posted on August 4, 2006 at 3:11 pm

what the fuck?
cheer up?
sleep on the sand?
be happy with yer life?
write this?
write that?
count yer blessings?

you want my diary?
you want what i think?
or you want some sanitised version of yes yes very nice?
you want me to type out some namby pamby baloney for ya?
you want me to write some happy songs too?
you want me to be a nice nice guy?
no complaints?
no feelings?
to pretend everything is peachy n rosy?
after all the stuff i write for ya fer free
that i find a cuppla hours a day to send ya this missive
that i religiously write to ya
day after day
you dare tell me what to fucking write?
you think im down on america?
i seen more of america than justa bout an yone here
i been coming here for 24 fucking years
ive lived in la, new york n delaware
am i qualified to complain yet?
jesus christ
some days its great
some days its awful
dont fucking attack each other on my blog either
it makes me sick
i dont need any sycophants
i dont need any anti sycophants
i aint no high n mighty fucking hero
im a washed up olde rocker
touring the states
writin’; a bitta blogge
for your amusement
i talk to everyone
fans, fiendss, disinterested passers bye
fat thin ugly rich poor beautiful young n old
i am/ have been all of these
i dont care who ya are
ok you dont wanna hear any negative stuff
no complaints
no downers (maan)
keep it all bright
you can have it just like everyone else then..
hi everyone
gee its so great to be me
its so great to be on tour
floridas real nice
the shows were lovely
the other fellas in the band are so nice too
i mean everythings just so…..nice
youve emasculated me
youve turned me into everybody else
and nowv my life is so
nicely done
i nice you
the niceman

109 Responses to “nice”

  1. avatar
    baby | 4 August 2006 at 3:34 pm #

    my grandmother used to call it “making nicey-nicey” no one in my family was ever very fond of it.

    always much love to you

  2. avatar
    General Catz | 4 August 2006 at 3:37 pm #

    Any blog that starts with “What the fuck” is tops in my book.

    Steve, just keep writing what you want, what you feel. That’s the whole fucking point of a blog, isn’t it? To quote some long lost line: “Take what you want and leave the rest,” in reference to whoever is telling you otherwise.

    You’re never gonna please everyone and, really, why would you want to try?

    See ya soon.

  3. avatar
    Todd Mitchell | 4 August 2006 at 3:43 pm #

    Thanks for giving it away for free, Steve.

    And for what it’s worth, you can delete the “comments section” on your blog if you so choose. While I appreciate the chance to write something you may actually read, I’m far more interested in reading what you have to write.

  4. avatar
    secretBeatinMichigan | 4 August 2006 at 3:44 pm #




    YOU ARE A PEACH, SK!! (teeheehee)

  5. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 4 August 2006 at 3:47 pm #

    it always surprises me
    just how many people feel they have
    some sense of ownership of you
    (i’ve been there myself,
    very sorry for that,
    i’m still learning)
    it’s irritating to watch
    it must be some wierd fucking hell
    for you man
    hang in there and find your peace
    wherever your intuition leads you
    and yeah
    i’m here for you if you need anything
    a spritz of puccipop
    or even a jazz ciggie when in town
    (give me a heads up on that one,
    i’ll have to ask the ex-wife
    of the drummer of my former band, haha)
    would have done so if you’d played
    metrominneapolis, scouts honor
    loveya sk

  6. avatar
    Centuryhouse | 4 August 2006 at 3:49 pm #

    That was so…NICE! πŸ˜‰

    I hope the remainder of the tour goes well for you.

    Daniel W.

  7. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 4 August 2006 at 3:50 pm #

    by the way
    i AM going to buy
    the book of this blog
    when you put it out

  8. avatar
    Renee | 4 August 2006 at 3:59 pm #

    that was so deserved

  9. avatar
    John Garratt | 4 August 2006 at 4:04 pm #

    Yeah, but, how do you really feel?


  10. avatar
    secretBeatinMichigan | 4 August 2006 at 4:11 pm #

    SK –

    Several years ago I heard amazingly wise words from an artist that bear much relevance when measuring the events we see today.

    “You can’t keep out the Killers with Love.”

    The relevant Beats and Hippys recognize this reality – as nauseating and debilitating as it is. Even the Beat/Hippy Dream has its limits to this reality – but if you can live and even impart a little of this Dream you did more than was accomplished before you.

    You recognize That Which Is which rest above anyway – the angst and pain is still there but remembering that overall Reality is the strength.

    Have a good day – in the U.S.A !!

  11. avatar
    the new moodist | 4 August 2006 at 4:13 pm #

    the church sing songs
    steve kilbey smokes bongs
    and the fans clap their hands
    and sing along.

  12. avatar
    marcozen | 4 August 2006 at 4:17 pm #


    Blah, who’s needs fake nice as there’s enough of that already. keep being who you are in the blog, in your music, in your stories and poems, on and off the stage, in the street, and even in Florida! been a faithful fan for a long time and always enjoy your view on life and such. No matter the vibe, nor do i take it as the gospel or whatever. just glad you have a blog!

  13. avatar
    Tz | 4 August 2006 at 4:17 pm #

    Thank you for being a real human being!

  14. avatar
    Jeff | 4 August 2006 at 4:40 pm #

    Welcome back to Wal-merica…where Marshall McLuhan’s nightmares are on sale all month!

    See you in Michigan!


  15. avatar
    nick d. | 4 August 2006 at 4:41 pm #

    I’ll take the evil kilbee over the good kilbee anyday. by the way, I’ll leave you and your mates some homegrown organic tomatoes, basil (only herb I’m growing these days .. . ) and peppers at the 20th Century theater when you get to cincinnati.

  16. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 4 August 2006 at 4:45 pm #

    you alright esskay??? sounds like you are angry with someone or something, WISH YOU WERE HERE!!!
    Jonny Hollywood

  17. avatar
    Rama Dee | 4 August 2006 at 4:48 pm #

    like i was saying…..apropos…Your avatar friend….

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 August 2006 at 4:49 pm #

    Having been a fan since 1986, when my lame garage back had the chance to open for The Church, I have been consistently in awe of your artistry. I have been amazed at the longevity of your creative output, and have tried to explain to those willing to listen why the Church is the world’s greatest rock and roll band. To create such a varied, expressive and unique body of work over a quarter century is an achievement rarely equalled in music. I don’t know that that’s any consolation. I can’t imagine that it is. I had a friend once who told me that your creativity is your freedom and your burden.
    I had the great fortune of seeing the Church perform at The Granada Theatre in Dallas last week. I wondered to myself, how could this band do so much, give so much in an evening, having done so the night before, and the night before. I could only scream and cheer for one person, but I wanted that voice to be the collective voice of all the people who appreciated great music and great musicians.
    Enough of my rambling…
    (A librarian who is raising two sons as a new generation of Church fans.)

  19. avatar
    John Garratt | 4 August 2006 at 4:49 pm #

    Nick D.,

    You know how to get backstage at the 20th Century Theater in Cincinnati? Tell me how:


  20. avatar
    salim nourallah | 4 August 2006 at 4:50 pm #

    thanks for this very NICE blog today. it brought a smile to my face sk. i was waiting for this one…it’s my son’s birthday today. we’re going to the zoo now.



  21. avatar
    starfish | 4 August 2006 at 4:51 pm #

    I don’t care if you’re nice or if you’re ice. All I was saying was if you don’t like fuckin’ McDonalds then find something else to eat. The sleeping on the sand thing was a metaphor (thought you knew about those?). I’ve never had a problem finding good food, and I live here. Is it really so hard? Or is it just an excuse to bash your fans?

  22. avatar
    stealthblue | 4 August 2006 at 4:51 pm #

    We’re all along for this ride aint we? Without being sycophantic, YOU ARE LARGE. I wouldn’t say I kiss anyone’s ass, but I have learned to try to nourish any relationships that would benefit my existence. There are some people that we naturally gravitate to…for whatever reason. I would even go so far as to say that you are the most fascinating being I know, besides me ofcourse :)…even more so than JC!! That’s sayin’ something, but that’s just my world anyway. When I read your blogg, SK, I just feel like I am listening to myself sometimes, but then I sit back and realize how truly awesome, amazing your existence has been, is and will be. On the other hand, you’re just a man trying to live his life the best he can. We all are doing that. Inspiration…That simple. Don’t you see, that as readers of your blog, we get a peak into your real existence.
    Naturally, we compare it to ours and sometimes WHEW…not everyone is on the same wavelength all the time, but we try to keep up. Please, please write WHATEVER you want. (Like you need anyone’s permission anyway) Most of us are just expressing our selves because we feel like we can…like you might be listening too. Obviously you are and that is righteous. I know not everyone would do that. Thank you for sharing your ups and downs. It is deeply appreciated. I know you are not perfect, no one is, but your thoughts and energy are brilliant and piercing, whether it be positive or negative. Hope things brighten up for all of us. Personally, I got a lot on my head too, and I am just trying to work through it. Cheers, old friend. Very “NICE” entry today! πŸ™‚ Love it…

  23. avatar
    PaulC | 4 August 2006 at 4:52 pm #

    OK, so noone likes a whinger. It can be irritating sometimes. But, we all do it. I’d rather have the truth thanks.

  24. avatar
    shawn_el | 4 August 2006 at 4:55 pm #

    Oh SK – you are my hero, always speaking your mind and articulating our alienation so gracefully. I enjoy reading your musings every day regardless of what is on your mind.

  25. avatar
    Rama Dee | 4 August 2006 at 5:01 pm #

    you morons(do you know yerselves??)have some issues…it dont really bother me much..anonnying asses that you are…its just amazing what a bunch of simplistic whack offs you guys are with your” enjoy life this is Amerika bullshit” what a mind-fuck!!! I’m a real nice and smart guy, and i really enjoy the tripe, so lay it on for this Ass-Kisser…if you have the nerve…but i think Steve responded well enuff…”Oh no he’s mad!!! watch out! he’s gonna hurt us!!! ha ha…

  26. avatar
    veleska1970 | 4 August 2006 at 5:04 pm #

    at the risk of sounding “syncophantic”, i still love you, steve, on your good days AND your bad ones…..days we all have…..all of us 6-point-some-odd billion that are enduring this Great Human Experience…

    as far as the “attacking” goes…i admit i’m somewhat guilty as charged. i’m truly sorry. i just can’t stand to keep quiet when injustice is being dished out….i’ll quit, i promise.

    but i know you’re not perfect and don’t want you to be. then you WOULD be boring!!!

    as always, lotza love…

  27. avatar
    Rama Dee | 4 August 2006 at 5:11 pm #

    sorry****as well, but i hadda respond to the meat-packer one lassa time, seeing he insulted me on the last commentary…and I’m so hurt!! Shantih>

  28. avatar
    tim | 4 August 2006 at 5:19 pm #

    Well, I’m amused anyway.

  29. avatar
    Rama Dee | 4 August 2006 at 5:27 pm #

    One more time: All Together Now! Shantih Shantih Shantih

  30. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 4 August 2006 at 5:45 pm #

    I was listening to Tom McRae when I opened the recent entry and thought ‘holy crap’and felt I needed a neck brace for that segue…my own bad dj’ing.
    So let me put on some Clash and read it again.

    Aaaah, much better!

    “And if youre in the crown tonight
    Have a drink on me
    But go easy…step lightly…stay free.”

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 August 2006 at 5:47 pm #

    Unconditional love baybee, we have it in buckets.


  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 August 2006 at 5:48 pm #

    When my partner gets cranky like that, I give him a cookie.


  33. avatar
    davem | 4 August 2006 at 5:50 pm #

    Yo SK,
    Glad that blog wasn’t on video. That would’ve been a spit-on- the-screen jobby.
    Sadly I have to leave TTB for a couple of weeks. Holidays are calling. I wll miss it but can’t afford a lap-top. Stay passionate matey – and a safe end to the tour.
    Love you more,


  34. avatar
    Tommy Jordan | 4 August 2006 at 5:54 pm #

    well the new york post gave ya’ll a plug today for the new york city show πŸ™‚ i enjoy what ya write

  35. avatar
    Rama Dee | 4 August 2006 at 5:54 pm #

    Shit, i need to stop commentin…one mas instructione “Plant thy lips firmly on the Golden Ass” initiation aint never free…Thus Spoke The Ancient Cryptographer***

  36. avatar
    Tom | 4 August 2006 at 6:11 pm #

    Thanks for being real, SK – just as your music and lyrics have always been…I too consider myself to be an “experienced american” and find it hard to disagree with some of your assesments of what America has become…long live true freedom of body, mind and spirit!! Stay away from those KFCs and see you guys in a couple of weeks when you get to Chicago – it’s not the HOB, but you guys will love the Park West…

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 August 2006 at 6:12 pm #

    SK -write whatever you want man. We’re just glad you are writing. A lot of people look to your music & art for inspiration, so maybe your blog violates their expectations a bit. Nothing wrong with violating their expectations, or sounding off as you do. America is a decadent empire, no doubt about it. Have you ever heard “The senate is evil, but the senators are good men” ? Yeah, the state is evil, but there are good people here… you know all this. Keep writing what is true for you.

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 August 2006 at 6:16 pm #


    You the Mack Daddy Steve.


  39. avatar
    fantasticandy | 4 August 2006 at 6:20 pm #

    the whole world stinks,and my cd’s still the best thing you ain’t heard in years!bitch all you like killer,i ain’t happy neither!—DUDES OF NEPTUNE tells it like it is too. it’s because you are such an articulate person you freak the yanks when you get pissed off. hey,we all want to be loved,don’t we? andy

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 August 2006 at 6:29 pm #

    Look people, either SK vents on his blog, or he’s on a rooftop with a slingshot!


  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 August 2006 at 6:37 pm #

    “the other fellas in the band are so nice too”

    Though I hear that PK fella can be a real weasel!

    dom eht ton

  42. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 4 August 2006 at 6:42 pm #

    RIP Arthur Lee!!

  43. avatar
    Demeter | 4 August 2006 at 6:42 pm #

    I believe I did catch you in a teensy weensy mistake, SK.

    You said you “lived in LA” ??
    Isn’t that a contradiction in terms? Absolutely impossible. The undead reside in LA, your choice, zombies or vampires. Occasionally I drive down to visit, and I laugh. With my windows rolled up, of course.

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 August 2006 at 6:46 pm #

    hi steve,

    was great to read your blog. i think most here love it the way it is, a true diary, the good, bad, ugly, etc. Like your music, full of integrity and artistry, and often very inspiring as well. MANY thanks for the time you put into writing the blog. I am sure its real pain sometimes to keep up with it. I really feel guilty reading it for “free” sometimes…I really think you should at least accept “donations” for your blog…I’d be happy to make a contribution.
    take care

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 August 2006 at 6:48 pm #

    Well it was good to see you at the begining of the tour (jeebus h cry-st!)

    i would be a bit ‘fraid to broach a convo in the state yer in (literal/figurative)

    i guess i’ve been missing out on the past comments

    i appreciate what you do
    do it any way you want


  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 August 2006 at 7:01 pm #

    SK – It’s some ugly human trait to want to raise a man’s ire anonymously and just sit back and giggle and say to one’s self: “Ha, I ticked off the guy from The Church today during my alloted 15 min break from my flourescent nightmare.”

    You’re in the thick of it mate. Everyone who’s never done it thinks being on tour is a cake walk. I’ve done it and after a while you just want to go the fuck home. So, in my feeble opinion, you gotta vent somewhere. It’s probably better than sinking a fist in mwp, pk or tp’s face. We wouldn’t want that, now would we?
    But film it if you do, DIG?

  47. avatar
    DJK082067 | 4 August 2006 at 7:06 pm #

    Hey SK…tell us how you really feel!!! Flippin brilliant !!!! To encounter a forum such as this led by an artist who cares for the masses and at the same time, refuses to alter his attitude,outlook,or artistry becuse someone else has an opinion on how to eat,sleep,play,or behave is insanity. SK…all I can hope for is the same thing I attempt to accomplish: filter out the irrelevant and relish the time spent alive. Us, Americans are of many sexes, politics,races,cultures,opinions,religions,and intellect mixed in a sloppy mess. I shrill when I read the daily paper,or watch the media. Life seemed so much simplier before all this tech. (mp3,ipods,laptops,webs,blogs,texting, etc…) That I dream of a reversal of time…which once was a better way of life. Now, we cant seem to slow down,zoom zoom zoom. And if one day, someone/something pulls the giant plug on this growing insanity…what will we/they all do? Read,strum away? I dont think so.They will zombie onward into nothingness blaming everyone but themselves. I totally agreed with YOUR BLOG today and will share it with as many as possible. Because this is a person who refuses to be censored or his affect on peoples feelings…You are just being who you really are…A HUMAN BEING.
    See Ya in Chicago

  48. avatar
    ben | 4 August 2006 at 7:07 pm #

    its time ya laid down the law in this one horse town. fuckin doutchbags.

  49. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 August 2006 at 7:21 pm #

    washed up old rocker ? I don’t think so. sorry, keep writing please.

  50. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 4 August 2006 at 7:32 pm #

    You and I and every other sane person on this blog realise quite well you’re human. Only a psychotic would think otherwise. Keep writing whatever you like. Those of us who enjoy reading your blog, and do not feel the sad need to mock or attack others, appreciate your words greatly. Keep telling it like YOU see it…that’s why we come here, to get your view of things. Best of luck at the next show…

  51. avatar
    colin riddock | 4 August 2006 at 7:35 pm #

    yeah sk,

    the world is insinerating itself. Shiva the destroyer, is apon us. The poets and thier bellies full of pus have not saved us. Amoreica,
    The good lack conviction, while the evil are full of thier usuall passionate intensity. privelige on privelage an unwanted discovery. Nicey nicey while our anger gives greater chase, surely some revelation is at hand surely its the second comming and the wrath has taken form

  52. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 August 2006 at 7:38 pm #

    Like anyone else I admire, I don’t agree w/ everything but I love that you are firm in your beliefs. Anyone who’d adjust according to any poll is a fool. AND YOU AREN’T. Your 100% .

    Great show in Santa Barbara too!

    Stay Gold
    Brian T.M.

  53. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 4 August 2006 at 8:03 pm #

    Oh yeah, Friday Spanish lesson, almost forgot:

    what the fuck?
    cheer up?
    sleep on the sand?
    be happy with yer life?
    write this?
    write that?
    count yer blessings?

    que chingao?
    dormir sobre la arena?
    se feliz con tu vida?
    escribe esto?
    escribe lo otro?
    Cuenta tus bendiciones?

    I particularly like ‘chingao’, sounds Asian doesn’t it??

    You can say ‘chin’ in front of granny.
    You cannae say ‘chingao’ in front of her. The ‘gao’ packs the punch for some reason.

    The gringo version is ‘chingators’.

    Class dismissed.

  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 August 2006 at 8:10 pm #


    Just write what you feel dude and don’t worry about what anyone says. My brother and I attended our first show in St. Pete last night and you guys were great. You seemed to enjoy yourself. Please don’t make us wait another 16 years before you come back again.


  55. avatar
    smoochgirl | 4 August 2006 at 8:19 pm #

    “You cannot go against nature
    Because when you do
    Go against nature
    It’s part of nature too

    Our little lives get complicated
    It’s a simple thing
    Simple as a flower
    And that’s a complicated thing

    My world is your world
    People like to hear their names
    I’m no exception
    Please call my name
    Call my name

    When you’re down
    It’s a long way up
    When you’re up
    It’s a long way down

    It’s all the same thing
    No new tale to tell”
    ~ Love and Rockets

    This song came to mind after reading the latest postings. I guess one lesson we can learn from this is to not take anything personally and use common courtesy, as our Freedom of Speech sometimes backfires on us and people abuse it. I’m in no way referring to SK’s rantings; obviously he should write what he feels, and I, along with many of you agree that it’s interesting to read about what he’s encountering on a day-to-day basis on this tour. This daily diary of an artist is new to many of us, including me, and I choose to enjoy it for what it is.

    By the way, SK, when I mentioned that I would be happy to cook a vegan meal for you and the boys, I was not intending to be sycophantic. That’s just who I am: I like to make those around me happy and enjoy having people of all kinds over to share a meal. Besides, I was only half serious; like that will ever happen! Afterall, I’m just a nobody here in cyberspace and nobody really gives a shit. Ciao!

  56. avatar
    syrinx | 4 August 2006 at 8:23 pm #

    We have an awful show here. It’s called The Simple Life. The premise is, every week you take two people who know nothing about a certain way of living and put them into situations they have never imagined. Or only imagined, and watch them cope. It’s meant to be hilarious, but it’s not, actually. It degenerates into people saying the most inappropriate things possible to make our jaws drop and keep us there for the commercials.

    Each side thinking the other has it made, and seeing it is not so was the original point of it. An ancient theme.

    “A life that went so smoothly, well that – never is the case.”

  57. avatar
    lily | 4 August 2006 at 8:43 pm #

    Good on ya, mate, for tellin’ it like it is. As someone who really doesn’t believe in sugarcoating, I totally understand. Keep writing! There are many of us who appreciate and enjoy it.

  58. avatar
    john in austin, tx | 4 August 2006 at 8:57 pm #

    Wow! I was thinking the same thing yesterday after reading some of the comments on the last blog. I’m glad you came out and said it all. What a breath of fresh air and nice reality check. πŸ™‚

    Good luck on the rest of the tour.

    (p.s. I’m not sucking up… this is/was my honest opinion).

  59. avatar
    Lynnster | 4 August 2006 at 8:57 pm #

    Fake doesn’t interest me, fake bores me. I doubt I’d be reading here daily if you didn’t keep it real. I appreciate that you do, and thank you for taking us all along in your pocket for the tour. Hang in there, SK.

  60. avatar
    Chump / USA | 4 August 2006 at 9:09 pm #

    ok that was your worst post ever. Keep it up.


  61. avatar
    captainmission | 4 August 2006 at 9:16 pm #

    I don’t know much about anything but ‘Dabble’ is remarkable, anyone that has not heard it should go out now and buy themselves a copy, and put on some headphones, enjoy a jazz ciggy and listen to the drums,(who is that dude?)and basslines. Great lyrics to.

  62. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 August 2006 at 10:21 pm #

    how bout an audio blog so i can hear a venomous tone. too bad these guys don’t do a show with CSNY. could get Cortez and Keep on Rockin in the free world and that thrill me to the marrow ditty along with choych classics in refined mode.

  63. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 August 2006 at 10:25 pm #

    keep your white beaded chin up
    you legend

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  65. avatar
    here's another name ive used | 4 August 2006 at 11:26 pm #

    and i bet you are homesick for your own family, shower, bed, stove, and meals, even the sidewalk right in front of your door. why should you like tacobelle, open 24 hours for no good reason? why should you even give a shite about the comments either? good or bad? although it is thoughtful of you to read em.

  66. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 4 August 2006 at 11:54 pm #

    You’re so cute when yer angry!

  67. avatar
    steven koontz | 4 August 2006 at 11:58 pm #

    Gotta love ya man,,,, cut to the chase, no bullshit, call it as you see it….tell us how your REALLY feel ! πŸ˜‰

    keep it up for the sake of all, see ya saturday nite, front row center in myrtle beach!

    steve koontz

  68. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 August 2006 at 12:06 am #

    SK, my fellow commentators remind me of my wife(!)
    When I’m driving and selfish, ignorant, stupid people inflict themselves on me, I occasionally verbalise my disatisfaction. I am immediately told not to. This only only makes matters worse.
    Remember, my fellow commentators, you too can always get out and walk!

    RE:”I’m a washed up olde rocker”, you need to adopt the view of Miss Jean Brodie and remind yourself, “I am in my Prime!”…

  69. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 5 August 2006 at 12:13 am #

    nicely done

    The worst thing about goin to see ya in Ft. L was being away from the blog for three days.

    Are you sure all the chatter in the back isn’t just Petra and Rob having ya on?

  70. avatar
    Todd Goninon | 5 August 2006 at 12:42 am #

    We don’t want no watered down Kilbey!

    Tell it as ya see it!

    We like it that way!

  71. avatar
    Chris (bad 4 a hurricane, but ok for a human) | 5 August 2006 at 12:45 am #

    I just want to know if I’ll be able to buy any of the poem books at the atlanta show. & I’d also like to know if SK has ever read the surrealist novel “Paris Peasant.” I’d bring him one but I gave my copy to Mark Eitzel.

  72. avatar
    mike a | 5 August 2006 at 1:27 am #

    Sk – I think I detect that you miss your swimming pool and your yoga? Peace everyone!!

  73. avatar
    daydreamer | 5 August 2006 at 1:33 am #

    Hello Steve – been reading the blogs but not the comments so I don’t know who’s slamming whom or what’s going down there. But judging by today’s entry, someone (?) is not happy with your impressions of America? Heh. You know what? You voice what thousands – probably millions – of us Americans think. The enlesss strip malls, crappy fast food etc etc ad nauseum. Juxtiposed with vast beauty which I see you also recognize (the desert entries). Nothing is ever total heaven or total hell. These are your impressions. You’re right, you’ve seen more of America than most of us, so who the hell can argue with that??

    Keep blogging and telling it like it is, like you see it. Its only a point of view, after all. And a constantly changing one at that.


  74. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 August 2006 at 1:40 am #


    I want your diary
    I want what u think



  75. avatar
    syrinx | 5 August 2006 at 2:06 am #

    todd goninon – you got it.

    kilbey concentrate
    do not dilute

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    Anonymous | 5 August 2006 at 2:25 am #

    love ya bloggys,baybee…love tha way ya keep it real!

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    FINA | 5 August 2006 at 2:37 am #


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    FINA | 5 August 2006 at 2:39 am #


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    John Garratt | 5 August 2006 at 2:48 am #

    If you are what you eat, then I’m fast, cheap, and easy.


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    Anonymous | 5 August 2006 at 3:12 am #

    it will get better as you move north.

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    Letango | 5 August 2006 at 4:10 am #

    I’d rather have: authentic
    I’d rather have: honest
    I’d rather have: real

    I think they are: NICE

    When my husband passed away, and our son (born after his death) was born with a life-theatening birth defect right at the same time our home was about to be foreclosed on My mom (visiting post birth to help out) tries to console me and quell (more like stifle) my sobs with: “You’re okay. It’s okay.” I looked up and replied “What exactly is okay? I’m NOT okay. NOTHING is OK!” She wanted nicey nicey. but life is dirty and messy and sometimes that’s even beautiful and sometimes it’s ugly and sometimes the two together is bliss and sometimes the two together is hell. We are all contradictions Ida Pingala Shiva Shakti Yin Yang Man Woman Cunus Penis in out love hate the golden thread that weaves us all undulates and vibrates with it all. Perspective is fleeting as am I.
    Thanks Steve for offering yourself. I truly do appreciate it and give you a thousand respects. Wish it could be a better repayment.

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    limebeaver | 5 August 2006 at 4:29 am #

    FINA… si potrebbe dire…?

    In the middle of our walk of life
    I found myself in a dark forest
    The way out had disappeared
    Oh, it is hard know which it was
    this savage forest is bitter and strong
    and just to think of it brings back the fear…

    Sorry if it’s imperfect, Dante is not an easy puppy to get your head around.

    All power to the Steve. The rants are great. I sincerely hope you get to see the many good things in the US sooner rather than later.

    Limebeaver doing Dante a disservice

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    Anonymous | 5 August 2006 at 4:49 am #

    ‘While florida flowers, orlando blooms’
    You are right on about the fast food. I hate all of it, its just processed garbage. I dread eating it, and i only do because its ‘convenient’. I would take some natural tea and a garden fresh salad any day to the processed mcchicken and some kind of processed meat that was pounded together with lard in some mechanical metal conveyor… a million an hour in south america, where the labor is cheaper. Its tasteless, and having it for lunch takes more energy out of me than having lunch. The US is going to hell in a hand basket, and it seems like ive got my front row ticket. You read my thoughts.
    Your concerts were awesome, (dallas and houston) i love your music. I really do. Sometimes your music is the difference between a bad day and a good one to me. You make a difference, always remember that.
    I wish the windows opened too…
    Galveston TX

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    Anonymous | 5 August 2006 at 4:54 am #

    Jesus H. Christ on a three-wheeled unicycle juggling peanut butter flavored bowling pins!!! WHAT ARE YE YELLING ABOUT!!????!!?

    and what’s with all the fucking swearing fer fuck’s sake??!!?!


    SK: “How dare you accuse ME of being depressed and cynical!”

    ANONYMOUS: “Jesus, Steve,…you just told us how depressed and cynical you were!”.

    SK: “ONLY I can be depressed AND cynical and you AREN”T SMART ENOUGH to know when i REALLY MEAN IT!! Hell,..sometimes i’m only trying to be clever!”

    ANONYMOUS: “Holy Crap, Steve,…i’m sorry….i must have MISTAKEN your cynical comments as irony…and your ironic comments as CYNICAL. golly,..i’ll never make THAT mistake again!!!”.

    SK: “I’m MORE American THAN YOU fer Chrissakes!! i ACTUALLY lived in New York and LA!!”

    ANONYMOUS: “OOuch…that really hurts…because BOTH those cities REALLY encapsulate America in a fucking motherfucking nutshell!!! YEH BOYEEEEE!”

    Zeus Almighty and the raspberry popsicle blimp you taxied in on….

    SK: “You Pricks…all i’m trying to do is to be BE HONEST with you!”

    ANOYNMOUS: “Thanks for being honest,…but i don’t think i agree with you on a few points. perhaps i can help.”

    SK: “DO NOT interrupt my train of thought asshole!! i will describe WHAT I SEE WHEN I SEE IT!…your editorial comments ARE NOT NEEDED! this is MY DIARY after all…and i will hide it UNDER my bed and you will NEVER EVER see it again (if i really REALLY want too),”

    —to ask us NOT to “take you to task” over a few small issues IS TO ASK US NOT TO BE YOU. do YOU want US to “be nice”?——-

    maybe you DO really want US to be nice!!!

    okay,.. here goes……..:

    Steve,..your show was BRILLIANT. i just LOVED the way you stood there looking completely fucking bored as you slowly sucked the dollars out of the expensive (for me) tickets i purchased!!

    Steve,..”Unified Field” has the best lyrics EVER written in an exciting pop song…right up there with “Muskrat Love” and anything The Partridge Family EVER did!!!

    Steve,…reading your inventive blog is the most righteous way of spending an evening i can think of (outside of participating in an origami session of learning how to construct a pterodactyl out of a gum wrapper)!!!

    SK: “Who are you to tell me WHAT to feel or HOW to feel or WHEN to feel it or WHY i feel it?”

    ANONYMOUS: “Then why have you been telling us WHAT you feel or HOW you feel or WHEN you feel or WHY you feel it ON A DAILY BASIS for the last year or so, “Mr. Time Being”? Isn’t what yer doin’t just a glorifed teenaged diary??”



    Great Googly Moogly………

    Does it really matter??………..

    RELAX you olde phucking phuck. You are Gandalf….you are the wise one. you have the teflon aura. why are you throwing a tantrum?? You SHOULD be able to take the errant crossbow arrows and the misguided sword thrusts and ill-advised dagger skewers BETTER THAN THAT. you (ABOVE ANYONE ELSE) should be IMMUNE to the pricks of the complacent cacti of moderne society. if you are reincarnating the temperament of a “mid-20’s ROCK MESSIAH” then i will denounce you as camel fodder and burn your vinyl records over an open pit of flames whilst cooking Tempeh kabobs. i expect more of you, SK. if i wanted to hear some rock dude bitch about being taken to task ON HIS OWN BITCHING i’d tune in regularly to the local FM station and watch MTV as if it were CNN Headline News.

    JESUS HARE KRISHNA at a Tommy Hilfiger toga party…where did your thick mystical armour go?? i am a bit shocked that you let the effervescent rants of a few local yokels get injected like festering splinters underneath your tempered rock-star skin. take a deep breath and get yer chakras in line.


    (where’s Sheila Chandra when you need her??)

    JUST IGNORE US and it will ALL be better. we aren’t important. YOU are important. god bless ye and good on yah, and i love ye like a brother, yah old vegan prick. cheers.

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    Anonymous | 5 August 2006 at 5:29 am #

    Oh yeah, your number 19 now, on blogtopsites, from 23 a few days ago.
    Rock on Church!

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    John Garratt | 5 August 2006 at 5:34 am #

    syrinx, please don’t tell us you watch “The Simple Life.” I hope you’re paraphrasing the plot.

    By the way, have any of you tried to make the bed while drunk? Quite a challenge!


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    eek | 5 August 2006 at 5:43 am #

    ok ok, you can bitch about ice. πŸ˜‰

    I like the perspective a fresh set of eyes gives. Even those of us here who aren’t big fans of many of the things you mention are so used to them we’ve become almost immune to them…or at least to the oddness of them. So it’s good to see the country I live in through another’s eyes (and yeah, you have seen FAR more of it than I have…and probably ever will).

    And I do like that you are honest, open, and comfortable enough to write what you think and feel here. I’m honoured to be party to it.

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    bucks burnett | 5 August 2006 at 5:45 am #

    Steve – I’ve only been reading your bloggy a week, but this is your NICEST column yet! Please continue to regale us with tales of your perfect time in Generica, land of the twee and home of the slave. Lov, Snoop Bloggy Blogg.

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    syrinx | 5 August 2006 at 5:48 am #

    NO john. I meant QUITE the opposite. Forgive me if I even put the thought that it had merit into anyone’s head. Lashes for that. I was just thinking about everyone debating quality of life, etc.

    So far I’ve only mastered making it TO the bed while drunk. And when you’re hung-over, straight bedcovers are way far down the list. Water, aspirin and coffee – much higher.

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    secretBeatinMichigan | 5 August 2006 at 5:59 am #

    Egad Man,

    Your Worldis akin to the entrepenuer
    You know this, yes
    and still the doubt ?


    all You gotta be
    is you
    open up
    see limits
    of you

    Y — U

    that especial
    don’ forget

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    secretBeatinMichigan | 5 August 2006 at 6:01 am #


    hey there Eyes

    got the Time


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    secretBeatinMichigan | 5 August 2006 at 6:13 am #

    heh hee hee

    gotta Dig that Life
    beneathe the See

    that’s what we gotta see



  93. avatar
    secretBeatinMichigan | 5 August 2006 at 6:15 am #


    wha’ the fuck time is it ?

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    secretBeatinMichigan | 5 August 2006 at 6:18 am #

    My Apologies

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    crucified in space | 5 August 2006 at 7:05 am #

    ya know what comes next don’tcha? the “all is forgiven, i loves ya all, don’t take me too seriously, everything is love and light and lollipops” blog post. can’t wait for tomorrow never comes…

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    logiclust | 5 August 2006 at 7:10 am #

    i like your blog. america sucks; people places. so much beauty, even more waste and even more waist

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    isolde | 5 August 2006 at 9:13 am #

    i’m sorry sk, i probably didn’t pick a good moment to whinge tactlessly, its just that you said you expect us to download so I did, should have put it through the spin dry first though, hung myself out to dry …

    people just worry about you thats all
    and instead of thinking oh this phase will pass like cumulo nimbus and not take it too cirrusly, they be literal and that mebbe don’t help you either… plus your mood is often contagious

    i suggest its a common feeling that we read your blog and wonder about the best way to say something … anything to make you feel better, to help, its all part of the delusion sk, that we can make any difference to your life, but words is all we got to give you here, very often they don’t come out right, but we are sticking our necks out here for you, this public speaking bizzo don’t come easy
    and when some anon sticks the knife in its real scary, people are gonna react, we’re only human

    nobody can understand how horrible hard it is to sell yourself as an artist until they tried it themselves, and most never will, everyone thinks they know better, what you should do and shouldn’t do and its like well you know this is my soul i am selling its harder than hard. But most of the time we are just trying to encourage you that’s all, i know that can be fucking annoying and presumptuous, it gives me the shits when somebody without a clue has some idea that is the artistic equivalent of flying in the space shuttle, and then expects me to run along and just do it

    its the curse of the tv and movies and computers everything so glossy and plastic and easy switch it on switch it off people think that means everythings got to be fine and dandy all the time and that people are plastic too, everyone got to perfect their image and be positive, its the modern curse of technology upon mankind

    you know my thoughts when i watched that video on myspace why is sk promoting someone else’s art? why not his own? because he’s sk that’s why
    and so slowly slowly as the ice melts on the great glacier of incomprehension i may begin to get a glimmer

    i wouldn’t say though that simply expressing love is sycophancy if a person is not expressing their true feelings about something it comes across loud and clear, but the good lord technology did invent the scroller on the mouse for the essential skimming of life’s little inanities did he not?

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    metal_petal | 5 August 2006 at 11:09 am #

    I’m a complete bitch and i’m all in favour of people saying what they think. People imagine touring in a band is all glamour, sex, drugs plus a couple of hours on stage every day being worshipped. In reality…it’s probably more like being a travelling salesperson, but with less practical support. Go fer broke!

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    Elduvik | 5 August 2006 at 11:28 am #

    Just wanted to tell you that I’m leaving for holidays for three weeks and i won’t have any internet access.< I'll miss your blog and I'll try to catch up when I'm back
    Love (if Im allowed to use this word?),


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    Tony Pucci | 5 August 2006 at 12:19 pm #

    well said, isolde
    to be ignored as a person hurts
    to be ignored as an artist
    when you feel you’ve put
    your true self out there
    (yes, your soul)
    …ah…that’s a tragic novel…

    …who wants to write it?

    …and yeah, saying “loveya” to sk
    is not the act of a sychophant
    but someone who truly cares

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