posted on January 10, 2006 at 9:13 pm

i wake up
its six in the morning
already angry sun
focussing down thru
the open windows
its already about 30 degrees
(thats fucking hot in farenheit)
tiotoe outta house
down to pool
already arms and legs
going in and out
even from a distance
the human creatures
can be seen
as they splash in their pool
people say good mornin’ to me
some i hardly know
some i gotten to know
a fraternity of swimmers
a brotherhood of brine
big waves come over the side
the humans all collide
the sea is cold
as it comes over
the side
as its gets closer to nine
the “straights” pull on their disguises
they apply the gel and aftershave and underarm
they shave
they check their abs and flabs
in the smirking mirror
sk jumps in
people going everywhere
a tanned oaf
swims up the down lane
crashes into yer humble breast strokin’ hero
sk gives extra kicky up into oafs tummy wummy
oh sorry mate….you ok…?
uh oh big wavies
1st seen as ominous shadow
as i watch the beautiful patterns
the sand and tide
have arranged on the pools bottom
for bohemian swimmahs to gaze upon
and marvel
suddenly the lines which demarcate the slow
the medium
the fast
and the
jesus mate
what are ya…a fish?
sk somewhat dishonestly is in fast lane
due to less numbers in here
suddenly all the disparate
desperate swimmers
leave their collective
up, slow
down , fast
and the pool
now like a giant washing machine
and mixes
the helpless humanss
tangling em in the floating lines
slamming into the wall
and each other
bugger this for a lark
says ye olde hero
and climbs out
despite shocked looks
from regulars
who know
always does ‘is 20
at least, baybee
but no
id rather do me chi gong
and split
take care of good yon bloggy
get in a banana and date soy smoothie
take the tribe to brekky somewhere
(but its a hottun out there folks)
(im braving considerable uv collateral damage
to bring you todays edish)
my mother says to me all weekend
you look burnt
you look brown
you look too tanned
you do look fit tho
but mum
i ALWAYS wear my hat
i never court that fat ole sun
im stevie hidden
and the shade menne
but the sun has become

we did it
we went and fucked up our own planet!

enuff of that
i hate it when yer rockers
or rollers
start pontificating
you know
that its some real genius
who has the good overview
a word to the wise guys
the real thing
of course
i cannot help but nominate myself
into this rarefied category
after having written loads of songs
who better
qualli fied
than ye olde mee
to sit in his cyber armchair
and put things right
so here goes…
for a start…
i’d like to rant on about….
i’ll spare the gruesome details

just jokin folks
this blog is guaranteed
politicks free
we all agree
that they are unspeakable wretches
we leave it at that

been enjoying my MIMESIS stuff
getting near to finish
maybe jus’ one more track to fix up
in a way musical equiv.
of this goode blogge
polinski and pals
provide lush
while i
tap straight in
and let it out
jlk does b. vox
then poli and men
fuck w/ it bigtime
with all the latest
tricks in the book
i tell you
its the best record ever made
by anyone
and no one
ever will
make a record
as good as this
and thats no exaggeration

the release of the crunches new disc
like a maw
in march
or is it febby?
who knows
is there anyone out there
who didnt download
their own little version
its ok
the damn thing
well over a year old now
the “boys” should do something new
this excites me
we are getting better
contrary to the norm
against all odds
ha ha
who woulda thought that
rock band becomes
more subtle
more gestalt
more involved
more connected
it doesnt normally go like that
i reckon yer gonna like ultc
its chunky
its got muscle
what does it matter
how it came into yer possesh
i aint no school teachah
chasin’ down you little criminals
and pi-rats
we still out here
trying for ya
and we dont aim on
ever disappointing ya
now i wanna get onta
something new
make some new stuff
pull it outta the thin air
which is laden w/ gifts
if we could but grasp ’em
i gotta create something
the crunch are gonna turn a new korner
we gonna meander down the paths
of possibity
we gonna getta
spacerock opera
outta our system
we gotta make a racquet
hail hail rocknroll
is it love
that makes us rock???

now go home

31 Responses to “hotter than hell/never again”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 January 2006 at 10:44 pm #

    I don’t think there’s as many people outthere as you might think thatve somehow nabbed a copy of ULTC – I haven’t & i’d like to think many others havent.
    Also I’m no Glenn A Baker but how many bands have been around as long as youse guys & are still on (reasonably) good terms with each other, still create music that is way past relevant B4 relevant becomes relevant.
    Is there any other aussie art product we can be more proud of?

    Dutch Pierre

  2. avatar
    krissythegroupie | 10 January 2006 at 11:36 pm #

    I would never pirate a Church album, *gasp*! I imagine most Church fans wouldn’t, as we seem like a very loyal following. Plus we would need the the album art and the double cd with bsides and blah blah. But I do wish it would be released already. Hurrrry and come visit NYC! I will finally be old enought to see you at the Mercury Lounge..!<3

  3. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 10 January 2006 at 11:54 pm #

    No tengo el nuevo disco ULTC pero cuando salga, con much gusto te mando mis dolares! Cuidate del sol, hermano!

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 January 2006 at 11:57 pm #

    Steve, ULTC is as obscure in the pirate music realm as a good song is from Duran Duran.
    I looked far and wide for ULTC on the internet, but alas I could not find it.. I dont think it made it into many pirate channels…
    Even if I did find It I would still buy a copy from Church Merch.

  5. avatar
    sue c | 11 January 2006 at 12:05 am #

    Had a discussion with a fiend the other day – can you think of ANY other australian band, yeah well they’re not the standard ‘australian’ band but you know what I mean…besides le Church…still going after all these years and still making quality …yes, quality…music?

    Couldnt answer me.

    Ha Steve – you in the fast lane – somehow that doesn’t sound right 🙂

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 January 2006 at 12:25 am #

    sk, i ain’t got no pirate copy of ULTC so i’ll buy it …

  7. avatar
    captainmission | 11 January 2006 at 12:27 am #

    Yeah i must admit I always pay for my Church (and related) cds, but anyone else i have no qualms in burning, copying, downloading. But I figure that the Church are the only band on the planet I would always pay dues to.
    Every morning I see old Damo Loveloss in the surf and always remind him, there’s only one band on the planet that matters and then he cringes cos he knows what i am going to say 🙂
    He especially hates it when i mention how the best gig i ever saw him preform was at DY when he sang Lecrik Lash with you guys.

  8. avatar
    mike | 11 January 2006 at 12:57 am #

    we’ve been waiting so long for ultc – can’t wait to finally hear it!! Looking forward to mimesis also!!

  9. avatar
    Tim | 11 January 2006 at 1:03 am #

    I’ll admit that I’ve tried to steal ULTC, but have had no luck. I’ll still buy it on its release date…Correction: I’ll try to buy it on its release date, but probably won’t see it until two or three weeks later. The distribution of Church material has been terribly slow in the states (midwest) for the last four records or so.

    I can wait though as BWTB (bought through CherchMurch) easily ranks in my top five (along with Heyday, P=A, HOB and one to be determined later) and will hold me over for a couple more months.

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 January 2006 at 1:42 am #


    Keep up the swimming – Commonwealth Games trials are just around the corner !!!


  11. avatar
    eek | 11 January 2006 at 1:53 am #

    ULTC, Isidore, Mimesis… What a lovely future we have ahead of us.

    And it is true, you are getting better. Well, we did always know you were different and couldn’t follow the “normal” path. Isn’t it wonderful to defy all odds and be able to create such beauty?

  12. avatar
    esskayer | 11 January 2006 at 2:08 am #

    Ye Olde Steve: If I get a pye ritted disk will you give me an extra kicky in the tummy wummy when you see me at your San Francisco show this year? I hope not. Like you, I abhor violence and am peace-loving. If I manage to swashbuckle a copy from a greasy, gelle-haired record exec, I will put it up on Ebay (after burning a CDR of it first) and put the starting bid at $5,000. If it sells and I actually receive the cash, I will give it to you so that you may purchase your own swimmin’ poole and never have to deal with the wrongway Ralphs again. Sound good?

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 January 2006 at 3:31 am #

    i haven’t heard one single note of ultc
    and eagerly await its release
    i’ve even refrained from reading tidbits
    about specific songs because
    i look forward
    with great anticipation
    to the ritual
    my hubbie and i adopted with aent

    our own private
    church cd listening party
    flickering candles
    magical atmosphere
    listening with virgin ears
    to the brilliant
    sublime music
    of the church

    thank you in advance


  14. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 11 January 2006 at 3:48 am #

    gettin kinda greedy
    swimmin in ye olde fast lane-ium
    you have every right
    to be thrilled with ye olde selfium

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 January 2006 at 3:48 am #

    Ditto, I haven’t heard it either,
    besides I’m an old school collector
    I want the real thing Cd, vinyl art
    work and everything alternate pressings, you know.

    But I’m curious, will I like it more than BWTB?? is that possible?
    I like every track on that CD equally the whole thing is fantastic!!


  16. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 11 January 2006 at 3:49 am #

    …and ask JLK
    I buy everything in pairs
    …bought 3 copies of FY
    peace & love & profit!

  17. avatar
    buzby | 11 January 2006 at 5:24 am #

    uhh.. there’s a new church album coming out? why am i the last to know everthing here? i must admit, i’ve been buying the last few on itunes.. i’m just lazy anymore. but, they sound good to my old ears anyway.

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 January 2006 at 5:51 am #

    sk … may I call you ese for short?

  19. avatar
    LG | 11 January 2006 at 6:25 am #

    so let’s take a little time to sit back and admire the abstractions……then create more.


  20. avatar
    esskayer | 11 January 2006 at 6:29 am #

    Here in this pool,
    beneath the sun and shards
    Still troubled by the mumbling of
    a troupe of swimmin’ lards
    Please be good to me today
    Let me find my lane
    The “straights” have some command of me
    I cannot get away
    A pool fight in this city
    A record on the way
    All this weed I think I peed
    in the pool today
    All this time spent swimming in a mess
    Left me dripping wet and pissed Trizz-tesse

    Well I was typing in my backyard
    my blogg the strangest fruite
    It wasn’t the spiked smoothie
    that made these words take route
    Your Kil-bettes cannot hear you
    They only think you’re cute
    You hold onto their commentz
    like a parish suit
    They never believed
    you were still undressed
    Now I’ve gone and ruined this song

    Oh—-waters splishy splashin
    Oh—-gettin sunburnt
    Oh—-swimmers kickin you down
    Oh—where’s my hat, mom

    A crowded poole in a rocker’s towne
    A cool dood named Ess-Kay
    A prisoner of his own backyard
    A big oaf in his way

    Gonna have to try and do his best
    He can’t stay much longer with these guests
    Can’t they give this swimmin’ poole a rest?
    Let poor SK soak up his
    Trizz-tesse……… 🙂

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 January 2006 at 7:53 am #

    Bwahahahaha! That’s great. Too many lines in there that made me laugh.

  22. avatar
    ade baker | 11 January 2006 at 8:29 am #

    I’ll be getting mine at La Merche. I’ll support ya.

    any chance of some new solo sk someday?

    i was wondering if you could somehow (cryptically if needed) give us a list of your all time fave bands/artistes, um…er…besides Mr. Bolanski.

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 January 2006 at 9:59 am #

    Twas 12.30am New years Day.. Was 20C (still fucking hot in farenheit)The mobile phone NY greeting txts had wained.. Then my alcoholic brother – supposedly holidaying in Rarotonga – rings me from his mobile to say; “Happy New Year from Rarotonga!! it’s 10.30pm here, same time as Sydney and it’s boiling 30c!” I said; “No it’s not 10.30pm in Rarotonga, some 4000km NE of Sydney, so definatley not the same time as there, in fact you’re over the dateline Bud, 21 hours behind Sydney, 23 hours behind me in NZ, and celebrating NYE 23 hours early!!And Vodafone doesnt work in Rarotonga so how come you can call me from there dearest brother??”

    His reply (by text later) “Go see a taxidermist!!”

    Alcohol? fuck off!! – give me the white stuff anyday.. At least you don’t lie..

    No more tracks for me to run on..

    The Train Driver

  24. avatar
    mike | 11 January 2006 at 12:10 pm #

    2000 long years and they’re all leading up to ULTC!!!!!!!

    Cool version of Trizz-tesse!!!!

    Global Warming in Australia? Thank the straights for that!

  25. avatar
    RONIN | 11 January 2006 at 2:40 pm #

    i reckon yer gonna like ultc
    its chunky
    its got muscle

    I reckon you’re right, sk. BTW, this crunch fan don’t buy no pirate records. You guys will get my real $$, straight up!

  26. avatar
    Matthew | 11 January 2006 at 2:59 pm #


    be intrigued to hear MIMESIS, even more superkeen to hear ULTC. You guys continue to redeem R’n’R from a dire death of boredom slash boringness.


  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 January 2006 at 3:49 pm #

    how am I going to know you at the S.F. gig?

  28. avatar
    CSTCoach | 11 January 2006 at 4:08 pm #

    I haven’t heard ULTC yet either, am eagerly awaiting it, and always buy me choich stuff. It’s the only stuff I buy, actually, cause all the rest is so much shyte.

    Really loving BWTB. Listening every day, letting it percolate, but still jonesin for more. Got my fix but it ain’t enough anymore… Someone crank up SK, I need a hit (but not a fucking billboard hit, deity forbid!).

    Really looking fwd to MIMESIS, and to more subversive Isidore.

    And I 2nd a call for more solo SK. Dabble was forking brilliant. Time to Say Goodbye is one of the saddest songs I’ve ever heard.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 January 2006 at 4:14 pm #

    I hope yer shampooing after yer swims, sk.. unless you have a fondness for green hair (will provide complete hair regime upon request – and I’m not talkin’ gel)

    I can’t help it, I’m a hairdresser!


  30. avatar
    12str | 11 January 2006 at 4:55 pm #

    ok sk!
    how about visiting sweden..seems like everybody gets a piece of it except little ole me and my kins..
    i buy with my little eye ..everything you do…couldnt dream of stealing your daily bread…U produce I buy hows that for a deal man?
    12 str

  31. avatar
    Joe Burns | 12 January 2006 at 2:24 pm #

    No downloaded, shiftily acquired ultc for me… still anxiously awaiting the looming maw to drop a beautiful gift from the laden air into my lap

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