love or fear, i guess.

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    nickfiction | 19 February 2007 at 12:05 am #

    Imagine Peter Murphy being a dick….. go figure/ I met SK twice, the first time I met him I did’nt know if he was being a dick because I was…. the second time he was very gracious and we had a chat…….. I also met Ice -T and he was really cool/ i think i have met a number of celebrities , but i just cant think of em right now…….

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    nickfiction | 19 February 2007 at 12:06 am #

    oh ya and you did’nt mention meeting me SK!? Jk … cool blogg , thanks, N

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    MarkM | 19 February 2007 at 12:12 am #

    I met a few
    I had a gig at the Ritz Carlton in Double Bay for a few years and met most of em there…
    Sting, twice, and sang with him once at the state theatre…he was always polite and low key
    Andy Summers at The Basement – twas my most humiliating celebrity experience, he was rude, I was disappointed. Some stories should not be retold…he was my guitar hero….
    George Benson – absolutely wonderful guy, spent at least a couple of hours chatting with me.
    John Farnham – drunk, disorderly and loud
    Molly Meldrum – real nice and chatty
    Madonna and Prince both stayed at the hotel but no one ever got close and they were always surrounded by security
    SK suprised me by coming to chat in our dressing room before a show. Although I felt awkward meeting someone that had been whispering in my ear from the stereo since I was 14, we chatted about family and having kids…kinda just like he is on the blogge….wish I coulda chatted longer.
    Tim Powles is an absolute gent
    MWP always makes me laugh and feel relaxed.
    Neil Finn – yeah, intense.
    Ron Sexsmith – the humblest man to walk the earth.
    there could be more but memory fails me now

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    Altres | 19 February 2007 at 12:19 am #

    Holger Czukay is the one on that list I’d like to meet most. I met Neil Young and Steve Kilbey in the space of a few months. F*ckin’ weird.

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 12:21 am #

    SK – You forgot Matt Davison!!

    People I met during my RnR tenure on the road in the 80’s & 90’s :

    Wreckless Eric. Bit of a pull through. Went back to their motel after supporting them in Auckland at Mainstreet night club. And I called all my friends in the UK on his room phone. Would have been a huge toll bill the next morning!

    Geordie from Killing Joke – top bloke!! he spent a couple of very very stoned months in NZ with his crazy Italian girlfriend, and we’d spend most days & nights spliffing to the max. Then stayed with him in Shephereds Bush in 86′ and hovered to the max. He took me to a bar in soho where KJ had a regular bar tab along with The Cult. One of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. and still going strong!

    Real Life ; supported them at Mainstreet Nightclub in Auckland in 1983. Then back to their motel where we got them stoned. I’ll never forget their bassist Alan Johnson. He shagged our Chinese bass player and all he ever said was “Life is.. a beer, a bong, and a gig!” Great guys.

    James Reyne. Top geezer. Bought me a Vodka Tonic when we supported the Crawl at Mainstreet in AKL.

    Devo. Met these guys at an after party after a gig in Auckland. I expected these dudes to be very fucking cool and out there. They were a total bunch of “Geralds”. Nice guys but very geeky.

    Tim Butler from Psychadelic Furs. Great guy. Had a spliff with him back stage at Sweetwaters Festival in 1983. The Church played this festival too but walked of during the encore, when wankers thru cans during Is This Where You Live.

    Jenny Morris. A sweetie. Went to a great party at Jens in Syders in the late 80’s, and Andrew Farris didn’t give me $20 note back that he momentarily borrowed. I gave Nill Fun’s (Neil Finn) son Liam pool lessons at this party (he was only 4)

    Shanley Dell (Shanley Morris) an old friend, and a total darlin’. We used to flat together in Auckland in the early 80’s.

    Bread. Toured with these guys thru Australia and NZ in 1997. 28 shows. James Griffin (RIP) was a top bloke, as was Mike Botts (RIP). David Gates was a total introverted cock. Their band room consisted of a table with cheese n crackers and sandwiches and orange juice. Our band room consisted of a table with mirror, razor blade and a straw. Great tour! I recall MWP tellin me he went to the show we did at the State Theatre on this tour.

    Hootie & the Blowfish. Wallies.

    Andrew Brough – Straightjacket Fits / Bike.
    Great songwriter, but extremely fucking rude and obnoxious arrogance ruined his career.

    Martin Rotsey – Midnight Oil. Nice guy for a Yorkshireman!. Peter Garrett. Met him in Auckland as he was pasting Midnight Oil poster up around Auckland in 1979 (aka) Midnight Oil album.

    Steve Kilbey. Met this dude a number of times. Memorable moments – Once I knocked on his hotel room door in Auckland in 1984, just as he was having a massive argument with Karin. He answered with nothing but a bath towel around his waist. I said; “Hi, I’m staying in the room opposite, fancy coming across for a spliff?”; “Gimme five minutes” he replied. five min’ later, Nevet’s walks in, gets introduced, takes two rerally deep tokes, says “ta very much” and leaves!!!

    Then I met him again at the after party upstairs at the Enmore in 1993, where I’d (foolishly) but specially brought him over a genuine primo NZ spliff. That was OK, but first thing he said was ” It hasnt got fucking tobacco in it has it?”; “Of course not!!” I replied. Then he put his arm around me as he lead me backstage, and said; “Your a real Joker!!” Thanks Nevet’s. Good bloke tho if a lil sarcastic. πŸ™‚

    Paul L
    Auckland, NZ

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 12:32 am #

    Who gives a fuck?

    Stick to the poetry, geezer

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 1:03 am #

    Celebriteeismm makes me sad…I’m sure its the Unknowns in life who deserve more consideration…Selah.~

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 1:05 am #

    Famous people i’ve met: crucified god………~$*

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    kat | 19 February 2007 at 1:05 am #

    thats quite a list, sk. mwp et. al just ok??? didn’t u forget mick jagger? oh yeah, thats right, he was just the babysitter ;]

    now you got me thinking… i met the replacements without paul westerberg and then paul westerberg when he toured solo. all of them were very [surprisingly] nice!!!

    i bet you’re still thinking of more. but people are not what they seem all the time, thats for sure!

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    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 19 February 2007 at 1:18 am #

    been there done that, now me want to be something wonderful, something special just like you…

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 1:18 am #

    what no archers of loaf?

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 1:43 am #

    I’ve quite a few celebs & celebwannabes on my client list. Some even considered top drawer by loads of others~~~ only YOU & your mates can turn me inta a complete moron. I still can’t figure it out

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    Best Artist in NZ | 19 February 2007 at 2:25 am #

    Where the fucks Matt Davison’s list???? He’s knows everyone who’s anyone intimately.. e-hmm.. doesnt he?? .. Russell Crowe, Keith Richards, Peter Jackson, Steve Kilbey

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    Melquiades | 19 February 2007 at 2:42 am #

    Well, I guess – since we’re divulging – would be sharing a smoke with you, Steve. When you played in NY at the The Knitting Factory. I really enjoy talking to you – when I get the chance.

    I met Grant McLennan when he played at the 9:30 club. He and Robert were backstage. Robert was up in a bunk or something. he was talking to someone anyway, Grant and I shared some time together. He was a real gentleman. We talked about Jack Frost. He said he really like that album. I commented that Aviatrix when played has almost the same progression as Hotel Womb. Dont get me wrong I love the song but we discussed this and that. a real good guy what I could see.

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    Krissythegroupie | 19 February 2007 at 2:49 am #

    Awww..both you and Ian were charming in your very different ways. Did he not offer you coke in the 80’s like the Furs’, was that it? I kiiiid!

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    Melquiades | 19 February 2007 at 2:50 am #

    snow job

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    letango | 19 February 2007 at 2:57 am #

    Golly, you certainly have spanned some time! Bet it feels like a moment and forever and back.

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    fawn | 19 February 2007 at 3:37 am #

    I just can’t believe that about Ian Mc Culloch. Echo and the Bunnymen were my favourite 80’s band (sorry, The Church were a close second). Maybe he was just playing stupid? How can someone who writes songs (the early ones) and sings like that be thick? The lyrics of their early music were, mythical, totally trancendant and that voice! Was it Will Sergeant who wrote their lyrics – I always thought it was Ian – someone was totally plugged in. They were still great live when they played in Sydney some years back. Despite the chain smoking he still has the most soul piercing voice I’ve ever heard.

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    jj | 19 February 2007 at 4:04 am #

    Richard Butler is somebody I’d like to meet and have a chat with. That druid has a great, raw voice too and his lyrics (at times) remind me of one Time Being; he can pen some wicked lines, like “House” from Book of Days. Captures my divorce in it’s essence.

    Forgot, I met J.D. Dougherty ouside your Knitting Factory gig as he got in a vintage Camaro – nice guy to take a moment and talk. Much like T.B. was that night showing photos of his twins.

    Also met Fred Schneider (B-52’s) once at a party in Atlanta, he was interested in my friend (also named Fred) – funny.

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    Centuryhouse | 19 February 2007 at 4:14 am #

    You forgot to add my name to your list πŸ˜‰

    I don’t know how ‘famous’, but I think you met the guys in Trash Can Sinatras in Austin, TX @ SXSW in 2004….?


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    britney's minder's spyware agent | 19 February 2007 at 4:23 am #

    show business is a hideous bitch goddess – bart simpson

    can we get off this sickening stuff now?

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    snurkin | 19 February 2007 at 4:52 am #

    mitch easter!

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    Let's Active fan asks | 19 February 2007 at 5:01 am #

    Mitch Easter!!!? Groovy! from Let’s Active right? I loved that band snurkin. One particular album but I remember the name of it, but the lyrics in one song went..
    “..And I’m waiting for you,
    I stand outside your room”. Can’t remember the song names,as it was a flat mate’s album and I thrashed it. Damn, wish I could hear it now.

    Paul L

    Auckland NZ

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    Melbourne Girl | 19 February 2007 at 5:02 am #

    Hey Steve,

    I have been searching all over the joint to get a copy of No Certainty Attached. Is it released yet? Based on your blog the other day, I’m dying to get a copy.

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 5:24 am #

    i’d have to agree with another anon above, who gives a shit? it’s depressing really

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 5:30 am #

    Well fuck off then, both of you.

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    ...being here, doing this... | 19 February 2007 at 5:45 am #

    “Let’s go and sit next to David Bowie“…and get torn apart!

    No thanks! I’d rather sit back quietly and enjoy this from a safe time and space!

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    nic | 19 February 2007 at 6:08 am #

    I think this is a fun topic and enjoyed reading everyone’s lists (gosh, don’t some people just get so ‘aggro’ and negative).
    My memorable ones to date are –

    Michael Hutchence – divine, soooo friendly, kind, down to earth and just plain beautiful
    Molly Meldrum – nice
    Mick Harvey – aloof but obliging
    Thomas Wydler – a hoot – very friendly – had lots of fun pics
    Nick Cave – lovely, friendly, funny – and even remembered my name after our chat “Bye Nic!” (swoon…)

    (also others from the 80’s – Billy Idol, Brian Mannix etc he he he!).


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    steve kilbey | 19 February 2007 at 6:25 am #

    dear anons
    who dont like my list
    go and stand in the corner with the meaty eaters
    and please dont tell me what to write on my blog
    get your own blog
    write yer own poetry
    why would i listen to you?

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 6:48 am #

    I met Robert Forster in Melbourne after a solo gig at the Punters Club, he was selling cd’s out of a box after the gig. He was very polite and lovely and quite shrill, it was a fantastic show- he must’ve been stuffed..

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    fantasticandy | 19 February 2007 at 7:38 am #

    steve, i met, had chat/drink/smoke with yer cockney rebs,yer be-bops,yer crimsons,yer t-rex’s,yer hawkwinds,yer van der graaf’s yer mott the hooples,oh it just goes on and on and on.
    rather like todays blog.
    strange one my friend.
    andy L.
    p.s. also MWP once in his all about eve days,
    and then once again with a bunch of olde spacerocka’s from oz who were ALL very polite and charming.

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    verdelay | 19 February 2007 at 7:53 am #

    Celebs I have met:


    Bigger than you think. A bit of a tosser
    Not as catty as the mags make out. Made me tea
    He was really wasted. Nervous? Seemed ok
    A genuinely nice guy. He can make Hendrix blush with a fucking glockenspiel.
    What can I say? I’m in love!
    Wouldn’t talk to me.
    Only met him in passing. Got real presence, but insiders say he’s full of bull.


    Shorter than Tom Cruise. Surprisingly pig-headed.
    Sunburnt, wiry guy. Aloof
    A bit of a porker when I met him. Up himself (and others, apparently).
    Jock arsehole
    A miserable wanker
    Hot. Hot. Too Hot, mamma!
    Her eyes are too close together in real life.

    That’s my lot.

    …actually, Lot was a nice guy. Let’s not go there.

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    Imber | 19 February 2007 at 10:28 am #

    Wicked list you’ve got there SK!

    Here’s mine:

    Most of these meetings have been accidental.

    PK,SK,MWP and TP- The Best!
    Richard Branson- very nice.
    Jamiroquai-a few years ago I was working in a restaurant and they invited me out to a nightclub where the did an impromtu performance. They were very interesting to talk to. Jay Kay was dancing up a wall!
    Adam Clayton from U2-very nice tho’ he was in a bathrobe at a hotel so I just spoke to him briefly and left.
    The Rolling Stones, Jerry Hall and the millions of kids they have.( This was awhile ago.)-very friendly.
    Wayne Cooper,Peter Morrissey and Alannah Hill- met them at a fashion parade I was promoting and ended up a night club with them.
    Darren Hayes- I’m in one of his video clips.Nice guy.
    John Farnham and his wife, Jill- lovely. Jill was wearing a shirt that said- “My next husband will be normal”!
    Robbie Corbett- funny and interesting.
    Isla Fisher-very sweet.
    Arj Barker-funny and sweet.
    Bobby Flynn(He said “Hi” and I said “Hi”-does that count??!)
    I was also 2 metres away from Rowan Atkinson once but couldn’t get the nerve to talk to him!

    I have to say, meeting SK,PK,MWP and TP totally outshines the others.

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 10:34 am #

    Yeah, Glenn Bennie is a lovely guy, he’s nice enough to have me and my friend Mary on the guest list (or whatever it’s called) for the Castlemaine gig….I know, there’s no escape for you in Melby sk…ha ha!
    Love Amanda

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    Daniel 12 | 19 February 2007 at 10:59 am #

    I guess i’ve met quite a few celebs though it’s mostly been in unglamourous circumstance.
    Usually i’ve been plugging cables in or selling them something.(music gizmo’s not drugs)
    My observation is that genuinly talented famous people more often than not have manners. It’s from the druggies,B list and Brits that you’ll usually get the star attitude. Sure there are exeptions both ways but thats my general obvervation.
    I think Australia is a bit different from the UK/USA in that we prefer our celebs to be much more grounded. I doubt Noel and Liam from Quoasis would have gotten anywhere here. For the same reason I can’t imagine someone as grounded as Pete Murray doing much buisness over there. I’m not a fan of his music but I did lights for him once and he’s a real gent.
    I think this is part of his appeal and his gigs are full of the most beautifull women.
    80’s Oz rockers seem a different breed though and I sometimes miss rockers who behave like rockers.
    I once saved Mark Mcentee from a burly bouncer after he was thrown out of the courthouse.
    The guy must of been 3 feet taller than him but Mark was really giving him lip.
    I later had drinks with him and his wife Mel who I was aquainted with.
    Man what a funny couple. The’ve kinda got a real Sharron and Ozzy vibe going on. He told me he has a pilots licence ? can you beleive it? I dare anyone to get in a plane with him.. (An interesting bit of trivia for you churchies is that Tim Powels once played in the Divinls..)
    Anyway I’m going way of course here.
    I wanted to make some sort of succinct remark on celebrity but I dont think there is one.
    I guess in the end most celeb’s are entertainers. Anyone can chuck it in if they dont want it.
    Good,bad,pretty,ugly,healthy,sick,grounded,deluded,smart,stupid etc etc there just entertainers. Unless
    we know them personaly we should never think we know them.
    Jane Mansfeild was a classical pianist with high IQ. David Lee Roth became a New York paramedic. Mark Mcentee has a pilots licence?
    and I’m a ranting geezer who’s had a glass too many.

    Anyway here’s my list of celebs who didn’t dissappoint.

    Kylie Minogue. I met her at an IF party once. Absolutly angelic,Such grace in the face of the worst Sydney film tosser’s. She seemed to like me, I was gushing over it for days.
    I see why people loose it over her.

    Chriss Issak. To tell the truth I didn’t get to talk to him but what an impressive guy. I worked on his Opera house christmass special. His voice and sharp wit blew me away. The real deal. Kind of like Elvis and the best American comics rolled into one. (bit of mellow surfer dude in there too)

    Michael Jackson circa 1987. Beleive it or not I met the (then) most famous guy in the world in a second hand bookshop. A long story but true. (i can proove it)
    Didn’t seem at all weird and didn’t look white either. I’ll tell ya all about it sometime. if it’s ever relevant..

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    one travelling rigid finger | 19 February 2007 at 11:43 am #

    so there we were at a pub in perth and ‘almost with you’ is being played as the TAB jingle. what is with that song becoming some sort of sporting and betting anthem?????

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    gavgams | 19 February 2007 at 12:29 pm #

    Wow. SK and others. Great read.

    A few of my thoughts:

    – Funny how Go Betweens and Models were so 1980 Melb alternative, angular early 3RRR and Church back then were so Sydney smoothies with lush sound by comparison, yet now there more linked than I could have imagined. And from left field Kev Carmody (“its a strange, strange world”) & Paul Kelly. Just wouldn’t pick em as bedfellows over time but yea.. theve all got real cred.

    – I know a lot of Churchie fans liked Echo & B’men, but I never did much, nor- Tex Perkins or Aussie Crwl or INXS (I still reckon their sound was ripped off the J Freud/models sound)

    – Met Straightjacket with Fits with Andrew Brough after gig, had great chat. (love ref above of Shane Carter last seen getting a porno)

    – Would love to meet Andy Partridge from XTC / Dukes. Cat Power, too. Perhaps also Mr Sylvian, but I might be disappointed.

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 12:38 pm #

    Saw James Freud not 36 hours ago pushin’ his shopping trolley through Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore, with his missus…hair wild, face lost, singlet and tatts…looked pretty cool, or at least had some sort of “aura” that made you look at him…was a terrific frontman in his day, you got to admit, as for Mark Knopfler…I screwed his nanny, an Australian nurse…but that’s another story…..

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    isolde | 19 February 2007 at 12:56 pm #

    discretion is the better part of velour

    or at least until MY book comes out called: famous people who have met me

    (thanks for the title brother jack)

    includes appendix: famous people who could have met me but blew it

    jenny kee’s book A Big Life is a jaw dropping marathon of fame so take frequent breaks and some sustagen

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    Daberhasher | 19 February 2007 at 12:58 pm #

    namedroppah… catching up on yee blogge and having a laugh… julian cope! been looking for a copy of head on forever… you slip him some musk life savers along with the shrooms??? hmmm, i should check up on thee olde head heritage site soon…
    me, my fave meeting was burt bacharach… i was 8 or 9, and i knew the guy… i was down with dionne, san jose, raindrops on my head, the whole damn thing… his chords built my couch, that’s for sure… so he’s staying in Florida at the beach club my fam belongs to, and he plays a game of tennis that i, tanskinny young ee, gets the honor of being ballboy… yes, i get to chase burt’s errant balls hither and yon… my, how the ladies swooned beneath the languid palms…

    missed my digressin’???
    i’ve been delving into midi programming and my stoned little brains bout to go kasplat… k….

    me wife and i done near peed ourselves as i read aloud the tale of the playover… pair a lulls baybee, a 24 hour, dateline straddling nonstop link of frantic child energy has been established… futile to resist, everything before the crash, ride it out…

    alright, got mo blog to ketchup on,
    kinda glad i missed the meat beat manifesto tho… i’ll leave the argy bargy to those more suited… i’m too fucking chipper, you should see the sled run the kids and i have made in the woods, the beautiful woods… 150 meters long and growing… wheeeeeeeeeeee….


    in the sweet smelling pines
    in the frozen air…
    much love to all….

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 1:08 pm #

    Here’s my piddly name-dropping list:

    I took my 12 year old neice to see Justin Timberlake in concert. I was the only person over 14 in the crowd…

    I saw David Bowie entering an after party at a hip nightclub after a Prince concert (circa Diamonds & Pearls tour). Lurrrrvvvve all things Prince & Purple. That’s where I met surfing champ, Brad Gerlach. Nice Dude.

    I went backstage at the first Savage Garden gig. Those two guys were lovely…Darren Hays is beautiful, tried to flirt with him!

    Swooned as I watched Bono on stage at the recent U2 concert(I was in the sealed section, second row from the front).

    Met Ruth Parker, the talented author at a Penguin Book launch party.

    Watched the stunning & Tinkerbelle tiny Kylie Minogue exit a limo on her way to see Michael Hutchence (such a talented singer).

    Btw, a friend of mine met the graceful Cate Blanchett. Also, this friend invited “Buck Rogers”/Gil Gerrard to her formal!!!! Met him at an industry wrap party. In the end he didn’t go but they remained friends for a long while. Same pal has met the Proclaimers (invited them 4 a BBQ); Olivia Newtown-John and many others. She was even sleazed on by a celeb I won’t mention.

    Saw some of the cast of Melrose Place. (Now that’s scraping the barrel!)

    Once upon a time, when I was a little funkier than now, I’d go to “darkwave” nightclubs frequented by the likes of RatCat, Caligula, DefFX. (Remember them????).

    A member from a band (I won’t mention) was a friend of my brother and stayed over the night. I was a teen at the time and was excited and terrified at the same time. How on earth could I show up at breakfast table with my awful ‘bedhead’ in front of this absolute babe!

    Watched the band ‘Killing Joke’ perform at an intimate album launch (their song “Love like Blood” is a fav of mine).

    The last two ‘celebs’ I ‘shook hands’ with were Ray Martin and Mike Willesee. And actually, I found them both charismatic and decent. Go figure!

    Little Miss Muffet

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 1:19 pm #

    Diane you are the luckiest woman alive. I wish I got to see, let alone chat with, the divine Jeff Buckley.

    Little Miss Muffet.

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 1:38 pm #

    I wrote Ruth Parker, instead of Ruth Park…my badd…

    Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy
    Little Miss Muffet

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 2:50 pm #

    lets active! I met mitch easter when i was 17 years old here in austin…nice guy..”in little ways” I think is the song….i saw two for one cd at record store with Cypress and the first album…they are kinda hard to find…Dee in Tx.

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 2:59 pm #

    Steve, dont lash out at your readers!!! jus cuz they dont give a shit about famous people met!! It is very understandable….these are just curiosities…

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    CSTCoach | 19 February 2007 at 3:04 pm #

    That was interesting, kind of a blog version of Welcome, with only some of them being ridiculous…

    Hmm, i don’t have much of a list to add to those of my fellow fiends, but here goes:

    Shinobu of Da Pump – famous boy band in Japan, friends of friends, met them in an izakaiya (japanese style pub) a couple weeks after i moved there, ended up carrying him down the street in a cross cultural meeting of staggering and slurring…

    Met a couple very famous sumo wrestlers, Asashoryu and Kyokutenho, on a flight from Tokyo to Mongolia. The latter was a very nice guy. Talked to him for half an hour while waiting for our luggage. When I told him I was planning to travel all over Mongolia by myself, to the gobi etc, then on to tibet and xinjiang, he said “aren’t you scared?” Sounded ridiculous coming from a 300 pound man.

    Jean Chretien, former PM of Canada. Shared an elevator with him once in Ottawa. Was a very friendly man.

    Met a bunch of pro hockey players, fighters, people like that.

    Jim Gillette of Nitro and his wife Lita Ford. Jim’s one of my athletes, and they’ve become good friends.

    SK and Peter Koppes – by far the most pleasant, down to earth people to share an intelligent conversation with. Where else could you go to a rock concert and talk afterwards about Sardinia, Nineveh, poetry, languages and culture…?

    i think that’s it. For now.


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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 3:06 pm #

    also met Dan Lanois…of course i did not know what to say until the same show i met Harry Dean Stanton..what a voice!! Met Robert Smith at a record signing in 84…and shook Peter Hook’s hand before a New Order show..whooHoo!! ha ha…Lets see…how about Klaus Flouride of the dead kennedys…i think i was about 14 years old, in the restroom at a show…he had just taken a piss, and I asked to shake his hand!!!! ha ha ….he was nice. Dee in Tx.

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    Leesa | 19 February 2007 at 4:39 pm #

    I saw a little girl in McDonalds over the weekend, and she was so precious. She had light brunette hair, strands were coming out of her loosely-tied ponytail, and her laugh and smile were infectious. She ran up to a slightly older boy and said, “Come play with me.” It was so cute and she eventually got the boy to play with her.

    Well, I want to have a little contest called “Battle of the Bloggers.” I wrote about it last week, and my readers were less-than-enthusiastic about the contest. I cannot be entered myself, but I want to host a competiton that, more than anything, will expose me and others to good blogs that we don’t know about to date. Please visit my blog at to see the details. So if you want to nominate a blog for this competition, please do so. I don’t really care who wins; I just want to know about quality blogs. Sorry if this looks like spam. I am just trying to spread the word.

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    davem | 19 February 2007 at 5:21 pm #

    Lucky bastards.
    How many of ’em asked for yer autograph?
    I’m a big Bunnymen fan. Surprised at your view of Macca. I’ve never met him but have seen him interviewed plenty of times and he’s always struck me as pretty sharp and funny.
    I’ve met all of The Chrunch except you SK. I’m hoping to just say hello in Blighty in April before running off.

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    valerie | 19 February 2007 at 5:51 pm #

    This just reminded me of the exchange between my husband and David Crosby in the elevator of the hotel we were having our wedding reception at.

    Geo:”You guys in a band?”
    DC: “Yeah man!”
    Geo: “What band?”
    DC: (as elevator doors were closing)”Crosby, Stills, and Nash, man!”

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    craig1.618 | 19 February 2007 at 6:00 pm #

    the church, u2, the cure, johnette napolitano, buzz mccoy(mars daley), art alexakis, tony bennett, french stewart, thora birch, sylvester stallone, john mellencamp, muhammed ali, ernie banks, ……..hmmmm……… i’m sure there’s more but i can’t seem to remember right now either

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    eek | 19 February 2007 at 6:01 pm #

    My list is short but sweet. Met all the Churchlings (current lineup). All were very nice, and pretty damned funny too. Met Rob Dickinson — what a charming guy! And I talked to Jeffery Cain in Antenna the evening KH started taking preorders for Isidore — does that count? He emailed me an mp3 of “Saltwater.” πŸ™‚

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    eek | 19 February 2007 at 6:04 pm #

    Oh and I met Bootsy Collins sometime in the 1991 or 92. Just kind of a “Hi, how are you?” thing.

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    CouldBeAnyone | 19 February 2007 at 7:33 pm #

    Eric Clapton bought me a drink once.

    Oh, and I met SK, TP, MWP, and PK. But you knew that…

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    mattdavison | 19 February 2007 at 8:40 pm # meet me!

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 8:46 pm #

    “yeah, we’re all reaching for the stars”

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 8:51 pm #

    that must mean we’re worth something, yes?

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 8:54 pm #

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 8:56 pm #


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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 8:57 pm #

    i keeeeeed, i keeeeeeed.

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    Peter | 19 February 2007 at 9:13 pm #

    Tell us more about Julian Cope…a genius for sure, but a nutter like no other. The Teardrop Records and his first 5 or so solo albums were the real deal. Things took a turn with Jehovahkill though, he said his aim with the record was to teach those who were not the benefits of being an acid casualty. I think he was born about 15 years late.
    He did a side project in 2003, its way out in front as the best band name I’m ever heard….”Too Freud To Rock’n’Roll, Too Jung To Die”.
    I meet Iggy and his gorgeous Japanese wife a few years back…both sweet people.

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    stealthblue | 19 February 2007 at 9:35 pm #

    Interesting replies today. I guess I have met a few “of the limelight”(actors, musicians mostly) in various circumstances, some of them cool, and some were real aishe-holzshe. I won’t bother with a list, because it doesn’t really matter anyway. But, whatever, some weren’t even people I really knew that much about, or really even gave a crap about. It never ceases to amaze me how high and mighty some people people think they are, regardless of industry or social “class”. Some are humble and sincere, all kinds. I don’t put people on pedestals anymore, but some I certainly hold in higher regard than others.

    Kilbey, we actually had the pleasure (well, maybe it was all mine) of meeting after the last show in Chicago. All I have to say is that moment was…excellent. I had met Marty a few times and he was always a complete gentleman to me and my lady. Dicko Robinson was a real gem. In fact, he was the one who “dragged” you out to the front of the Park West to humor us. So, to no disappointment, it was indeed a treat to finally meet, after years of seeing shows and buying records, a fellow music man I do admire and hold in the highest regard. None of us are perfect I know, and I can only imagine it must be hard when so many people want a piece of your time. I can see how sometimes you just want to get the hell away from everybody, or even yourself for that matter. I know that’s how I feel sometimes! It happens to the best of us. I dunno, maybe I was just lucky I caught you in a cordial mood, but I felt nothing but warmth from your soul. My wife fell in love with ya! (Gulp!) I know you guys were just trying to get the hell outta there that night, but you still gave me a smidge of your time and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. That moment confirmed many things for me, all of which are good. So, CHEERS to you, your family, your work and SUCCESS (it’s only just begun for you by the way), and just…your life.
    Keep up the great work and stay real, brother.
    Ben V.

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 11:05 pm #

    what, no john paul jones??

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    mattdavison | 19 February 2007 at 11:28 pm #

    Hmmm Alright then.

    worked alongside:

    Rod Steiger
    Pete Jackson
    Malcolm Kinnard
    Dan Minouge
    Orlando Bloom
    Jane Campion
    Ron Silver
    The original spiderman; Nicolas someone…
    Graig Mc whats his face from aus
    Peter Phelps
    Lisa Chapple
    sam neil
    noah taylor

    P.a to

    Christoper Lloyd (doc)
    Brook Sheilds
    Charlie Sheen

    muso’s meet and chated with:

    billy joel
    tim and neil finn
    the killers guy
    iva davies
    my old man don..

    fav of all sk..Iva and Bowie.

    there ya go Gzzzzzz I am cool.. (sarcy tone)

    thats what you wanted to hear eh Alex

  88. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 11:47 pm #

    Wot about me you plonker?

    Russell Crowe

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    Fireseed | 19 February 2007 at 11:49 pm #

    oh dear favourite blogger o’mine

    just in case you’re needing an ego boost today, you might like to know that you’re responsible for not one but two of my desert island discs!

    check out the full top ten at ‘the art of living’…

    love fireseed

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    Tim | 19 February 2007 at 11:51 pm #

    All this talk of famous people met…got me thinking…if you were not an artist….if you were not as fortunate as you are, to be able to paint, create music, poetry, perform for hundreds of thousands the world over…what would you do?

    Have you ever thought about it?

    wonder why you haven’t posted a new entry yet…


    Curious in Canada..

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    Anonymous | 19 February 2007 at 11:59 pm #

    Hey Matt,

    Were you that Orc that got it by the trees?


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    Anonymous | 20 February 2007 at 12:02 am #

    < Orc! Orc! Orc!

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    Matt Davidson | 20 February 2007 at 1:16 am #

    Ok – those are all names of famous people that have sodomised me

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    Anonymous | 20 February 2007 at 1:30 am #

    Matt…you forgot me..

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    Anonymous | 20 February 2007 at 1:33 am #

    SK have you fucking sodomised Matt Davison??

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    Anonymous | 20 February 2007 at 2:01 am #

    I’ve met:

    Cinderella- Good about signing autographs…but seemed very tired except for the drummer who was very smiley and thanked me for coming to the show.

    The Fixx- Cy Curnin….aloof and very odd. Adam Woods…very friendly, asked if we enjoyed the show, and thanked us for coming.

    MWP- Very friendly and approachable. Waited 18 years to meet him and had nothing more to say to him that “hi”…I could have kicked myself.


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    Anonymous | 20 February 2007 at 2:02 am #

    Tim and Neil Finn sure do get around…and that David Bowie…does he ever stay home?!

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    Anonymous | 20 February 2007 at 2:08 am #

    wake up mr kilbey

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    Bubbles, Ink. | 20 February 2007 at 4:08 pm #

    Toto? Who in fuck is that?

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    John Garratt | 20 February 2007 at 6:57 pm #

    I met Steve Kilbey once. He was nice to me, considering I was probably babbling and saying nothing.


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