posted on March 7, 2006 at 11:28 pm

hello my devotees
i know ya missed me yessaday
do ya think the reason i boycotted tuesday
was because my comments have dwindled
DOWN TO 18 ?
is it because im spoilin ya with these 24 carrot
pearls of wisdom
i am casting
before the internet swine
who do nae have the decency to
worship me with florid comments
oh steve…youre just the best
at everything….

it should at least be as goode as that
and please people
“oh you olde genius…how do you do it?”
just dont really cut it any more
i told ya
run to the dictionary
praise me eloquently
or not at all
i am not seeking yer praise
i am jus’ doin’ this to turn ya on
an hour outta my day baby
for you
because i need to tell you all this
it has to be here
time distance
have necessitated this
the germans are giving uninvited like ze clouds
a critical thumbs up
(i knew i was safe when fang-dooren
that learned deutsch sage
said he liked the drums on block)
you got it right stefano bouy
block is a great sounding song
i cant believe wallies are out there fuckin complainin’
well if you liked somethin else better
listen to that
im waiting on bondi beach tonite
between the sharks and bluebottles
to personally fucking pummel anyone
who dares critize goode yon ye olde blocke
i like it
thats all i really care about
and it rocks baybee
cmon chrissie the groupie
(which one is you?)
(sorry is it with a k?)
(sorry do you really know i mc c?)
(if so, wow)
i know block is appealing to ya
i know its rockin yer whirled fer six.
tell em
aw i know
i m preaching to the converted
i know yall love it
any way
i been doing interviiews
these last 2 nites
with germany
the guys i talk to said they really like the new record
there you go
and the germans no dummies baby
these guys actually listen to the record !!
(dont take that for granted)
they ask provocative questions
most of em know more english words
than yer average pom yank or aussie
(sad but true)
these not fickle english dudes
worried about yer haircut or whatever
pushing some gormless hopeless youth club band
for ten minutes at number one
(hello mansun fans……hello?)
god bless em
they burned bright
they did well
what a career
what a day
or kingmaker?
i do like a goode shoegazer thing
like ye olde ride and mbv
the last great sonic revolution in rock?
i reckon vapour trail by ride
to be one of the best songs ever
and the guy who wrote it is playing bass
in oasissy
go figga that fiendss
theres no just desserts
the pleasure is the pleasure
the race is the prize
i make my music
the way i write this blog
with love
i try for ya
i never ever talk down to ya
i expect that you expect the best
i dont wanna pour a load of tired olde tripe
on ya
yer too busy
too intelligent for that
so although i do fail
i am
after all
only half human
but you know i INTEND
to do something goode
i dunno
where was i?
who turned out the lights?
now i remember
i was gonna tell ya
that ive run
outta time
see yer soon

54 Responses to “jumble sail”

  1. avatar
    OTTOMT | 8 March 2006 at 12:13 am #

    Where can we read the interviews, Etienne?

    I just finished reading the journal I kept during that time we hit Montreal. Lovely that you lads enjoyed the snake, dollar and clockwork-toy tossing – wonder if that would fly these daze?


  2. avatar
    the dean | 8 March 2006 at 12:20 am #

    I listened to BLOCK and thought excelente they’ve done it again.

    Playing it to an uninitiated friend he commented ‘where’s the chorus?’ WHere’s the ferking chorass! I am currently deprogramming this unfortunate soul before releasing him back into the wild.

    Got my tickets to ye ol basement see ya there esky

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 12:21 am #

    Yes, Block does rock my whirled for six. Wish it was seven or eight!

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 12:23 am #

    SK, BLOCK brilliant, like a slow furnace, beautiful structure…the short story writer in you coming to the fore again…more importantly, am finding it almost impossible to buy tickets for your Brisbane gig at the Troubador…Church site lists ticket outlets that say they don’t know of any Church gig…Troubador just goes to answering machine…very frustrating for Church Loyalists in the Deep North…who can help? Anybody?

  5. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 8 March 2006 at 12:26 am #


  6. avatar
    mike a | 8 March 2006 at 1:00 am #

    I’ve been listening to Back w/ Two Beasts for an eternity, can’t wait to finally hear Uninvited Like the Clouds!! Though I have to say, I can play your music and never get tired of it.

    Ordered the Block EP and I am patiently waiting for it to arrive – it takes so long for us to get them in the U.S!! but I’m sure it will be worth the waiting!!

    I have to admit when you miss a day or two of blogs sk, I think, I hope nothing happened to SK!! So your bloggies are always thinking about you.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 1:05 am #

    So what was the story with Shock –
    cmon give us the gory record business details.
    & good to hear u doin ULTC gigs but $ 45.00 !!
    We expect fellatio for that
    Then again I guess U2 is $ 200.00

  8. avatar
    pjm | 8 March 2006 at 1:17 am #

    Glad to see the kind words about Ride; I was introduced to them by the same guy who insisted I learn the rhythm guitar riff to “Reptile” back in high school. (How’s that for subtle sycophancy?) (Hmm… sycophancy… there’s a fun word…)

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 1:30 am #

    yeah i roolly like your blog

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 1:38 am #

    Isnt it time to rehearse soon?
    Be gud to hear some good rehearsal blog stories…

    Maybe the consuming blog population needs you to share some more

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 1:40 am #

    Life’s a miracle – we gotta do our best before it’s time to rest..

    U’d be too fukn stoned at midnite to pummel anyone


    Dutch Pierre

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 1:51 am #

    reading everyone’s comments
    about the thrilling ultc
    launching party giggs is
    making me sickee
    and oh so jealous.
    it’s cruel and unusual
    to read the braggs about
    getting tickets
    when a whole bunch
    of us are so so so
    far away that
    we can only dream
    of being there
    even though we
    love love love
    you sk just as much
    as your aussie fans.
    (are you feeling
    truly adored yet sk?)
    if not
    let me say
    steve baybee
    you know your
    music is
    sublime and
    totally unparalleled.
    you know i
    love you
    your devoted
    wheat toast
    with apricot
    diane xxx

  13. avatar
    fergal | 8 March 2006 at 2:15 am #

    nice one sk.
    look forward too seeing u & the other crunchies at the ULTC launch in briz-vegas.
    and to the sounds …

  14. avatar
    captainmission | 8 March 2006 at 2:59 am #

    18 disiples is 6 more than the other dude. is it true that all rock stars have messanic complexes?
    i reckon there must be a way of seperating the false ones from your true ones, ie. the false ones will deny it venimously and claim to be just regular folk.
    Your authentic messiahs will take shamanic drugs, be vegetarians, have a vast amount of people who don’t like them cos they appear outspoken or opinionated and say something close to the truth, they will create rock music for smart people hence not be played on ‘top of the pops’ or whatever it is these days, and they will possibly incarnate as vishnu or some weird alien blog being, only to be (is)adored later, usually when Pepsi use them on their ads.
    Love ya work.

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 3:37 am #

    Ye nae mention the Catherine Wheel Uncle Steve?

    Ferment was a corker ‘fer the time.
    And slowdive?

    Oh well, we still have you and the Choich, Cantilever rocks just as hard as anything those kids starin at their keds ever put to tape.

    Thank you great and (vain)glorious sage!

    You entertain like no otha’.


  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 4:04 am #

    Cant wait until the Bris Gig also.
    Hope it’s electric?


  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 4:12 am #

    no , on this tour they’ll be wearing beige velour & doin the whole show on flutes

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 4:25 am #

    Seems there’s more comments when you tell the black hole what you detest rather than when you go for a nice experience.
    Aint the world a negative place


  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 4:36 am #

    Superlative, superlative, superlative

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 4:36 am #

    Hey Steve why don’t you go on a tour with Mark Gardener or Rob Dickinson? Maybe Kevin Shields could back you up too? Hey, maybe you could also forgo the Jack Frost/Isidore thing and cut an album with Ian McCulloch? Then the ego would really land – two guys who both claim they’re the best songwriters in the world. Hey by the way when’s that project you were doing with Sonic Boom coming out?

  21. avatar
    verdelay | 8 March 2006 at 5:24 am #

    Ride? I once saw GOD during the fadeout of OX4.

    She was doing a crossword. I was able to help her out with one down (before I went out like a light):

    “Not just another wooden knock off (5)”

  22. avatar
    Dig! | 8 March 2006 at 5:31 am #

    You look eloquent in praisely, is that OK!
    No serioulsy though, I got a knee injury today from jogging and listerning to block, soon as the drums kick in, I start to sprint and my knee goes hows that,could be that first sports injury someone has got from a song, well it was my first anyway.
    Yeah forgot to mention Ride as part of the great bands who played at the Palace early 90s, in my comment yesterday. Now that was a great gig! They had like this giant fan or was it a light or both , fuck I don’t know it was years ago and I was probably off mah face.
    Anyway thanks for bringing up that olde gem ride, forgot about them, have to dig that one out of storage.
    “First you look so strong then you fade away”, oh yeah baby its all flooding back now!

  23. avatar
    churchsearch | 8 March 2006 at 5:39 am #

    ULTC $45 tix INCLUDES a limited cd only available at the gigs and the chance to buy the new album.
    This is from the website dudes

    THE TROUBADOUR Ph 07 3252 2626
    Tix will be avail. SOON from or

    THE BASEMENT Ph 02 9251 2797
    Ticket only $45. Dinner & show $89. Booking fee applies.
    Doors open 7.30pm

    MANCHESTER LANE Ph 03 9663-0630
    Bookings through MOSHTIX or 02 9209 4614.
    $45 plus booking fee. Doors open 7.30pm.
    No dinner and show package. Tapas available to order on the night.

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 5:55 am #

    Don’t bother ringing the Troubadour, they never answer.
    Take it from a dude that had the same problem as the dude trying to get through now. Web is your best bet.
    Cool bar though!

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 6:08 am # aint working either.

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 6:40 am #

    Moshtix web is

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 6:44 am #

    Hey Steve,it’s been awhile since I’ve seen you. Now I’ve found your blog,pretty cool!I was alot younger then, so where you. Heyday,The Palace,the fire escape.I climbed up it to talk to you. Thanks man! You speak of Andy Bell on the bass? tall bloke yeah! late…………

  28. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 8 March 2006 at 6:56 am #

    an intake of breath from steve
    stumbling out into the murky world of miracle street
    it’s the most immediate church song
    and intimate
    maybe these boys got something on their minds
    and they’re finding a way to tell ya
    the tension builds
    little guitar parts chip away
    and slowly fill the silence
    like a mere mountain trickle
    growing into a big mighty flow
    and then, just when you think
    “oh, here it comes, they gonna rock now”
    the flanged acoustic lullabies you into bliss
    and deep space snyth arpeggios tickle your primordial stem
    “…oh my god, this is fucking good! how do they do this EVERY TIME?!?!”
    and then steve,
    god, do you love him too??!?!
    starts spillium
    his observations and thanks you
    you’re distracted by some silly thought
    “gee, this is the answer song to “welcome””
    it hits you
    this song is going to rock live!
    and you give in
    you quit analyzing
    you give in
    toes tap
    neurons form new pathways
    and you internalize
    and you fantasize
    and you’re transported
    and damn
    you fall in love all over again
    and, mother of god,
    this is only the first song on the CD?
    easy baby

    you seriously are the man, sk

  29. avatar
    Lazy writer | 8 March 2006 at 7:07 am #

    I agree!

  30. avatar
    rupert murdoch | 8 March 2006 at 7:13 am #

    Don’t think I haven’t noticed the ratings slide either, buddy-boy. If you really want that extra tub of beetroot dip on your rider, I suggest you stop it with the ‘peace, love, we’re all a vibration’ shit and get back to slagging off the meat eaters. That’s what the public want, godammit. It’s all meat and potatoes, buddy boy.

    p.s. I changed my mind. You’re fired.

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 8:49 am #

    I did some catching up on reading your blog just prior to the Academy Awards- you know I had to see Crash upset the others.

    I’ve been thinking about the Stones and how I loved the album ‘Paint it Black’ at the time. The brother who is your age taught me to dance to ‘under my thumb’…what a groovy little number.

    Yorn Utzon- what a man. Just after that Stones album came out, I used to think that the Sydney Opera House was one of the seven wonders of the world. That sounds like about the best vantage point- I hope you had your portrait taken with that background. If I had to chose between memory hits and cameras…I’d chose…..the gadget that creates a permanant legacy for all to see.

  32. avatar
    Con | 8 March 2006 at 9:37 am #

    You do so inspire!!!!!!!!

    to the greatest, most handsome blogger ever, we say hazah! and thankyou!
    and ofcourse Block rocks; how could it not.

  33. avatar
    Lily | 8 March 2006 at 9:51 am #

    Being vegetarian, chatting with beagles, wearing cowboy hats, loving Ride’s Vapour Trail, and writing some of the best songs ever…SK, you are the coolest. Your blog always makes me smile.

  34. avatar
    bdc | 8 March 2006 at 10:06 am #

    My mum’s visting, sk. She’s living in the computer room. I’ll read but you’ll have to survive without my comments (much) for a few weeks. So difficult for you, I’m sure.

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 12:49 pm #

    Steve, you ole silver bearded genius – Block is fookin’ fantastic. The end.

    Oh, btw, I’m with you on the shoegazer stuff, beautiful, beautiful music from Ride and MBV. Did you dig the stuff Kevin Shields did for the Lost In Translation soundtrack?

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 1:41 pm #

    You can see so much sole when shoegazing and glamour underneath!

  37. avatar
    le drak | 8 March 2006 at 2:07 pm #

    mmm nice ride saw them in 92 good show in the mosh leave them all behind a very nice song enjoying block locust a good piece also saw mwp solo the other nite nice work i thought you were also good with the 12 string back in 94 stevo in solo mode good pickings oh yes if you like a shoegazy gift to anyone keen but i was thinkin otherworldly when i did the solo download below btw ive had a few as you can guess band prac tonite good luck sk at the opening

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 2:20 pm #

    Oh MVB as in My Bloody Valentine,that took a while to sink in, bit slow today, fucking great album.
    I heard somewhere and don’t quote me, because you can’t as I’m anonymous(but then again if you say some anonymous person said then I supose you could kinda)that it was one of the most expensive albums ever to make.What a jag and a drum machine? Really?
    But then again editing was all tape and razors wasn’t it,we have come such along way, now any dick with two grand can by an MBOX and a DL4, ebow and reverse the reverb can now make guitar art, then again maybe not.
    I reckon MVB made the most stand alone album of the 90s, apart from everything the church did of course.
    Speaking of 90s guitar Swervedriver where pretty good as was Honeys Dead by Jesus and Mary Chain.havn’t heard the waves on that Ride album for years, good to see people here have taste,
    You Bloggod you!

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 2:23 pm #

    I think I bought everything that came out on that Creation label.

  40. avatar
    adrak | 8 March 2006 at 2:37 pm #

    while we’re on the subject of ride-nowhere- what do you think of our interpretation of ‘seagull’?
    (it’ll never be as good as those those oxford lads, though)

    ps. no more mp3 links!

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 2:42 pm #

    I want to take it all back to the mountain!

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 2:44 pm #

    I want to take it all back to the mountain.

  43. avatar
    echobaseone | 8 March 2006 at 3:45 pm #

    Do you remember the greatest of Creation bands, the House of Love? Do you remember the review they got in Rolling Stone when they compared them to a half-baked Church and the Church to a half-baked Soft Boys? Wow. Someone really did their homework. I don’t think those people even LIKE music. Is that part of the job description? oh, well, how much does it pay?
    All the best,

  44. avatar
    for with thesaurus | 8 March 2006 at 4:00 pm #

    oh you aged elderly patriarchal seasoned battered dilapidated shabby tattered ancient antique archaic antiquated outmoded passe quaint prehistoric primeval primordial genius…how do you do it?

  45. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 8 March 2006 at 4:32 pm #

    Wow that really got the comments back up thar, eh? Sadly I haven’t ordered the Block EP yet, (d’oh!) but I’ve loved everythang you’ve done SOoo..I’ll be out in a record shop in Soho the FIRST day ULTC is out, just like I did fer Forget Yourself and others. (And as fer Mac, I’ve met him a buncha times, but I wouldn’t say I *know* im! If the Church toured the US as much as they do, I’d be hanging around to talk to youse! <3)

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 March 2006 at 4:48 pm #


    U Rock
    U Rewl

    Buster Hymen

  47. avatar
    Al Renwick | 8 March 2006 at 6:27 pm #

    sk dude i think ye wur a bit rude about the mansun, feel like being a girl was quite interesting – second thoughts fair comment, bunch of tossers don’t they come from the MWP merseyside stockbroker belt???

  48. avatar
    tim | 8 March 2006 at 8:16 pm #

    Seen The Church and HOL compared to each other in their reviews a few times. Always makes me smile. I’m a big fan of both.

  49. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 8 March 2006 at 8:51 pm #

    Oh yeah, mmmm, shoegazers..! Have you heard the Stills? Even you might like ’em.

  50. avatar
    Jnfr | 8 March 2006 at 10:27 pm #

    Hi Brissy Babies –

    Just a hopeful helpful hint in the search for Troub tix, I spoke to a Rocking Horse guy and he seemed to think this weekend they’d get tix or beginning of next week. Otherwise he thought maybe just show up at the door. Mayhem anyone?


  51. avatar
    rubikon | 8 March 2006 at 11:22 pm #

    I kind of liked Mansun – they caught my ears a few years ago -I bought Little Kix – they were ok – had a bit of potential – but then i’ve always kind of liked bands who seem to have disappeared – Diesel Park West, This Picture, Scarlet Party, The Replicants, Doll by Doll – anyone remember any of those…..thought not.

    I feel sorry for the guy playing bass for Oasis – I wouldn’t wish that fate on anyone.

  52. avatar
    sue cee | 9 March 2006 at 1:10 pm #

    Rubikon – I LOVE Jackie Leven, that close enough?

  53. avatar
    rubikon | 9 March 2006 at 4:17 pm #

    Sue c – About as close as you can get – I saw DOLL by DOLL live in 1980ish playing Palace of Love – they were truly awesome.

  54. avatar
    Kev | 10 March 2006 at 10:45 pm #

    Aha, Vapour Trail, I used to run to that and other Ride. Goode one.

    I think the best shoegazing to be had at the moment comes from Serena-Maneesh, the latest odd band of Norwegian gypsies. After a few cautious listens I’m happily accepting them as the suitable inheritors of MBV’s Honey Power.

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