posted on March 16, 2006 at 11:42 pm

goode morning, blessed devotee
today im angry
still fuming about the cg
whatta loada baloney
whatta waste of money
whatta a completely infuriating debacle
i tell ya one thing about the fucking “straight” world
its a bluff, baybee
its a bluff
do ya think the imbeciles who organise things
know what theyre doing?
i tell ya they dont have a clue..
say
just
say
i’d been chosen to put on the cgs
do ya think it coulda been worse
if i’d hired a buncha acrobats jugglers dancers
gymnasts boy scouts pyrotechnicians and schoolkids
and said
heres a buncha random costumes
put em on
get in the arena and run around
willy nilly
helter skelter
higgedly piggedly
COULD IT HAVE BEEN A MORE EMBARRASSING FUCKING MESS?
what if i was the prez of the US fuckin’ A
could i have fucked up iraq worse than bush
could i have been more unprepared for new orleans
could i make more gaffs
be more ignorant
less travelled
less cultured?
the whole fucking “straight” world
is bluffing us, my fiendss
they do not know what the hell theyre doing
they never fucking have
hitler
napoleon
the monarchs of europe
the caesars
the inquisition
the Church (the other one)
the generals
the whole fucking lot
theyre all “straights”
they bluffing ya
they bluffing us
i tell ya what baby
you come and see the chchru
we KNOW how to play
we been dedicated to this our whole lives
we not fuckin’well pretending
we werent hired by an interview committeee
of more “straight” bluffers
we not having you on
WE KNOW OUR FUCKING GIG
WE DELIVER
im telling ya
observe em
watch em become ministers
about things they know nuthin about
watch em put on huge expensive ceremomies
for dead empires
run by and for “straights”
watch em getcha involved in wars
getcha killed
and then commision a “straight”
to build a lovely cenotaph
for our glorious dead
yeah you motherfucker
it was real glorious
lying in a trench in france
19 and my body trampled into the mud and shit and blood
fuck em
i hate em
the whole fucking lot
tired of their rules
tired of their news papers and gossip rags
tired of their aggression
i dont care if ya the ayatollah
or the prime minister of england
theyre all the fucking same
only the beard and suit is different
theyre bluffing
they wanna control ya
they dont love life or music or real liberty
they tell ya what ya can n cant do
they getcha involved in bullshit
they tax ya
they bomb ya
theyre are anathema
they are the enemy
dont believe it
dont believe em
do ya know the only unanimous motion in parliament?
a motion to raise politicians wages
they all voted yes
olde ugly bloated evil controlling lying scum
fuck your world
fuck your slavery
fuck your empire
fuck your glory
fuck your facelifts and botox
fuck your war
fuck your smart bombs
fuck your spies
fuck your meat
fuck your academy awards
fuck your cigarettes and martinis
fuck your taxes
and fuck your cg ceremony
dont try and ameliorate the situation w/ me
if you feel that im being unfair
if you feel like you could be
a bit of a “straight”
then fuck you too
fuck off
and dont darken my fucking blogge again
thatss it
i aint bluffing
ive had it with em
beware
im mad as hell
and im not gonna take it
sk
boheemian till the day i die

131 Responses to “huffed puffed and bluffed”

  1. avatar
    verdelay | 17 March 2006 at 12:26 am #

    right on, brother

    we glamorous few know exactly what to do

  2. avatar
    And So It Is | 17 March 2006 at 12:30 am #

    Esky ya sure are mad this morning!

    But ya right!

  3. avatar
    Martin | 17 March 2006 at 12:36 am #

    Hmmm… This from the bloke who’s happy to meet Delta Goodram?

    Come on Steve, lay off us straights, we’re not all that bad. Do you really want to see Tony Blair or The Lying Rodent in a paisley shirt? i think not.

  4. avatar
    eek | 17 March 2006 at 12:37 am #

    I kinda wondered what you were thinking wendesday night….

    I know I’d be more than a little creeped out if you came away from the whole thing gushing happily.

    Long live bohemian Steveie K!

  5. avatar
    eek | 17 March 2006 at 12:39 am #

    Damn. Wish I could spell. just mentally remove the second e in the last word of my previous comment…

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 12:41 am #

    you knew it was for, and organised by, ‘straights’ when you signed the contract so why did you sign?

    oh yeah, for the money and so you whinge about it later on. you were part of the experience from whoa to go to own it and stop whinging

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 12:51 am #

    If you were so disillusioned by the whole spectacle then you should have tossed out playin’ “Mily Way” and played “LOST” instead…
    The lyrics to that song would have summed up your feelings….

    That would have sent the “straights” a message…..

    Love ya Kilbey….

    Brian Turner
    Atlanta, Ga USA

  8. avatar
    flowerpower | 17 March 2006 at 12:54 am #

    I am pleased to announce that I am now a total devotee of killer “sk”. I will soon down load a photo of his musik holiness and place it around my neck. Remember sk, you are the rock standing solid and proud in the jelly and sickly soup of howard’s great southern land.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 12:58 am #

    I think he’s gunna blow

  10. avatar
    me | 17 March 2006 at 1:02 am #

    we need Them
    to keep us on the right path
    parallel universes until the end

    love love love
    your mind

    xxx

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 1:05 am #

    the following conversation was based on an article
    in today’s herald sun:

    mum: oh look, your friend steven is in the paper
    me: yeah?
    mum: it says here utmw was a highlight at the games
    but the song is about drugs
    me: don’t believe everything you read mum
    mum: it’s terrible what those drugs do
    me: yeah i know
    mum: he seemed like a nice chap
    well spoken, and such good manners
    me: he’s one of the good guys mum
    mum: you must have him over for dinner sometime
    i’ll make a vegetarian lasagne

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 1:23 am #

    Bloody hell sk, don’t tell me the fuckin’ check bounced!!

  13. avatar
    Courtney Courtney | 17 March 2006 at 1:29 am #

    But if you dig on vegan food
    Well, come over to my work
    I’ll have ’em cook you something
    That you’ll really love

    ‘Cos I like you
    Yeah I like you
    And I’m feeling so bohemian like you

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 1:31 am #

    Those straights are cunts, I’m 100% with you on that one.

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 1:48 am #

    A lot of people confuse having a straight job with being a straight.
    That is not wot his Steveness means
    It is likely that if you listen to the chrunch you are not one of the oppressors. You are a seeker of something beyond the gossip mags.
    You are not the man.
    You are not an enemy of Truth Beauty and Imagination.
    Even as you fill out the spreadsheet,
    as you slowley turn the cog on the great machine
    you dream of something more no you can sense it- just out of reach.
    At least I know I do.
    Muddy

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 1:51 am #

    i coudnt agree more. i have given up tv news, papers etc,music is the drug we all need,allthough not sure about the meat bit..just had a delicious chicken pie for lunch! anyway back to the mix,maybe nearly finished?….i know you have heard that before!
    love and kisses
    the iconoclast

  17. avatar
    Chester | 17 March 2006 at 1:54 am #

    Somebody needs a roast beef sandwich.

    Is your mum still reading this vitriol?

  18. avatar
    MEM | 17 March 2006 at 2:13 am #

    ti sem’ id merc ‘n rtro hsn’ ben av ++gud 2 mee av yd’… hng’n sk dnt’ lk dw’n…lng wy 2go…….lv

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 2:17 am #

    wish o wish upon a star

  20. avatar
    Brad | 17 March 2006 at 2:19 am #

    It’s clear you’re mad. I’ll admit that I can’t see why. Must be something more than we could guess. But I’ll stab: they run a tape and skip the live vocals, did you actually go and burn a flag? As you know we saw little of the show worth watching so maybe something happened? You didn’t sound mad. You sounded great. It all sounded wonderful. Some bad with the good then.

    And here too. A step past sass on today’s blog and stepping in something else. Bohemic or strait laced we’re all human it seems. I feel uncomfortable for you right now. I feel like you’re gonna feel sick in the morning for your writing. It’s good to let it out, but what should be liquid gets written in stone.

    We have to sort out the intellect from the instinct. Both can be good and bad. Hindsight’s a real badass.

    b

  21. avatar
    mike a | 17 March 2006 at 2:23 am #

    I have to admit sk, you’re right about the “straights”. I think here in the U.S. we’re sick of our “leaders” and all of the BS!! I don’t trust any of them anymore – corporate thieves, lying politicians, priests molesting children – it gets worse and worse. The media is owned by all of the corporations -so what information can you trust anymore? If you’re against the war in Iraq – you’re unpatriotic. Anyways, I couldn’t agree with you more.

  22. avatar
    si-kli | 17 March 2006 at 3:27 am #

    chill out stevie baby and just enjoy your upcoming shows, might have a few new converts to contend with now. Hope you have a new song about dealing with the commercialist culture vultures. LIGHTen UP..

    P.S. At least the ballerina beauty didn’t hop on the back of that dickheads bike at the end of the song, at least that part of the act was apt. Go forth and love it.

  23. avatar
    captainmission | 17 March 2006 at 3:47 am #

    mr. kilbey as ya know i love ya and yr work (so i am unashamedly biased), the rest is just bullshit, straight, bi, gay, boho, i don’t really care about any of it cos its all maya man and one woman’s maya is another mans reality, one mans reality is another woman’s truth, the only defence in the presence of the illusion is to laugh at it all. govts, kings and queens, big beurocracies, tyrants and dictators, religious types and their mistresses, solicitors, celebrities, experts and extremists, terrorists and revolutionaries, underneath the power and the control is a frightened little person who is just insecure and scared, they are the bullies and thugs in the playground, they are our tormenters and torturers who kiss babies for votes and raze the forests for a burger and coke, they love it when ya get angry, it almost justifies it for them, especially if you have long hair and play guitar, what they hate is when ya just laugh at them cos that means yr spirit has not been smashed.

    Having said all of that, i do get angry too, it’s a healthy natural response, and when ya think about it quite sane, but it can overwhelm at the end of the day, it can make you (not you specifically, just in general terms) become what you loathe, so all you can do, is what you can do.

    i thought about the CG this morning and seeing you guys out there just confirmed one thing, amongst all of the farce, there was one moment of integrity, one moment of truth, where entertainment stopped and something magickal occurred, and that was the bit they didn’t show, but you could hear it, you guys doing what ya do. For five mins if you close your eyes and listened, there amongst all the bullshit, was an amazing island of something genuine. Millions of people felt it, perhaps not as deeply as others, perhaps they can’t even articulate it, perhaps they are not even conscious of it yet, but it was felt.
    And it’s moments like that that make the church unique, yeah you guys are real, you always have been, and I can’t think of another band that could do that for 26 years and longer, consistently getting better and better,, always staying true to your muse.
    I am so glad that you played the gig, I hope the cheque was massive, and I hope they looked after you as well as they do their sporty types.
    Love
    Capt. Missed Match (I thought I’d use that one before any one else)

  24. avatar
    the dean | 17 March 2006 at 3:50 am #

    “Don’t let it bring you down
    It’s only castles burning,
    Just find someone who’s turning
    And you will come around”

    NY

  25. avatar
    mike a | 17 March 2006 at 4:02 am #

    I watched the video clip for the CG and the version of UTMW was incredible!!! So I think the music is the more important than being seen by the world. The music sounded great and your voice is better than ever sk!!

    I’m still listening to Block – it’s a fricking great song!!

    I’ll miss your blogs next week – going down to Peru to Inka land to spend time in my hotel womb!!

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 4:04 am #

    Hey SK,

    If shooting yourself in the foot was an event in the CG you could have hung around to pick up your gold medal.

    What defeats me, apart from your general petulance and hypocrisy, is your misunderstanding of the nature of the event you were asked to participate in. ‘Cultural’ events of this kind are meant to be silly (and gloss over the potical divides which exist between us). Some parts worked better than other parts – but I am sure everyone liked the flying tram and I, for one, appreciated the absence of the usual oz rock legend industry types.

    If I had stuck my neck out to get the Church onto this event I guess I would be feeling stung by now.

    So umm if I have now not met the standard of political correctness you require of your blog readers should I fuck off and stop buying Church records too?

  27. avatar
    sue cee | 17 March 2006 at 4:07 am #

    I just saw something very beautiful sk, your painting of Albrecht Durer

  28. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 17 March 2006 at 4:20 am #

    Eff yeah, you have the right to be unfair. What do you have to lose? Anon, hey stop buying albums, bah!, would anyone really care? Steve, you couldn’t alienate the ones who really like ya, and the rest, who cares? You have authority 🙂 And, btdub, tutus and the whole over-the-top ickiness couldn’t take away from the beauty of Under the Milky Way.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 4:33 am #

    The ridiculous circus that surrounded you should make you angry (and how about those football twats walking across the pontoons on the yarra with that ridiculous fucking ‘baton’ that looks more like an attachment for a sony playstation). I am reassured by your incorruptibility, and I’m gladdened by your anger. To paraphrase, ‘in situations such as these, anger is the only dignified response’. i think the glorification of sport is perverse, and the fact someone becomes a demi-god because they can swim a fast lap is absurd. on the positive side, the think the whole thing would have been kind of interesting if you were on acid – that morphing floor kind of looked trippy.

  30. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 17 March 2006 at 4:40 am #

    wow man…sorry ’bout that esskay…me promise we will get it RIGHT up here in the valley of DEATH…
    mjnjr

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 4:41 am #

    What’s the difference between the opening ceremony and The Church? The opening ceremony didn’t sell out.

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 5:59 am #

    You’re a silly man, esskay.

    No. On second thoughts, by sayng that, i’d have to surrender my 25 years of undying faith to the entire church thang.

    Perhaps i just shouldn’t read your blog any more.
    And just be happy with my own interpretations of your art.

    But geez, as a straight, i’m not sure if i’m entitled to my own interpretations?

    Oh, and what about all the money I’ve dished out over the past 1/4 century, buying your records, seeing your gigs from Melbourne to Sydney to Chicago!

    As you’d like all straights to fuck off, do we get a refund at all?

  33. avatar
    Azza | 17 March 2006 at 6:01 am #

    Sorry anom, I don’t see how doing what you do is selling out just because you get paid for it. It’s not like they performed a song ‘specially written’ for the CWG or anything shite like that, or they had any control over the motorbikes and koalas. Nope. I, for one, thought most of the ceremony was pretty stupid. I was pissed off that the cameras didn’t even give the band a panning shot during the song and I can’t agrue with what SK has to say.

  34. avatar
    TINKU BHAT | 17 March 2006 at 6:10 am #

    The more I deal with ’em the more I paint…the more envioius and jealous they get. I CANNOT love a vicious cycle when I step into a straight party at mid-day and they’re all catty and can’t talk to each other and blew the permit/demo budget because they make indicisions because they can’t talk to each other without bickering and.

    Nausia and headache.

    I DO love it when Crash crashed the party. Yeah, every so often some have really got it on.

  35. avatar
    esskayer | 17 March 2006 at 6:28 am #

    Fuck this blogge
    Fuck Kill-Bee
    Fuck Church-Merch (idiots charge yo card and it’s two months later and no see-dee)
    Fuck the ULTC hype (know it’s gonna suk)
    Fuck vitriolic rants by bohemian stonerz
    Fuck fuck

  36. avatar
    Barnaby-Tresington-Howl-Foxworth | 17 March 2006 at 6:44 am #

    Dear Mr Kilbey

    If you do have any future problems that you deem urgent, please feel free to write to your local MP. He or she will try to get back to you within 90 working days.

    Yours sincerely

    Barnaby-Tresington-Howl-Foxworth

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 6:50 am #

    Hey Martin @11.36
    Will Self (the english writer) said he saw Tony Blair wearing a pair of black Levies and was so sickened, he wanted to burn his own pair.

  38. avatar
    Tantalizer | 17 March 2006 at 6:59 am #

    SK,
    Ya shoulda seen the writing on the wall, man….I didn’t belive it till i saw…thought it was a rumour, a dreadful rumour, that the Church boyz performin under the lights of the’G’for the Queenie…thought it was a trip, a really bad trip!!!…you must redeem yourselves for your true believers and go ELECTRIC for the up coming tour and cut out the horlicks ACOUSTICA stuff….have ya lost ya amp lead as well as ya nerve???…and then, and only then will we forgive ya!

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 7:01 am #

    I’ll help pick up yer apples, there, there..
    I feel your pain and ass kicking need to fuck them off cuz they
    know not why they do, they jus do it and so fucking wrong..
    So keep them out of your temple brother..
    thats why we’re here and your here, and its all in the photographs
    and its all in the songs..wink wink notch notch..
    Its in the essence, and everyone under the milkyway wants to fly,
    some on lear jets, and others by dragonfly…
    breathe it out and know that what yu feel is real,
    but go beyond the wall, aye aye capt. there’s a fog of Maya in the midst..
    I can taste it,
    down here in new orleans the ghosts wear white
    in search of their memories… They Dun Losted..RIP..
    -scene-
    I had a vision of so many other folks going and looking you guys up to find that you guys have all these albums out there and getting gooder.
    I also have higher hopes for people to get realize that time is imaginary and wow, yeah it is all a journey and we should be just as timeless, UTMW
    Dont let these guys do your history,
    -scene-
    And for all the professed straights just stop being so fucking str8,”Geez, what about all the money I Whaaahh, can I sell you back my memories, Whaaah, I paid 14.99.. yu kidding me.. now thats entertainment..
    And yeah, Mr. Sweetchuck Str8 shoes can fickety fuck off..
    I mean why not take myself and everything nice and over the top serious,
    Hylarious dude (5:28) !!! (above as well)..time to step out of Mummsies basement for some air..and hey lets try wearing somone elses shoes 4 a change maybe Sweetchucks or Mummsies.. peace, jokes, and eye pokes..

    Peace be with you steve…

    Jaime A. Rodriguez

  40. avatar
    eek | 17 March 2006 at 7:03 am #

    Funny how the whiney-est, nastiest, most mean-spirited comments here are always from people who want Steve to be all sweetness and light.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Sue C — Isn’t it lovely? I really like that one. And for some reason SP – Absinthe makes me very happy. That one’s not going to last very long.

    I get a kick out of the “look” Aurora’s pulling too. And Evie is so adorable and angelic among those apples.

    I always ooohh and aahh over the new stuff.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    and SK — love ya. always will.

  41. avatar
    Daniel 26, 2 | 17 March 2006 at 7:06 am #

    Oh, I really do love that man when he’s mad…

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 7:17 am #

    Whats up (or down depending, I supose)?

    I don’t understand? From the perspective of this truly devout church fan of 25 years, I was really impressed with the your show, the rest I didn’t really give that much attention to.
    I was disappointed that I didn’t see much of the band, but seemed like the whole visual revolved around the song and not the song around the visual, so that was the deal I supose.
    In some selfish way I was thinking now the secrets out now everyone knows who the church are, but I was glad to see you get the attention too and that scale of exposure, hope it sells you a few million.
    Anyway my faith surely ain’t been compromised.
    See you at the Melbourne gig!

    MB

  43. avatar
    tex | 17 March 2006 at 7:18 am #

    I couldn’t watch after the first ten minutes – not even to see Kilbey and Co. It appeared to be a vulgar spectacle, debasing just about everything I like about this country. I’m sure $50 mil could have been better spent.

    However, I’m not sure that all of the waste justifies such a peurile string of invective from someone who we all know can express himself a lot better. Perhaps Steve you’ve been temporarily infected by the tawdry atmosphere of the games.

    Nevertheless, I’ll keep on keeping on with the Church, despite the fact that I suspect I’m right in the middle of category ‘straight’- or should I simply ask ‘How shall we fuck off, Messiah?’

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 7:29 am #

    Yeah those were a lot of “Fucks” to digest
    But its funny, out of all the realistic elements that one could wish to fuck off the face of the earth
    ie. war, slavery, poverty, corruption, etc.
    there are people that align themselves in direct opposition of that and even take offense,
    Yeah, folks that is some scary stuff, and steve let em know, cuz itz wolves in sheep panties,
    Str8’s be warned… this is not for you.
    I mean, who in there solitude of mind, body, and soul, chirps out, “Yeah thats me I’m a strait..okaly dokaly”
    Time to play the albums backwards..

    BY THE WAY SK, HOW ABOUT YOU GUYS START RELEASING SOME VINYLS, YOU MUST REALIZE THAT YOU ARE DOING SUCH A DISSERVICE TO THE MUSICAL ALTER…. PLEASE PETITION THE LORD WITH PRAYER…

  45. avatar
    mb | 17 March 2006 at 7:34 am #

    Who’s talking about selling out, from what I understand the church didn’t get paid for this gig. So SK gives something for free again just like this blog, you fucking ingrates and if people choose to buy any chermech after due to the exposure good on em, I own all the albums my self, simply cos its great art.

    MB

  46. avatar
    damien | 17 March 2006 at 7:38 am #

    Wow! Something’s got your goat today, Steve.

    I read through your spleen vent, waiting for the payoff, something insightful and clever, more than a mere stream of “Fuck thises and fuck thats”, but you didn’t deliver, sir.

    Disappointing.

    Perhaps tomorrow there’s a sequel. Something more than a statement of the bleeding obvious.

  47. avatar
    drakkkster | 17 March 2006 at 7:53 am #

    feck, if i had a chance to play for over a billion people i’d do it, regardless of silly wombats rowing thongs. It’s not selling out:- The church didn’t do an inxs or delta badrem cover did they?- they did what they do and stuck to their own atmosphere (that we cherish) and didn’t add a techno beat.
    What’s-more from my own reading I don’t think there was much cash in it anyway.
    as a church-believer since ’86 i was proud to see them in the limelight….the straights need to witness some form of bohemia in their lifetimes….!

  48. avatar
    timetunnel | 17 March 2006 at 8:19 am #

    Can somebody please come here and help me? A wave of anger and rage has just leaked out of my computer and washed me against the wall where I’m stuck now. Hello? At least I’d like to have some water while hanging here… and some headphones with ULTC in it…

  49. avatar
    captainmission | 17 March 2006 at 8:24 am #

    steve – that all india radio cd you recommended earlier is awesome, thanks i am really enjoying it.

  50. avatar
    Sweed | 17 March 2006 at 8:38 am #

    I totally understand you, Steve! Those kind of events are sick and I guess being in the middle of all that must have been something of a trauma.

    What I don´t understand is why some people here (of all places) are being so touchy about the “straight” issue

    Relax for Gods sake..

    Uppskattar att du är du, Steve

  51. avatar
    one rigid finger typist | 17 March 2006 at 8:50 am #

    i dont get the sell out concept really…who plays music and wishes not be heard by anyone? dont be so fucking silly… if the option comes your way to be heard far and wide, then what is the reasoning behing not grabbing it? how preciousss can ya get?? the church have now shot themselves in the foot consistently for 26 years and thats not gonna change. as soon as there is a sniff of wider appeal, the doors are shut, the event/song denounced, rejected and spat on with venom, and this from the band themselves… as sk said, the mind is either your greatest ally or your greatest ennemy…likewise for the church, who have time and again been their own worst ennemy…but ya know, thats the church, and if you dont get this by now, you dont get the band…just when you want to love them more, they fucking piss you right off…im surprised it took this long to happen in the blog. that said, they write fucking good songs, so love will prevail…lucky that.

  52. avatar
    captainmission | 17 March 2006 at 8:52 am #

    to my peers
    is it not refreshing that we get something authentic in this blog, something passionate, something that don’t reek of superficiality, the stink of record company execs, advertising and marketing peoples. i like the fact we are privy to the man here, no hype, no freaking fake happy smiles, white washed teeth and botoxed words to ease you’re cash from your wallets, its just pure, from the heart, tell it like it is, i wouldn’t want it any other way personally. and if people feel so hostile why bother reading it?
    (please don’t answer that question, it’s rhetorical)

  53. avatar
    sloth | 17 March 2006 at 9:05 am #

    the church are,etc

  54. avatar
    Rubikon | 17 March 2006 at 9:13 am #

    I totally agree, none of them (the bastards in power)have a clue what they’re doing and it’s getting worse – the world is becoming a far more complex machine – none of them have got a handle on it any more (if they ever did!). It’s all about POWER anyway – POWER for themselves and POWER over us.

  55. avatar
    Instant Karma | 17 March 2006 at 9:23 am #

    Instant Karma gunna get ya!

    Pissed off (even though you are right)bloggy=Pissed off comments

    Nice bloggy=nice comments

    be careful what you write for, you might get it!

  56. avatar
    rupert murdoch | 17 March 2006 at 9:40 am #

    Keep it coming, steve baby.

    Btw, could i get the number of your yogi?

  57. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 9:48 am #

    Geez Steve, i’m outta here then. I’ve already paid for my ticket in Brissie on Monday night though. I’ll be the ‘straight’ cowering down somewhere in the back corner.

  58. avatar
    Mr Blue Sky | 17 March 2006 at 9:51 am #

    FUCK, FUCK, FUCKITY FUCK-FUCK

    oh, and FUCK..

    and FUCKITEE – FUCK

    and, FU….,etc

  59. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 9:51 am #

    …..two questions…..what is the difference between a boho(?) and a ‘straight’????…..AND, wot is SK doing on the ULTC cover wearing a cap with the logo of a multinational, telecommunications corporations????….tsk, tsk….wot next I ask you.

  60. avatar
    James Packer | 17 March 2006 at 10:02 am #

    Back off Murdoch,
    PBL still own the rights to the games, so steve is my boy.
    J Packer

  61. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 10:21 am #

    agreed for the most part. but hell, they are just games.

    i’ve always wondered how in the US the prez (no matter who it is) appoints cabinet members w/ no appropriate background. like the secretary of transportation or education or health has no other qualifications than being a talking head and a friend of the prez or his party. however they always put an ex spy or general or war mongerer in for defense. they get that one right. fucking ol boyz club

  62. avatar
    Sweed | 17 March 2006 at 10:24 am #

    anonymous wrote:

    “????…..AND, wot is SK doing on the ULTC cover wearing a cap with the logo of a multinational, telecommunications corporations????….tsk, tsk….wot next I ask you.”

    That´s an OM sign! Main symbol of hinduism!!!

    “A sacred syllable representing Brahman, the impersonal Absolute — omnipotent, omnipresent, and the source of all manifest existence. Brahman, in itself, is incomprehensible; so a symbol becomes mandatory to help us realize the Unknowable. Om, therefore, represents both the unmanifest (nirguna) and manifest (saguna) aspects of God. That is why it is called Pranava, to mean that it pervades life and runs through our prana or breath.”

    Enough said.

  63. avatar
    Peter Podcast | 17 March 2006 at 10:32 am #

    Still can’t believe anyone who listens to the church identifies with the word straight.
    But listen up coz I know -the band who youse say you love was shafted royally by the straights who run the Games or Channel 9 -no one knows.
    How would anyone else react but with senseless vitriol?
    They got the whole band down there for 3 days of boring rehearsals and then didn’t show their faces ,not once.
    They lied through their teeth .
    “Hey wannaplay in front of 1.5 billion people….
    Oh didn’t I mention we weren’t gonna show your ugly faces?”
    Because, and this is conjecture they were too old and too expendable and too trusting.
    Imagine all the Mums and daughters and uncles and next door neighbours waiting to see a shot of these musicians in their moment of triumph.
    The people that these blokes bump into in their day to days.
    Yes just a couple of shots and this would have been a warm and fuzzy blog.
    It wasn’t a mistake or a oversight but a deliberate commercial decision to keep the show light and hooray for everyone.
    So yes if some set me up like that I’d fucken swear a bit too.
    But apart from esskayer who is obviously twisted and should fuck off I’m sure you are all loved and welcome here regardless of how you earn your living or whether or not you smoke pot like a chimney.

  64. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 10:45 am #

    I think you may perhaps be cheapening his point if you put it down to some sort of childish spat about not getting his mug on the box. Surely he’s not that vain. Let’s face it, the fucking thing cost 70 million – they basically had to show the bmx’s and the ballerinas purely because of how expensive it all was. Would have been nice if his kids could of seen him for at least 10 seconds though.

  65. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 10:47 am #

    People ’round here say you’re a witch
    They’re intrigued in seeing you roast
    They really intend to burn you my friend
    I think that’s the bit they like most

    Ain’t that the Blogging truth!
    ah Human Nature

  66. avatar
    celticat | 17 March 2006 at 10:53 am #

    Hi Steve,

    I absolutely haven’t got a clue if you’ll even get to read this. I missed you guys in CG opening ceremony due to the time difference between here (WA) and there and it fair pissed me off!

    A mate called and asked if I’d seen you on the TV and told me the TV coverage was crap because the compere’s talking all over the top of the footage well and truly spoiling any chance of getting it the credibility I now know it deserved.

    Got to work this morning and googled – got link to Shadow Cabinet – which gave the link to footage of you guys and I was stunned.

    The vision, the music, was just………….. can’t adequately put it into words just how that hit me. I was watching listening and I loved it.

    I’ve copied something that someone wrote in a comment earlier on cos it says how it was for me and I suspect a lot of other people.

    I’m 45 and love the music you guys make and hope that I get to see you on stage again. I got teenage daughters 15/12 and UTMWT, Reptile et al gives them goose bumps and I really want to take them to see you.

    Your performance last night made possible a very special moment in time. The music and vision without commentary is stunning.

    You guys have history, credible history, you guys have an awesome back catalouge, your concerts are wonderful and credible, and your music keeps getting better. Something’s brewing around the corner if you guys want to look.

    Love
    Celticat
    aka Part of the Great Unwashed
    aka Bent Straight non Vegan

    Just Love
    __________________________________

    i thought about the CG this morning and seeing you guys out there just confirmed one thing, amongst all of the farce, there was one moment of integrity, one moment of truth, where entertainment stopped and something magickal occurred, and that was the bit they didn’t show, but you could hear it, you guys doing what ya do. For five mins if you close your eyes and listened, there amongst all the bullshit, was an amazing island of something genuine. Millions of people felt it, perhaps not as deeply as others, perhaps they can’t even articulate it, perhaps they are not even conscious of it yet, but it was felt.
    And it’s moments like that that make the church unique, yeah you guys are real, you always have been, and I can’t think of another band that could do that for 26 years and longer, consistently getting better and better,, always staying true to your muse.
    I am so glad that you played the gig, I hope the cheque was massive, and I hope they looked after you as well as they do their sporty types.

  67. avatar
    sue cee | 17 March 2006 at 11:55 am #

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gjw/113104976/

    a glimpse of the church with the melb symph orchestra

  68. avatar
    Shizui | 17 March 2006 at 11:55 am #

    SK

    While the event itself was of dubious narrative, and entertainment and moral value, there is no doubt the band sounded great with the MSO.

    Unlikely Metallica or Kiss, I think a Church gig with the MSO would be an extraordinary event.

    Can only hope.

  69. avatar
    sue | 17 March 2006 at 12:03 pm #

    puerile adj 1. of or pertaining to a child or boy. 2. childishly foolish, irrational or trivial: a piece of puerile writing.

    At what point in your life did you, or do you, think that life’s challenges are not faced by everyone who has to brave each day?

    Grow up and teach your children the lesson of resilience, tolerance and humanity (in all its forms).

  70. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 12:13 pm #

    Yes, STRAIGHTS do read this blog.
    Yes, STRAIGHTS listen to the chruhc.
    Yes, some of us STRAIGHTS even have 25 years of vinyl and cds to prove an appreciation. (Not to mention the collection of tickets to gigs across the country).

    Oh and guess what, some of us STRAIGHTS even let our kids watch the Opening Ceremony and even revelled in hearing their squeals of delight.
    (Quelle horreur!)

    Esskay, if you want to vent, then vent.
    Just don’t diss your fans.

    You know what they say bout biting the hand that feeds…

    It’d be a damn shame to let MWP, PK, & TP lose face just ’cause their lead singer acts like a dee-head, being selective of which fans should stay around.

    As requested, I’m fucking off now.

    Let’s see who else you lose?

  71. avatar
    oldchurchfan | 17 March 2006 at 12:14 pm #

    Luv ya Steve but feel it’s a victory that the best non-straight band of all time infiltrated and conquered the straight world.

    Sometimes it’s better to know your enemies than your friends.

    Be angry, sure, but be angry at the CG – Well, I wasn’t there and not in your shoes but move on and feel the strength your utopia gained from this.

    Everyone thought all of you were great and we were all proud of you for what you did for ‘The Church’ and what you did for all of us who follow you and have from the start.

    I’m not lecturing, please I am not as I said I am not in your shoes, and they are mighty shoes to fill, but I heard of something wonderful on Wednesday night and it was ‘The church.’

    My opinion don’t count for much, I know.

    love ya

  72. avatar
    Sue | 17 March 2006 at 12:21 pm #

    bohemian n. 1. (cap) a native or inhabitant of Bohemia (a region of western Czechoslavakia). 2. (cap) the Czech language. 3. a person with artistic or intellectual tendencies or pretensions who lives and acts without regard for conventional rules of behaviour. 4. a gipsy -adj 5. pertaining to Bohemia, its people, or their language. 6. pertaining to or characteristic of bohemians.

    One can only assume that you refer to point 3 of this definition. When you signed the Non Disclosure Agreement with the Commonwealth Games Committee, was it with your Bohemian hand or the “Straight” hand?

  73. avatar
    geoffshinkfield | 17 March 2006 at 12:23 pm #

    Steve,
    Face facts – the ‘straight world’ (which must include 99% of your fan base) and the opinion columnists (even poison-pen Andrew Bolt of Melbourne’s Herald Sun) were very complimentary of the Church’s performance. Yeah most were confused about the duck and koalas in y-fronts and other aspects of the opening ceremony but most conceded that much of it was pretty good. It certainly was Melbourne focused, not really Australia for the world – a mixed grab bag of imagery and effects set to music. Your rant seems to confirm what most fans know – you and the band are not comfortable mixing it with the mainstream. Being ‘burnt’ too many times from the ‘suits’ that run the world inevitably means you want to throw-up when you are corralled into an event where you are a ‘bit player’. With little control over the ‘product’ that went to air (your brilliant music notwithstanding), it’s understandable that you viewed the whole experience as a big negative. I don’t think fans saw your involvement as a sell-out, I’m still feeling good about my fave band getting a gig with international exposure – hey it’s good to read those reviews by journalists who are of my and your vintage acknowledging the performance of the ‘Church classic’ as uplifting. Divorce yourself from the commercial bullshit that the CG organisation obviously represents and be happy that from the moment the opening chords of UTMW were strummed any bullshit politics were irrelevant. Your moment was uplifting, the visuals were great – it was art. And it was so much more musically effective than any aspect of the 2000 OG ceremonies – remember Midnight Oil and their ‘sorry’ t-shirts? Maybe Channel 9 were reluctant to show you guys in case you did something ‘offensive’ – hey all surviving old rock bands are political aren’t they? Did the Stones not get away with ‘offensive stuff’ at the Superbowl telecast? Anyway that vitriolic post-CG gig rant could be developed (and more appropriately directed) into a worthwhile ‘political’ lyric ….with some tempering, it could be turned into an observation on how politics, commerce and the arts make an unholy marriage (trinity) at the altar of sport with the masses suitably confused by the sermon but impressed with the bulk of the money going up in smoke. $50 million wasn’t it? Maybe it was entirely appropriate that the most ethereal moment at the holy ‘G’ spot was the image of those ballerinas dancing in the heavens as an unseen band (with religious connotations) and a grand orchestra exulted about being under the southern sky – UTMW and a cosmic SK made it OK! There was good karma!

    Cheers! Write a song – you’ll feel better! Sorry I write too much – it’s a bad habit!
    Geoff the English Teacher (who doesn’t own a suit, by the way)

  74. avatar
    eek | 17 March 2006 at 12:30 pm #

    Sue (not Sue C), did you know you are being a twit?

    Do you (and a few others too) ever stop to think that this person you want to be so sacchrine sweet would not have turned out the music you say you love if he was the person you are now telling him to be?

    You complain when he bitches but then you whine and bitch about him bitching. And you think he’s being puerile…. What a load of crap.

  75. avatar
    sue | 17 March 2006 at 12:34 pm #

    LMAO

  76. avatar
    Sweed | 17 March 2006 at 12:39 pm #

    “Grow up and teach your children the lesson of resilience, tolerance and humanity (in all its forms).”

    What the fuck makes you think he doesn´t do that?? And quotes from dictionaries….PLEASE stop your lecturing!That´s the silliest thing I´ve seen in a long time

  77. avatar
    sue | 17 March 2006 at 12:43 pm #

    SWEED…..CAN YOU READ? if SK’s blog is anything to go by, then, NO, he doesn’t teach his children about humanity (IN ALL ITS FORMS)

  78. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 12:54 pm #

    Hey’all

    SK can bitch all he wants. Let’s face it, his cantankery’s part of the appeal.

    But telling straights to fuck off is, like telling it to, as GeoffShinkfield above says, 99% of his fan base.

    And let’s be honest here for a sec.

    No, I mean…. really.
    Look around you.
    On a friday night.
    On the blog.

    Aren’t you straight too?

  79. avatar
    Sweed | 17 March 2006 at 1:03 pm #

    sue almighty! I´m sorry I don´t understand what you mean? Please be more specific? “in all it´s forms”?? Please tell me what you mean by that.

    …and yes, I can read!

  80. avatar
    sue | 17 March 2006 at 1:13 pm #

    sweed…you haven’t used the apostrophe correctly and I have no proof that you have read SK’s blog. Is somebody reading it out to you? I suspect that it is being read out to you in a censored version that reflects a tolerance towards mankind. You need to get another translator.

  81. avatar
    Sweed | 17 March 2006 at 1:14 pm #

    Please translate, sue!

  82. avatar
    malcolm | 17 March 2006 at 1:16 pm #

    Man, so you people that post these dumb-ass comments are mostly idiots, huh. Why can’t you just read the damn blog, enjoy it or hate it, and leave your stupid comments to yourself. Don’t make me post again.

  83. avatar
    sue | 17 March 2006 at 1:18 pm #

    sweed…thanks…I’m having a lot of fun….I will give you a synopsis of the SK blog in two (2) words…

    FUCK EVERYTHING

  84. avatar
    sue | 17 March 2006 at 1:19 pm #

    malcolm…welcome to the club, pal.

  85. avatar
    Sweed | 17 March 2006 at 1:32 pm #

    sue…I still don´t understand! And you haven´t answered my question!

  86. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 1:35 pm #

    Oh well SK
    “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about.”
    “The Picture Of Dorian Grey” by Oscar Wilde (1890)

    Fuck em

  87. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 1:40 pm #

    I think he already has.

  88. avatar
    Rubikon | 17 March 2006 at 1:44 pm #

    Chill people – this is all getting a bit silly

  89. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 2:41 pm #

    Steve:

    There is only one thing for you to do. Move to Montana. We’ve got Uni-Bombers and Freeman who feel the same way about the system as you do. The only problem is that I wouldn’t classify them as boheemains. LOL.

    Take care old beane.

    florian

  90. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 3:35 pm #

    Ahhhhh! I hear what you’re saying, and I tend to agree with you about the state of the world. But the straight vs. bohemian thing is getting tired. Are there really only 2 types of people in the world? Aren’t there shades? I’m probably more straight than bohemian, yet for all my “straightness,” I tend to be sympathetic to your views. Is it possible? And for someone who is so professedly bohemian, you tend to spend an inordinate amount of time spitting vitriol at your imagined and supposed enemies. Where’s the bohemian-ness in that? Whatever. I love you and your blogge, regardless.

  91. avatar
    RONIN | 17 March 2006 at 3:39 pm #

    Amen, sk!! Kinda reminds me of a quote by Thomas Sowell:

    “What is history but the story of how politicians have squandered the blood and treasure of the human race.”

  92. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 17 March 2006 at 3:59 pm #

    SK is writing without self-censorship, we’re experiencing him completely without filter, so perhaps we should appreciate it while it’s taking place. Realize that his blog will come to an end and then the glimpse inside will be gone.

    Cecilia

  93. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 4:01 pm #

    Hey, Sue darling? If you’re part of humanity, it seems a crying shame that god wasted his creative skills on someone like you. Tolerance is a boring word that imbeciles like yourself use because you know that you can’t cut it with those of us that have brains. You’d better hope you’ve got looks to get by on or else you’re lost…

  94. avatar
    CSTCoach | 17 March 2006 at 4:04 pm #

    Don’t let it grind you down, bro. Contact with that miserable world can be so depressing, can leave one with such a feeling of utter despair and hopelessness. It lingers for days. Funny, when that happens to me, I pull out the headphones and listen to your music.

    For all the awful aspects, the CG was a positive thing. It was subversive. You used their media and their outlets to spread your subversive magic. It reached people that it otherwise would not have. It’s working away in them right now, the subtle vibrations coring down through their being, changing them, whether they know it or not. If your performance caused even one or two people to take a fresh look, to reevaluate all this sludge we’re living in, then I think it was worthwhile.

    ryan

  95. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 5:07 pm #

    people of the world, relax

    ps: I like evil steve

  96. avatar
    Handyman | 17 March 2006 at 5:12 pm #

    Thanks PP for the insight. I do know that you have a good understanding of all those things we aren’t privy too. I can certainly understand the incredible amount of personal time, traveling, and time away from the family that it took for something that was made up to be more about the whole ceremony, than the band. I can also see how they would feel duped that there would have been more attention on the band instead of the pomp and circumstances. That helps us understand a bit better.

    However, the feedback has been tremendous from press, old fans, and new fans (telling you from experience). There is no way this was a negative for The Church. There are people all over the world right now who are searching the net for The Church and finding out about a special gift many had not heard before. And right now, they are learning that ULTC will be available to them in one month.

    I don’t understand the whole bohemian vs. straight thing honestly. I love sk and the guys and have never felt I needed to take a deeper look at mself or my son to justify, or to examine if or why I should love what they do. I just do dig it. Fuck my lifestyle or opinions, those don’t make me worthy of liking anything.

    D

  97. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 5:13 pm #

    You can’t have it both ways, fat boy. Leon.

  98. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 5:28 pm #

    “SK is writing without self-censorship, we’re experiencing him completely without filter, so perhaps we should appreciate it while it’s taking place. Realize that his blog will come to an end and then the glimpse inside will be gone.”

    Don’t be so naive.
    As long as he’s conscious, he’s censoring.
    No, hang on, you’re right.
    Without a doubt the “glimpse inside” preceding the opening ceremony of the CG was “completely without filter”.

  99. avatar
    OTTOMT | 17 March 2006 at 5:49 pm #

    Y todos estamos atinando hacia la luna!
    Cecilia

  100. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 March 2006 at 5:56 pm #

    Out of all the realistic elements that one could wish to fuck off the face of the earth
    ie. war, slavery, poverty, corruption, etc.
    there are people that align themselves in direct opposition of creating, no, believing in a utopia and even take offense, Yeah great job BIG MAN, what a fucking joke, CRASS appropriately
    “establishment, status quo yeah thats me and boy I love my family but just my own as you will see cuz all I need is more money, invest in more jails, burn your beatle records, but step off cause your trubble

    I mean, WHO in there solitude of mind, body, and soul, chirps out, “Yeah thats me I’m a strait..okaly dokaly”
    CHIRP, CHIRP, CHIRP.. WAKE UP..
    its these characters that see the separation, to address and entity or an attitude is one thing, to identify with all that wrong and to set your clock to it is on you, and the world thanks you, keep the blinders on tight.. no business going to church if you dont want salvation..


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