posted on August 31, 2006 at 6:52 am

oh im almost ashamed of myself
but i cant stop now
i have to say i have slightly adjusted my opinion of idol
first of all bobby flynn is just my cuppa tea
weirdly handsome, great hair
and you can see in his eyes this cat is gone man gone
hes a natural
hes the kinda freak they SHOULD be discovering
the wild eyed boys from free cloud
the mercurial gifted strange cats
bobby i dig ya man
i reckon ya could do pretty well without the show anyway
a zillion times better than the syrupy “boy” tripe
watch this guy
hes cool
you shoulda heard the cheer chez kilbey when bobby
got vindicated
and my stupid song got vindicated
even on this level
then surprise of surprises
a cuppla of the girls are actually good
(kilbey you olde fool this diametrically opposed to yessadays rant)
first comes on this very individual kinda girl
does this lousy song tho
and she gets outta time with the band
yep n so does everybody sooner or later
its like serving a double fault
even happens to the greats
the rodent sniffs the air and pronounces it a joke
a joke the girl numbly repeats
the rodent is unrepentent
a joke he says it again
gee how villainous
later on he comes up with such corkers as
i dont care what you think, youre an idiot
hiss hiss
what a cutting edge ubermoderne zeitgeist riding
entertainment machine, a master performer
a judge truly worthy of judgement
then comes on a very young girl
and shes simply brilliant
even to my jaded faded olde eyes
this chick got the x factor in spades
the weasely-one commands the audience
get up off yer arses
for the best thing ta ever come out of orstrayliah
so there
she was so good even he could see it
and like bobby boy
shes got her own thing goin’
very beguiling
effortlessly singing
very very goode stuff indeed
so im sittin’ there thinkin’
well i was wrong about some of the contestants
but i was more than right about mr nasty
and ya gotta understand
i aint against villains in principle
ya gotta have a villain
i understand that
and simon cowell
is a nasty piece of work in full flight
but hes fucking witty
and hes got a schtick n hes gotta schpiel
and he demolishes em but good
all im sayin is
fer christ sake
in all of australia
aint we gotta better villain than that?
a good evil nastybastard…
look i aint gonna watch it again
so it dont matter to me
what the hell am i still goin’ on about it for then….?

right now im listenin to pharaoh saunders
which was given to me by johnny garrett
in sin sin atty
yes johnny i did like meeting you
you are a no nonsense american guy
olde style in some strange way
a kinda ohian groucho marx or somethin
no johnny i didnt think you were whatever it was you said
and johnny
im enjoying this record very much
on a sadly negative side
may i enquire what happened to happy days by the c. wheel?
some of it sounds like bush…?!
what was dicko thinkin’
is this their mag among the spirits?
except for eat my dust
(which IS a classic)
its all kinda heavy riffy all pumped up
not really what i was wanting or expecting
like they were trying to be something they werent
record company pressure?
i mean it aint terrible….
but not up to dickos usual standard
tsk tsk!
in other bad news minna now has glandular fever
auroras asthma hovering in the background
and my room is a complete shambles n mess
gareth of notts, you handsome stud
please refrain from threatening talent show judges
on my blogge
my parole officer has told me im not allowed to associate with ya
melquiades cant ya trim yer poems down to just one per blog (max)
hello matt in nz
we’re talkin to some druid in auckland re a show…
but who knows
hi to the grecian urn in melbourne
you ve been such a lovely n dedicated fan for so so long
much appreciation
hi to nickfiction
all mah loverly readers
thanks for making me what i am today..
whatever the hell that is….
and channel ten
if you need an erudite urbane experienced judge
one who has actually trodden the boards
in london paris new york munich
a handsome olde devil
a twinkle in my i
a real callous judgemental nasty bastard
i might be available
but ya gotta pay me more
than hand-shandylands
have your people
call my people
and then
go tell it on the mountain
let my people go

no more idol banter
i promise

ive just discovered petra hadens acapella who sell out
effing amazing stuff!!!

97 Responses to “judge not lest ye yerself be judged”

  1. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 31 August 2006 at 8:12 am #

    safe as milk

  2. avatar
    daniel 26, 24 | 31 August 2006 at 8:23 am #

    sound as…

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    Cameras 4 Eyes | 31 August 2006 at 8:25 am #

    US Idol, not that i watch it,
    has contestants cover songs, and the original artiste comes ’round to advise and critique.

    Ozzie Idol didn’t invite The Church on to analyze the song done to death, and give the wide-eyed the low down on playing Jacksonville FL and sleeping on the floor in Milwaukee and rocking the house in Detroit and gifts of jazz given by a greatful nation?

    kids need to know the truth

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2006 at 8:32 am #

    can I have a shot of 161

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2006 at 8:38 am #

    STEVE KILBEY!!! I wish i made it past middle school. I have to look up so many words :O(

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2006 at 8:43 am #

    STEVE KILBEY!!! You should see the bastard on Hells kitchen. He physicaly assaults contestants.

  7. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 31 August 2006 at 9:02 am #

    “first of all bobby flynn is just my cuppa tea
    weirdly handsome, great hair
    and you can see in his eyes this cat is gone man gone
    hes a natural
    hes the kinda freak they SHOULD be discovering
    the wild eyed boys from free cloud
    the mercurial gifted strange cats
    bobby i dig ya man”…..

    “then comes on a very young girl
    and shes simply brilliant
    even to my jaded faded olde eyes
    this chick got the x factor in spades
    she was so good even he could see it
    and like bobby boy
    shes got her own thing goin’
    very beguiling
    effortlessly singing
    very very goode stuff indeed”……

    nevets as Idol judge?

    Now that would be cool!!!!!!

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2006 at 9:03 am #

    Sandilands is a sack of s%#t who deserves all the abuse we can hurl at him and more.
    But, on a far more interesting note, where do we get our Oct. 14th tix from?
    p.s. I like MATS. Took a bit of doing…

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2006 at 9:13 am #

    Dear Steve,

    I wonder if you have heard the new Bob Dylan record and have any thoughts on this, or indeed on his autobiography “Chronicles” vol. 1. What does Kilbey think of the older Dylan?

    Thanks, Angus.

  10. avatar
    public savant | 31 August 2006 at 9:23 am #

    Fuck it. I’ve been holding steadfastly and somewhat smugly to my promise that I would never again waste a precious second watching Oidol and now you, of all people, have dragged me into its irresistibly debasing current. Know that I will curse you and your forthright blog as I’m watching the Opera House finale, joining with a mad-house grin in the utter crassness of it all. No I say, I swear that I will only betray my intellect and sully my integrity until Bobby’s inevitable fall, for I like him very much too, and dog help me I may even feed the monster by voting.

    Anyway, some here have suggested that he would not have ever heard UTMW before one of the show’s producers put it before him. I beg to differ. The evidence is in his own song that he performed in his audition (which you forced me to watch when you forced me to visit the poxy Oidol website as a result of this whole snafu). I wish I knew the technical term for the bits that he stole from UTMW (is it a chord progression?), but I’d suggest that you and Jeff Buckley are all he’s listened to for quite some time…

  11. avatar
    Jesuskrishna | 31 August 2006 at 9:24 am #

    I’m still trying to figure out why I got booted out of an audition for American Idol just because I was trying to do my version of Celebration of the Birthday of the Elephant God.

    Too much Juice, I guess.

  12. avatar
    Jesuskrishna | 31 August 2006 at 9:37 am #

    Thanks to the public savant that posted the youtube link to Bobby Flynn.
    His song is really beautiful and yes he is obviously a J Buckley fan.
    But is that ever a bad thing?
    Maybe if you live in Memphis.

  13. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 31 August 2006 at 9:57 am #

    What the heck is happening here?

    All this Idol banter!!
    nevetS…who did this?
    You did.

    Ahhh….why fight it….first Bobby, now Lisa…..I’m bleeding well hooked!….

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2006 at 10:37 am #

    Hey, Pubic Savant, I told you not to pick that scab!

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2006 at 10:44 am #

    i beg to differ – you appear to have mistakenly identified the uk’s own simon cowl as witty rather than a knobjockey, surely some mistake


  16. avatar
    fergal | 31 August 2006 at 10:50 am #

    arh fuc#it! it appears i missed that guy doin UTMW again when he got voted thru … ah well – i got a brilliant excuse – a gorgeous 12 day-old daughter

  17. avatar
    Melquiades | 31 August 2006 at 11:16 am #

    might it be that ol Sk is running for office and he’s clearing his record of ever saying anything negative towards the carnival of Idol and it’s mediocre inhabitants?

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2006 at 11:29 am #

    That’s ok sk. I hope your girls are getting better, they’ve had some rough times this year haven’t they? Not to mention you, I hope you’re ok too.

    Love always,

    P.S. Tix for Oct 14th show are available on 6th Sept from Ticketek (that’s what I was told on the phone anyway)

  19. avatar
    veleska1970 | 31 August 2006 at 11:58 am #

    i’m sorry about minna and aurora. if it ain’t one thing with kids, it’s another!! (how’s aurora’s tooth btw? how’s elli?)

    since i don’t watch much tv, i can’t really comment or speculate on the last two days’s worth…..

    lotza love….

  20. avatar
    sue cee | 31 August 2006 at 12:11 pm #

    yep Amanda, all tix go on sale 6th Sept for the all electric shows! Sorry Fandorin, had to mention that … “electric” shows πŸ™‚

    sk, looking into Petra Haden..God Only Knows is lovely, but The Who hey? wow, will seek that out.

    There should be an anti-idol show to combat the showbiz stuff…SBS could do it with you as the host. Totally nodding with you but I really dug the irish guy who sounds like JB …keep an eye out for him in the ads if he’s still there?? Will have to check with PK lol

    But nevets, you are a lovable addictive. PLEASE dont turn on any midday shows! I know, we’re only human but some of us are still staring at the stars πŸ™‚

    For Fathers Day, I wish all your children to be well!


  21. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 31 August 2006 at 12:58 pm #

    Oh Sk, your blog is so addictive! I’m here reading it every bloody day!

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2006 at 12:58 pm #


    I forgot to watch idol tonight!!!!!!!!

    Blow Rockin’Robin,

    I thought Lydia was very very good too.

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2006 at 1:12 pm #


    B.Bon here.

    I got a heavy heart. This may not be the time or place for it , but not long after my problem started I felt like I wanted to come here for some reason…
    I dunno what that means, I ain’t gonna read too much into it.

    I got a little kid. A girl. She’s the moon and the stars and the sun to me. She’s only four. She’s got a condition, needs a bit of managing and support with it. Bad allergy. We have just been told she ain’t welcome at the local after school care (next year when she starts school (that her sis already very happily attends) because none of the staff want to do the training on administering her emergency medication. Apparently no-one in the area wnats her eaither. My ongoing employment hinges on having appropriate care for the kids during school working hours.

    What to do?

    I know it ain’t your problem, but someone has rejected my little kid and it’s not fair.

    Just needed to say it out loud.


  24. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 31 August 2006 at 1:16 pm #

    i always liked mr. gwen stefani’s band
    liked the elements of chaos and catharsis
    in bush’s music
    plus, gavin plays a jag
    and looks like a friend of mine…
    but hey, they’re still nowhere near
    my love for the church!!!
    here’s wishing you and yours the best, sk

    ps…never ever watched american idol, i refuse to, on principal

  25. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 31 August 2006 at 1:19 pm #

    “principle”, i could even say…

    “Principal Percival” was a track
    on Minneapolis’ outstanding
    The 27 Various’ debut album,
    “but iiii was a nice kid”

  26. avatar
    lee | 31 August 2006 at 1:30 pm #

    B.Bon – jump up and down a bit.It sounds pretty much like discrimination.Bandy the word around a bit.( Failing that – threaten that the black eyed bruiser known as Kilbey will be ’round to have ’em.We know now that he’s got it in him πŸ™‚ ).

  27. avatar
    John Garratt | 31 August 2006 at 1:43 pm #

    I’m glad you like the jazz, mister Steve. Someone in the Church seems to appreciate “In A Silent Way.” On the offchance it would be you, I thought you would like an album like “Karma.”

    “Happy Days” was the first Catherine Wheel album I ever heard straight through, so it does not embody that much disappointment for me. “My Exhibition” is hilarious. The chorus, the guitar solo, it all seems so un-Catherine Wheel.

    But yeah, “Eat My Dust” is superb.


  28. avatar
    veleska1970 | 31 August 2006 at 1:45 pm #

    b.bon~~can your child’s allergy doc recommend a center?

    sorry to do this here, steve, but he doesn’t have any other way to be contacted!!)

  29. avatar
    matthew | 31 August 2006 at 1:52 pm #

    Mr Killbee, have you ever listened to Grandaddy? I recommend the album ‘The Sophtware Slump’ if not… strikes me as just the kinda word plays and lyrics you might dig, as well as spacious ‘n’ ambient soundscapery. Or not… well it’s been on repeat mode a lot round here lately.

  30. avatar
    Thomas Irvin | 31 August 2006 at 2:11 pm #

    I agree the Petra Haden’s Who Sell Out is remarkable, but I wonder if I’d really care if I weren’t already quite familiar with the original?

  31. avatar
    Letango | 31 August 2006 at 2:21 pm #

    With five chillins it’s always going to be something, I suppose. The wheel turns, turns, turns. I hope all will be mild, quick to heal, and that the asthma disappears entirely. My heart bleeds for anyone with asthma. Not being able to breathe is a horrible feeling. And I know there’s a list of other horrible feelings, but not all potentially fatal.
    Oh, didn’t intend on being morose.

    Let’s see…
    You know you’ve been wearing your thong too long when at the end of the day you take it off before showering and it still feels like it’s up yer crack!

    Okay, there, hope that’s better.

    You come up with the cutest nick names, sk. Hand-shandylands, sounds like a film director.

    Have a wond -i- ful day
    full of wonder & D light

  32. avatar
    PAGEY | 31 August 2006 at 2:21 pm #

    I managed to get Bobby onto YouTube, click my name link if you people wanna see all that Steve sees in this Nick Drake sort of folkie. Vid is 6 mins 17 secs…..

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2006 at 2:27 pm #


    Get your child’s school principal involved!!! Afternoon care should be arranged by the school as they have the responsibility (a duty of care, legally known as “in loco parentis” — ‘Latin for “in place of parents”) for ensuring their students’ elementary needs are met (relevant OHS/ first aid/ medical training provided to supervisors etc). Don’t waste your time speaking to the afternoon carers! Speak to your school’s head or the Education Department.

    More power 2 u,
    Penelope Pitstop.

  34. avatar
    Joe, Chicago, IL | 31 August 2006 at 2:31 pm #

    Am I the only one whos’ just luke warm on the CathyWheel? I like their sound, and I like Dicko’s voice well enuf… but something has never really clicked for me there… the songwriting seems all left turns and elbows to me…

  35. avatar
    heatherspace(d) | 31 August 2006 at 2:41 pm #

    Thomas Irvin, I think you hit the nail on the head there with Petra Haden. I can’t complain too much though, as her rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” still makes me grin, no matter how many times I listen to it. I also have a live cover of “Wuthering Heights” somewhere on my computer, with the Decemberists, and it’s delightfully Kate Bushy and barely on-key. Have a copy of her album with Bill Frisell somwhere on my desk at work, which I think only features one cover, so we’ll see if I have a desire to maim her after listening. Was always a big fan of that dog. though.

    SK: Happy Days. You know, it’s not my favorite Wheel album (I think I actually resent Rob a little for “Fizzy Love”. Seriously), but there’s a few tracks that are worth hearing again, particularly “Hole.” (That last one’s about Kurt Cobain.) Personally, I was always baffled why “Glitter” was only included on the vinyl release in the U.S., as it’s better than almost everything on the record itself. And of course the infamous and rare “Capacity to Change.” *devil horns* It was a good experiment for them, because it meant we got Like Cats and Dogs next…!!!

  36. avatar
    starfish | 31 August 2006 at 2:49 pm #

    But what did you think of that silly nonsensew INXS talent show, where they hired a Bush-like singer. Queer stuff indeed. INXS weren’t that good to begin with. Couldn’t they have let the man who came and then went RIP?

    Why can’t somebody muster enough creativity to have a real band talent show, something akin to the old “empTV” Basement Tapes, the only brilliant flash in the pan in the history of music videodom. Even the last round of idol in the States proved people want (some?) substance over pretty faces.

  37. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 31 August 2006 at 3:14 pm #

    Oh b.bon, my heart goes out to you and your child! Fingers crossed you find a solution very soon.

    Bloody hell, how much training would it take? Lazy or what!

  38. avatar
    secretBeatinMichigan | 31 August 2006 at 3:20 pm #

    SK –

    More Aussie Idol ?
    Sounds about the same as the U.S. tripe (which I assume is akin to the Brit blather too) but I di-gress …. (ahem)…


    I am greatly purrplexed at what I read on ShadowCabinet yessterday. It seems you and the boys are doing a little EEE-LEC-TRONIC tour of the new album (“Magnetic Strip” tour) in AussieLand later this month and into the next.
    This news makes me wonder – why not give the Aussies the “acoustic” treat you gave us in America (especially the “acoustic” treat you gave us Deetroiters)? Why the switch ? Or have you been doing the acid-acoustic shindig the entire time but the U.S. was the trip’s last stop before returning to Electric Land yet again? Honestly man – I know you fellas are Space Rock Buddhas and all but I am scratchin’ my noggin’ in wonder. Who did we see this summer? What are you fellas now and where ya goin’ ? Does this really mean that “Jazzy Reptile” is lost?

    I’m a new reader to your blog – if Church questions are off limits when the band is resting please excuse my doofishness.

    Pharoh Sanders is good stuff. But the 4-CD Impulse! recording of the John Coltrane Quartet at the Village Vanguard in 1961 is …. man, it is not music – it is even more (what musicians strive to create). Try “India” if you wanna go the IPod route for starters.

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2006 at 3:20 pm #

    dear sk
    enjoyed your
    idol rant and rave
    thanks for the
    my daughter
    home sick from
    school today
    with a fever
    (the 6th day of the
    new school year
    mind you
    that didn’t
    take long
    hope your
    beautiful girls
    are feeling
    and clean up
    that mess (hee hee)


  40. avatar
    robert madore | 31 August 2006 at 3:23 pm #

    A drifting (free)cloud of Oregon’s finest and The Cath Wheel’s Wishville.
    Have you got to that one yet? Very metallic.
    Maybe it was the time it came out but it’s my fav Wheel album. Little heavy on the Marshall stack at times, maybe. Mucho dynamics.

    Idle Life. Excellent.

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    (('{~_~}')) | 31 August 2006 at 3:29 pm #

    When I read Michael Hutchence’s name I thought of an evening with friends that happened years ago. Ollie worked with Michael in Max Q and in the film, Dogs in Space. Ollie’s wife had never seen the video clips we were discussing over dinner, so I dug them out. When the video, Rooms for the Memory came on, Ollie just said “Oh Michael.” He had just realised more that 20 years later that Michael had sung the wrong lyrics to Ollie’s song and he had not picked it up during recording!

    Michael sings,

    In memoriam the clocks on the wall,

    When in fact he should have sung,

    In memoriam the plaque’s on the wall.

    Ollie told us it referred to a plaque he had seen in hospital. I told Ollie I preferred the clock lyrics anyway, it sounded deeper. Needles to say, we had a good laugh about it at the time.

    I did met Michael once, when we were introduced, he shook my hand for what felt like an eternity.

    Why do so many of the good ones die young?

    Hope you are happy wherever you are Michael!

  42. avatar
    megdog61 | 31 August 2006 at 3:30 pm #

    …Rockstar INXS was a slap in the cranium to Michael Hutchence…
    …He probably rolled over in his grave-ity and threw up…
    …Even though the Rockstar band kicks proverbial arse…
    …all those contestants should strive to play with those guys…
    …ever see that drummer, Nate Morton…he is off the charts good…

    American Idol is a glory-holed karaoke show that the public just eats up…
    …can’t figure that one out really…

    …Happy Days was my introduction to CW, and even tho it’s polished, still love it, love it, love it…

    peace kids,

  43. avatar
    megdog61 | 31 August 2006 at 3:33 pm #

    [now playing]
    Head Automatica/Popaganda

    the Raspberry’s meet the Outsiders
    meet Artful Dodger(US version)

    very cool…

    just thought I’d throw that out there my little corn muffins…

  44. avatar
    lizardlizard81 | 31 August 2006 at 3:35 pm #

    Oh, c’mon, does no one like ‘Happy Days’? The Seancers were looking for CW recommendations for new people who wanted to get an earful and, once again, I had to jump in and say “Hey, what about ‘Happy Days’?”.

    Ok, so it’s a little different, but ‘Heal’ and ‘Judy Staring at the Sun’ are great songs.

    I did find ‘snarling rockstar Rob’ from videos like ‘Crank’ and ‘Waydown’ quite different from the Rob I met in Austin & Dallas. One wonders if that was just the persona he was trying out (or being told to try out) at the time or if perhaps the experience of not hitting uber-fame the first time around with CW has some how humbled him..?

    Sorry to hear about the kiddies. I hope everyone stays well. Husband has asthma, but it only pokes its evil head out when he gets really upset — which happened just this week when some little hoodlums vandalized one of the machines at the video game arcade we own. Husband tried to ‘apprehend’ one of them, but it got away and husband hurt his hand all scraped and bruised.

    Kids these days… *sigh*


  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2006 at 3:54 pm #

    Makes me want to get thee to a runway quick and on over to Oz this fall to see y’all there. Having never been, it might make for a nice coupla nights out. I am slated to go overseas to Asia ’round the same time. What’s a few more hours and a few more songs on the Pod?

    What they all said here about Coltrane is true, but you probably already knew that. Man was beyond the spirit, already playing from another place only here on earth. Seek, listen, absorb (adsorb?) – if you haven’t already. The Pharoah learned a lot from him, though Coltrane was duly respectful.

    Hearing him was like going through a window and never hearing music the same way again. A one-way entryway.

    Stay lovely.


  46. avatar
    Gareth,Notts | 31 August 2006 at 4:09 pm #

    #1;b.bon-take story to local papers and shame ’em,usually works #2;matthew;spot on ’bout grandaddy,a damn fine band! #3 SK-only half sorry for threatening Ratman,always riles me when nobodies slag off the gifted,they must be jealous!maybe anger management is like the pill-only 99% effective!!!oh,and by the way stop slagging Michael Hutchence/INXS off.If it weren’t for my love of INXS,i’d never have discovered THE CHURCH and loads of other aussie bands,then my life woulda been quite shite!!!and give the new guy a chance,he’s no hutch(who is?)but he’s fckn good!hmmm,must resist that 1%,must resist,must resist…………..

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    smoochgirl | 31 August 2006 at 4:12 pm #

    we virgos sometimes have a hard time keeping our mouths shut, unless we’re sticking our foot in there! your rants crack me up, sk.

    i enjoy Happy Days if I’m in an agressive mood, but i rarely listen to it. it’s a little harsh for me. i bought it because i’m a fan of tonya donnely and love “judy staring at the sun.” i’m more of a shoegaza girlie myself.

    hope your girlies get better soon! πŸ™‚

  48. avatar
    ambnt1 | 31 August 2006 at 4:20 pm #


    You should check out BAND OF HORSES debut “Everything All the Time”, Seattle band on Sub Pop. Amazing album, moody semi-ambient guitar pop, a masterwork from start to finish. Was gonna bring it along w/Oophoi but ran out of time. All the Best,

    Chris in S.F.

  49. avatar
    dean9000 | 31 August 2006 at 4:29 pm #

    And I thought the last blog was addressed to me πŸ™‚

    I gotta make it a point to meet you in person next time you are trolling our corner of the globe..

    maybe walk around aimlessly with a bottle of jager and a red bull

    that’s what I would need to consume to watch that american idol tripe…

    After your colorful descriptions I would like to see this Aussie version myself… perhaps utube has it

    take care stevo..
    keep the fam in meds.


  50. avatar
    stealthblue | 31 August 2006 at 4:30 pm #

    Great blog, and good attitude regarding the “Idol” I suppose, but talk about a 180!! I still can’t quite embrace the concept of it however, and I honestly did not care too much for the rendition of the song. If it works for some folks, then it does….and the fella digs UTMW so that’s cool. He looks like the dude from Wolf Mother, right? I guess that is the in look, or what is coming back, kind of Bolanish.

    A couple of great mentions on the blog today as well as comments: Groucho Marx (huge fan of the Marx Brothers…Trivia: Did you know there were actually 5 brothers, and they were basically forced in to show biz by their mother? Only the three; Groucho, Chico, and Harpo became what is known as The Marx Brothers) I ‘d say that is a big compliment, John G.! This is a shout out to the realm of beyond. Michael Hutchence was quite talented in my opinion, It was very sad the way he went, same with Kobain, same with…the list goes on.

    Personally, I kinda like BUSH (no pun indended) πŸ™‚ They have a pretty cool, crunchy, yet refined sound. Kinda like a lot of bands that we seem to enjoy. Lately there is a lot of discussion about Rob and CW. Granted, “Happy Days” is a real cruncher, it is one of those records that isn’t really a fair representation of the band, although, personally, I really enjoyed it for a while because it was just loud and punchy. But, if you really want to give Catherine Wheel a fair shake, perhaps try listening to the older stuff like “Chrome” and “Ferment” These two are great records and the band was still pretty young and sinking into a groove. I think you are right, Steve, ” it seems like “Happy Days” was more of a record company push fueled by excess, maybe even a “Mag. A. Sp”. After that, the records variate in style and speed, and one album “Wishville” (their last?) was REALLY trying hard. You could tell the guys needed to do other things. Now, who knows? Perhaps there is a new CW record coming out in the future? If anyone is interested, the other members of Catherine Wheel (sans Rob) have a band called “Fifty ft Monster” that is really good as well.

    All the best, everyone…

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    stealthblue | 31 August 2006 at 4:49 pm #

    Hey Smoochgirl,
    Good point about the VIRGOS! πŸ˜‰

    B. Bon,
    I just read about your problem. Depending on there you live, I believe you could get an organisation involved like the
    Dept. of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) or (similar Title V agency). I only say this, because where I work, it seems like I hear of cases like these that require assistance by politics etc. I really hope some one is able to help you out…

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    Anonymous | 31 August 2006 at 5:00 pm #

    Ok, i don’t care if ya made the damn thing. magician is a great album.

    y’all could have benefited from some more linda neil VIOLEN-CE in the nicest of h’ways.

    The title song itself is one of the great midperiod mood peices by yon choich.Albeit left hand monkeywrench

    And 9i think i’m gonna’ commit some heresy here…..

    Sometime Anywhere had some cowpies on it. Coulda’ been a single disc if ya ask the glynnis. But no one is! Ha.

    That being said…i hope the doodles get better and i sincerly hope you pick up your room.

    Good luck with the electric australian tour. Us meat eating, suv driving americanos only get the a-koo-stick
    version of the church. sigh sigh.

    I envy you australian readers.


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    Padders | 31 August 2006 at 5:08 pm #


    and you thought you needed to get erotic on us to up your readership?! Sounds like the world of Booby thin whoever singing UTMW on this idle show has had the same effect.

    Bring on the sex talk so we can do a comparison !!

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    JJ | 31 August 2006 at 5:49 pm #

    All this Idolatry! 164 comments yessaday, what to think?

    Glynnis J – I’m with you; love Magician, always transports me to another place, mentally, perhaps physically – I just suddenly return once I open my eyes again. Hell, I love Romany Caravan – I turn that up in the car stereo until the windows throb, the ethereal, serpentine lines of Linda Neil calling and seducing me. Visited Houdini’s museum in Appleton WI once; he hated that town and they hated him – I understood why. He was quoted once as saying his best trick was escaping Appleton. Died on Halloween; how strange.


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    JJ | 31 August 2006 at 5:53 pm #

    Oh yeah…afterthought…the list of Australian artists/bands: Hoodoo Gurus were up there for me; Faulkner & Shephard.


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    The Other One | 31 August 2006 at 6:04 pm #

    Oh, dear, I knew you were going to think exactly what you thought about Happy Days. It sounds bushy but strangely bushy before Bush “””broke through”””. I recall the first major call to Bush (?) in mainstream rock via “Comedown” music video (oh, MATS in obscure reference again) in 1996, no, it was late late 1995 indeed. So it was simultaneous, I think. The generation factor plays at hand here. Everyone was trying to do the same thing to get mass media’s attention (isn’t it always like this with the difference that some times there is almost nothing substantial to hold onto?).
    That was the worst phase ever in rock music, those were supremacy of mediocrity (The) Times filled with the most disposable bands acting like they were superimportant when they were uninventive, souless and tried to mask their melodic inaptitude with ringing guitars and their synthetic weight. Think of Smash Mouth, Fastball, Deep Blue Something, Dishwalla, Everclear, Sugar Ray (oh, yes, the we’re-so-funny troopers of the class), Nixons, Barenaked Ladies (wink)…and my God, I’m ashaming myself to remember these names. But all of them had to sound “American” in the most burlesque way.
    Well, I guess I was inclement to post-Happy Days Catherine Wheel because of the pumped volume trauma, you know. I’m downloading Adam & Eve. I’ve listened to “Futureboy” so far and… it has that quiet/explosive quality of “Eat My Dust” and it sounds like the b-side of the interestellar ship where Major Tom is travelling in the 00 decade. And the lyrics should be blowing through space supermarkets’ speakers. Thank you for mentioning this gem. Maybe I overlooked Adam & Eve which can’t be so unwise.
    Hmmm, I don’t think Magician is an attempt to get into that commercial late 90’s vein (if that was what you meant) but I always felt dizzy and somewhat uncomfortable listening to the late 90’s Church records=MATS and Baal (and couldn’t tell why). Today I think you were wearing guises even to yourselves, searching for inspiration more than tapping into it but I can’t see the present efervescence without those muddy experimentations. I know many personal ingredients got in the way too but I’m not touching them.
    Hmmm, “Milky Way” was on MTV at 4am while I was painting my newborn mannequeen. It’s strange… more and more I think “bye bye, past, you were such a journey but I prefer it now”. I’m not just talking about Music.


    I wish the best to Minna and Aurora. I’m gonna concentrate on them on today’s Siddha Yoga.

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    Letango | 31 August 2006 at 6:07 pm #

    Pagey, thanks for putting the clip on Youtube. Now I can watch it! Bobby is awesome. Like his vocals and the dude’s got HEART. Maybe just a little relaxer in the hair though.

    Go Bobby Go

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    robert madore | 31 August 2006 at 6:11 pm #

    I just found my latest HARP magazine in the post office box this morning… Wherein “Uninvited” get’s a nice review ending with:

    “Thank to the Lord who created all this”, murmurs Kilbey, in his darkest, most haunted baritone, and like hearing a particularly potent ghost story, you can’t help but shudder with delight.”

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    Krissythegroupie | 31 August 2006 at 6:15 pm #

    Sk as a judge on the Idol show=adorable! In fact, why not just yer own reality show? Hell, you ‘n yer fam seem more interesting than Hulk Hogan, Flava Flav, the Playmates, and effing Bobby Brown, and I watched all those shows. It could be called the Time Being Steve Kilbey! Wait, or maybe Kilbey Knows Best. I’ll stop now.

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    ambnt1 | 31 August 2006 at 6:18 pm #


    P.S. about BAND OF HORSES. Artists that come to mind: Neil Young, Dinosaur Jr., Daniel Lanois. Vocalist’s high pitched voice smacks of Young along w/Jay Aston of Gene Loves Jezebel(!). God these guys are friggin’ GREAT. I hope you hear this one someday if not already have.

    As I don’t listen to the radio, watch Em-tee-vee, or search out new bands (heard Band of Horses in a record store and immediately bought it), was wondering if you could post your top “new discoveries” in a blog sometime. I trust your opinion/judgment 100 percent.


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    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 31 August 2006 at 6:32 pm #

    there should be no need for reality shows anymore, me have been founded…

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    Queen Hatshepsut | 31 August 2006 at 6:41 pm #

    Hope the doodles n’ twillies n’ bumper all either get healthy and/or stay healthy…as long as kids can!!! As Veleska said, with kids, it seems to always be something! Kiss ’em, love ’em…but don’t let ’em watch Idol yet. Keep their innocence! LOL! (The older girls probably have their own pop idols to love huh? I just dropped my own furry 11 year old off for surgery earlier; aye, she’s just a cat right? But she’s my baybeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! It hurt to feel her trembling with fear in my arms. Kids, animals…crazy biology!

    P.S. B.Bon – as a teacher of small children, your post hurt me! The big kids above me are right – get the Principal involved if it’s a school program, get a doctor’s note, start making serious noise – this is blatant discrimination. I understand the fear of a lawsuit if something (God forbid) happened to your child while medication was being administered, but guess what? As teachers and caregivers of young children, we all have to learn CPR, etc. and we’re obligated to DO SOMETHING if a child falls ill. These people shouldn’t even be working at an aftercare facility if they don’t have the balls to step up to the plate and take care of the kids the best they can – No child should be discriminated against. (I bet yours is a sweet lil’ pip.)

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    calling down baal and zeus | 31 August 2006 at 6:44 pm #

    good after every one ,…

    about a mont ago , i saw on you tube, a video ” inspired by the music of steve kilbey”

    very cool ,..beach and sand and imposed imagery with people talking bout their first memories they can remember ,..child hood memories,..

    really beautiful ,.. any way i cant find it any more

    has anyone here seen this if so ..

  64. avatar
    veleska1970 | 31 August 2006 at 9:28 pm #

    ahhh……..right now at this very moment, at 4:20 on a thursday afternoon, i’m being serenaded by the sweet, smooth voice of steve kilbey coming from my radio crooning UTMW….i love this dallas station. plays it all the time!!


    this comment wasn’t really important i guess, but only to confirm that nobody can do this song like the church and steve can!!!!


  65. avatar
    Letango | 31 August 2006 at 9:58 pm #

    Hey, B.Bon You might want to look into this Bill…

    HR. 4063: Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act of 2005

    managing the risk of food allergy and anaphylaxis in schools.

    Here’s a link. Contact your State Health Department, Congressman and School board to find out more and see if your State already has a policy in place.

    Also helpful:

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    mattdavison | 31 August 2006 at 10:42 pm #

    U are def the magician among the spirits Mr Killer!!Yep thanks for shutting up about Idol I WAS FEARING YOU WOULD START ON GREYS ANATOMY NEXT.. (SIGH) Hey If ya Aucky druid is Eccles than I hope ya can nail em for Nov, round U2 as there will be nevets from as far south as Antarctica in the Aucky region… I am drooling at the lip in anticipation……
    Quick where’s the valium.(Manuka honey in goblits back stage eh! Transmission room or Studio in K road are the venues… the later was concidered the best in the world by Athlete and Radio’head for a 6-700 pax.sure you will see a much more vibirant place than in 87.

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    syrinx | 31 August 2006 at 10:49 pm #

    Dear B.Bon,

    I realize we live in very different places and I do not know the ins and outs of your system, but I am related to a retired certified RN who has worked in every field of nursing including school health care.

    I am just trying to put a few words in your corner, as I have a niece who had severe special needs and that made what you said about a condition of allergic reaction – that no one wanted to take the time to LEARN THE CARE PROCEDURE – it made me angry. Here is a good phrase: LEGAL ENTITLEMENT.

    If you pay taxes, any individual in a public school is as entitled to medical care as any other student. In our school system it boils down to this:

    1) school must be informed of a specific need

    2) a care plan WILL be written out, well-documented and under the discretion o a doctor (of course), because

    3) “No student shall be denied equal educational opportunity because of disability, age, marital or parental status, EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS, national origin, race, religion or sex. This is from ages 3 – 22, inclusive.”

    In a regular classroom, not special ed, my neice who is in a wheelchair was given an aide to help her out in the early grade years and beyond. They also accomodated a child who had to use a ventilator in that same classroom. The world did not stop.

    Allergies are serious business. But the education needed to deal with one, and it will come up again and again – so many children have allergies – that the fact people who work in a place of LEARNING do not want to learn the procedures. I mean what the fucking hell??

    I also realize that consent forms and liability forms and all sorts of things too complicated for me to grasp are in play here, but let’s get back to LEGAL ENTITLEMENT TO EDUCATION.

    I again understand we live in different places, but some of the facts have to cross the lines, certainly the principles, and as a taxpayer you are entitled to everything you pay for. I just hope this note tells you someone is outraged on your behalf. My neice with spina bifida, who received an aide and extra accommodation – kid is ten now and smarter than all of us in the family put together. Refusal to learn proper care for dealing with allergic reaction?

    Insane. Do the teachers have insurance that covers them if they come across something nasty in the cafeteria?


    I hope once things are less tense, opportunities to remedy this make themselves apparent. Good luck in getting this sorted beaming out to you.

  68. avatar
    steven koontz | 31 August 2006 at 10:49 pm #

    from one steve to another…

    your observations/introspection/ramblings/eludications/diagnoses/perusals..
    brighten these days for me…..

    epigrammatic expression one the “forte” level, my friend!

    thanks for letting me share my photographs with everyone!

    steve koontz
    high point, nc

  69. avatar
    edstephan | 31 August 2006 at 11:03 pm #

    I quite like Magician Among the Spirits – probably my favorite Church album. But you are right about Happy Days – good but probably weakest of the bunch.

  70. avatar
    syrinx | 31 August 2006 at 11:07 pm #

    Now that I have delivered myself of some outrage, the kabbalist sage living in my mailbox popped this one out for today:

    “The energy of Virgo is here to pilot us back to our God-given gifts, to push us to really believe in them.”


    That..that sounds sort of like.. someone familiar. I dunno. It’ll come to me later.

  71. avatar
    syrinx | 31 August 2006 at 11:13 pm #

    I love Magician Among The Spirits. It sounded different. Different is good. But it was still you guys. The first night I played it I felt compelled to put it on repeat for HOURS and sketched like I hadn’t sketched in years.

    MATS = good too


  72. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 August 2006 at 11:40 pm #

    I love pastel shades of brown!


  73. avatar
    SFPM | 31 August 2006 at 11:50 pm #

    you weirdo Dutch… found a shag yet???

  74. avatar
    ZINKFISH | 31 August 2006 at 11:51 pm #



  75. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 September 2006 at 12:41 am #


    mats was crackin good old boye.


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    Anonymous | 1 September 2006 at 1:01 am #

    hey b.bon.,
    I am a “nice” polite southern girl, but doesn’t it just grab at your gut and piss you off to the fuckin core when someone is insensitive to your precious ones ? I feel your pain. You do what it takes to get what you need to protect your babies. Fuck that place. Remove your other child immediately and tell others to do the same.Would they know what to do if a child was choking, broke their arm, had an asthma attack, etc.? I know how you feel to have to work and leave your child in the care of others. Find a new place or person that you feel secure and safe with.

  77. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 September 2006 at 1:07 am #

    Dearest Zinkfish,
    Yeah , ur sister actually – why hasnt she spoken to u for 10 years?

    Will ya do Just for You on this tour – please.

    Dutch Pierre

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    matt | 1 September 2006 at 1:20 am #

    A question for you Mr Kilbey, if I may be so bold.

    Do you honestly think MATS is such a dire album, or was your comment merely reflecting its (slight) inferiority to masterpieces such as P=A and ULTC?

    I only ask as I quite love it . . .

  79. avatar
    Melquiades | 1 September 2006 at 1:54 am #

    How about if I haiku?
    Would that allow me at least three?

  80. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 1 September 2006 at 2:54 am #

    you mentioned Neil Finn earlier somewhere
    I’m currently giving a lot of play to
    Tim Finn’s solo debut from 1989
    it’s very pleasing

    did you hear the last
    Finn Brother’s CD?
    “Everyone is Here” from 2004?
    Now that was an absolutely
    outstanding CD,
    it very much reminds me of your AENT
    in it’s elegance, pace and grace

    Peace eskay,

  81. avatar
    nickfiction | 1 September 2006 at 3:08 am #

    Steve, cool to be mentioned in thee blog!!! Glad you are home safe , I am still following your blog daily. Nick

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    Anonymous | 1 September 2006 at 5:21 am #

    Yet another long-time fan says….

    Magician among the Spirits and (also mentioned) Sometime Anywhere are both fabulous and I wouldn’t want to be without them. A little uneven and wandering (stylistically) maybe… The 2nd disc of Sometime is essential stuff i think.
    Two of my favorite ever chrch songs from these discs:
    1) The (ubiquitous) Time Being, (from S.E.)
    2) Man, (from M.A.T.S.)
    Both soaring, profound, mystical epics in the best Chrch tradition.
    I could go on praising these records (I’ll spare ya), but please, Mr. Kilbee, don’t despise them!

    C. Escherbach

  83. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 September 2006 at 5:50 am #

    Bring me Kyle Sandilands head on a stick !!!!!!!!!

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    sue cee | 1 September 2006 at 12:03 pm #

    b.bon im sorry for your plight. I work with kids and we take every training possible to cater for whatever is needed to help out, so one thing I must stress is that I wouldnt want my kid in a place that doesnt care enough to care, I really hope u can find an answer.

    Steve, have you cleaned up your room yet? !

  85. avatar
    altrez | 1 September 2006 at 2:06 pm #

    ah, rimbaud!

    at least that’s one cocksucker that we can be thankful for.

    rocknroll for ever baby!

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    the passenger | 1 September 2006 at 3:15 pm #

    here’s to all them kids recoveries xxxxooooo

    INXS: why is it everyone in the world is always telling that band what they should and shouldn’t be doing? They got unfashionable as rat poison long before Michael opted out, sad but true… And you could hear the predictions of that in the final records too, it’s there in the lyrics… But that cat could sing like the hottest hootchie coo, the coolest, saddest soulful loop, the cheekiest brass razoo – man, what timing, WHAT FEELING! – and an awesome stage performer. So the band weren’t ready to call it quits? Good rockin to ’em I say, and for once everyone get off their backs and leave them to it. They seem happy with JD Fortune and he sings like Michael’s ghost sometimes, (spooky but who’s to dictate what the hell you do when your singer dies) and he can write, and he can entertain, and he loves their music. their fans want INXS and they want to be together. That show had an awesome staging set-up for TV. Why won’t everyone just leave them to it? Michael would want them to go on, to be happier than he got the bloody chance to be, with the English and Australian press breathing down his neck. INXS = Free Birds. Great band, great guys – they’ll be spinning Just Keep Walking and The Swing and By Your Side long after most of the current darlings have packed up and gone home. That band has slugged their absolute guts out on the raod and paid their dues a billionfold. Leave ’em be


  87. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 September 2006 at 3:17 pm #

    and thanks Nick Launay for the Original Sin

  88. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 September 2006 at 5:16 pm #

    I like Sydney yobbos like that red-headed twat on Idol. They make me feel civilised, like I’m watching Babylon in the distance. I’ve been listening to some of the old Church stuff, too, and I really like your lyrics. Very spiritual. I remember art, and I really miss it. Keep it up, Milky Bar Kid. Simon.

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    DJK082067 | 2 September 2006 at 4:49 am #

    Another amazing analogy. Witnesing you in Chicago during an acoustic set was magic. If only one wish could be fulfilled is to return all ampep up and tear thru a cataloge of unplayed treaures. Starting w/ my new found classic “Unified Field” and slashing thru the underated P=A and Sometimes Antwhere. But those are only hopes and dreams. See you next time when you roar thru the states, Otherwise take care and enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation, You deserve it for the shear power you brought thru our 2nd to no city…Chicago

    Enjoy and treasure each days light and darkness.
    Always a devoted fan,

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    captainmission | 3 September 2006 at 4:24 am #

    i heard they made a reality tv show about meerkats, it’s like a soap opera with people narrating the voices, and meerkats having affairs, dramas and stuff, just like in human soap operas. only trouble is they all look very similar.

  91. avatar
    sue cee | 3 September 2006 at 4:54 am #

    I had no interest in INXS by the time MH passed away but still feel so sad at his death. ‘Dont Change’ still makes me happy hearing it…love that one a lot and Dogs In Space movie, wow was that ’87?? .. Rooms for the Memory…(that haunting scene down the staircase).. great story about Ollie’s lyrics

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    DJK082067 | 3 September 2006 at 7:21 pm #

    SUE CEE…after MH passed their was a huge void. INXS marched on anyway they could. I started watching last years “Rock-Star-INXS” because I had a friend on it. I live in Chicago and we had 2 reps. After J.D. won I was skeptical. My wife wanted to see them live so $$$ was shelled out and saw them in 02/06 (slightly immpressed) then they came back to a smaller venue just outside of Chicago in May/06 and my wife shelled out $$$$$$$$$$ to be within 10 feet of INXS and her new found love (J.D.). I was more impressed. I bought their CD the day it came out on 11/29/05 and YES there is cheese oozzziinnnggg from some of the tracks. But at least 3 songs are brilliant and I can see MH lookin down and being proud. If this was not all a hoax/$$$ scheme and they go back in the studio w/ this current lineup…just maybe, they can create art like B4. Remember…yes it was a silly T.V contest…but it ultimately was an audition and if you can forget about the poorly created T.V show and give this new INXS a chance it may/may not change your mind….BY the way, They ended both shows w/ “Dont Change”. HUGE power surging after a 1 1/2 hr show so hopefully that MH was again looking down and grinning ( DC also on my top 3 fav. songs from the other boys from down under).

  93. avatar
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  95. avatar
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  97. avatar
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