posted on February 7, 2007 at 7:58 pm

rikki tikki tavi
comes over
you know
aint you envious that i know a famous guy like that?
god im almost jealous myself…
and guess what
rikkis got the newest you-beaut black 80 gig i pod
and its groaning under the weight of its exclusive
ultra-hard-to-find records
for example
im listening to la dusseldorfs viva right now
its pretty hard to find
i mean
dont you envy me
i wish you did
i dont know why
but i wish you did
i mean it wouldnt do me any good
if you did envy me, i mean
i s’pose i couldnt even feel it
but my whole life
i been envying…
envying him
envying her
i even envied people who suddenly died
and i still didnt learn
i coveted my neighbours ass
and i felt like a donkey cos of it
i wanted composite bits of people
oh if only i had nicks nose
and micks hair
and ricks jaw
and dicks dick
and hicks kicks
and bicks (from levitation) licks
you getting the picture
i wasnt ever happy with one thing
i read this hilarious n incredibly troof-full book called powder
its about this rock group called the grams
and everytime the grams have something good happen to em
this other band who the singer in the grams considers inferior
derivative of the grams
yet when the grams pull into l.a.
this other band are staying at a better hotel
playing a bigger gig
and their album is higher up the billboard charts than the grams
ha ha ha
been there done that
you see im envious of all of em
i want what everybosdy else has got
look at the bjm fir example
so fucking cool
so fucking bohemian
so the disorganised dishevelled spirit of rock
so young n beautiful
(well some of em)
and they know court-knee tailor
and they know …..
and they did that film
the one where ya see the dandies ridin’ in their limo
and theyre discussing kierkagaard or whatever
very dispassionate rich cats obviously
n then
for contrast
we zoom in on bjm world
where a bunch of scruffs are fighting with a drongo
with huge sideboards n the most outta fucking time tambourine
since “jesus” spooked the chirch at the venue london 1982
(aint you envious you werent there)
and you go
this is the spirit of rock, verily
this is why god gave us rock n roll
not so a bunch of rich n coiffed young hipsters
can cruise languidly around in their limo
lazily, sleepily chatting about vague things
but so true rockers can have a punch up in a dive somewhere
oh why
oh why
didnt i think of that…?
and i mean
rikkis an asset to hang with
i introduce him to the loopy druid who runs my fave cafe
the druid is eating a steady stream of pot cookies
(gee, i envy him)
and he comes out of his kitchen
like hes flailing like a swimmer thru the summer heat
my mates a fuckin rockstar i offer the loopy druid
oh yeah….he throws his head back disdainfully
thinkin’ im putting him on
have ya heard of the bjm i ask
whats that?
he says
suddenly interested
boy that makes me envious
he didnt bring out his special musicians biscuits tho
despite copious hinting from the olde t being
and he could guess that rikki is from san fran
cos where else could an uber-hipster guitar slinging
snake-hipped YOUNG rock god come from
if not THE most bohemian place in the world
except for nimbin…
and im envious
and i think how fuckin famous n hip i coulda been
if my parents had migrated to san fran
instead of….dapto,nsw…..uh?
i woulda been 13 when flowerpower hit
i probably would have been a roadie for the dead
or played bass in blue cheer
but whatever
they woulda dug me more than them idiots in dapto
rikki had an uncle in the tubes fer fucks sake
i had an uncle in the plumbing game
i mean ive struggled against all odds
to be as bohemian as i am
n then ya meet someone
whos got all the credentials
and it makes me
and so do all those nice houses in vaucluse
those lovely leafy palaces n villas
perched on the side of the harbour
what did those guys do to deserve these joints
i mean
i could really appreciate something nice like that
and of course all the jags n beemers parked in the
quadruple garage
and their kids going to luxury school
while i went to proletariat high
and i envy all those rich academics
dreaming in the spires of learning
while i heft a box of tshirts at hobart airport
envy envy envy
i envied the guys at school older than me
cos they had started shaving..
i envied the intelligent guys
i envied the dumb muscular brutes
i envied the people who were too stupid or smart to envy anybody else
i envied the people who knew what they were gonna do
i envied the people who didnt care
i envied the kids who went to uni
i envied the kids who became labourers
i envied my dad when he dropped me off at school
how i wished i hadda job n not this horrible bully school
i envied my brother russell
cos people liked him
and he had blonde hair and an unfreckly suntan
and he seemed to fit in better than me
and everywhere i went i encountered more things to envy
i envied jeff fishpool n gary bill
cos they talked to all the girls at recess n lunchtime
i envied the kids who played drums in the school band
i envied the kids who entered the school swimming carnival
at school dances i envied the kids who could dance
and the kids who were dressed in the latest fashion
and the kids who didnt have to be home at 10 oclock
and the kids who were already smokin n drinkin
and when i left school n was in my pathetic cabaret band
we all envied other cabaret bands who played at such n suchs wedding
n got paid such n such an amount n
then i got my job in the public service
and we read thru the gazette
seeing who had been moving up the ranks
and we were envious
how did roger kaputnick get a fuckin class 5
he hasnt even got a proper degree….blah blah blah
and i envied the guys who drove big expensive cars
and who seemed to not only understand
but were committed to their pointless tedious jobs
and i was envious of the idiots who got pissed every friday lunchtime
cos at least they had some kinda boozy brotherhood
and i was envious of the people who didnt have to turn up
at this ridiculous carryon everymorning at 8 51
yes folks
we started at 8 51
or was it that we ended at 4 51 ?
and my job was to put all these farmers on a mailing list
for govt periodicals
and i read the names of their farms
and i wished i was a farmer
in some green meadow
surrounded by the silent maize
n not here
in canberra act 1970s
surrounded by the straightest most unimaginitive dorks
you can ever imagine
i mean
id like to see little rikki
back in my olde job
with that olde bunch of slobs, drunks,pricks n wankers
see how fuckin bohemian he’d feel then…ha ha
gee they loved cricket tho
and footy
and beer
and they liked women
but not their wives…very much
and eventually
i was smokin dope in my car in carpark
n it was lucky i was leaving
cos they were gonna sack me
and ha ha
a cuppla years later
one sunday night
i woulda appeared on their coloured tv screens
fresh from the chrysalis
in my new incarnation
as joe rockstar
ex humble clerk in the dept of primary industry, bureau of ag. economics
now gloriously transformed with mascara n everything
oh what revenge
i mean
i bet they were envious
tho i cant really be sure
thats the problem
unless someone tells ya
you never really sure
so c’mon
is there any one out there envying me?
please say why
you envy the time being
in no more than 25 words
starting with
i envy the time being because..
and ending with
so thats why i think the time being is scrumptious
n talented n young looking n more relevant
than the bjm
you could be in the draw
for a no-prize
or a cd that never arrives
every child player must win a prize
so eyes down n looking
thats it for today

102 Responses to “n.v.”

  1. avatar
    veleska1970 | 7 February 2007 at 9:37 pm #

    oh no~~the green-eyed monster. i guess we all have it, for something someone else has got. i have quite a few of my own, too.

  2. avatar
    John Garratt | 7 February 2007 at 9:40 pm #

    I envy the Time Being because my day here at work today was terrible.


  3. avatar
    craig1.618 | 7 February 2007 at 9:42 pm #

    i envy the time being b/c he gets to swim everyday and lives next to the beautiful ocean and can play guitar and sing at the same time in time and gets to hang out with bohemians that recognise his genius and……..and……..and……..well that’s more than 25 words…….and that’s why i think the time being is talented and young looking and more relevant than the brainjonestownmascara

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 February 2007 at 9:42 pm #

    your right to still envy the intelligent guys….

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    pjm | 7 February 2007 at 9:58 pm #

    I thought I was the only one who ever read Powder.

    I envy TTB because he can take some chip of the visions in his head and realize them in sound. And he has the time and volition to practice his instrument(s).

  6. avatar
    salim nourallah | 7 February 2007 at 9:58 pm #

    you’ve got more songwriting talent in your right pinky than bjm has in their entire band…maybe they can envy that enough to hire you to go to SF, co-write their next album and save them from mediocrity

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    Anonymous | 7 February 2007 at 10:19 pm #

    I work for the bureau of ag economics and buy church records and go to gigs since 1983. Do I win a prize?

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    Anonymous | 7 February 2007 at 10:26 pm #

    BJM are good, but I’d definitely envy The Church more as the Church/S Kilbey are able to write structured songs which don’t appear/sound structured. Now that’s more talented in my opinion and worthy of envy. BJM finds a riff/group of chords and basically stick with it don’t they?

    I definitely envy your ability to write this blog day in/day out.

  9. avatar
    mattdavison | 7 February 2007 at 10:46 pm #

    I envy killa and the timebean, caus I don’t envy any-one else on the planet..I am too fuccin egotistic to envy anything!! perhaps I envy myself. I think i might envy your close friends caus i would like to be one..We ould have been if we hadda gone for that cuppa tea i asked ya for on the GB8..3?? whatever thing) in Melby I was left there going Ha’ SK’s loss..anyway decided that better not to push the issue..ya’d just been tormented by Roger (fullon)the dodger and other wacky Chhrnch fannzo’s….Fuc I do envy myself.

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 February 2007 at 10:47 pm #

    Well you cant have Dick’s Dick coz I have it so there. And I get Dick’s ‘orn all the fucking time. A piece of toilet paper gives me the f-ing ‘orn, swinging on the gate gives me the ‘orn, anything gives me the ‘orn. Except my ex girlfriend in Sydney, she don’t give me the ‘orn. Cardi don’t give me the ‘orn either. I said; “Jill, I don’t know what it fuckin is but you don’t give me the ‘orn” ; I said; “You don’t give me the f-ing ‘orn!!!” Neether did “It’s No Reason”, that didnt give me th ‘orn. Who the hell is theis Rikki Dickory Dock? never heard of him. The Tubes! Now they gave me the ‘orn!!



  11. avatar
    Padders | 7 February 2007 at 10:49 pm #

    i envy the time being because he has the courage to do what he wants whereas most of us haven’t the balls to leave the daily grind of our straight lives.
    so thats why i think the time being is scrumptious
    n talented n young looking n more relevant
    than the bjm

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    Anonymous | 7 February 2007 at 11:02 pm #

    i envy the time being because you can write a cool blog like today and i can’t even think of anything that might be remotely amusing or interesting to put here for you to read so thats why i think the time being is scrumptious
    n talented n young looking n more relevant
    than the bjm


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    sue cee | 7 February 2007 at 11:07 pm #

    But Steve, the BJM envy YOU! Anton and Ricky, they adore you brother! Ricky is a cool, sweet, helluva talented dude who I would love even if I didnt know who he was but then that kinda rings a bell around here hey?! no prize needed, no strings attached.


    ps Paul L – Im sorry you didnt come up and say hi too. next time. Dutch!

  14. avatar
    the dean | 7 February 2007 at 11:12 pm #

    I envy the time being because he’s been to the dapto diner and the dapto dogs and still manages to crank out a meaningful tune.

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    Thomas Irvin | 7 February 2007 at 11:17 pm #

    “and i think how fuckin famous n hip i coulda been
    if my parents had migrated to san fran
    instead of….dapto,nsw…..uh?”

    We all have our moments like that. I’ve seen people in Chicago gripe that they aren’t in NY or LA. Try Lincoln, Nebraska (where I grew up) where we had two fabulous record stores that got all the great imports, but never got to see the bands tour unless we drove eight hours to Minneapolis or nine to Chicago. Let alone sunny California…

    I think it’s quite common to long for a time and place you never experienced. I reckon you’ve seen some fascinating ones for real.

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    cita | 7 February 2007 at 11:29 pm #

    Wisdom one day envy the next. You have got my head spinning with all this stuff. Is there heart in it though? Where does envy come from the heart or the head? Envy is such a waste of time . Do I envy the time being ? Is that why I read your thoughts everyday? Do I want your life, your experience, your talents? No, I have a wonderful life of my own.

    There is something there for me in your blog. Everyday it waits there. Until I do all the mouse clicks, magic clicks, the black screen the green words ripe. I read them. Sighing. Slow down Cita. A few deep breaths as the words swim over and within. I walk away. I do my job, pick up the kids from school, make dinner blah blah… there is the time beings thoughts in my head in my heart too…I am creating my own magical thoughts now going into my own dream world . I can get to this world on my own but it is nice to have the ethereal hand of the TB leading me there. You say thought provoking things and you say beautiful things sometimes too. Can I read TB and not be envious of him? I don’t read out of envy. When I sense envy creeping near I need to do some yoga. It has taught me to not give time to stuff like guilt and gossip.

    There is too much good to do in the world to even waste a breath on being envious of someone.

    You got it all in the the palm of your hand.

  17. avatar
    ambnt1 | 7 February 2007 at 11:29 pm #


    I envy the Time Being because:
    he has more rotten teeth, gray thinning hair, bad videos, old timer gas guzzlers with no AC, iPlods, weed, paisley shirts, and veggie burgers than me. And the Solaris soundtrack (up to $500 now on Ebay). And he is wise, and oh so much wiser than me.

    So that’s why I think the Time Being is scrumptuous (I’ll say anything to win) n’ talented n young looking n more relevant than the BJM.

    Please promise/pretend to send my winning CD’s (pref. Solaris and El Momento Siguiendo)to:

    Chris Knowlton
    1804 El Parque Ct. #C
    San Mateo, CA 94403


    n.p. Kraftwerk, “Minimum/Maximum Live” (If ya don’t like electronic, you’re gonna hate this! But I love it.)

  18. avatar
    Melquiades | 7 February 2007 at 11:34 pm #

    i envy the time being because..

    he’s made art of expression his way of life.

  19. avatar
    Melquiades | 7 February 2007 at 11:39 pm #

    Hello Ricky. You’re a part of another great fucking group.

  20. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 7 February 2007 at 11:40 pm #

    I envy the time being because he paints better than I do (but I’m catching up!) and because he can cook some killer pears!
    Then again, I can speak Spanish and he can’t, neener neener neener!
    Actually I envy ANYONE that can afford to buy a house…argh!!!!

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    CeciliaGin | 7 February 2007 at 11:40 pm #

    …then again I’d rather travel the world then pay a mortgage…call me crazy.

  22. avatar
    fergal | 7 February 2007 at 11:56 pm #

    i envy sk’s brilliant canon of tunes


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    stealthblue | 7 February 2007 at 11:57 pm #

    Too funny! i envy the time being because…he is one with Steve Kilbey, has a really cool name, lives in Australia, is a brilliant, inspirational, prolific spirit who plays with the freaking CHOICH, and knows the value of love, family and fiends…so thats why i think the time being is scrumptious
    n talented n young looking n more relevant than the bjm

    Truthfully, you live the life I only dream about right now. Maybe it’s not all perfect, but it is funny how other peoples’ lives seem so much…”better” (for lack of another word) than our own…and I am a pretty lucky guy when I think about it, so envy doesn’t do me a whole lotta good, except light a fire under my butt. I mean, there are people that envy me too, which blows me away because I’m not sure why…but that just goes to show you, grass can always be greener to most. Besides, I think “envy” is more of a harsh word than I’d like to use..because I would never want to take anything away from you or be truly jealous of anyone, I only wish to be more successful in our chosen field, or have a few more bucks, or travel more, or have more free time…you get the picture. You do more for me than you could possible know, SK. I mean this sincerely. I guess I am a lot like you in a lot of ways, as I can turn “green” just like the rest of them, as apparently you do as well…quite a human quality though. But, we are who we are…and the source is one.
    Much peace and love to you and yours.
    Very sincerely and respectfully,

  24. avatar
    CSTCoach | 7 February 2007 at 11:57 pm #

    well, i don’t envy the time being, but i sure do like the guy and his work. no wait, i envy the paisley shirts – can’t seem to find one in all of stinking canada.

    i don’t think ya hafta envy anyone, TB. yer a fucking renaissance man. How many others out there can credibly paint, act, play various instruments, croon, poetize, blog, twist themselves into yoga pretzels, et cetera?

    “if my parents had migrated to san fran
    instead of….dapto,nsw…..uh?”

    coulda been worse, man. you might have been born in a 4,000 person town south of ottawa and spent half yer life freezing…

    still listening to El Mo 2, and digging it more and more. Wide Open Road is very cool. your vocals are great on that one (on the whole album, in fact!).

    I’m gonna be offline for a few days, but hoping for satellite internet access to check in. Heading to a sunbleached island in the caribean to hang out with ex-Nitro screamer Jim Gillette (a CST athlete) and his lovely wife Lita Ford. Back next week! (shit, don’t envy them, you’re much cooler 😉


  25. avatar
    sue cee | 8 February 2007 at 12:05 am #

    ps easy to write why i love ya, but why i envy you? From your very first song at age 10 to now you’ve created something pretty special in your art/music/writing etc that is so totally unique and it all seems to appear so easily! Oh yeah, and your mum loves you for yourself.

    You said the other day about would you rather be a poor man in paradise? well thats a better option than misery or fake happiness in luxury. But you are unique, that is something many artists try at but fail and thats the stars we aim for.

    pss safe travels Ryan

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 12:08 am #


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    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 8 February 2007 at 12:09 am #

    ENVY is one of me seven sins and me don’t sin no more so me don’t envy you one @#$%&! bit, haha…
    Jonny Moondog

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    tristan | 8 February 2007 at 12:10 am #

    i envy, envy itself and those who know what it trully is.

    to know something so true, that it has life, can be cut and bleed, that is worth envy.

    the time being through you, nevets, shows me you know what it is to envy, and so, I envy you

  29. avatar
    Melbourne Girl | 8 February 2007 at 12:11 am #

    Don’t be envious just make it happen. If you want something, go get it. It’s funny that you live your life knowing that people get into your music, but not exactly knowing how much they love and envy you personally.

    Oh, just for the record, you are more than scrumptuous. But I won’t go on about it in respect to your lovely wife.

  30. avatar
    ed in fl | 8 February 2007 at 12:15 am #

    i envy the time being because of your awesome memory and your ability to get it down in words…

    ed in fl

  31. avatar
    Bringer of Divine Change | 8 February 2007 at 12:17 am #

    If I rub the lamp of envy three time will you make my envious wish come true?

  32. avatar
    Cali Yooga | 8 February 2007 at 12:19 am #

    I envy natural disasters

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 12:22 am #

    i envy every one and no-one at the the same time

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 12:28 am #

    I envy envy…oooh to be such a great time waster!!


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    N.V. | 8 February 2007 at 12:33 am #

    i envy the time being because like a tru space rock god he is only vulnerable to space rock god drugs, no mere mortal addictions such as overeating or television.

    i envy the time being because he is the father of beautiful girls and the lover of beautiful women.

    i envy the time being because he takes in and puts out loving and hating us all, desiring our envy-see he really does care-

    so thats why i think the time being is scrumptious n talented n young looking n more relevant
    than Hermes Trismegistus or the bjm.

    *if i receive a prize of any sort i promise to envy myself, for the time being.

  36. avatar
    fawn | 8 February 2007 at 12:59 am #

    I envy the time being because he lives in North Bondi and appears to be very happy there which means he is experiencing something there that I didn’t. I lived in North Bondi some years ago and found it to be a cultural wasteland built on sand dunes. I found the people alien and couldn’t wait to get out of there to some place where people read books in cafes and wrote their essays and wrote in their journals and had deep and meaningful conversations. I envy the tb because he’s found a good cafe there and despite being an artist and a bohemian, he feels comfortable there where as I felt like a fish out of water. I’ve forgotten how I’m meant to end this.

  37. avatar
    MarkM | 8 February 2007 at 1:05 am #

    i envy sk because you wrote the songs I wish I’d written. Cause you were in the stooodio recording whilst I was up a ladder with a shifting spanner. Cause you seemed mystical and spiritual when I felt ordinary…and going on any further could prooove embarrassing….and isn’t envy a sin??? dagnabbit…..

  38. avatar
    Letango | 8 February 2007 at 1:27 am #

    I envy the time being because…

    time being’s musical voice always brings me home — like Vishnu gathering his children back into the folds of the universe. Pure Magic.

    … so that’s why i think the time being is scrumptious n talented n young looking n more relevant than bjm.

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    fawn | 8 February 2007 at 1:28 am #

    Oh I just realised the main one. I envy tb because you started painting at what age? and you paint brilliantly and sell them for $1000’s. I’ve painted since I was three. I studied art full time for six years and then painted for years in art studios, exhibited in galleries that didn’t manage me properly or sell my work for the right prices or took advantage of me. I gave up many times because of the financial poverty but I kept going back – another year in the studio, another exhibition, another gallery. My work is brilliant but I’m burnt out now and finally I’ve given up. Two decades and nothing to show for it- no money and all my best paintings gone. You start painting tb and start selling them for good prices. You probably think, wow this is easy! That makes me envious.

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    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 1:36 am #

    Sentient soul
    Killer tunes
    Evolutionary music
    Voice like silk
    Evil grin 🙂

    Killer calves
    Intelligent creator
    Loveable rogue
    Beautiful dreamer
    Eyes of our soul
    Yummy lyrics that fill emptiness

    Say no more, but i would’ve envied nk in my days of discontent.

    Now, that took a long time for me to write something simple and true whereas you, you could do that in your sleep. Thats what i envy.

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 1:37 am #

    i envy the time being because…..
    i just listened to famished again.

    richard mchealthy

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 1:38 am #

    i envy the time being because….
    of the beautiful cast of characters created by and creative
    with sk. what a universe. what a canon.

    good wife

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 1:38 am #

    AND then i spell your name wrong!
    Tiller tunes?? Skeve? Im flustered just doing that.

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    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 1:49 am #

    In honour of today’s blogge I’ve just replaced BJM with you in my ‘top friends’ on Myspace. One good exercise in futility deserves another 🙂

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    Chump | 8 February 2007 at 1:58 am #

    I envy the Time Being because you found all the revenue streams you need to allow you to live the life you want to live rather than the trying to live the lives of those you envy.

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    flowerpower | 8 February 2007 at 2:10 am #

    I envy sk and his tight band of cohorts because they don’t give a flying fuck about being envied by the masses…they make albums like Forget Yourself which blow my mind to the far reaches of Orion Nebula and take my heart to orgamsic ecastcy and do you think I’m envious of this ? YES I AM.

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    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 2:10 am #

    I envy the time being because of:
    – his super-human mastery of language;
    – his (and the Church’s) ability to stay relevant and keep getting better (Just listening to EMS, your voice has never sounded better!);
    – his family life
    – his wealth of experience
    – his wisdom

    And that’s why i think the time being is scrumptious
    n talented n young looking n more relevant than the bjm

  48. avatar
    shawn_el | 8 February 2007 at 2:17 am #

    Haha, I envy the old SK for being a truly creative and original individual who has real talent and has had the courage to develop it/wait for the muse to speak. I also like it when you have the humility to admit that you have goofed up sometimes. Having two sets of twins by two different women also seems like something envy-worthy. Actually, sometimes when I tell people about you and your band that is something I mention.

    BTW I am an academic and let me assure you most of us are not rich. For the time you have to spend in school, in the end you only make as much $ as the “average clerk.”

  49. avatar
    Aynthem | 8 February 2007 at 2:41 am #

    I envy The Time Being because you can create something out of yourself and give it to the world, and all I can do is take it.

  50. avatar
    CSTCoach | 8 February 2007 at 3:33 am #

    this has been bugging me all evening and i had to pop back on:

    “while i heft a box of tshirts at hobart airport”

    it makes me sad to hear stuff like this. sad but also disgusted and angry with the world at large. you guys, and you in particular sk, deserve so much more. why the fuck does our society reward total lack of talent? and the most mediocre shall be elevated… Those of true genius are only recognized when they’re gone, so the bizness men can reap the rewards.

    i hope things change for ya, druid. i suspect the other fiends on here are doing what they can to spread the word.


    ps- thanks sue 🙂

  51. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 3:42 am #


    Why do I envy SK?


    Dunno if I really envy you, but I think it was really brave of you to give that acting thing a whirl. The processes required to be any good at that stuff – honesty, insight, a willingness to strip it all back and expose oneself – thats scary stuff.

    Hoots mon…I wish I had the guts!

    I guess one could become envious of complete strangers telling you how fantastic you are….


  52. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 5:29 am #

    I saw that BJM Dig film not that long ago. I’m no square but I actually had a gut reaction to all that delusion,ego,drug abuse and smoking. No offence but I think anyone envying those guy has a few issues. Brilliant film though. Kind of like a sickly hungover nightmare one might have in the back of a tour van.(with the windows closed) Hands down the best rockumentry ever made. Probably prompted a few would be rockers to get real jobs.
    Dont get me wrong,I like my rock messiah’s well toasted. It’s just that I dont want to hang out with them. I dont envy them either but I guess someones gotta do it.


    Q.Can anyone tell me what happened to the sideburned tamborine man?.

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    captainmission | 8 February 2007 at 6:05 am #

    Not sure if i envy you, i mean its difficult to really know what some one elses life is like so no envy, just a lot of love and respect cos you have enriched my own life with your creativity and art. and also when i see ya play live i am sent into other states where everything appears beautiful in a way no other band can even get close to. so yeah i don’t really envy you. and i gotta admit the bjm are good but they got nuffin on you guys.
    If pushed i wish i could play bass like you though.

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    peckerhead | 8 February 2007 at 6:10 am #

    i’ve never even heard of BJM.
    i envy the TB because he’s had more sex than i’ll ever have.

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    human frailty | 8 February 2007 at 6:19 am #

    is to envy, to admire with a heart that aches?

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    Melquiades | 8 February 2007 at 6:57 am #

    Joel Gion, man. he;s |Mr. Tambourine man

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    metal_petal | 8 February 2007 at 7:01 am #

    I envy the fact that TB is not as greedy as me

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    relic | 8 February 2007 at 7:16 am #

    What i love – today it is envy BUT tomorrow’s another twist

    Im not envious of your life
    or many others lives for that matter
    but i do envy your talent
    yes, it is unique
    and I do envy
    all the love you have here
    if i could
    i wouldnt take it away from you
    for all the chilled green tea in Japan
    you’ve earnt your stripes killah

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    Cameras 4 Eyes | 8 February 2007 at 7:24 am #

    i envy the time being because
    TB gets 60 comments and more
    so thats why i think the time being is scrumptious
    n talented n young looking n more relevant
    than the bjm

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    isolde | 8 February 2007 at 8:08 am #

    even funnier on second read
    and PL from auckland that was hilarious!
    not familiar with envy
    being divine i’m naturally above such mortal concerns
    but i love that word scrumptious
    here is a song about it just for the time being

    Toot sweets sound like what they are
    So do lollys in a lollypop jar
    Gingerbread men have a gingerbread sound, we’ve found
    Sugar plum cinnamon and lemon tart tell you what they are right from the
    And your name does the same for you
    By coincidence, Truly Scrumptious
    You’re truly truly scrumptious
    Scrumptious as a cherry peach parfait
    When your near us
    It’s so delicious
    Honest Truly, you’re the answer to our wishes
    Truly Scrumptious
    Though we may seem presumptuous
    Never, never, ever go away
    Our hearts beat so unruly
    Because we love you truly
    Honest Truly, we do
    Truly scrumptious
    You two are truly scrumptious
    Scrumptious as the breeze across the bay
    When you’re smiling
    It’s so delicious
    So beguiling
    You’re the answer to my wishes
    Truly scrumptious
    You two are truly scrumptious
    And I shan’t forget this lovely day
    My heart beats so unruly
    I also love you truly
    Honest truly, I do

  61. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 8:30 am #

    “Envy comes from
    people’s ignorance of,
    or lack of belief in,
    their own gifts”

    -Jean Vanier

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    eek | 8 February 2007 at 8:39 am #

    “i envy the time being because..”

    You have people in your life who have stuck with you when it had to have been exceptionally difficult and frustrating and no one would have blamed them for leaving. You have a family you love and who loves you. You have people who have never even met you who care very much about you — not just if you turn out an album they like, but if you personally are happy and healthy.

    So while that might not be “why i think the time being is scrumptious n talented n young looking” (although you are 😉 ) or “more relevant than the bjm” (although, again, to me and my life you are), it is why, at times, I envy you.

    Plus there’s the little matter of the songs, poems, paintings and hell, even blogs you seem to crank out so effortlessly while I often struggle to write a coherent comment. Argh!

    (yeah, I know I went over the 25 word limit. Tough.)

  63. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 9:54 am #

    I don´t envy you. I have a life, a good life, and no time or need for envy. I just realized that, thanks!

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    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 10:48 am #

    i envy your apparently reliable supply of pot – us normal folk sometimes have to go anything up to a week or more without.

    regards pip

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    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 10:50 am #

    Hi Melquiades

    A toast to Joel Gion !!

    It would would have to be a gorgeous jingle jangle morning for me to go following his outa time tamborine but I still think he’s a great talent.
    Wrong calling though, he shoulda been a stand up comic.
    Thankfully he made a wrong turn as a muso as he really made that film.
    He was the essential comic releif caricter and I dont think it would have worked without him. A natural entertainer, I hope he’s ok..

    Though I dont envy Joel or anyone but I do often feel pity for people.
    Today for example I felt pity for creepy Dutch Pierre.(see above)
    What kind of sad fuckwit feels the need to start the day(9.36 am) by blogging an anonymous baseless one sentence insult at someone.? espesially someone as amiable as Russel?. Someone without much of a life I suspect.

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    russellkilbey | 8 February 2007 at 11:17 am #

    Dutch Pierre
    Stick and stones etc.
    Russell Kilbey

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    Fireseed | 8 February 2007 at 11:26 am #

    If you can channel them positively, envy – and jealousy – alert you to the things you really want to have, do and achieve in life.

    I don’t envy you in the destructive sense, SK, but in the constructive sense I’m talking about you sure make me raise my game.

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    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 11:26 am #

    (Cue violins)

    Dear SK,

    I envy the people you consider pals when all I have is this blog (but a very entertaining one at that of course) to satiate my curiosity about the inner thoughts of SK. This is as close as I get to having a “picnic in the park” with you (that line sounded better in my head…). A place where I get to chill with you; a place where I can commiserate with you on the tyranny of the “olde bunch of slobs, drunks, pricks n wankers” ru(i)nning society; get enveloped in a parallel universe that is SK; listen to your philosophies/diatribes/ inspirations on just about every discourse known & undiscovered; marvel at your honesty; laugh at your ‘sk-isms’; and generally, hang out with you (and the other closet SK Admiration Society members that are out there but choose to hide beneath a variety of disguises, including cool detached prose, so as not to freak out SK and be considered a common u know what — a f-a-n).

    (Exit outed violin players, secret members of SK Admiration Society. Cue long awkward silence)

    Yours sincerely,
    Ms Kiss-SK’s-Ass Extraordinaire
    (dis)Hon. President of the SK Admiration Society — UNIVERSITY of Boho-tropolis.

    PS I know my reply sucks & isn’t a candidate 4 “best answer’, but I reckon I’m a real contender for last place. Is there a prize for that? Afterall, this vain attempt to impress you with my try-hard witticisms took over a half hour to edit and 14 years of formal secondary education & then some! How ’bout a lucky door prize then???

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    Tony Pucci | 8 February 2007 at 11:33 am #

    (it’s more than 25 words, I guess I’ll have to forfeit any prize)

    i envy the time being because:
    his musical intuition and thus creations
    speak to my musical intuition…
    does he feel as excited as i do when creating?
    he has traveled the world in a rock band
    that when in the midst of a live performance
    at times must make the being feel transcendent…
    the music is that good
    and performing is good for the soul…
    …and because we all want something we don’t have
    and imagine the next guy does have…
    his unique experiences
    his capacity for smokin’ weed
    his charisma in person and through the camera
    his talent with a brush
    his opportunites
    his fanbase
    his siren call
    …and even the climate of his neighborhood
    envy is natural, i guess
    but more so i appreciate and am thankful to tb
    for the inspiration to try my hand at it
    for the soundtrack to my life
    for the confidence he has given to a solitary fish…
    he’s a good man, that sk
    …so that’s why i think the time being
    is scrumptious n talented
    n young looking n more relevant than the bjm

  70. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 11:38 am #

    Hey I flunked maths so please forgive my previous word count faux pas too…

    Ms Kiss-SK’s-Ass Extraordinaire

  71. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 11:40 am #

    I saw Russell last month and it’s true about the tan. He looks very friendly. And about 20 years older than the last time I saw him…but then that was 20 years ago.


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    crystal set yeah | 8 February 2007 at 11:41 am #

    Russell Kilbey, i still think you’re cute as ever andi dont understand people saying bad things about bjm. they have their place in the muso hall of fame even without a wall of gold records, morethan most of the shit out there.

  73. avatar
    child player | 8 February 2007 at 11:51 am #

    i reckon yoour an avaricious wanker

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    dig | 8 February 2007 at 12:28 pm #

    I envy the time being because his taste and style of envy is so cool compared to my own envy, so thats why I think the time being is scrumptious
    n talented n young looking n more relevant than the bjm.

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    shirley harding | 8 February 2007 at 12:47 pm #

    Hey Rusky! How the hell are you? I’m only jealous of The Time Being because he has two such beautiful brothers, and I mean inside and out John and Russell Kilbey! Ah yeah, and because he’s a vegana and that’s damn cool.

    Luv Jen Jewel Brown
    PS I turn 55 on Monday, my daughter turns 14 on Saturday. Hippy birthday all you Aquarians

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    indigoruby | 8 February 2007 at 12:47 pm #

    If there’s any envy going on it’s not envy of the Time Being, it’s envy of you.

    I am inspired by your kaleidoscopic ramblings and wit, and sobered by your struggles.

    I envy that you have so many creative outlets, and that you have so much focus, committment and discipline to be able to juggle so many things, even though it is obviously stressful and overwhelming at times.
    I envy you your briny, undine-infused neighbourhood (but I SO don’t envy you your neighbours!)

    And I don’t envy your enviousness, because envy generates a darkness where inspiration fears to tread. And it makes you hard on yourself and on other people, and makes me hard on myself and on other people too.

    Pouring in love and kindness to yourself – the way you do to your kids – is the only thing that kills the adulation craving (worse than any drug) and short-circuits the see saw of inferiority-with-dollops-of-envy/ superiority-with-dollops-of-conceit, baybee.

    I turn 40 on Sunday – new tricks for old dogs to learn…

    x Em

  77. avatar
    shirley harding | 8 February 2007 at 12:59 pm #

    pS my bloggie Rusky hope I got the link thingie righto. I’d sign in as me but Blogger is being a beeyatch


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    Jen Jewel Brown | 8 February 2007 at 1:03 pm #

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    restaurant mark | 8 February 2007 at 1:04 pm #

    the grass is always greener right? we all envy…i know i do.
    by the way, you guys are just as cool…and just as bohemian as the bjm…ricki seems to be a great guy from my brief experince with him, and i know he loves the church…so maybe there’s some envy there.
    as far as dig goes, it’s pretty one sided with both bands…going by that movie…bjm is too busy fighting and shooting up to make records…and the dandy’s are just ultra rich, don’t care rock stars. in fact, seen the dandy’s 4 times now…always a great show, really nice people as far as i could tell, and care greatly about their music…they’ve actually gotten pretty big in europe but still pretty small here…other than songs in commercials and movies. bjm…well if they were always fighting i don’t think they would’ve made so many records as quickly as they did. anton does seem to sabotage his bands success from time to time…some things can be rock n roll spirit and some things can just be silly. he just needs to keep the focus on the music and not the fights or getting into pissing contests with people in the audience. can’t wait for their new record. love bjm’s music, love the dandy’s music…and love the church’s music even more. see now i’m envious!
    take care man
    by the way…ricki tiki tavi is one of my favorite stories when i was a kid.

  80. avatar
    an only mouse | 8 February 2007 at 1:52 pm #

    envy? bit a of a backward step, innit? isn’t that bad “karma”? i’m perplexed.

  81. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 2:27 pm #

    I envy the Time Being because for quite a while there he got away with fucking Donette AND Kaarin.
    And wot about those two girls in London after the Town & Country gig in 1990? Heard that was filmed with the famous SK video camera an’ all…

  82. avatar
    Buckmoose | 8 February 2007 at 2:36 pm #

    I don’t envy anyone who has to deal with Anton Newcombe on a regular basis, but I do envy the guy who wrote “Jazz”. But that’s just me.

  83. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 3:05 pm #

    I, too, am envious of BJM Ricki – he gets to hang out with you , mate!

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    tokin' jester | 8 February 2007 at 3:29 pm #

    Yeah, I’ve been a bit envious of ya sometimes.
    Ya live on OZ
    yer an intelligent smartass
    Ya have what seems like a great family
    Amazing friends
    & people like me bring ya chronic fer free~
    Ta quote Miss Chrissy~ STOP SNIVELIN’……….etc

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    Letango | 8 February 2007 at 3:43 pm #

    Steve, Pucci boy said it:

    “The soundtrack to my life”

    Golly, SK, for how many have you provided The Soundtrack to
    Their Life?

    For me it’s the soundtrack of my soul’s home. Like the stars blinking in the sky or the sound of the birds at 5am.

    Always, always when I hear that voice, that melodic spaced-out rock, I feel the flame isn’t lost… or that I’ve been handed the thread, leading me back to where the soul lives and speaks and dreams…

    It is the sound, penetrating the dense earth of incarnation like a mystical taproot, that makes me not mind so much all the minotaurs I must encounter along the way.


  86. avatar
    STEVE | 8 February 2007 at 3:49 pm #

    Hi Steve

    Re . ”Jesus” at the Chrunch gig at the venue,london,1982 ‘bet you wish you were there’ well i was.I actually saw you twice there in the October and then December – tho for the first had imbibed ‘magick mushies’ ( so perhaps the first time doesn’t count?) – i remember Jesus from London scene – he had a fondness for dancing naked at gigs ( never trust a hippy!)

    Happy daze!



  87. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 4:06 pm #

    hey envy is a two way thing, that b&w shot of you in your play is astounding. You have a mix of sean connery and cary grant going on there.

    very dashing you old devil.

    florian trout

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    Melquiades | 8 February 2007 at 4:34 pm #

    hello anoymous 10:17. Toast to Joel!
    agreed Joel did make the film. I love the 2nd added scenes disc where just before BJM are going onstage, Joel is scat’in in this old black man jibe, saying how he wants to make love to this woman (Ondi?). funny shit. And also when he’s in a convenience store fillling up his cup at the fountain machine. Joel is going down the line putting a little bit of each flavor in his cup and he gets to the diet cola and say, “fuck diet cola!”. More funny shtuff.
    He’s like the more tripped out Austin Powers with that slang he delivers.

    BJM rock. I own a lot of BJM merchandise.

    “Three words you have spoken”
    Don’t make me a fool”

  89. avatar
    echobaseone | 8 February 2007 at 4:39 pm #

    i envy you because you wrote warm spell. no wait, that’s why i love you.

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    syrinx | 8 February 2007 at 4:39 pm #

    I envy The Time Being when he talks about his brunches and meals with his family. The food always sounds so delicious and I am *still* stuck in my baby-steps cookbook, The 5-Ingredient Vegetarian.

    If the adage “you are what you eat” holds true, then TTB is simply scrumptious by default. And of course I need to get off my ass and learn to cook properly or find some good restaurants. Then my envy problem is solved.

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    persephone2u | 8 February 2007 at 4:42 pm #

    When I was a young ‘un I envied all the girls with blonde hair and would sit and stare at a Petula Clark album of my dad’s while simultaneously coveting everything about Deborah Harry in her perfect rockstar world that I knew at 8 I had to be a part of.

    Then in high school I envied the girls with long flowing hair as mine was shorter. Then I hit 17, figured out what hair care products to use, bleached my hair blonde and had the most gorgeously thick and long hair you’ve ever seen. Looking back now it didn’t change a thing. Envy is a natural part of life, but always remember that the universe is happiest when you’re doing what YOU’RE meant to be doing, not following the paths of others before you.

    I should confess that the only thing I envy right now are all of those Oxford dons living the life of leisure as well as the students of that beautiful college which I would’ve done anything to have attended. But there’s always the future and there’s always hope.

  92. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 5:28 pm #

    Envy, is not good ! Be happy with wot u av been given and work with it !

    Be happy and love yourself

    Love D

    X X

  93. avatar
    gareth,notts | 8 February 2007 at 5:50 pm #

    you’re a jealous little bugger aintcha :)!!!

  94. avatar
    davem | 8 February 2007 at 5:59 pm #

    You have nothing to be envious of.
    Outside of my family you and your art mean more to me than anything else in this old world.
    Rawramp Steve – were you part of the Miles over Matter/Mood 6 thing? I couldn’t get tickets for The Venue in 82 but had a bootleg of it for years!
    I used to love Miles Over Matter and Mood 6 used to cover Love You More as well as Shake Some Action, My Friend Jack.
    Happy days indeed.
    Love you more,

    Dave M

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    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 7:06 pm #

    the price of wisdom is beyond rubies, Mr. K. – Job 28:18 🙂

    luv’ cracka

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    leelinau | 8 February 2007 at 8:02 pm #



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    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 8:33 pm #

    i envy the time being because..
    he brings a little bit of outter space right on down here on planet earth.
    so thats why i think the time being is scrumptious
    n talented n young looking n more relevant
    than the bjm

  98. avatar
    Jay | 8 February 2007 at 8:43 pm #

    a no-prize? were you a marvel comics reader back in Stan the mans heyday Steve?

  99. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 February 2007 at 8:58 pm #

    i NV the time being because he will probably be able to get his dental work payed for by his subscribers.

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    (('{~_~}')) | 9 February 2007 at 6:03 am #

    i envied my brother russell
    cos people liked him
    and he had blonde hair and an unfreckly suntan
    and he seemed to fit in better than me

    You just made me think of when I knew Russell back in the old Razor days. Yes, that blonde hair. I also remember his big smile. Indeed a looker and a charmer!

    A friend was recently telling me that way back then she and Russell just did not get along. She told me this story of how she ended up seeing The Church play in London and her friends convinced her to slip you a note with her number on it with a message that she was a friend of Russell’s and the possibility of meeting up. I was surprised to hear that you actually called her and during your conversation she admitted that she and Russell didn’t really get on so well. You then said something along the lines of, well if you and Russell don’t get along then maybe we wouldn’t get along, and hence the meeting never eventuated. I thought you fool girl! I do admire her honesty though.

    SK, I cannot say envy is something I have felt towards you. Respect and admiration is more the go.

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