posted on November 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm

adventures in the skin trade

bang on n on

antennae pluck stuff from thin air

brain processes it

sensibility filters it

genius refines it to a subtle form

individuality shapes it exquisite

love colours it

passion heats it up

compassion cools it down stops it burning

the emptiness is filled

something appears outta nowhere

nature steps in spirit blazing

the madwomen toss their heads and sing

we love you steven

but when the night arrives

i am even lonelier than before

before loneliness owned me solely unholy

before i owed my soul to some hole that i stole

before i swore that the door was out on the fourteenth floor

before before before

long before

n after the laughter that we bore we saw the true king appearing

uncompromised  he rose rising with the rosy dawn

but i digress

leg before wicked

mangled up in brew

singled out for a single cypher

you can hire a glyph

lamp of this world while we are still in it

still i imagine the sudden jolt of sentience

when patience exhausted you forced into a wall

the walls close sin on you

an award with no reward

if if if if if if if if if if

i rehearse at the opera house

on the steps under the blue spring australia sky

on a glorious sunday

well this is an impromptu speech……

famous geezers wander about

starlets and hospitality types

bottles of water

the sails of the house strain to pull upon us free

we break away and drift along on the sea

the deep green sea

under you

over me

17 Responses to “magnum hopeless”

  1. avatar
    Tristesse | 7 November 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    Come back after the awards and talk to us love xo

  2. avatar
    Steven Krut | 7 November 2010 at 6:46 pm #

    Hang in there, Steve. The tide always comes back in.

  3. avatar
    Lyndall | 7 November 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    As always, insightfully exquisite
    Amazed…from a heavy heart comes intense beauty
    I wish I could write poetry like this
    Blessings to you and your creative genius
    Take care L x

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    PINK CHURCH FLOYD | 7 November 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    Hi Kilb’s
    Beautiful and very deep read.
    Rocking and pillows at night relax the mind and sooth the heart.
    The sound of the ocean must be beautiful at Dusk.
    As down here are the cockatoos that swarm the sky in 100s but as one.
    Take care kilb’s
    can’t wait to finally see The Church at the Geelong Show
    Ange xo

  5. avatar
    . | 7 November 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    a very nice one indeed…
    sail away on the greeen…

  6. avatar
    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 8 November 2010 at 12:44 am #

    Hey SK-
    I hope your holding up okay. I have to continue my review of the new ‘gb3’.
    So here is some more insight:
    #1-Nectarine…fuckin brilliant, simple approach which builds to a incredible rush of feelings as Philippa pleads with sympathy that ” it hurts “. She is incredible as i stated before.
    #2-I dont wanna know… song has a forgiveness factor, as if all that is spoken can and should be taken taken at words value. Strong rhythm section-this is your strongest vocal performance, lyrics remind me if this could have been written during “painkiller” time period.
    #3-How do you glow… smooth lyrics, very simplistic beat, your description of king and queen makes the listener question “how can a king or queen go down…” The chorus has a early Bono feel to it, which actually is a complement.
    #4- I’m the one…synths take from the body of the song and get in the way for me, the listener, the drum beat reminds me of early Ploog. The chorus is drowned out by the synths-sorry-this does not resonate with me.
    #5-Damaged/Controlled- the opening has a Dave Gahan solo project feel, your vocals are direct and passionate. The guitar work is smooth and relaxing, this is a gem on this album, if you listen to Dave Gahan’s solo project= Hourglass, this song almost feels like Dave could have song it with you. How cool would that have been.
    #6- Deranaged/Controlled… Opening synth is almost EXACTLY like the opening of “Shine” by Depeche Mode on the album Exciter. Is DM an influence for Glenn Bennie? Because he often channels DM (non-dance or techno songs) thru-out this album. Nice quiet instrumental-more albums need this type of material. Love the exit…leaves you adrift, afloat.
    #7- Uncertainty… My favorite lyrical and guitar song on the album, but here we go again, sounds very similar to a U2 song. I know this is a complement because at one time-they were brilliant. I really enjoy your vocals-seem sincere, as if your quietly speaking to one person-EXCELLENT SONG !!! I believe this song to be this albums finest work.
    #8-Sunday… a ‘church’ opening, but sadly the guitar work doesn’t even come close to Marty or Peter. I wish that this would have been more of a straight duet, than using Philippa as a chorus enhancer. This song would have worked better for me if the guitar work was mixed with the intention of being predominate, instead of ‘filler with feedback’ as it appears to me.
    #9- Underneath… yet again another gong that sounds like it was meant to be on Dave Gahan’s Hourglass, if you are not familiar with his solo project, i think you need to hear it. Overall-this song should not have been hidden on the album as the second from the end, typically where bands hide their weakest tracks. this song would have been so much better if re-mixed by Tim Time Bandit. When the guitar rips in at the 3/4 point, thats very ‘Edge’ like, this could have been a great original song-your lyrics stand out, the melody does not.
    #10- In Innocence…the angel returns, Phiippa is mesmerizing !!!! what a fantastic song. If you wrote this with having that songbird sing it-brilliant, if not, brilliant anyways. She steals from every song-I can drown out the music and hear only hear voice. this song makes the listener feel at peace with everything in the universe. Fantastic Song !!!!!

    OVERALL- I gave this cd a 8.5 out of 10 on the last blog, now i have to readjust my rating to 8.0 out of 10. The reason behind this is, too much familiar beat patterns, and guitar work that I have heard done often, and sorry-way better. Your voice and lyrics are spot on. Philippa is enchanting. The band, well, I have heard better…this album probably plays out ‘live’ better than on cd. I am proud to own it, and i am so glad that i ordered it. I just feel that “you” may have been a bit to ‘hands-off’ in the creation of the music. The bass and drums are adequate. Guitar and synth work-marginal at best. The vocals…carry this album to the heights and could have surpassed them with a little more effort in creation, and less channeling of previous works and better musicians. Sorry if I seem critical, I care too much to say otherwise.

    Darrin K.

    • avatar
      Lyndall | 8 November 2010 at 4:24 pm #

      Darrin K – thanks for the review. I have ordered my copy…can’t wait.

  7. avatar
    Cocoamo | 8 November 2010 at 9:24 am #

    Hire a glyph…You crack me up, you clever boy.

    Count your blessings–the riches–silver in the hair, gold in the teeth, crystals in the kidneys, sugar in the blood, lead in the ass, iron in the arteries, and inexhaustible supply of natural gas?

    Okay I plagiarize.

    Don’t be lonely. We are with you..we really, really are

    Your friend in Pennsylvania (now in Cocoa Beach)

  8. avatar
    Therese | 8 November 2010 at 10:11 am #

    Congrats on a job well done last nite.
    Glad they kept the best award presenter till last.
    U looked great, loved the suit. Can see a tv career at some stage.
    Looking forward to the Church gig.

    Peace & love

    • avatar
      Karen | 8 November 2010 at 2:52 pm #

      I think tame impala should have won something,…. still those young hippies are ok aka angus & julia most of the show annoyed the shit out of me ..but it had its moments maybe Im too old for the aria’s
      an award with no reward indeed…

      nice suit btw

  9. avatar
    B.Bon | 8 November 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    Announced as ‘the pope’ of Australian music no less. I heard that and thought you’d get a chuckle out of it. Hope you did.


    P.S. Hello Isolde

  10. avatar
    isolde | 8 November 2010 at 6:33 pm #

    I liked the arias it was kooky and all the youngsters sending up the whole presenter thing, perfect for you, hurrah hurrah the circle has turned

    hello B.Bon I have missed you something shocking

  11. avatar
    hellbound heart | 8 November 2010 at 7:20 pm #

    an award with no reward?
    hollow offerings indeed….things that are of the greatest worth are the most insubstantial, yes?

    love always….

  12. avatar
    thebloggedcrusade | 8 November 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    Well,missed the ARIA’s as such but did see TAHOF awards.Made sure to knowin that TC were getting a gong.
    Nice speech Cap’n K.
    I was as suprised as Chuggy and Marty to hear you let it all hang out like that.
    So far removed from the enigmatic and aloof prick I met a coupla years ago
    thats for sure.Lost a bit of faith in TC about there but hey,here we are.

    Gotta agree with all you said about Australian music.
    Its always been as good as anywhere.

    Your little band has given it a nudge anyways.


    Seeya in our one horse town.

    PS.Guest appearance by Richard on the last 5 songs of the set would be a bloody nice touch.

    R.I.P James.( we used to cover “I wanna be your baby” by TRS.loved it)

  13. avatar
    nic | 8 November 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    we break away and drift along on the sea
    the deep green sea
    under you
    over me

    exquisite as always …. you are the master of the written word … xxx

  14. avatar
    Freddie | 11 November 2010 at 1:03 am #

    My antenna is corroded again. Sometimes it’s just easier that way.

  15. avatar
    shakeology 3 day cleanse | 23 November 2010 at 4:28 am #

    Life is one long struggle to disinter oneself, to keep one’s head above the accumulations, the ever deepening layers of objects … which attempt to cover one over, steadily, almost irresistibly, like falling snow.

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