posted on June 14, 2006 at 5:45 pm

its wednesday evening here fiendss
only one more whole day to go
before i say goodbye to the twillies
and head off on that long nervewracking flight home
cathay pacific stopover in hong kong
will blogg to ya from there
free internet at the airport
today i wake up n feel bad
cant even muster the enthusiasm to do my chi n yoga
which mighta fixxed me up if i coulda
but it wasnt happning
sometimes you dial the universe
but you get the old “this page cannot be displayed” routine
normally i’d push on thru
but today it wasnt occurring
i ring up martin k
and we meet up at slussen (the sluice gates)
and elektra jk and her friend julia join us
and we take a quaint little train to saltsjobaden
the salt lake baths
what a lovely trainride past cottages villages rivers n lakes
eventually we arrive in this amazing place
these old baths built on a lake that has exactly the same
salt ratio as yer eyes
its really nice to open them under water
theres a mens side nude
a ladies side nude
and a family middle not nude
hardly anyone there
the water is about 13 or 14 degrees
ah just what i been waiting for
some cold clear clean water
i swim about a bit
the others reluctantly have a paddle
but i m really used to it cold from the ‘bergs pool
then for some inexplicable reason
they close down the sauna
and blow me down if i cant get warm for the rest o the day
they close down the cafe as well
gee it aint my day
but we find a great little place
and i have salad n beetroot gazpacho
remember you can beat an egg
but you cant beat a root…
and get this
a glass of orange juice costs 9 aus$
jesus how do the swedes afford it
come back into town
i have to go straight back to bed to get warm
im shiverin’ n shakin’
then me n minna have din dins at chutney
a nice veg restaurant jus’ round yon corner
and we have a walk n a talk
she tells me her friends think im snygg
hey that aint badde being snygg at almost fifty bloody two
but it seems doubtful minna shares her friends opinion
and she already regrets telling me
as she sees it going straight to my vain olde ego
“oh, sk, yer still a handsome man…!”
anyway thats about it
back at markus s place
which has somebodies internet if yer in the right room
so im piggybacking on someone elses broadband
which always tickles me fancy
dontcha jus’ love a freebie, fiendss?
soon im gonna rip my friends voluminous cd collection into
my eye tunes
and eye podd
and hey presto
i can listen to all kindsa stuff anywhere
i must say it changes yer listnin’ habits a bit
i seem to be jumping from song to song
rather than listnin’ to whole records
is this a badde thing, fiendss
current faves getting a caning in the cans
romeo n juliet by dire straits
look, i just love that song ok?
juliet, when we made love you used to cry
i love you like the stars above you
i’ll love you till i day
theres a place for us…

memory motel by the rolling bones
which ive taken to playing a bit solo
always loved this one
maybe my fave ever stones song
(and thats sayin’ a bit)
(and billy preston died too, rip)
my nerves are shot already
the road aint hardly smooth
croons micky jagged
and i empathise

underground lovers eastside stories
when you go you go go
talking to a fucking dago
go gb
lotta energy in this one
and another mention of
theres a place for us
(from west side story…a movie i love)

dreambrother by jeff buckley
the wind in her butterscotch hair
why lord why
did ya take jeffrey from us so soon
and leave so many other idiots still out there making
rotten records
this guy haddit all in spades
the looks
the voice
the songs
couldnt believe how good it was when i first heard it
and always guarantees pleasure listnin to grace

mimesis of course
hello…im tryin’ to place a call to australia
(asian womans voice) yes yes which room
uh um im in room 13 on the 13th floor
jesus polinski n the bouys cook up n ambient storm on this one
and that olde sk….blah blah blah
yeah fiendss ya gonna have to wait a bit
i guess a few more munths before this masterpeace
hits the olde market
if ya like sks spoken n crooning words
if ya like long winding weird beautiful songs
then yer got the right address here
not everybodies cuppa tea
the shortest track is about 10 minutes
but plenty to keep ya occupied if you like
this kinda thing

of course a bit of t rex
20th century boy
still exciting me in all its silliness
all these years later
friends say its fine
friends say its good…
rock on boppin’ elf
i’ll be listnin to yer goode records till i die
and avoiding yer bad ones like the plague too
a glaring example of how cocaine can strip yer talent
outta yer soul and leave ya useless
but , marc, yer best is the best
beard of stars( yes raw ramp, one of mah faves)

um well
i guess thats about it for this washed up olde rocker
think i better check me emails n see
if i can get a bitta yoga in
its started to get cool again here in stockholm
and its raining gently
mark lanegan playing in the background
quite enjoying it actually
also heard greg dullies new one twilight singers last nite
very impressed
so thats it
a nice break from all the effing soul searching stuff
here on this bloggy lately
thanks for tuning in
see ya 2morrow for the final swedish broadcast
my last day with the twills until ?
excited to see doodles n the bouncer
who can do lotsa new tricks…
shes trying to crawl and aurora says
look mom, shes doing the dog pose
(mom spelt mom and not mum cossa her jimmy stewart accent!)
and gotta get some lil gifts too, i guess
very sorry to be leaving twills n sweden (again)
but just like that song
im cut in two
love reign o’er me n you fiendish ones
stevie boy

34 Responses to “invaders from the true worlds”

  1. avatar
    davem | 14 June 2006 at 7:10 pm #

    …that’s the kind of ship I’m running.
    May your orange juice always be freshly squeezed…especially at that price.
    love you more,


  2. avatar
    slacker0000 | 14 June 2006 at 7:13 pm #

    i do believe i’m first to comment – yay, i win – a weeks worth of reading your blog now and loving it – never looked at anyone’s blog before, always thought they were a bag of shite idea – now i check when i come home for the next chapter and have started poking through your old posts – yippee – have a good trip home

  3. avatar
    slacker0000 | 14 June 2006 at 7:13 pm #

    bugger, i came second after all

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2006 at 7:37 pm #

    said it once and i’ll say it again;
    you’re a beautiful man steve

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2006 at 9:33 pm #

    Steve! you & the boys are coming
    to Tucson, AZ!!! the Rialto Theatre is a nice little place to play! you will enjoy yourself.
    already have a half-dozen people going to the show. would like to treat you to dinner beforehand?
    you were to busy in Cali & Detroit the last tours, hopefully will work this time around! will see the show in Tempe also!

    ~ Mathieu

  6. avatar
    Pär Ekstrand | 14 June 2006 at 9:38 pm #

    Very strange to find that a person that you’ve been listening to since 82
    from the other side of the world, today almost travel past where you live …
    Ingaro where I live is quite close to Saltsjobaden.
    The world seems very small sometimes and the internet really makes it smaller.

    And I like “Unicorn” the best


  7. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 14 June 2006 at 10:03 pm #

    I bet baby S is really good at the child pose as well!
    Can’t wait to hear you doing A’s Jimmy Stuart and seeing pictures of everyone, there’s a great Thai place just a block away from the Great American Music Hall, SF.
    Here’s to an uneventful flight home and a warm, pleasant iPod induced musical coma.
    Un beso electrico y un abrazo a todos los tuyos.

  8. avatar
    RA | 14 June 2006 at 10:10 pm #

    I’m so gald to hear you are digging Twilight Singers. I’m off to se them in Manchester and Liverpool too soon. Dulli has a voice that propels the somgs, just as yours does I believe. Twilight Singers are one of those bands i compare to The Church. Not because of any similarity, just because of *the feel* of it..
    Check out their first record, “Twilight as sung by..” Darker and just gorgeous.

    Dulli also did a covers album, “She Loves You” which included a gorgeous version of Bjork’s Hyperballad. Seek that one out if you can.



  9. avatar
    the dean | 14 June 2006 at 11:16 pm #

    I like to listen to a recording in it’s entirety and I don’t like to flick a song before it finishes. The good stuff is a painting forming in your mind.
    And the longer the better.

    I often wonder why some beautiful songs are so short. For example MAYA from Forget Yourself with that great orchestral piece is soaring away and ends at about 3 and half minutes. There had to be lots more.
    Where would Tchaikovsky be if said that’ll do it after 2.5mins of Swan Lake.

  10. avatar
    John | 14 June 2006 at 11:35 pm #

    I just bought tickets for my wife and I to see the band in late July in Austin, Texas. We are both so very excited as the last time we were able to see you live was at The House of Blues in Los Angeles for the Hologram of Baal tour. Anyways, we can’t wait…and if you need anything whatsoever while you’re in Austin, please feel free to drop me a line at john at metatractor dot com.

    John in Austin, Texas

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 June 2006 at 12:22 am #

    hi sk
    i also love
    romeo and juliet
    what a gorgeous song
    and the part you
    quoted …
    so beautiful
    have you ever
    played it?
    i’d love to hear that
    been listening
    to communique
    another fave

    glad you’ve had
    such an incredible
    time in sweden …
    focus on the
    rather than
    the goodbyes


    ps that’s cute
    about minna’s
    friends thinking you’re
    and sweet that she
    told you
    they have good
    who can
    blame them?

  12. avatar
    veleska1970 | 15 June 2006 at 12:53 am #

    what a bummer that you aren’t feeling well. hopefully you’re feeling better tomorrow~~it would be a waste to feel like crap on the last full day you will have with the girls. enjoy your thursday!!

  13. avatar
    John Garratt | 15 June 2006 at 1:22 am #

    “romeo n juliet by dire straits
    look, i just love that song ok?”

    Well, me too. Especially the way it starts with just guitar and piano.

    Strange. I’ve been thinking about that song for the last two days.

  14. avatar
    John Garratt | 15 June 2006 at 2:05 am #

    Oh, and thank you to whoever it was that recommended “Long Gone Before Daylight” by the Cardigans.

  15. avatar
    Renee | 15 June 2006 at 2:08 am #

    Looking forward to seeing the band in VA in August. I’ve seen you twice before at the 9:30 club in DC and the Ram’s Head Tavern in Annapolis, it was a small venue but very intimate. You walked past me that night and looked at me, or did you look through me? I don’t know, but I couldn’t believe you were there. I remember being by the backstage door and this large puff of smoke came out, I was like holy shit, SK is a frickin stoner! That’s ok, I’m an x smoker myself, I recognize the benefits!
    Today was the first time I read your blog, and I’m sorry I’ve been missing it for the past few months, it has revealed far more about your soul than any of your music, I relate to you very much, apparently many people do. I admire and envy you, to be so talented and able to express yourself through so many mediums, I’ve unfortunately been afflicted with the soul of an artist, but haven’t found my outlet, but you articulate everything that I have been unable to express myself, and I’m grateful.
    Have a safe trip home, and I look forward to reading your next entry.
    P.S. Thanks for adding me to your myspace friends!

  16. avatar
    fergal | 15 June 2006 at 2:20 am #

    enjoy your last day in sweden for now sk … i’ve never been there, but when i go, i now wanna stay in a ‘stuga’.
    i might just make that stuga, my own stupa …

  17. avatar
    youamwho | 15 June 2006 at 2:40 am #

    Feel for ya, man …the melancholia, jockeyn’ round the family as such. Godspeed, Steve!


  18. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 15 June 2006 at 4:29 am #

    Love the line, ‘dial up the universe’ – ah, glad to know SK sometimes can’t get the ball rolling either. But hey, you’re snygg! Hmmm..these young girls have excellent taste already.
    Wishing you a lovely, peaceful, eventless, quiet flight home. Think of the the doodles and S and your better half, and what a great homecoming it will be!
    Do they use the Euro in Sweden? I was just thinking about the AUS $ sounding pretty weak, like the U.S. dollar.
    In Rome last October I wanted a Coke, my only real vice (so much sugar!) so I got one for what amounted to about 7.00 US$. That was my last Coke in Europe, ha.
    Jeff Buckley – funny, I was listening to him on the iPOD the other night in bed thinking, ‘what a damned waste.’
    Some things I’ll just never get.
    Looking forward to hearing you’ve gotten home safely,

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 June 2006 at 6:22 am #

    I know everybody here wants yu..
    jeff buckley
    what an angel
    I imagine yuv seen the live @ the metro in chicago
    it makes my hair stand on end
    he was such a real mofo..
    seems like every week I hear a story bout dire straits..ha ha..

    And yu happen to bring up an interesting ritual…

    theres a split second moment of complete anticipation
    that happens when yu lower the needle to the wax and the crackles of matter explode
    ur mind races ready to hear the most beautiful sound
    even when yu may have an idea,
    there is something to that anticipation, so full of adoration and longing
    for me it comes with most of chchru albums and other saints..
    dont get me wrong, I love my digitalia and ipodiumism and thats fine by my standard
    but how many kids lay it down to get an al-boom to listen to..
    Parents, buy ur kids a Beatles record when all else fails..
    saw a kid carrying a GodsButtCrack cd and it made me want to weep…

    I mean, that moment of sliding the vinyl out and staring at the blissful art work
    gives an immeasurable impression of the quality and of the music.
    I look to practice daily..
    so much great jazz that will never ever make it to CD.. its kinda crazy
    I can dance Mozart with Dizzy Gillespie, Hendrix with Gershwin..

    UTLC on vinyl!!!…..way far out of sight….
    I aint gonna hang on ur leg sk..
    But by God, yu guys need to inquire at least a bit about getting the last few albums on vinyl..
    get me a quote or sumthing..ha serious…
    enjoy the rest of ur time w/ ur darlings
    as its now official Sk is a snyggity foxx…
    hey ur a rockin some vegan genes, nothin wrong with that..
    it all pays off, I am so glad that my whole fam went veg..
    its such great connection to share with the cosmos…
    later sannyasin. om tat sat om, bold.

    jaime r..

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 June 2006 at 6:29 am #

    Blow me off, I missed seeing the twilight sisters
    last week in Neworleeans..rufff..


  21. avatar
    Darko Flagg | 15 June 2006 at 6:30 am #

    So many years in the frying pan just runs like oil of a papadam…

  22. avatar
    metal_petal | 15 June 2006 at 7:45 am #

    Ha ha! Romeo and Juliet!!! I got *this* close to downloading it from iTunes the other night but juuuuuust couldn’t do it! I’ve fought to the death defending the first couple of Dire Straits albums but still didn’t have it in me.

    And don’t worry – your IPod attention span will calm down – you will suffer from musical gluttony forever, though.

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 June 2006 at 8:17 am #

    A few more month’s will seem like a few more years waiting for that masterpiece sk, but I know it will be worth the wait.

    Take care and enjoy that flight back home to the seaside.


  24. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 15 June 2006 at 9:44 am #

    Werrd, Ipods can definately lower yer attention span..can’t wait to see ya in NYC! Yay!!

  25. avatar
    Alyusha | 15 June 2006 at 12:02 pm #

    By chance I found myself sitting next to Jeff B. after his last Adelaide Gig, I asked where he drew inspiration from and he
    closed his eyes and sounded a pure single note for what seemed like an eternity ……

    Guess he answered my question.

  26. avatar
    sue cee | 15 June 2006 at 12:35 pm #

    “A love struck Romeo, sings in the streets a serenade
    Laying everybody low, with a love song that he made
    Finds a street light, steps out of the shade
    ‘n’ says something like, “You and me babe, how about it?”

    I’ve never told u how much I love that song to death…sad but poignant memories for a friend Paul who passed away in the 80’s so young.. it sends shivers down my spine, the way it starts … that first verse

    It was nice to think of him again

    All the best snyggy 🙂

  27. avatar
    markm | 15 June 2006 at 1:12 pm #

    Just wanted to say thank you to Anon as well….your thoughts from yesterdays comments are appreciated! And my prayers are with you too Elena if your reading…
    and safe trip home Steve…

    All the best

    Mark M (typing whilst listening to Romeo and Juliet)

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 June 2006 at 1:44 pm #

    Yeah, I like everything you like.

    My name’s Bob, by the way.

    The pointy birds are pointy, pointy …

  29. avatar
    CSTCoach | 15 June 2006 at 2:42 pm #

    Thanks for the recommended tunes! 🙂

    Safe travels, SK.

  30. avatar
    Addrak | 15 June 2006 at 2:49 pm #

    c’mon doode, what’s all this? I condemned Making Movies to funny-dusty-old-cassettes-in-the-high-up-cupboard-box years ago!
    I used to be a big DS fan in the early ’80s, it was ‘alternative’ but then (LITERALLY!)Money For Nothing blew it for me- it tainted everything else….but then R&J is ok i guess and I always liked Skateaway….Les boys do caberet..

  31. avatar
    Finn | 15 June 2006 at 4:36 pm #

    As it happens, I’m listening to The Twilight Singers “Blackberry Belle” for the very first time this morning.

    Oh, and I too love that Underground Lovers song (and the DS song, that everyone I knew in college thought was a song by the Indigo Girls who did an OK cover, but nothing like the original).

  32. avatar
    davem | 15 June 2006 at 6:23 pm #

    Oh dear.
    I have to confess that I’ve always hated Dire Straits. With a passion actually.
    Still…hope i’m not suddenly going to go all anon….
    Love you more SK…but not Mark K….


  33. avatar
    the new moodist | 15 June 2006 at 6:32 pm #

    i guess this is more fitting for the previous days blog, but after having sat in your company many a time over the years and never spoken to you bar the occasional nod of acknowledgement (a lover of small-talk i am not), i am very thankful for the dedication and effort that you make with this blog.

    every day is a revelation, of honesty, wit and sincerity, that makes me feel that the portion of my life i have spent showing an interest in yours has not been wasted. for better or worse, you have always been an influence on my life and a constant voice in the background.

    never stop.

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