posted on July 26, 2007 at 7:03 am

yer hero has arrived safely
downtown wello
where they invented wellington boots
just after they invented beatle boots
ho ha
but i just remembered
something from yessaday
i was sitting on a beach with lil sk
aka scarlet killbee
aka the bumper
aka the woofle
i was sitting on bondi beach
and the woofle was playing some game with her toys
and i was jus’ lazing back in the sun
when an entire football team
started practising behind us
they were island boys
from the solomons or fiji or somewhere
and even tho it was quite a warm day
they were practising in these hoody jackets n long pants
boy they were working up a sweat
running up n down
up n down in the sand
the nearest guy to us was about 7 foot tall
with bandaids all over his face from footy injuries (i presume)
sweating buckets of ink (as juicy wallop says)
and theyre all doing their islander tribal whoops n hollering
(if i was a missionary i’d be feeling kinda nervous)
and then i hear this voice
“mate, mate”
i think he cant be talking to me
but i hear him saying mate mate
i turn around
and this guy says to me
a beautiful beach you got here mate
and his face crinkles up into the most delightful innocent smile
complete with big white teeth
and sparkling eyes
and this guy melted my heart
with his eyes and his smile
and for a split second
i hated all “whites”
with their guns n tricks n religions n diseases
and i wish this world had turned out different
and i wanted to do something for this guy
but all i could say was
as if it were my beach
what a lovely lovely cat
he looked so big n fierce
but he was like a big kid
and i hope he n his team win
and he has a good time in australia
here i am in nz
2 hours before syd
2 hours before my show
have done my check
have done an interview
have met matty d
whos showered me in grapejuice n manuka honey
have had a veggie hash stack
now back at very luxurious hotel
will do yoga n qi gong
n back down gig
to start at 9 30
thats really about it
stay tuned
see you fiendss 2 morrow

31 Responses to “goodbye syddley hello wello”

  1. avatar
    al renwick | 26 July 2007 at 7:48 am #

    Hope it goes good, Mr Far-away Being

  2. avatar
    lily was here | 26 July 2007 at 7:51 am #

    ahh, i’ll bet he was a beautiful, big friendly samoan. Lucky he didnt hug ya! Or throw you the footy LOL
    I feel weird yr in my hometown even tho’ i havent been there for so long! Go shower them with your beautiful music.

    sue x

  3. avatar
    Dim bulb | 26 July 2007 at 8:14 am #

    Got any surprises planned?
    I suggest ‘Insect World’.
    Or ‘You’re My Idea’.
    Nah, nah, there can be only one – ‘Busdriver’!

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 July 2007 at 8:17 am #

    Steve, is it true that Marty nearly quit the Church in 84′ to join The Stems as a bassplayer?!

  5. avatar
    steve kilbey | 26 July 2007 at 8:21 am #


  6. avatar
    Con | 26 July 2007 at 8:21 am #

    Sweet Mr Kilbey,
    Have you ever heard of Ausralian Poets Idol? Neither had I until the wee hours of this morning when I dreamt this whole thing up.You beat 5 other teenage hopefuls with your controversial poem set to an original music score(your own ofcourse).Now the judges were livid with you because you brought in a band.
    The TV execs couldn’t believe all the votes were coming in for you and the other idol finalists were absolutely horrified that they had to follow you.
    You see by this stage, after just the one recital, yours, the votes were coming in thick and fast all for you. It was well and truly over.
    The shining bearded Prince had beaten all the wannabees in the most glorious fashion.
    I know!
    Still I wanted to share this bit of madness. It’s been a tough week.
    Lots of good wishes and cheer..

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 July 2007 at 8:33 am #

    Steve, how much you get paid for a solo gig there in your hometown?

  8. avatar
    eek | 26 July 2007 at 8:38 am #

    Hope the show goes well tonight.

    Earlier today I was reading a discussion on white privilege. One of the things that triggered the discussion was a report on a study of doctors treating emergency room patients (it was simulated) presenting with heart attack symptoms. The white patients got the more effective, state of the art treatment at substantially higher rates than did the black patients. Disturbing, isn’t it?

    Also disturbing that women also consistently get less effective treatment than men, especially white men. Heck, women are often not even diagnosed with heart attacks, let alone receive effective treatment.

    So, yep, you should feel guilty, buster! 😉

  9. avatar
    Thelonious | 26 July 2007 at 8:45 am #

    Sk, sounds cliched but magic like you experienced on the beach pops up from time to time & touches the heart & almost makes it all worthwhile for a moment. Hope the gig is great.

  10. avatar
    flyingbird | 26 July 2007 at 8:50 am #

    always touched by your sensibility.. what a man… you are blessed by this world. thanks for sharing. love the words you write here, love the feeling inside you. beautiful…

    warmest wishes

  11. avatar
    fantasticandy | 26 July 2007 at 9:18 am #

    you f’in’ rock killer!!!!!!
    no fancy words, no smart arse stuff,
    i just wanna wish you all the best on yer little mini-tour.
    there ain’t no-one better,
    slay ’em!
    much love,
    andy L.

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 July 2007 at 9:27 am #

    Matt D must be peeing his pants right now, lucky NZ. Have a great night, I’ll be listening.
    Love always

  13. avatar
    sharka | 26 July 2007 at 9:31 am #

    For people who love peace
    check out Dennis Kucinich, a democratic candidate for the 2008 USA presidential election:

    He wants to end the war on drugs AND the war on terror.


  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 July 2007 at 9:35 am #

    break a leg killer

    no, actually, break one of matt davisons legs

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 July 2007 at 10:10 am #

    ‘ello ‘ello

    (resist all Mr Humphphries-like punning)

    Now; you are in NZ, land of the long white cloud. You are alone.

    I want to ask you a question.

    Is it still a vague intention of yours to edit this blog down to a slim volume to create a rambling record of this time and this place as viewed through your wise (?) old eyes?

    I must admit that I can think of a few commercial applications for this writing (as I’m sure some of the other members of this curious club can too) so as the second anniversary of the conception of this blog is now closer than the last, I ask you –

    What is your design for this?

    Where are you going?

    How will you know when you get there?

    You complete this daily undertaking for very little or no financial recompense and often suffer the slings and arrows of anonomii and others for your trouble (and I know some of this penetrates your otherwise zen-like facade (did I say ZEN-LIKE? Don’t stop me now, I’m on a roll))

    Anyhoo, answer me only if you can and you want too, but I ask sincerely.


    Please forgive my directness, it is the way I am. I like plans. And parentheses.

  16. avatar
    isolde | 26 July 2007 at 10:20 am #

    pantheres in parentheses lappin up the luxury

  17. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 26 July 2007 at 10:30 am #

    Sounds beee-autiful..

  18. avatar
    veleska1970 | 26 July 2007 at 10:50 am #

    yay for mattD!! he’s going to be floating for quite some time after this.

    i’m sure your show is probably over with by the time you read this. i hope all went well and you blew the crowd away. 🙂

    lotza love…

  19. avatar
    veleska1970 | 26 July 2007 at 10:51 am #

    to mattD: puleeeezz say you have some pictures of your encounter…?? share them with us!!

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 July 2007 at 11:19 am #

    Fuck me, Steve answered my direct question!

  21. avatar
    fuck your middle class guilt | 26 July 2007 at 11:27 am #


    when will you realise, it’s not male or female or black or white – it’s rich or poor.
    Rich black women do, and will always, receive superior treatment to poor white men.

  22. avatar
    odoacer | 26 July 2007 at 11:47 am #

    OK, so answer mine, Killa!
    Did you ever get back the sole copy of Crowd Invisible that your old manager fucked off with?

  23. avatar
    davem | 26 July 2007 at 12:22 pm #

    I’m pleased the hotel’s a good ‘un.
    Have a great gig.
    I wish I was there.


  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 July 2007 at 12:23 pm #

    have a blast in nz….hope it’s not too cold for you…
    -The Hellbound Heart

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 July 2007 at 12:24 pm #

    that exactly right mr f*&k your middle class guilt – certainly in the uk – hope the gig went well steve

  26. avatar
    restaurant mark | 26 July 2007 at 12:26 pm #

    have a good time man…take care

  27. avatar
    kat | 26 July 2007 at 12:54 pm #

    have fun, sk! a veggie hash snack? he he

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 July 2007 at 12:56 pm #

    Don’t worry anti-guilt anons, if there’s a hell down below, we all gonna go!

  29. avatar
    John Garratt | 26 July 2007 at 1:19 pm #

    Hey Dim Bulb,

    Where does one even get their hands on ‘Busdriver’?

    John Garratt

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 July 2007 at 1:24 pm #

    B-side of Unguarded Moment 7″ ?

  31. avatar
    CSTCoach | 26 July 2007 at 1:46 pm #

    that’s a cool story. so many times i’ve been on the other end, a stranger in a strange land, and have received kindness from the most unlikely of places. I remember one time in a tiny backwards jungle town in guatemala, this salvadoran immigrant saw the sorry state of my wallet when I pulled it out to buy a drink (it was all held together with surgical tape, but i only carried it when i travelled, cause no one wants to steal it). He took out his own shiny new wallet, removed his personal effects, and gave it to me.

    it always amazes me how poor people are so willing to share of what they have, while the rich pinch every miserable penny.

    have fun in NZ!


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