posted on November 27, 2009 at 5:39 am

its unbelievably hot ….ok
everything is sticky
everything sticks to my sore skin
last nite nk found a baby possum about 3 inches long
it had fallen out of its tree
and the ants were at it
she brought it home
and guess who was up at 5 a.m. feeding the creature
and manually stimulating a wee wee
(baby possums cant pee unless they get pressure there !)
so i was on a steep marsupial learning curve
damn little possum is cuter than all get out
like the cutest little grey mouse with big clumsy feet
it was runnin’ in n out of my shirt sleeves last night
then it had a long snooze up there on my arm
yeah i fell in love with it
today the wildlife people are coming to take him away
boy i hope the possum makes it
cos he was lookin’ fucked up when he arrived
his trees just round the corner in a park
this morning flew up to coolangattta in qld
then drive to byron bay in nsw
dunno how to describe byron
an old hippy haunt over run by money and schoolkids
what would i know?
i come here once every ten years for one night
a lotta comings n goings between sydney n byron tho
lotta to-ing n fro-ing for the more cosmic types
sydneys just so big
byrons just so small
so ya oscillate
today byron is fuckin’ hot
i have a very small hot room opening on to balcony
the sun is beating down like a real sod
somewhere a sea breeze strikes up
but such is the architecture that i catch none of it
tonite the church
laddies n gennlemen
the church
30 not out
not out by a long shot
better than ever
now with new improved Music
same old but differentially the same
rehearsing all week
playing n singing
ooh my throat n fingers are sore
waiting in this heat for soundcheck
my face stings from the sweat
is this old age then…to become more n more hyper sensitive..?
i can see that tropical fuckin’ breeze
in the palm trees but i cannae feel it
what a bizarre world
we spin thru space they say
our sun spins thru space
a ball of rock with some big puddles
carts its own atmosphere round with it
like the life of the party
we got a load of species down here
humans are the dominants
and old white guys are the dominant dominants
(unfortunately not including this old white guy)
its all engineered
what can we believe
we had a million years o’war
we killed a gazillion women children n beasts
we killed whole jungles n forests n seas n mountains
we killed whole species off for the fucking fun
some of us display amazing god like propensities
some of us are much much worse than any animal
any other animal that is
we dont know what we are
we dont know where we going
out of all this
springs some 20th century pop culture
it spawns me
here i sit in byron bay( writing to you)
a singer in some veteran rock band
i look good for 55 but i still look 55
in the autumn days but its summer outside
and i burn for you to write this doggerel
that drips from my pen
all that past spat me up here
waitin’ to soundcheck my monstrous bass guitar
well tonite i gonna rock then
rock for nineveh
rock for the amazon
rock for my little possum
rock for elevated masters
rock for cosmic hippies
rock for any good cause you got n none of the bad ones
no rock for the bavarian illuminati
rock for vishnu
rock for the …ah…rocks…why not…?
its all connected
you may not like it
but we are all connected
there is an incredible creator who created us creatures
we are fucking creatures, you and i
and this unbelievably groovy cat they call god
well he dreampt this all up
hes still dreaming it up
seems love can affect the dream
seems like love is the simplistick answer after all
not love like you love yer girlfriend or mum neither
a wild glorious inchoate love that keeps the planets
on their courses
that regulates everything within its wonderful system
i saw that last night in my possum
tonite: the great northern hotel byron bay

ah..the first mosquito just showed up!

35 Responses to “more summer”

  1. avatar
    Jasperina | 27 November 2009 at 7:32 am #

    Not so long ago we had a big daddy type possum living in one our trees out the front. His screeches were unbelievable and the stench of his wee when you walked under the tree was eye watering. All that aside we affectionately named him Larry.

    Sending lotsa good wishes your way as the church begins another musical journey into the inchoate world of love.

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    linjo | 27 November 2009 at 8:57 am #

    Should be a huge night up there with all the 'schoolies' hanging around (and all the toolies!). Have a fantastic one Steve.
    Hope things are ok for you and your family Melissa. Linda x

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    princey | 27 November 2009 at 9:57 am #

    You can do it sk, fight the heat, fight those mozzies, fight the flights n drives, do it for little possum, do it for us, you're a trueblue aussie battler thru n thru killsy!!

    Thanks for the bloggy today and do tell us how the night went if you can.
    luv amanda

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    possum pee god dream | 27 November 2009 at 10:06 am #

    I don't know about god love being the planet glue…
    it seems more of a cackling demented chaotic ambivalence..
    It doesn't matter, it is a pretty groovy sticky mess all the same.

    Fuck I've never seen The Church
    and after reading your graphic, behind the scenes, lead up I'm all butterflies in anticipation
    like I'm actually there!..weird..
    astral projection?

    Have a great show.

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    ASSMIDGET | 27 November 2009 at 11:02 am #

    "We" didn't do all those bad things.
    Saving the opossums is what we do.
    They shoot em for eating trash. Cold hearted bastards are the same type who celebrate war and say God is on their side. Keep rockin, they hate music too.

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    melissa | 27 November 2009 at 11:06 am #

    that possum story is the sweetest, bless you and nk!!!

    hope it's a beautiful night in boilin' byron xxxx

    thanks Linda and Amanda 😉 xx

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    Richard | 27 November 2009 at 11:41 am #

    in brissie when I was a kid
    we had a grape vine growing on our verandah

    and one morning, late in the fruiting season when the grapes were fermenting on the vine,
    we found a little ringtail possum (not so much a baby as a teenager – a schoolie maybe) lying prone on one of the railings

    it wasn't sick, just absolutely pissed from the rotting grapes

    when we gently prodded it, it would just lazily wave a paw at us as if to say "ffffk off"

    killem in Byron and Brisbane Mr K

    wish I was there

  8. avatar
    matthew | 27 November 2009 at 3:00 pm #

    Cool stuff Steve! As another acknowledging creature of "this unbelievably groovy cat", I salute ya, I agree with ya… go out and make transcendent brilliant music ok? (…as if you wouldn't!)

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 November 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    you rock sir

  10. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 27 November 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    Dear Sk:

    A great spiritual and humane blog. You demonstrated compassion in action via aiding the hapless possum. And yes "Forget Yourself" is even better than "Revolver."

  11. avatar
    Freddie | 27 November 2009 at 3:38 pm #

    "seems love can affect the dream
    seems like love is the simplistick answer after all"

    All encompassing unconditional love is the only true miracle 🙂

  12. avatar
    CSTCoach | 27 November 2009 at 4:24 pm #

    LMAO – i can just see you sitting there at 5am, exercising your maternal instincts with that possum. Not laughing at ya, i've got a soft spot for animals too. But, well ya, laughing at ya.

    Hope you guys kick some serious ass tonight and throughout the Oz leg of the tour. 🙂

    You folks over there are in for a treat. The shows I saw on this side were hypnotic, energetic, transcendent, blow the roof off sorta events. Coolest week i've spent in a long time.

    (richard – hilarious story about the pissed possum! what a brilliant visual)

  13. avatar
    cazziem | 27 November 2009 at 7:08 pm #

    I'm sure our creator took note of your care and concern for the possum; after all we are all God's creatures and should take care of each other.

    By the time this gets to you the Friday gig will be done and dusted, so I hope it went well. Have to ask though, where did you get the impression that when you guys are on stage its ‘same old but differentially the same’? You may see it that way, but for me the different variations and arrangements are like hearing something brilliant for the first time, yet knowing all the words. The church will always be unique in that you do what you want to do musically in the way YOU want to do it. Look at it this way, how many stupid songs have become globally popular, yet consist of no more than one line, or in some cases not even that, it just sounds like the bloody record's stuck! (Not that the youth of today have ever experienced a stylus clogged up with dust.) Imagine then a CD which consists of the different performances of one church track? This would certainly show the versatility you all have not to mention that we wouldn't have to press the repeat button on the player. Haha!!

  14. avatar
    pennybridge | 27 November 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    Our dear groovy cat,

    Haven´t been able to read you for a while
    And today´s blog was a fantastic one
    "The sun is beating down like a real sod"
    Huh … Would you prefer old la Suede in November?
    And the worst is, it´s not even really cold yet.
    Good luck tonite, rock for me too!

  15. avatar
    fantasticandy | 27 November 2009 at 8:27 pm #

    one of your most uplifting blogs ever.
    i hope the whole tour is wonderful for you all!

    melissa….things turned out ok..yes?

  16. avatar
    veleska1970 | 27 November 2009 at 9:48 pm #

    awww~~sweet little baby possum. i remember when i was a teenager we had one wander into our backyard one night. he was about 8 inches long and he didn't stay very long before he wandered away again.

    have fun at rehearsal. and have a good show tonight, too!!

    lotza love…..

  17. avatar
    kokky | 27 November 2009 at 9:51 pm #

    Enjoyed reading the blog today. Wish I could catch a few of those upcoming Church shows but alas.. hope the some-god aligns his dreams for next year.. right now loving the music and I am up at 5 yoga classes a week now.
    Saludos from dark and grey Norway
    PS.. no scary stunts this time around; don't wanna read about no hospital admissions!

  18. avatar
    A.M. | 28 November 2009 at 1:53 am #

    I love your possum. I found a baby possum once inside my home, poor thing. I returned it to it's shelter beneath my deck. It didnae like me much, kept hissing at me when I tried to rescue it. I think of that poor, scared little critter from time to time and send it blessings, hoping it's okay, and in the least that another creature on this earth took heart and recognized it.

    love to love love

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 November 2009 at 2:21 am #

    3 blistering encores rocked byron bay last night. tahnk you the church for coming north

  20. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 28 November 2009 at 4:46 am #

    copy of the set list that i scored from last night:

    day 5
    north south east west
    a month of sundays
    deadman's hand
    you took
    milky way
    angel street
    an interlude
    space saviour

    plus 3 or so encores….
    and also a stunning version of smashing pumpkins 'killer in me'

    how to describe something that was so volatile, sublime, noisy, poundingly energetic, transformative, fucking marvellous……
    was down the front of the crowd close enough to feel the droplets of sweat flying off steve and marty and at one stage he reached down and squeezed my fucking hand can you believe that guys????

    marty's guitar playing was possessed by whatever paegan gods of song there are, the manic improvisation which was seamlessly roped back into the songs being dealt with……a bearded long-haired madman with eyes sparking and crackling with surpassing joy, steve with his hands deftly plucking at the bass and eyes closed as he was possessed by spiritual and musical voodoo, shirt plastered to his torso as the sweat and music flowed freely, peter calmly and systematically easing moans and growls from his instruments and tim conjuring magickal chaos and seamless rhythm from his percussion…….
    fuck guys, what alchemy the band worked with songs like you took was unbelievable, the instrumental virtuosity teetering on the edge of chaos was sublime…..
    if i'd have walked out of the hotel great northern last night and got hit by a bus i would have died a very very happy individual because i got a glimpse of what heaven would be like……god i wish i could have shared last night with you fellow devotees…

    my devotion to the church and their music was richly repaid last night…..

    to steve and the church….thank you so very very much for the music and sweet joy, guys….until next time….

    love always……

  21. avatar
    davem | 28 November 2009 at 6:44 am #

    Thanks for finding time to speak to us.
    Hope the first night went well.

  22. avatar
    princey | 28 November 2009 at 8:41 am #

    So how was it???? anyone???????

  23. avatar
    princey | 28 November 2009 at 11:18 am #

    Wow, thanks HH! What a review!, I understand the "high" you were feeling (and still are I'd say) after the show, there's nothing like a live Church experience…..NOTHING!!!
    Shit! they played Disarm by Smashing Pumpkins, I love that song…!!!, I'm SO excited!
    (I don't know the song Angel Street, where's that from?) Anyway, thanks for that again, I'm not going to be able to sleep for the rest of the week now…long live The Church!

    Now lets hear it from you killerrrrrr:)))) love Amanda

  24. avatar
    eek | 28 November 2009 at 11:55 am #

    "the church
    30 not out
    not out by a long shot
    better than ever"

    You know, with a lot of bands that have been around for a long time fans will say "I wish I had seen them in their heyday." With you I feel I am seeing you in your heyday. Now is a fantastic time to be a church fan.

    The possum tale made me go awww!!! Baby animals are so cute. I can just imagine it thinking "You've certainly changed mummy…but I still love you!" and snuggling up for a snooze. Good on you and NK for helping the little fellow out.

    From Hellbound Heart's description it sounds as if the tour started off with quite a bang!

  25. avatar
    linjo | 28 November 2009 at 12:27 pm #

    HH fantastically descriptive emotional review, onya girl, says it all!! Thankyou, Linda xxx

  26. avatar
    fantasticandy | 28 November 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    wrong side of the globe again….
    HH you lucky sod!
    nice gesture by the boyz playing disarm too…..
    the pumpkins have never been as consistantly good as our heroes…..but…they have had their moments and that song was one of 'em.
    good choice…killer in me,hahaha!

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 November 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    SK –

    listening from the United States here, very refreshing to hear you say the inspiring/ promising things about your band.

    have always been of the opinion you are just getting started – but are building off a tremendous foundation.

    when you're ready, put out the killer (killer) double album. you're ready for the so-called Sgt Papper album . . . Untitled was just warm-up . . . hope you recognize this.

    Ah, ah.

    wilfred paradise

  28. avatar
    bc | 28 November 2009 at 4:44 pm #

    a visit from one of god's creatures
    bringing the message of love
    and connectedness
    awesome sk

    seems love can affect the dream

  29. avatar
    davem | 28 November 2009 at 8:02 pm #

    Sounds like a fab night.

  30. avatar
    eek | 28 November 2009 at 8:32 pm #

    Amanda — Angel Street is from Untitled #23

  31. avatar
    theseashallnothavethem | 28 November 2009 at 8:38 pm #


    I was at the Byron Bay also, and I'll second Hellbound Heart's review here.

    Glorious gig – I, too, feel like I am seeing them in their prime right now (not way back when).

    I roped a couple of friends into coming. One, a very avid music fan and Church fan from yesteryear, was not up to speed with what the band had been doing the last 10 years or so, so I have had to school him and bring him "up to speed" with the current material. He was completely blown out by Fri night's gig.

    A common reaction you seem to get from people when you tell them you are going to see the Church is somewhere along the lines of… "oh yeah… I love The Church… yeah, Under the Milky Way…. are they still together…?"

    If only these people knew…..

    I said to someone on Fri night, I think we are very fortunate to see a band of this calibre playing venues like the Great Northern, but I really feel its a national embarrassment this band is not bigger, and they should, at the very least, be selling out theatre sized venues a few times over.

    I said the same thing the morning after the gig to my 13 year old son – his very dry reply was "Maybe Kevin Rudd should say sorry…"

    Kid has a point… 😉

    Thanks to the band for such a wonderful evening of music.

  32. avatar
    Ady | 29 November 2009 at 11:37 am #

    I was there beside you HH! What a glorious, euphoric experience…I felt like I was in a weird time -portal.
    I have loved the Church since I brought OS&H when I was 14, saw you play countless times in Sydney in the 80s, early 90s, then fled the metropolis for the North Coast & Church gigs became a bittersweet memory.
    Missed the screening of my latest short film (& 5 others I was DOP on) because I felt a urgent compulsion to be there for the kick-off gig….

    How to describe the feeling?

    An amazing sense of connection between all the die-hard 'vintage' fans with the odd intoxicated "schoolie' thrown into the mix….

    A palpable mood of triumph, joy & adoration….
    A shimmering, engulfing wave of sound & poetry which almost sucked me under ….

    I loved Marty's mischievous, twinkling coal-black eyes as his hands flew over the strings & he hammed it up for the cameras in the front row……

    I'll never forget the look on your face Mr K as you were handed those roses ….

    Best of all was being able to slide 'round to the back door & thank you in person.

    By the way, your paintings are so rich & beautiful… I'm saving up!

  33. avatar
    lily was here | 30 November 2009 at 12:42 am #

    oh yeah, i talked to the roses lady 🙂

  34. avatar
    Ellen | 1 December 2009 at 5:00 pm #

    Ahhh, the wonder of it all.

    Yep, we're all creatures living on this beautiful ball spinning through space …

    GOD is simply too great for our puny minds to comprehend. I've always had difficulty with organized religion that attempts to pigeonhole God as some vindictive teacher who's out to get you for every little misstep. The guilt trip that the church (not The Church!) puts on people is insane! One pastor (Gene Scott) used to say it was like putting people in "a spiritual straight jacket." I've always thought that was the best descripton.

    Now that possum sounds adorable, but the possums we have in LA are not so cute. Baby possums are okay. Maybe they're cuter Down Under? But, like you, I'm a softie and I'm always rescuting little critters. I'm sure the possum will make it just fine.

    Great blog post today. I mean it. These types of posts are my very favorites. 🙂

  35. avatar
    Ellen | 1 December 2009 at 5:24 pm #

    Oh! Reading these reviews makes me SO wish I could have been there. Sounds like it was an incredible concert!

    When will you return to Los Angeles? Your fans will be waiting with much anticipation…

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