posted on September 20, 2006 at 9:03 pm

thank you
whoever you are who organized all this
you know who you are
you know who i think you are
but maybe you are so large and immanent
that you comfortably can wear a million names
or be completely nameless…
my own day yessaday was very nice
cold green pool
chi gong
hot sauna w/ spiritual discussion
soy chai with friends
little bit of thisnthat
pick up doodles
aurora sayin’ in her jimmy stewart voice
well ah dad ya see im too knackered to have a swim
2 n a half hours later
and after a friend has taught me how to surf underwater
and pop out of the wave
miss aurora still playin’ hard on a giant sandhill
i guess that illustrates the curative powers of the salt air
we get in and they both start devouring everything in sight
the swedes say the sea sucks
and it does
it sucks out yer anxiety n replaces it with a real sleepy bonhomie
no matter how freaked out you are
a good long dip in cold seawater gonna help some
if not piss the anxiety off altogether
you see the sea can fuck anxiety over
theres an axiom for ya
and the sea sucks at yer appetite
and you get hungry in a really nice way
except i always think of hot chips n potato scallops
but if when i occaisionally give in to this urge
i always regret it…..
i work on my painting
which is a portrait of 2 people
against a bondi background
but im trying to make everything VIVID
so ive taken a lotta liberties with their hair n clothes n stuff
so everything can be swirly n colourful
(get stoned n paint soon on dvd)
so i pick my most VIVID colours
n i listen to orion transfer
(deep space transmission)
and i jazz them n myself up
(oh you crazy old hippy archetype!)
el dude has paisley amoeba floating on lapels
la dudette has whales in pea green melange
bondi w/grey sky n buildings half colonial half modern
blocks of flats
the pines n the palms
i have a nice life i suppose
except its mine
and i’m in a horrible trap of taking it for granted
and ive known a few people like that
they have great lives
but they cant enjoy em cos theyre theirs
like a meal youve cooked yourself
you know how its all done
and youre a bit underwhelmed n blase by it
while others are saying wow this food is so nice…
dont underestimate all this
i need to have more appreciation for things
be content
contentment yeah
one of the most desirable of all attributes
envying others ruins it
i know that
im sitting here now in my birthday present blue dressing gown
typing away this blog
global warming inc is presenting another “unnaturally” warm spring day
im gonna take yon childs to school
im gonna have aanother swim in pacific ocean
or is it the indian sea
im listening to ultravox systems of romance a lot lately
i saw an idiot in one of the english glossies
(yeah you know the ones that have dylan/beatles on every cover
and a cover version which is sure to have a song by ian mccullough)
anyway this idiot “journalist” gave the album 2 *s
how wrong you are mr writer
this is a four n a half ****s record
in my book anyway
sleek music with EXCELLENT lyrics
so so far ahead of its time
detached feelings executed in chrome in glass music
looking at the white world n the moon
i feel a soft exchange taking place…
john foxx i think youre one of the best lyricists ever on this record
talking of bobby dylan n ian mac
i ve heard dylans new record n i think its very funny
i also read that mccullough is up for assault
(what? no battery?)
on 2 members of audience in glasgow
there is an incredibly complicated news story
about 2 fans who heard that
“there might be a possibility of going backstage”
and when they went back n used mr mcculloughs toilets
he assaulted em
causing blood to appear on the female ones forehead
(not a good career move macca)
i reckon this had something to do with cocaine
(of course i MAY be wrong)
why else would the possibility of going backstage existed?
so you mac could hear how much ya loved killing moon in donnie darko?
i reckon loada drunken argy bargy ensued…
quite pathetic really
thank god it wasnt me involved
thats all i think
i aint beaten up any female fans yet
(im too scared to, they might beat me up back!)
oh dear
i think i just contravened my own no bad news rule
thats the sorta stuff you can do
if ya got yer own blogge
like i do
you can contra-dicked yerself
and confound yer readers
who keep thinking
that you are slightly sane and/or responsible adulty
ha ha
no thats just an act folks
i really am a crazy old hippy
trying to have a quiet life
and enjoy the surf
before the environment
spits the dummy forever
i love ya

59 Responses to “no bad gnus blogge”

  1. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 20 September 2006 at 10:22 pm #

    That’s my next move:
    watercolors whilst stoned…
    I go backstage for a chance at wrestling on the ground, but that’s just me.

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 September 2006 at 10:31 pm #

    Today’s blog was fun reading – not quite sure why but just fun. Gosippy sounding and very humorous. Such a way with words!

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    Richard | 20 September 2006 at 10:40 pm #


    ever heard this Michael Leunig poem (?):

    ‘Come sit down beside me’
    I said to myself.
    And although it doesn’t make sense,
    I held my own hand –
    as a small sign of trust –
    and together I sat on the fence.

    It gives me comfort and makes me smile, though I’m not quite sure I know what it means. Like many of your bloggs and many more of your songs.

  4. avatar
    stealthblue | 20 September 2006 at 10:41 pm #

    Thank God you are a crazy old hippie. Who else would you want to be?? Good to hear you are in good spirits today, regardless of whatever else is happening. I know what you mean about the ocean. I cannot wait..will be in Kauai in a week, gettin’ “hitched” on a beach, the I just wanna surf and play. I need some anxiety extracted from my burnt out little bod. It has been way too long since Lady Mar and I hung out, I miss the old Pacific. Hope I can find some nice jazz around those parts too. That would make for a very complete trip. So summer is not yet “offically” over here in these parts, but all I know is that my nads were nearly frozen yesterday, first of the season…unusually cold for latish September…oh, mother nature and your global warming. It’s freaking out everything…wobbly balance making you guys warmer and here cooler. It was 46 degrees (F) when I woke up yesterday and on the way home, felt even cooler than that. Damn, not ready for another winter in Chicago…oh well, here we go again. Hopefully, not forever. Well, hang on, Steve. Keep those hippie juices flowin’ and hope everything is cool.
    Peace and Love,

  5. avatar
    mattdavison | 20 September 2006 at 10:51 pm #

    Mabee yr a gipsy mr K.

    Paintings….?? I work in a way that even fasinates myself (Naccissum – incert here )) yes I am a terrible spella..

    I paint layer after layer of acrylic, untill something happens, then I go Yep! on the right track here..son
    Then Oh fuc, I’ve done too much canne get it back as acrylic drys too quick to blend. Now gotta get a plan together (Fuc that looks like Jesus in a city street.. devine intervention?? Nup just me without a plan for the canvas.. Now take sip of Fosters..light a Dragon.. Ciggee) and structure some bloody idea..composition my art teacher would say I hated him..
    Gay little man.. T Costello.. Like that a-hole in Aus polotix,
    Colour is the key Kilb!!! nice defined lines of colour..
    Monet my muse and …..fav always used to say.
    “Without colour we see no more than the blind”.
    In Aucky da trend is dark muddy pastils and fuct ideas like leaf imprints with words that say..
    “In the wind the leaves float to the mountains…10 grand please..

    Balls…. Thats what I think. and you gallery owners on 40% can rack off like the Ramseys. Y adda Y adda…….

    Gd to hear things are better Killabee. Yep the Ocean has the power to remove stress.unless there is a Great White lurkin about.
    Ultravox, Vienna still gives me goosies…
    Ever listened to “Time For A change” Split Enz mental notes 1975.
    (klic on name 2 c art wk)

  6. avatar
    mattd ..again | 20 September 2006 at 10:53 pm #

    O Sue Cee..

    Did ya write my name with a texter or a vivid on that door???

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 September 2006 at 11:06 pm #

    Your maybe the most sane person on the planet.

    Crazy 9 to fiver….

    Thanks for the sunshine


  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 September 2006 at 11:08 pm #

    Yay, happy, content(almost) sk is back! I wish you had written this yesterday though, I was worried something worse was going to happen like….the Church are cancelling the oz tour!!!

    Love always,

  9. avatar
    themuch | 20 September 2006 at 11:09 pm #

    I know!!

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    mandn | 20 September 2006 at 11:33 pm #

    Orpheus is speaking of things I love today.

    Ultravox. But I prefer the Midge Ure years.
    His is another vocie, like yours, that sends me into
    the other realms. Shall have to listen to Vienna tonight.

    where oh where did Aurora pick up a Jimmy Stewart voice?
    tinged by the Australlian coasts, I’d love to hear that one day.

    “get stoned n paint soon on dvd”
    ha! I can just see your DVD in the same section as
    Bob Ross and his “happy little clouds”. Two hippies
    and a bunch o brushes. What a happy shelf that would be.

    Wishing more happiness and gentle days to everyone
    for a long, long time.

    (a.k.a. – Randy Faun)

  11. avatar
    wink@thejellywobble | 20 September 2006 at 11:37 pm #

    Howd ya get Enmore ticcies ya bluddy snapper head.

    And PL.. Don’t think yr gonna get girlies out on the town wif him…
    He’s gonna take ya to the glebe RSA.

  12. avatar
    lorrain | 21 September 2006 at 12:03 am #

    Dear renaissance painter

    waves of joy surround me as I read of your new painting
    feeling blessed
    as I listen to Blackmore’s Night by the flickering candlelight, they played in Paris tonight
    “All my dreams comin True, all because of U”
    “beauty is not something imposed but something immanent” — Anthony Burgess
    Immanently yours

  13. avatar
    the dean | 21 September 2006 at 12:12 am #

    hot chips n potato scallops with seagulls, long lost meloncholic days, the ocean, salt, sun, the wind with eyes closed..the animals can live without us.

  14. avatar
    Hippy Patch | 21 September 2006 at 12:40 am #

    mccullouch says he politely asked them to leave…what’s polite in Glasgow though…probably all relative…
    hey I believe you’ve got a gig in Adelaide next week!!!! see you there dude!!

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2006 at 1:23 am #

    Phew! Welcome back Killer – thought we’d lost you there for a bit.


  16. avatar
    JJ | 21 September 2006 at 1:32 am #

    A new Uncut, or Q, or Mojo? I kinda like Mojo sometimes myself, but yeah – they all sure recycle the covers. Bondi sounds nice. Never been there, but yer descriptive prose – paints an attractive scene.


  17. avatar
    mike a | 21 September 2006 at 1:45 am #

    nothing like the ocean, waves, salty air, and the surf!!

  18. avatar
    PAGEY | 21 September 2006 at 1:56 am #

    Love you ST.eve, great blog!

  19. avatar
    krishnamike | 21 September 2006 at 1:56 am #

    Warm spring day…salty ocean swim…. family and friends…..sounds so wonderful!

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2006 at 2:05 am #

    In 1984, my band “Cor Blimey” supported the Bunnymen at a pub in Hamilton (NZ) we had a female lead singer and later that night after much piss drinking I saw her and mccullough running naked from the communal bathroom and down the hotel corridor to her room. No coke just loadsa shaggin’.

    Paul L

  21. avatar
    nickfiction | 21 September 2006 at 2:10 am #

    ahhhhhh steve, calming words, thanks , Nick

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2006 at 2:11 am #

    …The next morning, she mentioned that the Scouser should have been in The Wiggles and not Echo and the Bunnymen. Get my drift? I said “Well maybe you should have bedded BIG Wil Sergeant instead”

  23. avatar
    captainmission | 21 September 2006 at 2:13 am #

    i’m kinda really happy you’re negotiating with those waves, it’s a beautiful thing. i don’t know if ya still got that red box i gave ya once but in it is a device that is everything technology should be aiming towards, its a fin you strap on to yr hand and bodysurf with. it’s the cure for everything steve. i seen those waves out at bondi, them waves is perfect, sexy, gentle, easy, curves to carry ya into bliss….

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2006 at 2:19 am #


    Whatever will I do come November twenty two?

    The sun will still shine but somehow it won’t seem quite so bright.

    On a lighter note, thought I’ld mention an exhibition coming up at the Art Gallery that you and NK might be interested in. Called Goddess: Divine Energy, from Oct 14 – Jan 28.

    Love Diane
    (Lady Di)

  25. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 21 September 2006 at 2:33 am #

    Ian wasn’t charged with anything but like disturbing the peace, mind you. I’d like to hear his side of the story, I just can’t imagine him hurting a lady! Hmph.

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2006 at 3:00 am #

    good old Ian…too cool for school. wears sunnies in the dark. no wonder he cant see a fucking thing and accidently hits girls…
    mr wiggly indeed.

  27. avatar
    veleska1970 | 21 September 2006 at 3:02 am #

    i’m glad you are doing better today, considering the heartbreak of the last few days. mmm….the sand and surf. man how i wish i was back home in new orleans~~the beaches of mississippi is only about an hour away from there.

    steve~~you’re making me homesick!!! all this talk of the ocean and sand is a-makin’ me crazy. being stuck waaayy up here in north texas is such a drag, i tell you.

    the new artwork sounds nice and lush. can’t wait to see it.

    ah, ultravox. yes yes yes. “lament” was their best album ever, in my not-so-humble opinion. i remember when it first came out i bought it right away and played it to oblivion. still got the record, but can’t locate the turntable. **sniffle** i know, i know~~i guess i could try and get the cd, but there’s something special and magical about the crackle and pop of a needle on vinyl.

    hey~~as always, thanks for taking the time to write.

    love ya too……

    (speaking of aurora–how’s her tooth?)

  28. avatar
    mammaltoe | 21 September 2006 at 3:40 am #

    does anyone else like having a wizz,in the sea or is it just me.?

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2006 at 3:44 am #

    who the****is mammaltoe

  30. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 21 September 2006 at 4:36 am #

    LOVE is the key to you and me esskay, looks like me started it, then we are to enjoy it thru and thru before we finish it like never before…
    Jonny Moondog

    ps. there is nothing more beautiful than me truth!!!

  31. avatar
    triantelope | 21 September 2006 at 7:15 am #

    careful steve…
    you’re picking a fight with krissy da groupie!!

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2006 at 7:51 am #

    Hey sk, can you bring back a tale about Nevets soon, I miss him!

    Hope you had another loverly day.


  33. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 21 September 2006 at 8:00 am #

    excellent lyrics yerself on this blog!
    love John Foxx w/ and w/o Ultravox

  34. avatar
    Everyotherman | 21 September 2006 at 9:40 am #

    Any Church fans in El Segundo? I have been buying and listening to Kilbey & Co. for 20years now and have never met another Church fan.

    It sure would be nice to meet someone face to face that is not embarrased by my music taste.

    Please email me:{at symbol} No brackets of course.

    PS I am just a very normal, non-goth, married, rounding 40 fellow.

  35. avatar
    Al Renwick | 21 September 2006 at 9:43 am #


    or was it underpants?

  36. avatar
    Al Renwick | 21 September 2006 at 9:43 am #


    or was it underpants?

  37. avatar
    joe801 | 21 September 2006 at 9:44 am #

    Very cool. I agree about Ultravox, especially John Foxx era. While Midge Ure did some great work with them, particularly Rage in Eden (the static and click of the receiver between Rage in Eden and Death in the Afternoon still give me chills—and Conny Plank!), John Foxx had something totally different going on. And what about his Fear in the Western World? That could stand up today against any Green Day song.
    I don’t understand why no one’s covered it, except that there’s probably only a handful of people at any given time in the whole world who even think about John Foxx and early Ultravox. That’s why I love this blog.
    It’s a shame, however, about McCollough, I hope everything works out for him.

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2006 at 11:04 am #

    Hiroshima Mon Amour. (naturellement j’écris ceci en Français.)

    Tres bon. Mon favori. Où est mon histoire sur Stephen Cummings ?


  39. avatar
    davidcwelker | 21 September 2006 at 1:25 pm #

    there is something about the ocean, water in general i say. always moving, changing, but staying the same. glad you can enjoy your weather, warm sun hittin your face. here in oHio, it’s been unusually chilly, an early autumn i think.

  40. avatar
    John Garratt | 21 September 2006 at 1:29 pm #

    Even a 2-ingredient sandwich tastes better when it’s made by someone else.


  41. avatar
    CSTCoach | 21 September 2006 at 2:06 pm #

    nice to see yer back, esteban. ahh, the sea. just the sound of it, the rythm, the gentle shussh of the surf as it laps a sandy shore is enough to make you forget yourself for a while…

    i live too far from the sea. gotta do something about that.


  42. avatar
    Anthony | 21 September 2006 at 2:18 pm #

    hey steve,
    this blog really it home with me, especially the part about taking your life for granted. i too can be guilty of that and found myself a bit blue after my birthday on the 18th. i’m 44 (i know, you said you couldn’t believe it backstage in atlanta) and i don’t know if that was bugging me or what. but i had to take a step back and remember all i have… a beautiful wife that loves me, a beautiful stepson and a beautiful baby boy that has brought more meaning to my life than i could ever have imagined (“there’s a whole lot of hurt before you get to the bliss”)… and many things too numerous to list. i just wanted to say we all sometimes forget how lucky we are and it’s good to know those you admire feel the same from time to time.
    keep ’em coming steve!

  43. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 21 September 2006 at 2:51 pm #

    Hava a blast on the island and congratulations on the wedding!
    We’ll be in Maui May 2007, can’t wait.

  44. avatar
    gavgams | 21 September 2006 at 3:13 pm #

    Here at the commune we have a parable about a dog called Bloggy. We say “here Bloggy: nice clean Bloggy”. Makes us all feel better, but he’s just a doggy, that Bloggy. He ain’t no human being.

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2006 at 3:44 pm #

    There’s a mixing desk-quality live tape of Ultravox doing He’s A Liquid at the Marquee in December 1978. It’s huge and powerful, with an electric violin solo and a Kashmir drum pattern – completely eclipses the Metamatic version.

  46. avatar
    Gareth,Notts | 21 September 2006 at 3:50 pm #

    hi Steve,am still gutted at not getting to see THE CHURCH electric cos there aint a band on earth who can match what you guys do,but i gotta say that although THE CHURCH will always be my all time #1 band,i went to see another band of which i’m a long-standing fan last night-THE CULT-and they were awesome,a truly great live band!i’d been feeling a little rundown but it gave me a big lift!hope things improve at your end mate, love n best wishes to all concerned

  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2006 at 3:51 pm #

    There’s also a version of Walk Away from the same gig but that’s more like the later John Foxx solo version. The Ultravox version of He’s A Liquid is a real eye-opener though – makes the subsequent recorded version sound like a quick sketch. Hey – I bought In Mysterious Ways the same day as I got Heyday. Which would’ve been the day the Church played Sheffield Leadmill in 1986 but the gig was cancelled cos Marty had run off…ah well.

  48. avatar
    dean9000 | 21 September 2006 at 4:47 pm #

    Man that’s a nice image your painting on the blog…

    glad to hear your on the upswing today…

    ian mac always seemed a little edgey to me (although i don’t actually know him).
    The bunnies guitarist Will Sergeant though is about as laid back as they come. Very nice and is doing some cool guitar/dj work. Check out his myspace page….

    A cold dip in the pacific sounds good about now…guess I will have to settle for programming on a computer….

    peace sk

  49. avatar
    General Catz | 21 September 2006 at 4:52 pm #

    Hmmmm, doesn’t like like my painting that you’re working on, matey!

    miss grove

  50. avatar
    Al Renwick | 21 September 2006 at 5:16 pm #

    Did you know Vienna caused a big punch up Glasgow way back in 1981 or whatever because Midge Ure had never been to Vienna and Simple Minds (at the time the coolest, and one of the best, bands on the planet, believe it or not, present company excepted of course SK) had just released their epic European ‘travelogue’ album “Empires and Dance” and called Midge a “Wee phoney shit” or something like that in the local press.

    And then within 3 years they were wearing pyjamas on stage and getting the audience to hold up lighters or some such crap.

  51. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 September 2006 at 5:25 pm #

    By the way, did you know Midge Ure is called Midge because his name is Jim and it sounds like that backwards?

    I should probably stop now

  52. avatar
    restaurant mark | 21 September 2006 at 8:01 pm #

    yeah, i’ll buy that dvd…where do i order???
    great analogy on the cooking…the drummer in my band is an incredible cook, but everytime my wife and i go there for dinner he barely eats a thing and is real blah about the whole meal. the rest of us however are face down drooling in the plate! take care man…glad you had a good day.

  53. avatar
    restaurant mark | 21 September 2006 at 8:11 pm #

    hey anthony, i think most of us take our lives, or things in it for granted at times…like steve said, cause it ours. i know i do…always have. hard to be content…envy=bad. great post.

  54. avatar
    pst | 21 September 2006 at 8:39 pm #

    When I was a child, a seal taught me how to do that.

  55. avatar
    Renee | 21 September 2006 at 10:03 pm #

    as envious as i am of your ‘lifestyle’
    i know you too have had your share of dark moments, pain and suffering
    so we can never really envy or covet someones life, unless we’re willing to experience both the good and the bad!
    sometimes we all get caught up in the crap and forget how good we really have it!

    really glad to hear your finding some peace and relaxation
    bondi sounds beautiful!!
    i’m really anxious to see your new art, i treated myself and purchased one of your originals (self portrait-oceania) i really liked that one, precisely for the fact that it had the ocean in it!!
    it will be lovingly displayed upon my wall, and forever remind me of the man that was generous enough to share his life and thoughts with his adoring fans,
    even if it was only for a brief moment in time (but hopefully much longer!!!)

    lots of love to you and the family

  56. avatar
    Renee | 21 September 2006 at 10:08 pm #

    boy! i used the word ‘really’ like 5 times in that comment!
    i must really like the word ‘really’

    i mean, like really though!!

  57. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 September 2006 at 1:21 pm #

    wow, renee. from that angle, you look just like tori amos

  58. avatar
    John Garratt | 22 September 2006 at 2:33 pm #


    I saw the Cult once for free. I thought I was going to laugh my way through it. Turned out to be a blast.


  59. avatar
    Centuryhouse | 23 September 2006 at 4:23 am #

    Ah, wish I was near a sea or an ocean again. I never get to swim anymore, I’d love it. Need money to travel to do that.

    Funny/sad about Ian Mac, this is the first I’d heard of it.

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