posted on June 3, 2013 at 10:26 am
lights ! action! church!

lights ! action! church!

watched the whole thing again last night…

you thought you knew the church….?

i thought i knew the church…..?

its amazing how the same bits make me laugh over and over

the church in some hokey restaurant saying dopey things

the waitress all puzzled

you’ll hear my vegetarian battle over n over as i ask

“has it got meat in it?”

the church lurching round the world stoned and tired and having a laugh

yes having a good fucking laugh

we were relatively young

we were doing relatively ok

you’ll be surprised to see how big some of the places we were playing in were

the audience goes on and on

a sea of faces ( what a cliche!)

we were living the good life

it seemed things might go ever onwards and upwards

but alas it wasnt to be

(another cliche still) there were dark clouds on our horizon

i was beginning to sense them

though i couldnt say exactly what they would be

i was about to hurl myself into a midlife crisis that would shut me down

it involved women children money thailand music and finally heroin

heroin sorted it all out by getting rid of the women children and money component

i would crash down and it would take me a decade to fight my way out….

so here i am on the crest of a wave and almost unaware i was about to be dumped

still its 1990

still it was last century

no mobile phones no laptops (as such) no emails no instagram no facebook

no hotelwomb or anything along those lines

no youtube no amazon no paypal …you get the picture

vinyl was still extant…it was about to fade away as well as me

(we would both enjoy a modest revival too!)

our last record had sold over half a million

this record GAF sold 250 thousand  or so

the church had already had a chequered career

in australia we had already been thru a slump or 2 before coming back with UTMW

our career in europe fizzed and crackled but never really catching on fire

and yet on this tour we played 2 sold out nights in london at a big  gig

the town n country club

and came back to play again at an even bigger one….

we are doing good business in italy and spain and germany

look at the crowds

look at the press conference in milano italy

theres a room full of geezers ready to hear about GAF…

so you  listen and marvel and then guffaw out loud

at the churches pretentious answers

all delivered po-faced with heaps of quotes and analogies

you  watching it always have a big fucking chuckle at the baffled italian journalists

sitting there trying to understand our hogwash n waffle

boy i wanna jump thru the fucking screen n grab my former self

AND SMACK THAT LITTLE SMART ARSE IN THE HEAD

but i cant

so i just have to laugh

what else can you do?

the stuff we come out would baffle anyone let alone a bunch of italian geezers in 1990

and the poor woman translating our high falutin’ replies

at one stage marty exclaims to the puzzled journos

“the trouble with a classicist ..he sees a tree he paints a tree….YOU KNOW……!!”

no they didnt know …and its hilarious

in another scene

after listening to some heavy flemish discussion of how i could get a veggie doo dah

i say to the belgian journo

“ok give me your cliched opening question!”

and he says

” ok this is your new album. how is it different to your last album?”

and we both break up guffawing

its the sheer idiocy of being a rock n roller

thats the beauty of my doco

the unexpected journey

the repetition will numb you

i left a lot of it out

we checked into and out of over 70 hotels

we tried to negotiate hundreds of veggie meals

shaking hands signing records by the thousands

another important juncture is caught on film here for you

2 years before in 88 i had had an argument with a little drip

from english rag melody maker

unfortunately said little drip was now the chief knob at said rag

and he sent a journo to finish us off in ghent belgium

and here she is

speaking in some hybrid transatlantic accent that would make

dick van dyke in “mary poppins”  sound authentic…

shes a real little horror

demanding ” does being a popstar make you a prima donna?”

my reply of “why …HOW DARE YOU ASK ME THAT…?!!”

elicits no laugh from this dull bint

she goes on to actually say “ive come to bury the church not praise them…”

her journalistic chutzpah extends to such brilliant questions as

” if your fairy godmother appeared what would you wish for?”

and asking me if i’m jealous cos marty is better looking than me n gets all the girls?

which despite me saying no to…she keeps insisting…” oh yes you are”

she later wrote that i hurled food at the crowd

envious of the attention marty was receiving …

actually i used to share the chocolates we usually had backstage

i used to chuck em to the crowd

anyway this bint stitched us up good

and that was pretty much that

at least you can finally see how it went down….on here….

marty of course is the perfect rockstar of all time here on this vid

he looks like a mixture of jagger richards harrison jeff beck and all the faces put together

with his floppy perfect hair his floppy fringed jacket and his skinned rabbit white physique

look at him lying round indolently by the side of an indoor pool

when he finally gets up and flops in he does it in such a way

it seems like an act of the laziest rebellion possible

marty seems so fucking happy and comfortable with himself

he laughs and clowns his way through the four hour vid

occasionally strapping on a guitar and blasting us with his sheer pizazz

pete is pete is pete as hes always been

ive known him 40 years and hes always like the pete here

mostly quiet smiling sometimes getting excitable but usually taking it all in

quite inscrutable usually

onstage he tall and slim in his 3 quarter length jacket

creating his amazing sounds without much fuss

me…i got the beard and some iffy hair dos

a bit podgy as the bint from melody maker was kind to point out in her article

we all had our shirts tucked in to in 1990

even our t shirts

youll see jay dee daugherty too

man he was in good shape too back then (he still is)

he doesnt say a lot but hes a humble modest smiling guy

he could wallop his huge drumkit too

(enough spare parts to build a morris mini said the melody maker)

hes having a good time

hell we all are mostly

flying business class

staying in nice hotels

(i filmed all the rooms for you all to see

what constitutes a good hotel room circa 1990)

23 years ago so much has changed

be amazed to see how the crowds try to pour into our dressing rooms afterwards

half the audience tries to get back after every show

and here i am holding court clutching an ever present bottle of evian

expounding on this and that

who the fuck is this guy?

i like him i hate him he amuses me

what a toffee nosed git!

what a handsome devil!

what a pudgy sod!

what a goofy fool!

what a stuck up turkey!

what a kind man!

in one minute your opinion of me will go on changing

a real mercurial flake …no wonder no one ever really trusts me

i’m always mucking around half serious half bored half aloof

ive left some nasty things about myself i could have cut out

like me bitching about my hotel rooms mostly

how someone else got a bigger or better or higher room than mine

hell i aint no saint

i left some nasty sides of me in here

then theres the other characters too

get a glimpse of mike lembo looking like nero or caligula or something

our amiable lighting guy trevor…still with us to this day!

our sarcastic sardonic subversive tour manager

helping us plot our dismissal of lembo

and theres the other roadies

the massive gilbert our sound guy

and all the others goofing off and fucking about

all over the world

the same little bunch in paris in NYC in london in atlanta

some of the footage is missing

i dunno

the tapes broke or got lost

this is an incomplete fragment of a tour

its jerky it lacks continuity it lacks polish

but youve never been inside a tour before

not like this

you can practically smell the dirty socks on the tourbus

you can nearly smell the beer and smoke backstage

youre there with me as i get up as i go to bed

as i sign n meet and greet and eat often from my POV

endure the tyranny of distance and the loneliness of rock n roll with me

the gags and disappointments

the memories and the regrets

a slice of my life

hey i’m proud of my film

its been a long time coming

if you thought you knew the church wait till you see this

its gonna put a real big smile on yer face

in spades and guaranteed

fuck.

i’m glad its all over!

sk bondi monday morning 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

88 Responses to “last thoughts on LONG DISTANCE CENTURY BUZZES AND FADES”

  1. avatar
    Brian D | 3 June 2013 at 10:53 am #

    will be ordering this very shortly – four hours – that’s alot of crunch !!! – thanks for putting this together SK

  2. avatar
    johnsense | 3 June 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Just ordered it…;)

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    Anonymous | 3 June 2013 at 11:47 am #

    certain it’s well worth the view; hope to be able to [view] soon; though I’ve never been into watching rock performances on film – rather just listen to/or go see “live,” sounds like it would be fun to see. hope so.

    side note re Dick VanDyke… though his accent was off for a cockney sidewalk artist/chimney sweep/child saving extraordinaire/kite vendor/uncle helping/etc.; [his] and the other sweeps’ dance on those rooftops of London is way up there above all of those other movie dance routines – the ones that always make the “lists” as best. It’s one of the most remarkable performances on film… I don’t know why it’s never been acknowledged for being so visually stunning; along with the last dance routine (as London burns) in Absolute Beginners closely following: you have #s 1 and 2 of the best movie dance performances ever. Hmmm? The critics/journalists get other than music wrong too, I guess.

  4. avatar
    Steven Krut | 3 June 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    What do you mean by “all over”? Inquiring minds want to know… 😉

  5. avatar
    Chris | 3 June 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Looking forward to viewing this Steve…a real doco…not some anodyne PR bullshit…rock on!

  6. avatar
    andy | 3 June 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    your candour in everything you do just floors me steve.
    how you’ve grown as an artist and as a person too over the years, learning(the hard way)how jollity and melancholy rub shoulders with each other.
    you’re a great musician and a great friend also.

    the comment above would suggest that the doors are still not yet bolted shut on that magnificent edifice known as ‘the church’….this is a very good thing,
    although the hinges must be getting pretty dammned rusty by now!

    new KK and idylist taking up mucho time on any sound system available….
    just the best music around.

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 3 June 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      there might just be some way forward for the church
      i want that as much as you guys
      and thanks for all those kind words too

  7. avatar
    Michel | 3 June 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    I know there is a future for The Church, but certainly not in a 1990 way : no tour, no lembo-isation, only Music.
    I notice your thoughts end with Monday Morning : one of your nicest lullabies (well, Russian Autumn Heart wakes me up, just after it !) though quite never played live…

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    Kraig | 4 June 2013 at 2:56 am #

    Even MORE reason i want to see this DVD! A slice of life! Good or Bad we all have it, but much beloved music came from this period, as it does in the 00’s and the Teens or 10’s! Whatever you want to call this decade? Now officiall the teens! Can’t wait to smell the smelly sweaty clubs, live the tunes, love the laughter, and enjoy the sound and vision of The Church! Just listend to K&K “You Are Everything” in it’s entirety again, in the car, driving somewhere with my lovely wife Teresa and ejoyed every minute of it! Very eclectic ejoyable upbeat uplifting album! Has a alot of feeling and mood to it! Glad it’s all over? As The Carpenters would sing, “We’ve only just begun”! haha

  9. avatar
    MJ FRIM | 4 June 2013 at 9:42 am #

    The year is 1990. I’m 22, my parents are still here, no real worries about money. Girls are every where and they are not asking for a credit report or what your yearly income is. I guess they were not women yet. I pick up GAF. I think it is very good but not up to Starfish standards. Why Metropolis was not a top ten hit or higher is beyond me although. Yes those days I listened and went to Church shows to add even more to the good times. I kept telling every one that the next record would be the one that would propel them to the top. Wrong about that but what a treat it was and always will be. Now it is almost modern day 2011. I know listen and go to the shows to get to a another place. Went thru a few long relationships “long lessons in futility”. Boy no other band on earth can take you away to other places like the Church. I travel to Chicago to see the Future Past Perfect concert. Topped all of the concerts I ever attended. What other band can you see and go out back, smoke one with the Duke and have a few laughs, talk to the guitarist, get the drummers perspective on things then sit your beer on there monitor and watch them bring 3 of there greatest recordings to life? Kilbey is a prince in exile. Am I a supporter and fan of the Church? Yes…….. Lets do it again. M J FRIM. GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 4 June 2013 at 10:55 am #

      i love ya mj frim!

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      Steven Krut | 4 June 2013 at 1:11 pm #

      I was also mystified that Metropolis wasn’t a bigger hit. That’s one hell of a catchy chorus. I still find myself singing it 23 years later. I’ve also always been intrigued by how the song manages to be both melancholy and exuberant at the same time. I know it’s not one of your favorite creations, Steve, but I think it’s a piece of pop perfection. A worthy follow-up to UTMW.

      • avatar
        thetimebeing | 4 June 2013 at 6:58 pm #

        its contrived. and utmw wasnt. i guess thats the difference steve

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          Steven Krut | 9 June 2013 at 12:16 pm #

          It’s a nice piece of work, even if it did come “straight from the factory.” Nice process control in that factory. I also love the chiming guitar riff. Lots to like about it, IMO, but, no, it’s not in the same league as UTMW. Few songs are actually.

      • avatar
        Stephend2112 | 5 June 2013 at 9:16 am #

        Metropolis doesn’t come across as contrived to me! I agree it’s pop perfection & don’t get why it wasn’t a big hit. The bridge is sublime & I want the guitar interplay in the slow fadeout to never end! Wistful & beautiful.

  10. avatar
    Mj frimo | 4 June 2013 at 11:13 am #

    My brothers and I love and miss you guys in Detour “Detroit”. What a run you had there from 2002 to 2011. I was there all 5 shows. Awesome!!! MJ FRIMO G.R. MICH

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 June 2013 at 11:18 am #

    GAF tour never came to my town.

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    Kohl Ette | 4 June 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    On waking, this what I recall happening last night. I was on a bus which was stationary and pulled over at a curb/kerb(?) dunno. Anyway, you were in full flight standing in front of your car which was pulled up behind the bus. You were gesticulating at me and saying to a crowd ‘This woman called me a hypocrite, can you believe that? How dare she?’ etc. So I got off the bus and said soothingly, ‘Steven, we’re all hypocrites, remember?’ And I gave you a chocolate Lindt ball which you accepted happily. Then I got back on the bus. You ate your chocolate. Everything was ok.

    • avatar
      Light Banter | 5 June 2013 at 1:26 am #

      It’s ‘kerb’, missus. Good job you’re not an English teacher…

      • avatar
        thetimebeing | 5 June 2013 at 9:19 am #

        who are you exactly?

      • avatar
        Kohl Ette | 5 June 2013 at 9:38 am #

        oh ho ho and a bottle of fun! yes the old deliberate mistake to test you lot. Excellent well done!

        • avatar
          Kohl Ette | 5 June 2013 at 9:50 am #

          Who me? I’m really colette with a little cie seeing as you dont do capitols baby

      • avatar
        Kohl Ette | 5 June 2013 at 4:37 pm #

        yep I do have a better job than english teaching these days bay the bay. I was an english/esl teacher to be precaise. Nothing causes you to ‘cross your eyes’ (sk) and dot your t shirt more than that let me say. Anyway, this is not my blog. Have some consideration and stop replying to me. There’s a good person.

  13. avatar
    diane | 4 June 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    wow, you really took me back, steve … a time before internet and cell phones? before children? before grown up life? it all seems so innocent. we were young and free. john and i saw the church twice on the starfish tour and every time you came through denver after that. you blew our minds every single time. i called it rocknroll heaven. you were like friends, our brilliant musician friends. and you came back time after time to intimate cool clubs like the bluebird … the most amazing private party, the best kept secret in rocknroll. come back to colorado sk and visit anytime. we would love to see you again. 🙂 we’ll bring our daughters (now 17 and 15) this time. cheers to the memories … much love, diane and john, boulder, colorado xoxo

  14. avatar
    Geoff Holmes | 4 June 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    Steve,
    I paid for the Kilbey/Kennedy double on 13th May and it stil hasn’t arrived.
    Could you please look into it.
    Paypal reference 5G92272QA5KZW

    Ta

    Kind regards

    Geoff Holmes

  15. avatar
    veleska1970 | 5 June 2013 at 1:33 am #

    I watched the excerpt again….man, I absolutely.cannot.wait to see the whole thing. I just *know* there’s more glamour under Marty’s shoe than I could possibly stand. 😉

    lotza love………

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 5 June 2013 at 9:18 am #

      where is that glamour?

      • avatar
        veleska1970 | 5 June 2013 at 9:28 am #

        We can only wonder, Steve.

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        Anonymous | 5 June 2013 at 4:35 pm #

        The glamour lies within everyone of your tunes through us, traveling transcendentally through time and space through the music, every time we play or hear any of these great masterpieces the glamour comes out with clarity through The Church to our stereo, car, iPod, or home, into our wonderful ears where the glamour tends to coincidentally tap our body, mind, & soul; the glamour might reside under our feet once in awhile too (as in Marty’s case)!

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          veleska1970 | 6 June 2013 at 8:54 am #

          Utterly beautiful!! Thank you, Anon.

      • Kraig
        Kraig | 5 June 2013 at 4:43 pm #

        The glamour resonates through the music to us fans and our stereo, body, mind and souls; or feet (in Marty’s case)!

  16. avatar
    Elvis | 5 June 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    You guys are so coo in every thing you doo

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    Ingrid | 5 June 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    That video is going to be amazing. So great you got to take all that footage and I can hardly wait. Wasn’t it such a great time before internet and mobile phones (I’m sure we were all much happier before they came along), our lives seemed far less cluttered.

    I remember when you used to throw chocolates to the crowd, my sister caught one at The Enmore I think it was 1992.

    What a band, there is no other like The Church.

    xxx

  18. avatar
    Turtle of WA | 5 June 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    Milky Way juxtaposed with Banjo Paterson’s Clancy of the Overflow on Adam Hill on the ABC tonight. The vision splendid. There’s something I never thought I’d see.

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      Galamor the Wizard | 6 June 2013 at 7:00 pm #

      Just saw it on YouTube….nice.
      Never understood why some “jazz great” has never taken Milky Way as their own. Vince???????
      I think the Church may have to get Jack Thompson up on stage to better the Hills version.

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        thetimebeing | 6 June 2013 at 7:39 pm #

        i met jack the other day at a wake. an amazing geeza!

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        Turtle of WA | 10 June 2013 at 9:56 am #

        Too true. Hills lacks the necessarily enormous balls required for bush poetry.

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    eternallylit | 6 June 2013 at 2:50 am #

    seeing above photo of you makes one recall how it all felt back then yeah gonna order dvd real soon need to meet my old feelings – now so stifled and numbed through my every daze – we’ve become strangers and i never saw it coming but you were lucky to fight your way back past the haze and the long black days you worked it out long ago and were fortunate to live a life doing what you love it seems creating so many wonderful essays & visions along your way but i never did get any of your chocolates

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    Anonymous | 6 June 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    I’ve still got that Melody Maker interview. She concluded that the church sounded like kangagroos bounding across the Outback. No racism there, then. What used to really piss me off at the time was that MM were huge supporters of House of Love, who were little more than a church tribute band, but they refused to ever acknowledge that and still put the boot into you.
    On a side note, I once played GAF on headphones up on the citadel at Hissarlik in Turkey – the site of Troy. ‘On this very spot, a great city once stood’. GAF was on constant play when I first became interested in Troy, so when I finally got there I couldn’t not play it. Listening to Pharoah in the shade from the walls of Troy? Yeah, not bad!

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 7 June 2013 at 11:36 am #

      i never heard of her before or after either. what a bloody horror. wait till ya see her!

      • Kraig
        Kraig | 7 June 2013 at 2:42 pm #

        Why were they or she such an ASS!?

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 8 June 2013 at 12:35 am #

          Yeah, what was the argument about with that Steve Sutherland dick? Hadn’t he been an early UK supporter of the church? He’s a total slaphead now, by the way…shouldn’t laugh, but, well, in his case…

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        Anonymous | 9 June 2013 at 2:37 pm #

        someone should have goochy-gooed her maybe? i know… but isn’t that how the game’s played in that world… no indian poker allowed? a friend of mine interviewed someone during his ziggy days; for which was told he chain smoked ate chocolates and did some other stuff while totally ignoring all of the questions asked throughout the interview – but his manager gave press copy along with presents – the article was fantastic and well, here we are; which is good cuz he’s quite talented too.

    • avatar
      vitrack | 9 June 2013 at 5:44 pm #

      The House of Love were and still are a great band.

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    kell | 7 June 2013 at 3:07 am #

    How is it that everything you do is so downright….enjoyable!! Looking fwd to seeing this DVD ~ also heard (a few months ago) your excerpt from ‘Songs for the Road’ book, read aloud by someone. With Mark Seymour & Kim Salmon in the room. It was….downright enjoyable!! And memorable. Honesty ~ such a wonderful thing..xx

  22. avatar
    CB | 7 June 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Does anyone know if the SK solo show at the Sydney Opera House still going ahead?

    I haven’t heard anything more about it for a while now. I need to find out so I organise time off work, plane tix, etc, etc

    thanks
    CB

  23. avatar
    Hirsute | 8 June 2013 at 7:41 am #

    Slaphead = totally bald

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      thetimebeing | 8 June 2013 at 8:10 am #

      oh . i had hoped for something worse than this for this miserable little worm.
      a useless alcoholic parasite on the music business
      hes lost his hair now but he lost his balls a long long time ago….
      a pathetic grovelling 2faced maggot

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      Anonymous | 8 June 2013 at 8:44 am #

      over here slaphead means asian

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        Anonymous | 9 June 2013 at 1:53 am #

        I remember something about Sutherland being sent to interview you and it was supposed to be for a big, front-cover feature but it all went to shit. You called him on his bullshit, wouldn’t back down or suck up, he went crying back to Melody Maker with his tales of woe and they pulled the feature and put the boot into the church after that. Fuck em, it was a shit rag anyway!

    • avatar
      eternallylit | 14 June 2013 at 1:37 am #

      slaphead = come here you unfortunate wanker and ill slap you about the head a bit

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    Anonymous | 9 June 2013 at 12:37 am #

    Suddenly we’re in 2000s and that vague idea of interstellar earth connected to all creatures living in other planets is nothing but a vague idea from the past. In the wake of 1990, I used to dream that this would be a time with so much white. Bright white tunnel stalactites in profusion comets crossing a darker much darker sky. Communicating energies operating instead of mere people in front of each other. I thought paper would become obsolete and thoughts would be read. And that I would be an adult in perfect command of my life. Whatever that was. Beautiful dresses, glamorous parties, politicians, artists, a crib in a vertiginous hill.
    Future? What is to have faith in the future but to build something in the present? All we’re left with by the end of the day is the present. And the end = the beginning.
    So You Are Everything feels like being solid and entire in this very present where you look for a spaceship about to land.
    Hedonistic breeze.
    Expansion and contraction.
    A personal Big Bang told and recreated in music.
    A capsule found in space.
    After you are everything, now this. In common with that empty beach record from 12 years ago, the feeling of something closing. But where AENT soothed, YAE heals.
    A display of knowledge and faith and endurance.
    Sumptuosity in the tiniest vibrations.
    Polished heart with the enamel from stars.
    Space bossa revealing a mystical rainforest and a chorus that opens the curtains to a romantic idyllic country in black and white tinged by the most colourful birds.
    Creation or evolution, both denied by a visionary mind devoted to Beauty and Truth. Revolution.
    Open ears to the universe opening eras in an universe of openness.
    I hear some cloudy music of a small cabaret breaking its velvety ceiling to the most impossible heights where the spaceships are hiding. The harmony of this spectacular breakthrough turns a somber scenery into the strongest and clearest crystal. I know you touched the core of it, the heart of it in these songs. It doesn’t mean it’s simple or grand, this apparent dichotomy that pervades your art. It doesn’t mean it’s forgetfulness or the memory of some long-desired future. It doesn’t mean it’s space or earth. It means taking these contrasts somewhere else. It means it’s the sheer joy of all possibilities within the contrasts but managing to be one single pure thing and I know how you like purity. The state of being pure is often considered to equal the state of being poor because wealth is supposed to wrap men around themselves and use artifices that falsely turns purity into a lie. In this sense, this is the most genuine art that could come from a time when wealth is driving men to insanity (again). So there you come like a musical Jesus with your miraculous voice singing divine verses, walking in the slowest motion over waters of sublime sound. And your spirituality is so sensual. The pleasing of all senses residing in the spirit. Your deliverance is as intense as it is smooth. How can you do this? It’s beyond comprehension. It’s (loose) religion and (dominated) technique. It’s one more proof that God exists.

  25. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 9 June 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Just to say last night’s album launch was very wonderfully played. Great to see you and Martin and other fan friends! Well that’s all. Very tired. Someone seezed in my snoop. No isn’t the past tense of sneeze snooze?

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    Lady Di | 9 June 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    Oh SK, I can’t get enough of your voice baby. Those lower notes last night were something else. Barry White eat your heart out.
    Your voice soothes my soul just like a quiet beach does.
    You and Martin do indeed create White Magic.
    Review of You Are Everything to come. I need to soak it up first.
    Thanks for another night of beautiful music.

    Love Di

  27. avatar
    hellbound heart | 9 June 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    I guess we all have times in our life that make us cringe when we look back on them…..not much we can do about them….
    Can’t wait to see the music
    <3<3

  28. avatar
    Ingrid | 9 June 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    Thank you for an absolutely fantastic night, the show was awesome and it was great to catch up with you again. Such a perfect way to spend my birthday!!!

    Today whilst I was playing “You Are Everything” I was delighted when my seven year old niece Scarlett commented “What nice music”. She too has good taste in music.

    xxx

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    Steven Krut | 10 June 2013 at 4:13 am #

    I made a video for Brother Moon Sister Sun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysX6zSCpWuY

    I really like the song. It always makes me feel good.

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      Kohl Ette | 10 June 2013 at 8:43 am #

      Fascinating to see how this is mutating. Thanks for your contribution. As Martin said to me the other night, ‘There’s a fair chunk of you in this’. It was a funny turn of phrase to use. I remember my son telling me when he was about 5 that I was a ‘chunky mother’. I still love him of course. Getting back to the other night, was a little sorry to hear Steve tell me the song wouldn’t sound well live, so it wasn’t in the set list. But I do understand, marvellous as the set list was. I told Martin I thought if they wanted to include strings etc maybe a church or somewhere more formal or just different acoustics would be the go… from the opening notes on the piano tho, I’ve wondered if one could go minimal and just sing it with piano. I don’t think it actually needs a lot of embellishment. Much as the vids are interesting too, it doesn’t need them either… keep thinking of interviews where sk upholds great music over visuals and rightly so. Anyway, thanks.

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      Steven Krut | 10 June 2013 at 12:47 pm #

      I noticed a small flaw in the video and it was annoying the hell out of me so I removed it from YouTube and uploaded a fixed version here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX42c2N9uwU

      I don’t think any good song “needs” a video. It’s just an extra way to experience the music.

      I apparently took a much broader interpretation of Brother Moon Sister Sun than was the original commissioned intention for it. Those are the images that came to me when I heard it, so I just followed that.

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        Kohl Ette | 11 June 2013 at 10:23 am #

        Thanks, nothing wrong with it and I filled you in about the origins of the song in the Church group. As the person who commissioned the song and had fair input into it, well, as I said it’s interesting to see how ideas develop. At the same time, as you can imagine, there is a huge emotional connection to the creation of the song and impulses before and beyond it…

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    Anonymous | 10 June 2013 at 5:27 am #

    Steve, did you go to see Killing Joke last night?

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    Anonymous | 10 June 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    Hi sk,

    Listening to (and loving) your (& MKs) latest masterpiece. Perfect opener with “I wouldn’t know”. It’s gonna be hard to pick a favourite but will let you know after I play it afew times.

    Great gig Sat nite, you and Martin are a musical match made in heaven.
    Your voice keeps sounding better at each gig and you look so comfortable performing without your guitar. Would have loved to hear all three KK albums played. Had at least two favourites on the nite but will have to play the 3 albums to find them. Trouble is each time you think you have a favourite it’s subject to change.

    Good to c the 5th member of the Church on stage, the other 3 were missing in action, hopefully reunited for a summer gig (fingers crossed). Lovely to talk to you and Martin, very humble.

    Its been a music weekend. Sun arvo d n I went to c a band from the 80’s (that we used to go to c every Sat nite at the Grand National) and Peter the lead singer dedicated a song to us as the girls from the Grand National. Of course we would have had to c the Church every Sat nite instead if that was possible, but the crowds would have been so big we wouldn’t have had the front spot near the stage.

    Hope you do a solo Sydley gig in the not too distant future, but thanks to the magic of cd’s you’re with us whenever we want.

    Take care.

    Peace and love
    Therese

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      thetimebeing | 10 June 2013 at 12:14 pm #

      i love you therese
      you have solidly supported me and i will never forget that
      sk

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    Rob | 11 June 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    The Unguarded Moment changed my life. I was into all the heavy punk stuff and that chiming guitar riff just floored me and the weird lyrics in that mesmerising voice. I was travelling around Australian and near Canberra and the band were playing in some tiny club (it was 1980 or 81, somewhere around there). Pete was playing a strat and an AC-30 and Marty had a Rick and I think Steve had a fretless precision.
    I bought Skins & Heart and Blurred Crusade on vinyl and played them endlessly late at night while I tried to play along on my own Strat and Vox. Saw the Church every gig I could. I made Pete smile one night by making faces at him trying to break his cool (I did and he gave me a lovely smile).
    I bought every record up to Heyday as soon as it came out. Played Heyday all summer driving around in a convertible along the beach singing “we’ll park the car by 10 mile beach or maybe Avalon”.
    Then I went somewhere else with life and music and lost touch with The Church, its been great in this internet age following Steve on Facebook and here and catching up on whats happened over the years. To see how great he is as a painter, committed vego, proud father, grumpy old man and just . . . an artist. Flaws, foibles, warts and all.
    An inspiration, a live well lived.
    Congratulations Steve.
    (I was playing bass with one of the Hoffmen today and we did Almost With You just for fun and got all the chords in the lead break wrong. So we played Bell Aire cause its easy)

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    Celeste | 13 June 2013 at 11:54 am #

    The GAF tour was in Pittsburgh just over 23 years ago. (June 9, 1990, to be exact) It was my second time seeing the band. (I had seen the Starfish tour in San Antonio a couple of years prior.) We had befriended the opening band (The Blue Aeroplanes, who needed directions to the venue) and were hanging out during soundcheck. I remember you carrying the camera around, filming people (myself included). I always wondered what ever happened to that footage. (I also remember you telling a story about the eagle that was painted on the side of your bus.) Fast-forward 23 years and “Starfish” and “Gold Afternoon Fix” are still in heavy rotation in my house.

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    Celeste | 13 June 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    That would be amazing. Thinking about it, viideo cameras were so popular in the early 1990’s. Now everyone just uses their cell phone. I remember Greg Dulli ambushing me and asking me to recite some poetry. The only line I could think of was “Would you be calm and placid if you were full of formic acid?” I was too shy to speak.

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    greyfin10 | 15 June 2013 at 9:08 am #

    The bit with Melody maker was (is, haven’t made it through yet) hard to watch. Seeing it is helpful though, as it neatly ties up in a bow an explanation of the kind of thing that might make someone bitter…

    Thanks for sharing this.

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    Brad | 10 September 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    Bought this as a “Digital Download”, which worked in a slick manner.

    To be honest, I wasn’t expecting this to be all that fantastic. There are plenty of upfront disclaimers that this is a real hodge podge of sorts. Video footage shot directly to tape circa 1990 usually looks awful. I purchased it more out of curiousity than anything else, being a longtime fan of the band that saw the on the GAF Tour. There was every reasonable expectation to believe there would be a tiredness to the band on this tour, and the record was stiffing big time.
    But I was really pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable the film IS to see now. There is none of the negative vibes that I kept expecting to creep in. The camera LOVES MWP and SK, and they both come off as very charismatic and charming people (Wondering what bits DIDN’T make the final edit though!) who seem to be enjoying themselves. The concert shots are awful, but in a way that makes the viewer/listener frustrated that this tour really doesn’t have much representation in terms of a great soundboard recording.
    The boys are higher than kites in many scenes and Cocaine is openly discussed, how tongue-in-cheek I don’t know…

    Overall, this was an excellent, pleasant surprise. I recommend it highly!


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