posted on January 18, 2008 at 5:03 am

strange days indeed mama
singing with the triffids
3 or 4 of best songs ever written
by anyone
how weird it is
i sit backstage and wait
backstage backstage
3 different dressing rooms
the triffids sit in their room with their families
mick harvey wanders in our room
phew! he says as he cops a faceful of my reefer
uh oh contact high!
i meet the real mccomb brother tonight
john mccomb oh a lovely gentleman
he gives me seal of approval…its important to me,understand?
i want everybodys blessing for this
as each person reassures me further and further
i throw myself deeper into these songs
im telling you if you aint heard born sandy devotional….
its one of the very best
it aint glam rock
it aint new wave or new romantic
it aint showbizzy schmaltzy dollops neither
i dunno what is that word?
some kinda intense authenticity
one of them old fashioned geniuses
you know young hotblooded prolific
doomed to die way too young
born sandy devotional
and im out there in those landscapes
the flatlands, the pines, the lonely stretches
eventually my cue is given
in which mr miller the mc spins some yarn
i go on
and wide open road starts up
that exact drum machine as on record
(and it doth sound good!)
the band kick in with that first big chord
the road opens up before me
i see it all the blue sky
the dark asphalt highway moves away into the distance
heat shimmer
feeling of revenge retribution
feeling of loneliness
i dont sing this one as well as i’d like to
whats stopping me then?
its just that….well…i dont know
nevertheless the crowd love this song
who wouldnt?
i dont wanna draw attention to myself really
i am there as a hired gun to do my job
which is
to sing these fucking songs in the spirit they were intended
with passion intensity and (dare i say it) balls
balls as in no namby pamby malarkey
better to sing wrong notes
than to sing these numbers
with a limp wrist i guess
tho of course thats my own take
anyway the audience seem to like w.o.r(despite me)
next up
the band hits stolen property
the audience gasp with pleasure as they recognize the intro
i sing this one better
oh its a beautiful song
convoluted confused brilliant song that it is
a dialogue with himself?
what a pleasure to sing something like this
then lonely stretch
i go totally “off”
better than all other road songs put together
yes you can go to town on this
a lonely lo a lonely stretch
i exit stage right
yeah a big rounda a plause
after all these are 3 of the best
wait around a bit more
all hot n sweaty but no where to go go go
finally its encore time
we do field of glass
i go totally nuts in this one
shredding my larynx
not used to being rudely used like this
my throat sounds shot
what they hell
i put more into it
and it rasps and splinters like an olde time blues guy
is this how its done…?
i was just trying to sing it like dave and um….
it came out like this/that
never mind
everyone seems to likey by crikey
seals of approval
i split immediately
lift home with chris n ann marie
who are valve bouncing on the show
wow they really loved it!
my second hit musical festival thingo in one week
if only life was always like this

35 Responses to “i never shoulda let that precious spirit escape”

  1. avatar
    princey | 18 January 2008 at 6:17 am #

    I have to say “wow” too sk, it sounds like it’s “good vibes” all round, well done! (it’s still such a heartache missing it all though)
    Love Amanda
    P.S. I’m so rapt, I got SK LIVE NZ in the mail today, I’ll watch it tonight, it’ll fill that void ‘spose.

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    athpernath | 18 January 2008 at 6:53 am #

    what i like most about your blog is how you found a way of notating the miracle of rock music. notation as in “writing notes like beethoven”.

    now here am i sitting on the other hemisphere, and i cannot come to any of the triffids shows (oh the triffids…), but you manage to write down the music so it’s distantly playing in my head right now, i can really hear it between the old ears. graham lee’s glowing steel guitar, bass lines to sing to, and the words…

    good luck with night two!

  3. avatar
    craig1.618 | 18 January 2008 at 6:57 am #

    “if only life was always like this”

    yeah……never losing that feeling…….ever

  4. avatar
    linjo | 18 January 2008 at 7:18 am #

    Steve your voice is so magical, I am getting goosebumps imagining you singing that song, must be a very emotional night for you and all involved who loved and respected Dave McComb

  5. avatar
    Richard | 18 January 2008 at 7:28 am #

    at least for these few days your life will always be like this

  6. avatar
    heather | 18 January 2008 at 7:49 am #

    have a good one tonight SK


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    Anonymous | 18 January 2008 at 9:21 am #

    David Bowie did not become the 3rd.
    Things will happen that we cannot stop, but if we continue, we are our own Gods, living our own law of ethics, what else is there that feels profoundly real
    Lambrusca Linda

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    Hellbound Heart | 18 January 2008 at 9:38 am #

    whoahhh…goddam i’d like to partake of this experience…i’m currently a vibrant GREEN colour due to the lucky sods that can see these concerts…
    knock ’em dead, boyo…
    love always…

  9. avatar
    DIG | 18 January 2008 at 9:59 am #

    Hey SK

    This isn’t regarding your current blog, but I noticed a song called REVEALED on Youtube…where did that comed from?…its so very beautiful…I have never heard it until today…am I that out of the loop…what ablum is it off?…away WOW

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    Celticat | 18 January 2008 at 10:02 am #

    methinks yon killer is in the zone


  11. avatar
    athpernath & tycho de brahe | 18 January 2008 at 10:18 am #


    it was SK starring in a nice, chill-ey song of DJ duo Blank & Jones. Borrowing some excellent world-weary vocals to a fine, trippy song. if you liked that, make sure to check out GB3’s CD “emptiness is our business”, with SK guesting on “Famished” – –

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    Anonymous | 18 January 2008 at 12:47 pm #

    Triffids, blah. Tedious and dull. Dunno where the idea comes from that they were feted as stars in the UK cos it just ain’t true. No-one cared. The only Australian band our poxy press was ever interested in was the Birthday Party. They were sort of vaguely interested in the Go-Betweens for 2minutes, but not really. You’ll note that these 2 bands had to actually move to London for the Uk press to know they existed. Every time any other Aussie band played here the reviews would say that the audiences consisted of ex-pat Australians! But the Triffids were just dull, man. Sorry.

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    fantasticandy | 18 January 2008 at 1:11 pm #

    anonymous 11:47 pm:-
    yeah, i remember wondering what all the fuss was about.
    another ok band i thought.
    there’s SO much great music out there…so much..even now.
    maybe i will revisit them again someday?
    they DO come highly recomended.
    love to all,
    andy L.

  14. avatar
    veleska1970 | 18 January 2008 at 1:35 pm #

    “if only life was always like this”

  15. avatar
    davem | 18 January 2008 at 1:50 pm #

    You’re worrying me with this voice stuff.
    Satchmo etc…please don’t lose your velvet tones TTB!

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    matthew | 18 January 2008 at 3:00 pm #

    Haha niiice, I knew you’d nail it Steve! Glad you got the McCombe family blessing/bolstering too, that’d spur you on no worries. I’m so happy for you!!

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    Anonymous | 18 January 2008 at 3:34 pm #

    are you drinking to get maudline?
    or drinking to get numb?

    he called out…
    but they pretended not to hear him…
    and just watched him…

    so where were you
    where were you
    where were you
    tonight i wanna drunk and soaked deeply in this song


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    CSTCoach | 18 January 2008 at 3:34 pm #

    Wow, it sounds like such an incredible experience. Really happy for ya, SK. Would love to see this. Born Sandy Devotional is such an incredible album. Picked it up after I heard Wide Open Road on El Mo 2.

    Knock em dead at tonight’s show, killa!

  19. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 18 January 2008 at 3:36 pm #

    Sk’s vocals are improving with age. It’s nice to know that he’s becoming increasingly appreciated as a solo performer and vocalist. He merits it because Isidore and Unearthed are better than some Church CDs.

    By the way the Triffids had/have an excellent reputation in the minds of many music critics. When the NME had credibility The Triffids were lauded. Today’s NME is a rag and I hope Morrissey bankrupts them for the slanderous racism accusations they summarily and maliciously hurled against him.

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 January 2008 at 3:48 pm #

    and touch,
    and inhale.

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 January 2008 at 3:49 pm #

    talking to you, night.
    give me some consolation, my night fairy.

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 January 2008 at 3:57 pm #

    i’m here, i’m here, i’m here
    i’m here drinking
    waiting to get numb
    to get maudlin

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 January 2008 at 5:05 pm #

    Brien, mate, the NME had zero cred after the Lit Crit period ended in mid-late 1981.

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 January 2008 at 5:11 pm #

    Sounds sucked but at least they did a humungous Church piece in early 82. They actually sent someone to Oz for it! Steve said the Church weren’t a drug band but Ploog needed dope before every gig and it was serious – he needed it and would hang off the stage asking the crowd who’d got a stash. They asked Steve if, seeing as how he wrote all the songs, he thought the rest of the band should take more notice of what he said – Marty pissed himself laughing and nodded manically while Steve sort of squirmed n shrugged. “There’s some pretty childish guys in this band” said Steve…

  25. avatar
    John | 18 January 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    “im telling you if you aint heard born sandy devotional….”

    Okay, I’m sold. Gotta find a copy. That and “Acoustic and Intimate.”

    Holly/Eek, I was in your neighborhood last night. Took in some cello jazz at Oldfield’s.

    John Garratt

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    Anonymous | 18 January 2008 at 5:41 pm #

    I’m waiting anxiously for the new Church to come out. I was listening to Remote Luxury today and over a decade ago I remember being quite fond of that album and it has its moments but The Church have become such an amazing band starting with p=a. After Everything is a masterpiece Steve. Some bands turn to shit with age, The Church truly just get more magical. It’s a sad state of affairs when a and that great falls under the radar but what do you expect in a society that hangs on every move Shitney Spears makes?

  27. avatar
    Anthony Frazer | 18 January 2008 at 8:42 pm #

    As someone who was there, I gotta say Steve, that it was one of life’s pleasures seeing you sing these songs.

  28. avatar
    the dean | 18 January 2008 at 9:35 pm #

    sk has go the pick of the crop with those songs. Stolen Property my favourite.
    please save some of those vocal chords for sunday night.

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    Anonymous | 18 January 2008 at 10:15 pm #

    our (australian) band was on tour in europe during 2006. during a drive in italy from turin to milan, we decided to give the ipod a break and listen to some local italian radio for a laugh. we settled on what turned out to be a lively talkback station.

    anyway, as we headed towards milan, this italian radio station played only one song during that whole journey of 3-4 hours and what do you think it was?

    wide open road by the triffids!

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 January 2008 at 11:39 pm #

    Brien et all, make sure you get the extended version of Born Sandy Devotional.

  31. avatar
    davem | 19 January 2008 at 1:13 am #

    However good The Triffids were the privilege on privilege is that STEVE KILBEY sang for ’em.
    And Killer, after all you’ve been through praise Gawd you’re still with us…..the Chrunch ARE…not WERE…I’m humbly grateful. Every day.

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    matt davison | 19 January 2008 at 1:31 am #

    Carlas playing her new electric gutiar to Metropolis music vid …. lound in kitchen Ive just watched UTMW on tv a show called rage,
    on network ten…then next song after the church was “Wide open road” great song… never seen the clip its really good.. a little bit like the verve of the eightys really what a great song..

    My god I love constant and opal and I really love the clip… Who shot it??? caus when sk gets me to shoot the next single clip… (wishing..of course)I am going to remember that feeling of wonder and dreamscape that vid offers…

    Oh” then Its no reason Oh yeh!!!… arrr crap I am getting fanatic again… damm thats happening alot lately

    Try find other music matt …..
    Manne, its an effort I tell ya


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    Anonymous | 19 January 2008 at 3:33 am #


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    tim | 19 January 2008 at 4:05 am #

    listening to the church the feeling is much like being on the great plains, that big sky..that feeling you get..deep in a forest..a remote area that spiritual uplift of being surrounded by natural beauty..

    MD i feel the same way at times trying to find other music but onced you are hooked into this music it has a pull a weight and magnitude that is hard to break its force..funny thing is i have yet to hear anyone around me complain..

    starting with p=a? the genius and
    splendor of this band was evident well before that but certainly realized to a greater degree in that period and i also believe the output just gets better with maturity..
    congrats on the show killa
    seems like you are really on right now. good vibes your way..

    hologram of baal is a masterpiece…thanks for the advice bc..had a smoke and a listen…maybe 3 or 4times thru…the great machine..kilbey those lyrics.. what a disc..this band and your solo stuff never disappoint.. i am continually astounded …i am truely humbled….

    thanks for sharing these great moments with us my friend half a world away…clubs, shows, the life…..thanks for the backstage pass written here on these pages…the best kind i could have ever hoped for..continued success to you and all your friends.

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    galamor the wizard | 19 January 2008 at 8:23 pm #

    I was there, front row, third to your right centre aisle.
    Without a doubt, you stole the show – you owned those songs. I was talking after to the friends I went and saw you with and they agreed! One of my mates turned to me at the end of Stolen Property and said, “Wow! I’d like him to now have a crack at Lonely Strech!” – which you then did!
    I’ve NEVER seen you sing with such gusto, verve and passion and I’ve been seeing the Church since 1983.
    At times it was uncanny as even the timbre of your voice was the same as Dave McComb. You know I don’t believe in hocus pocus but it was as if you were channelling him!
    I would love to see you unleash the beast that you displayed in those three songs in future Church compositions!

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