posted on February 24, 2006 at 2:05 am

good morning you crazy fiendss
well actually its the afternoon
guess where yer humble hero is right now?
no not either of those poxy i/net caffs
not the conveniemce store neither
im in the sumptuous cool interior
of the karmic hit guest facilities
which the ceo jlk has flipped me the keys to
(oh no, i ended a sentence on a preposition)
so here i am surrounded by silent plasmas
and huge inset aquariums
with siamese fighters and angelfish
my my jlk what an elegant
but very zen
the kh secretaries hovering round
bringing me soy hot chocks
and oiling and supplicating at my feet
my gold records line the wall
in all the offices around
the fax machines whirr and hum
movers and shakers lurk
clocks spitting seconds into the rooms
a view to dye four
you know the schtory, my fiendss
my restless creatures
my secretive vampires
my bloggfriends
coming thru the mirror
stay with me tonite
i had a meeting with a big important guy today
a powerful druid in the bizz, you see
he wants to help us help ourselves
but fiendss
this guy is a very nice manne
he seems straight up
he says
i met so and so
from such and such
(fiendss insert vip names in here)
i met so and so
from such and such
(fiendss, even more vip names here)
and i meet loads of big wigs
all over the worrld
and guessa what
they all love yer band….

so yer humble olde genius feeling v optimistic
about ye olde future
its funny fiendies
i meet a lotta people backstage
most of em
are docktors
big shots of some kind
i dunno
and i always say
howcome you guys like us
they always say
well who else is there except radioheady
ya know theyre right
if you got some brains up there
if you got some discernment
and ya like rock
what else do ya have these days
i know iknow
there ARE loads of good, nay, great
bands and people
i just listened to lambs “gabriel”
about 5 times in a row
cos one time is not enuff
for yer heart to extract all the loveliness
contained within this song
no no
yer right
there are good things
i guess
i dunno if the bads getting worse
or what…?
im really happy that we are appealing to academia baby
thats fine
we just need a few bricklayers
and a few plumbers
actually i dont care what you do
fer yer livin’
as long as its vaguely honourable
and it aint grindin one of my fiendss down
as long as yer donatin 15 %
to the sjk institute
for research into electric guitars
do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law
talking of al crowley
didnt you lot get yer knickers in a twist
over yon magician
pretty good to be still raising
such a furore
seeing it was all nearly hundred years ago
i believe al was a good guy
and a bad guy
just like yer lowly scribe
he was capable of both
just like everybody
even you
but jesus
give me a million of him
rather than one fuckin cheney blair or pm worm
havent ya ever wanted to do magic ?
oh yeah
so have i
i saw mwp levitate a crowd in dublin once
with only a 12 string geetar
and a fuzz box
izzat magic
oh boy
i bet you wish i would spill the beans on my occult connexions
the mysterious rites i have attended
the beings that we invoked
im sorry my fiendss
im sworn to secrecy on that one
they gonna kill the ones who blabbe
on a blogge
no worries about that
youll pick up paper
olde rocker found
babbling and naked
inside pentagram
you dont fool with these people
theyll have you green
and eating flies
theyll bugger yer crops
and make yer kidss go crosseyed
so if yer get invited to a coven
or yer taking part in some heathen ceremony
turn off yer mobile you goose
and dont get caught taking any pictures
youll be hopping home with a long tongue
so ok
ive seen good magic
ive seen bad magic
ive heard tragic magic by traffic
(which is pretty goode too!)
ive had to do some disappearing acts
and ive soothed savage beasts
with music
(if that didnt work i used a tranq gun)
you cant just open up one of als books
and go
childe sacrifices
you gotta dig the mannes style
understand the hilariously repressive
(read: “straight”)
times that he lived in
and the flamboyant and incendiary language
he was prone to use
yes smack got him in the end
that easily coulda been me
still could be
or even you little baby
cos yer born but yer not dead
many a slip twixt the cup n the lip
i dunno
i guess i think
underneath it all
(and some of ya take thingss far too literally)
al was onto some thing
but it aint my path
but id rather be a magician
than a musician
less rehearsals
less argy bargy
(except when they catch ya sacrificin’ bulls)
and better prospects
for early retirement
whatever whatever whatever
keep tuned
try to behave yerself
do something nice
bye bye bye

48 Responses to “i can master with the aid of this skull powdered cord”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2006 at 3:15 am #

    Exciting times eh?
    Speakin of excitin – MWP at the Sando this weekend, David Lane at the Beach Rd Hotel ..
    A nice precursor to bigger things to come
    listened to some All India Radio – very nice.
    Here’s another surry hills little gem … Stewart & Melville..
    They’re a bit poppy but to me sound like Air w/ a bit of floyd, tears 4 fears, new order & the beatles thrown in & it’s good.
    Paul Scott’l get u a copy if u haven’t had a listen
    KH sounds plush .. but then u said Marty had a swanky pad too!

    Dutch Pierre

  2. avatar
    mike a | 24 February 2006 at 3:24 am #

    “i saw mwp levitate a crowd in dublin once
    with only a 12 string geetar” – music is truly magic!!!

  3. avatar
    Handyman | 24 February 2006 at 3:33 am #

    You are an amazing person, sk. Your path is true, your words are mostly true, but the light you shine is too brilliant for many to accept.

    Great words and advice. I appreciate all you do every day. Stay affixed to that light.

    Until another time long from now….


  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2006 at 3:59 am #

    Great bloggage Steve, I’m chuffed that you met a manne who’s gonna help you help yourselves. Doesn’t KLK do that too? The Crutch will conquer all yet…
    while I am at it, are you gonna realised Unified Field and that other great pop song you played on the recent tour as singles too? That’d get the masses (and the brains) frothing in their seaties.


  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2006 at 3:59 am #

    uncle andrew the magician,

    Crowley was right. Do what thou wilt and everyone should follow that advice. Life is too short to do otherwise.

    Your blog is always fun to read. But soon even I may have to enter an internet cafe – rented a posh flat in London this spring, gonna see a load of rik mayall plays and stir up trouble in your favorite city in the world. Just hope there’s high-speed internet access where I’ll be staying or all around knightsbridge they’ll hear the screams…

  6. avatar
    the informant | 24 February 2006 at 4:37 am #

    Oh capt. M. is going to gush extra creamy today. 🙂

  7. avatar
    Another Informant | 24 February 2006 at 5:38 am #

    Yep, The Informant,
    I’m right W/ya on that one, not just the captain either!
    As I was reading today all I kept thinking was here we go again.

    Another Informant
    (or Informant 2, what ever you prefer)

    PS I have noticed alot of lawyers handing around this space(counted about 5), its no coincidence either, its a word thing-lawyers seem to dig words man!

  8. avatar
    Another Informant | 24 February 2006 at 5:51 am #

    What I meant about lawyers is the reason they would probably dig SK, is because he’s a brilliant wordsmith and thats why I… I mean lawyers would dig, dig!

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2006 at 6:58 am #

    And onto another topic….

    (rather post here than spam your email account with the following question.)

    SK, any comments about Scientology or the Mormans?

    I wonder if you’ve ever read one of their books and compared it to other religious works?

    I’ve heard you sing about graveyards and Latter Day Saints…

    I recently saw an interview on CNN with a big wig from Scientology. Made me wonder if there was fodder for your lyrics anywhere within their text.

    Thanks for the blogs!

    (Hope the blogs don’t give away anything from Robert’s bio of you.)


  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2006 at 7:22 am #

    Is there a bio, who, where, when,how much? Has the screen play been written? Is Val Kilmer playing SK. When is it going to DVD, so I can own a copy!

  11. avatar
    eek | 24 February 2006 at 7:34 am #

    Anon, do a search for Kilbey on eBay and the bio listing should pop up. The details are in the listing.

  12. avatar
    Phedra | 24 February 2006 at 7:36 am #

    yeah i’m with sk on the ally deal. we’ll all be boxed up like little judgemental rats in bitter cubbyholes if we gotta spend our time viciously hating controversial dead men. and jesus christ, we need some “new beings”, new like al crowley was in his time and new like the dadas were in theirs. let’s spike up the inventiveness and creativity here. onward!

    sk, blog’s a constant boost for me, keep up the good words–

    love ya,
    sarah rose.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2006 at 7:51 am #

    Thanks eek!
    Really, honestly there’s a bio!What the %$%#@! I thought I was in the know, obviously I’m in the no know.

    Thanks again!!
    “anonymous said”

  14. avatar
    timetunnel | 24 February 2006 at 8:13 am #

    Lamb’s “Gabriel” … aaaaahhh. A song that deserves to be in the holy halls where the best songs ever gather. Yes, there are lots of other good bands out there, but nowadays, only the Crunch and Radiohad are outstanding rock band as a whole. Ever thought of working together with kiwi Shayne Carter, ex Straitjacket Fits? He did two very nice albums by the name of Dimmer. Really good stuff.

    Rock blocks, but Block rocks.


  15. avatar
    captainmission | 24 February 2006 at 8:13 am #

    Steve, good afternoon, is that a reference to Hyperion in your new tune, i was wondering if it was, could it be to the dan simmons book? it’s one of my fave sci fi’s and there are four in the series that progressively get better and better, bit like my fave band hey.
    i’m so happy for you helping yourselves, i know the future is bright and the best is yet to come.

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2006 at 8:13 am #

    going to the Seance v. soon. said too much already.
    Not until I’ve been writing to your blog did I ever have a shadow. There’s one following me sometimes…whatever whatever. I dunno Steve, people are gunna do what they’re doing and you can try to change them if you want. I just accept ’em. Whatever.

    Onto the spirit of Fauves this week and next…I’m painting from a shot I did when I lived in S. Italy- in Ostuni, the white city. The color of light is…can I say I’m stretching white and reflective light. Mixing up some beauties to say something about the bright colors and the wild expression of The Fauvists.

    Have you ever tried a limited color palette? try getting all the colors out of Black, White, Terra Rose, and Yellow Ocre. Just do a simple still life if you haven’t already, go for depth and dissappearing edges. you know.

    OK, back to the Occult and what nots…oh, your bio is amusing. ha ha you thought ‘malcy would take you out for a long ride (in his limo).

  17. avatar
    captainmission | 24 February 2006 at 8:15 am #

    ps big spaceship download on karmic hits is really excellent, i’ll check their album out for sure. i also listened to the podcast, really intresting syd barret comment you made, was thinking about it all day.

  18. avatar
    Vicious you hit me with a flower | 24 February 2006 at 8:40 am #

    Val Kilmer playing SK for sure, both cool with a twist. Definitely Johnny Depp playing MWP,
    both cool and quirky.
    Any suggestions for Peter and Tim?

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2006 at 9:45 am #

    I was one of the people who levitated in the crowd the last time The Church played Dublin !
    It was mind-blowing !

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2006 at 10:24 am #

    Interesting! little blogge Steve.

    I’m not surprised those people were attracted to you – they’re drawn to people with power.

    Some people like Crowley just have a lot of capacity – both for good and for bad. Most people don’t have enough capacity for either.

    I was at the Dublin GIG (2002?) too. I don’t think my feet touched the ground for some time after the gig – I floated out the door. It was probably the most sublime gig I’ve ever been to in my life, I was actually moved to tears.

  21. avatar
    Rubikon | 24 February 2006 at 10:24 am #

    Interesting! little blogge Steve.

    I’m not surprised those people were attracted to you – they’re drawn to people with power.

    Some people like Crowley just have a lot of capacity – both for good and for bad. Most people don’t have enough capacity for either.

    I was at the Dublin GIG (2002?) too. I don’t think my feet touched the ground for some time after the gig – I floated out the door. It was probably the most sublime gig I’ve ever been to in my life, I was actually moved to tears.

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2006 at 11:37 am #

    you guys really know how to suck dick.

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2006 at 11:49 am #

    oh, ps, like the guy needs it sucked.

    ppss. you’re all so beautiful, and all sooooo clean.

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2006 at 12:06 pm #

    Dublin 2002 was probably the best Crunch gig I’ve ever seen in the 24 years I’ve been travelling to see you Steve. When you all detuned the guitars at the end and Ward did that time-stretch thing with the mix it blew my mind.

  25. avatar
    Love | 24 February 2006 at 12:13 pm #

    Hey Anon above,
    Sounds like you havn’t had anything sucked for a while, is that why your hostile, nothin better do huh!
    I suggest you suck or get sucked depending on what you like, might relieve a bit of that tension that is so clear.
    All my Love

  26. avatar
    Love | 24 February 2006 at 12:18 pm #

    That’s not directed to you, anon @ 11:06, but to anon 10:37,10:49
    All my Love

  27. avatar
    Love | 24 February 2006 at 12:30 pm #

    Just wanted to make the point that there is a thing called giving and receiveing makes the world go round.
    Simple as this:
    A guy writes a beautiful tune, you get pleasure from that beautiful tune and say thanks man that was a really beautiful tune.
    Whats wrong with that!
    All my Love

  28. avatar
    Rubikon | 24 February 2006 at 1:05 pm #

    I’m afraid fellatio is not part of my sexual repetoire.

  29. avatar
    Brad | 24 February 2006 at 1:07 pm #

    To please most whom ever it may concern the least, but I am a lowly blue collar back scrubbing laborer (of love when let), loving yours truly and yours. Doctors and lawyers are people too, as you seem to say, I suppose, but don’t turn your back on a professor! At your back backstage you’ll get rabbit ears from those buggers in the snap-shot, and you won’t tune in nothin’ color either mr. steve kilbey. They will might try to tell ya the earth is round and whip out a long divided formula with chalky fingers that there is no god when we know there is, and only it’s religion that’s blasphemy and the distraction from living. “But the earth is round – so no god see!?” Sophist Rock. But hell, i got my own blog, going too long here myself. I like your blog and sometimes love it, that’s what i was gonna say, but i’ve said that b-fore.


  30. avatar
    Rubikon | 24 February 2006 at 1:13 pm #

    I don’t personally believe in God myself but, thats not to say he doesn’t exist. The truth is the truth is the truth whatever that may be – the fact that I don’t personally believe in his existence does not profoundly effect the truth of the matter in any way whatsoever.

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2006 at 2:55 pm #

    S kil-bey

    So 15%? Does that mean all my credit card purchases to your fine establishment are tax deductable? Wouldn’t that be fabulous? Think of the possibilities…

    I give “uncle samual” enough of my $….I’d rather give it to you if it’s all the same. Uncle Steve….



  32. avatar
    OTTOMT | 24 February 2006 at 4:21 pm #

    I’ll have the stones charged for you lot when you make it to SF.

  33. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 24 February 2006 at 4:58 pm #

    The bricklayers and plumbers listen to Coldplay, or perhaps the Black Eyed Peas ( if they’re feeling sassy!).

  34. avatar
    KJ's Alien Pickles and Cosmic Workshop | 24 February 2006 at 5:21 pm #

    havent ya ever wanted to do magic ?

    Done it, regularly 🙂 But not the structured kind I think you’re talking about. It works well for many people but it gives me indigestion.

    I love Lamb! I went to see Sigur Ros last night and was impressed with their live show. As for music in general, I think music on the radio is getting worse, but independent music is still worth listening to. That’s the beauty of internet radio stations. Ten or even five years ago, interesting new music wasn’t so easy to find.

  35. avatar
    RONIN | 24 February 2006 at 5:56 pm #

    as long as yer donatin 15 %
    to the sjk institute
    for research into electric guitars

    My check is in the mail. Of course, that doesn’t include my expenses for buying multiple copies of ULTC…

  36. avatar
    TINKU BHAT | 24 February 2006 at 7:12 pm #

    That song by Lamb that you mention truely is a wonderful gem. It stands out so much from other music that I nearly ran out a bought a copy, downloaded, whatever. How is their other work?? I heard some things a few years back and wasn’t quite as pleased.

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2006 at 7:19 pm #

    Dearie me sk, why not roll over and let em scratch yer tummy?

    What ever happened with the movie stuff? You in? out? Are we gonna see the beardie on the big screen?

  38. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 24 February 2006 at 8:50 pm #

    Algo facil y sin complicaciones:
    Un abrazo sin sospecha.


  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2006 at 8:57 pm #

    Hey Laurie!

    Ever heard Gorecki by Lamb, that’s where to start maybe,very intense very strong, very beautiful.

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2006 at 9:02 pm #

    How hot is krissythegroupie, I want a krissythegroupie too, dam not being an international rock star!

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 February 2006 at 9:46 pm #

    Gabriel — the song by the lamb couplet — BAA!!!
    The music’s flat, and the alternate, monotonic bleating and buzzing fleaing from the glottal stops of the annoying vocalist had me lamming for a repellent.
    Hmm… slaughter or swat?
    Ewe do what you like, but I’m definitely going to baa mosquitoes from my ram.
    Baa… buzz… baa… buzz…


  42. avatar
    AAA | 24 February 2006 at 10:32 pm #

    Sounds great

    We saw Marty Wilson-Piper and the Mood Maidens in Katoomba last night – beautiful music – .

    Interesting guy in the audience – apparently he was a roadie with the Church – John – great speaking voice – very funny

    MYP said The Church has an album coming out in April – look forward to hearing it – ahhh showing my age – music on CD – WOULD PREFER TO HEAR THE MUSIC LIVE – PLEASE COME BACK AND PLAY IN KATOOMBA


  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 February 2006 at 12:06 am #


  44. avatar
    TINKU BHAT | 25 February 2006 at 12:33 am #

    THANK YOU EVER SO GRACIOUSLY for the podcast of you and your brothers. I just heard it through the Karmic Hit Website and it was wonderful to hear all three of you together- Joice must be proud. That’s quite daunting (I think)to talk, play live, and play tracks all at once. But then, I have this problem with gravity, physics.

    Nice job for clarity, not talking over, and subtle use of underwriting. How long has that missed oportunity been at the site? When did someone put it up there? Moreover, sorry I didn’t notice it until about now.

    Thank you kindly.


  45. avatar
    12str | 25 February 2006 at 1:20 am #

    the sky is the limit maan!
    found some really nice acoustic gigs with you on the net…
    santa rosa live studio cafe and club lingerie hollywood..
    years and years ago i guess…
    all those songs youve written man!
    i can just imagine the feeling of that kind of back catalogue..
    it seems it just come pouring out of you….
    methods of creations…
    where do you get it?
    the way the words and music interact…
    finding myself sitting like a fool trying to figure it out!
    some music seem to speak directly to some people..touched by the nerve,intensity and the poetry..
    some just doesent get it..why?
    what do we sk fans have incommon?
    is it some sort of way of thoughts we all share..
    what do you have that makes us all tick brother?
    whats your thoughts about all of us out here..from all the corners of the world?
    our desire to comment on every step you take, every move you make(haha…a real bad one)
    been to every gig the crouch ever made in sweden(eh almost every anyway)
    there you guys are just a couple a feet away..
    from beeing something in the becoming something really close..
    checking every chord you make..
    ah thats the way to play that one!!
    last gig in gothenburg mwp were selling merch after the gig,pk´s out talking to fans in the audience.. and me i was standing there!wanting to tell´em so much i really enjoyed the gig and yadayada..but found myself, a guy in his mid 30s,standing there like a small shy boy…
    somehow i didnt want to intrude..
    somehow i was afraid of getting my image of the guys and the band in the wrong perspective… dont ask me why!
    anyway man!
    this blogging thing is a fantastic way of getting to interact with everyone,and no one!
    dont want to be a sucker up man!
    but im really impressed with your work(hows that 4 a comment)
    and im happy to get in contact with people in the same range of thoughts as myself..

    in the space between


  46. avatar
    12str | 25 February 2006 at 1:32 am #

    lighting up this spliff..
    grabbing my guitar..
    gonna write THAT song now..
    wont rest until im done..

    go with the flow


  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2006 at 1:41 am #

    a long comment that is interesting, heartfelt, intelligent, and actually makes sense!

  48. avatar
    merrick | 2 March 2006 at 2:56 am #

    Ah, as if Gabriel wasn’t beautiful enough already, I was introduced to it by a beautiful dynamic performance poet and political activist singing it to me as her best way of expressing how she felt. It made my heart get bigger and it’s never gonna shrink back.

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