posted on August 18, 2014 at 1:25 pm
tasmanian deville

tasmanian deville

well i do always say i lead a weird old life

and i truly fucking do

last wednesday i fly down to hobart

where i am doing a cameo role in macbeth 1040

(no sunshine , that aint his postcode!)

i stay with actor gerard w alias dr spork

dr spork bends spoons and forks into jewellery

hes also playing macduff in macbeth

he also has some very fast ancient sports car

and because we’re sitting low to the ground

it feels like we are doing a thousand miles an hour

as we rocket round hobart smoking some primo sporkish mixture

me saying “slow the fuck down Spork!”

well the next day there is mild mannered genius director Brian Dimmick

he is so deep into the film

he is almost oblivious to whatever is going on outside his concentration

his dedication and belief and faith are fucking awe inspiring

with almost no budget

with everyone working on deferred payment

that is if it ever makes any money then they (we) will be paid

quite frankly brian dimmick is a guy i would work for for nothing

his vision

his insistence on historical accuracy

his perseverance and resilience

almost without any outside financial help

and now this film is all wrapped up

i simply cannot wait to start doing the music again

(i have already done first 20 minute)

so i got dressed up as the green man

and i crowned macbeth in his nightmare

we filmed in a cold sunlit glade with smoke and steam wisping about

when the cameras rolled there was a palpable feeling of…something eerie

this is one hell of a movie and i cant wait for you all to see it

the next day i visited brian at his house

cluttered and full of spears and shields and decapitated heads

we do a little greenscreen work with my antlers back on

the next day i visited the fabled MONA museum

museum of old and new art

an eccentric billionaire who made his money gambling

has built this gigantic multi floored museum in a picturesque spot

on paper i was gonna love the place

everyone told me i would

but i’m sorry

and not trying to be iconoclastic either

and disagreeing with all the many people who think MONA is amazing

to me it felt like

an eccentric billionaire had built a museum and filled it with random strange stuff

now that should be good in kilbeys world , right?

i would have thought so too

now i will use a phrase that i actually hate

MONA had absolutely no emotional resonance with me whatsoever

that is no criticism of MONA

but i was baffled with myself because i just didnt like it there at all

it was kind of nightmarish to me

just loads of weird sometimes powerful objects in huge rooms

rooms you could play a game of footy and still have room

there was apparently a room dedicated to human excretia

which i somehow mercifully missed

there was a “starbucks” coffee shop that wasnt actually a starbucks

but it was a good counterfeit of one

i dont know but the premise of that escaped me

although the soy latte was good

in the end i preferred to sit outside looking at the view

trying to decide whats wrong with me because i didnt like MONA

it fact i couldnt fucking stand it with all its overlapping musics and sounds

and all the lights going on and off

and its fucking interactive doodah…who wants to fuck around with that?

whats wrong with me? ungrateful sod!

is it i who is the philistine ?

or is MONA simply a huge concrete museum full of weird stuff

provided by an eccentric billionaire

i mean good on him for doing it but…

it just aint that easy..

on the other hand i guess it is

because 99 per cent of folks rave about it

and crabby grumpy old kilbey just couldnt dig it!

i think the eccentric billionaire should hire me actually

i could be at least one of the aesthetic advisers i think he needs

at least to appeal to some jumped up self styled cognoscenti ponce like myself

so MONA gets a big question ? from me

then my third strange experience

back at sporks having a smoke

he puts on a doco about Sunbury from 1974(?)

one of australias first ever big outdoor festivals a la woodstock

what a fucking dismal awful carry on

hot and dry and dusty

we have the obligatory nude swimming

but because this is australia we dont actually see many naughty bits

eg the bosom shots are tastefully side on so we dont see the nips

so all these fucking people came to see a bunch of australias top bands

one band piranha is just like santana complete with drum solo

only mike shrieve this drummer aint!

the wild cherries plod through some 12 bar sludge

then the big moment

a guy called billy thorpe who was huge at the time

its 1974 and theres bowie and roxy and all this stuff out there

but here in australia we got thorpie doing be bop a lula

and oop poop a dooh

or however the fuck that old warhorse is spelt

the crowd who must be on some serious bad acid and cheap booze

are going nuts over these hoary old 12 bar 1950s stodge standards

it is truly excruciatingly awful as thorpie takes solo after solo

while the band plod away

look i love my aussie music and i aint no cultural cringer

but this 40 year old document of australian rock is dismal

max merrit is pretty good in his own ragged kind of way

but the music is so old fashioned

so stuck in some boogie woogie past

skyhooks and a load of other bands were just around the corner

but this sunbury video is strange and weird and yes almost nightmarish

i’m confused

is it just me?

there is so much stuff out there that people seem to love

which i seem to hate

and vice versa

meanwhile i am becoming more obsessed with glide

and trying to learn their strange weird but good songs

i think about william out there somewhere

i was obviously a bit of an influence on him

its there not so disguised in some lyrics

other influences too

but the fucking man was a contender

the first bar of the first song we are doing

has more originality and beauty than all of sunbury put together

i dunno william is like shelley or byron if they were rockers

in another universe glide would have been massive

in a universe populated by steve kilbeys

who demand the kind of fucking music that glide deliver

the juxtaposition of noise and beauty

the juxtaposition of good and evil

songs that make you sit up and go wow!

the band has lost none of its power at rehearsal

the basslines are fucking awesome

the guitars were intricate and driving

the only question is

can kilbey cut the mustard and do these songs the justice they deserve

william i know youre out there

give us a fucking hand son

these songs are tricky to sing

but i know

if i can get it right

it will be one of the best things you have ever seen me do

see you thursday night then


back in rainy bondi

as the creditors close inexorably in!



35 Responses to “map of tassie”

  1. avatar
    Chris | 18 August 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    I despised detested and loathed MONA Steve…it evoked in me what the gambler wanted …’a monument to human cruelty and atheism.’ It is without beauty, nobility, kindness, love or hope, and left me drained and depressed…like visiting Auschwitz but without the truth or care for the sinned against. I tell all of my friends never to go there or waste their time with it. I felt bad karma all the way through…

    • avatar
      Chris | 18 August 2014 at 4:51 pm #

      …the fact that he built it with money taken from gambling addicts sucks as well…

      • avatar
        thetimebeing | 18 August 2014 at 6:19 pm #

        there we differ chris
        i believe the man has some incredible card counting gift and he could beat the house
        i dont begrudge him that or i’m not sure
        it is certainly an interesting point tho
        perhaps that was the bad karma you were mentioning
        what a strange fucking !

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 18 August 2014 at 6:16 pm #

      wow! ok!
      is that what it was ?
      yes chris, everything you say is true
      the spiritual hit was not there at all
      there was something dreadfully wrong definitely

      • avatar
        Anonymous | 19 August 2014 at 11:41 am #

        When I speak of spiritual hits. I speak in the negative because it is usually because the hit has caused me harm & pain & debilitation.
        Though I am familiar wirh feeling the negative energy presence in a place if it is there.

  2. avatar
    Kerrie | 18 August 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    Art out of context – very awkward and

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 18 August 2014 at 8:27 pm #

      yep! and

      • avatar
        Kerrie | 20 August 2014 at 8:22 am #

        and – and speaking of disturbing collections of random, sometimes disgusting objects in soulless spaces – my kitchen sink Steve! it concurs!

  3. avatar
    Steven Krut | 18 August 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    I had no idea what you were talking about so I googled MONA. Now, thanks to the magic of our information age, I’m fully versed and ready to render insightful commentary… Actually, reading the descriptions of some of the art exhibits, I could see myself being turned off by that place, too. But nothing in the museum could possibly be as interesting as the way the guy who built it made his money. I find that fascinating.

    I remember Billy Thorpe. Children of the Sun used to get played on the radio a lot when I was in high school.

  4. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 19 August 2014 at 7:58 am #

    Jet lag abates and juices flow. You know what it’s like? I find the map of tassie analogy a bit simplistic. What it needs is a camel’s footprint at Davenport (no, further south obviously). And then maybe a mini devil’s marble just above (with the option of circumcision…it’s only a needle in a haystack after all as they say in french films) Btw I heard Tas Devil’s ears go red out of fear not aggression. They are more defensive, dear things. Also, I think your penetrative insight fails when you don’t seem to comprehend that Australian breasts, being Australian, have inverted nipples. Didn’t you know that? Just informing. Has anyone here read the Importance of Being Earnest? Jolly good work. Sorry I don’t mean to sound bumptious. I am many things like obnoxious and exceptionally nastycystic but not bumptious. I don’t think. Not OVERLY anyway. (I said I am coming on Fri.)

  5. avatar
    Laurie | 19 August 2014 at 11:20 am #

    I wish I could hear your next performance!

    I like your comment about the museum exhibit. art should elevate not make you go, “I need to wash my brain, it’s been polluted.” Spirit matters.

  6. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 19 August 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    So I wonder if sk still thinks art/humanity should contain an element of the beast as he has previously mentioned? Surely! I mean when I think of parenthood of course I think of spiritual things to some extent but it has also been a very carnal experience from conception to childbirth to breastfeeding to changing nappies, washing, then there’s also been singing songs, dancing, painting, talking, praying, going through doubts, travelling, reunions etc…Then, women experience things differently (humans experience things differently to eachother… yes I know you know..) So when I think of art as a whole, it must include everything even the stuff I don’t like because to me that is part of everything. Just like as a mother I don’t fixate on the poohy nappies but remember smiles, smelling flowers (non allergenic ones hopefully…) etc…. and I think of kk’s recent song and video about the man in the monkey and the monkey in the man…all in flow…

  7. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 19 August 2014 at 1:58 pm #

    Balance! Life’s biggest challenge sometimes!

  8. avatar
    Fireseed | 19 August 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    A friend of mine from Sydney turned me on to a few early Glide tunes back in around 1992. As Steve says, the songs definitely had something special and distinctive about them, a melancholy quality which really moved me. I remember two lovely tracks in particular – ‘A Country Called Nothing’ and ‘Fade’, which I’ve sadly lost and don’t seem to be on any of their album releases. If anybody out there’s got an MP3, I’d love to hear them again.

  9. avatar
    veleska1970 | 20 August 2014 at 11:55 am #

    I had heard of MONA when it first appeared on the scene…..I don’t see how suffering can be art.

  10. avatar
    John Garratt | 20 August 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    Glide? As in Will S. from Echo & the Bunnymen?

  11. avatar
    Steve Draper | 20 August 2014 at 8:11 pm #

    I felt the same at Mona, no emotional resonance was the main fault, and I hate interactive fiddling around. Still good on them for having a red hot could be great if they have the bucks like that!.

    People who like the stock, common denominator, music are the most in numbers sadly, & they are who mostly just go with the herd, which were led by the marketers of everyday goods. It eventually ruined the industry. Even boof head from smart arse town understood 12 bar riffs, but he also bought beer, pies and smokes.

  12. avatar
    Dope is a straight jacket | 20 August 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    In all seriousness, if you weren’t so baked, I believe MONA would’ve been a vastly different experience for you. Sure, cannabis works in your favour in so many pursuits, but a stoned mind is simply not going to respond well to a proposition like MONA – one that asks for a leap of cerebral faith, not a spiritual one. I’ve always admired your fight against absolutism, but in respect of ganja, I think you go the other way. Try MONA straight, I dare ya!

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 21 August 2014 at 10:00 am #

      i dont think i would like it on anything
      its a monument to atheism it says
      so …

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 August 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    Now I’ve dreamed everything.
    Steve Kilbey & Wally deBacker aka GOYTE creating music together in a recording studio.
    Mind you, after SK changed some leads to a peice of electronic equipment & commenting on the dill who plugged the wrong ones in. He went & had a rest in a big comfy recliner.
    God knows why I dream what I dream.
    Notably I could not hear the music as all past dreams I have been able too. Even new stuff I have never heard before.

  14. avatar
    Michel | 23 August 2014 at 12:59 am #

    “Yuna & Mugi” is playing and my cat Eddie is still sleeping besides me.
    I will ask him if he enjoyed the song as soon as he wakes up, but he will probably rush to eat right after that…
    Thanks for another nice collection of commissioned songs Steve, Martin and all the commissioners ! (sorry, I always forget to add a message when I buy music on Bandcamp).

  15. avatar
    Cocoamo | 23 August 2014 at 2:59 am #

    Here’s some art that will touch your soul.

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania

  16. avatar
    Heather daydream | 23 August 2014 at 9:27 am #

    The building is the star of MONA. I spent a fair amount of time touching the cool sandstone wall and the warm worn iron pathways. Sunbury – yeah, our first “rock festival”. If you wanna see something atheist and ugly try a bunch of Aussies in a pub when some band covers that horrible song” “most people I know think that I’m crazy”

  17. avatar
    kell | 23 August 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    Yeah. You totally achieved it for William Arthur. Back then i got him intuitively; now i get ‘it’ even more, in a conscious mind ‘aha’ sense. Thank you! Somehow u carried his spirit/message/essence through….it is true. And the others did, too, working up the night to reach the pinnacle of the mountain. It is Done. (And Well done). As for Mona, i stayed within eyesight of the place & never went there. Glad i didn’t. Good 2 know what it’s like so i don’t ever haveta go thru it (haha)..

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 August 2014 at 9:26 am #

    Steve did you like Blake’s 7?

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 August 2014 at 11:58 pm #

    ‘If it ever makes any money then we will be paid’?
    Dude, it’ll never make money.

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