posted on July 1, 2008 at 2:00 pm

and then someone said
hey stevie k come n play
oh no not i i said
feeling churlish and undomesticated
oh ho they said
would you play the real thing
stevie ks pointy ears pricked up maliciously
you mean ummau ummau ummau real thing
yes my man
the very psychedelicest oz rock classic
and then some my friend
as well as
why not sing that sublimest song
wide open road….?
the very same
that means 2 oz rock classics i will do
yes yes
so i find myself in old melbourbon
the fucking town hall…no less if you like, mr christian
i find meself staying at oh such a lah de dah hote-tell
what a view our little stevies got, eh auntie lou
ooh err he can see all the way to the sea
hes done well our little lad then…our steven john?
by looks of ‘is ‘otel hes done real well
anyway he goes to his rehearsals
and lo
it was full of nice blokes
nice blokes following:
all the triffids
all russell morris band….
everyone associated with the musick biz
john laws gotta lifetime achievement award
cried?…sorry my onion wasnt working
i see the ex leader of the hippo-sition
kim beazley m.p.
hes wandering around
i said to timmy p
you wanna see me razz kimmy bees-lee?
yeap says tp
i go up to kimbo
hey jesus christ
its kim beazley and i shake his hand
hello says the big fella pleased to be recognized here
kim beazley im saying in wonderment
i loved that second album you did…when you kicked those other guys out
the big fella took it well
yeah yeah he laughed
then they kicked me outta the group eventually too…ha ha
(note to non oz residents beazley was deposed as leader of labor)
i smoke a joint in front of dame judith durham
i see keith potger and talk to rolf harris
i see james reyne in the toilets
we dont really dig each other i guess
hi james i say as i do a wee wee
blah blah blah
finally time to go on with russell morris
if you aint heard the real thing
get it
download it
this is a bona fide oz masterpiece
2 years too late
but as good as anything any body bar the beatles ever did
i strapped on me fender
boom boom boom
out go my legs in yoga poses
i straddle the stage
i make some mistakes
but hey what the fuck
im playing the real thing with russell morris
our hammonds gone down
but me n tp are kicking it along
umma ummau ummau ummau mau mao mow mao wow
boom boom boom goes slimbo n timbo
a three piece girl choir singing along
the piano players bangin’ those 88s
hey paul in canberra..thats me up there with russell
hey paul from moorabin..thats me playing the bass
what a thrill to relive these moments of perpetual past
i strap on my axe like a gnarled old gladiator
i wade into the thick of music
like a warrior
the bass is a like a bazooka
it is the great leveller
the bottom line
and we pumped it out baby chunky and delicious
then i hang about
the red faced big bellied boozers slap each others gucci’d backs
and congratulate each other on being there
the fat cats n execs
the perennial old boors and braggarts
the characters too
the lovable louts and the bullies with hearts of gold
an inevitable gulf exists between me n them
their boozy steaky bigtalk world is not mine
i am literally too sensitive to deal with em
so i just ignore em
i make music
they cant n dont
so good luck to em
for being so rich n powerful
but ha ha
i gotta laugh at you boys
you aint a pretty sight
meanwhile the triffs finally get on
nick cave inducts em from london
(wow! high praise indeed)
wide open road comes up
you know i love it
you know i wished i wrote it
maybe YOU didnt wish i did but i wish i did
i’m learning to sing it
i throw myself into it
i give it my all
i rip up my throat
i pour out my self
i put myself on the line
i sing this wonderful song with everything i got
whilst observing its strict timing and phrasing
i do good
we do good
people throw the word charisma at me afterwoods
the press are all over us in a flash
seriously in a room with 20 photographers
the triffids all holding their statuettes
the junky buried within says in my mind
oh boy you could hock one of those for a lot..
the press all like me
they take some individual shots of me
and they say complimentary things
thank you
thank you
glad i could brighton up the hall of foam this year folks
after show party stevie k?
no thanks my fiendss
not for this olde renaissance man
300 biz types in one place
all inebriated n gushing bullshit to each other
fuck no
i’d rather write my blog
who needs em?
tomorrow i fly home
no gigs in the future
hoping the triffids do play in mel n perf next year
russell morris knows where to find me
the roadcrew were magnificent
the caterers were cool
blah blah
its over
good night

47 Responses to “hall of foam”

  1. avatar
    Lian | 1 July 2008 at 3:09 pm #

    a nice reading, SK.
    have a good night.

    much love.

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2008 at 3:58 pm #

    Get to bed, dirty stop-up! it’s 17.00 hrs on Tuesday here in the UK. Night, Steve.

  3. avatar
    kat | 1 July 2008 at 4:04 pm #

    proud of ya ! tho i picture you rolling your eyes at the bizzies.. time to chill for ya, i sa’pose.

    lotza love as v always says,


  4. avatar
    matthew | 1 July 2008 at 4:05 pm #

    Hey Steve… you did really well man, you deserve it. Enjoy!

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    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 1 July 2008 at 4:31 pm #

    Wide Open Road…I like the version The Church recorded, but don’t care for the original by The Triffids. The 80’s production makes me grind my teeth. Thank god that decade is long gone…

  6. avatar
    fantasticandy | 1 July 2008 at 4:57 pm #

    you should ALL be chillin’ out in capri!
    glad you had a great night.
    all the very best,
    andy L.

  7. avatar
    restaurant mark | 1 July 2008 at 6:25 pm #

    proud for ya…glad you had a good time. i don’t think them using the word charisma about you is much of a stretch really…you have presence no doubt.
    and it should make us all feel just a little special you’d rather write your blog than go to the after party…ahhh
    take care man

    ps-just listened to the new verve song on myspace…all original members…so it’s gotta be good right? unfortunately…not for me…and don’t see it growing on me. why does richard sound like neil diamond??? no offense to any neil diamond fans, of course.

  8. avatar
    kat | 1 July 2008 at 6:43 pm #


    i am a neil diamond fan by inheritance. but from your description i may skip the verve song for now. ha ha

  9. avatar
    davem | 1 July 2008 at 6:56 pm #

    Well done guv’nor!!
    What do you mean by “no gigs in the future”?
    We need you down here!!

  10. avatar
    restaurant mark | 1 July 2008 at 8:04 pm #

    funny kat! yeah, i know people who like him, so i didn’t want to offend.
    but…just got a email link to different new verve song, “mover”…it’s great! sounds kind of northern soulish…no neil diamond at all!
    sorry steve…i know i’m way off topic.


  11. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 1 July 2008 at 8:15 pm #

    Steven John Kilbey’s photo graces the Sydney Daily Telegraph (Triffids Headline Story). Check it out online. A fantastic photo and he had a great night. Better be next year for The Church or else !!!

    SK’s an attractive bloke ! Hope he was nice to Judith Durham. She’s been vegan since 1968.

  12. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 1 July 2008 at 8:48 pm #

    Inside of Steve’s online Daily Telegraph Photo is also a photo of Dave McComb. Very mystical and apropos. Obviously, I don’t have the newpaper print edition. I’m in Downtown Chicago!

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2008 at 8:57 pm #


  14. avatar
    restaurant mark | 1 July 2008 at 9:31 pm #

    thanks for the info brien and the link anon 6:57…
    nice pic steve…the good time shows on your face

  15. avatar
    ^jax | 1 July 2008 at 9:39 pm #

    Fuck you did good killer, that was great.. we know you did it for David..

  16. avatar
    persephone2u | 1 July 2008 at 10:12 pm #

    Fantastic article in the paper and you look great in the picture! Very youthful and mischievous if you ask me. I’ve never heard any songs of The Triffids before but it’s worth checking out now me doth think. Or tomorrow, when I wake up…

  17. avatar
    the dean | 1 July 2008 at 10:37 pm #


  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2008 at 11:22 pm #

    Thank you?:) you are ssssoo welcome !! now pass the smarties , 😉 🙂 xo

  19. avatar
    princey | 1 July 2008 at 11:44 pm #

    WOW, sounds like it was a great night of music sk, thanks for writing about it so soon afterwards, to see and hear you pump that bass and sing THAT song would have been so amazing!!(GOD it makes my heart ache I missed it all!!) And what a gorgeous GORGEOUS photo, you’re so cute I wanna pinch those cheeks Greek style! Please, pleeease come back and play a gig or something, ANYTHING soon, I miss you!!! Have a safe flight back home to sunny Bondi and take it eeeezy.
    Love Amanda

  20. avatar
    knot | 2 July 2008 at 12:13 am #

    Thanks for the link, Anon
    otherwise I would be too californicated to read it.

    Hope the flight home is cozy enough for our SK minus any gushing b/s and sadly no cool caterers.

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 July 2008 at 1:20 am #

    grat read sk. you even managed to be nice with your pay-outs…mellowing mellowing…and thats a nice thing.

  22. avatar
    PAGEY | 2 July 2008 at 2:13 am #

    yes, i just watched the video on YouBlube, great song, very psychedelic.
    Hope we can get a glimpse of your night somehow…

    Sleep well in the room…..

    Illusions of Blessings….

  23. avatar
    linjo | 2 July 2008 at 4:55 am #

    Sounds like a great night. We all have different tastes. The real thing is a song that always annoyed me, bit like april son in cuba (ooh sorry Stevie) Sure your beautiful voice made it better. As for Thomas not “caring” for the triffids version of wide open road, Dave McComb had such a masculine voice, sends shivers down me old spine, though Steve’s more feminine sound also do the song total justice. Great reading thankyou. Linda x

  24. avatar
    eek | 2 July 2008 at 4:58 am #

    Glad it went so well. Sounds as if you were able to experience the good parts and skip the not so good stuff. I hope someone is able to record the show and let us all see your performances.

    Until then I found a couple of clips which might tide us over.

    rehearsal clip

    show highlights

  25. avatar
    Loran Vesk | 2 July 2008 at 5:55 am #

    hi Steve, fans and other seancers…
    Please take a look at:

  26. avatar
    Taueret | 2 July 2008 at 6:51 am #

    thanks for that picture, made me smile. no gigs in the future? come back to Lisottes at Gosford soon, m’kay?

  27. avatar
    Celticat | 2 July 2008 at 7:25 am #

    Hiya Steve,

    had a read and a look at the links provided by yon bloggettees.

    Fab photo’s and great vision – you looked really happy and energised and sorry bud but the charisma shone through in spades.

    Love to you and all who sail in you!!!!!


  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 July 2008 at 7:49 am #

    Hope I look as good as you when I’m 53.

    Healthy, sparkly-eyed bastard!


  29. avatar
    lily was here | 2 July 2008 at 8:04 am #


    2 oz melbourbon was shaken and stirred. Nice reviews around for your wide open road.

    Dont blame you for sneaking off, i would too.
    A room with a view -who could blame you?


  30. avatar
    fantasticandy | 2 July 2008 at 8:53 am #

    what a great photo!
    you can’t ‘pose’ something that joyous…..

  31. avatar
    steve kilbey | 2 July 2008 at 9:09 am #

    hey loran vesk
    i like your work

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 July 2008 at 9:13 am #

    That’s some bad shirt, Kilbey.

  33. avatar
    don joe | 2 July 2008 at 9:50 am #

    I think your time for the hall of fame is coming too Steve. You’ve persisted too long to be ignored…. could relive the first line of GAF “pharoh” if you wanted to as some parasotes out there may want to ride the sheeps back so to speak and milk it, but as you said “an inevitable gulf exists between me n them
    their boozy steaky bigtalk world is not mine
    i am literally too sensitive to deal with em” ensures me that you stick to your ethos that has made you the enigma that you are in those circles. Grand performance fiend!! Truly honorable to have been a part of it for the past 25 years….. part of a “super group” as well performing such an iconic Oz master piece covered by all walks of life (third eye, midnight oil). I heard you on a live cross to the venue the other day whilst listening to bland FM at work; thought i could hear you thumping on the bass.

    Well done!! 😀

    don joe

  34. avatar
    don joe | 2 July 2008 at 10:07 am #

    a thankyou to those who shared links to footage etc. with regards to the arias. quite the passionate performance Steve, from the miniscule amount of film provided. Am waiting with verdant fever to see the whole shebang.

    truly awesome

    don joe

  35. avatar
    lily was here | 2 July 2008 at 10:10 am #

    wow yeah, loran vesk. i agree wholeheartedly with mr pointy ears 7:09pm. you captured them perfectly! Im enviously impressed.

  36. avatar
    iseult | 2 July 2008 at 10:33 am #

    good lord its been a veritable feast of link clicking this evening you do look dashing in top hat and tails i must say, mr darcyish even mmmm

    congratulations on a victorious upstaging of the foamaria while escaping for another year the questionable fate of actually being inducted. top work

    i bet some of those rich bastards were those pay tv moguls charging extortionate amounts for access to digital content who have taken the place of those not so rich anymore record company bastards
    but pity the monopoliser that comes between a being and his fiends thats all i can say
    its digital content war at ten paces dammit! consider my glove thrown down

  37. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 2 July 2008 at 11:18 am #

    hells bells i read about all of these live performances but am i able to go to any of ’em…nope…FUCK…glad you had a blast with your songs and kept above all the schmooze…errghh
    you lightened up what’s been a shithouse evening foe me…thanks…
    love always…

  38. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 2 July 2008 at 11:20 am #

    foe…what’s foe got to do with anything…

  39. avatar
    lily was here | 2 July 2008 at 11:42 am #

    ps what did you do with Tim? did he schmooze instead of snooze? I wouldve loved to have seen Molly’s face during The Real Thing!

    HH — the Gruen Factors good for a laugh, foe what its worth 🙂

  40. avatar
    ross b | 2 July 2008 at 2:21 pm #

    Nice of you to front up for a handshake with Kimbo there Steve! He seems nice enough for a polli…he was way way too nice for that rack of mean gits sitting across the floor from him all those years!

    Wide Open Road is a great song, i personally find it deeper than say, khe sahn & flame trees etc, it’s more vulnerable and plaintive. Perhaps the song is deserving of iconic Aussie status.

    David may you rest in peace god bless you.

    Well done Steve for doing your bit to bring this song to the fore, if it wasn’t for the 2nd Church acoustic album I don’t think I’d have known about it.

    Bests to all, Ross

  41. avatar
    CSTCoach | 2 July 2008 at 2:59 pm #

    congrats sk! very proud of you, as always. hope this nets ya the sort of recognition and $$ you so richly deserve! (of course, then we’ll be holding ya to an album a year… and then some)

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 July 2008 at 4:14 pm #

    Steve, if you’d looked at your ex-army shirts while tripping, it just wouldn’t have been the same, would it…

  43. avatar
    davem | 2 July 2008 at 6:21 pm #

    And Killabee!!
    Love you SK.

  44. avatar
    John | 2 July 2008 at 9:22 pm #

    “i see james reyne in the toilets
    we dont really dig each other i guess”

    I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to dig a guy who is peeing right next to you.

    John Garratt

  45. avatar
    steve kilbey | 2 July 2008 at 9:50 pm #

    but john…
    thats how we first met….remember?

  46. avatar
    Celticat | 3 July 2008 at 12:19 am #

    Morning Steve,

    exerpt from this mornings West Australian newspaper about your performance.

    “The Triffids were joined by The Church’s Steve Kilbey who filled for McComb for a stirring version of Wide Open Road that sent shivers down many a spine at The Town Hall.

    Industry word has it that when Kilbey did a heart-wrenching version in rehersal a day earlier, some of The Triffids were brought to tears.”

    So there – put that in your pipe and smoke it!!

    Love to all

  47. avatar
    captain mission | 4 July 2008 at 5:48 am #

    ha! good for you.

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