posted on January 8, 2006 at 11:25 pm

in the cafe
bondi way
another one
a darker cooler cafe
radio playing
the new radicals
jesus
i really like this song
very todd rundgren
but what a chord progresh
great instrumentation
good lyrics
it coulda been mine
it coulda been mine
he beat me to that one
have all the good songs been written?
nah
you can always find another un out there
the wonderful songs that have been written
are but a puddle
compared to the great ocean of unwritten ones
however
there is an ocean of terrible songs
and an ocean of em yet to come
i guarantee it

i did an interview on songwriting
on some poncey abc show
and one question i was asked
that i never been asked before
so simple
AND
i had no real answer for
“what is a song?”
so
i been a songwriter
for 30 years
but never pondered this definition
hmmmm
i decided to me
the question was academic
the real question is
how do songs do what they do to ya, baybee?
skimming thru hotelwombat today
i note with admiration
and a little wonder
ms t.v.s way of rating a record
by breaking it down
into
its
constituent
pa
r
t
s
rating them individually
and then adding the whole mass
of numbers
up
until
you get a score
i think this IS a valid way
to give a score
if thats what you wanna do
but
as the quote at the bottom
said
you get the quantity
but not
the quality

i am always SO disappointed
when interviews turn into
questions about
sales
record companies
tactics in global dominance
or lack thereof
people
people
we know it
thats why we are here
music
magic
the terms are interchange-able
music:
the most powerful of the arts.
you dont ever hear
of paintings taming savage beasts, baybee
music
god
to say that we love it
is like saying
buddha was an ok guy
one day in 1967
i turn up at bully high school
something has gone and changed people
little pubescent sk can feele it
his spider sense going crazy
coming from that room
sgt fucking pepper
now as far as im concerned
things blown wide open
the beatle boys have finally
put the fucking nail in the coffin
of the 1950s
goodbye dance routines
goodbye cute
goodbye blacknwhite 2 dimensional
oily hair polyesta shirts
bermuda fuckin shorts
bobby darin
mccarthyist stodgy meaty
uptight unimaginative
repressed unspiritualised
un surrealistic
un fantastic
un intaresting
19 fucking 50s
and it was music
that did it
in the hands of the “people”
the bohemian “people”
remember
i was around in the fifties
i remember
a little like now actually
without the computahs
and mobile camerahs
but somehow
similar aesthetic
i feel like we fought the war
we won
and then like weeds
sprouting thru the pavement
the “straights” reappeared
appropriating our revolution
etc
etc
its a shame
we coulda all been wearing kaftans
we coulda had flours in our hare
we coulda had pop music
that tried to out do itself
in poignance
in meaning
in subtlety
in beauty
in scope
in its power
to do that thing
that this whole
autobloggraphy started out
with
today
ten minutes ago
which already
seems like the middle ages
to me

that is why
i greet the news
that the pea brain rockahs
or the schmaltz bouy singers
or bloozy shouter
has solde 10 million records
with the same feeling
as “4 billion served”
sadness for how it coulda been
(certainly some jealousy
and we’d be fools to
ever discount that
and envy
which are no trifles)
but
for a
wee moment
and other wee
moments
it seems good sense would prevail
a good film!
a good record!
a good tv show !
a good restaurant
serving good food!
we have all history to compare ourselves to
the known and the unknown
why accept rubbish?
read the fucking iliad
instead of star-hound magazine

read the bhagavad gita
instead of american psycho
look at a bee doing its thing
rather than desperate ocs n scrubbs
bite the fucking hand thats feeding ya!
i do
and i love that taste
expect things to be GOODE!
be angry if they AINT!

anyway
this is becoming a rant
you should hear whats on the radio in here
youd be ranting too!!
hey all you kilbometres
i love ya
sk

30 Responses to “oh monday morning….”

  1. avatar
    paula | 9 January 2006 at 12:06 am #

    clothes every were,i cannot find my baby anywere.ahhhhhhh disapiontyment he jus dornt care.love ya woyk sweet lips.

  2. avatar
    Wil-O | 9 January 2006 at 12:12 am #

    … the cracks become quite clear. Looks like your bloggy fell down one of them. 🙁

  3. avatar
    ade | 9 January 2006 at 1:17 am #

    yep, I’ve always written songs mainly for my own listening, and if someone digs it as well, that’s a bonus. Like you (I presume) I don’t aim to please and cater for the masses.
    I’ve often delved into the unlikely topics of natural disasters and the food chain. Writing from say, a venus fly-trap’s point of view when it’s about to eat a fly does more for me than writing about having a ‘rockin’ good time’. The mood of imagining meteorites hitting the earth interests me a bit more than sequenced bursts of bubblegum music….”turn off that wretched video-hits, kidds!!” Goddam, rapp and the like just suks!
    Neat insights Steve. Keep on broadening our outlook on things!

  4. avatar
    flowerpower | 9 January 2006 at 1:23 am #

    Let 2006 be the year of the mighty rise of the Bohemian Peoples Party, wresting control from the bean counters.

  5. avatar
    Bionaut | 9 January 2006 at 1:24 am #

    Here’s a link to the grading system post (7th post down, NUMBER OF THE BEAST) on Hotel Wombat which Steve is referring to, breaking down ‘Back With Two Beasts’ song-by-song.

    Great system. Maybe those straights who are judging the quality of this blog with each entry could use it to substantiate their quips.

  6. avatar
    esskayer | 9 January 2006 at 2:29 am #

    Hi Steve,
    Pretty good one today, far from your best but I give it a solid “7.5” Could’ve been an “8.0” except your observation of populah musick maybe a tad cliche-ville. I mean, don’t think anybody here would argue with yer points, it’s sort of the general lament of the true music lover. The problem as I see it is too many people (esp. in the US, IMO) view music as ENTERTAINMENT. They want the “hit song” (they don’t care about the rest of the album), they want the flashy “video,” they want the “latest thing,” they want “whatever their friends are listenin’ to.” The Internet is just making it worse. The lemmings can “download” that cool new tune for 99 fuckin cents. Plastic music for a plastic society. My feeling is, the people who want their popcorn entertainment muzak (TM) can have it, but I’ll be over here enjoyin’ my filet mignon! I don’t think it’s necessarily fair to criticize these people. They are simply clueless and should be pitied… 😉

    Speaking of interviews, I have a humble proposal i would like to make. Would you consider allowing us “regulahs” to each ask you one burnin’ question we have (and promise no rekkird company/sales/Under the Milky Way “hit song” type questions), questions that are somewhat deep and meaningful? And maybe you could answer ’em in a future bloggy? Hope you’ll consider it Ess-Kay. Thanx! 🙂

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 January 2006 at 3:11 am #

    I think he’s already answering. Invisible questions are BEST.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 January 2006 at 3:22 am #

    Not forgetting that without the straights, there would have been no revolution.

    Seen “Good Night and Good Luck” yet? Give you a different perspective on your basic 50s straights.

  9. avatar
    Wil-O | 9 January 2006 at 3:42 am #

    oooh look, the cracks have closed up and the bloggy has emerged. you musta been typing it when I was here earlier.

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 January 2006 at 4:05 am #

    hi steve
    i love that new radicals song too
    so very todd (who produced it i think)
    but what’s with todd fronting a
    cars tour in the us?? (what?!)
    that’s so not todd
    but i guess it is
    oh well …
    diane

    p.s. i’d sign up for a proper “blogger” acct if my computer would let me
    until then i’ll have to be anon
    but i’m really
    diane

  11. avatar
    gryphon | 9 January 2006 at 4:24 am #

    “bite the fucking hand thats feeding ya!
    i do
    and i love that taste”!!!

    Ha ha! Love it! You have to use it in a song, don’t let a gem like that go to waste…

  12. avatar
    verdelay | 9 January 2006 at 4:41 am #

    I like to subtract a century and compare and contrast. 1906 is upon us. Only 8 more years until the end of la belly pock. Tiffany glass in sepia black and yellow. Round and round we go…

  13. avatar
    Julia | 9 January 2006 at 5:00 am #

    Dear Steve,

    love the nostalgic stuff about your Dad and high school – evocative, beautiful. My Dad wore Old Spice too, but didn’t tolerate “rock” music, glam or otherwise. I had a similar experience at high school – not beaten up, just ostracised by surfie chicks. Spent lunchtimes listening to cassettes of Roxy Music in the library and pining for like-minded souls.

    Sorry about that Laney gig, btw, had no idea it was on or I would have gladly made the trek to Bondi. Remember, I’m only an email away, if there’s a next time !

    The best songs are a mystery to me – and I prefer it that way. Yeah, we can deconstruct them but we’ll be left with a pile of rubble. I’m with Browning when he said that the value of art is to suggest what cannot be simply delineated. (Or something to that effect…) This is the greatness of The Church for me : the spaces left in your music for the individual listener’s self to inhabit .

    As for rating songs by numbers : UGH! Rating songs out of 10 or making lists is rather chilling, from my point of view. I’ve heard it’s something men like to do, rather than women, and I think there’s something in that ! Maybe that’ll stir up some controversy…

    Love
    Julia

  14. avatar
    Tara | 9 January 2006 at 5:53 am #

    SK ~
    I met you a long time ago and I gave you a compliment from my heart. I almost always regret the compliments I give. After the words leave my lips they are often proven to be untrue. Not so with you. I said that whatever you decide to do with music, I always trust you. I always know that whatever it is, it will be evocative and of top quality. I have never been disappointed. I am actually in awe. This compliment can now transcend mediums. Albums, paintings, poetry, blogs…
    Your consistency is breathtaking. In a strange way, you are one of the only things in this life that I can reliably depend upon… Just knowing that you’re walking around and creating brings a smile to my face. You are truly one of the great ones. But not for any reason that your Ego could ever understand. In my small corner of the universe, you are great because the beauty you have made has shone light into the dark corners where I hide from hurt and shun a cruel world where I do not belong. For this, I am forever in your debt.
    We may never meet again, but you are always a part of me. A reason to get up in the morning. A reason to keep drawing breath. You are somewhere with music in you. And I have to hear it. I trust you.

  15. avatar
    captainmission | 9 January 2006 at 6:05 am #

    McCulture. I Bite your Hand. Uggggh!

  16. avatar
    esskayer | 9 January 2006 at 6:21 am #

    OK Steve (oops, I mean Anonymous), will keep all questions invisible and attempt to telepathically send them your way (aka “travel by thought”)in hopes their answers will one day be revealed here. 😉

  17. avatar
    matt davison | 9 January 2006 at 6:24 am #

    New Rads are good…
    The Finns betta though
    Split Enz) I know u love em..
    Try mental notes 1975 4 INSPIRATION
    ANYWAY SK THIS IS AN (S.O.S)
    ……………………………..

    EXPLAIN SK
    HELP US UNDERSTAND
    THE REASONS 4 THE PAIN IN THIS WORLD
    CAN WE RECOGNIZE??
    HOW DO WE EXTOL THE GOOD AND ERADICATE THE BAD.
    CAN WE PRODUCE A GREATER SENSE OF WHO WE ARE IN 2006
    OUR PLANET LIES IN A LITHE STATE
    IT BREATHS AND PULPATES WITH THE ETERNAL SOURCE
    THE UNIVERSES ENERGY..
    WE MUST BE HEEDFUL…DON’T YOU THINK??
    NOT JUST OBSERVE
    NEVER REGRET
    JUST BECOME INFORMED
    AM I RIGHT SK?
    HOW DOES ONE LIVE WITH THE LIES
    AMERICA.. THE FAKE WAR
    THE CRUSADE
    DOLLAR VRS LIFE
    9,11 ALL THAT FALSE CRAP
    PLANES INTO CITIES 4 OIL
    GENICIDE…
    POWER DESTROYING HUMANITY
    IT NEVER HAPPENS THE WAY THEY TELL US
    ARE WE PROFOUND SK, OR ARE WE JUST AWAKE!!
    THE GREADY FERVENT FOOLS OUT THERE
    WHAT DO WE DO SK……
    MIGHT JUST GO LISTEN TO DISILLUSIONIST “SEEMS FITTING”

    lv

  18. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 9 January 2006 at 6:50 am #

    born too late
    born at the right time
    we missed the revolution
    the revolution is now
    what comes around
    goes around, huh?
    my wife was giving me shit
    the other day
    for reading my beloved
    edna st. vincent millay
    while she piddles away the hours
    watching reality shows…
    sk, i hear you man!

  19. avatar
    Dosty | 9 January 2006 at 8:31 am #

    All these people rating and critically appraising your blog make me cringe a little-like when someone requests under the milky way at one of your shows. I can’t but help take on some of the collective shame.

    But why can’t we like American Psycho AND The Iliad? I did. I recommend Pope’s translation if you haven’t yet indulged, but i imagine you already have.

    Hesse’s Steppenwolf is a good examination of a cultural elitist learning to tolerate if not embrace ephemera. You just can’t teach good taste. There’ll always be more Steven Spielbergians than Ingmar Bergmanians.

    And Glamorama (Easton Ellis again) is almost as laugh out loud funny as Don Quixote.

    Not sure what the whole point of the exercise was, but I enjoyed your article in Saturday’s Age. Nice academic excuse for choosing to inhale, too.

  20. avatar
    eek | 9 January 2006 at 9:23 am #

    There are days where what I feel most is disappointment, anger, dissatisfaction — in the world around me, in myself. Sometimes, admittedly, it is stultifying and I wonder what’s the point?

    But other times, although I still feel the disappointment, anger, and dissatisfaction, I also feel a sense of triumph. Triumph that in feeling this way I haven’t give up. I haven’t accepted this is the way the world (or I) must be. Triumph in the knowledge that there is room for improvement (unfortunately, there is a lot of room for improvement). Triumph in that I haven’t settled.

    It would be so much easier to just go with the flow. But I just can’t.

  21. avatar
    captainmission | 9 January 2006 at 9:59 am #

    Mr. Dosty
    Please don’t cringe on my behalf, i read a book by Herman Hesse and didn’t understand a word of it. I guess i should have waited for the english translation though. Anyways, i agree people should like what ever they want but the truth is people are brainwashed by trends and fashions and will always chose the option that does not challenge them, stimulate or evolve them, therefore create the lack of quality. We do live in a pretty dumbed down version of consensus reality these days, if you live in Australia just watch the tv. If you go into a bookshop see what’s available from the best sellers lists, I mean the csrio cookbook, sponsored by the meat board, and people lap it up, must be true, the govt. says so. Lets go to war. Lets vote for more Tax. I mean come on, this is the clever country!
    I don’t think the post was about, this is better than that, it’s more about an intention, that is not about exploiting the source, not about capitalizing on the trends, not about marketing to a demography, packaging a product or consuming. Art is an industry now, Andy Warhol was right. I can’t imagine Van Goff happy to sell his sunflowers in a shade of brown to match the sofa. I can’t imagine Homer thinking, ‘Oh i better not kill Troy off as i won’t sell as many books.’
    The Artist, is faced with compromise all the time and the what seems to separate the Artist from the Artist is the Artist, does and will bite the hand that feeds it to stay true to the spirit, inspiration, muse rather than commit the injustice of packaging it as a product. eg Bowie in the 80s.
    So although I agree with your ideas about liking both, i think most people would rather read Dan Brown.

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 January 2006 at 10:15 am #

    ahhhh Reptile ahhhhh – earphones on

  23. avatar
    General Catz | 9 January 2006 at 1:30 pm #

    i was pooping on the rug in the late 50s, but in the 60s i was old enough to see that the revolution just might change things… just to see it slowly ripped asunder. I believe Hunter wrote something about seeing the high water mark as he looked westward from Vegas and where it all went wrong. One of the most moving passages from Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. Look it up.

    music is the only constant in (my) life. thanks for being part of that.

  24. avatar
    gavgams | 9 January 2006 at 2:29 pm #

    What is good art / music? What is bad?
    Something I’ve been ponderificating on for years.
    Serious suggestion, SK and friends: Nietzsche’s first book The Birth Of Tragedy, eg: “music, on the other hand, gives the inmost kernel which precedes all forms, or the heart of things.” Dionysius vs Appolo almost like Boho’s vs Straights. The flux of culture. It’s a human thing, universal, timeless?
    Anyway. I love the sentiment, Tara. And to Matt D. after the recent Enzology shows on RN it bought back how good they were early. That Dizrythmia album was about my second LP ever 1977 and still stands up. Without A Doubt, Bold as Brass. As well as SK and the alter Boys these days high rotate Straightjacket Fits’ Blow ( a corker of a rocker and another Kiwi act) and still love the DB’s(McCartney’s fave band of the 80’s which forever redeems him), Sylvian, Dukes of the Strat… Shit, how indulgent of me. No more substances for me tonight.
    Last thing though: A little story how me and my Barcelonian boho uni mate grew goaties in 82 when very not fashionable. When home one night he woke up with his mum, with scissors, trying to cut it off in his sleep!

    Anyway, Don’t take the SOMA, people. Deep thanks SK.

  25. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 9 January 2006 at 4:03 pm #

    The past
    Nunca de deja
    en paz

  26. avatar
    daydreamer | 9 January 2006 at 6:28 pm #

    You’ve got us coming out of the woodwork now, buddy.

    Remarkable posts, Fri & Sat.
    Makes us all wish we could write/express ourselves as well.
    Well, I speak for myself anyway.

    Sandy

  27. avatar
    teeny bopper | 9 January 2006 at 9:52 pm #

    Suddenly I feel so young watching you guys do the “it could have been different” thing (again). Clearly I’m not qualified to comment given it all happened before I was born but, did it really happen? A movement is a movement is a movement isn’t it? Every movement is doomed to this tragic fate I assume, because aside from the few tearaway individuals that found these things what comes next is a following. And following anything is to have missed the point isn’t it? Or did I miss something you crazy old bunch of bohos?

    I still love ya though.

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 January 2006 at 10:48 pm #

    Steve,

    Enjoying your blog. The ones from your mother’s place were really special. There was alot of heart in those posts, and it was inspirational to read them. In my humble opinion. you really are improving (The Church as well) with age, and that seems to be extremely rare in the world of rock n roll. I think most people here, and certainly myself, can’t wait to hear what comes next, and there is always the feeling that we have not yet heard tha best from ya. I love what you have done, but am more excited about what will come. How many artists/musicians/rock legends can you say that about? Rolling Stones, McCartney, etc. Nope. Not even close. Their best work is some 30 years in the past, and no one cares (respects) what they have to offer today. As icons, they are huge, as inspiring present day artists, pretty non existent.
    As always, big thanks for creating such beautiful sounds, words, and paintings, and congats on your blog.
    oops, baby waking up. gotta go!

    best wishes,
    KevinN

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 January 2006 at 11:19 am #

    todd rudgen made good pop. so did the cars. pop is pop. it just is. the most commercial can be brilliant or total crap, ditto the most obscure. it’s all okay. learning not to judge makes you happier. learning to be discerning is good, too.

    metal petal

  30. avatar
    sue c | 10 January 2006 at 2:06 pm #

    Bullies havent changed SK – terrorising kids AND funny how most of ’em love bad music….70’s disco rears its ugly head as cRAP. How did the Bee Gees end up doing disco?! They started a joke, but everyone took it seriously?

    Jules, I was lucky to have like-minded souls AND teachers at my high school – TRex, Velvets, etc playing all the time, live top name bands in the auditorium once a month.

    Steve – safe journey for your girls.


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