posted on September 5, 2007 at 2:34 am

yeah kids
electric fucking guitars
cymbals crashing white
iggy pop all cut up
smash em with your mikestand
cmon real weird
my heads on fire
cops backstage searching my stuff
hotel elevator at 4 am
man i look dead
static airwaves
the soundcheck was all wrong
everything i heard was the opposite
the drums beating still in my brains
the atonal drone of my bones
the girl scribbled down a number
the people were lining up
the moon was like a badge on the sky
i keep forgetting the words
watch out its loaded
my room has been made up
did i imagine that
afterwards we smoke silently with ronnie someone
gettin’ introduced to a white lady
slipping down the back steps
my guitar never came off that plane
a car crash on the beltway
in the back of the limo laughing
hammer on hammer off
slide up the neck to the head
the lights dazzling again
sweat appears on his face
struggle to catch a breath
the violins are racing now
the crescendo moonlight seeping in
a waitress brings your vodka
someone hands you a mobile phone
its your interview
on the bus the roadies were playin’ 8 ball
the mix was a joke
contractually impossible
ultimately inevitable
the doctor shook his head and smiled
change strings during the slow number
the place looks empty
on in 10 minutes boys!
whats my name ive forgotten
during the intro i realise im totally totalled
im checking out but i cant ever leave
the pools heated and the reception is frosty
an intervention in the obvious moment
the nurse says im sorry mister i cant give you anymore
the guy in charge says pleased to meetcha
the taxi driver says where to?
the flight attendant says coke or booze?
the man in the suit says i dont understand
his wife says me neither
a spelling mistake on our cee dee
someone real importants coming tonite
should i bring along my stageclothes?
do i have time for a nap?
heyi need to fucking see you man…soon
oh i play in a band some nights
about 1200 bucks
almost 5oo people
undersold oversold
overdose undertone
theatre lobby w/ merch and drinks
i travelled a thousand miles to be here
thru boiling nights and freezing days
i jump at a chance
i sign a poster
i sip my wine
i do my thing
i try to open my windows
i make an excuse and leave

45 Responses to “maximum s+k”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 September 2007 at 3:29 am #

    Thanks for giving a glimpse of a life that I can only imagine….and perhaps not even imagine.

    Mike (in Canada)

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    JONNY NOT YET SO HOLLYWOODISH | 5 September 2007 at 4:16 am #

    i don’t know what you have done but i keep bouncin’ from one house to another and back again, Mother Mary has let me come back once again, i can’t handle being told what to do with my life, i know who i am and i will wait till the end…(with Mother Mary)

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 September 2007 at 4:42 am #

    Hello once again,
    I enjoy your blog very much.
    This one especially!
    Thank you,

    Mark (Vancouver Canada)

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 September 2007 at 5:25 am #

    Some thirty plus years of your sidestage flashing before me! Amazing. That was a very cool and dicey piece.

    OK ok, I like Iggy Pop to listen to and watch…that’s enough though. It’s not like he’s in my audiophiles, I don’t think he needs to be.- I see and hear enough of him by chance. I kinda like how mainstream some of his work has become- like in lots of commercials. It’s better than some things that are like a broken record, IMO.

    Thank you for the very long career that I’m enjoying so much. I know I don’t say that as often as I should so there it is, thanks again.


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    Anonymous | 5 September 2007 at 6:07 am #

    Hey,Steve….sometimes ya get the best results by “flying blind”{take it from a professional,with years of expeeeeerience}…after a blog like this?…the only place left to go is… UP!….or you could try some R’n’R.!?..or you could get a P.A.!..don’t sweat it…the folks at the Po Fest are coming to see SK..{the whole kit ‘n’ kaboodle} are the beez kneez,just as you are !….have a lovely night Mr. K!…love,as always,gen xxxxx….p.s… Miss Art..My Art,she’s a singin’ and my mooosic,is smoooooth !

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 September 2007 at 7:07 am #



    That one is definitely for the book. Am I going to edit the book?


  7. avatar
    Faye | 5 September 2007 at 8:26 am #

    Oh,you are a genius,Sir!..That’s enough to give one palpitations! Which galaxy did you say you were from,again? xo

  8. avatar
    fantasticandy | 5 September 2007 at 9:24 am #

    for me jonny:
    i have nothing but respect for people who ‘know’ who they are.
    the problem is that ‘being’ that person can be very tough at times.
    maybe your loved ones never will understand…as long as your’e sure you understand’ll be ok!
    andy L.

    p.s. no-one out there is ever really alone.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 September 2007 at 11:44 am #

    The good, the bad and the ugly. I need my sk fix right here, right now!! love da greek gal

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 September 2007 at 12:10 pm #

    …look out for those Brisbane “Journalist” types SK.xo../CW

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 September 2007 at 1:03 pm #

    sixty seconds over (insert town here)…..
    yeah Art, this one is a great flash;
    I watched the vision montage, heard all the cutup sounds; the still moment of the crescendo moonlight;
    and centre-mix, the leaning limo laugh;

    you sure pegged it Killer

    Sounds like jackfrost
    That makes me cry

    this one needs no editing B.Bon


  12. avatar
    matthew | 5 September 2007 at 2:39 pm #

    haha, more classic stuff SK, thanks.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 September 2007 at 3:57 pm #

    Is that 1200 bucks AUD or USD?

  14. avatar
    Cee | 5 September 2007 at 4:41 pm #

    …just a flicker…

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    Anonymous | 5 September 2007 at 5:07 pm #


  16. avatar
    12str | 5 September 2007 at 5:23 pm #

    thanks guys…your kind words means a lot to me…


  17. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 5 September 2007 at 5:58 pm #

    As a recluse on the fringe of society my rich inner life enables to intermittently and probably ineffectually categorize The Church. They are the otherworldy version of the Rolling Stones. The Stones play rock and blues and The Church play haunting, mealancholic, spiritual and ethereal music. Steve is as fine a frontman/vocalist as Mick but Steve sounds like Lennon, Barrett, Gilmour and Jim Keer (Bowie in Remote Luxury). The guitarists are as adroit as keef and Ronny Wood. The CHurch guitarist sound more like the Byrds, REM, The EDge and Steve Howe of Yes. The rythem section is as solid as the Stones. There you have it the Rolling Stones are the finest Rock and Roll Band on the planet and The Church are the finest dreamy, trippy, yearning, poignant and otherworldy band on the planet.

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 September 2007 at 6:13 pm #

    hm. at the ‘time’ of the stones ‘n beatles, the Hollies were the third best ‘selling’. I think it was Sue C. whom also likes the beautiful pop of the Hollies- I love their b-sides and off hits. Of course I like the Church more than all of the mentioned. I have a tough time when I’m comparing the old Bowie and Hendrix…it’s different for everyone. They move me in different most excellent ways.

    So, today’s writing is incresingly provacative. It’s like a quick mosaic painting, flash action with hints of color.

    It’s kinda shocking that Iggy Pop is still in that sort of shape and really moves quickly around the stage, through the audience while performing! He makes Mick look kinda mellow!


  19. avatar
    davem | 5 September 2007 at 6:43 pm #

    Crikey SK…it’s no wonder I didn’t get that autograph at The Venue!!
    Keep rocking. Many congrats to Pat. TTB convention in Gothenburg in 08, culminating in The Chrunch??!! I’ll start saving, Sweden isn’t cheap!!
    Love you more,


  20. avatar
    restaurant mark | 5 September 2007 at 9:47 pm #

    you’ve been from one extreme to the other…from the best high to the lowest low and all in between…you could probably do without some or most of it…but the music, as always, is what drives you…it’s where your soul lives…from the teenager in his room with his records…to the sprightly 52 year old man…who by the way, still makes some of the best music on the planet. thank you…it’s my birthday today…38…and i’ll be enjoying some of that fine music, along with a nice bowl of my favorite greenery very shortly. take care steve.


  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 September 2007 at 10:14 pm #

    Hi sk, just wanted to wish you a safe trip to Brissy today, have a great time, enjoy the warm weather and free champers, then tell us all about it ok! Wish I could be there, but there’s only three weeks to go before you head down south, so I no complain, yay!!
    Take care and love you always,

  22. avatar
    verdelay | 5 September 2007 at 10:23 pm #


    I blinked and

    missed it

    very quick on the eye

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 September 2007 at 10:58 pm #

    Hey RestaurantMark! he’s not old at all. and he’ll never be an old man. if only you dare to say it again remember i’ll knock you down with the mikestand.

    sorry comment again.

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 September 2007 at 10:59 pm #

    Oh forget it, happy birthday anyway.

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 September 2007 at 11:04 pm #

    AVery Merry Un-Birthday,to all of Us!…Hippo Birdie,two ewes,! XX

  26. avatar
    ed in fl | 5 September 2007 at 11:07 pm #

    These are your best kind of blogs…have to do with music, touring, etc.

    ed in fl

  27. avatar
    fantasticandy | 5 September 2007 at 11:23 pm #

    i agree with ed…the road tales…the after-gig comedowns…stories of windswept bleak places, windswept streets littered with miscreants…lush floridian desert nights….
    the world becomes ‘hyper-real’ the way you tell it.
    but steve, how you manage to come out with stuff of this ilk almost every day?…………
    andy L.

  28. avatar
    Good Morning | 5 September 2007 at 11:30 pm #

    Have a Luvverly day!

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 12:22 am #

    fine writing lately

  30. avatar
    fantasticandy | 6 September 2007 at 12:26 am #

    i meant ‘rainwashed streets’ not windswept again… something wrong with my brain?…help me me?

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 12:55 am #

    donch just ate it wen ya brianz fall out! X

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 1:19 am #

    A soul and mind as original and creative as yours will surely find a seat among the greats in the afterlife.

  33. avatar
    CSTCoach | 6 September 2007 at 2:08 am #

    well happy birthday restaurant mark. always a pleasure to toast the health of a fellow fiendd.

    Safe travels to the poetry fest, Killa. I envy those who will be attending.


  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 2:10 am #

    Brizzy will be a great trip,SK!..take some time out,and have alotta fun!…./JB

  35. avatar
    JJ | 6 September 2007 at 2:44 am #

    I’ve often wondered what the reality of being with a band on tour is like…..your descriptions are priceless. Bon voyage to Brisbane; hope it is a most rewarding experience, tell us about it afterward.

    Enjoy that Birthday Bowl, Restaurant Mark – just got a new supply of Appalatian last weekend from fiends in Asheville while riding the rivers. Very fragrant indeed.

    There’s another birthday coming up, methinks…

  36. avatar
    restaurant mark | 6 September 2007 at 2:53 am #

    thanks jj…been a great night just hanging out with my wife and best friend…listened to forget yourself…sounded great as always! got a nice little buzz at this point. sounds like your probably doing fine as well.

    to the anon who thinks i called steve old…i was just stating his age…just like if i referred to myself as a 38 year old man. i think steve is very youthful and vibrant…creative prime even…sorry you misunderstood me.


  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 3:10 am #

    aprapos zero (the hero), would the name Daevid Allen mean anything to SK? I spy similar wordplay fourplay & underlay…but just a guess..

  38. avatar
    kat | 6 September 2007 at 4:34 am #


    i love the last line …


  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 4:48 am #

    Sorry Rstaurant Mark, i made a mistake again as i always do.

    Happy birthday again.

  40. avatar
    steve kilbey | 6 September 2007 at 5:29 am #

    daevid allen might be at po fest

  41. avatar
    ?{????????} | 6 September 2007 at 6:24 am #

    You’re tricky SK! xo..,,..

  42. avatar
    Sunshine | 6 September 2007 at 6:29 am #

    Loved this piece, Steve. It evoked all manner of emotions… a whole spectrum of them.


  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 8:26 am #

    “Have a cup of tea, have another one”
    God, I hate rock ‘n’ roll.

  44. avatar
    John Garratt | 6 September 2007 at 1:35 pm #


    Audience member: Play a fucking rock song!
    Steve Kilbey: Did you hear that guys? This guy wants to hear a fucking rock n roll song.
    Tim Powles: This is a track from our new album. It’s called “Fucking Rock Song.”

    The Church then play “Nothing Seeker.” It rocks.

    John Garratt

  45. avatar
    NickFiction | 6 September 2007 at 10:15 pm #

    i like that one

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