posted on September 12, 2009 at 6:50 am

k/k came n played at the toff in melb
it was very good gig indeed
we were helped out by graham lee on pedal steel
michael evans-barker on percussion
it was dreamy singing the songs
i sang em a bit like a stranger
a drifter
a singer who sings in smoky clubs from the fifties
a riverboat gambler
a german engineer from the future
some cabaret star from the czech republic
an eccentric genius
a broken down fool
champagne and novocaine
waiting in some bar on some rainy morning
a holiday in a hotel you’ll never have the time back again
singer tries to impose will on time
that sweet sad distant music
the pedal steel coming up the line
like flesh the songs take on thicker ghosts
the pedal steel renders all slightly melancholy
down to earth sadness
like going broke or getting sick
or getting your poor babys heart broken
for almost the very very first time
k/k miss the train
and sit and the empty cafe
whiling the lazy silent days away
the piano drifts in and out of consciousness
phantom trumpets blow me down in a club in another zip
them old shuffling drums brushes the paint on the sound
the whirrs of tiny machineries
the click of the high hat tick tick tick tock tick
i sink into the couch in a foreign motel
i sip a martini n watch the tv in some strange tongue
eyes appear on the curtains
k/k cruise along a midnight moonlight higher inway
down in cannes or cairns or in the cans
you can hear that lonesome whistle
blowing cross the trestle oooeee
wow under the tuxedo moon
i was steve bennett at last
(and well i could have been)
steve bennett is an aging lounge lizard singer
who used to be a spy or a pop star
(once upon a time)
now he lives in a parallel universe or 2 or 3
where the cellos are slightly drunk
and the woodwinds are all breezy and cheeky
and french girl singers with berets n everything
and there is no other time but the wee small hours
they go on n on forever
in this middle aged hell
of the aching lothario
his catalogue of weariness and disappointments
still the martinis come
still the jazz cigarettes
still all commissions he pays to terence silk
k/k push the buttons and the a/c comes on
in a metallic droney chord
the female vox coo somewhere
the circling flurries of bird noises
i pick up my mike
oh god so sad
so weary
but i manage to smile
past my cigarette
past my going on time
past my las vegas bris vegas new melbourne carry on
i still look alright in a suit (from a distance)
my voice is a bit gruff and outta tune
hey philistines thats called life i remind meself
and i sing my songs
cabaret apocalyptique says the sign
my friend k doesnt say much
hes the sensible one driving down the autobahn
wired on heat tablets and extracts of angelfruit
he zooms past rustic villages
he echoes down halls of telegraph lyres
he accelerates in the sonic patterns of his screen
his dash is illuminated
we watch his eyes as he adjusts the mixtures
he calculates a trajectory
he has never met the singer
until now
as the singer starts his song
and the radio plays on
and oh my melancholy baby
lying by the fireside weeping into the night
the snow on the ground
the sand at the beach
the neon in town
the rain across the windscreen
the sad old bass
the simple shapes
the blurs the slurs the slides the stops
k/k in melb
oh yes that
was most enjoyable

67 Responses to “k/k melb”

  1. avatar
    A. Kite | 12 September 2009 at 8:25 am #

    Resplendent compelling enchanting inspiring sublime. This is why I keep coming back.

  2. avatar
    princey | 12 September 2009 at 8:58 am #

    Oh SO beautiful sk.
    And beautiful pic too.

    Come back Rat Pack, Melby loves ya!!!!

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    Shawn El | 12 September 2009 at 9:05 am #

    Great blog entry today big man.

    HAPPY 55TH BIRTHDAY!!! Here's to many more.

  4. avatar
    eek | 12 September 2009 at 9:07 am #

    This would be a cool intro to a KK album launch dvd. It certainly sets the mood.

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2009 at 9:14 am #

    Your bow tie needed straightening

  6. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 12 September 2009 at 9:16 am #

    shades of blue and dreams……


    love always….

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    Anonymous | 12 September 2009 at 9:57 am #

    Hey Steve,

    I loved it…every minute. The 'Dux in the Tux' crooned the night away beautifully…The cd has been on non stop ever since…

    Off to a gig now, with inspiration in tow from you guys…


    Jon from Geelong.

  8. avatar
    veleska1970 | 12 September 2009 at 10:52 am #

    beautiful. glad you had such a good time there.

    lotza love….

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    cazziem | 12 September 2009 at 11:04 am #

    Sounds like all went well in Melby which is no real surprise, but have to admit I missed my ttb fix in your absence!

    Have a superlicious day tomorrow. xx

  10. avatar
    Freddie | 12 September 2009 at 11:17 am #

    I wish I could have been there.
    How dare that one guy just walk out like that!
    Doesn’t he know that there are people in America starving!!
    Happy Birthday 🙂

  11. avatar
    Tim_G | 12 September 2009 at 11:51 am #

    any chance K/K will do a show in Sydney?

    BTW, just read an e-letter that suggests places like this and small online businesses were like villages, which is an apt way to describe TTB.

    Afterall we do have our village idiot.

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2009 at 12:34 pm #

    Just looked at photos from Toff….wow!!How handsome and distinguished you look in penguin outfit!
    Wanted to attend,but couldn't be there again.Maybe next time….
    Been enjoying the new K/K cd that I received for my BD.
    Yesterday I sorted out my CD shelves that had been in complete shambles and noted that you have released numerous CDs,in fact ran out of fingers and toes to count.Prolific artiste that you are!
    HipBD to you!!!!
    Lots of love and sunshine

  13. avatar
    robertmadore | 12 September 2009 at 2:12 pm #

    Happy Birthday Virgo Brother…

  14. avatar
    v + v = i | 12 September 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    …happpy birthday to u sk. u mean the world to me…

  15. avatar
    CSTCoach | 12 September 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    beautiful. a smoky evening in a cabaret outside of time, or at the end of time. lovely weaving of images, with a hint of the surreal creeping in now and then. beautiful writing.

  16. avatar
    glynnisjohns | 12 September 2009 at 5:35 pm #

    Happy early birthday!

    "you are younger today this moment than you will ever be again".

    have a wonderful day.


  17. avatar
    Nick | 12 September 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    love the tux , wish i couldve seen it ! Nick

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2009 at 7:35 pm #

    happy birthday to you!!!xoxoxo

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    happy birthday to you!!!xoxoxo

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2009 at 7:37 pm #

    happy birthday brilliant SK!!!xoxoxo

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    Anonymous | 12 September 2009 at 7:38 pm #


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    Anonymous | 12 September 2009 at 7:39 pm #

    live long,and prosper .:D happy birthday .may all your dreams come true,even more so than before.:) xo

  23. avatar
    davem | 12 September 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    I can almost imagine the cigarette with the tux.
    Wishing you a wonderful birthday. You are a great man and a very special talent.
    I truly celebrate your birth. You've blessed many and have added so much to my life.
    Raising a glass of (veggie) red to you SK.
    Many, many happy returns whenever it is that the 13th hits oz.
    You're looking and sounding fantastic compared to the vast majority of your peers.

  24. avatar
    catchow | 12 September 2009 at 8:32 pm #


  25. avatar
    the dean | 12 September 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    I;ve been listening to 3 of MK works – a low high, K-K & fall, in that order – the slide and trumpet is from a futuristic spanish western. lost and lonely love.
    eno, mum, pf, pop, it's all there.
    get into it.

  26. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 12 September 2009 at 8:44 pm #

    The pedal steel is a gem and Steve Howe is one of it's masters. Must have been a comfortably numb concert.

    Happy B-Day Sk. You're still twelve years younger than MACCA and he made one of his best albums by far late last year "Electric Arguments."

  27. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 12 September 2009 at 10:31 pm #

    ….happy birthday today, my man……you and my dad share this day, hope today's spent with the ones you love and with friends as well…..

    was going to send you a gift this year but instead made a large donation to the local relay for life, goes towards research for a cure for cancer… woudln't that be an unreal gift for everyone, finding a way to beat this bastard disease……

    love always…..

  28. avatar
    bc | 12 September 2009 at 11:15 pm #

    nice picture…and imagery. Happy B day man!

  29. avatar
    Lian | 12 September 2009 at 11:51 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Steve.

  30. avatar
    Richard | 13 September 2009 at 12:29 am #

    ol' 55

    mangy panther still on the prowl

  31. avatar
    CSTCoach | 13 September 2009 at 1:31 am #

    Happy Birthday Killa!! Hope you have a great one, and that the coming year brings you prosperity, riches, thirteen red peacocks w/ eyes like the sun, monogrammed bullets for your pearl handled gun, etc

    Ryan & Tomoko

  32. avatar
    princey | 13 September 2009 at 1:35 am #

    Happy Birthday sk! I know you'll be spoiled rotten by your girls today, so enjoy!:)))
    love Amanda

  33. avatar
    Lesley | 13 September 2009 at 1:56 am #

    It's a song about you…your birthday song! Happy 55th and you just keep getting younger. Enjoy your day off. Best always, Lesley & Tyler

  34. avatar
    melissa | 13 September 2009 at 1:59 am #

    that was really, really lovely SK 😉

    have a beautiful birthday!!!!


  35. avatar
    Lesley | 13 September 2009 at 2:05 am #

    It's a song about you…your birthday song…a reminder of 55 years past and future days yet to come. Thanks for making us all so beautiful! Lesley & Tyler

  36. avatar
    eek | 13 September 2009 at 3:42 am #

    Happy Birthday, Steve! I hope you have a lovely day…and a lovely year.

    And we can all celebrate Steve's birthday by buying stuff — for ourselves! How cool is that??!!

    In honour of SK's birthday, there will be a sale on original paintings, commissions, prints and cards at the Steve Kilbey Art website ( on September 14 & 15*.

    – 20% to 40+% off all original paintings on the site (this doesn't include commissions);
    – commissions booked during the sale will be 10% off;
    – prints will range from $25 to $50 (a few may be lower);
    – greeting cards will be $3.33 each.

    In addition, a selection of older paintings are going to be added to the site for this sale. These paintings will be very attractively priced.

    The site will be updated over the weekend, so if you don't see everything I mentioned here, keep checking back. It's a mess right now, but I am working on it! Also, if anyone experiences any problems with the website or the sale prices, please email me at hejstudio (at) gmail (dot) com

    And, remember, we have an extended payment plan (aka layaway or layby plan) which can help with budgeting.

    * as long as it's the 14th or 15th of September anywhere in the world the sale is on.

  37. avatar
    PAGEY | 13 September 2009 at 3:50 am #

    Happy Birthday Kilbey!!
    Stay as young as you are.
    Peace b wit ya!

  38. avatar
    stealthblue | 13 September 2009 at 4:51 am #

    Hiya Steve,

    Just want to wish you a very HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! May you have many, many more great years ahead with us here on Erf. You're only 55 years YOUNG!! Here's to wishing you all the very best now and in the future. You are a one of a kind, and for that I love and respect you for all that you are. Cheers to you, my friend and "mentor". My sweet wife sends you much love too.

    Your faithful fellow Virgo (9-11-72) D'OH!! 🙂

  39. avatar
    Mary | 13 September 2009 at 5:03 am #

    you looked really good with the bow tie hope u have a good day tommorrow! love ya


  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2009 at 5:12 am #

    Happy Birthday,

    Hope you're having a wonderful day and it's one of your best birthdays.

    Peace & love,

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2009 at 5:54 am #

    Hip hip hooray
    Happy birthday sk
    May you have many more and I hope you're enjoying today.

    Lady Di

  42. avatar
    Chez | 13 September 2009 at 6:01 am #

    Happy Birthday Brother SK….

    Minneapolis, MN

  43. avatar
    elduvik | 13 September 2009 at 7:44 am #

    Happy birthday SK… thank you for being so inspiring.


  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2009 at 8:57 am #

    happy birthday, mr. K!


  45. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 13 September 2009 at 10:11 am #

    Yes, happy birthday, Steve!
    I trust you'll be with us for many years to come – and a force to be reckoned with, as always.


  46. avatar
    Matt | 13 September 2009 at 11:32 am #

    Happy Birthday SK
    Thanks for the soundtrack to my life!

  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2009 at 12:22 pm #

    happy birthday Killa 🙂


  48. avatar
    andmoreagain | 13 September 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    Happy B-Day Killa!

  49. avatar
    fantasticandy | 13 September 2009 at 2:55 pm #

    just got back from italy in time to wish you a great birthday steve!
    got to catch-up on all yer blogs now……….

  50. avatar
    Sigur | 13 September 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    Sorry been so busy to keep up with your prolificity.
    Dropped in to say happy birthday and send you a token of appreciation of your artistry.
    When I pass and Winter grounds me under these roofs, it will come to pass, once more.

  51. avatar
    bill | 13 September 2009 at 7:09 pm #

    Steve – Happy Birthday you sage of psychedelia.

    San Diego

  52. avatar
    SAW | 13 September 2009 at 7:49 pm #

    the happiest of birthday wishes to you, SK. the stars above twinkle with delight as they watch your creative spirit burn bright.

    cheers, SAW

  53. avatar
    heatherdaydream | 13 September 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    sounds like a great gig

    happy birthday

  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    happy naissance (without the re) day my young Pachulka…

  55. avatar
    restaurant mark | 13 September 2009 at 9:55 pm #

    sorry for my absence sir…new babies take a lot of time and attention apparently…who knew???

    hope you have a great birthday!

    take care

  56. avatar
    c h r i s p y | 13 September 2009 at 10:10 pm #

    Another year older, another year younger… hope you have a very happy birthday, Steve!

  57. avatar
    princey | 13 September 2009 at 10:34 pm #

    Now that it's over, have a strong black coffee and come back here pronto!:))))

  58. avatar
    matt davison | 13 September 2009 at 10:40 pm #

    Happy Happy B Day… SK…

    lots a love

    Matt & the team @picturesquefilms…oh wait thats just me… jejjejeje


  59. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2009 at 10:59 pm #

    happy birthday my oldest friend

  60. avatar
    lily was here | 13 September 2009 at 11:34 pm #

    And THIS was most enjoyable sk. Thank you. The years do not diminish your talent, this was exquisitely written. जन्मदिनस्य हार्दिकशुभेच्छाः and many happy returns for yesterday, today and tomorrow.
    love Sue xoxo

  61. avatar
    Tim_G | 14 September 2009 at 12:14 am #

    happy birthday SK – and here's to many more!

  62. avatar
    Mary | 14 September 2009 at 12:50 am #

    Happy Birthday Steve, you share the same bday as my brother so its a great day today!!! I pick up my glass of wine to the both of ya, love to you, hope you have a great day with your family.

    Love always, Mary (greatest fan)

  63. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 14 September 2009 at 3:42 am #

    Some more inspiration from DC!…

    From –

    "Erotic love inspired passion creativity are flavors of divine intelligence"

    "The scenery is time bound but the seer is timeless.. You are the timeless seer in the midst of time bound scenery"

    Happy Birthday SK!

  64. avatar
    Johnsense | 14 September 2009 at 3:47 am #

    “Ah, but I was
    so much
    older then
    I’m younger then that now…”

    (From the Dylan song ‘my pack pages’……I wonder if you like that song? But it doesn’t matter either way)

    Happy B-day SK! An best to you…


  65. avatar
    Johnsense | 14 September 2009 at 4:04 am #

    I ment
    the Dylan song 'my back pages'


    I think the lyrics are great… too say the least, and unlike alot of his latter songs his voice is very nice on that song…

    bla bla good night…

  66. avatar
    m.p.k | 14 September 2009 at 4:34 am #

    I wish I could have been there. The photos look magical, and I love the record. Love ya SK.

  67. avatar
    fandorin | 14 September 2009 at 8:33 am #

    All the besteste herzlichen Glückwünsche zum Geburtstag.

    And thanks for the lesson about how to start writing music by letting a tiny cell grow, just to kill the stem after the flower appeared…that was a great starter for me.


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