posted on December 14, 2007 at 8:42 am

i want to leave yesterday and my grumbles behind me
(although you notice someone try to always have the last word)
today elli and minna were awarded prizes from school
karin n i attend
they jumped in
in a sydney high school
halfway thru the year
they dont speaka the inglish as their first lang
and know bugger all about australias history etc
yet they cleaned up a load of subjects
coming in top 3
both could have brilliant scholastic careers
and aint it funny
i’d much rather they became top doctors or diplomats
than rockstars
whats happened to me?
i wanted a life of sex drugs and rock for myself
but for my five daughters
i want chastity sobriety and academia
oh yes
aurora and eve came home with some awards
aurora won a set of oil pastels
she let evie use em
but she insisted they go back in the right place
until eve had a friggin’ meltdown
aurora was laying a lovely trip on her
seemingly generous
but ultimately controlling
human beens…you gotta laugh
elli and minna have everything it seems girls could want
elli is popular and friendly
minna is groovy yet restrained
they are stunningly beautiful and growing more so by the day
they are extraordinarily intelligent
oh i want them to succeed in whatever way they want;
to see em change from tiny premmy red screaming things
to confident charismatic young chicas
pang brudar you’d call em in swedish
(bang brides….dynamite chicks)
i know i’m now just a father raving over his bloody kids
but christ
identical twins
so different
so the same
been down low too
and still not or ever out of the woods
there had to be catch i guess
it seems you never get everything
theres always a shadow
it wouldnt be this world if not
i was seriously envying the divinyls
for all the money it seemed they were gonna make
and then chrissie reveals her ms
god i feel such a fool
yes i met her the other night
a gracious lady
she said i may be deaf but im “still gorgeous”
i guess that immediately put me on her side forever
its a good way to start a conversation anyway
i havent seen them yet
but i will in melbourne
brother john said they sounded better than us
he went home and bought some of their tracks from eye-choons
i dont think we’re knocking their audience dead
you know
they like us but…
but what?
but we’re too……..needlessly highbrow and complicated
the other night
im singing my stupid lyrics
we sought protection in artificial youth etc
i look into ye olde ordience
theyre got that look
schoolkids get
when the teachers boring their pants off
though they know they somehow should listen
the church were shite says one divvies fan on his blogthing
we are not everybodies cuppa tea
thats ok
we are not the kinda support band that slays the crowd
or steals the other lots fans
we are are a slow soft explosion in their minds
maybe afterwards theyll think about it
some fans are even determined to hate anyone other than their idols
they hate you as a matter of course
its nothing personal
im neutral to the divinyls
i dont love em
i dont hate em
theyre a lot better than a lot of others
i have a little soft spot for them
cos we’re from the same place and era
like us they had a big hit in the us
good luck to em
i cant complain
i will review em at some stage
but they are nice people to work with at any rate
a friend of mine saw chrissie backstage
shes a fuckin’ icon he said over n over
if i had a wish
it really would be that they might find a cure
for this rotten illness
in the meantime
i take my hat off to her resilience and determination
talking of illness
went back to earquack
in medical talk
my hearing is fucked
my left ear still with no tympanic resonance
my right a ringing yet muffled mess
dont feel sorry for me
i dont
its just an occupational hazard
its horrible
but after all
i did it to myself
i was warned
i kept on going
now the damage is done
will need a breakthrough in ear medicine to fix it now
thats life folks
dont worry
i wont turn off the flow of music till i die
but just keep in mind that the odds are changing…
scarlet kilbey is a hoot
shes been hanging around with me a bit
and shes nothing like any the other kids
a stubborn and finnicky little person
like she was an empress in her last life
an expert guilt trip layer
a devoted killjoy too sometimes
running round crying
while the rest of the family
is trying to enjoy themselves
specialising in waking up at the worst moments
not going to sleep when everybody wants her to
weeing on the goddamn floor if she bloody well wants to
breaker of delicate things
loser of ipods
trasher of rooms
destroyer of toys
interrupter of conversations
she comes out and hassles me
when i’m doing yoga
always being wherever i want to be
i get in dog pose
i open my eyes
theres scarlet half an inch from my face
her eyes wide
her tongue coming out trying to lick my face
good lord!
weather is loverly
donald b came round
we went for a swim at neilsens park
the flowers and stuff
evie and i wrote our name in the cement path
a while ago
and its still there
thats enough
2 nights
see ya

46 Responses to “measure meant”

  1. avatar
    Matt | 14 December 2007 at 9:48 am #

    Have a great show, Steve.

    And I’m sure that for every Divinyls fan checking their watch there’s another five going “The Church? The Milky Way guys, yeah? They’re still around? This is pretty cool, innit? Must get some of their new stuff . . . “

    And so on.

  2. avatar
    veleska1970 | 14 December 2007 at 10:05 am #

    and you should be proud of your girls, pop!!

    “i’d much rather they became top doctors or diplomats”
    i’m not at all surprised to hear that. a good parent always wants better for his/her children, always better than what they had.

    i didn’t know chrissie had ms. had sad. and she’s still kinda young, huh?

    have a good evening, steve.

    lotza love….

  3. avatar
    melissa | 14 December 2007 at 10:40 am #

    Wonderful πŸ™‚ Laughed out loud reading about your little one trying to lick your face during yoga practice .. so sweet!

    I remember seeing an interview with Chrissy on telly with Bert ages ago now, talking about a book that she had written (autobiography?) She seems like such a cool person. Not a huge fan of the Divinyls music, but still, I really admire her. Was shocked to hear about her diagnosis the other night πŸ™

    Can’t wait for tomorrow night!! Y’all have a safe trip down to Melby!

  4. avatar
    isolde | 14 December 2007 at 11:02 am #

    so how does it feel with bona fide visitors sk? hope b.bon’s gonna be up to this sign on technology and all!

    yes I was reading that chrissie h has had ms for over 20 years and she wanted to let people know so they wouldn’t think she was drunk or drugged if she got a bit wobbly on stage, so out with it she thought, and she reckons the illness helped her focus, its true, cos there’s no spare energy for wasting on crap such as you have encountered lately

    i think its better not to lead people on or encourage them when one is iffy or half hearted, better to be cruel to be kind first up in my opinion, if you really can’t give em what they are going to be wanting, its better not to play or toy with em

    its great your girls are doing so well, academia and chastity are the way to go, the rewards are many

  5. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 14 December 2007 at 11:21 am #

    I love it, when you write about your daughters, Steve. They seem so sweet…

  6. avatar
    ad | 14 December 2007 at 12:27 pm #

    chrissie used to babysit my niece when she was oh 3 or 4. bondi, back in the seventies. we used to timeshare… i’d do weekends, usually take her to uni library, chrissie other times. chrissie was sweet.

  7. avatar
    12str | 14 December 2007 at 12:28 pm #

    haha scarlet reminds me of my youngest boy… the first thing he did when he discovered the art of crawling was trashing my DVD recorder…after that i found bits and pieces of food, paper, plastic and stuff inside my 12 string guitar… he also ate one copy of Heyday and managed to break my favourite blues harp.. that was the first week…..
    anyway my friend how is your ear problem affecting your playing and writing music? seems like a nightmare..

    take care


  8. avatar
    daniel13 | 14 December 2007 at 12:37 pm #

    A question Sire
    I’ve just tried to post a (favourable) blurb on your gig but blogspot wont let me.
    Have i been barred from your comments page or is it a problem with my computer ?


  9. avatar
    verdelay | 14 December 2007 at 1:10 pm #

    Bloody hell. I live in Texas for two years and you and your band come and play a week after I leave for good. Now you’re playing in Melbourne on the weekend and I arrive on Tuesday.

    It’s almost like you’re not planning your life around me after all.

  10. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 14 December 2007 at 2:41 pm #

    Sk appears to really be a great and rather “cool” and “fun” father. About five years ago I saw The Pretenders back-up the Rolling Stones. I love The Pretenders and the Stones are okay per my perspective. Chrissie Hynde put on a dynamic performance and only 2000 of the 20,000 fans bothered to watch. All the Stones fans were in the lobbies smoking, drinking and conversing.

  11. avatar
    MEM | 14 December 2007 at 3:28 pm #

    of course they don’t. not everyone can sway to ‘villages and soft sad towns’ and why should they? there’s plenty out there for them, but for us…
    its something else altogether…
    we spend lifetimes trying to understand…

  12. avatar
    Cee | 14 December 2007 at 4:03 pm #

    Felicidades a las gemelitas suecas super estrellas!!

  13. avatar
    persephone2u | 14 December 2007 at 6:10 pm #

    I remember there was once a time when you couldn’t escape from the Divinyl’s song “I Touch Myself.” I hated it with a passion and prayed fervently to the music gods that it would one day disappear forever and stop assaulting my poor ears, haha!

    But MS…gee, that’s really sad. Such a nasty, bad disease too. When you see Miss Chrissie, please tell her to research cobra venom as an experimental treatment for MS. It sounds outlandishly bizarre, it’s true, but my mother-in-law’s next door neighbor in good ‘ol Hertfordshire has been suffering with MS for years and recently had the cobra venom treatment. The woman evidently has millions of pounds at her disposal and plenty of time to look into alternative treatments, but she swears by this. She could barely write beforehand and when she did, had to use the largest pen she available to her to even write something slightly decipherable. Now she can use a regular pen again and write legibly and says that the cobra venom treatment really has helped her out.

    Anyway, if you do get the chance, tell Chrissie about this. I don’t know if they’re offering it in Australia as the woman I just told you about had to go to Scotland for the treatment, but it’s worth a shot.

  14. avatar
    davem | 14 December 2007 at 7:51 pm #

    Sorry to hear about your ear SK. I’ll continue to pray for you. Great to read about your girls. There’s something touching to reading about a rock star in Dad mode.
    Shame you aren’t slaying the audience but hey (& I’m sorry about the singers illness) would you really want love and adoration from a pop audience.
    You’ve got to stick with a lot of your stuff, but it doesn’t half repay the listener.You’ve played and recorded some absolute fucking magic. Pure class. Thank-you.

  15. avatar
    Anthony | 14 December 2007 at 8:25 pm #

    I hate to use the comment section for this, but please check your email. Someone you know has passed away and I thought you’d like to know. I also sent the email to Tiare so she could pass along the news.
    Take care,

  16. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 14 December 2007 at 10:14 pm #

    you don’t sound like the doting father, do you…i don’t know if you’re anything like me, steve, but there was a time when i couldn’t even conceive of having a child in my life (no pun intended)…now i have her i can’t imagine my life without her…
    i’ll keep sending out good vibes for an improvment in your ears, mate…
    love always…

  17. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 14 December 2007 at 10:18 pm #

    sorry for the double up, just making sure my bloggy thingy is working properly, having a few minor technical difficulties…

  18. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 14 December 2007 at 10:22 pm #

    see ya, wood want to be ya…

  19. avatar
    Melby Symon | 14 December 2007 at 11:30 pm #

    Steve…I’m not sure about other Melby feinds but I must admit I’m only going to the Forum on sundy nite to see you and los Church. Maybe even Amanda will only be there to see yourself and the church (sorry Amanda if that is too presumptuous).

    Anyway…I wasn’t going to stick around for the Divs…is that too rude and disrespectful ? I don’t hate them either, but their music just doesn’t do it for me.

    So…have 2 enormously great gigs in Melby…hope you feel the healing vibes from me and Amanda and other Melby feinds who will be there to see you on Sunday. It will be awesome to see you play again…it’s been a long time since Manchester Lane in March.

    Safe flight to Melby and home again…as a poor flyer myself…I will be thinking of you.

  20. avatar
    the dean | 15 December 2007 at 12:07 am #

    are there really any divinyl fans or is their tour just one more nostalgia trip? Saying that I have fond memories of them and chrissy has got that something that ever teenage boy now middleager desires.
    The Church never milked the past and are contempory. I don’t doubt that the divinyl’s audience don’t quite get it, you’re worlds apart.

  21. avatar
    Celticat | 15 December 2007 at 5:23 am #

    Ditto with Melby Symon,

    only going to Fremantle gig to see you at church.


  22. avatar
    linjo | 15 December 2007 at 7:22 am #


  23. avatar
    linjo | 15 December 2007 at 7:33 am #

    Glad you having a better day Steve. Isnt it a peaceful feeling to know your kids are well adjusted and happy? Its everything to me. Regardless of the second rate decisions I have made in my life, I must have done something right!
    Regarding the nonchalance of some of your audience, I am glad to hear that at least they are not rude! Went to see Missy H at Port Macquarie few weeks ago. Most of the crowd just sitting around on the floor having a good old chit chat while Tim Rogers playing his heart out. I felt embarrased for him. Diesel played at Pacific Palms couple years ago. He stopped the show and said “Shut the fuck up all you rude fuckers. I am trying to play here. If you want to talk then fuck off out of here”
    Oh the 80’s, being a young chicky babe, was so good for live music. The Church played quite a bit round Caringbah, Cronulla. First time I saw Church was at Narara Festival, (showing my age!). Got heavily jostled (vague memories) trying to get to the front. You still enjoy what you do, its the main thing.


  24. avatar
    rogernimrod | 15 December 2007 at 9:21 am #

    i wonder if ya find scarlet so unique and unlike the others cos shes not a twin but unique by the very fact that she is in fact actually er, unique…if ya know wattam saying….

  25. avatar
    captain mission | 15 December 2007 at 10:06 am #

    the divinyals and the church seem like chalk and cheese, its a strange combination. i’m always amazed at how many people say they didn’t even know you guys were still recording and playing, always happens when im wearing one of your tee shirts.

    anyways sorry to hear about the ears, a daily dose of zinc (30mgs) and magnisium (400mgs) apparently is excellent for hearing difficulties.

  26. avatar
    tim | 15 December 2007 at 1:20 pm #

    don’t know much about Du-vine-als other than that mastabatory tune they did. guess they are a lot larger on your side of the of the world, cause to me they should be opening for the church…even if your whole fucking band was deaf. but i may be a little biased. peace.

  27. avatar
    Sunshine | 15 December 2007 at 6:55 pm #

    It’s true that most fans coming to see a headliner may not fully appreciate the opening band. However, I’m one of the few people who look forward to seeing the opening band with an eager willingness to learn of new music.

    I’m sure I’m not unique, so there’s hope that you’re converting some people and making some new fans in a pond of Divinyls followers.

  28. avatar
    eek | 15 December 2007 at 7:29 pm #

    i get in dog pose
    i open my eyes
    theres scarlet half an inch from my face
    her eyes wide
    her tongue coming out trying to lick my face

    LOL That must have been a shocker! She certainly keeps things interesting around there for you. (and she makes for great reading here, too)

    Congratulations to Eve, Aurora, Minna and Elli on their awards! Especially good on E & M for jumping into a new situation and doing so well. Which brings me to:

    and still not or ever out of the woods
    there had to be catch i guess

    They strike me as very resilient young ladies who will deal with whatever life throws at them with grace and aplomb.

    You have every right — a duty even — to be proud of your children.

  29. avatar
    nickfiction | 15 December 2007 at 7:57 pm #

    I have read somewhere that Beethoven was as deaf as fuck!

  30. avatar
    Daberhasher | 16 December 2007 at 3:22 am #

    well nickfiction beat me to the Bay Toven comparison, but tis true…
    scars of life and all that…

    awesome news about your daughters!
    go daddy, go!!! blow that horn, even if you can’t hear it…

    and jesus, i haven’t been up on the comments lately, seems like a good thing apparently… but yes, delusion runs rampant dunnit… i guess i’ll just say a humble thank you for the kind digital correspondence we have shared…
    sorry people gotta fuck with you like that…

    snow’s coming, got to go, but a quick hello to all the groovy folks out there in the killasphere…


  31. avatar
    Ansible Jon | 16 December 2007 at 5:51 am #

    love it when your kids make an appearance on the blog.
    man, but kids are cool. i just wish they’d sleep later in the morning, y’know?
    are your kids ever going to join you on tour? pk’s kids made an appearance on one of his cd’s. love to hear your progeny on a song somewhere sometime…

  32. avatar
    melissa | 16 December 2007 at 6:54 am #

    Had the most brilliant time at the show at the Forum last night .. and so wishing I was able to go this evening now! πŸ™

    I actually text myself the set list, because I’m normally so hopeless at remembering..Day 5, Destination, Unguarded M, Hotel Womb, Ripple, Numbers, Myrrh & Block. I think it’s the first concert I’ve been to where the crowd were chanting for more after the opening band leave the stage πŸ™‚

    Thankyou, thankyou SK & the Church – have a great time tonight!


  33. avatar
    The Verificationist | 16 December 2007 at 10:46 am #

    Saw your show last night at the Forum. I can see how someone might think you were playing for them: if I had to write a list of songs I would like to hear live that would pretty much have been it, maybe with Almost With You as well (sorry, not up-to-date enough to have heard Block before). Obviously, you chose them for whatever reason…so thanks to providence, whatever its source. Your show revived me, thanks.

    The Divinyls were interesting, but I was there to see The Church…I wondered how many other people might be too, seems there were a few, cool.

    Your blog is fascinating to read when I have time. And you write amazing songs and the The Church makes great music, thanks. Think the best comment I have heard was from a interview you (The Church) did on radio years ago: you guys are geni.

    (Sorry, the last post had spelling errors, can’t stand them.)

  34. avatar
    fantasticandy | 16 December 2007 at 12:05 pm #

    ‘I think it’s the first concert I’ve been to where the crowd were chanting for more after the opening band leave the stage’

    thanks mel!
    that news has made my day!
    brilliant stuff,
    only wish i could have been there.
    ladza luv,
    andy L.

  35. avatar
    restaurant mark | 16 December 2007 at 2:08 pm #

    proud papa for sure…
    sorry about chrissie and her ms…terrible disease…took my grandfather…i wish her well.

    “im singing my stupid lyrics
    we sought protection in artificial youth etc”

    are ya kidding??? the lyrics to day 5 make me teary eyed from time to time…the second verse in particular…some of my favorites you’ve written…
    stupid?…yeah, whatever…

    take care man


  36. avatar
    davem | 16 December 2007 at 3:00 pm #

    Hi SK.
    I hope the old ear’s holding up.

  37. avatar
    Altres | 16 December 2007 at 3:44 pm #

    I’ve had to join here to participate now. I may even blog!

    Hope it all went well, Steve. I must admit to being pretty unfamiliar with the Divinyls output, apart from the song about the girl flicking her bean thinking of someone.

    My friend Ann said you guys were absolutely fantastic at the Enmore. Keep up the exemplary art.

  38. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 16 December 2007 at 6:50 pm #

    Re: Melissa

    Thanks for the song list and review. It seems like Melbourne digs The Church. “Numbers”-I luv that song.

    Silverchair was just in Chicago on Thursday. I did not go and there were no reviews or press coverage. The Australian hype has not resonated to Chicago.

  39. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 16 December 2007 at 7:40 pm #

    hey i am the passenger…
    have great day..will travel
    sure miss u stateside…ask many people here yet to see for themselves ..honestly doc
    i got a fever and the only prescription is more kilbey..

    love lots
    love littles
    david and lindsay

  40. avatar
    Richard | 16 December 2007 at 11:54 pm #

    enjoy SK and the church everyone. i’m in NYC and figured if anyone is going to get another chance to see the church outside australia it’ll be me. alas nothing yet but one can continue to hope πŸ˜‰ here’s to a great show and continued success sk.

  41. avatar
    Melby Symon | 17 December 2007 at 12:55 am #

    What an awesome…awesome …awesome but too short fix of SK and the Church. Just over an hour…but you had the audience fixated

    Steve…the music sounded great…the atmosphere was sensational and your presence was appreciated by all who were there. Marty and Peter’s playing was great as usual and Tim was really working your ear over.

    See how much Melby loves you SK…Melby was there to show you great appreciation and compassion. We need you back…WE NEED YOU BACK in Melby for full blown gigs sometime real soon.

    I thought of how much all Oz and O/S feinds would love to have been there with us Melby feinds.

    Hope the flight home was ok…at least it was nice sunny weather in Melby this morning for take off.

  42. avatar
    markobears | 17 December 2007 at 8:32 am #

    I must be addicted to this, i’ve been hear waiting about an hour for a new blog. My back hurts and my i got numb bum. good night

  43. avatar
    melissa | 17 December 2007 at 8:55 am #

    Andy L & Brien C – you’re welcome πŸ™‚

    Even after a most crappity day at work today, I can think about the show on Sat night and it puts a big smile on my face!

    cheers all :)x

  44. avatar
    AelSunriseBird | 17 December 2007 at 9:11 am #

    We are blessed.
    Our children are the most beautifully lit inspirations.

    Oh and everything I said about Kevin Rudd. I love him, he’s sent the navy & the air force down to look after our whales. Now that’s a peacekeeping.

    Keep on with that precious light you shine so bright.

    Ael x

  45. avatar
    linjo | 17 December 2007 at 10:22 am #

    Good work from Kev. While he is looking after magnificent whales, I hope he also spares a thought to their smaller cousins the Siamese fighting fish who are now being sold by Pets Direct live in a tiny ipod speaker (650 millilitres when they require a minimum of 10 litres)Apparently one of the biggest selling xmas items for the moron this year.

  46. avatar
    linjo | 17 December 2007 at 10:28 am #

    actually Pets Paradise or Pet Goods Direct, if anyone else would like to send them an email.


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