posted on April 29, 2006 at 1:42 am

i am ether pirate
i am copping this airspace for nothing
ho ho ho
how long before im cut off…?
this is my 3rd attempt at blogging this morning, fiendiess
twice already today
i have lost the lot
if i go off the air again
im just gonna cry

received glenny benny from the undies
new lp yessaday
starstudded line up, ladies n gentlemen
stephen cummo
grantley maclennon
adalita from magic dirt( nice one!!)
sarah blasko
angie hart
gianna lee from andromeda
phillipa nihill from the unders
but the whole thing holds together
in one continuum
every other singers done a lovely job
on their track
bennies music remains superb
just like the curchh
hes getting better n better
he is himself and no other
he picks up his giutar or synth
and he is gb
and being yourself is no meen feet
thats the hardest thing to do
to turn into yerself
i wasnt myself for ages
like a pot of cold milk oats salt n sugar
i was just sullenly floating about
just a bunch of influences n ideas
i didnae even notice it at first
but one day i guess i turned on my old 4 track
and out stepped sk
an instant geenius
like athene
falling formed from zeus head
there i was
me, at last
all the olde skin shed
i had my own take on it
i had my own spin
i wanted to include
dylan thomas
patti smiff
v. undieground
be bop deluxe
the doctors of madness
twilight zone
sci fict n fant
all of that and more
i threw into the process which created me
an ya know what fiendss
i aint influenced by
nor do i wanna be like any o the following
the byrds( well, very little)
echo and the bmen
country n westin
none of those
if ya read a revue
and it mentions any thing on the a list
ya know they got it right
anything on the b list they getting it wrong
we are nothing to do with the 80s
anymore than you are
we lived thru it just like you all did
thats it
if you wanna bark up the wrong tree go ahead
you ever see a picture of me looking 80s
(you probably seen one where i looked 80, tho)
we are not about movements
youth oer
olde age
we are musicians trying to describe
something sublime
and we disavow being a part of anything
i dont care who ive influenced or not
i dont care what the critics say
be it love or hate
i only care what you fiendss think
and even that
will not sway me from my lifelong need
to plough this furrow
and i’ll plow it
even if i reap success or indifference
and pat yerselves on the back if ya like
what i/we do
in the simple terms of rocknroll
we strive to stretch it to its limit
and yet it still has to be us
thats a dilemma to be hammered straight fiendss
it can take a quarter of a century
its a slippery slope
easy to go off one side or thother
its a marathon
the race doesnt end till yer die
and then ya come back and start all over again
and you gotta learn it all over again
unless ya remember
and then they call you a prodigy
and i know its not easy to keep on track
so i thank ya for ya patience
thats understood
i will continue to explore the othertime
and the empty place
now i been off the gear awhile
and i been hitting the pool n the y. mat
breathing in the prana-chi-love
my mind clearing
ideas come to me
there is no work in this for me
my fingers glide over my bass
like flames licking the wood
they work independently
my voice sings
words arrive in my mind
i do nothing
my blogg is dictated to me
by the saint or the sinner
sometimes, often
they share it
im gonna proclaim my belief in god
i call him vishnu
call him arthur if you want
let him be whatever you like
but talk to him
ask him to reveal himself
it takes so long my lord
my sweet lord
no instant grat fiendss
not here
on monday nite at 9 15
im playing a gig with 2 of austs
finest jazz players
real musicians musicians
i already rehearsed with em
and let me tell ya these cats are magic
jonathan z on double bass
hamish s on drums

david lane
whos playing i love
esp in this context
at the icebergs club
bondi fucking beach fiendss
be there!
maybe i’ll even be worth a revue this time…..


23 Responses to “no hot ashes or liquid”

  1. avatar
    Bionaut | 29 April 2006 at 3:21 am #

    If there isn’t a patron saint of blogging, I nominate St. Kilbey.

    Now, Till The Cows sounded a bit Country n Westin influenced to me…

  2. avatar
    sue cee | 29 April 2006 at 3:32 am #

    Third time lucky for us SK.

    Can you hear my silent screaming though, the sound of never being close enough to get to these gigs of yours?… jazz fiends too. And hell no, have never ever thought of you in relation to the B List except, yeah guilty, occasionally the Byrds one.

    ps love the pic of you, the one on band website and on your MySpace page background! That was taken at The Basement just last month hey! Pudding proof of the benefits of yoga and swimming in the Bondi ocean etc. Watched the Studio 22 footage the other day with my mum (who was very impressed by the way but she always had good taste 🙂 and lookswise and vocally you have improved with age. The other day she had her ear to the stereo listening to your lyrics (on ULTC). Yep, madness runs in our family LOL

    pss Sarah Blasko- an angel in disguise

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 April 2006 at 4:05 am #

    In future crises I will now shout Arthur in place of ‘Dear God!!!’

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 April 2006 at 7:17 am #

    Fer Arthur’s Sake!

  5. avatar
    adrak | 29 April 2006 at 9:11 am #

    Hi Mr.K.
    maybe drag/hightlight and copy every now and then as you’re writing so you store it on the clipboard, then you won’t lose it if you, er, lose it.

    btw i’ve recently got some mp3s of some tunes that sound suspiciously 70’s sk….some lyrics ‘i put you on my wall’, ‘madame lash, queen of the night’, ‘she’s been a man’, ‘i’m getting away with murder’….interesting listening- i can hear lots of those a-list influences in that there melting pot.

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 April 2006 at 10:48 am #

    Our father who art in heaven
    harold be thy name…

  7. avatar
    eek | 29 April 2006 at 12:27 pm #

    Our father who art in heaven
    harold be thy name…

    ACK!! Does this mean that God said “Let’s go for a walk” when he heard ULTC??

    That can’t be…it just can’t be. 😮

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 April 2006 at 1:09 pm #

    Hi! Mr. Esskay– I hope this day find you well— Should ya ever need a completely unqualified & very biased opinion– well– here I am–

  9. avatar
    sue cee | 29 April 2006 at 1:48 pm #

    Eek – and that would’ve been on Day 5 lol

  10. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 29 April 2006 at 2:55 pm #

    The Church are effing timeless! Ya got too many sounds to be genre-fied and pigeonholed..but hey, the Bunnymen aren’t “80’s” either! : P

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 April 2006 at 4:54 pm #


    “i only care
    what you fiendss think”

    i consider it a
    great privilege to
    be among
    the fiendss
    p.s. when i listen
    to ultc
    this fiendd can’t
    help but fantasize
    about hearing
    it live
    it’s easy
    can’t wait
    please visit

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 April 2006 at 4:55 pm #

    Dear SK, I’d come to your show if it was in the Eastern US and not Bondi f*(%ing Australia! I would be enraptured by your justice and truth and bask in the glory of the words the god speaks through you. I would write a raving review of your prowess and verbalize all the other fake music into oblivion.

  13. avatar
    Rehan | 29 April 2006 at 5:19 pm #

    Hi Steve…
    Just got my copy of ULTC and it’s slow burn magic has been penetrating and imprinting itself in my cranium! Wow what a brilliant record man! I can’t get “Space Needle” “Overview” “Real Toggle Action” She’ll Come Back For You Tomorrow” and “Day 5” outta my mynd!
    Thank you…Thank you…Thank You…(and Marty Peter & Tim ) Love,

  14. avatar
    starfish | 29 April 2006 at 5:30 pm #

    Ah, tonight I must dream of escaping the polar eclipse and floating upstream to Bondi for a night of surreal Kilbey scat. In the dream your jazz nickname shall be revealed. Not cannonball, jug, bird, count, trane, slim, duke nor dizzy. What shall it be? Dalai? (The musical) Dali? Shaman? Guru? Medium? Diviner? Or must we assauge the politically correct masses with something like “alternative practitioner?”

    BTW, I can think of many many worse comparisons than the Byrds. Perhaps you’re put off too much by the obvious Rickenbacker parallels. But the Byrds will remain one of the time tested classic original 60’s bands and you can’t possibly fault them for that. Being compared to them only reinforces what the fiendsss (by the way this word sounds like it came from Gollum) already know – you are timeless and original. A rarity in the decades that passed since the original R&R pioneers.

  15. avatar
    starfish | 29 April 2006 at 5:33 pm #

    please take me along for a ride

  16. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 29 April 2006 at 6:40 pm #

    Another beautiful, insightful blogge from ya. Thanks for going for a third try for us!

    So I’ve been living with ‘ultc’ for a few days now…no walks for moi…but ‘ultc’ goes everywhere with me, the proverbial soundtrack to my life now…it’s gone into my iPOD, it goes into the car, it comes out of the computer, it fills up my living room with its magic, sublime brilliance.

    I feel confined by trite adjectives to describe my feelings for this wondrous creation…your voice sounds better than ever, smooth, goes down like a familiar, comforting tonic – god I am SO in love with your voice! There is no other voice on earth I would rather hear singing to me…I can’t get past the genius of “Block” – your lyrics tear me down, lift me up, turn me inside out…love “There’s a whole lotta hurt before you get to the bliss…” Ah yeah, Buddha said it too! Brilliant. “Unified Field” has a familiar sound to it – it’s Churchy but not derivative – NOT going back to the 80’s but like a song I heard once a long time ago already…you guys are better than freakin’ Madonna when it comes to reinventing yourselves, your sound…and hell, you actually reinvent/revitalize/create your own work, unlike M, whose greatest masterpiece might be her hair (Sorry M fans!)…”Easy” – rich, lush, energizing…oh yeah that ditty MWP sings ain’t bad either. Kinda teasing, makes me feel like I’m floating; guitar makes me wanna cry a little. MWP sometimes sounds like he’s singing fairytales for the damned. How can one guitar note make me feel a thousand things at once? “Pure Chance” – like I’m underwater, back in the womb (oh the memories)…your voice is MY bliss…there’s a sinister undertone to this song I feel, yet I’m somewhere in outer space, amongst the stars and I’m safe.

    Rest of the songs later…you and the other dudes have gifted us with yet another ah hell, I gotta say IT…masterpiece.
    Life is easier because you are HERE.

    And I’m glad to know that the REAL SK is here. It takes a long time to become yourself, indeed. Now I’m just gonna sit here in Hell-Ay (L.A.) waiting for you to come and make your magic for us, LIVE and in PERSON. I’m waiting for my fix…

    P.S. Sent your gem to my brother Steve (my brother is Steve, not you Steve, but him Steve, heh)….he loves it like I do but doesn’t read yer blogge…so I’m telling you he adores the effort as well)

    P.P.S. Ok, a funny. Have to admit, on “Block” when you say “I’ve got a fever…” I keep thinking about that Blue Oyster Cult cowbell skit on SNL – anyone know what I’m talking about? Chris Walken as Bruce Dickinson – “I’ve got a fever..and the only Rx is MORE COWBELL!” Sorry, couldn’t reist.

  17. avatar
    Rimbaud | 29 April 2006 at 7:29 pm #

    Witness one of the greatest cover-ups in human history!

    It can now be revealed: Steve is the Grand Master of the Priory of Arthur, having replaced Dudley Moore.

    The true nature of Arthur:

    “Arthur, he does as he pleases
    All of his life his master’s toys
    And deep in his heart he’s just
    He’s just a boy
    Living his life one day at a time
    He’s showing himself a really good time
    He’s laughing about the way
    They want him to be”
    –Christ(opher) Cross

    Throughout the middle ages the truth lived on in the form of the legend of King Arthur.

    And today, the aardvark indoctrinating our kiddies. Aardvark being an anagram of drak vara, or “secret god” in ancient Sumerian, or maybe Klingon.

    More clues are hidden within Clark’s “Childhood’s End” and Miller’s “The Crucible,” but so deeply that it would take Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes to find them all.


    “I refuse to prove that I exist,” says Arthur, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.”

    “But,” say Man, “the Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn’t it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don’t. QED.”

    “Oh dear,” says Arthur, “I hadn’t though of that” and promply vanishes in a puff of logic.

    –The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


    “All descriptions in this post are accurate.” –Dan Brown

  18. avatar
    mike a | 29 April 2006 at 7:39 pm #

    Turning into yourself is the hardest thing to do!! Great words SK!! I think it just takes time!! I’m glad you did it in this lifetime!!

  19. avatar
    Brad | 29 April 2006 at 8:47 pm #

    Spent my whole life looking for instant gratis…now you say it’s impossible! I give up! I give in…ahh…wait what’s this…something new…satisfaction? Craving is gone, pain and pleasure gone, left, right, black, white, all gone…

    …well not yet.

    Reading zen books again, finally: Some grasp the principle of enlightenment first and then struggle to put into practice, others practice to get to the principle. In the End, we’re all in the same Boat. 🙂


  20. avatar
    Phedra | 29 April 2006 at 11:30 pm #

    mr. kilbey,
    you have become an important source of strength to me. thank you for writing about your belief in god so simply, without
    unnessecary additives. your one of my mind-heros, i dream about you floating on rafts by me lately, helping me move on. keep writing, it’s come to mean a great deal to me.
    much love and beauty,

  21. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 30 April 2006 at 12:38 am #

    My one word review for ULTC:

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 May 2006 at 12:41 am #

    And here I was thinkin that you guys wrote Space Needle with the specific intention of making a song that sounded like The Darkness cause theyre popular at the moment!

    Dutch Pierre

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