posted on October 31, 2006 at 1:09 am

childe,
know this
in the beginning there was nothing
nothing like it
the music had not yet formed itself into rock
in the long dark night of the 1950s
hideous schmaltzy monsters dominated the landscape
oozing foul doo-wop n corny dance routines
in the darkness the ancestors of rock raised their heads
and cried out in the wilderness
a new voice
a new cry
soon the ugly fifties monstrosities would crumble n wither
deep down in memphis elvis presley took shape
chuck berry was writing rocknroll
his little finger walkin’ up n down the guitar
as the common era (1960s on) dawned
the corn n schmaltz seemed set to prevail
until the beatles
n then rolling stones
and bobby dylan i guess
and then the floodgates burst
and the who and all the rest
and lo rock was created for the people by the people
no tin pan alley cynical hit job
or advertising mans con-dream
rock was urgent wild unpredictable tender strange destructive
satanic holy loud peaceful violent
and its main voice was the electric guitar
and for the first time the possibilities
of amplification distortion echo reverberation
phasing flanging leslieing panning whammying
etc
for the first time man had an instrument which could bleed
for him
it could express rage
urgency
decay
panic
emptiness
it could be as sweet as the sweetest kiss
or blow yer fucking head off in squall of feedbacke
armed with our new instrument
aided n abetted by the new souped up drums n drummers
a more primitive approach to drums
bang out that beat like a savage
cos this music can get out there mister
let that bass guitar throb n push this thing along
and when we do get in a studio
lets see what that thing can do
lets experiment with this mess
hey maybe ya can turn a sows ear into a silk purse
a little reverb, a little strings, ride it a little there
you see
you can do anything in rock…
as long as its good that is
you can be whoever you wanna be too
if you dont wanna be who you are
it seemed like the people finally hadda voice
goodbye pleasantville n yer square bullshit
cos we got jimi hendrix n now anything is possible
when i hear pete townshend n ent n moony play underture
i feel like impossibility has been negated
this music appealing to something that other jive dont reach
ok ok
some good tunes in classical music
cmon theres some great stuff
but it dont fuckin’ bleed for me, baybee
neither does it take me up there on mt olympus
when spaceship hawkwind lifts off
the guitar strings scraping, the sax squawking in dim ‘verb
the oscillators falling through space in a hiss
as they part the etheric ions
the bass grimly pulsing, the synthesizer going up n up
well…
there is no other music that can or even wants to do this
its our music
its the peoples music
precious n quicksilver stuff
explosive n narcotic music
thats why us olde rockers keep on rocking
we’re hooked on our own medicine
viva la rock, baybee!
is it love that makes us rock?
you can bet yer life it is!
and that,
*
thats for sure

43 Responses to “is it love that makes us rock?”

  1. avatar
    Lynnster | 31 October 2006 at 1:47 am #

    Beautiful… I loved this.

  2. avatar
    emmkay | 31 October 2006 at 1:58 am #

    Keep rockin forever, esskay !

  3. avatar
    damien | 31 October 2006 at 2:26 am #

    Have you seen the Cream reunion DVD, Steve? It’s inspirational. Three old druids proving that they are masters of “The Knowledge”.

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 October 2006 at 2:29 am #

    yeah rock is good but so is silence. I like silence very much.

  5. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 31 October 2006 at 2:31 am #

    you will rock and me will roll…
    Ne iko

  6. avatar
    veleska1970 | 31 October 2006 at 2:34 am #

    i love the way you described this as being like the “dawn of a new age”….i never quite thought of it like that. brilliant, i must say, dear esskay. viva la rock!!

  7. avatar
    p!nb!l | 31 October 2006 at 3:07 am #

    yeah it’s love that makes “you” rock sk
    but rock in general?
    i don’t know, you’re a rarity
    love on the other hand . . .
    love makes us do all sorts of things
    in the vain hope of shining a little light
    fail or succeed
    it’s the ingredient that sets us free

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 October 2006 at 3:09 am #

    Long Live Rock!!!!

  9. avatar
    JJ | 31 October 2006 at 3:14 am #

    It was just like that, Pleasantville, I had no awareness of music other than it was stupid novelty tunes from singing nuns, schmaltzy crooners from beach party moovies like Bobby Darrin, then – Lennon’s voice and The Beatles. A black-and-white world suddenly went technicolor, and the whole thing exploded into every form and amalgamation imaginable. It was wild and exciting, and I wouldn’t trade my 60’s growing-up years for anything. Hard to describe to people, how we anticipated every new album, new sounds, new challenges to the Powers That Be – the authorities at school knew they had lost control.

    It’s the only music that has ever spoken to me, ever moved me, ever fired my imagination. And to hear it live – hard to describe the anticipation for all major shows. The amplified thunder, the sublime moments.

    You carry the torch; I’ve known that. I knew it when the lights went down in Melbourne and Saturation rose to a crescendo. Thought, “these Druids carry the flame.”

    Long may you run, SK. Don’t let the light go out.

    JJ

  10. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 31 October 2006 at 3:41 am #

    Time Being never stands still. It will change and evolve like clouds….uninvited, yet welcome. Clouds become rain becomes sea becomes clouds.

    I’m MOST inspired by the man behind the Being. The man who changed his life through perseverance and self discipline. The man who embraces yoga, chi gong, swimming, healthy lifestyle, healthy eating.

    I’ve been pondering the hippy Way.

    I like what I see…

    “To be a hippie you must believe in peace as the way to resolve differences among peoples, ideologies and religions. The way to peace is through love and tolerance. Loving means accepting others as they are, giving them freedom to express themselves and not judging them based on appearances. This is the core of the hippie philosophy.”

    I listened to the man behind the Being the other day.

    It all seemed to blend with the philosophy beautifully. Just one bit rang discordantly for me. Seperating man from musician. Something along the lines of “You’re a great musician, but as a person you’re a f…… c…”

    It just jarred with me…painful, disconnected.

    No one is a f…. c….

    Their behaviour may be f…… c…ish – but not them.

    They are, we are, all beautiful beings.

    Target the behaviour, not the person.

    This is the way to integration and peace!

  11. avatar
    cita | 31 October 2006 at 6:09 am #

    thoughtful verse
    a saving grace in a weary world
    always a glimpse of magic
    a taste of the mysterious
    the mundane can slip away momentarily
    my own creative sparks begin to flare
    there is such power in that
    The Time Being is your release
    it is your reward as well

  12. avatar
    sue cee | 31 October 2006 at 7:42 am #

    now you’re talkin’
    not that you never were
    .. not just any love
    but love, the very essence of life

    And while you brought up classical music sk, have a good listen to the very very beginning of ye olde ‘Swan Lake’…I’ve heard it many times in my life but the other day I heard that section of it playing but it made my jaw drop, it was achingly beautiful.

  13. avatar
    fantasticandy | 31 October 2006 at 7:50 am #

    listened to’jammed’ last night.wow!check out the ‘dudes’nepenthine ep man,i think you’l find some kindred spirit rumblling around!’happy halloween’you bloody big blogstar.——much respect,andy L from worcester.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 October 2006 at 8:24 am #

    Happy new book about Houdini day.
    Play Espionage

  15. avatar
    retinasoup | 31 October 2006 at 8:31 am #

    Fuk yeah! Best blog ever written.

  16. avatar
    captainmission | 31 October 2006 at 8:42 am #

    i always thought space rock took music back to it’s essensse, stacia wigging out to turners sax, like voodoo, it’s tribal, shamanic, druidic, pushing through other realms, there’s a lttle taste of fear, ‘ In case of sonic attack…’ those weird sounds and beats, abducting us0, kicking down doors like dmt, loosing ego in the notes, we ride the waves and disappear….it’s like a prayer, it’s surrender, it’s sexy and it’s really special. the church carry the torch in a way so few bands do, certainly western musicians lost their esoteric root but the church seem to retain their connection, it’s stronger than ever now, and its powered by love. thats fucking cool.

  17. avatar
    Sweed | 31 October 2006 at 9:13 am #

    Rock on rock on brother, rock on….

  18. avatar
    kat | 31 October 2006 at 9:25 am #

    precious and quicksilver stuff ~ yeah 😉 !

  19. avatar
    sparkli sista | 31 October 2006 at 11:01 am #

    Killbee-you rock me baybee!!XX

  20. avatar
    verdelay | 31 October 2006 at 11:28 am #

    But what’s this?

    Old Uncle Octopus cometh!

    He’s right peeved that you took his Music Hall sha-na-na
    He’s real nasty that you’ve nicked his payola and scotch and cigars
    He’s seething that you fucked his only daughter with Rock’n’Roll

    Here he comes, all tentacles and venom with a plot and a plan and a vindictive glint in his fat, fat eyes.

    He’s waited a long time for this. A long time in a dark, dark hole.

    Old Uncle Octopus.

    He sees you catching your breath
    He sees your paunch and your wrinkles
    Your natural old age
    He sees your hesitation

    OUO strikes!

    Take this: Boy bands!
    Take this: Perverted “R’n’B”!
    Take this: Corporate imperatives!
    Take this: Cult of Youth!
    Take this: Marketing and Distribution!
    Take this: Gatekeeper stranglehold!
    Take this: Original songwriters impoverished ignored!
    Take this: Singers like crabs in a bucket, humiliated on national television!
    Take this: FM radio voices in your head!
    Take this: Suppression of passion and revolution and metaphysics!
    Take this: Whispering Johnny!
    Take this: Cocaine on your advance!
    Take this: Gold plated turds hanging around your neck!
    Take this: Take That!

    OUO smirks!

    OUO slinks back and pulls the levers and chomps on his cigar and everything is back to normal.

    And yet….

    And yet…

    And yet…

  21. avatar
    mattdavison | 31 October 2006 at 11:55 am #

    …and you all will know of SK one day, said the father to the little boy (3006 AD) But i want to be like him dad”..you will son you will………………………..

  22. avatar
    tex | 31 October 2006 at 12:23 pm #

    Nice work Verdelay – brought me well back to earth. There’s no limit to the reach of the tentacles of OUO. And what was that earlier mention of inspiring healthy lifestyles? Does that include a Camberwell Carrot of the ganja daily? Might well explain some of the paranoia occasionally exhibited in these digital rantings.

    Nevertheless Kilbey, bring some electric space rock back to your dusty old home town soon so us neglected servants of the public can be saved.

  23. avatar
    don joe | 31 October 2006 at 1:12 pm #

    Meh…Ahmen to all and sundry.

    ‘rock on for rock’s sake’

    ML,
    don joe

  24. avatar
    mattdavison | 31 October 2006 at 1:56 pm #

    Dear Lord.
    Isadore-Sanskrit
    fuccc….My fiends,nevets, lords, magicians…Lovers,wanderers Likeminded’s Please please get this track (somehow) Does this Genius history making music ever ever end.
    D, LV ya, Paul L se ya soon and dutch P (how are ya) Sue C give me y e-mail addy.. and SK as the year comes up Thank-you friend to all who come.
    MattD

  25. avatar
    John Garratt | 31 October 2006 at 2:06 pm #

    Listening to “Snowfaller” while reading this was the perfect soundtrack.

    John

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    Earn A LifeTime of Income From Anywhere! | 31 October 2006 at 2:10 pm #

    Interesting. I learn something all the time. Thanks,Steve @Car Tips

  27. avatar
    biggle boggle | 31 October 2006 at 2:11 pm #

    My fave of all your blogs…and if you keep pushing the Hawk like that, you might start a space rock revival!

  28. avatar
    PaulC | 31 October 2006 at 2:21 pm #

    ‘when i hear pete townshend n ent n moony play underture
    i feel like impossibility has been negated’
    Saw The Who at The Roundhouse on Sunday night. Ent n Moony may be gone but I was on that same mt olympus (and they did underture)

  29. avatar
    davidcwelker | 31 October 2006 at 3:00 pm #

    rock history 101, thx.

  30. avatar
    CSTCoach | 31 October 2006 at 3:24 pm #

    Yeah, thank the forking maker for rock. That sickly sweet 50’s drivel makes me physically ill.

    carry that torch and lead the way, oh choich. keep bringing light to the darkness. we need you.

    ryan

  31. avatar
    restaurant mark | 31 October 2006 at 3:28 pm #

    thanks for that one man…purrrfect! gonna print it out and hang it in my studio…needs to be read more than once.

  32. avatar
    stealthblue | 31 October 2006 at 4:09 pm #

    AMEN TO THAT ONE, KILBEY!! VIVA LA ROCK!!
    Another great instrument is the recording studio itself, no? It’s so fascinating to me how the whole thing went down…and as ususal you put it into words so eloquently. Thanks a ton for that one, amigo.
    Much love to you and yours, bro…
    BV

  33. avatar
    ambnt1 | 31 October 2006 at 4:23 pm #

    Steven,

    No mention of ambient/space/drone/chilllll??! The way it soothes your synapses n’massages your cerebral cortex? How it takes you into unreachable infinte space (outer and inner)?
    Nonetheless, a good argument for the power of R.O.C.K. Thanks.

    –Chris

    n.p. Mathias Grassow, “Darklight Quest Sessions”

  34. avatar
    Noel Christian | 31 October 2006 at 5:54 pm #

    I once said ‘music is the breath of God’ -and I believe that to be true.

    And I like the single coil Class A 30 Watt reverb-wet sparkledriven grinding chiming singing voice of God best of all these days.

  35. avatar
    nickfiction | 31 October 2006 at 7:29 pm #

    love it !!! thanks SK

  36. avatar
    davem | 31 October 2006 at 7:46 pm #

    Briiliant.
    Viva la chrunch.

    xx

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 October 2006 at 10:39 pm #

    if love makes you rock,does passion that makes you roll?

    F.

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 November 2006 at 12:31 am #

    If you must mention the beginnings of Rock and space Rock within a breath of one blog entry, might I remind you ever so gently of the greatest of all: db. Afterall, it is he whom all aspire to and began his music in the early sixties during his pye sessions…….Bowie has 50+ years of super stardom.

  39. avatar
    eek | 1 November 2006 at 2:34 am #

    anon at 11:31

    50+ years? The guy isn’t yet 60. I think you meant 40+ years.

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 November 2006 at 2:50 am #

    mmmmmm. yeah. that’s right. rock it baby like only you and the boys can do. just kep doing it.

    r.

  41. avatar
    but i have no red shoes... | 1 November 2006 at 5:40 am #

    You know your
    there
    in some light
    distant and
    solid as the ancient
    earth
    who’s night
    we are falling through

    again,
    the first,
    the last

    and we’re there
    but where is here?
    all apologies?
    all harmonies?
    all symphonies?
    all fonies?
    ponies
    prancing through your diamond
    eyed

    doggod?

    a connection
    to a hologram
    a slight of hand

    a play
    a passion
    a gift
    a presence

    all for
    the price of
    tea
    and a hot slice

    of mind
    over what
    matters

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