posted on November 13, 2007 at 3:19 am

steev thrillby
androgynous albino hermaphrodite
world famous photographer and dancer
older than tomorrow already
adept of tantric yoga
murderer of time
hardcalves and softheart
lives with his/her daughters
the five graces
in a little duplex cottage
next to the cosmic sea
spring was changing into summer
day was changing into night
thrillby was changing into something more comfortable
naked on his/her yoga mat
he twisted into garudasana
and ascended slowly
as the blinds flap flap flapping in the wind
as sweet incense coils to the ceiling
sealing the room with sandalwood and wild rose
rose up to the windows filled with liquid glass
lover fighter thinker thief
miracle worker abroad
spearman mintlamb
is this a take off
screamed at the launch site
sight and taste and hearing now merge
taste this music steev offers to you
precise german and germane
germinating aerating water whence springs all-life
everyman is in love with everywoman
birds fall from the sky out of wedlock
oh the clefts of the female
oh the obsidian man
blessed be the child of their union
sacred like the name given to loves rooms
in the balmy bar me evening
evening up the odds
odd that you should mention it
steev is so far out hes come back in
poor thrillby
are you jealous
are you envious
are you serious
are you certain
poor thrillby
so rich in adjectives
a huge insatiable vocabulary
sexy dipthongs
sensual turns of phrase
table of malcontents
dramatis personae
exit exeunt exstacy
crack my smack with speed
encrusted aphrodisia in whorling filaments
sculptures of semi-darkness
faxing a shadow on teleport road
rode me hoarse man
manage without me
look left
look right
look at you
abrupt end

44 Responses to “infrared blackout for the whiteman singing blues”

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    JONNY NOT YET SO HOLLYWOODISH | 13 November 2007 at 3:51 am #

    what were you smoking before you wrote this one…

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    Anonymous | 13 November 2007 at 4:27 am #

    I did enjoy this, it was fresh, carefree, free wheellin’ & evocative…


    I was also enjoying the ambience rave, been waiting part 3
    Eno is one of my favorite subjects, pls wrap up your short treatise. ..

    hey ..but you’re the boss, do what you will ….
    but loose ends, undoted T’s & uncrossed I’s are like an itch……I’m confident you will get around to it eventually, who said 3 has to come after 2 anyway.

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    Jenn | 13 November 2007 at 6:18 am #

    “I’ll have what he’s having, waiter”

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    AelSunriseBird | 13 November 2007 at 6:33 am #

    Beautiful. Beautiful.

    Head full of flu and it makes perfect sense.
    Today’s eloquent,suggestive,glorious,enticing
    ,visual,warm,natural sense.

    Re: Eno…Town Hall records. Walk down train station stairs, looking pretty flash, into the one light globe room. Two men stand by the counter. Clash singles with bullet holes. I flick through the albums, pick Eno’s up, turn them over and ask Keiran…’what do you think’? he laughs, ‘I dunno,hmmm, interesting,’looks at his mate for body language, his eyebrow arches
    ‘why don’t you have a listen’. I’m intrigued. 1. I love the simplicity of the artwork & I read the inside covers looking for clues. 2. Roxy Music, how I love Roxy Music (‘Mother of Pearl’ LOL) 3. My affinity with ambience for so many reasons, forgive me too flued to mention. Coincidence; my given name is Amby(Amberwren..shhhh!) & ooh my young heart, I like the connection very much. I pay out my pennys and buy the lot. I take them home and lie on the floor, face up, Rose Bay or Paddo? listening and drinking this incredible manipulation of sound for inspiration. Eno the master of forward thinking.
    I too like the fact he thought of this while lying in hospital.

    Soz Steve, this is gonna be short and not nearly as thoughtful or a worthwhile reply as I would like.
    My body is pounding, my mind is numb, you don’t want to know about the stomach & my eyes blur on the climb back up.

    Still, your poetry touches this DNA memory and it is indeed very very beautiful.

    The DNA memory and the words.

    Green tea 🙂

    Ael (Amby).

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    Anonymous | 13 November 2007 at 6:53 am #

    Yay!, he’s/she’s back!!
    I really enjoyed this one thrillby! I’m so glad you’re back to your “normal” self. Hardcalves and softheart, yeah I like that.
    Love Amanda
    P.S. what’s happened to the Buzzzz report?

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    Leelinau | 13 November 2007 at 7:36 am #



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    Anonymous | 13 November 2007 at 8:28 am #

    isnt that just the moment you search for in altered/heightened state…that point where you are sinking/sync-ing AND ascending at once, as one with the universe,melting and strengthening,meek,but mighty,naked,yet present,empowered,yet vulnerable…my meditations today were is ,after all,spring!what a magical seasonal energy that is lingering in the higher register of the forces at the moment…beautiful bloggy today SK!you are inspiration.inspiration ,being a noun,and all….haha!thank the cosmos for little graces…they are just the best!!!!mine fell asleep tonight ,face down,and to the side,onto her bread n butter…poor little chook!stonkeredly tired after a humungous day of “serious playing” at skool!….have a beautiful night Mr.K….love,as always,gen xxxxx

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    steve kilbey | 13 November 2007 at 8:44 am #

    i knew kieran at town hall records
    how strange…

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    AelSunriseBird | 13 November 2007 at 10:31 am #

    Strange. Month of miracles. New moon in Sag, when we let go of ego all things are possible 🙂

    Really? Kieran? HA! Life is strange -:)
    How do you know Kieran?

    Kieran & my cuz lived the domestic life for a while. I knew Kieran separately associated through music.
    Later,dearest cousin,the one who’s room I share when I was born in London, leaves Kieran & discovers ‘up north’, her gentile giant lawyer of the cotton fields & love.

    Kieran, does good things & donates Jazz CD’s for a charity dinner we organise to raise funds for homeless kids.

    Kieran. He keeps appearin’.

    He’s a good & happy Daddy.

    Life moves.


    Seee what you do? See what you did! You give me faith that there is still a living poet worth reading.

    Back to the green tea ol’ chum.

    Nuff said 🙂

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    Anonymous | 13 November 2007 at 10:58 am #


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    matthew | 13 November 2007 at 11:59 am #

    More jeanius… that was great Steve. (hahaha: “sexy dipthongs”, I love it!)

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    Anonymous | 13 November 2007 at 12:15 pm #

    wellll…i knew kieran, he was a lovely lovely kid at school that i taught…as for you on your yoga mat lordy, lordy, lordy…i have some beautiful orange/clove incense that i indulge in sometimes…for some reason this piece of writing strikes me as particularly feminine, maybe it’s the ambiguity and the references to new life…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

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    Anonymous | 13 November 2007 at 12:52 pm #

    oh just watch people

    steve and ael up a tree …
    i only knew him for a millisec but i pegged him.
    yeah he gonna talk down to us cus he big word strange.
    how is nk doing.
    There is more to life than vocab. intwition really helps.
    hope your rsi continues to prevent u from writing

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    blackeyes | 13 November 2007 at 1:10 pm #

    y’d better bugger off anony 11:52 ; and dont forget brush your stinky teeth please.

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    Anonymous | 13 November 2007 at 1:56 pm #

    Often wondered if Hex song Hermaphrodite was pronounced the standard way, or was a pun on Aphrodite. Well, it’d be one up on Miss Dynamitee-ee, anyhow…

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    MEM | 13 November 2007 at 2:14 pm #


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    Brien Comerford | 13 November 2007 at 3:36 pm #

    Today’s blog was simultaneously entertaining and enigmatic. I have to steal SK’s verbiage. Morrissey is dramatais personae. He’s used his feigned dramtais personae to lure millions of fans. I still have a huge weakness for him.

    Does anybody remember the late and great British Band “Talk Talk”. They had a few hits “It’s My Life” and “Life’s What You Make It”. They hated being compared to Duran Duran and then they recorded the splenderous “Colour of Spring”. Lamentably, their vocalist and leader, Mark Hollis, was sidelined by addiction and purported “nervous Breakdown” ? issues. Their career culminated with two fantastic ambient and free form jazz CDs titled “Spirit of Eden” and Laughing -Stock”. They were great but they went away. Hollis did record one solo CD pursuant to their split. The Church CD that was most similar to Talk Talk’s epic final CDs would be Parallel Universe.

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    mandn | 13 November 2007 at 3:36 pm #

    Orpheus has returned


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    fantasticandy | 13 November 2007 at 4:49 pm #

    ah….brien..what taste!
    yes, the final two were utterly sublime.
    the critics hated them.

    the greatest artists walk alone.
    andy L.

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    veleska1970 | 13 November 2007 at 4:55 pm #

    wow~~i had to read and re-read this one several times. the imagery is so lush.

    here’s something to make your rsi feel better: the other day i was in with a friend from work, and she was looking at pix of my daughter. she then saw the one of us taken after last year’s concert, and she said “who’s THAT guy???” i said “oh, that’s steve kilbey of the church.” (she only listens to country & western music, so unfortunately she doesn’t know who the chrunch is…. 🙁 ) she grinned and said “he’s CUTE!!!” she asked how old you were and i told her, and she was like “get outta here!! no way he’s that old!!” she sat and looked at you in that pic for a long time.

    see there~~you still got it, steve. 😉

    oh, btw~~my friend is 58.

    lotza love…..

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    daydreamer | 13 November 2007 at 5:07 pm #

    Veleska, when you’re 58 ALL the young boys are cute.

    Keep it up, Steve. You’re a good kid.


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    JJ | 13 November 2007 at 7:55 pm #

    Wow….where’s my yoga mat? I’ll just close my office door and levitate, but first – going to fax machine to look for the shadow.

    Time for a re-read on this one. Tantric blogge; improved my day already.

  23. avatar
    davem | 13 November 2007 at 7:56 pm #

    Why isn’t this bloody thing posting??

  24. avatar
    davem | 13 November 2007 at 7:57 pm #

    Oh, that’s typical…..

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    Brien Comerford | 13 November 2007 at 8:14 pm #

    Right on Andy. Just imagine the great Brian Eno that SK has been profiling could not sell 1000 seats at a Chicago venue. Noise pollution trash like Kiss and 50 Cent can sell out 10,000 seat venues. Morrissey’s last album “Ringleaders of the Tormentors” was produced by Tony Visconti. Visconti likes Morrissey’s music and he was very close friends with Bolan and Bowie. Bowan and Bowie inspired SK who has evolved into an idylic hybrid of Lennon, Barratt and 1970’s era Bowie. What a freakish conclusion.

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    steve kilbey | 13 November 2007 at 9:13 pm #

    vile spot!

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    Anonymous | 13 November 2007 at 10:59 pm #

    Oh no, I hope that vile idiot hasn’t put you in a bad mood steeev.
    Look forward to more from thrillerby!
    Love from Greek geek

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 November 2007 at 12:29 am #

    didnt Talk Talk do “its a wonderful life”?,and or “black man ray”,or was the latter “china crisis”?…hmmmm….thinking,thinking… love,gen x

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    I have no title and i have no address and i have no purpose but to blog with Sk and friends chille d | 14 November 2007 at 12:48 am #

    oggy woogy, I dig a pygmy by charles hortridge and the defaids, phase 1 in which doris gets her oats.

    Hey bullfrog can u come out to play. in the hanging garden where its just counted down 17 seconds in the forest a play for today.

    all the people here in bloggy land I loves youse all!!!!!!!! Yes i we does precious we does love it all ‘Gollum, gollum’. Blaah Video killed the political revolt star.

    Why does alisunrise or whatever its name is think herself one intellegent lass. Wrong! She is a figment of her own selfless image. Go and eat some mungbeans you poor excuse for fanatisism and evangelical sainthood. Bring me water and wine and i will give u laudnum cause i already got the poppies.

    Yum yum Take H! Christiane F said so so dare dare dare and be ware be ware be ware. SOnic Youth asked me to fix their washing machine the other day (Sunday i think), but I was busy with there Sister on Murray Street>(ha Ha Ha)

    How I wish vegans were overweight and healthy at the same time. I am a purist- I only eat man-flesh, as I am one of the Fighting Uraki!

    Where oh where have all the flowers gone. “Out the window and up your nose-and thats the end of the honeymoon!” P=A is one Kafkaesque piece of art untainted by time immemorial!!!!!!!!!!!!

    One two three check, four is a sore number, but lets invite him/her/it over for tea and scones some time, it might be fun, i think four is shy but when he has his fill of ale-coopers preferably he then can become quite a conversationalist-Edgar allen Poe is his favorite topic to converse on, although he loves fellini’s films-esp. Amachord!

    ANyhow i gotta get back in me padded aqua marine. So I will smoke my last Cigarrette and drink my last cup of holy sacrement and bid the all a fond farewell one the omnibus of all dread and woe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    yours with great faithfullness and little humility,

    Gordon Lightfoot Jnr, Served chilled in Birds nest soup!

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    Anonymous | 14 November 2007 at 1:18 am #

    TTFN!Ta-ta!…i can see the nice men in their white coats,and their triangular van….they’re on their way to you 11:48….have a nice little holiday dear!…..

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    letango | 14 November 2007 at 1:28 am #

    “androgynous albino hermaphrodite…adept of tantric yoga”

    shit yeah, I’m jealous/envious. You’ve just concocted my perfect lover. Too bad he/she only exists in white text against a black html body.

    cyberspace schmyberspace…
    everyspace-nospace is the place – is.

    okay, so i’m having a little fun. Honestly, I do think my perfect lover may just be a hermaphrodite. If I could ask for it and HAVE it my way, then preferably female on top and male on the bottom. Oh, I’m sure that’s way too much info for everybody. Sorry folks, but as a bisexual I do think it would be a rather lovely combo (at least for a night).

    love and giggles…
    jango letango

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    Anonymous | 14 November 2007 at 1:33 am #

    Go up on the roof at night

    in this city of the soul.

    Let everyone climb on their roofs

    and sing their notes!

    Sing loud!

    Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273)

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    AelSunriseBird | 14 November 2007 at 1:34 am #

    Me intelligent??? Ha! Projection?
    I’m an empty vessel open to be filled with creativity & light.

    We’re all sitting up a tree.
    Come join, nice view from here…10 realms and all 🙂

    I know nuttin’.
    Just doing my part the best I know how.

    Actually, no need for attachment either. May be back in a week or so or sumptin’.

    Catch me at facebook if you wanna friendly chat about the equally lovely mundaneness of life 🙂

    Universal love & light.

    That’s all 🙂

    Ael (Sunrise Bird…my red Indian name,no biggy) xo

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    Anonymous | 14 November 2007 at 1:50 am #

    Hi SK, it may be good if you indicate the comments rules esp. about multiple posts on the blog front page.
    Newbies like aelsunrisebird don’t know any better. I imagine you don’t want to come across as having to many rules and being all blog facist, but people generaly don’t mind rules if they are reasonable.
    It seems your writing can incite powerful reactions and some people go nuts, some sort of framework from yr fine self may help.

  35. avatar
    mattdavison | 14 November 2007 at 1:53 am #

    Something wicked this way comes..

    Get ready Killer Fans

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    timf | 14 November 2007 at 1:59 am #

    today’s entry made me look twice…to make sure i was on the right blog. How to throw us all for a loop SK.
    a nice change of pace

    ..when your rsi clears up a little I look forward to the next installment on ambient. Had a chance to finally see one of MY hero’s live in Detroit on sat night. Neil Young did a show that most passing fans would probably have panned but for the aficionado it was bliss. Half acoustic solo, half electric with the band. So many tunes you never hear him do live like “ambulance blues” from “on the beach” and closed the show with Tonights the Night! He has a painter on tour, does a painting each night, each one reflective of a different song, walking to the side of the stage to change to the appropriate painting to match the song as it begins. Apparently he took the same guy out on tour in the 70s and 90s
    Bob Seger was among those in the audience. It was one of the best shows I have ever seen. Then again I have yet to see the CHURCH!

    Get well SK and write more


  37. avatar
    Melquiades | 14 November 2007 at 2:19 am #

    apocalyptic yet insightful
    flowers and warm intutitions abound

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    Anonymous | 14 November 2007 at 4:12 am #

    ugh….i don’t know what to think about steve. Sometimes i love him and sometimes i dislike him….i think that this reaction i get from him is honest and therefore i feel as though i like him….but i dislike him.

    I really don’t know why I read this..but I do.

    as I said.. ugh

  39. avatar
    bla | 14 November 2007 at 5:38 am #

    sorry but is it very important that you like or dislike him?

  40. avatar
    eek | 14 November 2007 at 5:54 am #

    That was an erotic read. 🙂

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    better | 14 November 2007 at 6:45 am #

    as for me… I’ll be faxing myself down teleport road….

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    Anonymous | 14 November 2007 at 6:48 am #

    anon 4.38 – no not important at all, just making an observation, adding to the discussion, I’m confused, I don’t know, it’s ill usive, can’t put my finger on it..guess thats why I keep reading. Will have to listen to the music one day, see if that sheds some light.

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    Anonymous | 17 November 2007 at 8:13 am #

    i just did a “vulcan hello symbol”with my toes,on the corner of a doorway…is that a yogic manoeuvre?

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    Anonymous | 17 November 2007 at 8:15 am #

    how much should ya pay for a good yoga mat?

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