posted on September 25, 2007 at 4:37 am

*lyrics from the universal by small faces

well i went round jlks house last nite
and we did my vox on the secret canadian project
sample lyric
yesterday is a hole for me
in the afternoon that you sold to me
winter in the mirror feeling cold to me
and i wanna dig deeper
but i just gotta keep ya away

i reckon these guys should like it
if they dont then i’m no use to ’em at all
and they should ask bone-oh or michael stripe
or ian mcbolloch or some other blah blah blah
i reckon they will like it
i knocked off my lyrics n singing in 2 hours
came home started watching science of sleep
which i was enjoying
but nk says too tired
cant we watch the rest tonite
ok i says
today i listened to small faces on way to pool on pod
tin soldier
jesus, do you know that song?
my 1st girlfriend i was telling you about before on here
she or her sisters had a single of it
i hadnt heard it all that much on the radio
and when i put it on her fathers big old record player
it was the unbelievable visceral sound of love
coming off a scratched lump of vinyl
with a needle deep in its groove
starting with an electric piano
an ascending chord progression
its the anticipation of romance itself
the band suddenly jumps in real loud
and the songs starts to come on like a drug
the bass fat and round
the incessant ticking of the hi hat
the fancy guitar fingering
its horny music
rising up n up
cmon yells steve marriot slightly off mic
and the drums pile in
“i am a little tin soldier
who wants to jump into your fire “
and you know
that worked for me on so many levels
of course hes talking about
a more obscure tale
by hans christian anderson (hi tt in danmark!)
a one legged tin soldier, a toy
falls in love with a ballerina in a box
after much misadventure
arranged by some unexplained malevolent force
(who’d wanna be cruel to a toy? a one legged toy??)
including being swallowed by a fish
the tin soldier ends up burning in the fire
with his ballerina who doth verily love him back
a ha
but the next day as they clean up the ashes
the maids find 2 tiny tin hearts in the grate
is that a happy ending?
how would that test-screen out in burbank i wonder
marriot milks all the implications in the line with his voice….
oh i wanted to jump into loves fire
and i saw myself as slightly damaged a la the soldier
and thus deserving of sweet sweet love
i dont need your aggravation marriot croons
in the breakdown…
i just gotta make ya
gotta listen (he spits out slightly off mic)
i just gotta make ya
my occupation!
well i could certainly dig that
marriot sang in a choked soul voice
implying urgency
it was urgent n important
his love was busting out all over him
he tickles the strings on a suspended fourth
and i was getting the idea
i do anything you want me to
sing any song that you want me to
(but what song could his girl want but this?)
i aint no child…take me as i am
(he insists)
finally finishing with a crescendo
marriot somewhere in there
the emerging urgency multiplied tenfold
i just want some reaction
why dontcha gimme satisfaction
cos all i wanna do is * to you
cos i lo-ove you!
i was hooked on this song for life
isnt amazing i said to the girlfriend, shocked
she smiled n shrugged her shoulders
obviously it was not doing it for her like it was for me
or maybe itd been played to death in that house
i knew how marriot felt tho
cos i never seemed to get that much reaction either
i dont know what it was exactly was wrong with her
but looking back on it
she was just a very ordinary girl in an ordinary place
in an ordinary time
why couldnt she see how groovy it all coulda been…?
she had no clue and i was disappointed
a couple of years later
i purchased the sublime
the autumn stone
a double album incl. their greatest hits
i loved all the way their songs were slightly ambiguously
about sex
theres everything i need to know
just resting in the afterglow of your love
and the hammond organ is so grinding n creamy
and as usual the drums are so wound up
that he goes on pounding when the band has stopped
a trademark kenny jones move
itchycoo park
you wanna know what lsd sounded like in 1967?
listen to this flanged masterpiece
you can miss out school
why go to learn the words of fools?
marriot sings
n i could only concur
a ripping version of red balloon by tim hardin
bought myself a red ballooon with a blue surprise
took the love light out my eyes
ooh blue surprise
yes baby
the blue surprise was heroin
lazy sunday
which even my dad liked
if you wanna know how my dad sounded
when he was angry
listen to the cockney geezer
on this song
screaming out
“shut your bloody row!”
exactly the words my father would use
and yet
halfway thru this jolly song
when he sings close my eyes n drift away
the chords go minor
and we feel for a few bars
the real melancholy of sunday
the fear of it being over
the implied loss of freedom
tomorrow will bring
and lemme tell ya fiendss
sunday monday all the same to me who dont work
but sunday still brings me down sometimes
hey joycie wheres my toasted baked bean sandwiches?
its all captured there on this song
and of course the universal
sounding like it was recorded in marriots back garden
some psychedelic summer morning in the sixties
when acid rock mixed it up with english music hall
guitars n clarinets n euphoniums all together now
a hippy trippy name dropper
came to my door
he said i just bumped into mick
he told me you know where to score
no not me friend
the small faces
boy did they even look like a group
marriot would form humble pie with “franger” frampton
(thats what they called him in canberra
a franger is a condom)
and sadly die in a fire in a hotel
caused by falling asleep with a cig burning
ronnie lane
bassist extroadinaire n co author of the songs
kenny jones
and ian maclagan
the best keys player in rock almost bar none
would form the faces with rod n ronnie
confusingly enough
their 1st album
which may or may not be
the first step
was credited to the small faces
it wasnt until the second album
long player
that they were just the faces
i listened to a bit of long player today
particularly marvelling at a track
sweet lady mary
which is almost maggie may about 2 years early
its all there
the melodic lyrical bass playing
(i LOVE ronnie lanes bass playing)
the wandering organ
woodies scrappy n rough guitar
its a prototype hit
the first step had some corkers too
dylans wicked messenger
a song called devotion which is tres romantique
these guys certainly could conjure up some magic
ronnie lane died of ms in texas a while back
a tragic sad loss
what a wonderful geezer he was
my mate wil-o has met ian mclagan
out here playing with billy bragg
(who i dont like at all)
and he said mac was a diamond little geezer as well
kenny j played wiv the who for a while
what a raw powerhouse dynamo for any band
a true fuckin’ thumper with bags of finesse
rod went on to whatsername from sweden
and whatsername from new zealand
and woody joined los stonos roulade
(make up yer own spanish!)
if yer really interested
i cannot recommend highly enuff
ian mclagans book” all the rage”
one of the best rock reads ever
and it broke my heart to see
the wonderful small faces never got paid a brass razoo
ripped of by grinning hyaena andrew loog old-ham
who got the fucking lot
and thats why i hate mosta the pricks in the biz
(but not all)
nk was no more enamoured by the small faces
than that ordinary girl 37 years ago
when i played her
here comes the nice n tin soldier
oh god i hate that guys voice she casually says
almost derailing this blogge
i wonder if the small faces/faces is a kinda guy only thing
like dylan……
i dig it
even if its gone full circle
in my own life

78 Responses to “good morning steve, well you wont believe me today*”

  1. avatar
    steve kilbey | 25 September 2007 at 6:14 am #

    gotta nagging feeling ive written this blogge before….!?

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 6:43 am #

    I was the ballerina,in my pre-school play!I sang the song from “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”…”What do you see,you people gazing at me.You see a doll on a music box,that’s wound by a key…etc.”…”finding buried tin soldier,years later”.Corr Blimey guv!

  3. avatar
    fantasticandy | 25 September 2007 at 6:48 am #

    i adore ‘tin soldier’
    you are the best rock reviewer/historian
    i have ever read.
    gotta luv ya…..
    andy L.

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 7:05 am #

    I’ve not read this blog before…not in this lifetime anyway…but there is something eerily familiar about it…hang on and I’ll check back through your 651 other posts and get back to you…


  5. avatar
    Faye | 25 September 2007 at 7:14 am #

    “The Small Faces” were/are awesome SK!I agree with you about their sexual undertones/overtones,and that rawness,is what made their music so powerful.Ya shouldn’t pick on Billy Bragg though…actually I used to like him much more before I met,and promptly divorced my son’s father.I used to think his “Sarf Lundun” accent was charming,but now it makes me cringe if I listen to more than 2 tracks in a row..Funny the way a voice can either take you to a “Happy place”…. or not…peace. xo

  6. avatar
    AthanasiusPernath | 25 September 2007 at 7:17 am #

    oi, i love the faces. and if someone would have told me what once would become of rod. “1st step” – i remember getting this record from a friend, together with some more or less awful seventies rock..which was a whole new world for me, as i’m 31 years younger than rod…and i was immediately fascinated by two songs, one being “Flying”, which sounds so desperately lost-out-on-sea..(better Flying than Sailing), and a weird little instrumental called…something with a pineapple in the title. I’ll have another listen to small and faces

    >some psychedelic summer morning in
    >the sixties, when acid rock mixed
    >it up with english music hall,
    >guitars n clarinets n euphoniums

    i remember feather-ruffling when i said i like some bits of that…when the beatles became fucking music hall…and right, there is ob-la-di, which is just the opposite of “rain” (can songs have opposites? i think yes).

    most inspiring, joyful blog today. thanks!

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 7:49 am #

    well, steve, can’t say i’ve had much to do with small faces so i can’t offer a qualified opinion…however, your sentiments on vinyl i can identify with…nothing quite as satisfying as sliding an album out of its sleeve and dropping the needle into the groove…oooh erotic overtones that one…also, let’s face it, album cover art just hasn’t been quite the same since the advent of the cd…
    as for the music you’ve been making…OOOOOH, YOU’RE SUCH A TEEEEAAASSSEEE!!!!!! i tingle just reading about it, you sweet tormentor…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 7:53 am #

    whattya mean “a guy only thing”?!!!!!


    I never listened to Tin Soldier that closely but it’s compressed anxiety got through…and I like that Marriott voice; and Winwood; and Stewart does have a fine voice (shame about the face.. ha)

    My mum used to listen to Dylan endlessly when I was little…used to really give me the irrates…then MC turned me on to him and I don’t look back….

    leopard skin pillbox hat is a particular grinning fave of mine; if you see her say hello….and on my list of greatest all time love songs is Song for Woody…etc…although I am no officionado fan and probably don’t know the half of it.

    I love the way Metropolis holds back from the rock crescendo’s just ever so ever so slightly behind the beat….ughn….gorrrgeous
    (on cd player now)…and that Welcome song is also grinningly good (like pbh)


  9. avatar
    AthanasiusPernath | 25 September 2007 at 8:19 am #

    and ob-la-di is plain awful, make no mistake. i have to check out the karmic hit blog for that nirvana piece that made flowers grow from my speakers, though

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 8:40 am #

    NK didn’t like his voice?Well when something like that happens in my house{like me forgetting the pine-nuts in the pasta,or a little bit of ridiculousness,for no apparent reason}..we dub these moments as “when mummys go bad!”ha-ha!;-)…xxA

  11. avatar
    dummy | 25 September 2007 at 9:59 am #

    “I close my eyes and I drift away”…ain’t that Boston?!

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 10:01 am #

    I do not like this Small Faces.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 10:11 am #

    Hi Steve
    Definitely not just a guy thing! I LOVED the Faces and used to listen to all the songs you mentioned.
    Melbourne Mary

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 10:16 am #

    It’s all too beautiful.It’s all too beautiful!…cant believe I missed the 60’ my own back though,by being a generation X-er,in the 80’’s all quite cyclicle though,isnt it?it’s a recurring graduation of 20 years..i.e.70’s was a fashion/culture fascinated by the 50’s..the 80’s,was the many reflections of the 60’s .the 90’s..were the 70’s,and now we’re apparently having an 80’s revolution!…I dunno?someone told me that an ipod was a sliver of metal?…i imagined it to look like a computer mouse,for some reason???…and they tell me that cars have gone all “Jetsons-y”,as in modular and spacey! that not the 80’s being reflected in the 00’s,which is actually a spin-off of the 80’s take on the 60’s..I love “the Faces”…are they the 60’s version of “Visage”{remember “fade to grey”as if one could forget?}..oh! brain-fry!..great news on you recording moooooore moooooosic SK!trust yer process sir!the magic just spills outta you{need a bucket?}{you could sell it!}…have a really lovely night!love,as always,gen xxxxx P.S. was very funny/witty of NK to say that she was too tired to watch the sleep thingo!

  15. avatar
    nickf | 25 September 2007 at 10:28 am #

    careful kilbey, those billionaires at PIXAR will be releasing the tin soldier cartoon story any minute

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 10:32 am #

    Olde Amps, the Go-Be’s biog states clearly that Grant got Steve hooked on smack. As for the timing, you ever hear that JF live tape where Grant says Ramble is about Steve walking round Surrey Hills “looking for Harry” ?

  17. avatar
    big wow | 25 September 2007 at 10:36 am #

    I knew a girl in Sydney who used to get up at 6 a.m. to watch the Jetsons before going to work!

  18. avatar
    timf | 25 September 2007 at 10:38 am #

    I remember hearing itchy coo park for the fist time..hate to say it but it was about 20 years after it was released, I was about 19 and it was my first gig as an all night dj for a shitty little oldies am station. Everything was in mono, but it still sounded fucking cool to me, I played it every single night for the longest time. That and the Zombies (loved that organ in She’s Not There) and Them and The Byrds. 8 miles High, that mashed up psychedelic Rickenbaker. Funny, I was so into this stuff round about the late 80’s and then Church came along and blew me away.

    P.S. good luck with the “secret” canadian project.



  19. avatar
    Sunshine | 25 September 2007 at 10:40 am #

    I am not as familiar with the music of the Small Faces/Faces as I am with Rod’s solo work. Love him, gravelly voice, face and all. I was all a-blubber when he sang at the Concert for Diana shindig recently.

    I think it’s funny how musical tastes are so subjective. What floats one’s boat doesn’t necessarily float everyone’s, yet there are these “to the death” arguments about who’s the greatest and most influential band/musician of all time. I am also amused/sickened when bands with one album to their name are lauded with Blue Grass/Symphony Orchestra tributes and “Behind The Music” specials when they barely have any music to get behind, let alone pay tribute to.


  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 10:50 am #

    spinach!..and fun guy! x…/jane j

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 11:03 am #

    hey “big wow”,do you remember “logan’s run”?..that was one that I used to get up early for!…gen x

  22. avatar
    I chat with gen so my ass will be kicked but | 25 September 2007 at 11:22 am #

    I do remember Logan’s Run but it was on Saturday afternoons in England!

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 11:33 am #

    Aw, Steve, you just made my day. I found it a little hard to concentrate on reading the rest of today’s blog, though. However, I managed to finish it simply ’cause I love it so much, when someone is as passionate about music as you are. And as I am.

    “og god i hate that guys voice she casually says
    almost derailing this blogge” – this part made me laugh out loud.

    By the way, I received my copy of “Jack Frost” the other day. Even though I am still taking it all in, I actually think one of the bonus tracks, Persuasion, is my favourite. I love that song.

    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark.

  24. avatar
    huh ?! | 25 September 2007 at 11:37 am #

    How do great songs get dumped as b-sides or left off altogether?
    I’ve never understood this. MATS is the obvious example: listening to all the songs that were recorded, how in the hell did the original tracklisting get approved?! Don’t even start me on Life Speeds Up…

  25. avatar
    it'd be a spanking,not a kicking | 25 September 2007 at 11:39 am #

    you’ll live..I’d say..

  26. avatar
    the other side of the coin | 25 September 2007 at 11:40 am #

    Steve, what do you think when you hear someone say they rate Authority as the best song you ever wrote, when you know full well that you wrote that and Business Woman merely to take the piss out of the record label and had no intention of ever releasing it ?

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 11:45 am #

    I only really know the “hits” from Small Faces, but I LOVE that accent, especially the “doo di doo di doo etc” in Lazy Sunday (I think it’s that song?), it’s so funny!! I’ll check out that tin soldier song on YouTube now, ta love!

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 11:48 am #

    “Frogs are a-croakin’ ” eh, Steve?

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 11:49 am #

    Who-da thunk that Steve Marriott would end up burning to death in a fuckin fire?!

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 12:35 pm #

    authority is the greatest song ever written. some classic sk in there. even the frogs liked it.

  31. avatar
    restaurant mark | 25 September 2007 at 12:52 pm #

    nice one today…can’t write much…off to work…again…the reason for my recent absense…the lyrics sounded great as usual…can’t wait for all of this new music to come out…take care everyone.


  32. avatar
    other side | 25 September 2007 at 1:03 pm #

    Go on then, Steve – how do you respond to someone like Anon 10.35 who appears to genuinely love something you tossed out for a joke and didn’t want released?
    (I have to say I like it too – there’s some wonderful hypnotic, swirling stuff going on).

  33. avatar
    veleska1970 | 25 September 2007 at 1:20 pm #

    hi ya, steve, fellow fiendss…..sorry i fell off the planet for a while, but i have returned. my, you’ve been quite busy writing. well i guess i’ll have to get busy reading.

    happy belated birthday, steve. i hope you had a good one. and happy birthday to other fiendss who i have missed……

    lotza love….

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 1:56 pm #

    Fuck me, it’s Veleska! Somone warn her about Steve chucking a William over inter-poster chatting!

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 2:36 pm #

    I love Business Woman, don’t you?

  36. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 25 September 2007 at 2:39 pm #

    Small Faces got together shortly after Jeff Beck “allegedly” told Rod Stewart and Ron Wood to leave the Jeff Beck group. “Truth” was actually the first hard rock/metal album ever with RS on vocals, RW on bass and JB on guitar.

    Tim Hardin was a very excellent vocalist who overdosed. Other casualties of that era were Phil Ochs, Tim Buckley(father of Jeff) and Graham Parsons. Tortured artists-all of them. I bet my comments are not exactly new revelations. Brien Out!!!

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 2:45 pm #

    Even though you know they wrote Business Woman as a straight out pisstake of the sort of stuff Arista were asking em to write ?

  38. avatar
    CSTCoach | 25 September 2007 at 2:46 pm #

    very cool to hear about the other secret canadian project. love the sample lyrics, a hint of the coolness to come…

    will check out the small faces today. was never big on 70’s rock. grew up in the 80’s, i guess that’s why, but i’ve looked up all your recommendations on here and when i listen to something and hear a chord or a sound or a distortion that seems to resonate in a Church song later, it forms a bridge that i can relate to. my ear is getting better, it seems…

    >(who’d wanna be cruel to a toy? a one legged toy??)

    That’s funny, i have that same feeling towards things. that same sadness with letting them go, too.

    Didn’t comment on yestadays blog, but i found it powerful. i’m one of those people who find it sad to read about those days, i guess cause of the empathy, but its good to write those things out, and its part of your story after all.

    looking fwd to all these new projects!


  39. avatar
    Jab @ BZT | 25 September 2007 at 2:48 pm #

    Chucking a William? English? Australian term? Same as a shit fit?
    And what’s the source of that?

    I’m not as familiar with The Small Faces as I am Faces although I really dug Marriott with Humble Pie so I’ll have to dig into some vinyl by ’em. Now, Faces ripped yer face off. Good raucous drinkin’ music. Any time I hear anyone talkin’ shit about Rod Stewart because of his later musical crimes, I tell ’em to shut the fuck up and go put on “A Nod Is as Good as a Wink…to a Blind Horse” and crank it up. Perhaps they’ll forgive him.

    Supergroovy post today SK. You start talking about music like that, I come out of hiding. Thanks. I needed that today. (rainyshittygloomyoutside)

  40. avatar
    syrinx | 25 September 2007 at 3:11 pm #

    the other side of the coin said:

    “Steve, what do you think when you hear someone say they rate Authority as the best song you ever wrote, when you know full well that you wrote that and Business Woman merely to take the piss out of the record label and had no intention of ever releasing it ?”

    Finally! SOMETHING about those two songs I can appreciate. And it doesn’t involve actually sitting through either of them. Thank you for clearing up all those years of “wtf????”

  41. avatar
    other side | 25 September 2007 at 3:26 pm #

    No problem, Syrinx – this was all in some American interview I read years ago on the old Shadow Cabinet site. Not sure if it was the same interview where Steve reckoned Eastern was the best thing on SA !

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 3:29 pm #

    “Chucking a William” = the line Steve always used to say to his dad, when his dad was remonstrating with him! Steve reckoned it was guaranteed to make his dad even angrier!! No idea what it means but it is fuycking funny, eh!!!

  43. avatar
    gareth,notts | 25 September 2007 at 3:33 pm #

    gotta agree with Thomas Thomsen about Persuasion by Jack Frost…everything about the song is perfect!beautiful,haunting melody n lyrics…love it!…..

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    theres one in every crowd! | 25 September 2007 at 3:34 pm #

    bloody ‘ell! sniper @ many o’clock’s.premo-?.Ugh!to COIN a phrase..”a small man,is afoot,not a face”{mmm,an etherially plucked one..yeeeeez!} ;-/ :-))) x

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 3:36 pm #

    If we keep on with these irrelevant asides he’ll be chucking another fucker! Careful guys!

  46. avatar
    paulc | 25 September 2007 at 5:33 pm #

    Yeah, Small Faces! Check out Mac’s playing on Grow Your Own.

  47. avatar
    davem | 25 September 2007 at 5:34 pm #

    Great blog SK. I love The Small Faces (and The Action even more so).
    Can I recommend to you “Then, Now and Rare British Beat 1960 – 1969” by Terry Rawlings. Great stuff on loads of british mod and psych bands , obscure and well known.
    Love you more SK. Welcome back Veleska – about bloody time too!

  48. avatar
    PAGEY | 25 September 2007 at 9:12 pm #

    our yesterdays have cooked up our presents. sometimes we gotta know something is watching us all. i like to think our guardian angel is not a big brother but an angel looking out for us to free from the past and discover the truth of now…

  49. avatar
    the dean | 25 September 2007 at 10:35 pm #

    From Space Rocker to Mod, who would have thought?

  50. avatar
    Good Morning Steve! | 25 September 2007 at 10:40 pm #

    well we will believe you today* :-)))

  51. avatar
    namaste | 25 September 2007 at 10:41 pm #

    I’m another woman who digs the small faces – they’re up there in my top ten along with mr obvious and david bridie. hope the gig goes swimmingly sk, wish I was there…
    back to small faces – my fav is the story of stan and his quest for the missing half of the moon, esp. mad johns song – “there was a wise one who loved all the haters, he loved them so much their hate turned to fear”

  52. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2007 at 11:38 pm #

    Fantastic blog! Spreading the sweet love of Marriott/Lane. I had a girlfriend a few years back and she loved the small faces. She was crazy about Ronnie Lane and would play his solo albums more than anything. His solo albums are quite good and in my opinion better than the Faces or Humble Pie. All the Rage is a great book. Have you read All Too Beautiful? Another good book about the life of Steve Marriott. Also, the dvd A Passing Show has some great Faces performances. You can probably find some of them on You Tube. The song Lend Us a Quid by Humble pie is also worth checking out. Good stuff Maynard!


  53. avatar
    isolde | 26 September 2007 at 12:14 am #

    I see a love that won’t rhyme without words

  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 September 2007 at 12:21 am #

    Vomit…spoiled….delusional. who cares.

  55. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 September 2007 at 12:27 am #

    Morning Steve. have a beautiful day.


  56. avatar
    nickF | 26 September 2007 at 1:28 am #

    man killah i preordered my copy of PIXAR’s ” tin soldiers ” today, i hope you get some damn royalties! NF

  57. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 September 2007 at 1:57 am #

    Can’t wait to hear the “secret Canadian project”!
    Your music reviews are always so insightful! (Whatever happened to Newspaper Taxi, anyway?)

    Mike (in Canada)

  58. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 September 2007 at 2:04 am #

    I’d like to see the Crunch cover “Eye in the SKY”..*

  59. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 September 2007 at 2:05 am #

    Small Faces…they were the ones I’d go to the library, the radio, TV, American Bandstand (didn’t see ’em there) etc to listen to more of. It was contraversial to love this band when I was a child in the sixties. Mod was where I was, and will always be!

    This band was kinda forbidden in elementary school…and some elders didn’t really like the kiddies to see the music that complemented Peter Max’s artworks found in our weekly readers!! Fo-pah! I know I love(d) Small Faces along with other mods: Dovovan, Shocking Blue, Bee Gees, Harry Nilsson (Jump into the Fire)…my mother did too, along with her friends, my friends…we were fiendish for these.

    Re: CSNY last manager. I knew him about 4-6 years ago during AENT & FY? His name is Joe Healy or Hurley…very Mick Jagger looking and friendly beyond the call. He’s a nice guy, nice art, nice writing…I think his music was alright?! I wonder what he’s up to, if still around.

    With chocolate in heart shapes,


  60. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 September 2007 at 2:23 am #

    Sam Cutler is a client..though he hasn’t been for a while,he has commented that The Church are the best thing to come out of Oz since the Easybeats!…/JB

  61. avatar
    Hare Hare,my sweet... | 26 September 2007 at 2:26 am #

    cymbals,Krishna..x* ;-))

  62. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 September 2007 at 3:44 am #

    anon 10:35 here,
    you sk and the boys have never had the best taste in their own music. possibly because they see the production, they know the internal structure of the songs and how they were written. one of the main reasons that sk doesn’t much care for sharing demos. the other side of the coin is that maybe the fellas have trouble seeing their own magic at times. even if authority and business woman were pisstakes, you’d have to admit (or not) that authority has that beautiful, swirling, melancholic thing that we know was rife in sk’s work at this time. the lyrics to authority sound close to the bone to me. can’t be completely meaningless. plus don’t you know that everything sk touches is gold. course, i’m a big magician among the spirits fan. yeah yeah man.


    oh, too much wine, i’m afraid.

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    Anonymous | 26 September 2007 at 3:48 am #

    anon 10:35 here.
    uhm that first sentence should have begun with “you realize….”

    sorry, tis the wine again.
    oh yeah and its beaujolais baby. no not that grocery store stuff. this cru beaujolais. rocks for under $20 bucks. nicole chanrion.
    handles all ten acres by her lonesome in male dominated field, at least in greater beaujolais.
    off to italian wine tomorrow night.
    and oh yeah. it’s organic yeah man.

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    .:its full of circles:. | 26 September 2007 at 4:53 am #

    you realize, no wait,
    let me start again…
    there’s always so many
    of what, how, why it all
    means something
    to me

    i think of what i’ve
    writen to you before,
    things you’ve said
    my head is like
    a mechanism of flesh
    freeing forms

    memory moretimes
    regret but there is
    often laughfter
    to assure the love,
    whatever there

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    we may to 'n' fro 'bout "Authority",but in the end it is | 26 September 2007 at 5:44 am #

    …the world keeps spinning,people keep singing..all the rest is just bullshit..If you’d call that in any way “average”,well?you’d be madde!.You are incredible Mr. K! hats off to you!,the smokin’ croakin’ frogstar.

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    JLK | 26 September 2007 at 12:40 pm #

    My recollection of the missing lyric in Tin Soldier is – “sit”. All I wanna do is sit with you ’cause I love you. Some have suggested ‘stick’. I always liked that at the end of the day, all he wanted to do was sit with her. But then that’s me.

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    JLK | 26 September 2007 at 12:41 pm #

    My recollection of the missing lyric in Tin Soldier is – “sit”. All I wanna do is sit with you ’cause I love you. Some have suggested ‘stick’. I always liked that at the end of the day, all he wanted to do was sit with her. But then that’s me.

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    Anonymous | 26 September 2007 at 2:08 pm #

    gee whizz sk! time n time again,you inspire me! love…ox

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    Anonymous | 26 September 2007 at 2:12 pm #


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    Anonymous | 26 September 2007 at 4:41 pm #

    I heart you mr. Kilbey

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    CSTCoach | 26 September 2007 at 8:41 pm #

    i’m with mchealthy above. i’ve always really liked ‘authority’. it floats, and i guess it first hooked me because it spoke to my life and situation at that time.

    either way you cut it, its a good song.


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    Anonymous | 26 September 2007 at 11:49 pm #

    Faces was the name of an underage joint in Seattle, near Bell town on 2nd ave. lived back in ’78-9. I was a proud member there.

    Did MWP do some busking at the nearby Pike’s Place market? I could swear on a stack of Church music….I…

    A *-)

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    Anonymous | 27 September 2007 at 12:51 am #

    keeeeeeesses tooooooo jeeeeeeeeeesus…*

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    jhiles1 | 28 September 2007 at 12:29 pm #

    I saw the Small Faces live at Sydney Stadium Rushcuters bay Jan. 1968 with the Who AND pAUL jONES from Manfred Mann when I was 15 for $1.00.
    Revolving stage, upright piano , Gibson guitar , lotsa energy, bad sound.

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    Trickster | 28 September 2007 at 2:24 pm #

    gotta nagging feeling you’ve written all these blogs before…

    & i don’t mean that inna bad way

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    gavgams | 28 September 2007 at 3:56 pm #

    G’day fiends and Mr K

    Wonderful blog post this one describing what music can mean… if one has the ears for it.
    It’s an emotional and analytical reaction by SK. What great intelligence (in the broadest positive sense). Great to read.

    Wish I knew more people like that in my life. That have ears and the brain for the special. I’ve often thought that people’s reaction to and understnding or enjoyment or appreciation of music… — that can get the depth of intensity of emotion, the ambiguities, the understanding of drive and of the joy and exaltation in the expression of that drive, music for people with serious passions — well that is good a test of somebodies character as any other.. (whether I would care for you as a friend or in what regard I am to hold you). Prob is I’d be a lonely figure. There ain’t so many Kilbeys around.

    I reckon a person’s non taste in music is such a giveaawaay. To get it and put it into words… this post I love, SK, It’s a killer.

    I’ve got a cassette of psychaedelia hits that’s a corker.

    Finally, I love Authority too. Terrific lyrics. I’ve been there, it’s part of life, painful, disintegrating relationships.. But SK and the fellows turn it into such a beautiful, glimmering creature with gentle, ironic, understated, but with inescapable persistent motion. Doing the alchemists trick of turning mud into gold. What better thing can art do? I reckon Authority matches an emotional state of mind brilliantly and transforms, tranmogrifies, exalts, you get the drift?. Form and content unified in expression. What artistic intelligence. What unique expression, no try hard. Great bunch of comments by any blog standard, too. CU.

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    Anonymous | 28 September 2007 at 8:40 pm #

    sweetest beautiful SK…your intuition doesn’t fail you…love n rockets,in buckets. {oooooohhhhh {?} } xo

  78. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 May 2010 at 4:03 pm #

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I've been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!


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