posted on August 13, 2009 at 1:10 am

a guy called richard sent me some music a while ago
and i sang some stuff n sent it back
it wasnt quite my cup of tea
but it had a certain joie de vivre that i liked
it seemed very eighties
but i didnt understand that that was its trip, did i?
i was listening to it at my daughters place in sweden
when their ears
pricked up
“daddy,THIS is really cooo-oool” they said
this is…? i say
(you see sometimes i dont know what i’m doing or
what anybody else is either)
listening to it thru a new set of ears
its a perky poppy feelgood little thing
its still got words like “inevitably ” in it
so its not a total pop out
but you know
its catchy n singalong-y
if you like that kinda thing
sometimes we all do, dont we?
so richard gets all these weird mixes down n stuff
and he asks me to help do a vid
oh the wonders of the modern age
casting my mind back twenty years
the pain n drudgery and yes
the outrageous expense
of making a video
if richard had suggested this twenty years ago
i would have to have found a camera man
a lighting man
someone to synch it up
a caterer and blah blah blah
then have to shoot it
process it
edit blah blah blah
get it over to the u.s.
blah blah blah
but wow
i did my bit last night
richard did his thing while i slept n went out for a walk
come home its already up on you tube
pocket featuring steve kilbey “hear in noiseville”
go n take a look
(warning: if you hated anchorage from th’other day
you may not like this!)
but lighten up
hey richard
i think you did a marvellous job!
the song and the vid are a real gas!
good on you, my man!
stealing a feeling a feeling
revealing a feeling i felt!
oh ha ha
the eighties live on forever
thats rocknroll, children
and everythings possible

45 Responses to “mouth like a torn pocket”

  1. avatar
    princey | 13 August 2009 at 1:51 am #

    Wow, I love it sk!!…"it's so nice" and it's so eighties, like you said, but not the horrible eighties stuff. Catchy song alright:)))
    love Amanda

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    Cwinifred | 13 August 2009 at 2:06 am #


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    Mary | 13 August 2009 at 4:15 am #

    it sounds like 80s pop im more new wave but it wasnt bad, i cant believe he did it so fast, you were great, you always do such a good job!

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    Noel Christian Riddell | 13 August 2009 at 4:29 am #

    Firstly, the song sounds great. The vocals are smooth and strong; the mix percolates in a vibrant way. Perfect for car-listening in North America.

    Thanks for sharing this! The webcam footage makes it so RELEVANT. Slow Crack 2009 meets Subterranean Homesick Blues posters. I smile picturing some manufactured pop act making this same video -but with a roomful of directors, suits, caterers, makeup artists, grips, and some tech guys digitally enhancing it to make it appear shot from a webcam. Of course, their song would be unlistenable tripe…

    Looking forward to hearing the whole record.

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    Anonymous | 13 August 2009 at 4:30 am #

    D'oh! Just saw the will be visible after approval' statement -right after posting two similar comments. Please be kind enough to eliminate one of them.

    Your choice.



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    Anonymous | 13 August 2009 at 4:53 am #

    good work dude…reminds me of many things but at the end of the day its only pop yeah…brings a smile to the face and u cant argue with that…everyone likes sugar in various measures.



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    mtlwisen | 13 August 2009 at 5:46 am #

    I'll take one for my IPOD please.

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    cookie-cutter-central | 13 August 2009 at 5:53 am #

    That was really sweet of you to help the poor kid out with his junior high school music project. I reckon he’ll probably send you a little gift or something if he passes. Fingers crossed . . . .

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    ronbonham | 13 August 2009 at 6:15 am #

    Yeah, it's good to try new things.

    Yesterday I tried out for another

    band, standard pub rock but a

    chance to make some needed $. Not

    sure how I did, these guys are

    pro's for sure. Older w/alot of

    miles, I had my face melted more

    than once by the lead player.

    And then today IL brought in a new

    lead player, it's gonna take some

    time but we can see where it'll be

    and improvement. Very clean and

    piercing leads played w/a Tele.

    And I am still not eating meat

    or animal bi-products and have

    lost quite a bit of weight! I look

    and feel great!!

    Ron Bonham

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    eek | 13 August 2009 at 6:49 am #

    "the eighties live on forever"

    Everything old is new again. πŸ™‚

    It's cute and fun — I like it! In fact, I like it more than many of the really slick, expensive videos.

    I think that new MacBook was a good purchase!

  11. avatar
    Maggie May | 13 August 2009 at 6:59 am #

    i like that kind of thing

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    Anonymous | 13 August 2009 at 7:41 am #

    Now you just need someone young and hip to mime it and you have a hit.
    Willie Nelson aint down with the young folk ya know.

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    the dean | 13 August 2009 at 8:44 am #

    That's inevitably cool.

    I wonderabout artist using Sk as vocalist as the song becomes more Kilbey than them.
    Not that I mind at all.

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    Noelplebeyo | 13 August 2009 at 8:52 am #

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    linjo | 13 August 2009 at 9:55 am #

    Oh Steve, that is really nice. Does take me back to New Order and the days of dancing in the discos of Sydney, err Pitt Street Gardens or fuck some other places that I dont remember, aww only occasionally. Your voice is so charming and lovely, wasnt the 80's great! Only us'oldies' can remember what a fuckin amazing time the 80's was for Australian music and up and coming bands. I am so grateful (spelling Steve?) that I experienced it. I travelled all over Sydney in my little white Corolla full of girls to see the bands we loved. The Church, people, in Australia in the 80's was the ultimate glamour band, but with the added value of having the most exceptionally incredible music. Steve Kilbey and Marty Wilson Piper were the most divinely handsome men, the objects of many female fantasies and probably voted the most desirable in the whole Australian music scene. When you add to this to the most intoxicating music and these 'dark purple velvet lightening' shows, their following was huge.
    Linda xxxx

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    12str | 13 August 2009 at 9:56 am #

    you look very comfortable doing these kind of videos SK..;) Just you and your laptop..great concept!
    Why dont you do a couple of acoustic songs to go on your blog..i think youre a pioneer when it comes to exploring the posibilities of blogging in different ways…gonna put some money where my mouth is and leave a contribution with paypal..and i urge others to do the same..Support "old white hippy Moses" in his quest for enlightning us all!!


    //12 str

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    Anonymous | 13 August 2009 at 11:00 am #

    killa! loved the tune, put a smile on my face, now if they can only get that art decay project finished, falling for you sounds like the darker side of the 80's to me…completely opposite end of spectrum. stay well.

    tim fenn

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    Anonymous | 13 August 2009 at 11:10 am #

    very catchy…keeps you coming back for more. Love it

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    cazziem | 13 August 2009 at 11:23 am #

    Just viewed it and really glad your had a re-think after your daughters told you how they felt about it. Yes, it's got that 80s feel, and I really enjoyed it. It's also got that certain something about it that I reckon even if the listener didn't like it, they'd still end up singing stealing a feeling.

    Well done SK for helping Richard and well done Richard for lyrics that work well together and being astute enough to know SK was the right man for the job!!

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    Hellbound Heart | 13 August 2009 at 11:59 am #

    ok, i'll go have a look when it ain't so goddam late…..'80s ay, oh jesus, my teenage fashion faux pas captured in the family photo album….sheesh….

    ok, gotta catch some zzzzzzzzzzz'ss…….

    love always…

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    A. Kite | 13 August 2009 at 12:18 pm #

    You really scraped the carbon dust off that star and made it shine. With your voice, it's a gem. I'll have that one swirling in my head the rest of the day.

    The painting with the four women in the background – is that new? Looks nice.

  22. avatar
    Freddie | 13 August 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    Nice song and cool video πŸ™‚

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    Anonymous | 13 August 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    fuk yo 80s.
    real sucky.

  24. avatar
    veleska1970 | 13 August 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    i saw and liked what i heard. it was a bouncy, upbeat tune. and as eek says, you're such a hoot, LOL. πŸ˜‰

    lotza love….

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    CSTCoach | 13 August 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    nicely done πŸ™‚

    bought this from itunes a few weeks ago. loved the title. the music wasn't my cuppa tea at first, but it does grow on ya. love your delivery and lyrics, and the pun of the title. shades of the 80's for sure. anyway, it's been plugged into my traveling mp3 player, along with Art, Man & Technology – which is FUCKING SUPERB.

    amazing how quickly this online stuff comes together! i think the best moment is when you whip off the glasses – the gloves have been dropped and now it gets serious. Kinda like when you glove-slap an aristocrat.

    Very cool paintings in the background too.

    Flying west today, but will try to keep up w/ the blog while away. Catch ya in a week, TTB.

  26. avatar
    Javier | 13 August 2009 at 3:03 pm #

    Steve… You are the King Midas of rock music. You turn everything you sing into gold. Anyway, everything should be told: the instrumental part was great too.

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    Ellen | 13 August 2009 at 3:05 pm #

    I'm looking forward to seeing/hearing this video when I get back home!

    P.S. Curb show is a crazy comedy – seen it a few times but yesterday's blog has re-pigued my interest…

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    Atha | 13 August 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    Who wrote the lyrics? Was it titled first, If SK wrote them? Will you sing over my Space Madness?
    Pick one, it's all kinda instrumental. I love the electronic SK we've been getting from Mimesis, Martin Kennedy and now Pocket. Perfect voice for this genre.

  29. avatar
    MB | 13 August 2009 at 3:22 pm #

    MATT B

  30. avatar
    MB | 13 August 2009 at 3:39 pm #


    MATT (downloaded once but watched 15 or more times)

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    Anonymous | 13 August 2009 at 3:53 pm #


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    Anonymous | 13 August 2009 at 5:40 pm #

    Larry Sanders is just a poor mans Tony Hancock…LOL. Nah but that song was Fab. knocked the fuzz out of my head the whole friggin day was nearly lost to an angry haze which I quite enjoyed if im honest. but that song brought me back to whats important. thanks for sharing Mr.Kilbey..lightness and joy

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    mcook5 | 13 August 2009 at 7:25 pm #

    How funny that you say it's not your cup of tea cuz it could easily blend into the narcosis ep or slow crack or just about any of your solo stuff. Very good pleasant song.

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    Cee | 13 August 2009 at 7:39 pm #

    That so very much rocked, like the sunshine outside my window.

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    Anonymous | 13 August 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    Excellent tune. Your voice sounds great with it. You are getting a lot of mileage out of your webcam ; )…who would have thought one of those babies would become as crucial as a guitar to a musician in this day and age.

    Great work!

  36. avatar
    lloyd | 13 August 2009 at 8:35 pm #

    would love to hear more tracks!
    the link changed…here it is:

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    restaurant mark | 13 August 2009 at 11:46 pm #

    i'll check it out here in a minute…look forward to it!

    loved your blog on autism. i admire everyone who has to deal with it on a daily basis…whether it be with themselves or a loved one.

    take care everyone

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    Melquiades | 14 August 2009 at 2:05 am #

    i dig it

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    Anonymous | 14 August 2009 at 2:27 am #

    It drove me apeshit trying to figure out where I'd heard the melody before. Listen to this: Good Days by Richard Butler from the Psych Furs.

    Diggin' the song and the webcam blogs, Steve.

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    hologramofbob | 14 August 2009 at 2:49 am #

    Love it.

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    daydreamer | 14 August 2009 at 4:14 am #

    Now all it needs is some jangly guitars……..

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    Anonymous | 14 August 2009 at 4:14 am #

    See the Kilbey voice sounds even brilliant on pop tunes!

    God he could really make a masterpiece pop album and make all these young sissies look silly! Show em how its done SK !


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    Alien Skin | 14 August 2009 at 10:46 am #

    This is George (Alien Skin) and I have to say I had a great time remixing 'Hear In Noiseville' for the Steve/Pocket iTunes single release.

    Being a long time fan of The Church and especially Steve's songwriting, it was a pleasure to strip the song down to his bare voice and remix it Alien Skin style.

    If you're interested, Richard (Pocket) has allowed me to upload my remix of the song to my MySpace.

    Listen to HEAR IN NOISEVILLE, (Alien Skin remix) at

    Thanks for the great tune Steve!


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    lily was here | 15 August 2009 at 6:25 am #

    Richards Pocket and George's alien skin mixes – good stuff.
    Its really cool when other artists dig your work too sk and kind of you to let them mess around with them.


    btw George – 'Send Me An Angel' was one of the few of those type of 80's songs that "I" really loved

  45. avatar
    Marshall Dickson | 18 August 2009 at 2:53 am #


    We are very proud to be releasing this single on our label, 24 Hour Service Station.

    And dear readers, you can check out more of Pocket's collaborations, with Robyn Hitchcock, Yuki Chikugate of Asobi Seksu, Craig Wedren of Shudder to Think and many others on his site:


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