posted on February 22, 2008 at 12:52 am

steve fuckin’ kilbey man
yeah i remember that guy
i loved all that stuff man
what did he do again man ?
oh yeah i remember now
i met him a few times ya know
during the eighties
he was working at the markets
selling t shirts
he was getting a band together oh yeah
nice guy nice guy
not really
actually he was ok i guess
hard to fuckin’ get to know
if you know what i mean
sometimes he was kinda quiet and angry
othertimes he was ranting and laughing
he had a t shirt of richard hell with sequins on the eyeballs
he had skin tight crimson cords and brown boots
he just moved up from canberra or something
i’d see him queuing up for a stall
he was still young then i guess
we all were ,man
boy there was simon reptile
and the kung fu guy who sold candles
and the norml guy with his legalise dope stall
and white faced punk girls
and hippies and junkies and alkies
rod stewart breezed through the markets one week
with belinda green on ‘is arm…remember her
australias miss world
kilbey followed stewart round the market
at a discreet distance of course
he was trying to figure out how rod got his hair like that
“i mean, i know” kilbey said but he just wanted to
“see it up close…see how it all worked”
kilbey seemed to be disappearing regularly
he’d take off with other guys
walk back up oxford street to some clothing shop
was it gary wolfes?
theyd go out back of shop
and smoke dope in a leafy courtyard
the owner of the shop n his wife would come out
happy to supply the premises
for a smoke of richard westahofs good “caterpillar” pot
anyway then
when i saw him telly a year later
hed lost a lot of weight or something
he was wearing makeup
he seemed paler too
not like the freckly faced bloke at the ‘kets
my girlfriend at the time said “he must be on the gear”
but it wasnt that
he was just sweating a lot
playing every night of the week
sometimes two shows a night
suddenly he was all over the place
best songwriter in australia he said
what a bloody big head!
they were playing bloody great beer barns in the suburbs by then
we saw em one night
you couldnt hear a bloody word kilbey was singing
my girlfriend thought that was a good thing
the guitars were really loud
and uh i dunno
sometimes i couldnt figure out what was making all that sound
i got backstage
but they were all sitting around stoned or something
we didnt like the vibe so we split
i saw kilbey in the carpark having an argument or something
i dunno maybe they were just mucking around
kilbey had this eye make up on
“i bet hes gay now” said my girlfriend
no no he sure aint gay i said
but he sure fuckin’ looked a mess
we sat in the carpark watching him for a while
he seemed really cranky with somebody
eventually a ford ltd rolled up
and kilbey and the drummer got in and pissed off
we went home and i put on the blurred crusade
“i dont like em its depressing “my girlfriend said
and went to bed
i sat there in the darkness listening to his record
how strange to think that i knew him
kind of
he was a great guy
not really
he was ok
i guess….

36 Responses to “moonful”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 February 2008 at 2:13 am #

    then a few years later I saw him playing a tiny venue in adelaide and he was bloated and angry…

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 February 2008 at 2:33 am #

    I can almost smell the smoke in the the air.. the scratch of the nose and the lint in the belly…Your peeling back some interesting layers my man, I hope its ok, I hope its servin a purpose, Its tough when you stop to think what people think, sometimes I feel the outside world gets tooo much credit…..peace……….jr……

  3. avatar
    the dean | 22 February 2008 at 2:35 am #

    That was then but what now my imaginary friend?
    What trajectory have you and your fellow voyagers taken this time?

  4. avatar
    Lional | 22 February 2008 at 2:46 am #

    I too fell in love at Hayes Park Primary many times. Oh a nice time in my life ( I think ).

    You were nice to me when I met you.

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 February 2008 at 2:52 am #

    He was a cunt

  6. avatar
    Ross B | 22 February 2008 at 3:20 am #

    I was helping a friend a few Saturdays ago set up and run a stall at Rozelle Markets, it was a warm sunny late-January day – the music to Blurred Crusade was pulsating through my brain…it’s amazing how music can capture a time & place and yet be so in the now.

    Have a great day, nice day 2day!

  7. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 22 February 2008 at 3:47 am #

    Then out of nowhere in 1992 Kilbey and The Church released the dynamic Priest=Aura. Followed by the brilliant and trippy Sometime Anywhere. A few years later came the masterpiece Hologram of Baal. Things got even better in the 21st Century with After Everything Now This, Forget Yourself, Beside Yourself, two acoustic CD gems and Uninvited Like The Clouds. That guy Kilbey from the 80’s hit his stride in 1992 and his vocals and music continued to improve like vintage wine. He’s Lennon, Bowie and Barratt fused into one complex organism.

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    JJ | 22 February 2008 at 4:15 am #

    Tripping back in time to The Blurred Crusade…wow, where was I? Seems so long ago, among the 80’s as the calendar spun. You did get better, so much better, a steady and steep trajectory – I followed it all. You grew and developed, matured and remained in motion, never stagnant, always flowering.

    Following Rod the Mod, to inspect the rooster’s hair, now that was funny!

    Great blog.


  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 February 2008 at 4:25 am #

    Man, you were so nice to me in ’84. Lost your band somewhere in Sufferer’s Paradise….and Ploogy! wow. chatted for 30 mins without a breath, thinking we were your support band. No we weren’t, but he didn’t care…. Miss him….respect to tim of course.

    Marty H.

  10. avatar
    Richard | 22 February 2008 at 4:30 am #

    the Blurred Crusade is not my favourite Church album – but I can’t help but think it is probably their ‘greatest’ ( -so far anyway!)

    lyrically and musically it was like nothing else of its time – and it was full of hints of the magic that was to come

    it was exactly the sort of stuff we would come to expect from the greatest songwriter in Australia

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 February 2008 at 4:37 am #

    played almost with you so much non stop over three weeks that it chewed up the tape…

  12. avatar
    linjo | 22 February 2008 at 4:43 am #

    Through a haze of vodka and orange, I remember one particular Church show at Sydney Uni in the very early 80’s. The atmosphere was so dark and electric, never forget that. Steve and Marty where the prettiest boys on the Aussie live scene by far but they didnt flirt with the girls it seemed. I loved When you were mine, so much then, still do. Exciting days for live music lovers then, bands in every pub. Blow up the pokies!
    and tsk tsk 1.52, my delicate senses are offended, bad mouse!

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 2 October 2011 at 9:32 am #

      s & m prettiest? hello, what about pk? are you blind? the guy’s drop dead gorgeous! tall and dark and…*sigh* yes, all that… and must be drinking some anti-aging potion because he just doesn’t age! always thought he’s the prettiest in the band — well ok have to add imo don’t i? — but seriously just open your eyes

  13. avatar
    princey | 22 February 2008 at 4:45 am #

    Crimson skintight cords???? oooh yeah! 🙂

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 February 2008 at 4:59 am #

    I happen to have some crimson boot bottomed cords myself… instant royalty…jr

  15. avatar
    princey | 22 February 2008 at 5:06 am #

    sk, please use your blogboss powers and delete that rude bastard @ 1.52pm!!!

  16. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 22 February 2008 at 6:03 am #

    i seem to remember a coupla photos taken of you in those crimson cords…oh what a avante guard young man…
    i would have loved to have been old enough to check out the pub scene during the 80’s…some unreal live music around…
    yesterday’s blog…well…i had the hots for gregory leidreighter when i was a kid (mr charisma of 1980 at our local school), but then again so did most of the other females who were around my age…saw him again at uni a number of years later and he still had the charisma thing happening as he was (still) at the centre of a cluster of females…i wasn’t one of them…hmmm….
    love always…

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 February 2008 at 6:34 am #

    attn. 1:52 – “let them who has not been a C&%t cast the first stone…” i think I read that in the Bible or something.

    Marty H.

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 February 2008 at 8:27 am #

    god bless the church,and the 21st century !

  19. avatar
    eek | 22 February 2008 at 9:35 am #

    The girlfriend in this sounds a lot like a female version of the anti-Steve.

    hard to fuckin’ get to know

    I’ve found this true of most interesting people. Just when you think you pretty much know them you find more layers. But that makes sense because they wouldn’t be nearly as interesting without so many layers.

  20. avatar
    veleska1970 | 22 February 2008 at 9:55 am #

    eek, you just took the words out of my mouth. well said, i must say!! 😉

    i love these little trips down memory lane. keep ’em coming, steve.

    enjoy your evening.

    lotza love….

  21. avatar
    isolde | 22 February 2008 at 10:26 am #

    A diamond kite
    On a diamond flight
    Over the lights under the moon
    Over the lights under the moon
    Over the moon over the moon

  22. avatar
    matt davison | 22 February 2008 at 10:46 am #

    Yeah Yeah the anti-steve.. ha ha

    -remember that wacko.. Think it was (davyydson..) Hey Think Iwas there somewhere in that scene back where ever thet was.

  23. avatar
    matt davison | 22 February 2008 at 10:54 am #

    Oh BTW, You wanna ask me a business question??? (don’t expect good spelling).. but you can take my wisdom FOR FREE

    And there shall be the answers to ones professional needs…

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 February 2008 at 10:58 am #

    was a tartis reference?!;D

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 February 2008 at 11:03 am #

    u must be writing a good blog considering that people who don’t like you keep coming back to read

  26. avatar
    Ethereal Butterfly | 22 February 2008 at 12:40 pm #

    I Dent It heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Thank God each of us don’t have to go thru trying to find that again, that’s one FANTASTIC aspect about getting older………………
    I loved your Kate Bush reference Isolde, (I have always been a big K.B fan, used to impersonate her at parties in the 80s) but then I always love your comments….


  27. avatar
    matt davison | 22 February 2008 at 12:59 pm #

    jeeesus new zealand

    – has fuckin great music matt!!! yessssss matt I know!!!!!!!

    don’t you all think?

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 February 2008 at 1:23 pm #

    I’ve got a much better idea for the horse’s ass up near the top of the page.
    I remember reading a few blogs ago where Kilbey says he can tell where the comments are coming from.
    So…post his personal email address right here in big beautiful letters.
    Damn that sure sounds like fun!

    Tampa, Fl

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 2 October 2011 at 9:26 am #

      he’ll never do that — neither delete nasty comments. i think as an artist ans musician sk doesn’t approve of censorship — and i think he set out to have a very honest blog — so yeas there always will be unflattering comments — looks like he will not block anything unless requested by the poster himself — how’s that for integrity, folks?

  29. avatar
    matthew | 22 February 2008 at 1:26 pm #

    “i dont like em its depressing”… the perplexing cry of the people afraid to feel… great blog SK, thanks.

  30. avatar
    fantasticandy | 22 February 2008 at 4:11 pm #

    self-doubt….it’s a bugger isn’t it?
    you ARE one of the good guys….
    and what a back catalogue!
    andy L.

  31. avatar
    John | 22 February 2008 at 6:33 pm #

    I think someone asked you “What will your headstone say?”

    You answered “Here Lies the Guy who Wrote ‘Under the Milky Way.'”

    John Garratt

  32. avatar
    davem | 22 February 2008 at 7:16 pm #

    Best songwriter in Australia? Best songwriter in the world!!

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 February 2008 at 12:11 am #

    Slip into the pool of nostalgia….sometimes good, sometimes bad. Still hurts either way tho’.

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 February 2008 at 7:10 am #

    Funny how the girlfriends never seemed to like The Church.

    Dutch Pierre

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