posted on July 8, 2009 at 8:06 pm

yeah new york
oh boy
thats me n belfrank in the pic
in a genuine backstage pic taken in nyc
new new nnn new york city now
up to lexington 1 2 5
yeah the village man
yeah down in washington square hoo boy
the neon lights are bright on broadway
they say
visit my old prison cell
try on my old handcuffs…sentimental devil i am
i climb up empire state building
i do speed with loo read
i do some painting with andy war-hole
i hang out with jackson bollock
i shoot morph-een with billy burrows
i have breakfast at tiffanys (diamonds on toast)
i get a cab up to harlem and clean the train station
i get lost in some west side storey
i am subsumed in the steam
i am eaten up by the crowds on 83rd street
new york
much better than old york
much better than tom york
much better than york iller, arent you?
im so fucking hip
im so cool
im so where its all happening
the very epicentre of everything
i’m here and youre not
aint that too bad
rock n roll aminal
forget that i’m 54 cos i just got paid
subscribe or shut up
and to that nasty little sourpuss haunting my bloggs
ooh sorry bout that…..
ah where was i….
i sit here with belfrank
we listen to new gb3
gee its good aint it?
would i foist any second rate palaver onya?
would i what??!!
i will be redeemed
new york will love my
my sophistication
my hot ancient boddy
my silver beard
my velvet voice
my hip references
and my great big hooked n ugly nose!
nnnnnnnew york city now
oh wow
how cool am i????

63 Responses to “keep rapping how the big apple is outta site….you aint never had a bite”

  1. avatar
    John Garratt | 8 July 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    "and to that nasty little sourpuss haunting my bloggs

    Honestly, anyone who gives two shits about the Church's music has no justification to get hung up on your…nose? And shorts? Fuck, someone needs to get a life.

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 July 2009 at 9:01 pm #

    not as cool as me

  3. avatar
    Mr. Ricky | 8 July 2009 at 9:04 pm #


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    Rik Rehab | 8 July 2009 at 9:08 pm #

    I've seen you perform a dozen times and met you on a couple of occassions and have never thought of you as being the proud owner of an over-sized, ugly hooter. And anyway, the shape of your snoz merely adds to your luscious vocal timbre! Loving the blog lately…ah, life on the road…ain't it grate.

    Rik Rehab (NZ)

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 July 2009 at 9:12 pm #

    Super blog until all the references to your nose. Are you actually that vain? Silly

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 July 2009 at 9:20 pm #

    take a hike you self important burn out

  7. avatar
    fantasticandy | 8 July 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    cool as a cucumber mate!

  8. avatar
    Ellen | 8 July 2009 at 9:36 pm #

    No big nose on you! You're just fine the way you are – honest.

    Rock 'em in the Big Apple, Steve, with your "ancient" hot bod.

    New York: the capital of the world.

  9. avatar
    Craig Miller | 8 July 2009 at 9:38 pm #

    just as long as you don't feel sick and dirty, more dead than alive.

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 July 2009 at 9:46 pm #

    Bring it on then,;):)xo

  11. avatar
    Freddie | 8 July 2009 at 10:04 pm #

    Yours is a sad story, yeah….
    So New York is gonna redeem ya huh?
    It must have been so hard on you being hated in all those other places,
    booed off the stage in every city.
    Ah, COME OOON NOW!!!!
    New York is a cool happening place, uh huh, sure enough
    but you were cool and hot (yes, nose and all)
    before you even got there.
    You craaaaazy man!

  12. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 8 July 2009 at 10:45 pm #

    cooler than thou…
    Jonny Hollywood

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 July 2009 at 10:47 pm #


  14. avatar
    lily | 8 July 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    I see nothing wrong with your nose at all, SK. It's a perfectly fine nose on a wise and handsome face. πŸ™‚ Thanks for all the pics from the road. They're always interesting!

  15. avatar
    Tim_G | 8 July 2009 at 10:58 pm #

    Oh to be the worm in the big apple,
    bringing the unexpected,
    delivering the good stuff
    playing music that blows the cobwebs outta the New Yorkans' ears
    How cool?
    F**ken cool

    Oh to be in the big apple,
    le grande pomme,
    be a blast of Aussie sun
    in a New Yorkan summer.
    How cool?
    F**ken cool

    Keep cool

    … what am I saying?
    SK, you exude cool without trying

    Enjoy the remaining days on tour
    Looking forward to future Sydney shows.

  16. avatar
    stealthblue | 8 July 2009 at 11:17 pm #

    Are you kidding with all that?? I can't believe anyone is actually sayin' something 'bout yer noze, Steve!! Not to mention your "off-set eyes" for that matter!!) Jesus Christ! Is he(she) serious? Who says things like that? God, I've always kind envied yer nose…it's actually pretty near perfect really. I mean if your nose is "big-n-ugly", then I guess I have to accept the fact that I must in fact have a right proper SCHNOZZ!! Funny, how we get kind of "self-conscious" about that kind of thing too. I mean it's your face, right? But, what for?? NO ONE is perfect anyway. What's even more funny though is that fact that almost all people (I couldn't give an exact %) are in actuality…asymmetrical, especially in the face. So who ever it is that actually feels like they can justify making fun of your face, or anyone else's, must be so unworldly good-looking we can hardly stand it. Shucky-darns. The real question is "why is the turkey still gobbling in this coop?" Why doesn't he or she go make sweet love to him/her self and wallow in self-adulation?? Seriously! I mean, shit, give eveyone a complex about our "Sloth"(from the Goonies)-like warbled faces!
    "RUTH, RUTH…BAYBEE RUTH!!!" really, is this what the world is all about?? Oh boy…

    Sorry, had to say it. Hey, Steve, you look great. We should be so lucky. You know it, we all know it. It's all good. Wish I could have seen more shows. It seems like it's beena great tour, though. Oh well, next time. There will a be a next time, Force-willing. πŸ™‚ Hope you're hangin' in there OK. Get some rest when you can. Much white light your way, bro. You and the fellas take care out there on the road.
    Much P&L,


  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 July 2009 at 12:06 am #


    how many more hours of community service? shit, man. thought you were done. judge was an asshole.

    Wear the gargoyle shirt and keep the evil spirits away. stay away from washington park. i now remember why your instruments didn't arrive in chapel hill, nc the next night. you played good gig the next night, back in 1999 wasn't it? glad someone made yer bail, or marty would have had singing duty.

    Billy Burrows lived until age 90 or so. old skinny fugger. am guessing his sould has now taken residence is a cockroach, probably crawling backstage somewhere. a janitor named william tell will stomp him, he'll limp away half smashed, but he will not die.

    Ginsberg. allen, baybee. Miss the ah, ah, om, om doldrums. barney frank would be cooler gay politician if he rattled his tamborine in Congress. why so straight? why no style?

    Age 54. that's nothing. Your soul aint' got no age. you need to get in touch w/ this. body your temporary residence. you got several more decades of karmic debt to work off and karmic surplus to spend, all in this lifetime. you aint even close. every day important. gotta do much more than go thru the motions, get yer rest, get yer death sleep, then ride your energy wave, use yer 54 years of experience, yer 54 years of talents, and go to work man, play yer music, put on great shows, be espec friendly to yer fans, talk to them, ask them what they do, how long they've listened to yer band, tell them thanks for listening, yer glad they connect w/ yer music, it wont kill ya. they'll feed you strawberries and you'll tap into a whole nother vibe. if the wizard of oz is gonna to come out from behind his curtain, off his stage, leaving all his fire and mike and gadgets behind, be friendly, man. yep, yer human, we're all human, tread gently.

    just picked up Earthed. how do i get the m-fucker signed w/out having to hop the plane to Canada to check out the final shows, which can't do. all the first editions f'king gone, not even in the used/ rare bookstores. you were clever to only have 2000 published, man. you were thinking ahead. if yer still storing 1000 in yer basement, they might be worth something. can holly help get my lousy 3rd edition paperback signed or should i ship to bondi? hope you're covering yer gas and making some money on the tour. if not, can't figure out why your Earthed paperback(selling like hotcakes on Amazon) wasnt' at the merchandise table. Lurie's books selling by the boxload in falls church. i would have pumped out another 25 for earthed.

    anyway, knock em out tonight. play Untitled #23, the whole damn thing, start to finish. and then play it again.

    can't believe your band still together, all 4 of you, thought you hated each other, thought the evil spirits were gonna strangle you. you're survivor man. kill em on stage. finish in canada. confirm that your bandmates don't hate ya for smelling bad or talking bad in the van. then, go home feeling good. rest. play w/ her daughters. lay in bed w/ your wife. catch your breath. have a swim. have a smoke. measure you're karma,make sure you havne't launched the boomerang that's gonna come back and get ya. dismiss yer physical age, yer soul is young, at least I think. only you would know. then, get together w/ your bandmates, put out the killer, killer double album, where every song is a painted masterpiece.

    then, go tour w/ bob and willie.

    wilfred paradise

  18. avatar
    Paige | 9 July 2009 at 12:08 am #

    Haven't you mean people ever heard "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all?". Perhaps it's just a southern U. S. saying but I think you'd do well to adopt it.

    Then again I suppose I am one of the "fawning ninnies.".

  19. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 9 July 2009 at 12:19 am #

    New York will embrace The Church. You got the arms, legs and body of a boxer but you DONT have the nose.
    That's a compliment. And New York is cool but too crowded. Mayor Bloomberg is a "Green Republican." (akin to an endangered species.)

  20. avatar
    Nick | 9 July 2009 at 12:41 am #

    im still following the blogg. It makes me wonder what the blog will be like once you return home? btw judging people for physical attributes is silly. you know what they say ….. priest=nosa

  21. avatar
    Gene Simmons | 9 July 2009 at 12:46 am #

    Mr Kilbey,

    You are a powerful and attractive man.

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 July 2009 at 1:02 am #

    Hahaha I can't believe I got sucked into reading your blog.

    Now, WTF is this about your eyes and nose? Honestly, you always just looked like a handsome guy to me, my vision is totally normal, and everybody agrees my husband is totally hot, really flawless eyes and nose he has, too, so…you should just accept my opinion as the objective, immutable truth, and forget about that idiot, LOL.


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    JJ | 9 July 2009 at 1:07 am #

    Ah, the Red Devil and sweep order, the "missing man" formation for the show that night. History now, legend and lore. Noo Yawk is the full spectrum, isn't it? Yin and yang, beauty and horror. My town Atlanta ain't that much better, to be honest. But I like visiting the Big Apple. Winston O'Boogie loved it there.

    Flash the silver beard tonight, and take flight. See you tomorrow, away from Megalopolis.

  24. avatar
    Freddie | 9 July 2009 at 1:17 am #

    (disdainful shrug)
    I just simply cannot imagine a proper king
    in any time or place with a cutsie lil’ nose.

  25. avatar
    Mary | 9 July 2009 at 1:38 am #

    I never really even noticed your nose at all, that anon person my lead a really boring life to sit here and look at your pic and find something wrong with every little thing, its sad, he or she must really hate themselves so much, anyways i have the worst nose ever actually, everybody told me my whole life to get a nose job so i could relate, but honestly, i dont see anything wrong with you at all or your nose, i find you really attractive, dont let anyone tell you different and listen to NK, she is your wife, and that is all that matters! screw those shitheads that try to bring you down, you are the best husband, daddy to your family and we definately agree on the rockstar part!!!! love ya


  26. avatar
    who nose? | 9 July 2009 at 2:07 am #

    u ain't got no age…
    what a story…
    god i gotta
    get back soon…

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 July 2009 at 2:25 am #

    Are you sure you weren't referring to Belfrank's nose?

  28. avatar
    Sigur | 9 July 2009 at 4:20 am #

    Every time I was in NYC, it was to see you, Marty or The Church perform.
    I only know NYC with lads from an Australian band.
    I wonder if I like NYC as much without you.

  29. avatar
    Richard | 9 July 2009 at 6:03 am #

    does my nose look big in these genes?

  30. avatar
    flyingbird | 9 July 2009 at 6:29 am #

    What a great gig tonight, Steve. Every time I enjoyed it no end, but today is just fantastic!

    Glad to read your sweet wife's comment a moment ago… , I worried…, now it's OK. Phew!

    Wish you luck, and have a safe trip home.

  31. avatar
    Bastardo Universo | 9 July 2009 at 7:08 am #

    I don't know what's wrong with your nose. If someone talks in a bad way about it that may be because he/she envies you. Mine is ugly and I love it to death, because if I change it I would be physically another person.

    Have you mentioned Thom Yorke? I read from one guy in Internet that he likes to take ideas from The Church (maybe being vegetarian was one of them). I've tried to find any quotation or interview about it, but I couldn't. True or not, it wouldn't surprise me 'cause The Church are light years away Radiohead and Painkiller would erase last Yorke's solo release from any musical map.

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 July 2009 at 7:32 am #

    One person mentions your nose and now you cry repeatedly about it like a baby. Yoga may be good for your health but it hasn't done a single thing for your self enlightenment. Fifty four year old man that sensitive? Ridiculous Kilbey

  33. avatar
    dave & mick | 9 July 2009 at 9:07 am #

    It's 'hol', actually.
    As in 'hols'.
    Andy War-hol.

    You ready?

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 July 2009 at 9:10 am #

    Rob Dickinson Has a show Saturday Night in New York also. I would love to see you guys work together on some music.

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    Anonymous | 9 July 2009 at 10:22 am #

    right hand side dont look so bad but profile shots from ur left hand side would be a big no no 4 u.
    weird how the nose looks so diffrent from each side.
    which was ya favored nostril 4 coke, dude?

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 July 2009 at 10:25 am #

    Steve, someone drew a cartoon on ya left shoulder while you were asleep!

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    priest=aura, but barry=wanker | 9 July 2009 at 10:59 am #

    Steve, our friend Barry has clearly decided on his latest course of action to provoke a response from you. So just don't respond. Don't even allow his comments to appear. His intention is to get a response; if you DON'T respond, he loses and you win.
    And while I'm here, as a white, heterosexual, working class male, I have to say I spent most of the 1980s wishing I was even a 10th as handsome as you. You and Mick Ronson are the most handsome men I've ever seen!

  38. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 9 July 2009 at 11:07 am #

    wellll……if nk's ooohing and ahhhing about the last time you guys were in ny then it must be a charmed place for you (in recent times, anyway)…i think your gig there will be a fucking blinder, mate…..

    love always…..

  39. avatar
    richie24u2 | 9 July 2009 at 11:19 am #

    Still basking in the glow that was the Killer's spree here in New York City!

    Yee doth rock verily, good sir! You slayed us, knocked us dead and left us wanting more like a good killer does.

    Come back soon…we'll be ready.

  40. avatar
    Celticat | 9 July 2009 at 11:45 am #

    Hi Steve,

    been following your travels. Thank you for taking the time to communicate its been quite special.

    Love and strength to you, fambley and yon crunchies.


  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 July 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    You're looking well for 54 dude. Pity we can't say the same about belfrank. πŸ˜‰ Dunk!

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 July 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    I'm repeatedly amazed at how personally you take half-assed quips about shorts, features, etc.
    I honestly thought it'd be like water off a duck's back.
    Thought you were supposed to be this self-assured, arrogant asshole! You're far more human than we ever would've known without this blog.

  43. avatar
    Richard | 9 July 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    that KEXP footage on Youtube is fantastic

  44. avatar
    Richard | 9 July 2009 at 12:50 pm #

    god this is good

    you took

  45. avatar
    from joisey | 9 July 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    Steve, you boys blew the back of the venue out last night — there's a big hole where the bar used to be. Great show.

  46. avatar
    lily was here | 9 July 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    Well, you know what they say about the size of a man's nose LOL

    New York city must've been rockin' tonight. or was it last night? cant keep up with your time zones.


    ps your nose is perfect and yes we all wish we were there too, and listening to the new GB3, dont rub it in!

  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 July 2009 at 1:39 pm #


    As you know, I've seen The Church many, many times and I can't think of a show that was more powerful or more inspiring than last night's show at Irving Plaza. The newer songs sounded just incredible especially "Operetta" I'm sorry that when I see you face to face I don't seem to have much to say. I guess I still feel a bit awestruck in your prescence and get a bit tounge tied. See you tonight in Conn.
    Michael Barone

  48. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 9 July 2009 at 2:03 pm #

    You look good and you know killed it in nyc. It couldn't have been any better. Much love from Brooklyn <3

  49. avatar
    pete, standing alone | 9 July 2009 at 2:16 pm #

    Steve, thanks for the wonderful show in NY last night. Incredible!

  50. avatar
    bjmcwilliams | 9 July 2009 at 2:21 pm #

    For f's sake… anonymous needs therapy.

    On another note – don't know if everyone here is heard this tune from Pocket with Kilbey singing on it. Sounds fantastic. Look on the upper left:

  51. avatar
    Mary | 9 July 2009 at 2:26 pm #

    wow i dont see anything wrong with the other guy in the pic either, what is wrong with ppl, the nose looks fine, i see nothing wrong, im trying to see the nose in every freakin pic and the nose looks perfect, you are a hot mother f#$%^& seriously, i wish you could see what we see, i have collected pics of you for a long time,i dont just drewl for no reason πŸ˜‰ (wink)

  52. avatar
    Kevin | 9 July 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    Steve, i'll be front row in Ottawa this Saturday night for your show – i've been waiting to see you fellas for a very long time. I've told my bandmates it's essential that we all be there. I'm hosting "A night with The Church' on Friday to get in the right space for the show. Sacred stuff. Btw, just finished Lurie's book – interesting, but i feel it's only a fraction of your story.

  53. avatar
    Lesley | 9 July 2009 at 4:36 pm #

    My dear Mr. Kilbey, You have always been and will always be outta this space and high above this dark rat race. Love always.

  54. avatar
    meh | 9 July 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    is this whole comment section today all about the nose, or can i say:

    fantastic show at Irving Plaza last night! the set selection was brilliant, excellent flow of tuneage. energy was on. just that tidal wall of sound…damn bathed in it! personally, i was very glad to have snagged a spot up front on the rail rather than having to peer around the back of some tall dude's head. let's just hope next time you guys tour, ya hit St. Louis area, 'cos that's where i'm moving to soon. it's not much to hope for, is it??

    …and i went and bought the elpee for my modest vinyl collection

  55. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 July 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    … Krissy's back….


  56. avatar
    davem | 9 July 2009 at 8:02 pm #

    How great to see Krissy here again!! That's made my day.
    Love to you SK and all your loyal fiends across the world.
    Thank-you so much for The Time Being.

  57. avatar
    loolaabillions | 9 July 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    ahhh i'm bac

    so babe
    if you can make it there
    you can make it anywhere
    isn't that what those 'mericans say?

    from my vantage point
    i'd say you did just that
    eons ago…..xx

  58. avatar
    Tara | 9 July 2009 at 10:14 pm #

    "Big hooked ugly nose"? Are you serious, Steve? I've always loved your nose. Your profile is amazing. Your profile and your lovely chiseled jawline are what it's all about. Surely you know that?!?

  59. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 July 2009 at 10:54 pm #

    good to see Frank in your pics,its a long time since we were scribbling notes at Rock City,n throwing em onstage for Marty and A.A.E. to play Church songs! πŸ™‚ ….by the way,you've always been a handsome bloke,and as far as i can see you dont have a big schnoz,either that or i must hang out with some real Gonzo's…. p.s. some amazing unsigned/signed but unknown, bands coming through over here i think you'd both like! πŸ™‚


  60. avatar
    eek | 10 July 2009 at 1:47 am #


    You have to be kidding! Who the hell have you been hanging out with anyway — a clique of perfect nosed, but hideously rude people? Your nose is fine, your eyes are fine, your legs and arms are fine — you are FINE. You look healthy, vibrant, alive, and very, very cool. πŸ™‚

    Nice pic too. Enjoyed meeting Belfrank in NH — what a lovely man.

  61. avatar
    Brian | 10 July 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    Wow, it's Frank. I like Frank, he's a great guy. πŸ˜€

    Hope the tour's going well, Steve. I seriously wish I had the money to come over and see a gig or ten. I'm just back from a while in the Scottish Highlands, walking and stuff.


  62. avatar
    Belfrank | 10 July 2009 at 9:07 pm #

    Someone had to fly the flag for the Anglo-Celtic contingent on this tour. Happy it got to be me. Thanks again SK and all the Church family for treating me as one of your own. There'll never be another quite like you!
    Love to all,

  63. avatar
    Brian | 11 July 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    And the Anglo-Celtic contingent are delighted it's you flying the flag, Frank. Hope life is great in the USA and one day maybe we'll meet again. Probably at a Church gig.

    Brian frae Scotchland

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