posted on January 31, 2007 at 12:18 am

things can surprise ya
yeasterday i turn up to soundy-cheque in ye olde badde moood
i picked the kids up at school that arvo
n i found it was same-olde same-olde
like nothing had ever happened
the nice parents
the bourgeois pricks
and most of the others i dont know
anyway its a bit of a reality jolt
eve n aurora come outta class
eve comes and gives me a hugganakiss
hi daddy in her husky still slightly american voice
aurora comes over
hello darlin’ i say
here you are she says
and gives me a big bit of cardboard
im sposed to carry home
arent you even gonna say hello?
she turns round limply
i guess auroras 1st day back at school wasnt everything she had hoped
but i get treated coolly because of it
just like a woman!
(please no feminist bile…
if i aint doin’ my bit for the female species..i dunno who is…)
then evie starr loses it when i say no swimmy swimmy today
man shes laying a guilt trip on me
i dont care about yer silly olde soundcheck…we havent been swimming for ages
listen eve when i was a kid…why i was lucky if…
but the kids dont wanna listen to this olde schmoe baloney
to eve its her god given right to go swimming at some beach/pool
every day when its vaguely even warm
aurora not quite so gung ho
but not far behind
so i walk all the way home
getting a twin guilt trip
laid on me from the 2 daughters
who always are a few paces behind
no matter how slow i go
gnashing of teeth
tearing out hair
if i provoked eve now
shed probably run up n punch me in the ass
so i just keep going
but but the state theatre….
anyway this whole episode is a big reality adjustment
for yer erstwhile rockstar strutting his ole stuff in fronta the big crowds
the doodles dont give a fig for all that
im just a silly olde daddy who wont do as hes tolde
by time i get to state
i feeling …i dunno…flat..a little angry
i go inside
the rest of band are offhand to me
theres nothing for me to do
while the gettarists n drummer fuck about with instrumentos
i get bored
i walk out in the city to centrepoint tower mall
and i see martin chambers buying a fruit juice
i buy an avo n tomato n beetroot sanger
(you can beat an egg but ya cant beat a root)
i go back to gig
still not ready
when i do get a chance to play
i coppa excrutiating squeal of feedback
it shoots into my damaged drums like heat seeking missile
and explodes in my brain like a million pieces of glass
my tinnitus is upped again another notch
anyway our soundcheck is mediocre
they all wanna play “easy”
and i dont really like it that much….
to cut a long story shorts
we eventually go onstage at 730
the audience still coming in…but thats ok
and guess what
the cherch play a scorcher
a blinder
my oh my i shimmied n i strolled like a chicago moll
we rock n rolled
we faded up n down
we transcended baby….we really transcended
oh i like block
its a great song to end on
a hot night in sydney
a song about a hot night in sydney
it all comes full circle
i finish the gig
i have a cold shower
i jump straight in cab
home to nk
ah romance
baby wakes up
ah romance
baby wakes up
ah romance……
see ya tomorrow
penrith theatre
(dont sound too exciting)

55 Responses to “now the reason we’re here…everyman n everywoman…”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 January 2007 at 12:53 am #

    first, glad to have ya back…again.
    ems…mighty the take on nsew.

    richard mc h

  2. avatar
    Celticat | 31 January 2007 at 12:58 am #

    for sharing Steve. Man o man can I ever relate.

    Love Celticat

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    ambnt1 | 31 January 2007 at 12:58 am #


    Talk to me darlin’, with the Message of Love.


    n.p. Lowlife, “San Antorium” (the greatest album most people probably never heard)

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    craig1.618 | 31 January 2007 at 1:02 am #

    “All worries and troubles have gone from my breast and I play joyfully far from the world.
    For a person of Zen no limits exist. The blue sky must feel ashamed to be so small.”

    -Muso Soseki (1275-1351) Japanese Zen Master and Poet

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    Anonymous | 31 January 2007 at 1:22 am #

    Steven Kilbey.

    Please CONFIRM : Are YOU? or are YOU NOT? a personal friend of Matt Davison?

    We are told you share paintings, you share life, he’s become your mentor as an actor.


    EVERY Peripherer on this BLOG

  6. avatar
    Finest Young Actor In NZ | 31 January 2007 at 1:31 am #

    Hey i’m a feminist!!!!

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    Anonymous | 31 January 2007 at 1:40 am #

    For any Church fans in Auckland, New Zealand on the dates below..

    Not The Church… But Damn Close “LIVE”

    Auckland – Kings Arms – Feb 12th / 26th

    Auckland – PR Bar, Ponsonby Road – Feb 13th / 26th.

    Can the person that contiunues to insult Matt Davison – also calling himself – Sockface Muppetpunch/ Finest Young Actor in NZ, please ID yourself!!! as I’m getting all the blame.. and taking all your kudos. Maybe let SK say what he thinks.

    Paul Lightfoot

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    Anonymous | 31 January 2007 at 1:41 am #

    Running late night and only got to see the last number Block (dammit )…it was a scorcher though and worth the $90 alone but i wish i saw the rest

  9. avatar
    ed in fl | 31 January 2007 at 1:43 am #

    Just goes to show – you never know…

    ed in fl

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    Anonymous | 31 January 2007 at 1:47 am #

    you sure are a lucky motherfucker…man, if only you really knew… note: do make say think, ” goodbye enemy airship the landlord is dead.” or else……….D~$

  11. avatar
    ambnt1 | 31 January 2007 at 2:08 am #


    Alternatively you could’ve titled this one: “Bad Boys Get Spanked”! (in this case, bad daddy)


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    Melquiades | 31 January 2007 at 2:22 am #

    I love to hear you transcended, man
    (no surprise, though)

    I’ve been a part of this congregation
    a disciplined disciple
    I’ve tithed
    (well, maybe not 10%, but who’s counting? you are, right?)
    I’ve gone without
    I’ve gone within
    And it’s just like
    the first time I heard Heyday in 86-87
    I was hooked
    (It was like I was home)

    As for this day of complex reactions to the man we’ve come to know as the rock star god, humble servant of space rock and dutiful deliverer of divine interpretation aka (you fellow fiends fill in the blanks) from
    your daughters. They have the glorious task of knowing from the inside out. And, well, they’re children. NOw, if you put The Wiggles in front of them they might wait on every word that wiggled out of their mouths.

  13. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 31 January 2007 at 2:29 am #

    that’s music to me ears me esskay, thanks for everything…

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    veleska1970 | 31 January 2007 at 2:57 am #

    “anyway this whole episode is a big reality adjustment
    for yer erstwhile rockstar strutting his ole stuff in fronta the big crowds
    the doodles dont give a fig for all that
    im just a silly olde daddy who wont do as hes tolde”

    talk about a reality check~~!!! i find it curious and interesting that here you are, the one and only steve kilbey, lead singer and bassist for the best band that has ever been, you’ve played in front of gazillions of people for more than a quarter-century all over the world several times, sold tons of records, rubbed elbows with some of the biggest and most famous, and all that doesn’t matter to the kids. it’s curious and interesting that your children are what keeps you grounded and humbled.

    kids have a subtle yet profound way of doing that to us, don’t they? you could bring home the universe, and they’re not impressed.

    and ((‘{~_~}’)) is exactly correct~~their timing is dead-on!! what a mood-buster.

    eh, well. tomorrow will be better. 🙂

    lotza love…..

  15. avatar
    Rehan | 31 January 2007 at 3:01 am #

    Last evening was the definite Highlight of my visit to Australia. The ONLY band that matters…live and electric at the beautiful state theatre. The Church was MIND BLOWING!!! You made every song count! “Reptile” “Numbers” “Day 5” “Metropolis” “UTMW” “Block”… Oh Wow!!! I floated, soared, and burned like a meteor on set you and the band played! THANK YOU STEVE, MARTY, PETER AND TIM!! As far as i was concerned the Church WAS the headlining act. No doubt!!! I left the theatre on a stratospheric high, clutching my copy of “El Momento Siguendo” (I have only listened to it once so far, and hereby confirm that it’s STUNNING!!!) and the australian tour T-shirt THANK YOU…THANK YOU…THANK YOU!!!!!

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    Rehan | 31 January 2007 at 3:09 am #

    Oops..sorry about mispelling the the new album title, but i’m still reliving the concert…yeah!

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    Anonymous | 31 January 2007 at 3:10 am #

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    Anonymous | 31 January 2007 at 3:13 am #


    Your right Steve, Block is a corker…..Day 5 aint bad either…..

    Highpoints after 25 or more years, you should be realy chuffed with yourself old mucker.

    Have fun


    Don’t let them kiddliepops play on ya mind.

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 January 2007 at 3:44 am #

    You’ve heard of “Radar Love” well kids have “Love Radar” you can count on it.

    Going to work this morning – parcel on the doorstep HOORAH and HUZZAH – perform the Dance of Joy!Not only EMS but 3 others which I had missing from my collexion! Better than a Birthday!!!!

    ((‘{~-~}’)) Thinking of you – hope today is a good one. Yessaday went to onco clinic for follow up, just another mammo(sandwich press) to do – all good. Was the youngest one in the waiting room also one that was at journey’s end instead of the beginning or the middle. Hope this will be the same story for you one day soon. hugs, Kate

  20. avatar
    Belfrank | 31 January 2007 at 4:04 am #

    I dare you to go and ask Chrissie Hynde ” Let Me See Your Hands”

    I wanna hear the response.

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 January 2007 at 4:16 am #

    A rockah, an idol, a poet and a DAD.

    Love ya kilbo.

    Keep the frostbite and the southside.


  22. avatar
    CSTCoach | 31 January 2007 at 4:33 am #

    “listen eve when i was a kid…why i was lucky if…”

    I guess that 4 Yorkshiremen stuff never works. My dad used to do it too. “When I was your age I had to walk to school 5 miles every day, and home for lunch. I carried my sister on my back, shovelling snow all the way, my pockets loaded down with lumps of coal for the stove…” It got him nothing but mockery, i’m afraid.

    Glad to hear that you transcended last night, druid. you guys can work such incredible magic when you tap in. it transports you to another plane and the resonance lasts for days and weeks. Shit, you even manage to transmit a bit of that through a CD. Now that’s amazing. It’s a special gift.


  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 January 2007 at 4:49 am #

    i like easy

    and i like takin it easy

    if it were all that easy

  24. avatar
    damien | 31 January 2007 at 7:11 am #

    Easy is not one of my faves from ULTC. Now, Day 5. . . . . .

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    highly evolved human | 31 January 2007 at 7:25 am #

    The kidz are right. So what if you’re a rockSTAR. At the end of it all it’s about how authentic you are as a human being. How much truth you lived/gave/appreciated, how much time you had for the ones that matter,having the time to find out who even does matter
    yadddah yaddah yaddah

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    fantasticandy | 31 January 2007 at 7:56 am #

    steve, my fav killah quote:
    ‘i am the warlock of rock,
    with a hole in each sock’.
    i think that sums things up rather
    well, don’t you?
    the best, andy L.

  27. avatar
    sue cee | 31 January 2007 at 8:03 am #

    I’ve loved the winery stories sk and everyone esp ((‘{~_~}’))’s and the posted pics. Looking fw to churchdom very soon! You better be playing BLOCK again rockstar dad!

    “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” – it was eons before i realised that Oscar Wilde wrote that, not The Pretenders 🙂


    ps folks, the dates on newsletter for album launch should be:

    1st March – Manchester Lane Melb.
    2nd March – Theatre Royal, Melb.
    Possibly a Sydney date coming up 2.

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 January 2007 at 9:10 am #

    Howdy Sk,

    Saw you last night at the State Theatre in Sydney…YOU GUYS WERE AWESOME!!!!!!!!

    You looked & sang beautifully and the band played so well. You were hilarious on stage & I loved your “flamenco” dance moves too…the red lighting effects were hypnotic, gotta use more of that stuff on stage…the State Theatre is made 4 u.

    What a great night!


    PS enjoyed the Pretenders too…

  29. avatar
    don joe | 31 January 2007 at 9:27 am #

    LOL. That’s an awesome, in the moment blog Steve. Man, it’s just you. No effort required just let it flow as fast as you can type. It’s cool about no blog’s for a bit. You gotta go blow a few peeps into the weeds with what you guys do. Damn fine about the theatre too…. Just don’t stop, dont’t stop… Ascend to aspire.

    Do you eat peanut butter? Got a place near home that crushes fresh nuts into p.nut butter and into jar. YUMMY!! specially with manuka honey on yeast free raisin toast… mmmmmm:)
    If so I’ll add to package.

    don joe

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 January 2007 at 9:46 am #

    Great news about March album launch sk, I’m SO excited, but why so far away in Castlemaine???? I hope Manchester Lane wont be taken over by “VIP’s” like last time, God they’re annoying. We paying plebs had to wait outside in that stinking laneway until they finished their freebie cocktails before we were granted entry…what a joke.
    Love always,

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 January 2007 at 10:23 am #

    We’ve all had fantasies about you picking your kids up from our kids school.How Koool would that be….unfortunately i only have a guy from inxs picking his girls up from our school,i keep wearing my church t-shirt but hey ….no comment from him, he knows how fantasmical you are


  32. avatar
    rubikon | 31 January 2007 at 11:44 am #

    I love “Block” – it’s the best track on the album IMHO. I can’t wait to hear it live sometime.

  33. avatar
    rubikon | 31 January 2007 at 11:47 am #

    Oh, and say high to the 6/12 string pluckers and the skin thumper.

  34. avatar
    rubikon | 31 January 2007 at 11:48 am #

    Oh, and the ivory tinkler.

  35. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 31 January 2007 at 12:29 pm #

    Rock on, Daddy-O!

    February dues
    cybering to you
    as I type…


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    shawn_el | 31 January 2007 at 1:05 pm #

    Haha, that’s really funny. But I thought you were going to say you finally caved in and took poor Evie for a swimmy swimmy.

    Yeah Block seems like a good one to end on; I would like to hear one of those shows.

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 January 2007 at 1:07 pm #

    thats the color of the sunrise baybee

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 January 2007 at 1:09 pm #

    and what of the happy toast

    is that not like her man arriving

    and snapping on the dog

    for-getting flogged

  39. avatar
    cita | 31 January 2007 at 1:13 pm #

    The potency of the twin guilt trip is described so beautifully. Such extremes in one day.

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    restaurant mark | 31 January 2007 at 1:35 pm #

    sounds like the show was amazing! electric in america…can you picture it? i know i can. good luck tonight…hopefully eve won’t punch you in the ass! but here’s some advice for you…if she starts coming up behind you and you feel a punch in your future…don’t turn around man! just take it in the ass…otherwise, no romance for nk. take care.

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    eek | 31 January 2007 at 2:07 pm #

    i guess auroras 1st day back at school wasnt everything she had hoped

    Sounds like my first day ever at school. I had such high hopes for it too, but they were dashed on that very first day. I was so disappointed!

    And I love your description of the walk home with the little darlings! I have to admit I pulled a few of those stunts when I was a kid. After a while I knew I wasn’t going to get what I wanted, but I was damned determined to make everyone around me miserable. It sounds as if your girls know all the tricks! Good on you for not caving in though. It would just be worse the next time if you did. Trust me. I couldn’t help but laugh at Scarlet’s timing too.

    Thrilled State Theatre show went so well. Block is a great song. Even hearing that it was played give me a thrill. I’m a bit envious of the people getting to see these shows, but I keep telling myself I’ll get my turn soon enough.

    Love reading all the reviews people have written here. I can’t say it’s almost like being there, because nothing is quite like being there, but I still eagerly devour every word!

  42. avatar
    John Garratt | 31 January 2007 at 2:41 pm #

    I should know what a Chicago moll is, but I don’t.


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    (('{~_~}')) | 31 January 2007 at 3:17 pm #

    ((‘{~-~}’)) Thinking of you – hope today is a good one. Yessaday went to onco clinic for follow up, just another mammo(sandwich press) to do – all good. Was the youngest one in the waiting room also one that was at journey’s end instead of the beginning or the middle. Hope this will be the same story for you one day soon. hugs, Kate

    Thanks dear Kate! So happy to hear your wonderful news! The sandwich press! I’ve had that done in the past too. What can I say; you stand there topless while the technician yeah, sandwiches them in, one at a time! How unglamorous is that!

    Journey’s end, my, what you must have been through! This brings a tear to my eyes.

    I found out today my latest 3 month CT scan was clear, nothing there that shouldn’t be! What a relief! Now I wait 3 months for the next one.

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    stealthblue | 31 January 2007 at 4:06 pm #

    Man, you inspire me. That’s all I can really say today. I hope your gig goes really well. Many good vibes to you, the band, the wife and the young ones.
    Lots o’peace and love,
    Ben V.

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    Anonymous | 31 January 2007 at 4:41 pm #

    Ah a day in the life of S.K.

    I can relate to the tale of your girls, my ten year old is starting that phase where some days I just thing she is not all wired right.



    glad you had a smashing gig! someday, I hope to hear you again live!

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    rubikon | 31 January 2007 at 5:01 pm #

    John – a Chicago moll – like a 1930/40s Gangsters’ Lady.

    The line “She shimmered and she strolled like a Chicago moll” is from a track called “Watch that Man” off ALADDIN SANE.

  47. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 31 January 2007 at 6:36 pm #

    me balls are in your court so to speak, haha…

  48. avatar
    12str | 31 January 2007 at 6:45 pm #

    daddy/rockstar……haha life is wonderful…!! what can you say,the greatest gig of them all!
    take care man.


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    kat | 31 January 2007 at 6:49 pm #

    sk, i have no chitlins of my own, however a gaggle of nieces & nephews, who don’t (care?) want to understand that you have somewhere else to be and things to do. maybe the guilt got to ya.. but they know you are a great dad, they are just testing you. hope u all are doing well, glad to hear you guys are slayin’ the crowds with your talent…
    transient (me) will be moving to newport ky this weekend. leave it to me for a winter move.. i think it would be beyond cool if you guys could play the southgate house there. cool mansion.

    take care all!

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 January 2007 at 7:37 pm #

    yeah Mr. K., like when you dash [yourself away] after work to buy groceries for a home cooked stew and the doodles (ours r 4) boldly state they prefer pudding… after bedtime… some spaceman spliff + my bloody valentine… hm roman
    thx 4 sharing

    x & jazz 2 you, Mr. K.,

  51. avatar
    davem | 31 January 2007 at 8:35 pm #

    I am so thrilled for you.
    We are all dancing around the kitchen in blighty!!

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    davem | 31 January 2007 at 8:38 pm #

    I like Easy but then Block, Pure Chance and Day 5 are works of wonder.
    If I didn’t love yer I’d hate yer. Turning out that sort of stuff 27 years on? It isn’t natural.
    Keep it coming though

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    captainmission | 31 January 2007 at 10:13 pm #

    i ‘ll never forget the soundcheck at the basement when ya played block, it is burnt into me like a branded moment, i think it was a point i could have just died, there were a lucky handful of people in the room and we just shared this look, this moment…. it was a beautiful thing.

  54. avatar
    sue cee | 31 January 2007 at 10:49 pm #

    oh yeah captain, that moments going to be etched in my memory forever
    I wish i could’ve captured it into a vial to hand out to anyone needing a high like that.

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    eek | 1 February 2007 at 3:40 am #

    I found out today my latest 3 month CT scan was clear, nothing there that shouldn’t be! What a relief! Now I wait 3 months for the next one

    That’s great news, ((‘{~-~}’)) ! I’m thrilled for you! And I’m keeping up sending the good vibes your way too. 🙂

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