posted on January 2, 2010 at 5:01 am

tragic news that gregory slay
isidore drummer
remy zero drummer
died yesterday from the big C
after a short illness
he was at home with family n friends
mr slay as we called him
was energetic charismatic generous mischievous
and very very boyish n childlike
i believe he was in his mid to late thirties
a total one off character
we instantly became fast friends
we shot a video for isidore that got aborted
we hung out a bit in l.a.
including an intoxicated isidore all night studio jam
(cmon jeffrey …send me a copy!)
where i adlibbed most of the lyrics about…mr slay…
an american jack the lad
mr slay vale my man
i am shocked at yer sudden passing
i will miss your effervescent personality

i guess it had to happen eventually:
a geezer writes to me on myspace
the email is grandly entitled
“im the guy who wrote the riff in unguarded moment”
in a very nice tone
the geezer says
im sure its haunting you etc etc
but i was in such n such a band who supported you
at such n such a gig
(a gig we never actually played at, mind you!)
and church road crew recorded our show
and gave us a cassette
and gave you a cassette too apparently
which contains such n such a song
wherein you stole the riff for unguarded moment !!!???
then some very very condescending n extremely infuriating stuff
about we have all done wrong things that we try to hide etc etc
and i should make amends etc but geezer emphasizes
hes not threatening me or anything
this geezer is so wide of the mark
so pitifully delusional
everybody knows i stole that riff from the melody in ticket to ride …
anyhow i only was playing the bass part
pete n marty kinda figured out their bits
it has about as much to do with this geezer as
a fucking cod in the northern sea
yet his language is so unbelievably self-righteous
i tell ya one thing i aint ever done mr geezer
n thats sit around listening to the live tapes of bands
who opened for us in some dingy non existent pub
mr geezer my head was overflowing with songs 24/7 in them days
i never stole nothing from ya
but go ahead
sioux me!
now please dont write in my comments
oooh …why djya get so angry with that…!?
its my blogg
i get angry with whatever i like my friends
and some of this stuff is just a fucking insult
and i, like you, have my pressure points
and you know
i wouldnt have minded if they guy had written :
dear kilbey
i always wondered this
and tell me honestly now
man to man
didja rip off me riff?
a geezer
i would never of mentioned it again
to anyone
but this geezers language was thoroughly offensive
so geezer if yer reading
sorry pal
its not your riff
though you may think you have one very similar, i’m sure
and why wait 30 years
why not go me when it “happened”…?
the weather is unbelievably humid
the pool was full of ninnies
the sauna full of strangers
had a mango strawberry date banana rice milk smoothy

poor mr slay….
what a nice cat……!

31 Responses to “janus :2 faced roman god of beginnings n endings”

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    davem | 2 January 2010 at 8:33 am #

    As I was reading I was about about to say "which of the 3 riffs" until you mentioned it. That interplay between you is just one of the things which makes The Chrunch the worlds greatest band.
    Poor guy – it's probably been eating at him all this time.
    In terms of the bass riff….on Acoustic and Intimate you play a bit from one of your "two first songs" and it's the bass line from The Unguarded Moment.
    Love to you and your hangover.

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    davem | 2 January 2010 at 8:34 am #

    Huge apologies – RIP Gregory Slay. So young. Very sad.

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    fantasticandy | 2 January 2010 at 8:44 am #

    i NEVER heard 'ticket to ride' in it ever!
    i think the counterpoint of the twin guitars put paid to that.
    however now you come to mention it….
    oh yes………..

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    Thelonious | 2 January 2010 at 9:58 am #

    Happy to represent you SK should said geezer sue. Forget about him. Hope you have a great year!

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    Andrew | 2 January 2010 at 10:05 am #

    It'll always be your riff, Mr K.

    After Men At Work did 'Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree Down Under', all the chancers have come out of the woodwork. Another example of "the loveless fascination/Under the milky way tonight", perhaps.

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    cazziem | 2 January 2010 at 10:15 am #

    First and foremost, my condolences to the friends and family or Mr Slay. I never knew him, but being the proud owner of Isidore; I can certainly hear his talent and as such offer my humble respects.

    I understand your annoyance at this twerp that wants ride oh yer back SK! Me thinks he's been following the trend of the chrunch, didn't do it at the time cos he was too young and perhaps too busy supporting bands that people had actually paid to go and see!! Then our awesome chrunch sorta became what I think I'd term ‘the chosen ones.’ Not to everyone's taste; not hitting the charts worldwide every few weeks; but still out there doing what they do best – being themselves. (And thank God for that, otherwise I could have spent my whole life never having experienced the best of the best.) OK, so Mr Geezer then notices that 2009 has finally seen what long-standing fans/followers have been expecting for years and years; sell out gigs, offers of work for 2010 and lo, our own genius SK posts on his blog that things are in the pipeline for him personally in the year 2010AD. I must say though that I admire Mr Geezer's patience, however if he thinks he wrote the riff then he must think himself a musician? Fair play, I'd like to think the same of myself, but I am also wise enough and educated enough, to know that there are only eight notes to an octave and whilst there are endless styles, and sub-genres basically there’s only 12 main genres of music. Having spent all my life surrounded by music in all 12, I can honestly say that I very often hear something that reminds me of something else. I have to be honest here and say that when I first started listening to the church, which was only last year, this happened quite a lot. Then again looking back over the last 30 years and isn't that to be expected really? I then looked at the stuff it reminded me of and yes the similarity was still there, but I was not surprised to find that the church stuff preceded the tunes I had been reminded of, which really only told me that sadly the church had not been marketed in a way that would have kept them in the forefront of the music business. Thankfully SK is wise enough to know that in a lot of cases it is the rhythm of a tune or the sound of certain notes together that will trigger a composer's creativity, otherwise he'd find himself in the same sorry position as Mr Geezer! You summed it up yourself really SK in your blog on 15th December entitled ‘strange scar from a distant star’ in which you wrote ‘after a while i started to believe the barbed wire story myself'. Need I say more?

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    andychrist | 2 January 2010 at 10:46 am #


    So sorry for your loss my friend
    This need not be the trend
    This type of news….always aghast
    And I'm certain you all had a blast
    Back in the City of Angels…remember then?.

    There will always be idiots out there claiming this or that
    Let it go…let them find their own fuckin' paths…

    Chance to speak with my friend in Adelaide today.
    Says she loves it out this way and doesn't want to stay
    where her heart doesn't belong…

    WITH DEAR MR SLAY………andy

  8. avatar
    Dek | 2 January 2010 at 11:17 am #

    Everyone deserves a ticket to ride except for that dude. Don't dwell on it man – you are infinite in size compared to him.

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    Richard | 2 January 2010 at 12:05 pm #


    well I remember a time in '82 when I was taking a leak at a pub

    and I was whistling this chaotic riff that I'd worked out

    I even had some lyrics that I was half mumbling

    when in comes this skinny ponce with pretty hair and a paisley shirt

    and he says "not bad"

    I didn't know who the ponce was

    until a year later I'm at a mate's place and he puts on Seance

    and there it was

    note for note

    word for word

    I'd have remained silent were it not for the courage of people like

    so – Kilbey (if that's not just some name you stole)

    when you gonna stump up for the travel by thought royalties?

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 January 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    For some reason over the last few days I was listening online to snippets of a Cure album (Bloodflowers).

    Now, on occasion (especially with some of your solo stuff) there's been wee riffs or chord progressions (usually acoustic) that have kinda reminded me of certain kinds of Cure songs. (Not a slur, they've done some good stuff over the years)

    Strangely the opening song on Bloodflowers is called 'Out of this world', and I noticed that on its YouTube comments someone's posted that 'Friday I'm in Love' was nicked from The Church! Are you gonna Sioux?

    (Also strangely I was at the Siouxsie and the Banshees concert when their original line-up split in Aberdeen, and Robert Smith stepped in to play on some godawful song called 'The Lord's Prayer').

    Just some random reminiscing. Hmm

  11. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 2 January 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    thwarted desire

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    Anonymous | 2 January 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    dont waste ya blogspace getting wound up over ancient pathetic unjustified rubbish last night I spent nye with my 10yo gal watching the fireworks over Wollongong Harbour listening to Night Sequence above the not so soft explosions thumping the night Is there any better NYE fireworks music? went back to her mum's watched the Sydney fireworks on telly then watched some of And Now For Some Something Completely Different Its just like Little Britain she says Gawd love 'em I thought

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    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 2 January 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    In his early to mid-thirties? That breaks my heart. So unfair, so sad. It's just not fair.

    I hope there'll be a another Isidore release, though. That was one very special cd/album!

  14. avatar
    Freddie | 2 January 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    Bummer 🙁

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    Brien Comerford | 2 January 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    I'm sorry to learn about Mr. Slay. The Isidore CD is arguably my favorite Kilbey CD. There are five to six songs just on that CD that outshine the commercially successful Unguarded Moment.

    It's deadly and freezing in Chicago today.

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    matthew | 2 January 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    Yeah that reminds me… about those descending chords in UTMW… KIDDING! But what a fookin' wanker – none of us needs that kind of input hey? Take care SK.

  17. avatar
    matthew | 2 January 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    oops, might have posted my comment twice due to cerebral altered-ness… feel free to delete appropriately.

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    veleska1970 | 2 January 2010 at 6:48 pm #

    so sorry about the death of your friend. may he rest in peace.

    i wouldn't pay too much attention to the "geezer". i suspect it's just our resident anon trying to stir up more shit. he just can't seem to leave you alone.

    lotza love……

  19. avatar
    Ross Cooper | 2 January 2010 at 8:27 pm #

    Mr Kilbey,

    Sorry 'bout your Geezer issue…

    I just noticed today that the very ending of "Boom Boom Pow" by The Blackeyed Peas seems to be identical to the recurring beat of New Order's "Blue Monday," which also sounds strangely like the sounds which would emit from our primitive family stereo-system's speakers back in the '80s when they would become overloaded, maladjusted, or otherwise upset and thump out an electronic, spasmolytic beat of their own…

    Sorry about the loss of your friend, as well, at the cusp of the Year. May his Memory be Eternal.

    Peace, Ross

  20. avatar
    Bar Stool Blues | 2 January 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    Pauly Macca took my riff for yesterday, rip G Slay.

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    Hellbound Heart | 3 January 2010 at 12:46 am #

    hey guys, you've GOTTA check out the artwork in jeff vandermeer's website…..a guy called scott eagle, some really cool links and some pieces that'll blow you away….

    peace and love…….

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 January 2010 at 1:07 am #

    Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

  23. avatar
    Anakki Mayhem | 3 January 2010 at 3:23 am #

    sadness @ the loss of your friend…

    rip mr slay


  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 January 2010 at 3:42 am #

    one simply cannot write a chord progression that does not bear a semblance of something else barring something in a strange tuning like Sonic Youth or Nick Drake. Said geezer sounds like a delusional jack ass. Sorry to hear about your friend Steve.

  25. avatar
    loolaabillions | 3 January 2010 at 5:45 am #


    happy new year
    to you
    and yours

    have missed you
    and your blogg

    glad you have
    all your daughters
    for xmas
    new year break……

    am in final
    trimester for no' 3
    2 wks to go
    the humidity
    is….well lets just say
    NOT COOL!!……..xx

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    Mary | 3 January 2010 at 7:44 pm #

    wow just found out about gregory slay, im so sad to hear about that too, i loved remy zero, so sorry about that, didnt realize u even knew him, he is in a better place now 🙁 rip Greg

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    Anonymous | 3 January 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    I'm sorry for the news about Isidore's drummer. That album is a treasure we all Kilbey's fans keep like gold.

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 January 2010 at 12:30 am #

    I read that Gregory Slay had Cystic Fibrosis. God bless and rest in peace.

  29. avatar
    Melquiades | 4 January 2010 at 6:26 am #

    sorry to hear about Gregory Slay

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    Ellen | 4 January 2010 at 7:36 pm #

    I'm SO sorry that you lost a dear friend, Mr. Slay. So young. sigh…

    My mom was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in October, but she's fighting and winning … so far… Cancer is such a b b*tch!! God d*mn it!

    And I'm SO sorry you have to endure "geezers" that take it upon themselves to confront you with nonsense 30 years later! There's alot of bizarre, twisted people out there.

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    jaime r... | 4 January 2010 at 8:34 pm #

    Rest in peace Greg.. burning sage today…quite fond of the Dead Snares album n all of IsiDore.. hopefully there is another ISIDORE??? Om tat sat om.. take care..

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