posted on October 28, 2010 at 9:00 am

sk n SK admire new thingy

last night

inducted hall o fame


what does it all mean children

altho yer ‘umble hero needs no validation




there i was a big room full of tables

good i got my mother sitting next to me

what a character

she got to talk to tv host richard wilkins

that was more exciting than moi i guess

no she enjoyed it i think

i sat there watching all other geezers making speeches

i had no speech

suddenly i realized i was sitting there no speech no nothing

who the fuck was i gonna thank

i dunno

my mind was curiously empty

then when i was starting to chuck a few things together in my head

lindy morrison wanders over

the drummer from the go-bes

dont be so tense


look how tense you are

am i

yeah look relax ok dont be tense


just dont be tense

steven dont be SO TENSE!


they all have nice speeches

soon our time is nigh

megan washington who is australias wunderkind at the moment

does unguarded mo

pretty cool loadsa attitude

yeah i was pretty proud

(altho still dont like that song)

then jesus

george negus inducted us

crikey gawd

george negus a very heavyweight political journalist

a character with some fucking gravitas my fiendss

he inducted us

the guy from aust 60 minutes wow!

then i walk towards the stage

my mind is a friggin’ blank

and then

suddenly it came forth

as i had been trusting

the words fell outta the air into my head

i rambled on for 10 minutes or so

and i got it right

i cant remember what i said now

i dont wanna

but lo

the assembly judged my words to be good

many said ” that was the best speech i ever heard!”

well aw shucks

i trusted in the universe

the universe delivered me something

i guided it through my brain

and it came out i was lucky

i was lucky

i trusted but i still was lucky

i coulda croaked

i coulda Β stood there empty handed n open mouthed

offending people n stuff but i didnt

i managed to get it right


the churchies played a couple of numbers

utmw of course

tantalised with strings couldnt hear em but know they were great

afterwards schmoozed a little

hey they all loved yer ‘umble hero ok??

yeah !

119 Responses to “hall of fickle fame”

  1. avatar
    lloyd | 28 October 2010 at 9:18 am #

    Excellent SK! Looking forward to seeing the video. Following your muse pays off…

  2. avatar
    Steven Krut | 28 October 2010 at 9:30 am #

    Somehow it doesn’t surprise me that you found something to say. πŸ™‚ Yes, you should be proud – especially as you got inducted not as washed-up has-beens, but as a band still in peak creative form. Congratulations!

    BTW, I made a video for Sunken Sun:

    Such a wonderful song so beautifully sung!

    • avatar
      esne snoner | 28 October 2010 at 7:12 pm #

      great video sk (the other one) – i rate sunken sun as one of the best tunes the church have ever recorded and you’ve captured the mood of the tune superbly – love the cosmic footage just at the right time with the sublime guitar sound – and the girl in the underworld also – then there is that magic shot of our little planet at the end as the lights go out (gulp) thanks for posting this and i’m sure church fans everywhere will also appreciate your efforts

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 29 October 2010 at 10:37 am #


      All i can say say is WOW !!!!!! The timing and editing are beautiful. That is a fantastic vision of such a hidden treasure of a song. Have you done this before? If so…can you link me to your work. Breathtaking !!!!! That is my most simple way of describing it.

      Great Job !!!!!!

      Darrin K.

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    nic | 28 October 2010 at 9:31 am #

    *LOVE* the pic … your babe looking up at her Daddy all proud and adoring …
    well done and well-deserved SK β™₯
    Look forward to seeing it on free-to air soon xxxx

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    princey | 28 October 2010 at 9:39 am #

    Well done sk, I knew u could come up with a killer speech! Sounds like the night was great, and with your mum there to see it, would have made it so special. Looking forward to seeing it on Saturday night. Congrats again!!

    Long Live The Church! πŸ™‚

    Love from your #1 fan,

    • avatar
      BigSmilesKate | 28 October 2010 at 4:30 pm #

      Hi Honey – If you’re talking about the GB3 gig at the NSC – it’s on Friday night not Saturday.

      See you there!

      Big Smiles

  5. avatar
    Freddie | 28 October 2010 at 9:39 am #

    Ah, the words just came, how awesome is that?!! So happy for you, for the award, the speech (someone on fb said it was great) and everything else. CONGRATULATIONS!!!. (hugs)

  6. avatar
    dwellingwell | 28 October 2010 at 9:39 am #

    Was this an Australian Rock Hall of fame award thing ? I only like 3 bands from Australia: The Easybeats, The Go-Betweens and The Church. They should all get first place prizes. The rest I’ve never heard of. It’s cool SK can just go up there and channel a speech out of the ether.Someone just gave me a thumbdrive with 40 hours of lectures by Alan Watts . Very interesting stuff. MP3 audio is a good medium for self education/development.

  7. avatar
    Jason (jmb066) | 28 October 2010 at 9:43 am #


    We are so proud of you and the band for your induction. Hopefully this will wake the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here in the states where you deserve to be inducted as well. Hopefully you can out some vids up here on the site so we can see this in the states. Glad you had your mother with you to share the moment. I know your father is proud as well. It would be nice to see your speech and performances, congratulations and enjoy the moment.

  8. avatar
    Ryan | 28 October 2010 at 9:46 am #

    Posted congrats all over facebook but i’m gonna post here too. Sincere congrats Killa. About fucking time! You guys have been the sole members of my hall of fame since 1987 or so, and your lyrics and writing have been the biggest single influence on my life’s work. No one hits those notes quite like you. No one else spins that spell, or nails that sense of melancholy nostalgia. No one else has ever captured my worldview in a multi-layered sonic wash. I could honestly go through the rest of my life with only your music on my pod and be completely happy. A tip of the hat and a clink of the glass to you guys. Well and truly deserved! You’ve made us all proud. Much love to all. I’m honoured to know ya man.


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    stealth blue | 28 October 2010 at 9:56 am #

    So very, very happy for and extremely proud of you, Steve! All I can say is, it’s about time!! What an amazing night I bet…I bet it was kinda surreal. I love how you just trusted in the Universe. That’s all we can do really; I do it everyday…24/7 pretty much. It’s all that keeps me going. But don’t you just love those moments when it all just comes together?? That rocks…and so do you!! Love live The Church and you, dear friend and mentor.

    Ben V.

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    Nick Peters | 28 October 2010 at 10:02 am #

    Congratulations SK and all. I actually have a tear in my eye reading this, not sure why I should get emotional about it as all I’ve contributed to your success is the price of a few albums and gigs and the odd review. But while my fandom also needs no validation it is always satisfying to see others acknowledge something I’ve known for years. Namely, that The Church and their music are something to be celebrated and cherished.

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 October 2010 at 10:04 am #

    non-goal oriented words/conversations are such a luxury for anyone to get to be a part of these days… I’d bet the offering was more than appreciated. And they got to hear you guys play too.

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    PINK CHURCH FLOYD | 28 October 2010 at 10:11 am #

    Great post Kilb’s
    I truly enjoyed that read.
    Sounds like your Mum had fun πŸ™‚
    Parent’s are great aren’t they.
    I think it was a fantastic speech too.
    Ange xo

  13. avatar
    neptune | 28 October 2010 at 10:39 am #

    what else to say but **** ROCKIN’!!! **** Super Duper Congratulations to you and the band! Sweeet girl, and glad Mom had a nice time. I know she was probably beaming at her ray of son!!!

  14. avatar
    DavidR | 28 October 2010 at 10:48 am #


    Richard Wilkins said your speech was the highlight of the night on TV this morning and he said the church was brilliant — well done SK


  15. avatar
    Anakki Mayhem | 28 October 2010 at 10:51 am #

    it sounds like a spectacular nite & i can’t wait to see it screeened!!!!! πŸ™‚

  16. avatar
    Richard | 28 October 2010 at 10:57 am #

    what’s not to love?

    (rhetorical, in case you were thinking of replying)

  17. avatar
    mark griffith | 28 October 2010 at 10:59 am #

    congrats on your induction white hippy moses! i’m biased of course, but no band deserves it more. i mean, how much great music have you guys made? with more to come…i hope. the church should be in the rock n roll hall of fame here. but anyway…hope you had a great time. take care

  18. avatar
    . | 28 October 2010 at 11:18 am #

    congratulations to you, steve and all
    a well deserved honour, so stand real tall
    this moment and space in time, put on permanent recall
    when you’re feeling the awful ache and the gnaw

    springboard to somewhere, “grab life by the balls”
    keep playing, creating, making music, don’t fall
    it’ll be grand, i tell ‘ya, like a teenager in the mall
    wide-eyed, optimistic, life sure is wonderful ya’ll…

    i wish i coulda been there to see the mighty church call
    the memories and impressions of years past, October, Fall
    i guess i was as the cd player echoed “Aura” in my car
    it’s amazing how time leaves you as you’ve traveled so far…

    keep on keeping on steve…

  19. avatar
    homer | 28 October 2010 at 11:19 am #

    your new mate wilkin’s segment is here
    nice work killa

    • avatar
      Steven Krut | 28 October 2010 at 1:19 pm #

      Can’t wait to see the speech. Should have known it would be hilarious

    • avatar
      gavgams | 28 October 2010 at 10:00 pm #

      thanks for the post

  20. avatar
    Jim Conrad | 28 October 2010 at 11:48 am #

    It doesn’t matter how long the story is…as long as the ending is happy.

    (But the fact that this story is wonderfully long doesn’t hurt a bit.)

  21. avatar
    DavidP | 28 October 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    does this mean you and the band are famous now?

    yeah, just be in the moment and the words will be given to you
    I find that is how it works when properly aware, clear and calm in the moment
    cool, calm and collected – a great way to be if we can get to it and maintain it
    nice to have your mum there
    hope i get to hear the speech
    hope sbs stream it from their website cos I don’t have a tv
    good on ya Kilbo!

  22. avatar
    isolde | 28 October 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    fantastic and in such great company too
    love you forever

  23. avatar
    Robert Lurie | 28 October 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    Steve, how perfect that you composed your speech in the same way that you write songs! Your intuition is ironclad. Sincerest congratulations. It all comes around eventually.

    Much love,


  24. avatar
    Paul M | 28 October 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    Well done Steve and bandmates. This is well-deserved recognition, though it’s entertaining to see Steve being whimsical about proceedings last night. How nice that his Mum attended too! PS personally, I like ‘unguarded moment’, even if the band doesn’t….but that’s just me.

  25. avatar
    Dangerbird | 28 October 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    I like your new music the best anyway, such a grind, grind it out, almost yesterday, wishing you/family/bandmates all the best, congrats, glad your mom was there.

  26. avatar
    redgrevillea | 28 October 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    Well done to you and the band Steve – so well deserved!!! πŸ™‚ Now THIS is something worth turning on the tv for! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

  27. avatar
    Lara | 28 October 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    Many congratulations on entering the House of Fame! Perhaps YOU are the “man of great authority” at the end of Chaucer’s poem about the same. πŸ™‚

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    skellngtn | 28 October 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    congrats Killer! you and the rest of the guys so deserve all the accolades they can heap upon you all.
    That little snippet of you(dare i say, looking absolutely giddy) and MWP doing the old acceptance speech thing is priceless. Looking forward to hearing the whole 10+ minutes.

  29. avatar
    Donna | 28 October 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    Congratulations, Steve! I’m so proud of you and the guys…you deserve this recognition. Your lucky mom! Lucky sk, lucky all of you!

  30. avatar
    Therese | 28 October 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    Glad it went well sk, tis a moment in history.
    So nice that u took your Mum, she would have had one of the best nights ever and will proudly be telling friends and other fambley about it today. Would have liked to have been a fly on the wall hearing what Richard W was saying.
    Can’t wait for Sun nite to c it.

    Peace & love

  31. avatar
    homer | 28 October 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    And a cool review of the night here

  32. avatar
    RocKwiz | 28 October 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Steve, Brilliant speech last night. It’s now up unedited, as promised, on our facebook page.

    Thanks again for adding so much to a great night’s entertainment. And don’t forget, RocKwiz Presents The ARIA Hall Of Fame on Saturday night at 9.20pm.

    The RocKwiz Team

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 29 October 2010 at 3:46 am #

      I’d like to thank God for giving us Facebook, so i could watch this. Talking bout character witness n stuff, you nearly hit mr Powles at 01:10. Good idea to hand that golden weapon over …

      “firmafest” a la aussie rockers – this was really enloying

  33. avatar
    dwellingwell | 28 October 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    Steven Krut, nice video. The outer space thing was a big jump, but good feel for the song overall. I have never heard the Church past Starfish . That song was the first later stuff I heard.Good stuff. Nice Guitar work . Real Pro. Who is doing all the interesting delay stuff ??

    • avatar
      Steven Krut | 29 October 2010 at 12:41 am #

      You didn’t think the outer space stuff worked? It’s all just a bunch of snipets from videos I found on the web.

      • avatar
        dwellingwell | 31 October 2010 at 7:21 am #

        Steven, It worked at the end. When it initially comes in, it just seemed like to big of a jump. Perhaps more atmospheric Earth stuff before jumping out 0f the atmosphere at the end. Just my 2 cents. It was good though. I enjoyed it.

    • avatar
      eekie | 29 October 2010 at 5:59 pm #

      “I have never heard the Church past Starfish”


      You certainly have a shitload of music to catch up with then. Hop to it, dude! πŸ˜‰

      • avatar
        dwellingwell | 31 October 2010 at 6:08 am #

        eekie, yeah that is normal for me to not keep up with stuff: films, music etc.. Someone the other day told me how Gong has 17 albums. I thought they only had 5 and I had them all. (Vinyl) Not going to listen to music on mp3’s. I wish I knew someone who had all the post Starfish Church on CD who shared my taste. Tall order for sure.

  34. avatar
    Steve Draper | 28 October 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    Looking forward to seeing the whole event unfold on the TV with the stereogram on loud…We followers don’t get to see and hear the band on the box much these days, but hopefully the folks who had fallen by over the journey might realise they should have never have dropped away…The Church keep making relevant and interesting and still understandable music that resonates with many people…not easy to do, but done by you continually.

  35. avatar
    Jonny Hollywood | 28 October 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    is that ARIA award made out of gold, well if not it should be so you can pay off the damn tax man, yeah the tax man…

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 October 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    A proud moment indeed!
    Thanks for the report to those of us who couldn’t be there.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 28 October 2010 at 2:43 pm #


    I have been repeating my self for a month now i guess, and i smile when i say it again and again.

    ********************** CONGRATS !!!!!! *********************************

    Cant wait to see the footage when you get it up on this site, and hear that speech that you pulled from the universe. I am so proud of You, Marty, Peter and Tim. Again, SUPER CONGRATS !!!!!!! And i guess the blog entry i spilled yesterday must have some credibility ???. A Church album possibly in the near future. I have had this feeling since the last time i saw you here in Chicago in April. The 4 of you seemed so relaxed and connected. Good luck on the conversations and soon-to-be creation. The pic of little SK beaming at the award and at her dear father is priceless. I wish you the best with the next following days, weeks, and months. I truly sense a shift in creative juice flowing your away, especially if you can pull a speech out of thin air. Good health and happiness is upon you my far away friend.


    ************************* SUPER CONGRATS KILLER **********************

    Darrin K.

  38. avatar
    Lady Di | 28 October 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    So proud of you sk, well done! I’m sure you’ve got a lot of new fans now who will hopefully want to hear the church’s brilliant new stuff. Looking forward to seeing the show.

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    esne snoner | 28 October 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    Couldn’t get a ticket for the event for love nor (a lot of) money so did that which was necessary to see the favourite band of all time in their finest hour – crashed the party. This meant hanging back until the main event and then nicely re-positioned front of stage left to hear the acceptance speech – very good sk – loved the bit about The Real Thing making you know what LSD would be like before going there – couldn’t help but thinking there’s a career waiting for you on the public speaking circuit (think of the $) – good words too from mwp, pk and tp – made me feel very proud it did. But nothing compared to what I felt when utmw was played with great reverence by some very contented looking musicians a few meters away on stage – but then as you announced the next tune would be a bit noisy and a couple of trademark bass notes and oh yes – tantalised – unbelievable. I was secretly hoping this would be the song of choice to blast out some cobwebs from ears of all in attendance and that it did. I however spent most of that song with goosebumps and actually close to tears – transcendence it was in all it’s glory – just the most sublime version complete with a string section pumping away furiously. The end of the song and a few record company execs seen back-slapping as though they had personally nurtured this act to the peak it has now reached – suck on it chaps – this is all belongs totally to The Church. Thanks sk and fiends – a wonderful time for me – which hopefully explains the post-show hug – couldn’t help myself. Now you all go and get rich please – vindication won’t be complete without it.

  40. avatar
    Steven Krut | 28 October 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    OK, I just watched the acceptance on FaceBook and you were amazing, Steve! Wow! You dwarfed the room with your personality, humor and enthusiasm. Yes, you need your own show! Marty was funny, too. I’m so excited about what the future holds for you and The Church! Another big congratulations from me!

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    Ross in Vancouver Canada | 28 October 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    Steve, Your speech was absolutely brilliant. So enthusiastic, humble and generous! You’ve always danced to your own drum, and at that moment, you were tap dancing to Moby Dick and In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida! Much love from Vancouver BC Canada and serious congratulations for being real and discovering that you inspire kindred spirits all over world. Here’s to a ‘Church’ without dogma and judgement, that understands that the greatest miracle is being alive right here and now. Thank you for your humour, poetic left turns, and insight from the outside. Australia has recognized one of their true unique talents.

  42. avatar
    MaxVoltage | 28 October 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    Well Done SK! Glad all had a ball!!!

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    BigSmilesKate | 28 October 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Congratulations! Thoroughly deserved. I think it was gorgeous of you to take Joyce, she would have been so proud and so would your Dad have been (in spirit)although I’m sure they didn’t need an award to prove your worth to them. It’s just great to be recognised by the industry. Hopefully this will encourage new people to look up the back catalogue and hop on board.

    See you tomorrow at the NSC!

    Big Smiles


  44. avatar
    Jasperina | 28 October 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    Poetry man…you said it brother…I LOVED YOUR SPEECH!

  45. avatar
    cazziem | 28 October 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    This accolade it no more than you guys deserve! As for the speech, well the fact that the words came when needed says it all really. Your Mum must have felt sooooooo proud? Which reminds me, happy belated birthday wishes to this wonderfully interesting lady. Now where did I hear/read there’s a chance of a follow up to ‘Tale of the old iron pot’?

  46. avatar
    Lyndall | 28 October 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    Congratulations! What an achievement – We have always known that your name should be up in lights but, finally the recognition from the Aussie Music Industry. The Church are down in iconic history! I am still smiling for you all… The best part – you guys are still going! Wishing you the continuity of creative greatness and more success than ever before. Lyndallx

  47. avatar
    Galamor the Wizard | 28 October 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    My favourite ever band from the country of my birth get recognised for decades of great albums full of great songs.
    Songs that have been the soundtrack to my life, full of the phrases that pop into my head when their insight reveals itself. Because you guys became uncool with the coolest AND with the mainstream, you seemed to “slip between the cracks to that wonderful room” that I alone could “get”.
    You burrowed into the underground and your own universe with your own particular sound, echoing and expanding upon the best sides of 60’s psychedelia – Beatles, Byrds, Donovan and early Pink Floyd.
    I have been one of the believers (bah! – the Church don’t have an “army” like that misguided soul on Facebook has made) since that first time on Countdown, and went to school and RAVED with all my friends and anyone else in earshot at HOW GOOD WAS THAT BAND!!!!
    I didn’t get to the induction, but will be glued to SBS on saturday night with some “psychedelic chocolate” and a nice red wine to cheer, stomp and sing every word of every song at the top of my voice!
    As Neil Young sang,
    long may you run.
    Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations……..

  48. avatar
    eekie | 28 October 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    You did well, Steve. I’m proud of you. Funny, gracious, remarkably sweet acceptance speech — you really have come a long way to be willing and able to actually deliver that.Some lovely comments from Tim, Peter, and Marty too. Loved Marty’s “We’ve worked so hard to be aloof and enigmatic…” line too. Well played, Marty!

    And the pic of you, Scarlet and the thingy is wonderful. The utter adoration on her face is priceless. πŸ™‚

  49. avatar
    em | 28 October 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    Viva the Church! Forever and ever, Amen.

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    brevinda | 28 October 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    Steve, if your still gonna be in melbourne on sunday, the VEGAN day thingy is gonna be on @ ABBOTTSFORD CONVENT, which basically is a beautiful olde convent from the 1800’s which is now an artists village…great boho vegan eatry, great vibe , beautiful grounds….really, really hope you can be there…I’m not invovled in it in anyway…just a fellow vegan and church worshipper!!!

  51. avatar
    Wilfred Paradise | 28 October 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    here, here –

    (come round out your fame in the States, you need to play, man, play, just follow bob. you aint done nothing yet. come on, pick up your guitar, hit the road. Songs are meant to be sung)

    All best – congrats – wilfred p

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    Michelle Roach | 28 October 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    30 years of your divine words & music.Thought this day of recognition would never come.Year after year I’d say “What about The Church!!”.You guys weren’t dug up like dinosaurs.Congratulations & thanks for personally making my life so much better by enjoying all your albums etc all these years.XXX

  53. avatar
    johnny o'd | 28 October 2010 at 10:10 pm #

    twas brilliant…the speech and ‘tantalised’…like Television on speed, but better

  54. avatar
    Bon | 28 October 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    Congratualtions, old china. You deserve the tap and you deserve to feel good after the speech. Bask for a bit.



  55. avatar
    marcc | 28 October 2010 at 11:14 pm #

    Congrats, Steve and the rest! Ever since hearing you on college radio in 1983, you guys have been a constant and comforting presence in my life. Thanks for keeping it going, because some of your best music has been recent. You deserved this prize. The Church remains my favorite band. marc

  56. avatar
    Heather daydream | 29 October 2010 at 12:25 am #

    Onya Killer

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    Ellen | 29 October 2010 at 1:46 am #


    I’m not at all surprised that the words came to you right at the very moment you were about to speak. It works that way. There’s a verse in the Bible (it escapes me exactly where) that says God will give you the strength or whatever you need just at the very moment when you need it.

    Anyway, so good to see you and The Church being recognized.

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    robertmadore | 29 October 2010 at 2:25 am #

    Congratulations Steve! Great stuff!

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    Altres | 29 October 2010 at 2:41 am #

    Steve, fantastic speech, I am absolutely over the moon for you and the guys. I only wish I could see you all play soon, and would, were I not currently financially embarrassed. That won’t last forever however. See you one day soon, and congratulations again, you were magnificent. πŸ˜€

    Love to you and all of yours,


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    Anonymous | 29 October 2010 at 3:41 am #

    Congratulations Steve! Boston loves the Church….

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    pennybridge | 29 October 2010 at 3:50 am #

    I’d like to thank God for giving us Facebook, so i could watch this. Talking bout character witness n stuff, you nearly hit mr Powles at 01:10. Good idea to hand that golden weapon over …

    “Firmafest” a la aussie rockers – this was really enloying

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    pennybridge | 29 October 2010 at 3:52 am #

    I’d like to thank God for giving us Facebook, so i could watch this. Talking bout character witness n stuff, you nearly hit mr Powles at 01:10. Good idea to hand that golden weapon over …

    “Firmafest” a la aussie rockers – this was really enjoying

  63. avatar
    davem | 29 October 2010 at 3:52 am #

    What a fucking performance!
    I am bursting with pride.
    Our heroes! THE killer.

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    mary | 29 October 2010 at 4:04 am #

    im not trying to kiss your ass SK but it was actually the best speech ive ever heard, it made me laugh, my husband loved it, it wasnt fake or anything,
    u rock!!!

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    bionicanna | 29 October 2010 at 4:25 am #

    wowed by the joy that filled the entire room during your speech! adorable pic. congrats!

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    davem | 29 October 2010 at 4:40 am #

    Interesting to read Galamor’s comment (loads of parallels), so quickly after reading your blog mentioning The Unguarded Moment. For us in blighty that was THE song (Andy will concur). I remember going to college after The Old Grey Whistle Test and loads of us saying…”wow did you see that fucking amazing australian band last night?”. That song still makes me shiver when I hear the intro. It means a lot to me – always will. What a ride. Thank-you!

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    betty | 29 October 2010 at 5:02 am #

    Congratulations, it’s well deserved. And your little girl is adorable!!

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    Lisa | 29 October 2010 at 6:43 am #

    Great speech Kilbey – good to see you in such high spirits! Very entertaining to say the least. Nice that your mum was along – how proud she must be! Also good to see Marty’s cheekbones again πŸ˜‰ Thanks to Tim for mentioning KLK, I know he will appreciate it as we all do for his involvement with the band. Looking forward to what The Church has in store next!!!

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    bc | 29 October 2010 at 6:53 am #

    niiice…well done man!

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    andy | 29 October 2010 at 8:06 am #

    blown away by that impish little lass of yours!
    your’e right…..there’s something mighty uncommon about her….

    oh, yeh the gong….
    top job killer,
    really want to hear the speech!
    spontainious outpourings are your forte.
    excuse the crap spelling!
    there’s never been a better band anywhere on this globe.

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    Laurie Garrison | 29 October 2010 at 8:11 am #

    The man of many words was actually speechless for a few moments. I don’t think it’s just luck that you got it right! The way you are, you must have had a billion things to say and may have gone on & on- but it all came out perfectly!

    I’m the lucky one. I do know that feeling of being very lucky, quite often, and I love it!! I’m so lucky and gracious for The Church!

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    andy | 29 October 2010 at 8:28 am #

    just checked the speech out on FB……
    happy daze killer!
    …great stuff.

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    c h r i s p y | 29 October 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    Wow! Was finally able to watch all of it! (bad net connection) Congrats to you and the band my friend! Don’t let all that “unbearable talent” go to your head! Keep on keeping on…

    “Give that man his own show!”
    (uhh ..has she not seen your blog? lol!) :)))

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    jactin | 29 October 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    I’d say the recharge was a success.
    Thank God indeed!

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    Karen | 29 October 2010 at 5:03 pm #

    public peaking my blood runs cold @ the thought

    whens it on telly? or has it been? I dun watch the tube much

    hold on…I glanced above and someones said sBs sat nite..AND they quoted my hero Neil young ( love him too)

    well dun sk well deserved xx

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    Karen | 29 October 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    peaking? I dropped my s

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    lily was here | 29 October 2010 at 7:43 pm #

    I love Lindy Morrison, she’s something special.
    It was a stellar night wasnt it Steve. Thank you so much! S x

    ps The video doesn’t capture how the whole room completely erupted with laughter and applause at sk’s speech, marty’s follow-up etc. People were calling out ‘Encore!’ This room was full of the head honcho’s of the rock music industry, journo’s etc. Ha, not sure what Doug Parkinson would think! πŸ™‚ RocKwiz Team – thank you! the church performing with the orchestral strings -awesome.
    I wanted to hug Johnny Young!! Richard Wilkins -great sense of humour and Brian Nankervis, such a sweetie.

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    lily was here | 29 October 2010 at 7:49 pm #

    ps ‘Something’ in soundcheck needs to be sung in full! x
    how’s the starjumps? πŸ™‚

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    Dutchpierre | 29 October 2010 at 9:17 pm #

    Congrats Steve , now you’re a young lieutenant with a shiny little pennant!!!

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    hellbound heart | 30 October 2010 at 7:21 am #

    i don’t know if the last comment i made went through or not……my computer was throwing a hissy fit….
    isn’t it great that your mum could share the moment with you…kinda makes it a bit more special, don’t you think?
    i know congratulations is a rather hackneyed word but i’ll say it anyway….CONGRATULATIONS!! a new phase for sk and the church, perhaps?

    love always…..

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    Brien Comerford | 30 October 2010 at 10:49 am #

    Accolades, Plaudits, Laudation, Commendation, Approbation and profound appreciation for Steve Kilbey and The Church !

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    jeanz | 30 October 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    Loved the speech,,,especially that moment when PK said…..’discovered the church’ lol brilliant. I’ve got a feeling australia is going to see more of you on tv. You’re a natural.
    take care

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    . | 30 October 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    the mind is better served as it releases a million and one random thoughts through the written word, though it may be a coincidence or lack of evidence i find the angular method the best and not absurd, wouldn’t you agree mr. madam and ms.sir, that’s the word just in case you’ve already or haven’t heard, but steve’s been doing it like that since birth…

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    warpedjohn | 30 October 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    Let me echo the congrats from all above.
    Thankyou Steve Draper for reminding me that I can play my tv sound through my amp. and speakers ie LOUD on special occasions like this .
    And Lady Di, yes I was thinking too that some new fans will no doubt be converted ( and some old fans awakened from dormancy ) . Ah, the power of the media ! Can work for the good occasionally.
    I hope the tv broadcast shows the entire 10 mins of SK’s speech and not an edited version.
    I have my trusty VCR set and primed ( old analogue technology rools -that is, at least I know how to work it-
    digital schmigital ! )

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    blessed one | 30 October 2010 at 6:20 pm #

    about time! Congrats, waiting for new material!!

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    Rik Rehab | 30 October 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    I just googled your speech…you’re a bloody funny bugger Steve! Just the right amount of comedy and truth, a perfect mix! Your Mum must be very proud. Congrats to you, Marty, Peter and Tim from a Kiwi fan who appreciates REAL music, REAL songs played by REAL musicians…

    Here’s to the next 30 years!

    Rik Rehab

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    captain mission | 30 October 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    brilliant absolutely fucking brilliant.

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    melby symon | 30 October 2010 at 11:43 pm #

    very very cool

    your acceptance speech made you and The Church even more enigmatic

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    Bea | 31 October 2010 at 9:10 am #


    Twas an amazing speech-I laughed out loud. Marty’s reply was equally funny! Congrats on the induction-so deserved. I am looking forward to seeing the band in Brisi on the 27th!

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    Karen | 31 October 2010 at 10:18 am #

    Watched it last night on good olde sbs wow you were full of beans haha
    loved the whole show but you had the room lauging thier arses off.. you are a funny fella.
    Loved the bit about weird & angular laughed out loud ..actually laughed out loud a few times ….aloof no more ! Your family mut be so proud of you, glad you mentioned Berra as well…. your twinkling eyes full of humour singing ” Under the milky way ” topped it off.. GO the Church !

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    Christina | 31 October 2010 at 11:22 am #

    It’s about bloody time!
    Looking good,Steve and a truly memorable speech – you do so remind me of David Brent at times…

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    Donna | 31 October 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    “Give that man his own show!” I totally agree! Steve – you are so charming, so adorable! Peter, Tim and Marty, too. The audience clearly enjoyed watching you, and it looks like everyone was glad to be there. Again, congrats!

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    Heather McV-Bean | 31 October 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    Congratulations on a well-deserved reward. You seemed thrilled, rightly so – no Mr Kilbey cynicism evident (well, just a tad). BRILLIANT speech – expect nothing less from such a wordsmith. Took a stroll down memory lane. Especially the arvos at Homedale Cres. Remember when Richard had just joined the band – he was soo young – 15? His Mum went to The Sylvania Pub then back to our house & we were all so much on our best behaviour, impressing his Mum with your straight suburban friends. Guess it worked.

    Anyway, old friend, next time you’re in Perth we’d love to hear from you.

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    Printheth | 31 October 2010 at 3:14 pm #

    Imagine how the awards ceremony would have rocked if you gave your speech first?! Maybe the punters would have danced…aaah I still think you are a hottie Mr Kilbey!

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    Grace | 31 October 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    Well done, watched in on telly last night and thought it was brill.

    I can’t see anyone has asked but I gotta….where was Ploogy?

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    Brazen | 31 October 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    hi Steve,

    Congrats on the hall of fame…well deserved…but I can see how it could be a 2 edged sword…as Marty said “we worked so hard not to be mainstream” (paraphrased).

    Anyway….seemed like a good night (from the TV) and waiting til the end was worth it..saved the best to last…and also loved the tribute to Billy Thorpe.

    LOL…now you guys are mainstream are you gonna do a “church does Gershwin” …kidding…all the best…cant wait for the Notes gig just around the corner from my old stamping ground in the 90’s.


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    EJB | 31 October 2010 at 9:54 pm #

    Best thing I’ve seen on Aust tv for fifteen years (probably longer). Suddenly we were ALIVE AGAIN!!! Masks of pretence were discarded and we could all breathe!!!Thanks, Steve Kilby, for bringing us all back to life!

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    Killer Bees | 31 October 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    I remember The Sunnyboys Plot, from the National Hotel in Brisbane, the night before. Well spake, and fare thee well…

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    Steve | 1 November 2010 at 3:11 am #

    Great speech Steve. I was wondering if Chuggs’ henchman you mentioned was Trevor Cussens? I did a music business course in the 90’s and he was my teacher. He had alot of road anecdotes about big acts like AC/DC and Bowie, (he was Bowies bodyguard when he was in Australia, he’s in the Lets dance video) but I was always asking him for Church stories. Most of them involved keeping fans with drugs away from Richard but he had a nice one about sending strippers on the stage at a gig at the Tivoli. Nice to see you credit the Real Thing as such an inspiration to you. I’m always playing it to my Swedish friends. Grattis!

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    Mike Hamer | 1 November 2010 at 6:20 am #

    Can’t tell you how proud I was to see you guys up there. Love your words.

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