posted on June 8, 2006 at 4:27 am

hello there
wherever you are
in this large world of ours
im here
in stockholm, 6 30 in the morning
the sun beating in now for a while
quite strongly
maybe today will be warm
well i finally got my swim n sauna in yessaday
and it felt a whole lot better
down at the pool
scoring some endorphins
elli + minnas b/day went very well
very happy with ipods
the only church song on the playlist…?
yep, you guessed it
under the wilky may
no they dont listen to us
i asked why not
coz youre our dad….its too strange
and thats the end of that
fair enuff
i dont really expect em too
maybe one day they will
but right now it aint happening

yes peeple
i do like augie march
i have most of their records
and did ya know they did a version of reptile
on a b side
(that wasnt that goode actually, not really their style)
and i think theyre quite clever
i do like the bjm
especially satanics second request
and this is our music
where anton gives a nice but weird little mention
on the inside cover
i met him on the beach once
with my kids
my dear mate rikki a on n off member of bjm
brought him down to meet me
but i was in relaxed suntanned family mode
and anton was all nervy hungover
or whatever the fuck hes on
and he just harangued me
and never listened to anything i had to say
huh?
i thought i was one of his heroes…?
hate to see how he treats the guys he despises
anyway i think hes a bit of a genius
hes a bit of a fucking character, thats fer sure
and i love the film of him n the dandys
but i just wish he’d try a little harder in the studio
but i still do enjoy his records
a lot more than mosta the tripe out there
afterwards it took me a while to recover from meeting him
such was the clash of agendas that day
but peter k saw em that nite
and thought they were brilliant
(and hes a hard druid to please
AND
anton threw some vodka at him or something)
but anton definitely plugged into that same endless source of songs
(sauce of songs)
that i tap into
once you know how
you could just write stuff forever
(and i will)
(and its gonna get better n better)
i would humbly suggest mr newcombe gets off the fags n booze
sticks to pot
and figures out a way to drive his “car”
without having the handbrake on at the same time
but as i said before
i wouldnt mind meeting him again
and maybe this time the twain could meet

i met one of my all time heroes
tom verlaine (nee miller)
he came on tour with us in 1988
he was a strange dude
penny pinching hilarious sarcastic weird man
nothing like what i expected
he treated me like a pesky kid
and i still vividly remember one day in the dead of winter
somewhere in the north east
we pulled into this hotel at about 6 am
verlaine rings me up 1o minutes after we check in
hey kilbey….you wanna go for a uh walk
ok tom i’ll be right there
we walk to the top of this hill
where theres a kinda resovoir or something
and then we see a couple of cars of black guys
with some nasty looking deal going down
and we start running
theyre chasing us
so we run into these woods
and verlaine is sprinting down this snowy wooded hill
like a prize stallion
while i on my shorter legs struggled along behind
i thinkin how weird this is
escaping from these villains with a guy i used to idolize
(and fiends, marquee moon IS one of the best records ever)
later i meet his mom n dad
outside a gig in philly
and his mom says
you make sure tom writes to me

so ya see meeting yer heroes aint never what ya expect
i know ive disappointed lotsa people
by being rude
disinterested
vague
stoned
argumentative
aloof
take yer pick
all of the above
(insert yer own badde sk experience here)
you project what you know of em
onto the real person
sometimes it dont fit
i dont walk around spoutin’ poetry all day
and neither did verlaine
he was trying to dry his socks on our bus all the time
etc etc
so buyer beware
we are all actors
actin’ out our parts
and if ya come backstage
you may see something else again
you werent expecting

my friend markus s
here in stockholm saw the boss play a few weeks ago
he said hes very preacher like etc
until a guy whips out his mobile phone down the front
and starts filming/bootlegging
the boss drops the act
and says in a very nasty way
put that away or i’ll kill ya!

see
there are no saints in show biz
i bet young bono can be a real prick
in fact the last few times i caught him on the telly
he was a total turkey
and i fucking HATE it if i/we get compared to them
there aint no comparison
even
worse being australias answer to rem
puh leese!!
we aint australias answer to anything
we the orrible ‘urch from bondi beach
and we are totally different kettle of fish
to those most ordinary vapid boring rem
i hate em
nor do echo n the rabbitboys have much in the common
tho i like them a lot more than u2s pompous dribble
and rems tepid tripe

nobody really knows our influences
except us
but most people are way off the fucking mark
when they start citing any of those guys
sing like bono?
i’d rather rip my larynx out with my bare hands
peter n mart play like peter buck?
they were both better than him
25 years ago
i wish he had gone down for slinging the yoghourt round
on the fucking aeroplane
and it was only prince bonos testimony that saved his pudgy neck
geese of a feather flock together
c’mon bring on yer abuse
i can take it
anyway
what does it matter
theyre all billionaires
and im just sk, unemployed of north bondi
and i hate it when people think
i’m copping my schtick from turkeys
who i cant stand
now
if you said bill nelson
or steve harley
or richard strange
or john foxx
i will happily confess to absorbing their trips
but bono or stipe
gimme a brake!!!??

any way if i wanna get my numbers up
all i gotta do is mention iraq
and yessaday i scrolling thru some bloggs
and not too far away from my own mine of useless information
is a blogg terrorism news
all you pro war fuckwits should have a read
and see whats going on there
it dont seem the iraqis ARE too jazzed with democracy after all
and i still stick to my “guns”
that NO MATTER WHAT THE FUCK SADDAM WAS OR WASNT DOING
THAT CAN NEVER< WILL NEVER
JUSTIFY U.S. MARINES SHOOTING A BABY AS IT LAY IN ITS BED
any attempt to justify that with some half baked half assed statistics
(which my friend the ever youth ful merrick so sagely debunked, anyway)
is just sophistry
yeah, dude
and the vietnamese really appreciated what happened there too
if you like the war
if you like guns
fuck off from my blogg
you dont deserve an opinion here
cos most of us get our stomachs turned
when OUR side commits these kinda atrocities
and as some american general said
its the tip of the iceberg
so dont bother commenting
just piss of
or go to iraq yerself and gun down some babies for jesus and democracy
yeah
im sure iraq under saddam was hell
but it was their hell
not ours
now we given em our fucking hell
and they dinnae want it!!!
leave em alone
it aint our business

ranting n raving here
its easy to say stuff
WHEN IT AINT YOUR BABY GETTING HER HEAD BLOWN OFF
do ya think that mother(if she lived)
can appreciate democracy???
do ya go round yer neighbourhood
pacifying all the arguments ya hear behind closed doors?
so goodbye
piss off
to some other site
burn my cd s
whatever you like
just please dont tell me why us anglos
killing a kid could ever ever ever
be a good thing
maybe im ignorant
but im never gonna see it
and if i aint misjudged my readers
99 per cent of them aint seeing it either
and i hate having my blogg hi jacked for yer pro death bullshit

any way
thats off my chest
i guess i’ll leave ya all to yer lovely lives
im gonna lap up the swedish sun while it last
before the clouds come, uninvited
oh
whatta slick ending, sk
you olde cleverdick
much love
and
peace
me

75 Responses to “one soft infested summer”

  1. avatar
    juniper | 8 June 2006 at 6:18 am #

    Your blog is better than a cuppa’ coffee in the morning. I swear {in any language}, after being an ex-pat Yank for a decade {in England – yeah, another one of your favourites} — one of the few things that stick with me about being American is that I’m a fatty. I hated this war before it was orchestrated…..these right-wing-warmongering-freaks who pose as being “Christian”….I hate it, I don’t get it, I never will…I mean….a baby—to shoot a baby—that’s beyond mentally ill!!!! A few years back, when visiting folks in The States, when I told them my friend’s brother, an Iraqui Civilian was shot dead in a street in Baghdad {he was just walking} by a “soldier”…..so many of them didn’t {or didn’t wanna} believe me…..Save the world, my big fat boocha!!! Why don’t you cram another Big Mac {yeah, I’m fat and I haven’t eaten McDonald’s in years—where’s the bloody justice in that?} and pump another day’s worth of putrid petrol into yer SUV? I’m flying back across the pond for a visit next week — always good to see friends and go to familiar places, but I get pissed off and embarassed when I’m there, too…..put another ribbon magnet on the back of that SUV….maybe it’ll help rest your minds. Sorry—-a bit of a rant! U2 and REM?????? Bah! For me, you guys rank up there with Ian Dury & The Blockheads and King Crimson. Different styles, but brillliant writing and musicianship. Oh — I also like your paintings very much. I might treat myself for a birthday pressie and get one….we’ll see what the bank balance says. Enjoy Stockholm….such a beautiful place.

  2. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 8 June 2006 at 6:20 am #

    ditto…
    Ne iko

  3. avatar
    RA | 8 June 2006 at 6:21 am #

    07.21 and I’m in the office. Gotta start some work..

    Thanks for providing a little perspective from which to start my day.

    Peace,

    Richard.

  4. avatar
    RA | 8 June 2006 at 6:24 am #

    ..and another thing..
    this comparison thang..

    I only ever compare the Church with bands i consider to be somilar.. er.. spiritualy and in terms of feel.. not style..

    Maybe, The The… i dunno..

    RA.x

  5. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 8 June 2006 at 6:50 am #

    Steve,
    Another brilliant blog – love the part about knocking on your neighbours’ doors gettin’ involved in all their shite…I *loved* what Vonnegut said in A Man Without a Country…and I do paraphrase: ‘this pre-emptive war/w Iraq bullshit is like thinking your neighbours might all be armed and going in and killing every one of ’em.” Why don’t these fucking idiots at 1600 read a bloody history book and see what’s been going on in Mesopotamia the last 5,000 years. They think they’re gonna CHANGE anything? All the democracy in the world isn’t worth one dead baby. Bush is a war criminal as are his cronies and people made fun of me because I wept the night the Supreme Court gave him the election. Now we’re all weeping.

    Who in the hell compares you to U2 and REM? That’s just craziness. I could never compare you or describe you to anyone, except to say your voice should be a National Treasure.

    Ok I know I promised to keep this blog short, but I gotta tell you, it’s like every time I’m thinking of something you write about it. GET OUTTA MY HEAD. No, seriously. You talked about how maybe you’ve disappointed people – heroes are just people too, drying their socks, haha. Tonight I saw you in Budapest giving a quick interview; via video of course. I haven’t seen you live in 4 years but suddenly you looked really, really different to me. Now I’ve known what you looked like since you were 30, and I was 17. But all of a sudden, and I hope this comes out right, you looked human. You looked real – not like “SK, my teenage hero” but SK, fellow adult. Did I have to get to almost 40 to finally grow up and realize this? I guess so. I know SK, you put your socks on one at a time too, you just do it with a helluva lot more talent than I do. I really love you Steve, feet of clay, wet socks, moody, whatever. I’d even give you a kidney if you ever needed it. And I’m really kind of stingy with my organs. 😉
    feeling like I’ll regret this in the morning,
    denise
    xxoo

    p.s. not drunk or stoned when posting this.

    p.p.s. keep your kidneys healthy; i really hate hospitals.

  6. avatar
    galamor the wizard | 8 June 2006 at 6:53 am #

    As ever amusing and provoking. Just what I needed. I still like early REM though. And if it wasn’t for you guys in the hhurcc, I would never have gotten into them. You guys were always more interested in inner space than most every band bar Pink Floyd and the Byrds anyway. The only thing you have in common with them is the dreaded Rickenbacker jingle jangle that I love so much. Play Bulli Heritage hotel when in the Gong next and not the bloody Yallah woolshed!

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 6:59 am #

    Hey Steve,you are right!The whole Iraq thing is a sham. War on terror my ass.It’s all a fucked up globalist agenda, all of it!
    I could never figure out why Bono likes to hang out with the chimp? They act all buddy,buddy?
    I am looking forward to seeing you again in So Cal.Marty wants to play somewhere different than HOB? What’s the venue? How ’bout the Santa Barbara County Bowl?
    I’ll bring the vapo! Peace, and take it easy dude….KB

  8. avatar
    mishaado | 8 June 2006 at 7:09 am #

    Just gotta say, I have to agree with what ya said bout the whole Iraq biz. One thing that’s really boiling my brainjuices is the fact that they only have the gropos in the clink over this fuckin thing….I wanna see some of the officers face the music on this as well….For this shit to happen is a serious break in the chain of command…atrocity after atrocity…I don’t know what this whole mess was about in the first place, but I can tell ya I’m sick to the teeth of it..

    On a diff chord (at the risk of soundin all sycophanty-like) yes, you are one of my own heroes….no, don’t think I have any delusional preconceptions…but if you’re ever in the KC area again (think you and Marty came through about 3 years ago or so) I’ve got the bar-tab…be it proofed or caffeinated…

    Here’s to 25 more years of music from ya…

  9. avatar
    eek | 8 June 2006 at 8:47 am #

    Happy to hear E & M’s birthday went well. You did good on the gifts too papa Steve. 🙂

    I’ve never quite gotten the comparisons to U2 or REM either. I like some of each of those bands music, but the feel of your music is so different. I think reviewers who compare you to them (and Coldplay too) are just too lazy to think up something on their own to say.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    “cos most of us get our stomachs turned
    when OUR side commits these kinda atrocities’

    YES!!!

    I was accused of being all touchy-feely-girly (me? touchy-feely-girly?! Ha!) in a discussion of the use of torture because I strongly disagreed with it’s use by “our” side, even if “everyone” else was doing it. Once we start doing crap like that — even with the best of intentions (and I do not for one moment think the invasion of Iraq was prompted by good intentions) — we’re no longer the good guys. And that makes me very sad, angry, and ashamed.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Steve, I think you’re trying to make sure we all come to the gigs, spend liberally at the merch table (art prints everyone, buy loads of art prints!), and quickly leave. You’ll be able to spot your faithful blog readers, because we will be the ones making the mad dash for the door immediately after the show!

    And one last thing. If you fly out from Arlanda airport (from Terminal 5) make sure you check out the brand new urinals with a view. This is what you can expect:

    “The men’s lavatories will have glass artwork portraying a flower-filled Swedish meadow around and above the men’s urinals, with a view through a glass facade onto the tarmac below.”

    I figure you gave us a review of the “cardboard box” at the Guggenheim Bilbao, you can give us a reveiw of the Swedish airport urinals. 🙂

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 8:48 am #

    Convoluted a bit…but i agree.

    ya dinnae sound like anybody but yourself, ‘cept Anethesia the verses are a bit dylan.

    I don’t want to kill anything but my ego.

    the verlaine ann-eck-dote was great

    how bout this…marquee moon,
    one of the greatest epic songs ever written.

    you do convoluted i do fragmented.

    cheers capitan.

    theglynnisjohns

  11. avatar
    eek | 8 June 2006 at 8:55 am #

    Juniper — yes! You really should treat yourself to one of Steve’s paintings. If you think they look great in the online images, you’ll be even more delighted with them in person. I’m always blown away by how much more vibrant and intense they are in person.

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 11:18 am #

    Faites la guerre d’amour pas.

    Au revoir

    Bon Bon

  13. avatar
    Daberhasher | 8 June 2006 at 11:56 am #

    two things that vividly blew the young daberhasher away when i saw you all in ’88…

    triple bill!?!? Tom Verlaine?!?!
    that was a fucking wonderful beginning to the night, completely unexpected… alas, not too many others seemed to feel the same way… but we’ve seen that before, haven’t we???

    the other was the encore of Cortez the Killer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    such a great song, played with a power easily the equal of Neil and Crazy Horse, imhhho… the dragging around of the wailing feedback drenched guitars was a fine homage… what a night…
    i was hooked for good right then and there…

    excellent Verlaine/idolatry tale…
    as always, thanks for sharing…

    the wild orchids are blooming here in Maine, what’s popping in Sweden?

    aloha,
    ee

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  15. avatar
    Sweed | 8 June 2006 at 12:38 pm #

    Oh no..a fucking bot…go away…

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 1:00 pm #

    Damn straight, SK…REM bad, Bill Nelson GOOD!

    Allister

  17. avatar
    verdelay | 8 June 2006 at 1:35 pm #

    Thoughts on war

    from the pages of overlooked scripture.

    From the BOOK OF COHEN

    There is no decent place to stand
    In a massacre
    But if a woman takes your hand
    Then go and stand with her

    ————————
    From the BOOK OF BOWIE

    And I open my eyes to look around
    And I see a child laid slain
    on the ground
    As a love machine lumbers through desolation rows
    Ploughing down man, woman, listening to its command
    But not hearing anymore
    Not hearing anymore
    Just the shrieks from the old rich

    ———————–

    From the BOOK OF FLOWERS

    In the great philosophical dog’s breakfast we’re all eating, it occurs to me that there’s no way in hell the eggs justify the beans.

  18. avatar
    John Garratt | 8 June 2006 at 1:38 pm #

    Bush recently said that immigrants should learn English.

    Pot calling the kettle black, no?

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 1:47 pm #

    glad to hear that your R&R is going well with your Swedish Family. Cheers.

    FT

  20. avatar
    John Garratt | 8 June 2006 at 1:49 pm #

    http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/blbushisms.htm

  21. avatar
    gavgams | 8 June 2006 at 2:27 pm #

    Olde cleverdick, love the Tom Verlaine story and get a feel for your taste.

    I agree with distaste for Echoe & B. and a lot of U2. Sort of no better than cock rock cause its BOMBASTIC. But then I like a lot of Nick Cave which is over the top bombastic but it has irony. Makes me laugh. So, what about Bon Scott?

    Love the comments, too, people.

  22. avatar
    zallaz | 8 June 2006 at 2:45 pm #

    yeah, i met you SK @ The Garage London and it was pretty surreal, then my ex got kicked in the head by someone crowd surfing and things got REALLY weird… mmm…

    zallaz

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 2:57 pm #

    Steve, I hate to say it but you are one fucking stupid git.

    You may make nice music, but you’ve doped yourself up something awful.

    No one ever said there was any justifiable reason or excuse for killing a child. That you try to put those words in anyone’s mouth just shows your lack of comprehension. Go back to smoking pot and forthing at the mouth, ranting at those of your fans that think differently than you do.

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 2:58 pm #

    how about a story of how you met the twills mum in stockholm. Wasn’t it the same time mw-p met his 2nd wife backstage at an eary church show?

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 3:12 pm #

    OMG! You and t Verlaine running down a snowy slope from a murderous death squad? Priceless! I’ll never be able to get that out of my head when I listen to Television. I remember in the year of their lord ’88 watching T.V. open for the Church and a coupla young lasses commenting aloud how much he looked like Lurch from the Addams Family. T.V. stops playing and dryly responds, “Thanks, I heard that ya know.” Don’t think the ladies had a clue who he was.

  26. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 8 June 2006 at 3:20 pm #

    If I were asked to find similarities between The Church and REM I would say:
    They brought a new spark to music.
    They made records you could listen to in their entirety, not a single throwaway.
    They meant what they sang.
    They made honest music.
    They made me care.
    The Church does NOT sound like REM and vice-versa, that’s obvious.
    I treasure my Church vinyls.
    I treasure my early REM vinyls and there’s the difference. I have to specify EARLY REM. Somewhere down the line REM lost that spark whilst the Churchies still got it baybee.

    Cecilia

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 3:39 pm #

    People (war/gun-supporting coalition forces, I guess) who post nasty messages for Steve here are missing his one basic point:

    It’s his blog, and he can say what he wants. Don’t like it, go start your own blog and diss him there, not in his own comments!

    Al

  28. avatar
    starfish | 8 June 2006 at 3:59 pm #

    You MUST listen to Guided By Voices, especially if you like BJM. GBV is the real thing, no handbrake and even more prolific than the Church. Start with “Bee Thousand, “Alien Lanes,” or “Under the Bushes, Under the Stars.” If you like the more slick produced stuff, then “Isolation Drills,” and “Earthquake Glue” are quite good. GBV – another band with a 25+ year catalog and even more combined solo releases. Recommended!!!

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 4:06 pm #

    The ones that amuse themselves by slamming/insulting SK will never go away, they’re greedy for the attention.
    They will never start their own blogs because risking losing an “audience” is simply too frightening and having people comment on THEIR hatred and wrath, with hatred and wrath beats the cold solitude of cyberspace.
    Best thing is to ignore them and perhaps they will fade into the background…one can dream.
    Also, it may be time to click off the “comments” switch.
    Cheers,
    not the mod

  30. avatar
    starfish | 8 June 2006 at 4:14 pm #

    Great Iraq documentary here:

    mms://212.162.67.232:1755/ran24/fallujah_ING.wmv

    You will need an appropriate media player like VLC or Mplayer. Windoze Media Player will probably handle it.

    By an Italian journalist (the one shot at by U.S. troops – her colleagues were killed). This was translated into English.

    WARNING: This is graphic and NOT for the faint of heart. Informative poignant documentary, but I WARNED you.

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 4:31 pm #

    I agree with the GBV recommendation they have done some excellent work.

    Love and peace is a worthy goal and would be possible if every human on earth agreed to never do bad things again.

    The only issue with the argument that ‘if one child dies it’s not worth it’ is that by that logic we would have let Hitler take over the world and he would be in charge now. Many children died in that conflict to stop Hitler and the spread of Nazism, yet the alternative would be even worse.

    I’m also not sure that the selfish attitude of “it’s other people dying not me, so why get involved” is best either. Iraq aside, that philosophy would (again) mean that we would have let Hitler own the world.

    If I were a parent in Iraq who had lost my child to Saddam’s mass murdering, a Sunni suicide bombing OR a US bombing the loss would be just as bad either way. I’m not sure that loss justifies doing nothing regardless of the circumstances.

    Respectfully.

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 4:32 pm #

    I agree with the GBV recommendation they have done some excellent work.

    Love and peace is a worthy goal and would be possible if every human on earth agreed to never do bad things again.

    The only issue with the argument that ‘if one child dies it’s not worth it’ is that by that logic we would have let Hitler take over the world and he would be in charge now. Many children died in that conflict to stop Hitler and the spread of Nazism, yet the alternative would be even worse.

    I’m also not sure that the selfish attitude of “it’s other people dying not me, so why get involved” is best either. Iraq aside, that philosophy would (again) mean that we would have let Hitler own the world.

    If I were a parent in Iraq who had lost my child to Saddam’s mass murdering, a Sunni suicide bombing OR a US bombing the loss would be just as bad either way. I’m not sure that loss justifies doing nothing regardless of the circumstances.

    Respectfully.

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 4:41 pm #

    I first saw The Church on The Blurred Crusade tour in 1983 at the Mean Fiddler in Harlesden – a godawful part of London then, not much better now. 23 years later I live 150 yds from the same venue. It was an unforgettable gig. And the first of many. I love this blog, and don’t want to hijack it, but I can’t stand one-sided debates. And find fan love-ins tedious and a little creepy. (SK can handle hecklers, so he can take a bit of flak from webspazzes ffs)
    So I’m off.

    BUT I do find something oddly evil about this argument that not one baby’s life is worth it etc etc. What you’re actually saying is that not one life is worth it IF it’s an American doing the killing, perfectly OK for Saddam to murder women and children (which he did, in their thousands) It’s a totally childish misrepresentation of the issue, and it’s intellectually moribund to say that anyone who challenges this oversimplicifcation is in love with guns or war. ‘Pro-death’?? Grow up, you sound like a spoilt 16 yearold. It’s clear though, that on this side of the debate, we have a keener sense of justice than you seem to.

    And to say it was their Hell, not ours, is wrong on so many levels: moral, political even practical. True, the threat was not imminent. It was permament. He’d violated the four criteria by which the UN sanctions intervention. The French and Russians were making so much out of blood for oil they vetoed everything. Iraq, in a deal brokered by Syria, was about to by weapons systems off-the-shelf from North Korea for Nuclear weapons delivery. Just how long were you prepared to give him? Or maybe you like the idea of the unquestionably evil Qsay and Uday having nukes. We invaded. The Koreans went home, with their deposit. We then fucked it up.

    Hippies are extremist biggots just like any other – and dangerously self-indulgent ones. They would stand idly by and do nothing rather than engage. In a world full of religious bigotry, corrupt dictators and WMDs your brand of pacifism is not, and should never be, an option. That way you get Rwanda (no guns there, matey, and no Americans).

    Anyway, I’ve outstayed my welcome. I’ll hang onto my CDs and LPs though, they cost me enough over the years. And lay off the pot…it’s the worst.

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 5:20 pm #

    There were no Americans in Rwanda because there is no commodity of value to them there.

    Now lay off the Kilbster!

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 5:27 pm #

    dear steve
    love when you tell
    your stories
    old and new
    you have an
    extraordinary talent
    for it you know
    (yes you probably
    know but i still
    need to tell you)
    also
    on the occasions
    we’ve met
    though few and
    far between
    you’ve never
    disappointed
    in fact
    the last time
    you made
    john and i
    feel like
    dear old friends
    who’d hung out
    a million times
    enjoy
    the swedish sun
    and your lovely
    daughters
    xo
    diane

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 5:27 pm #

    dear steve
    love when you tell
    your stories
    old and new
    you have an
    extraordinary talent
    for it you know
    (yes you probably
    know but i still
    need to tell you)
    also
    on the occasions
    we’ve met
    though few and
    far between
    you’ve never
    disappointed
    in fact
    the last time
    you made
    john and i
    feel like
    dear old friends
    who’d hung out
    a million times
    enjoy
    the swedish sun
    and your lovely
    daughters
    xo
    diane

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 5:30 pm #

    oops
    i claim
    faulty bloggie
    diane

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 6:43 pm #

    I said, yu put that away or I’ll kill ya -Boss

    ringing the Skinner bell for salavation..get us everytime
    and yeah so it goes with rockeros,
    sk n tv running from the mafia.. hylarious
    I met mwp once, he was pretty aloooof
    think he was preoccupied
    I asked him if he’s been busting his tail on tour
    aka.. have you been working hard?..
    and he looks at me like Im wearing chaps
    “em no I dont do that”
    Im like, ah what that means is..
    ah cool, later Marty..
    errything is errything
    and still funny to me..

    so they zonked Zarkawi
    thats kinda like getting ants with chopstix
    you really think yu got yu the enemy huh?
    lets go git r dun..
    yu know I could swear Ive read out better
    planning and reasoning in a 3rd grade school book
    the utter stupidity is unforgivable
    and no these guys aint heroes to me
    their fucking killers
    who had itchy triggers from the get
    I guess shit is what history is about
    somewhere we are absorbing the karma from
    all of this, some more than others
    some from the other side
    some from underneath and some on top..
    these guys where a bunch of ex-highschool football
    lamos who as soon as they heard about a war
    got married and their sweetheart pregnot
    and hurried off to kill these people..
    fuck these assholes and their bullshit
    I dont subscribe to ur pair o dice
    if its not love then its the bomb
    that will bring us together

    well personally I am tired of it
    I struggle to see the godliness in these
    patrisychotic beady-eyed
    schizophrenic vultures
    all theyve ever done is destroy all they touch
    the logical uncontrollable manimal.. what disgrace
    it sucks
    taking yu for a stroll here
    as yu laid the crumbs
    but get ready sk
    im gonna get it tu ya
    the Sonic Bible
    yu know I spin records ay
    gotta wall of em, masterpieces
    most errything yu can think of
    somethings yuv never heard of
    if its hard to find joy for the ears?
    I got it like fine wine.. see ya
    later ….jai r me

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 6:43 pm #

    I said, yu put that away or I’ll kill ya -Boss

    ringing the Skinner bell for salavation..get us everytime
    and yeah so it goes with rockeros,
    sk n tv running from the mafia.. hylarious
    I met mwp once, he was pretty aloooof
    think he was preoccupied
    I asked him if he’s been busting his tail on tour
    aka.. have you been working hard?..
    and he looks at me like Im wearing chaps
    “em no I dont do that”
    Im like, ah what that means is..
    ah cool, later Marty..
    errything is errything
    and still funny to me..

    so they zonked Zarkawi
    thats kinda like getting ants with chopstix
    you really think yu got yu the enemy huh?
    lets go git r dun..
    yu know I could swear Ive read out better
    planning and reasoning in a 3rd grade school book
    the utter stupidity is unforgivable
    and no these guys aint heroes to me
    their fucking killers
    who had itchy triggers from the get
    I guess shit is what history is about
    somewhere we are absorbing the karma from
    all of this, some more than others
    some from the other side
    some from underneath and some on top..
    these guys where a bunch of ex-highschool football
    lamos who as soon as they heard about a war
    got married and their sweetheart pregnot
    and hurried off to kill these people..
    fuck these assholes and their bullshit
    I dont subscribe to ur pair o dice
    if its not love then its the bomb
    that will bring us together

    well personally I am tired of it
    I struggle to see the godliness in these
    patrisychotic beady-eyed
    schizophrenic vultures
    all theyve ever done is destroy all they touch
    the logical uncontrollable manimal.. what disgrace
    it sucks
    taking yu for a stroll here
    as yu laid the crumbs
    but get ready sk
    im gonna get it tu ya
    the Sonic Bible
    yu know I spin records ay
    gotta wall of em, masterpieces
    most errything yu can think of
    somethings yuv never heard of
    if its hard to find joy for the ears?
    I got it like fine wine.. see ya
    later ….jai r me

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 6:51 pm #

    oops, yikes
    dont kill me boss
    too much information
    runnin thru my brain..
    I swear I didnt do it on purpose
    as I didnt know I followed lady diane in fashion
    very freaky..yu comPooter yu
    pulls hands off keyboard.. and dashes

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 6:51 pm #

    oops, yikes
    dont kill me boss
    too much information
    runnin thru my brain..
    I swear I didnt do it on purpose
    as I didnt know I followed lady diane in fashion
    very freaky..yu comPooter yu
    pulls hands off keyboard.. and dashes

  42. avatar
    stealthblue | 8 June 2006 at 7:08 pm #

    El Kilbo,
    First of all, people that compare you and The Church with those “other” bands, don’t have a real clue. Bono and STIPE??? Right…and I suppose Mozart and Snoop Dogg are similar as well. Hell, they even look alike…NOT!!Whatever. Just take all that shite with a grain of salt, and realize that ingorance is dominate. Unfortunately this is true in many respects…like all the news from the war, and the fucking mission statement from the “coalition.” Then we have to have it rubbed in when we hear our “righteous” and “honest” Presi Georgie B. tell us to “stay focused” and “have patience” and that it is almost over just because “we” knocked out one of the piece of shit top dogs, like there is not a whole cue of them waiting to fill that spot and keep the blood shed rollin’. God, it pisses me off. Sorry I have to rant as a response to your blog, but I really appreciate where you are coming from with all of this. Some people, NOT ALL, are really , really ignorant. I might even say most, but certainly not all, dear friend. It is refreshing to know how human you are, Steve. Reading your thoughts, insights, view points, and memories are a real treat. It also makes me realize how great my life is as well. Like anyone, I have had a few “ups and downs” also. Thank you for doing this everyday for us. I’ll enjoy this as long as you can provide it. It has become a ritual! So, please, hang in there and know that not all good little Americans love or support the skirmish that is rapidly gaining status as a full-fledged war. Just enjoy your time in Sweden, enjoy your time with your daughters and keep living your amazing life to the fullest. You’ll probably never know how much you inspire the likes of me. I would rather have you for a mentor (flawless as you are not)than most anyone I know. That is the truth. Well, gotta get.
    Take care, breathe deep and see ya on the road…
    Ben V.

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 7:54 pm #

    This blog is best accompaniment to morning coffee, before the stress of employed life (highly overrated) takes over. But a couple of things, and a question for Steve.

    First, atrocity is by definition horrible regardless of the accountable parties or the victims. And it happens in every war, one of many reasons why, obviously, war should be avoided at all costs. Certainly, though, it seems all the worse when it’s the “good guys” doing the crime; just as Rumsfeld has taken the US off the rails by implementing widespread torture, it diminishes all of us in the US, regardless of how we voted (and here in SF, I assure you none of us voted for GWB). The Iraq affair is a complete cock-up; Saddam was a monster and had to go, but the lies and piss-poor implementation are inexcusable.

    To agree with the other poster–the love-in stuff is a little creepy. I adore the Church and SK in particular (although I’m a softie for Marty), but he’s not right all the time just by virtue of being SK. Sorry–you can block my IP address, I suppose. Well, actually, you can’t. I refuse to believe that SK doesn’t want people to think for themselves. And I don’t want to hear, “well, if you disagree with SK, then fuck off”. That’s just dumb. As SK fans, I assume people can hold multiple positions in their minds.

    OK, rant off. You know, ULTC is nice–Block has the best guitar tension-magic since Aura, imho. But I got to go with BWTB as the best of the latest–particularly that 20 minute “Night ??” song. There should be whole albums of that sort of wondrous stuff–real magic right there. “Another warm, chlorinated night…” Fantastic!

    Question for SK–actually huge request; please, I implore you, when in San Francisco this tour, please choose a venue other than Slim’s–horrible place for true fans.

  44. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 8 June 2006 at 8:07 pm #

    Steve,
    Oh yes, I’m back. I didn’t regret it in the morning either! (What I wrote ya). BTW, great comments peeps! 99.9% of ya. Steve, this is YOUR blog and I fully respect that, but something is bugging me…all these anonymous posters…usually are the ones spouting the pro-Iraq bullshit. Is there a way, if you can’t get rid of them, to at least make ’em show their faces? No more anonymous comments. Come out people, don’t be cowards. Show the whites of yer eyes. Stop hiding behind ‘anonymous’!

    I’ve probably embarrassed myself here more times than I care to count, but I do it proudly! I am Denise Elizabeth – well, I really don’t want to put my last name here (ok, a little paranoid), but you can go to my page, email me…find me if you want to!

    And yes, Hitler was a a bit of a problem – but comparing WWII to this travesty is like apples and oranges. C’mon people. Think.

    Yeah, so they killed the 2nd in command Cockroach. And a thousand more will rise up in his place.

    love
    denise
    xxoo

    p.s. to John Garratt – priceless comment about Bush and English.

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 9:17 pm #

    Pre-“success” U2 and REM is excellent. Both bands sucked in the 90’s. The first time I heard Cantilever I thought you kinda sounded like Bono a bit, but that’s the only spot. I think maybe you hate the years and years of comparison more than the bands and their music.

    b

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 10:22 pm #

    “you really think yu got yu the enemy huh?
    lets go git r dun..”

    I love it how SK fans start trying to emulate his alternate spellings and comfy talk. It is kind of weird though.

  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 11:36 pm #

    Curently theres one gun for every 12 people in the world ….

    The question is…

    How do we arm the other 11?

    Dutch Pierre

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 11:41 pm #

    Oh yu pretty things
    not trying
    not emulating
    It called suthern comfort
    ya havent heard..
    sk fans?
    dude, I am he and ur me and we are all together
    who’s there to say that we’re living this moment..
    can I get an amen..

  49. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 11:42 pm #

    Oh yu pretty things
    not trying
    not emulating
    It called suthern comfort
    ya havent heard..
    sk fans?
    dude, I am he and ur me and we are all together
    who’s there to say that we’re living this moment..
    can I get an amen..

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 June 2006 at 11:48 pm #

    Oh yu pretty things
    not trying
    not emulating
    Its called hip-hoppin, beboppin, and always steady rockin,
    ya havent heard..
    sk fans? I aint a str8…
    dude, I am he and ur me and we are all together
    so who’s there to say that we’re living this moment..

  51. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2006 at 12:31 am #

    Well bespoken SK,
    I randomly bumped into you twice. The first time you were a perfect gentleman, the second time i think you just wanted to be left alone to enjoy Margot. That’s cool. I enjoyed Margot too.
    Keep blogging, please, or where shall we all end with our cyberthingies?
    big love
    green lb

  52. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 9 June 2006 at 1:46 am #

    Dutch Pierre – Have you been watching Lord of War? 😉

    Come to America, we’ll arm the other 11 in no time flat.
    And to make this post somewhat relevant to you Steven, I just bought tickets to see ze Church in L.A.!!!! I’m so excited. Something dreamy and beautiful and ante-diluvian came to me in the mail today and now Church tickets too? It’s getting so good I can’t stand it!
    love
    d. < -----jumps up and down with glee, but not on furniture like wacky tom cruise
    xxoo

  53. avatar
    veleska1970 | 9 June 2006 at 1:47 am #

    tom verlaine rushing down a hill with a bewildered, once-adoring fan named steve kilbey in hot pursuit? WHERE THE HELL WAS THE VIDEO CAMERA??!?!? i’ll bet that was a hoot to watch!!

    thanks for that funny story, steve. a testament to the truth that no matter how famous one can be, or how wealthy they are, or how many movies they’ve been in, etc etc, we’re all just people. complete with foibles and flaws and eccentricities.

    but on a more somber note…..being a parent i’ve been especially bothered by the slaughtering of that innocent infant over there. and for what??!?! wouldn’t it be interesting if that child had grown up to help the world accomplish something that humankind has never seen before in its entire history~~total world peace, between all races, all people.

    i guess we’ll never know, will we?

  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2006 at 1:56 am #

    Is anyone here aware that the slaughtering of the child in question wasn’t a military act? It was a criminal act performed outside of the military code of justice, and is being prosecuted criminally just like every other such case.

  55. avatar
    the dean | 9 June 2006 at 3:43 am #

    JOHN HOWARD IS A COMPLETE AND UTTER FUCKWIT. The guy is old, he’s going to drop off the twig in the next 10 to 15 years, you would think, faced with his own mortality that he would show soon human kindness.
    Australia is tied to the American by some false sense of security that goes back to WW2.
    Why are we so afraid and who are we afraid of?
    The opposition party in this country used to stand for the workers. Now there are no workers just aspirational consumers propped up by offshore slavery. They are a pale imitation of the government. We need a movement. We need to question and challenge the people we meet. Ask them why they support a system that invades far off countries to steal their oil, imprisons refugees and kowtows to a fascist regime that makes the Roman Empire look benevolent.

    the dean

  56. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2006 at 4:00 am #

    When I become president you can be my speach writer.
    Donna

  57. avatar
    Farmboy | 9 June 2006 at 4:04 am #

    Effin’ brilliant SK! Glad to hear you’re enjoying Sweden; one of my best mates lives in Goteborg and another is bringing his family home after a year outside Stockholm. Wonderful places. Also glad to hear you have BJM Second Request album because that was the band and album that popped into my head a few blogs ago during your rant against new music. Saved me 15 bucks and however the heck much shipping it takes to get a cd to you in Oz. Strange intersections….

  58. avatar
    paul c | 9 June 2006 at 4:26 am #

    When Newcombe met Kilbey boggles. Predictable haranguing though. A friend saw Marty and Anton in New York a while back. Sorry I missed that. I think the U2/REM/Echo comparisons are just ancient reviews endlessly regurgitated from the archives. Readers here from maligned London Town might like the Sonic Cathedral club nights.http://www.soniccathedral.co.uk/
    Pro war Church fans just doesn’t compute.

  59. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2006 at 5:57 am #

    No shortage of sycophants on this blog……and the chick offering the kidney….he’s not the fucking messiah you know…get a hold of yourself.

    Creepy.

  60. avatar
    The Other One | 9 June 2006 at 6:15 am #

    Seriously, you all crack me up.
    You all crack me up.
    You all crack me up.
    You all crack me up.

    Whatever. “Slick” is your definition, Steven John Kilbey.

    This thing with Bono and Stipe looks like an unsolved high school fight after a poetry contest. Seriously. It doesn’t matter if Bono became a bloated devil too high in his self-UNconscious trip(e) wearing fly’s glasses and wandering like an Irish Pub version of Johnny Cash… Boy, October, War and The Unforgettable Fire are four STUNNING records which helped to mold post-punk (oh, what’s the definition of it?), Steve Lillywhite, Brain Eno, huge castles’ sound, phantasmagoric alegory, straight-from-the-heart hymns and so on.

    But you’ll never be able to listen to them in their un-tired entirety ’cause you can’t get over the fact that Bono was your fortuitously naïve&cat-holic version in a preachy way. You only get so frustrated and angry when they compare you to Bono ’cause he matters to you. Can’t you see it even after so many years?
    Ok, yin and yang. You can realise that.

    Now what’s the problem with R.E.M.?? Stipe is intelligent, obscure, persuasive, deliciously oblique and sometimes empty. Emptiness can feel so good. A bunch of unforgettable (fire?) songs in his resumé. Mimed ideas of The Byrds?? Yep. Who didn’t do that in the faeasycinated 80’s, me dear?
    Come on. Murmur, Reckoning, Fables of Reconstruction, Green, Automatic For The People are some of the most beautiful landscapes/cinemascopes of pop music.
    AND WE’RE ALL ABOUT POP MUSIC HERE.
    Mass Theory ticket to purgatory.

    But that’s obvious obvious obvious that The Church isn’t about U2 or R.E.M. They are easy sources of comparison for blweak, idle, ridiculous reviewers. And I kinda still understand how you can hate Stipe and Buono ’cause you were all inserted in the same con-tex(s)t (yet you can’t be compared). You’ll never regard them as magick ’cause they didn’t come to you through a sweet pumping stereo in a teenage darkened room.

    Sometimes I just hate wisdom(e).

    [Harley, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Breton, Finn, Bolan, Foxx, Metro, Doctors, Manet, Turner, Monet, Ray, Buñuel, Bergman, Blake, Rimbaud, Barrett, Gabriel, Dylan… they’re all yours in you, cons(c)ented, lovely one, but where’s the grace in agreeing with you and highlight(n)ing the damn obvious?? I gotta disagree. You are made of St(r)ipes and Stars, tell us the truth!]

    hidden encoded messageah: can you tell who’s wearing the rocking (g)loves this thyme?

  61. avatar
    The Other One | 9 June 2006 at 6:23 am #

    P.S.: “Where do I begin…on the heels of Rimbaud moving like a dancing bullet thru the secret streets of a hot New Jersey night filled with venom and wonder. Meeting the queen angel in the reeds of Babylon and then to the fountain of sorrow to drift away in the hot mass of deluge…to sing praise to the king of those dead streets, to grasp and let go in a heavenly way – streaming into the lost belly of civilization at a standstill. ROMANCE IS TAKING OVER. Tolstoy was right, these notes are being written in a bathtub…”

    Steven Dylan writing awkward liner notes for A Quick Desire at Spot’s, 1991, hitting teenage rooms all over tha fucking world.

    Hey… it’s cool to see you without the priest costume, rising sun. Now back to my Pluto Cavern.

    [Also Neptune and Hermes]

  62. avatar
    Galamor the Wizard | 9 June 2006 at 6:54 am #

    All these persons trying to justify George Dubble ya and Howard in Iraq make me sick! We told ’em it would be a mess. We knew it was all for oil. We even knew that oil wasn’t even worth fighting for since it causes bloody global warming and only makes family oil gazillionaires like Georgey boy even richer and therefore, unfortuneately, more powerful. We even told ’em that it was ww2 all over again – Saddam the supported bulwark against “the real enemy” Islamic Iran was the same as Hitler the tolerated bulwark because he was against the “real enemy” of Russian communism. Some of you people need to read some history, seriously. We told ’em and they don’t wanna listen. Fuck, Howard shakes his finger at anything nuclear as with Iraq until some sleezy scientists tell him he can make money out of it and it makes him look like he cares about global warming! We should have given peace a better chance and got the UN in. Saddam could have been prosecuted in absentia in the world court if they were really serious about what a bad man he was. It’s Vietnam all over again and they still haven’t woken up to it.
    SK was trying to wake you up 14 yaers ago in 92
    Your ears are filled, your teeth are pieced
    Saddam=Hitler
    Islam=Communism
    Islamic terrorists=VC
    Richer=Poorer and
    Priest=Aura

    And at least give yesself a decent pseudoname and don’t cop out and be bloody a-nonny-mouse!

  63. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2006 at 7:10 am #

    Sk, why is it that not only YOU get attacked on your OWN blog by the comments people, but now we “sk lovers” who happen to never pick a fight with you and write “nice, positive” comments, are being attacked as well. What happened to “freedom of speech”?

    Lots of love, kisses, hugs, cuddles and all the other stuff people find “creepy” to you my dearest love,

    Amanda P

  64. avatar
    eek | 9 June 2006 at 7:30 am #

    I must say I got a good laugh out of the kidney comment.

    (the first one that is, not the one from the whiny anon)

    And I’ll readily admit I actually like SK. Why would I read his blog if I didn’t?

  65. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 June 2006 at 11:34 am #

    Ahhhhh……you wouldn’t be a sycophant yourself would you EEK…..?

    Get a fucking life.

    He’s an over indulged, over the hill, over exposed HAS BEEN. The only ones more pathetic than him are you old groupie girls who think you might make some ‘connection’ with him through all your cyber-sucking up.

    No wonder he doesn’t talk to you lot after gigs….

    Whiney Anon.

  66. avatar
    davem | 9 June 2006 at 6:26 pm #

    Whiney Anon.
    Fuck off. Twat!

    Dave M

  67. avatar
    eek | 9 June 2006 at 8:21 pm #

    Yep Whiney Anon, you figured me out.

    Deep down I really do know there is no way in hell Steve would ever deign to talk to me after a show or correspond with me in any way at all, but I have this blog to read and comment on and I can pretend that he does actually sometimes talk to me.

    Now if you will excuse me, I’ll just go gaze adoringly at my signed ULTC cd….

    😉

  68. avatar
    davem | 10 June 2006 at 12:24 am #

    Eek.
    Bang on, I’ll gaze with ya!!
    I wish i was so over the hill that i could write “Block”. Probably the best thing the inimitable SK has ever gifted to us….amidst a back catalogue that would shame even John Winston Lennon. ’nuff said.
    Kilbey, A has been??? What???? I mean, what??????????????? Kilbey?….File under “Genius, with a capital F”
    love you more SK!!!
    Looking forward to the next album(s) Steve. You’re getting better & better!
    Anon? C’mon with a name. Show yourself. Let’s talk about Steve’s output over the last 25 years. From Tear It All Away to ULTC?……unprecedented. Let’s explore your comment of “has been”!!! You arse. Just ‘cos you condone war n Bush n right wing politics. You total muppet.
    As a result of your bigotry you stoop to insulting THE musical talent of the last 30 years.
    HOW DARE YOU!!!

    Dave M

  69. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 June 2006 at 3:00 am #

    I need to take the anonymous tag because here’s a bit of silliness that might appeal to you, olde Sk–

    I guess it was ’90 or ’91 and the fellow who leads a Minneapolis MN band called Another Carnival (awful band, never achieved anything) was down playing a nothing show in the college town where I worked at the musty old college radio outlet. Said lead singer and guitarist was fat and miserable but liked to talk. Well, I asked him about the ‘orrible old hchuchrhhruch, which had spent time in Minneapolis recording a little and making a video at the Guthrie Theater and all that, and he says, “why, I know ALL of them and they’re all on heroin, man”

    I remember thinking, bullshit, but there it is. I remember also thinking, ‘do you slag off everyone who gets a bit of success?’

    Seemed like sour grapes. Now, we all know from reading the blog about the struggle with the gear and the heart-wrenching pain of it all, but why is it so many worms have never hesitated to come out of the woodwork to tear down others when, I dunno, maybe it would make sense to shut up and try to play better and write better songs?

    Prolly makes no sense, but I hope you’re choosing your friends a little better these days…

  70. avatar
    razor edalb | 10 June 2006 at 3:44 am #

    War in general = bad stuff, but sometimes necessary.
    Iraq war = unnecessary war based on lies without any moral justification.

    On Joe Walsh’s album, “So What?” there was a lyric in one song which applies to attacking Iraq. (paraphrase) “They keep changing the story just to make the words rhyme.” That’s what Dubya and crew have been doing all along.

    Saddam was a brutal dictator who killed a lot of Iraqis, but he also kept the Iraqis from killing one another over tribal and religious rivalries. Sometimes it takes a harsh monitor to make the kids play together without hurting one another.

    Even so, since we toppled Saddam’s regime, more Iraqis have been killed than during his entire reign, so “removing a dictator” was not a good or noble thing and anyone who had any knowledge of the country’s history would have known what the outcome would be.

  71. avatar
    juniper | 10 June 2006 at 7:20 am #

    Oh, my! When I lived near Minneapolis, I saw the Another Carnival band anonymous refers to…hahahahahaha! I don’t remember being overly impressed….but it was during a time I well…I digress. Anyway – around the same time I saw Willie Murphy….that I remember very well.

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    Anonymous | 10 June 2006 at 8:48 pm #

    “Even so, since we toppled Saddam’s regime, more Iraqis have been killed than during his entire reign”

    An absolutely untrue statement that contradicts ALL facts. Even the UN’s stats and anti-war sites which make their bread and butter inflating such stats wont support your assertion.

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    JJ | 11 June 2006 at 3:19 am #

    You ain’t misjudged us, SK. Sweden sounds nice. Enjoy. Your blogge is a highlight of my day, always a good read.

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    invisiwoman | 11 June 2006 at 7:52 pm #

    oh can a da!

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    georgetaxi | 16 June 2006 at 7:23 pm #

    One soft infested summer me and Tommy became friends,tryin’ hard to breathe the fire we was born in…..

    Did you know that Richard Kingsmill named Marquee Moon as his fave song of all time?

    We used to listen to it stoned in the early eighties and it seemed to go on FOREVER. Ah those were the days….sob.


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