posted on January 16, 2008 at 7:35 pm

killer wakes before dawn
a wild night
sydney has turned cold and deserted
the wind bite bite bites
it comes in unexplained
all night long
the triffids songs go round in my troubled dreams
somethings got me so itchy
standing in the warping auditorium
im all mixed up
its all mixed up
im singing the wrong words
im leading the wrong life
it almost seems right and then…..
strange day the day before
took evie starr and the woofle to the beach
the sun is irradiating out there
oh ocean is soothing cold clear
i catch some little waves
woofle (looking more and more like dr seuss creature)
the woofle plays in the sand on the shore
in her pink zip up swim suit
occaisionally a wave reaches her and she breathes a ooohhhh!
she asks lotta questions all the time
dad whos that?
dad whats this?
dad where ya been?
shower ok , dad?
shops, dad, back soon?
last nite i held the woofle on the balcony
she’d been annoying the other 3 trying to watch something
we looked at the moonless sky
moon gone hinda clouds dad ?the woofle almost says
i start to sing moon river
she leans back away from me
and gives me a poignant meaningful look
oh that song….of all songs…!
she clings on tightly tightly to me
he face pressed dramatically into my neck
her chubby little arms squeezing for all theyre worth
scarlet is a super senser of anything marvellous
she acts like we’re an old married couple
and moon river is “our song”
i must admit i do a nice croony version of it
out there in the foggy night
wider than a mile…im crossing you in style, one day
something dave mccomb might have written almost
why does the woofle carry on like this?
shes been here before, baby
oh you cant get like that at 2
shes sentimental n nostalgic for times long past
she still feels her memories
buried deep deep down
she aint no first time arounder
(none of us are presumably)
anyway we stand on the balcony in the night
with the chalk and the little toys i keep treading on
with the withered vegetables in planterboxes
and fleshy shrubs
towels hanging on railing
kids swimmers carelessly hung
the beautiful white flowers in the garden next door
the diffused lights of sydney
my little woofle childe like a baby beethoven
her wild hair
her broad forehead
her deep blue eyes
that look out at you so knowingly
woofle i couldnt bear anything to happen to you
the rehearsals have been going well
im getting on very well with everyone
ricki says that everyones happy with me
oh i like that
oh i do like it when everyones happy with me
oh i want to please the triffids and the audience
mick harveys a lovely bloke and a good singer to boot
chris abrahams on piano
what an amazing piano player oh how i wish i could be like him
and he is
the sweetest nicest most ‘umble geezer
melanie oxley singing beautiful versions of daves songs
sister to jeremy n peter from sunnyboys fame
again a nother lovely person
toby from youth group
a big triff fan
a warm mellifluous voice
rob snarski a real singers singer a creamy voice
his brother mark deep and resonant on bury me deep in love
the triffs emselves are an idiosyncratic bunch
they are each perfectly apt on their respective instruments
graham lee running the show plays exquisite steel n lap guitar
jill on keyboards plays in a very triffidy way
she steps out to sing occaisionally
and raining pleasure is a show stopper
“in your arms i believe its raining pleasure”
marty on bass now in bad seeds with mick h
a propelling bassist who drives the entire band
he just plays n plays n plays
instantly recognizable style
hes borrowing my bass cos its so good
alsy on drums is inventive thoughtful and unique
rob mccomb is just right on guitar violin n a mean harp
ricki is cramming cramming cramming to learn everything
im trying to take too much in at once he says
nonetheless hes coping well
mick harvey jumps in on the xylophone or vibes
its a small orchestra
a tall thin suntanned weathered looking geezer
prowls around snapping shots
i get it in my head that its the other mccomb brother
he checks me out occaisionally
steve miller from the moodists is there
as an m.c. i guess
a few people at rehearsals are surprised by my dedication
and the way im throwing myself into these songs
steve miller is one i guess
he enthusiastically shakes my hand after i belt out my numbers
“youre…..youre…..(grasping for a word)…good!”
thank steve i hope so
these songs are some of the best ever written in rock
we do field of glass the ten minute epic
including weird spoken n screamed passages
thats right scream
i turn into joe cocker spaniel in this one
after i finish field of glass rob jill n marty say good job
jesus… daves were big shoes to fill and i need encouragement
when i sing the songs however
something takes over
i get sent
“sent” a word my dad would use in humourous awe
when he saw a muso or singer going off his head whilst performing
“look slim, hes been sent” hed say n we’d have a laugh
now im getting sent with daves songs
i walk around trying to get a look at the “3rd mccomb”
he looks bit like rob n dave
but he looks like a wizard too
i see him deep in conversations with various triffid alumni
i suddenly deeply need his approval
oh i hope he likes how im trying to do these most important songs
then unexpectedly we’re introduced
steve do you know….i cant hear his name over music
the guy smiles his strange smile
he makes me feel like a kid
hello he says and shakes my hand
have you met before ? says someone
how could we ? says the guy
we only just got introduced!
he walks off
i still dont know who he is
is that another mccomb brother? i ask
much laughter
it turns out its bleddyn butcher
i do mean legendary photographer for english NME
he was photographer du decade in the eighties
hes writing a book on triffids
he took loads of pix of em back in the day
when they were feted as superstars in england
too much wild acclaim n too much record co pressure
their calenture record an equivalent of our gaf
all drum machine souless n underdone
fighting against idiots in record co etc
wow bleddyn butcher, huh?
gee hes an imposing kinda lookin’ character
various peoples approving of my field of glass
including mark snarski sending me up a little
cos i was overdoing the “satchmo” stuff
thats right satchmo
and if ya cant beleave yer urbane olde hero
is singing like satchmo get yer bum down the metro
sydney, nsw aust
darling wife coming on sun night
should be real good by then
oh jericho!

32 Responses to “just an aphorism for every occaision”

  1. avatar
    matthew | 16 January 2008 at 9:38 pm #

    Oh I wish I could get there! Cool scenario you painted, loved the Woofle anecdotes too, very sweet.

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    davem | 16 January 2008 at 9:41 pm #

    Moon River eh? Have you got any cookies Killer?? πŸ™‚
    And crikey…I hadn’t realised you were “good”!!!!
    Sounds like they’ll be brill shows…please let there be a DVD.

  3. avatar
    heather | 16 January 2008 at 9:44 pm #

    bugger! that’s gonna be a gig not to be missed

    you know grant loved moon river


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    princey | 16 January 2008 at 9:55 pm #

    Wow, sounds like it’s going to be an amazing 4 nights of magic sk, it’s really killing me that I’ll be missing it all!!! To hear you sing Stolen Property, my god!, it’s so beautiful, a tear jerker, and I’m going to miss it..noooo!!. If there’s any lucky Sydney fiends going tonight can you PLEASE illegally tape it!!
    Anyway, have a fantastic night tonight sk, I’ll be thinking of you and what I’m missing:(
    Love Amanda

  5. avatar
    princey | 16 January 2008 at 9:57 pm #

    P.S. What you wrote about little sk, melted my heart, she’s gorgeous! Do you remember what I said about her future, it’s going to happen, trust me!
    Love Amanda

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    Fireseed | 16 January 2008 at 10:37 pm #

    funny how our kids’ nicknames have almost converged…

    our little daughter hannah started off as the ‘woo’ and somehow morphed into the ‘woodle’ along the way!

  7. avatar
    veleska1970 | 16 January 2008 at 11:05 pm #

    such a sweet story about you and scarlet, up on the balcony….

    sounds like it’s going to be a fantastic show. wish i could be there.

  8. avatar
    melissa | 16 January 2008 at 11:49 pm #

    Lucky devils, those who are able to attend these shows .. what an amazing lineup of talented souls! Loved reading today’s blog, even though all the while I was thinking how much I’d love to be there! Saw Mick Harvey performing at the Northcote Social Club recently .. brilliant πŸ™‚

    oooh, you talking about Bleddyn Butcher reminded me that he will be at the Nick Cave exhibit at the Art Centre in Melby, so for anyone who is interested ..
    ‘From Nick Cave’s Bedroom to Euchrid’s Crib
    A hosted forum with Australian photographers Peter Milne and Bleddyn Butcher. Gain insights into the world of rock music photography and stories behind the photographic shoots of Nick Cave.
    15 February, 6pm.’

    Hope the Triffid’s shows go amazingly well .. looking forward to hearing more about them.

    Love reading about Scarlet too .. she sounds like a beautiful li’l soul πŸ™‚

  9. avatar
    the dean | 16 January 2008 at 11:57 pm #

    Save some voice for sunday night,
    I’m traveling up the coast to be there. I’m excited.

  10. avatar
    matt davison | 17 January 2008 at 12:15 am #

    “why is all the good stuff happening in Sydnee….” Manne I gotta move up there







    ITS THE SHOW..”baby”

    I hope you all like.. It was a lot harder to make, then any of us thought.

    …let it rouse you

    (don’t pick it to bits)

    let it secretly enchant you..


  11. avatar
    Richard | 17 January 2008 at 12:27 am #

    Calenture may’ve been overcooked, but Trick of the Light is such a fantastic song.

    Anyone doing it tonight?

  12. avatar
    freddy mercurial | 17 January 2008 at 1:06 am #

    This might sound a bit funny, however I just wanted to say that I’m really proud of ya for doing this Triffids thing. From all your honest rants and ramblings in your bloggy, I get a sense (and you’ve also obviously hinted at the fact) that a number of years back this is the exact sort of thing that you may have never taking the time to get involved in -for a million different reasons.

    Anyway, it sounds like some of the folks in the Triff’s ensemble are enjoying getting to know you, and that can only be a great thing. It’s interesting that, even though you are all from the same back yard & everyone sort of knows who the other person is due to the fact that most of you have been in the oz biz for a while, that when it comes down to it, many of you guys have never ever interacted on this level with each other.

    Well done for taking this on.

    David’s probably saying to himself with a smirk “Kilbee? – Who would have thought?!”

    Hope you sing your tail off.

    Freddy Merky

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 January 2008 at 4:18 am #

    many many many thanks MD.

  14. avatar
    chrome3d | 17 January 2008 at 6:41 am #

    Thanks! ItΒ΄s great that you are singing those songs with The Triffids.

  15. avatar
    eek | 17 January 2008 at 9:04 am #

    Awww… I can just picture you and Scarlet out there on the balcony. What a beautiful image.

    The Triffids show sounds as if it will be wonderful. I wish I could see it live. You know I think this (and the Kev Carmody tribute and the plays you’ve done and the painting, etc., etc. too) is really good for you. I remember when you first started selling your paintings I was chatting with some other fans and a couple said they hoped you wouldn’t keep up the painting because they feared you would put out less music and lesser quality music if you painted. I think that is most likely true of most people, but with you the more you stretch and push yourself artistically the more you seem able to do. Over the past several years your output has been fantastic, not only in quantity, but more importantly in quality. It sure makes it great to be a fan! πŸ™‚

    For those wondering about a possible dvd of one or more of these Triffids shows Click here Perhaps we should all start saving up now. πŸ™‚

    Matt D. — “don’t pick it to bits” about the SK dvd.

    Of course not! I consider the SK live dvd to be a gift to SK fans and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be able to see and hear it. The clip on YouTube looks and sounds great though, so I think most people will be well satisfied with it.

  16. avatar
    lily was here | 17 January 2008 at 10:49 am #

    Next Kilbey encore..”Moon River Moon River!!!

    Adorable woofle child, she loves her daddy so much.

    Knock’em dead with your satchmo!

    S (would so love to be there but ..”farmers never visit nightclubs” πŸ™‚

    PS challenge Bleddyn to a Rockwiz arm wrestle.

  17. avatar
    isolde | 17 January 2008 at 11:29 am #

    all sounds triffic

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    donna | 17 January 2008 at 11:48 am #

    Such heavenly words about your sweet girl Steve…I truly know that feeling of looking into beautiful deep blue eyes and seeing that old soul, for my girl has one too and she amazes me on a daily basis with her wisdom and sensibility towards people and life.
    Enjoy your gigs and like many others, wishing we were there!!
    (I remember seeing Melanie Oxley sing in a local Gold Coast band about 20 years ago- and for that reason I can’t remember their name..anyway, she has an amazing voice!)
    XX Miss D.

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 January 2008 at 1:09 pm #

    Just back from the Triffids show and it certainly lived up to all expectations. Your songs rocked the most and received a wild response from the crowd..That mc was quite eccentric. On the whole a great show by all involved

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 January 2008 at 1:57 pm #

    Steve, it seems from the tone of your posts that you are happiest when working hard on various things….so keep it up!

  21. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 17 January 2008 at 2:52 pm #

    are you singing “Wide Open Road”???

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 January 2008 at 3:34 pm #

    Anyone know which songs were played, yet?

  23. avatar
    eek | 17 January 2008 at 8:05 pm #

    Steve — You are getting pretty great reviews on the Triffids forum for the gig last night!

    Click here The posts about the first show start towards the bottom of the page and continue on the next.

    There are also some pics of SK at one of the rehearsals, but you have to be a member of the forum and signed in to see them. However, one of the HW mods requested (and got) permission to also post these pics on HW, so click here to check those pics out.

    I think more and more people are learning what we already know about you, SK — you’re a mighty talented dude, and you’re a star! πŸ™‚

    (hope the links work — HW can be a royal pain in the ass to link to)

  24. avatar
    lily was here | 17 January 2008 at 8:45 pm #

    Way to go Steve and Ricky!!! Hello to all the Triffids fans. We miss him too πŸ™

  25. avatar
    princey | 17 January 2008 at 10:07 pm #

    Eek, thanks so much for those links, now I’m REALLY depressed I’m missing it all!!!
    Wow, the photos! I can’t help it but to say you are one sexy, tanned being sk!!!!
    Love Amanda

  26. avatar
    captain mission | 17 January 2008 at 10:18 pm #

    i was reading the daily do da yesterday and saw your name being mentioned in a very positive light, the reveiwer thought you was the bees knees, the icing on the cake.
    its funny cos i had never really been familiar with the triffids but after being in australia for 20 years i can see why they mean so lot, they do seem to capture a quality about the energy of the place, the space…little lryical postcard snapshots.
    anyway sounds like a great show…

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 January 2008 at 11:17 pm #

    thanks eek, nice photoes.
    you are Very sexy, Mr.Kilbey. If a 7-year-old girl describes you as ‘handsome’, then you must be.


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    Ethereal Butterfly | 17 January 2008 at 11:46 pm #

    You sound so happy & positive, you’ve found the exilir!

    Is there an actor lurking in there? Satchmo indeed!

    Peace of spirit to you Veleska.

  29. avatar
    wants to get sent | 18 January 2008 at 1:49 am #

    geez i’ll have to check em out…if they are that good..i’m ashamed i have yet to hear of that band


  30. avatar
    dapapa | 18 January 2008 at 3:28 am #

    Thanks.I did not see that rainbow coming .Wow.. Those shows seemed like fun.Mike

  31. avatar
    melissa | 18 January 2008 at 5:50 am #

    Lovely pic’s πŸ™‚


  32. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 19 January 2008 at 11:55 am #

    never so closer…

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