posted on May 1, 2008 at 8:59 pm

may 2
johnnies birthday
his best mates funeral
last night he and i saw iron man at pictures
as a kid i was a marvel comic fan fanatic
i knew everything
i got my little brothers addicted too
and filled my bedroom and theirs with pictures of
the hulk
the sub-mariner
captain america
and yes
iron man
marvels superheroes were a little weirder than dc comics
they were in colour too
when dc were still in black n white
marvel felt more modern and more my style
eventually the tv show came on in canberra
we sang all the tunes
“doc bruce banner
pelted by gamma rays
turns into the hulk
aint he unglamorous”
“namor, the sub-mariner
is the prince of the deep”
“when captain america throws his mighty shield
all those who oppose his shield then they must yield
with a crash and a bash
and bang and a boom
then the red and and the white
and the blue will come through”
ah sweet naivety…..
so i almost feel compelled to see iron man
on one level
john was so hooked on marvel
he collected a whole collection of em
anyway the film was updated a bit
look to cut a long story short
i enjoyed the film …uncouth yobbo that i am
laughing n cheering as robert downey jr
perfect as the dissolute tony stark
gave a few villains what for
saved a little boys daddy
invented a few impossible gadgets
seduced skeptical female journos
and still discovered he loved his faithful secretary
gwynny pal-trout as pepper potts
jeffy bridges is simply splendid as the wicked obediah
look folks it wasnt citizen cane
but it was a lot more fun
even though i will probably never think of it again..
on the music side of things
i am really giving the twilight singers a good flogging in ipod
i have 2 albums by them
both are obsessively good
greg dulli from new orleans….man he can really sing
and the lyrics are very good too
sneering biting passionate dark n devilish
and some beautiful lines too :
“when darkness falls on summer skin
and in your absence i will begin”
“once i was invisible for all the world to see
i travelled through the ether
on the blood of my enemies”
you can see why i would like that
these 2 records growing on me
and then exploded into my consciousness
so now almost anything else i listen to
the twi singers got it trumped…
the music is really really nice too
yes i know i must go forwards n get gutter twins saturnalia
and back n recheck the afghan whigs
i promise you if you like the church
you would definitely like the twilight singers…
its incredibly intimate one minute
it becomes spooky it becomes voodoo-ey
its sexy and slinky and down and dark
its very new orleans to me
in the shadows and light that flee across these songs
in the strange angry and sad and stoned characters
living behind the words
nk has been heavily digging them too
asking for it to be stuck on her pod
i like both albums as much as the other
powder burns is more powerful than the other
its choruses are beautiful surging emotional blasts
its world is underground n labyrinthian
the other one is more subtle more swampy or something
i tell you verily
there is not one dud song on either record
i dont know anything about em
except mr dulli is a little chubbier these days
than when he starred in a beatle pic as john lennon
(which he makes an ironic allusion to on powder burns)
i see him as fellow traveller
these 2 records are 2 of the best rocknroll records you ever heard
trust me!!
hours n hours of listening pleasure guaranteed
i accord all accolades to the twilight singers
the true spirit of rock lives on
oh i’d love to play bass in this band
thanks markus s for turning me on to them

soon we going to say goodbye to mc
im gonna sing a song
hope i dont start bawling again like in hosp.
trying to sing with a big lump in my throat
i dont want it to be about me
yet i have to sing (his fambley asked me)
so i wanna sing
but i want people to think about him
not me…
and even as i write these words
i know that they will

more tomorrow

30 Responses to “hours before the winter suns ignited”

  1. avatar
    PAGEY | 1 May 2008 at 11:03 pm #

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    Love the blogs Steve!

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    Andrew Grimm | 1 May 2008 at 11:16 pm #

    ah the sub mariner… if there were a super hero I thought would fit you steve, it’d be him… prince of the deep… hmmm… i played block for my students today so they could hear what production and layering is within a song… they liked it very much… also looked at the twists in songwriting and performance… those lines “i’m a cold war painter… if you would…” we’ve looked at johnny cash, the zombies, 13th floor elevators, bruce springsteen, son house, duke ellington, miles davis, ap carter, the velvet underground is next… wheeeeee.


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    veleska1970 | 1 May 2008 at 11:26 pm #

    thanks for the suggestion about the twilight singers….i’ll have to check them out. i got into the afghan whigs while i was at university in the early 90s. i have “conjure me” on my MP3 player right now and listen to it often.

    “oh i’d love to play bass in this band”
    i hope you get the chance!! and i’m sure they would be honored to have you play, too. 🙂

    “soon we going to say goodbye to mc
    im gonna sing a song
    hope i dont start bawling again like in hosp.”
    it’s going to be sad, without a doubt, but you’ll do fine.

    happy birthday to your baby brother.

    lotza love…..

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    Captain Goodwine | 2 May 2008 at 12:24 am #

    Oh yes The Twilight Singers. Seen them twice and they kick ass live. As a kiddie Gentlemen by the Whigs was one of my favorites and still holds up to this day. Mr.Kilbey, if you love those Twilight Singers records you are correct, you gotta dig the Gutter Twins. Dulli is a mammoth singer and the band is essentially the Twilight Singers with the heathen voice of Mark Lannegan thrown in here and there. Dulli definitely captures the essence of New Orleans in his imagery (as did you but in a more romantic way in your song Louisiana good sir). Dulli owns a bar in New Orleans called the R Bar that is a great watering hole on the outskirts of the quarter. If the Church tour through there pop in and you might see the big man himself slinging drinks.

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    princey | 2 May 2008 at 12:34 am #

    Arrrrgh!!, don’t mention Ironman!, my son’s been DYING to see this movie and driving me nuts, but how do you explain to a 4yo that the “baddies” in this “grown-up” version are really, really, really BAD!! (I have to admit though, I love watching the 60’s Marvel cartoons that we have on dvd, absolute classics, The Hulk song’s my fav!).

    I’ll have to download that you mentioned (after downloading all my fav sk&churchie stuff that is!) on my new ipod that I’m hoping to get for “Mummy’s Day” next week (heehee)…sounds really, really coooool.

    Hope you cope ok at your mates funeral sk, I KNOW there won’t be a dry-eye left in the place…so sad, but such a beautiful thing you’re doing for your friend and his family 🙁
    Love Amanda

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    syrinx | 2 May 2008 at 2:15 am #

    Listening to the Afghan Whigs/Greg Dulli – I enjoy it A LOT. And then when I finally put it down, I feel kinda guilty. Like I’m JUST about to be caught doing Something very wrong (and that maybe perhaps I actually did).

    I think that translates to “mission accomplished” on their end.

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    snowfaller | 2 May 2008 at 2:27 am #

    best wishes and love as always…

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    Lebrinho | 2 May 2008 at 6:02 am #

    Thank you for music tipping. “I am the cosmos” has been haunting me ever since I picked it up..

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    persephone2u | 2 May 2008 at 7:53 am #

    Hmmm…it’s not just the fact that Greg Dulli nearly killed me one day in Seattle when he decided to whip his convertible around for a sudden u-turn on the road at about 50 miles an hour and just missed the front of my car by mere feet…no. His music is just so dull and insipid and frighteningly boring. I don’t see any real darkness in his soul and the guy bores me to tears. I always despised the Afghan Whigs as well and Dulli is just a fat washed-up alcoholic. His music may speak to some people, but not me. There are some out there that make proper voodoo music, but Dulli ain’t one of ’em.

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    davem | 2 May 2008 at 8:12 am #

    Thinking of you and JK at the funeral. Take care.

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    chrome3d | 2 May 2008 at 8:56 am #

    It´s not so easy to say: “if you like The Church then you must like this too”. I´ve tried various forms of Dulli-entertainment and I have to say it´s nothing special. There is so broad variety of directions to go from The Church, you should know that.

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    golden thorn in my paw | 2 May 2008 at 8:59 am #

    wow your a whiggs fan. church and the afghan whiggs twiligts, have been my two old faithfulls, throughout the years.saw him every time he’s been to Glasgow. he has that real all or nothing thing that you’ve got
    duli really knows how to be honest about the darker side of his humanity, but still has a real warmth about it. a kilbey greg duli, collabaration, that would be about the coolest thing on planet earth. you know tranquil, he knows rock yip that really would be worth hearing pleaaaase make it happen.

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    mahatma kane jeeves | 2 May 2008 at 9:12 am #

    “when captain america throws his mighty shield” – wow. i’d forgotten about that theme tune but reading that one line had the whole thing playing in my head again for the first time in probably thrity years. fantastic. and yay, its on u toobe –

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    mahatma kane jeeves | 2 May 2008 at 9:15 am #

    blimey – along with this one

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    captain mission | 2 May 2008 at 10:20 am #

    it was always the silver surfer for me, actually i was reading him last night, in a way i hope they don’t make a movie out of him but i’m sure they will.
    imagine surfing through the universe coated in silver, cool man. But that dude suffered to. He’s like a jesus kinda figure in a way.

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    12str | 2 May 2008 at 11:02 am #

    To sing at a good friends funeral…Man thats tough…all my sympathies..

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    Hellbound Heart | 2 May 2008 at 11:22 am #

    happy birthday, john…stay strong when you’re singing at the funeral, mate…i know it’ll be bloody tough…
    as for the twilight singers, i’ll have to suss them out…are their albums still available and what record company puts them out…can anybody help…thanks, guys…
    love always…

  18. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 2 May 2008 at 8:09 pm #

    Persephone is also the name of a song on Kula Shaker’s Strange Folk Cd. Good song and an illuminating commentor.

    The TORIES kicked LABOURS ass in UK elections. Cameron’s ascending.

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    restaurant mark | 2 May 2008 at 8:33 pm #

    i’ll have to check the twilight singers out…being from louisiana originally, if it’s dark, sexy, and voodooey then i’m sure i’ll like it. glad you enjoyed iron man…my wife and i look forward to seeing it…love robert downey jr.

    sing well and take care


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    jeanz | 2 May 2008 at 8:42 pm #

    The best Twilight Singers imo remains his first (twilight singers as played by twilight singers.) It had a brilliant dancey vibe going which he sadly brushed aside in the following albums, which made the twilight singers sound like the afghan whigs, which yes of course isn’t a bad thing at all.
    I’m really big on Mark Lanegan (re gutter twins). he really puts Nick Cave to shame nowadays. His collaboration with Soulsavers was outstanding.(they do an awesome cover of ‘spiritual’ by Spain. I recall you saying somewhere that you really liked Spain.
    Lanegan’s collaboration with Isobel Campbell had that french pop sound that you talked about on karmic hit’s podcast.
    why am i saying all this…i don’t know.
    I hope all the kilbey’s in bondi are ok
    take care

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    John | 2 May 2008 at 9:07 pm #

    The local library has four of their CDs. Are are on reserve for me right now. (reservation made in the middle of reading your blog)

    Ain’t the internet great/terrible?

    John Garratt

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    Tanya | 2 May 2008 at 9:36 pm #

    Nice to see Greg Dulli get a shout-out from a fellow musician- I’ve been following his work for over a decade now. Just a small correction: he didn’t play Lennon in “Backbeat”; he sang the Lennon vocal parts on the soundtrack, to which the actors lip-synched. These sites are great ones to learn about all things Dulli:

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    markobears | 2 May 2008 at 11:03 pm #

    afghan whigs, I’m not a big fan but my brother liked them alot.. Your song “China” &”Starling st” Sounds alot like them .
    Banjos ROCK!!!!

  24. avatar
    knot | 2 May 2008 at 11:19 pm #

    Here’s from your friend Rimbaud

    I’ve done nothing wrong. The days will pass easily for me, repentance will be spared me. I’ll not have known the torments of the soul that’s almost dead to virtue, where the light rises severely like that from funeral tapers. The fate of a son of good family, an early coffin scattered with crystal tears. Doubtless, debauchery is foolish, vice is foolish, rottenness must be thrown out. But the clock has not yet taken to striking only hours of pure sadness! Shall I be carried off like a child to play in paradise forgetting all unhappiness?

    Quick! Are there other lives? – Repose with riches is impossible. Wealth has always been so public. Divine love alone offers the keys of knowledge. I see that nature is nothing but a show of kindness. Farewell chimeras, ideals, errors.

    The rational song of the Angels rises from the lifeboat: it’s divine love. – Two Loves! I can die of earthly love, or die of devotion. I’ve left souls for whom the pain of my departure increases! You have chosen me from the shipwrecked: those who are left aren’t they my friends?

    Save them!

    Reason is born in me. The world is good. I’ll bless life. I’ll love my brothers. These are no longer childish promises. Nor the hope of escaping old age and death. God give me strength and I praise God.

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    heather | 2 May 2008 at 11:28 pm #

    “hours before the winter suns ignited” makes me think of gaffers preparing and then stiking arc’s to make lightning on film sets; another way to make lightning is to flick shutters in front of a really powerful HMI light…gaffers do that too; gaffers ignite to make light; gaffers catch magic. I’m sure the winter suns will ignite at Matt’s going away….

    Happy Birthday JK.


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    davem | 2 May 2008 at 11:36 pm #

    They’re only local elections Brien.
    The day those elitist troy twats get in is the day I’m looking for a one way ticket to join you in Chicago.
    The only ascending Cameron is capable of are the stairs in his four-story Georgian pad. Not to be confused with the other property he acquired from his Mummy and Daddy.
    Vote Kilbey.

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    fantasticandy | 3 May 2008 at 12:10 am #

    finger on the pulse as usual dave!

    lanegan’s cool…whigs were ok…
    but i want more church ‘n sk.
    gimme gimme gimme….

  28. avatar
    lily was here | 3 May 2008 at 12:39 am #

    sorry, i posted in the wrong day. xxx

  29. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 3 May 2008 at 2:23 am #

    The new Australian Prime Minister was one of TIME Magazines most influential people. They lauded him for his apology to the native people and for signing the global warming accord.

    I have nothing against Gordon Brown of Labour in the UK. There appears to be a British media conspiracy against him.

    Steve Kilbey never compare yourself to a lesser singer. You’re Lennon, Harrison and Barrett incorporated. Got it MATE ! You and Jeff Beck are my musical missions. JB can’t sing thank God !

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    persephone2u | 3 May 2008 at 7:43 am #

    Sorry davem, but I’m celebrating Boris Johnson’s victory today. I was cheering late last night and am walking on clouds today. The man got up and gave his speech with his hair sticking up all over the place and he’s the kind of eccentric that Londonium needs. Three cheers for Boris!!!!! Now if only the unelected Stalinist prime minister can be ousted England might just have a fighting chance. Bye bye New Labour.

    np: Violent Femmes “Kiss Off” with Stalin, er, Gordon Brown in mind. 🙂

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