posted on December 25, 2007 at 3:37 am

i am the time beeing
i am 53 earth years olde
i am among the best and worst
i listen to oophoi right now on shuffle
i sit in my dirty crowded spare bedgeroom
i call my studio
on my eisel a portrait of david mccomb
stares out into space
and im proud of myself
it looks like ‘im
this portrait and an article im yet to write
will be for a book about mccomb/triffids
being put out by a couple of melbo academics
funny to find myself considered such an authority
david and i were rivals i guess back in the day
there wasnt room for too many angry geniuses in australia
mccomb was younger more spontaneous and weirder than me
i heard about this guy long before i ever saw him
how amazing he was
ye olde killa not like to hear this in 1983 or whatever
people threw the triffids in my face
before i even heard a note
the triffids do this
the triffids dont do that
finally they opened for us at the great northern hotel
i couldnt tell ya what year it was 82 83 ?
i saw half a song
delivered my foregone conclusion of judgement to myself:
fucking amateur hour.
you see the olde killer
neither cares for excessive professional showbiz malarkey
(eg bono chris isaak robbie willy-ams)
neither do i like youth club stuff
(arctic monkeys most punk bands etc)
i snubbed em in the corridor
iva always ignored me
and it kinda impressed me that he did
so i thought that was always the way to go
and i tried not to ever have to speak to anybody else
in the music biz
anyway someone told me later
mccomb had said
only a girl would like the church
(remember this was the pretty daze)
and that was that
till in 1984 the triffids got hailed as the next big thing
in english press
i was jealous and envious
in 1984 i was 30
dave was only 24 and he was killing it it seemed
unfortunately the triffids didnt make a lot of money or anything
but boy did they get good reviews
born sandy devotional was hailed as a masterpiece
bullshit i thought
holed up in sweden during a freezing winter
anyway wide open road came out
how could you argue with that song
i secretly(hiding from my own nasty mind) bought b s d
it was/is a masterpiece
now im painting david who i never really met
i remarked to mr g lee
that david would spin in his grave
to think of me singing his songs
and waxing lyrical over his abilities
no no said graham
he would like it
you guys are very similar!
if you out there with grant somewhere
im gonna do my best with this portrait and this essay
it will be an honour to sing with the triffids at the syd fest next year
im singing a load of really good songs
including my favourite
stolen property

had a stupid argument with twillies lastnight
at family xmas do
bad timing killer
but twillies leave their dad only 2 possible options
accept what we do
or we’ll storm off in a huff
i told them
i told their mother n her husband
i told my brother
and whoever else
i dont even know what i want
i dont know what rules to have
i know i dont want em roaming sydney on nye
whoops shouldnt have used word “roam”
they seize on that
and flounce off yelling at me
i tell em sydney is bigger n nastier than stock-home
but jesus christ
they know it all
soon everyone is arguing with everybody
while the twillies have slunk off upstairs
to have fun with their friends
something in my heart says stop now
but i keep going arguing with the swedes
smoking pot to them is absolutely forbidden
while overnighters with boys can be tolerated
me: its the complete opposite!
i hate it when i hear myself arguing on n on
in a loud hoarse voice
this daughter dilemma is a tough one
i need more patience and faith
but some things i’ll never agree with
imagine what itll be like when scarlet is 16
and i’ll be 67
what chance will i have…
but dad all the kids have got implants in their lobes!
i dont wanna be a relic from some bygone era
but theyre pretty quick to cast you as that
if you disagree
with em climbing over fences to get into festivals or something
the anti-“straight”
ex junkie poet and rocknroll zero a layabout a beach bum
now im the olde guy who never understands

thanks to h heart
and ryan whos no slow coach
for gifts
and isolde for keyboard thank you
anyone else
im sorry my room is an explosion again
the kids
the gigs
the ears
the broke-dom
the mess
the dope
if i forgotten your gift
thank you
i appreciate it
thanks for my subscribers
you are making it possible for me to do this
someone sent me some ginseng from korea
thank you my friend
its about a year supplys worth
that should keep my pencil well leaded
someone else from china
sent me some stuff
some medicines
i have no idea what they are
no english instructions
can you please give me some advice here
if youre reading this
if you reading this blog
ive nearly run out of stuffing for my soy turkey
and the stuffing man is having the day off
so get thyself stuffed if you can
before you come over
theres always tomorrow
and threemorrow
sk xmas 2007 n bondi aust

21 Responses to “kilbeys krissmus”

  1. avatar
    steve kilbey | 25 December 2007 at 4:33 am #

    anniki may-hum
    happy x
    lovely to have you with us still
    you =inspiration to me
    i believe in you
    i believe you will prevail

  2. avatar
    Scotty | 25 December 2007 at 5:12 am #

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  3. avatar
    Leelinau | 25 December 2007 at 5:38 am #

    la da da da
    life goes on


  4. avatar
    andmoreagain | 25 December 2007 at 6:26 am #

    Merry xmas Kilbster. Thanks for everything you do.

  5. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 25 December 2007 at 6:34 am #

    “iva always ignored me
    and it kinda impressed me that he did
    so i thought that was always the way to go
    and i tried not to ever have to speak to anybody else
    in the music biz”

    I’ve always found talking to be a little overrated myself!

    Having said that…let me say this…

    Merry Christmas SK & family!

  6. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 25 December 2007 at 8:14 am #

    no comment…
    Jon Jon

  7. avatar
    eek | 25 December 2007 at 8:14 am #

    Ah yes, the time honoured Christmas tradition — the family argument. No Christmas would be complete without one. 🙂

    now im the olde guy who never understands

    The problem is, of course, that you do understand. Vividly. Having been teenagers once themselves is why fathers are often so protective of their daughters. I suppose it’s probably better kids don’t think about that too much or they could be scarred for life. 😉

    And I’ll also dispense some eekie teenager rearing advice — free of charge! (considering I have no children free is almost certainly more than what it’s actually worth…) The sticks, Steve. Every family with teenagers needs to live in the sticks. Why? Because not only is there nowhere to go, there’s no one to go there with. It’s the perfect solution!

  8. avatar
    isolde | 25 December 2007 at 8:51 am #

    the pleasure was all santas
    thanks to Oz apple the rest of the blueberry went to timor with many other ibubbles in an overseas aid container, so not a bad bit of recycling really

    isn’t locking up your daughters at this crucial stage of learning about life with the support of friends a bit like expecting them to go out on the big stage of life in a couple of years without a rehearsal?

    have hardly heard of any of these people you mention but I thought I would go along to this show

    happy xmas crackin yer b. bons

  9. avatar
    fantasticandy | 25 December 2007 at 8:53 am #

    kids huh?
    …..who’d have ’em?

    hope rikki ‘n you don’t get TOO stuffed.

    love ya.
    andy L.

  10. avatar
    davem | 25 December 2007 at 10:06 am #

    Arguments at Christmas?? Never!!
    Have a good ‘un SK. Love to you, your family and all fiends.
    God bless you, Steve.


  11. avatar
    captain mission | 25 December 2007 at 10:50 am #

    happy christmas to you and yr tribe

  12. avatar
    matt davison | 25 December 2007 at 11:45 am #

    those naughty twillies…
    xmas day 4 me at lovely melby greek home..Donna meet lady with kiddlies on beach she invites these new new zelundeas to family home in collingwood 4 festy’s…great crew lots a love and greek hospitality…

    wide open roads plays in car on way home “Carla out to it as she doe’s every time killas voice hits the speakers..she wakes up near home and say’s was that steve or marty?? \
    You should call Iva sk.. he’s just up at whale beach.. infact I think he owns it.. He might welcome a call from you.

    Happy holiday’s and Bah Humbug to ya …md

  13. avatar
    nickfiction | 25 December 2007 at 1:03 pm #

    the triffids? never heard of em’

  14. avatar
    tim | 25 December 2007 at 1:59 pm #

    purchased uninvited like the clouds for my christmas present to me…
    ..this church fan is very pleased thanks for the music…thanks for the words…it is exceptional music…the church never fail to rise to my lofty expectations. you never let me down. never.
    tofu turkey? you’re not serious…no pot but sleep-overs with boys okay? thats a little whacked. I guess this is what you get for planting your seed kilbey..I have 4 year old daughter…figure I have about 10 years either to get into shape or buy a shot gun….my good friend just had baby boy…says he only has to worry about one prick in town, while I have to worry bout them all..smartass. my boss has 5 kids, all do ya deal with the hormones?
    well…all the best..merry christmas everyone..


  15. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 25 December 2007 at 6:32 pm #

    Touring, blogging, drawing, flying, driving, painting, recording, yoga and then the joys and tribulations of overseeing an active, large and female dominated family. Sk has alot on his plate.

    It’s good to know that when he finds the team to eat it’s cruelty-free. That would please Empedocles.

  16. avatar
    davem | 25 December 2007 at 7:08 pm #

    Christmas night supper with Mimesis!! Yum.

  17. avatar
    linjo | 26 December 2007 at 12:05 am #

    Over the years I have seen that such young girls who are allowed to have intimate relationships under their parents roof, can end up thinking that having a man in their life is paramount and that they are only half complete unless they have one and tend to end up settling for shitbags. They are probably still going to do it behind your back. Not much you can do there. But under your own roof! nauseating. Let em be kids! I dont go along with the attitude that they will do it anyway so let them do it at home, same goes for drugs and alcohol. Kids like a ceiling whether they admit it or not. It makes them feel treasured. Plenty of time later for sex drugs and rock and roll when they get their own place.

  18. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 26 December 2007 at 12:54 am #

    bah humbug…

  19. avatar
    veleska1970 | 26 December 2007 at 1:37 am #

    you’re a very caring father, that’s obvious. and of course they’re at that age where you don’t know anything and they know everything. hah~~if they had any idea!!

    lotza love…

  20. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 26 December 2007 at 2:43 am #

    …glad you got your pressie, steve…i understand your concern for your children perfectly…i’ll be the same with my own daughter even though i know that a lot of life’s lessons are learned the hard way…
    guess what my other half got me for christmas…a rude version of spin the bottle…bah humbug…

  21. avatar
    Anakki Mayhem | 26 December 2007 at 2:52 am #

    big thank u.
    u r wise & brave & inspiring 2 me.

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