posted on November 29, 2008 at 6:53 am

so many things at once
look its all happening out there
the clouds the rain the wind the stars
me n my baby love
so much more
n so much less
i can do anything i think i can
but i cant make the horses drink the water
i just gotta let go
i thought it’d be so easy
youre just an antenna
youre just a wire
saturday i played the festival
i guess you could say i was tepidly received
i just dont knock their dicks in the dirt, do i?
my glory days are gone
im just an olde geezer with a dodgy voice
no one there wanted to hear me
i struggle on playing
but whats the point?
after the show
lady: i like the cover of utmw!
man (excitedly) painkillers playing soon!
me : yeah dec 22
man : i cant be there….
unless you know who i am n what i do
you wont really dig it
as an entertainer i’m a zilcher
what am i good for
(absolutely nuthin’)
on thursday
i travelled up to see my new accountant
who is a paid up fiend n subscriber
from way back
even his skills
cannot save me from being in deep debt to the tax demons
i got a couple of big lump sums
i didnt put the dough aside for tax
theres a problem
unlike most peoples
my tax is not deducted at source
its my own fault …i dont blame anyone
at one point my accountant says ruefully
you probably think i’m a ” straight”
no no no i say
well i am he says
a “straight” with good taste in music….
its good to be with someone
whos got ALL yer records
i mean
if he aint in my camp…who the fuck is?
now i need a doctor n dentist n lawyer
who are fiendss reading this blogge
just think
i could get my botox shots from a quack
whos got p=a playing in the surgery
or get defended by some barrister
who thinks freaky conclusions is just dandy
or if i had a fanboy dentist
he’d know to give me a little extra laffing gas
cos i’m the fuckin’ killer
n i can handle it
when natalie was “having” scarlet
she had this gas mask on with the laughing gas on high
have a whiff of this she says offering me a wee lungful
it knocked me into the middle of next week
i thought youd like that
said my wife who was astonishingly calm n composed
all things considered
gee i wish my dentist would give me a hit like that
talking of which
i need 2 crowns
the longer i put it off
the harder it will be
any toothquacks out there
eager to drill my fangs?
any used car dealers with a cheap car for me
that wont blow up?
david byrne is OFF
hows that?
thats fuckin’ show biz folks
next thing up
the triffids in melbourne
thats gotta be good, right?
its saturday nite
im gonna get wasted

27 Responses to “mans second best friend”

  1. avatar
    kat | 29 November 2008 at 8:44 am #

    aw, sk… if it makes you feel any better i will never have credit again. its blown to hell. and my crown i lost is still not on my tooth. i don’t know wtf it is.

    just sounds like the people are lame you are playing too. lay low!

    have fun getting wasted! if i had a dick you would knock it in the dirt.


  2. avatar
    captain mission | 29 November 2008 at 8:44 am #

    you got a great reveiw in the australian newspaper for painkiller. they love ya man.

    sad about byrne, i imagined him seeing you guys and getting all excited and enthusiastic, running to eno saying, ‘brian drop everything put U2 on hold, dump coldplay, you gotta hear this….’

    in another universe maybe that happened….

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    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 29 November 2008 at 8:52 am #

    hmmm, i wonder why everyone wants to play music with killer, it must have been the last dj…
    Jonny Moondog Smythe

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    Hellbound Heart | 29 November 2008 at 9:10 am #

    oh man taxes and dental work suck, have bridgework that keeps falling outta my mouth and a root canal job that’s crumbling to pieces….
    laughing gas is wonderful stuff, too bad the nurses took it off me in the final stages of having my bub, up until then i was cruising…
    matey, i don’t have a dick but what i do have down there certainly gets knocked in the dirt by your music….
    i swear, some $$$$ comin’ soon from me in the mail for tibor mk II
    (yeah, you’ve heard that one before, right?)
    love always….

  5. avatar
    persephone2u | 29 November 2008 at 9:53 am #

    Won’t they let you pay your taxes in installments so you don’t have to pay it all at once? Thank heavens you’re not living in a socialist country where you’d be forced to give most of it up to layabouts who don’t wanna work. Taxes, bah.

    I take it laughing gas is the gas and air stuff they try and give you in hospitals in Aussieland and the UK? They don’t have such things in the U.S., but the midwives in the birth center in London I went to showed me what they called gas and air which was this little mask and nozzle thing which looked slightly freakish to me. I shunned it like the plague and gave birth without it because I hate feeling light-headed and wanted to say I did it all naturally afterwards. Ya go with the pain and your body’s natural endorphins kick in and then you can be fully in the moment when your baby’s born. I figure that women have been giving birth for thousands of years and if they’ve done it without drugs, so can I. But it’s a touchy subject amongst women I’ve met who swear natural childbirth is impossible, so I’ll say no more!

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    iseult | 29 November 2008 at 11:42 am #

    thanks for the blog posts i have been catching up, some lovely writing recently

    gee that db biz really sux
    thnx for letting us know
    coming to pnklr

    there’s a virgin and qantas domestic air fare sale for trips 13 jan-7 apr
    its on till 3 dec if anyone looking to travel to melb or nsw

  7. avatar
    ml68 | 29 November 2008 at 12:12 pm #

    appatrently chirch on rage toinite,…im wasted alirfth

  8. avatar
    matthew | 29 November 2008 at 12:55 pm #

    Steve, hang in there, I can totally understand the tepid response frustration, even from my relatively limited performance history. And – no D Byrne??! Wow that’s a disappointment too… (don’t like him, but it would’ve been potentially good for the Chruch) Oh well, I’m jiggling my budget to do my utmost to be there for Painkiller tho. Take it easy.

  9. avatar
    matthew | 29 November 2008 at 1:02 pm #

    Thanks too for the heads-up ml68! Rarely watch rage anymore, I’ll have to stay up tonight!

  10. avatar
    eek | 29 November 2008 at 1:57 pm #

    lady: i like the cover of utmw!

    I wonder if she’ll ever figure it out.

    saturday i played the festival
    i guess you could say i was tepidly received
    i just dont knock their dicks in the dirt, do i?
    my glory days are gone
    im just an olde geezer with a dodgy voice
    no one there wanted to hear me

    It’s not you, Steve, it’s the situation. You are out of context there, so when most people see you playing they don’t think “hot damn! That’s Steve Kilbey!!” they think (at best) “that guy did a great cover of UTMW.”

    You should read this article. It’s about a little experiment where a top notch and quite famous violinist (Joshua Bell) busks (with a $3.5 million violin!) at a Washington DC subway station. It reminds me very much of your experiences at these festivals.

    He played for 45 minutes. In that time 1,097 people walked by. A very few paused to listen — most didn’t even look at him — and only one recognised him. He made $52.17 ($20 of that was from the one woman who recognised him).

    Here’s a bit from the article:

    “It was a strange feeling, that people were actually, ah . . .”

    The word doesn’t come easily.

    “. . . ignoring me.”

    Bell is laughing. It’s at himself.

    “At a music hall, I’ll get upset if someone coughs or if someone’s cellphone goes off. But here, my expectations quickly diminished. I started to appreciate any acknowledgment, even a slight glance up. I was oddly grateful when someone threw in a dollar instead of change.” This is from a man whose talents can command $1,000 a minute.

    Before he began, Bell hadn’t known what to expect. What he does know is that, for some reason, he was nervous.

    “It wasn’t exactly stage fright, but there were butterflies,” he says. “I was stressing a little.”

    Bell has played, literally, before crowned heads of Europe. Why the anxiety at the Washington Metro?

    “When you play for ticket-holders,” Bell explains, “you are already validated. I have no sense that I need to be accepted. I’m already accepted. Here, there was this thought: What if they don’t like me? What if they resent my presence . . .”

    He was, in short, art without a frame. Which, it turns out, may have a lot to do with what happened — or, more precisely, what didn’t happen — on January 12.

    Mark Leithauser has held in his hands more great works of art than any king or pope or Medici ever did. A senior curator at the National Gallery, he oversees the framing of the paintings. Leithauser thinks he has some idea of what happened at that Metro station.

    “Let’s say I took one of our more abstract masterpieces, say an Ellsworth Kelly, and removed it from its frame, marched it down the 52 steps that people walk up to get to the National Gallery, past the giant columns, and brought it into a restaurant. It’s a $5 million painting. And it’s one of those restaurants where there are pieces of original art for sale, by some industrious kids from the Corcoran School, and I hang that Kelly on the wall with a price tag of $150. No one is going to notice it. An art curator might look up and say: ‘Hey, that looks a little like an Ellsworth Kelly. Please pass the salt.'”

    Or in your case, someone would say “hey, you did a really nice cover of Under the Milky Way” and walk off.

  11. avatar
    matthew | 29 November 2008 at 2:12 pm #

    Eek, that was a brilliant illustration/expansion… Thanks!

  12. avatar
    verdelay | 29 November 2008 at 3:12 pm #


    All I’ve got is what you already have enough of: words and music. I do what you do, only you’ve been doing it for longer than me, and do it much better than I ever will. That’s not much good to ya, is it?

    Still, maybe I could waive the fines on your library books?


  13. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 29 November 2008 at 7:14 pm #

    what ya mean UTMW is ‘a’ cover, i thought THE CHURCH wrote that song way back when by themselves, who originally wrote “under the milky way”??? I am confused…
    Jonny Hollywood

  14. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 29 November 2008 at 7:16 pm #

    Even though SK has released several paramount solo CDs he’s commercially associated with The Church. It’s still an act of great goodwill by him to play solo at Vegan Festivals and Cruelty Free living festivals.

    The Church’s Steve Kilbey has more fame than Steve Kilbey. Look at all the great reviews at Amazon.Com for “Forget Yourself”.

  15. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 29 November 2008 at 7:24 pm #

    There’s over 50 reviews for After Everything Now This.

  16. avatar
    MaxVoltage | 29 November 2008 at 7:41 pm #

    DB is off ?? color me confused

  17. avatar
    serge | 29 November 2008 at 8:53 pm #

    Here I am, Steven. An antenna…! A wire…! OK, we can talk about everything you want, man.

    Kat, what a foul language! Maybe you’re having a bad case of spooky tooth?! lol.

  18. avatar
    kat | 29 November 2008 at 8:57 pm #

    hey serge, do you ever actually read sk’s blog? i made a reference back to what he wrote. jesus, get a grip while i call the police.

  19. avatar
    serge | 29 November 2008 at 10:01 pm #

    What blog, Kat? I read most of them, actually. The previous one, maybe? Well, I’ll tell you: This is the most emotional piece of poetry that I’ve ever read. except that… It actually almost HAPPENED. I must be really blessed…! Anyway, “Ooh Child” was sleepy and dormant in the vaults — had forgotten the song.
    Aaah… Don’t think twice, it’s alright: I don’t have the stray kat blues again, Miss.

  20. avatar
    kat | 29 November 2008 at 10:06 pm #

    this blog, serge. this one. you need to get a coat hanger and use it as an antenna. because you aren’t very tuned in. maybe take up theater? in drama. lol

  21. avatar
    princey | 29 November 2008 at 10:15 pm #

    A wasted TB is always good value the morning after! 🙂

  22. avatar
    serge | 29 November 2008 at 10:17 pm #

    This one, too! I fucken read it, Kat! Don’t get me wrong! But… you should also pay attention to yesterday’s one. Theater? No. You know I don’t play roles: I’m living the bloody things to death. No theater. No kidding at the last or next thang, either. Behind the red curtain, there’s “Tear Down”.
    How does it feels to feel?
    How does it feels not to feel?
    Good night.

  23. avatar
    kat | 29 November 2008 at 10:26 pm #

    sergeless jeckyll hyde, we all have our mental issues but you need real help. you are driving me away from all my friends, including sk. i won't tell ya what bro said he would do if you lived here. i see you aren't doing the bad anon thing today. go watch a comedy or something. tear down? i think i'd rather hear motley crue.

    sorry sk, sorry everyone. have a great gig, sk & fiends.

  24. avatar
    serge | 29 November 2008 at 11:07 pm #

    Never ever post any anon comment in here! Not me.

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 November 2008 at 5:24 am #

    When I read “I like the cover of UTMW I interpreted it as I like the picture sleeve of the record.Maybe she couldn’t remember what the album was called…

  26. avatar
    Melquiades | 30 November 2008 at 10:53 am #

    I’m a meager lil dentist
    who’s got his masks of inscence
    filled with gaseous climbs
    of child-like laughter
    while you sit in your chair
    there’s a voice coming in
    over there
    who cares if we inhale
    on this sweet cerebral nectar
    pour on the pipes, man
    the lonely daughter is coming in
    through the dawn gates
    with a great fuzzy beari-ish creature
    dangling by her side

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 November 2008 at 11:02 am #

    syrupy tripe melquiades…

    Sincere regards,

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