posted on January 7, 2008 at 5:30 am

i produced a record for kev carmody
about a long time ago in the naughty nineties
images and illusions
thats me n polinski n a whole load of others
we did it
kev is an aboriginal (i hate that word) singer songwriter
he got me in cos he read an i/view
with me
in my usual fashion
slinging off against the music biz
and he could detect a kindred outlaw spirit
its a lovely record
you should try to hear it
some very very cool stuff on here
kev n i got on well
he was every nice thing you can imagine about a bloke
and then some
unfortunately i was on the gear
which meant i didnt do as well
as when i wasnt on the gear
the gear preoccupied me
and i seemed to squeeze the rest of my life around it
including even work
and stuff
i couldnt work sick
but when i was stoned i was detached, not fully there
anyway i got invited to sing on a kev tribute record
i did images of london
i did it my way
i like it
people liked it
kev was surprised by it but loved it (apparently)
im sitting home
nk to take doodles to afternoon movie
but i stay home with woofle
whos much to naughty to take to movies
so i read paper
oh kev carmody starts thursday nite…
uh oh i better check my emails
oh im rehearsing at….200 today…!
oh not so popular with girls now
oh no that had been looking forward to see film
but im not rehearsing tomorrow i say
we wanted to go today! they all say
must get it together
rush off
sydney conserve a tori um of muusic
where i get there with 2 mins to spare
huge huge huge place
hey i didnt need all this bullshit to learn the bass
n singin’ n writin’ n producin’….
muse: this place is for real musicians, you goose
youre right
i wander around this complex
a musician lost in a music mega joint
finally some toffy violinst shows me to the kev rehearsal
a nice theatre thingy
they got a loada sharp young hired guns
and theyre rehearsing
my version of images of london
i know a few olde roadies there
i wish i could do you guys again, killer one says sadly
so do i i say knowing we couldnae afford him any longa
he does these big shows now
but he still has soft spot for los churchos
its not anything else except i just love your music he says
nice to know hes mixing me on thurs n fri i thinks to meself
i sing this song with the band
theyre total pros
the re-produce it perfectly
the md is the keyboards player has the whole thing down pat
he cues the other players like a conductor and runs the show
the players are excellent
non argumentative
they play exactly the right thing
the sound in theatre is perfect
its being filmed for a doco
we run thru it 3 times
each time more perfect than before
i tell the musicians to loosen up if they like
and they improve on the song even more
we finish up
im extremely happy
i talk to the director of kevs show
it will incorporate a lot more than just guys singin’
i saw some stuff today…bigger than ben hur
have ya gotcha tickets?
will anyone in the crowd be rooting for me?
anyhow then did intaview
about kev n our record
i dont know much about him really
i only ever did this one thing
i dont know if he knew i was on the gear
or if he thought i was just another strange producer
i never really connected with him
i never really connected with anyone when i was on dope
still a good record despite that
i learnt a bit about prejudice and tolerance
hanging around with kev
he invited me to go walking with him n his mates
in nth qld
me? i asked
yeah! said kev
your mates wont fucking like a bloke like me i say
yeah they will he said
of course i couldnt go walkabout in the desert
when i had a 300 buck a day habit…
from his perspective i saw what i hadnt thought about before
the gross gross gross injustices
kev was beaten not long before we started on our record
3 fucking idiots broke into his house a beat him
his head is bleeding from these wounds
in what became the albums cover
all the stuff that happened to him
taken away from his mother during fifties
to go to missionary schools to re-educate him into
the white mans hell
his mum would try n hide him n his brother
but the bastards’d find em n drag em off
they only could live with parents in brief holidays
the govt thought they were doing em a favour
stamping out their culture…
this is one of the stolen generations
despite this
and a million other knocks
kev was a lovely gentle geezer, a real gentleman
im looking forward to it on thurs n fri
state theatre sydney baybee
cannot buy my soul
right on!

20 Responses to “kev and killer”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 January 2008 at 8:09 am #

    you cannot be taught’s in your blood,…or’s in your history,..or not.killer and kev?that’s music.”i did it my way”,to be frank.

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    Anonymous | 7 January 2008 at 9:06 am #

    knock em dead sk!!

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    linjo | 7 January 2008 at 9:59 am #

    Just been reading a bit about Kev Carmody. Hes a remarkable man. I wonder whether he would have been able to make such a mark in the world if he hadnt been forced to school at ten. Even though apparently he did not have great
    literacy skills when he started his degree. Sounds like fun times during the festival for you Steve. Wish i had seen Triffids on Great Australian Albums, missed that one, saw Diorama (of course!!)sbs repeats, have to watch out for it.

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    melissa | 7 January 2008 at 10:00 am #

    SK, these concerts with Kev Carmody sound like they’ll be AMAZING .. oh! How I wish I had more time (and $$!!) to of stayed up in Syd for a few more days to see at least one of them!

    Enjoy 🙂

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    Ethereal Butterfly | 7 January 2008 at 10:48 am #

    I’m so excited to read that you & Kev are getting together to perform! We saw him at the Queenscliff music festival – a salt of the earth kinda guy, quite laid back on stage but with a very centred presence while he delivers messages that most don’t want to hear about the atrocities which have been committed to his people and are still being committed today in the form of misspent financial assistance, neglect & injustices in many forms including; the high numbers of indigenous deaths in custody & the fact that 30% of our prisoners are indigenous, their average life span is about 20 years less than other Australians this being comparable to what is sometimes referred to as the Third World, and yet they live in a country third on the ‘rich list’………….. At the concert Kev invited children up on stage to sing his song ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ and it brought a tear to most eyes. I sent Brien C a copy of his album, ‘Can’t Buy my Soul’ & we love your rendition of ‘Images of London’. Review pls Brien?
    Our indigenous (note I prefer the term indigenous not sure why, I think this is the current preferred term) folk need all the spiritual support (manifesting into practical support) we can give them, including saying sorry in my view. Thank you for playing your part in their slow but much needed spiritual revolution & healing.

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    isolde | 7 January 2008 at 11:09 am #

    Kev’s a Murri
    think he sang a fair bit of his degree from wot i can remember from uni

    thought about going to this & certainly wanted to but did see him at pig city, he mentioned your version of images which he said was great

    going to see the triff show for sure tho

    dammit I wish they would produce a church show for this danged sydney festival with atmospherical ambience and roadies and quiet audience and peeled grapes and all

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    Ethereal Butterfly | 7 January 2008 at 11:18 am #

    Woops………..Kev Carmody’s album is actually entitled; “Cannot Buy My Soul”.

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    matthew | 7 January 2008 at 11:44 am #

    Nice/sad anecdotes re Kev’s life, thanks for that SK.

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    lily was here | 7 January 2008 at 11:45 am #

    Kev played for an outback muso festival here a few years ago that Im involved in…him, his guitar and a campfire…as well as onstage with everybody, dressed in his white t-shirt and overalls. He’s an awesome guy, hugely talented, the real deal…but you know that. His mum was an amazing woman by all accounts. I was so tempted to ask him about his time with you but I couldnt muster up the courage. His presence was intimidating, yet like you say, he’s such a nice bloke. We’re not having anymore festivals which is a shame..but its heat, flies and dust for next to no money. Unless like Kev you get funded by the Arts Grant people who choose who gets to play for us..and everyone else comes out here for the experience because we dont have much money. A lot of Jazz goes down though…(its a sharing community :).

    Anyway Images of London is one of my favourite Killer tracks ever, you should be damn proud of it.. and they’re recording the show? That IS good to hear. I would be there if I could, believe me. Just how much is it for one of those private parties Killer?! I think I’ll start saving for my next BIG milestone, in Sydney or Melb if i have my way so the party animals here can come too.
    love xxxxx

    ps the walkabout would’ve done you good y’know. Its never too late, I know some guys who’d look after you and I’d offer to carry your dilly-bag 🙂

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    davem | 7 January 2008 at 1:40 pm #

    Ashamed to say I know nothing about his stuff other than from your occasional mentions of him on here. I’ll try and dig something out.
    Glad to hear you’re getting the backing you deserve at the show, although I’m not over fond of anything that’s too “slick” or regimented.
    I hope your girls forgive you about the rehearsal. If I wasn’t thousands of miles away I would lurrrvvveee to be there.

  11. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 7 January 2008 at 1:58 pm #

    “taken away from his mother during fifties
    to go to missionary schools to re-educate him into the white mans hell”

    Of course they did the very same thing to the native americans.

    The arrogance of the white man…it’s repulsive.

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    Anonymous | 7 January 2008 at 2:08 pm #

    I remember Trevor Boyd’s completely misguided review of the Kev Carmody record, where he said Kev should forget about his political, ecological and spiritual themes and write an album of love songs “cos what else is there to write about?”
    Trevor Boyd: numbnuts.

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    Brien Comerford | 7 January 2008 at 2:50 pm #

    Right on Ethereal Butterfly. Sk’s “Images Of London” is exemplary. Today’s blog was very interesting. It’s my understanding that Australia’s indigenous people are nonviolent. They love an indigenous dog species. My comments are vague because I am relying on what Peter Garrett said over ten years ago at a Midnight Oil concert. He also implored us to protect and revere marine habitats. It would help if we stop eating fish.

    Sk’s instrumental “glorianna” is enchanting.

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    CSTCoach | 7 January 2008 at 3:11 pm #

    LOL @ forgetting the rehersal. i think you have some sorta delayed email effect, like it has to pass through to your dimension before you receive it. there’s a bit of a lag sometimes. The image of pandemonium was pretty funny, i have to say, even if a movie was postponed.

    I really love “images of london”. i got that just before heading to Jordan. listened to it over and over while driving across the empty flats and winding through desert canyons among crusader castles. will check out images and illusions straight away.

    i second lily re: the walkabout. can’t say for australia, but deserts and walkabouts in general never fail to put things in perspective and to help you reach entirely new depths.

    knock em dead at the show! 🙂


  15. avatar
    restaurant mark | 7 January 2008 at 3:40 pm #

    good luck with the show steve…i’ve never heard anything by kev carmody…guess i should get to tracking some down i suppose…

    take care everyone


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    fantasticandy | 7 January 2008 at 4:40 pm #

    oh well i suppose i shall have to join the ranks of the ignorant viz a viz kev!
    although to be fair the fact he wrote ‘london’ should be evidence enough of his worth.
    i will check his work out a.s.a.p.
    andy L.

  17. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 7 January 2008 at 7:17 pm #

    I thought I bought your soul, haha…

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    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 7 January 2008 at 7:18 pm #

    Just visited your myspace page, Steve, and was glad to see it features Surrealist Woman Blues, one of my favourite Killer tracks.
    A beautiful “ballad” with a bluesy piano.

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    eek | 9 January 2008 at 7:48 am #

    from his perspective i saw what i hadnt thought about before
    the gross gross gross injustices

    Many people would have come away from the experience with only a paycheck and a credit on the album. You came away from it with so much more.

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    lily was here | 10 January 2008 at 11:05 am #

    Technology is won-der-ful! I heard Images of London live over my mobile phone tonight — totally sounded incredible Steve! So you were in my lounge room, kind of, phone to my ear grinning like a cheshire cat. What a brilliant end to my exhausting day.


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