posted on June 21, 2006 at 5:39 am

this is my take
i aint no doctor
but this is what ive gleaned/realised/learned/heard/intuited
over my long years here on this planet and in this body
your body and your mind have the potential to do almost anything
its the most simple and the most difficult thing
its so much more subtle
its so much more obvious
its so well hidden
not trying to be cryptic/poetic here fiendss
first of all
the soul interfaces n drives the body in some tiny gland
in yer brain, literally the seat of the soul
yer mind is not you
its a part of you
the mind is incredibly powerful once leashed
if you believe you are your mind
and the mind does whatever it pleases
then that can be a real cosmic cockup
you are an immortal soul
without beginning or end
our “science” here has no way of understanding that
nor do i
but i believe it
with your thoughts
once harnessed
you can change things
the way you want
your body is a lovely delicate machine
it was lovingly designed
and if you treat it right
it should give ya 70/80 years of good service
dont eat meat
yes it has protein and vitamins blah blah blah
but its a heavy dead bit of animals corpse
its sad and disgustin’
and maybe you are what you eat
fruit baybee
cmon you know that juicy fruit gonna give ya life
vitality, fiendss
cultivate this elusive quality
eat yer veggies
enjoy yer (soy/rice/oat) milk
nothing fake or heavy or chemically fucked up
you know what im talking about
then remember
give yer stomach a break every now n then
dont ever under any circumstances smoke (any more) cigarettes
ive smoked em and they fucked me right up
will never undo all the damage…
a paradox
to get energy ya gotta expend energy
get chi/prana into yerself
breathing exercises/pranayama/tai chi/chi gong
just respirate
feel that energy which permeates this universe
let it enter thee
alcohol in v. small medicinal doses
at home i drink once in a blue moon
on tour i may have one or 2 drinks a night
to warm up or loosen up or whatever the hell
i do it for
but it takes it toll
and i always pay for it
i recommend cognac or stoli vodka or zwack unicom
these drinks work cleanly for me
but only as occaisional things
a DROP of red wine is never a bad thing
dont smoke too much dope
cocaine n speed whilst being exhilarating drugs
use you up like wildfire
once or twice a year max
exstacy ditto
smack never
lsd mushrooms 2/3 times a year but be careful
now we got that outta the way
you just know im gonna recommend yoga again
its for fat/thin/young/olde people
even americans
and its a system for uniting your three elements
spirit mind body
it works
you gotta put some work in
its a reward unto itself
‘the mere side effects will change you
it works if you work it
but it dont if you dont
got an hour a day
to retune yer system
get it running on all cylinders
i hope it dont seem i ram these things down yer throat
its just that
i was a cynic
i was a sceptic
yoga works
do it everyday and watch yerself go go
and walk everywhere
take the long way round
climb the fuckin staircase
go swimmin’
go camping
switch off the telly
dont read the gossip rags
try to stay outta arguments…
they suck yer energy right out
vibrate faster
charge things with yer good will n intent
count yer blessings
bend the world to your will
to understand something, love it
evil is the stuff that makes you sad n unhappy
getting olde aint so bad if you can try to improve as well
but better to start improving while yer young
when yer fifty youll have the face you deserve
be yourself
who you wanna be
dont put on a fucking act
it uses up vitality
floss yer teeth twice a day
find someone you love and stick with em
kids ll fill ya with vitality
and drain it straight back out
ecinacea works
manuka honey works
aloe vera works
acupuncture works
pranic healing works
astral travel is possible
there are ghosts n discarnate entities
there is a god
attempt to establish dialogue in yer own way
manuals how to do that
you know what they are
the sea has some special revitalizing element
but so too in clean rivers n lakes
dont raise yer voice …burns up vitality
if someones got bad energy , leave their company
or tell em to piss off
avoid people who make ya feel badde
grape juice has special curative powers…drink liberally
plants in the home
trees n nature make ya feel good
fluorescent lights, tvs, computers
leafblowing machines, aeroplanes,
shopping malls, junk food
all that makes me feel bad
listen to what yer body is trying to say to ya
execise yer will
make yerself do something hard or regularly
reality shows
crime shows
you feel bad
microwaved stuff is bad stuff
msg is bad stuff
being angry driving a car burns up vitality
being jealous destroys vitality
ditto envy
dont let em make ya feel bad
dont believe everything they tell ya
its possible that some govts
are cynically, blatantly
fucking us over
just like stalin, or nero
or insert classic imbecile dictator here
war kills people
everyone has to refuse it as an option for it to end
i dunno if school is good or bad
i dunno if inoculations are good or bad
i dunno if abortion is good or bad
so many things i dont have a clue about
never black n white always grey
many sides to one story
one mans meat is another mans poison
one mans fish is another mans poisson
i hate eggplant, cucumber, capsicum
i hate any metal music
and rap
they eat up my vitality
dont overstimulate yerself
be kind to yerself
go easy on yerself
thats my advice

70 Responses to “operating instructions”

  1. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 21 June 2006 at 7:12 am #

    Hey! Some of us ‘Americans’ have been doing yoga for years. 😉
    I wouldn’t exactly want the world to see me doing my yoga, but I try. It does release a wonderful sense of energy and well-being, I agree. I’m totally with you on the mind/body issue – and the soul. I do not think you are your mind. But where IS the seat of the soul? Do you ever wonder where the soul is of someone with Alzheimer’s or a brain injury? When I was 26 I read a book by a bunch of mechanistic, reductionistic scientists called The Three Pound Universe. It’s a fascinating book – but it managed to convince me that there was no soul – and that there was no real me. I tell ya, I was freaked out! I felt I was only a head injury away from losing my whole self. I was waitressing, trying to get through grad school. I made a terrible waitress. People would order a salad, and I’d be standing there thinking, “My God, don’t you understand? There’s really no YOU! There’s no ME! We’re all doomed!”

    Ha. I’ve changed my thinking. Still, I get scared. I’ve gotta get me some manuka honey tomorrow.
    I liked your ‘recipe’ for drugs, BTW.

  2. avatar
    captainmission | 21 June 2006 at 8:08 am #

    ‘find someone you love and stick with em’
    that’s the kinda advice i wish i knew about when i was younger, it’s so beautifully simple and so true and i guess something that’s learnt the hard way.

    actually i pretty much agree with everything you recommend here, it’s brilliant stuff, pretty much the kind of advice i’ll pass on to me son when the oppurtunity arises, yeah thanks man, yr a cool rock star steve, it’s great to have this access to ya mind, cheers. if yr over this way you’re more than welcome to drop in for some mushrooms/lsd/dmt or a cup of tea.

    ps nice weather for camping, i still can’t believe you went camping in that horrible biblical rainstorm that lasted a week, that’s kinda extreme sports pushed to the max.

  3. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 21 June 2006 at 8:23 am #

    sk youve done it again biglittle brother your having an impactwith yor energy and vitality posts its amazing what a little dialouge will do to get an old soul thinkin!

  4. avatar
    Galamor the wizard | 21 June 2006 at 8:33 am #

    I like the Church a lot and, via this blogg, I’ve nearly forgiven you for treating me like a prick when I very warily came backstage about 20 years ago. I think most of your ideas here are good, but didn’t George Harrison say that drugs were only good to open the door up, and that you don’t want to keep walking through the same door all the time? Needless to say we all need reminding sometimes ;).
    However, I’m one of those scientific types who doesn’t see the need for a soul and God to relish and cherish my life. Life’s no less amazing without them, and it acts as like a cup of mountain stream water reality to realise that this is all it is and that it is SO precious. I love the alagory of some religions and really wish it was all true about souls and God and stuff, honest. How easy would my life be if I was a fundamental christian and all I had to do was follow “the good book”(bits of it are damn nasty though!), rather than find my own way and meaning(s) along this strange journey? There’s no need in my mind to be pessimistic about it. It’s your journey, YOU can decide to “rip out the pages”(Richard Bach) if you like, it’s all up to you. Hell of a responsibility, but you’re not going to get bailed out at the end.
    Now you’ll really hate me!

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 8:40 am #

    an ex smackie, current sugar junkie is lecturing me about what to do with my body?…HA!

  6. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 21 June 2006 at 9:25 am #

    ..even Americans! That’s cute. Ya know fer something I read on my silly computer screen everyday you make a lot sense. <3

  7. avatar
    eek | 21 June 2006 at 9:57 am #

    All in all, pretty damned good advice. Actually some of the best, and most succinctly put, advice I’ve read. Some of us are just a whole lot slower on the uptake than others. Like me. But I’m working on it. I just need to work on it faster. Okay, a lot faster. 🙂

  8. avatar
    Daberhasher | 21 June 2006 at 10:45 am #

    beautiful shee-ite, man… glad i’m not alone in hating the old eggplant, horrible stuff with an unfortunate name… but i like to look for silver linings and i gotta say that they have a wonderful color, that wicked deep purple, oohhhh….. but cukes??? i can eat those like candy bars, dip them in honey, mmmmm…. i’m fibbin’ about the honey part…

    hey, might i of my soul add…
    ride a bike
    plant a garden… or six
    play an instrument, then you can “talk” to anyone, anywhere…

    hope you don’t mind, it’s a mad, mad, mad world out there… we need all the support we can find… just watch out for the cilantro…


  9. avatar
    veleska1970 | 21 June 2006 at 11:21 am #

    i haven’t done yoga in about two years. need to get back into it. then maybe my back and shoulders will stop hurting…..

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 12:37 pm #

    I’d say predjudices eat up your vitality as well but that don’t stop you from having them!!

    Good on you, pass them on to your kids…you are no better than any liberal voting straight when it comes to exclusionery rhetoric.

    You put $500 a day up your arm…? By my calculations you had at least two children during the ten years you confessed to being an out-and-out junkie. Possibly 4 children by the time you quit. You are a really good model for parenthood, I know, (check back through all the comments from your middle-aged groupie girls) but sorry if I don’t take your advice on most things.

    Yoga? Honey? Meat?

    Can you see where I’m coming from?

    Do as I say, not as I do.

    And there is NOTHING worse than preaching from an ex-smoker.

  11. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 21 June 2006 at 12:59 pm #

    yer mind is not you
    its a part of you

    – SK

    I am not my mind! I have to admit I have spent my life to date thinking I am my mind. I know I have a body, however my mind has always been its ruler. I have seen the body as my big limitation.

    The performance artist Stelarc writes that the human body is obsolete.
    “It is time to question whether a bipedal, breathing body with binocular vision and a 1400cc brain is an adequate biological form. It cannot cope with the quantity, complexity and quality of information it has accumulated; it is intimidated by the precision, speed and power of technology and it is biologically ill-equipped to cope with its new extraterrestrial environment.
    The body is neither a very efficient nor very durable structure. It malfunctions often and fatigues quickly; its performance is determined by its age. It is susceptible to disease and is doomed to a certain and early death. Its survival parameters are very slim – it can survive only weeks without food, days without water and minutes without oxygen.
    The body’s LACK OF MODULAR DE SIGN and its overactive immunological system make it difficult to replace malfunctioning organs. It might be the height of technological folly to consider the body obsolete in form and function, yet it might be the height of human realisations. For it is only when the body becomes aware of its present position that it can map its post-evolutionary strategies.
    It is no longer a matter of perpetuating the human species by REPRODUCTION, but of enhancing male-female intercourse by human-machine interface. THE BODY IS OBSOLETE. We are at the end of philosophy and human physiology. Human thought recedes into the human past.”

  12. avatar
    lee | 21 June 2006 at 12:59 pm #

    sk,ND,you should tell everyone to take their fish and evening primrose oil as well-get yer brain fired up – and every cell in your body needs those fatty acids as well. If you take 2 or 3000mg of each after you eat dinner it’s a good thing – and that’s a good time for it to be absorbed properly. Oh and apparently try and have a teaspoon of olive oil a day as well – buggered if i know why. Hey and what about forgiving people – even if it’s only in your own head, even if you never tell them – you just feel your body letting go of all the…ummm….bitterness – works a treat.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 1:15 pm #

    Jeez, SK, stop dissing the eggplant, you liberal wacko! I mean, cucumbers stink, and next thing you know they’ll be wanting their own schools, but eggplant, c’mon! Pinko!


  14. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 21 June 2006 at 1:35 pm #

    Steve, you’re not wrong when you tell us that meat is not good for us! Meat contains arachidonic acid.

    I found the following information at:

    Most experts acknowledge that a preferred way to treat cancer is to strengthen the patient’s own immune system to fight off the disease. Cancer can be considered an immune system deficiency disease, a disease in which the immune system has bee compromised or incapacitated.
    This has led to the development of bioengineered proteins– interferons, interleukin II, and tumor necrosis factor. These stimulate a platoon of immune system cells known as natural killer (NK) cells. NK cells hunt out cancer cells and destroy them. Even this approach has not achieved good results.

    Barry Sears states in his book, The Zone, “In my view, it’s because these therapies have essentially ignored the immune system’s most important biological response modifier: eicosanoids. Cancer, like heart disease, can be understood as a condition in which eicosanoids are out of balance. I believe the ultimate strategy for fighting cancer is one that allows the body to prevent an overproduction of bad eicosanoids, which depress the immune system.

    Arachidonic acid is the building block of bad eicosanoids. It is found in the fatty tissue of muscle meat and organ meat. Just as high insulin levels in humans produce high levels of arachidonic acid in our bodies, animals fattened on grain have high levels of arachidonic acid in their fat and organs. Egg yolks also contain these high levels.

  15. avatar
    John Garratt | 21 June 2006 at 1:40 pm #

    “i hate eggplant, cucumber, capsicum”

    You hate eggplant? You’re crazy. Come to Ohio and my wife and I will make it for you correctly.


  16. avatar
    Larry | 21 June 2006 at 2:10 pm #

    SK, are you much of a cyclist by any chance?

    Baingan bharta will guide you away from the dead-end path of eggplant-hatingness.

  17. avatar
    CSTCoach | 21 June 2006 at 2:42 pm #


    Saw an online video recently that might be up your alley, called “the secret of consciousness co-creation”. the link I had doesn’t work anymore. if anyone finds it in the meantime, please post. 🙂

    I do a yoga-like practice called Prasara every day, along with a few other things (a contraption called Clubbells, a modern invention inspired by the Indian clubs of old) and I have to say I wholeheartedly agree with you – i’ve never found anything like it for vitality, health, reverse-aging… It’s amazing what finding a healthy practice that resonates with ya can do.

    the breath is the link in all that. it’s one of the few bodily processes that are controlled by the voluntary and autonomic nervous systems. it’s a bridge. the yogis knew all that, it’s hardwired in their systems.


  18. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 21 June 2006 at 2:44 pm #

    For those in the Northern Hemisphere: Happy Litha, Midsummer, Summer Solstice.

    For those in the South: reverse that.

    Summer = Verano
    Winter = Invierno
    Honey = Miel
    Mushrooms = Hongos
    Cocaine = Cocaina
    Soul = Alma
    Yoga = Yoga
    Love = Amor
    Peace = Paz
    Kilbey = Kilbey

  19. avatar
    Altres | 21 June 2006 at 5:06 pm #

    Great advice Steve, I’m most of the way there apart from the drinking and grass. Oh and soya milk too, I need to switch, milk is liquid meat. 😀

    You forgot a couple of bad things though:

    Aspartame:Nutrasweet:Splenda or whatever you call it is a disaster area…avoid all diet fizzy drinks, they make heroin look a nice cup of tea on the addiction scale. I wonder if old ladies smuggled bags of tea in their stomachs during the time of the Boston tea party..BTW Are you going?

    Imagine if one burst in their stomach? At least they’d arrive fully refreshed after their journey.

    The other is my old pet hate hydrogenated vegetable fats. Concrete for veins, heavy metals in your arteries.

    That (older than he looks) sage Merrick did a great article on it over at Head Heritage. he really is a clever chap that Merrick.

    Read some of his other articles at,

    Merrick is one cool fucker BTW.


  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 5:24 pm #

    why don’t ya turn your fuckin’ telly off & stop bitchin’ about it?! Ya don like it, then don watch it!

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 5:46 pm #

    Dear Steve, I desperately love your words, and have paid hard earned money to ” keep you in business” for 20 yrs. I have followed all your musical excursions. I love your work. Here’s the problem , all americans are not perfect. some of us are not vegetarians or practise yoga. Once W is gone maybe we take back this country, but in the meantime watch your mouth, we are people too. If you don’t like us or what we do , then please dont tour here, or take our dirty money ……

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 5:49 pm #

    Vishnu doesn’t hate americans! integrate not annhilate!

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 6:01 pm #

    From Anon. #2 to Anon. #1.

    i agree with you- i have paid hard earned money- i have tried to order from churchmerch at my expense to the US so the band could make a bit more profit- because i believe in their art and love it too. but having read many of these blogs, i agree with you. steve, if you don’t like america and americans, don’t tour here. OR… tour here & thus confirm you are a hypocrite!

  24. avatar
    eek | 21 June 2006 at 6:25 pm #

    Yep Steve, you gotta love every stupid, nasty, ugly thing about the US or you are a intolerant bastard! When will you ever learn this?

    (I’m hoping your answer is never….)

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 6:37 pm #

    the above comments from the brave anons do not express the feelings of all US dwellers or their affiliatesDisclaimer:
    The above comments from the brave anons do not express the feelings of all US dwellers or their associates.

    (I just wish they’d stop posting because they’re giving 13 year olds a bad name!)

    Not the moderator
    PS: Give us the heads up when your Church Merch goes on sale on eBay, k?

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 6:45 pm #

    Steve Kilbey hates Americans and Eggplants! Withhold payment for concert tickets! Boycott fancy honey products and grape juice!


  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 6:54 pm #

    then, why bitch about it. why not bitch about australia- or the australian govt, why not bitch about any other country. No… only america can do wrong, the big nassty corporate monster.

    …or at least say something nice about us meat eating, non-yoga practicing, tv-watching demons!!!

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 7:04 pm #

    I can take your point..there are lots of yucky Australians, Canadians and Swedes as well. Americans need not be picked on all the time…just where the nation’s foreign and economic policies are concerned…and the average citizen has no control over those, unfortunately.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 7:11 pm #

    Do you realize, all anons, that what you type matters to no one? An hour down the road you will be forgotten…having made no effect…having changed no one’s p.o.v.
    You’ve simply wasted time…go watch some telly and relax…relax…you’re not reaching anyone of importance…


  30. avatar
    davem | 21 June 2006 at 7:21 pm #

    Well I’ve managed to conquer the ciggies. 14 months without even a drag on one. 323 things on the list to go.
    Admit I kind of love the alcohol, perhaps too much – never cared for the acid.
    I even like Aubergine – that’s eggplant ain’t it?
    Bang on with the rest of the blog Steve. I instictively get drawn to the arguments & know they poison my spirit. I’m working at being nicer day-by-day. Confess it’s a work still in it’s infancy!
    Love you more – but please keep sending us the daily magic Steve. It’s changing lives I know it! (I think you are aware of the increasing influence of & blessings on your blog too)

  31. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 21 June 2006 at 7:47 pm #

    You must have thicker skin than I do (mine’s been thickening up over the years but I still need to work on it) to tolerate these assinine anonymous comments. Oh the brave, courageous anons come out with their judgmental venom! You STILL can’t come out and sign your REAL NAMES – what are you so afraid of?

    Middle-aged female groupies? I ain’t nobody’s groupie. Because I like this person and his music and a lot of what he says I’m a groupie? I don’t hang around backstage, waiting for him to touch me, talk to me, heal me with his magik powers.
    If you don’t like this blog and what Steve says, why in God’s name are you wasting your precious time reading it?
    Yeah, Steve had a drug problem (key word: HAD). I know he NEVER meant to hurt his children in any way – he’s not a monster you morons! Are you perfect, anons? I have lots of different problems. Who the hell doesn’t? I haven’t seen one perfect parent on this planet yet. My father was an alcoholic but he still had some good advice. It isn’t a black or white world – but apparently for you, it is. How nice. Can I come live in your simplistic existence?

    He has never said on this blog to my knowledge, “I hate all Americans.” In fact, he said the opposite. HIS WIFE is American; two of his children are half-American. What are you people, psychotic, jingoistic nationalists? I’m an American and I say, Steve, criticise to your heart’s content. I do.

    Steve, I am really sorry. Not my place I know. To complete my role as middle-aged groupie, I will soon be sending you a little pressie to KH. It’s nothing special…just something I have and thought you might enjoy too. (Don’t worry, I’m not sending you honey through the mail!)

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 7:53 pm #

    Go sister!

  33. avatar
    OTTOMT | 21 June 2006 at 7:57 pm #

    The most hardcore groupies I’ve encountered have always, always been male.

    Who’s done her share of backstage sneaks…that’s where I encounter all those hard core male groupies!

    PS: Keep in mind that everyone has a different definition of groupie.

  34. avatar
    buckmoose | 21 June 2006 at 7:59 pm #

    “lsd mushrooms 2/3 times a year…”

    Hmmm, I haven’t had either in about 10 years…I guess I’ve got some catching up to do 🙂

  35. avatar
    veleska1970 | 21 June 2006 at 8:11 pm #

    wow, all these anons would have me believe that steve makes himself out to be the only person that has ever walked on this planet that hasn’t made mistakes and learned from them. or had vices like drugs or cigarettes. or experienced disappointment or sadness. (side note to all anonymouses: steve kilbey’s human??!!?! really??!!?!)


    i think i’m going to cry. excuse me while i go cry my heartbroken eyes out……sniffle….sob…..

    steve, your blog is the first thing i read every day. after 20-plus years of being a devoted fan of your band and a great admirer of yours, i feel like i’m finally getting a great reward by reading about you and what makes you tick. and it’s been more than well worth the long long wait.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 8:22 pm #

    sk said, “this is my take”. doesn’t mean you have to do or agree with everything. just his advice and he has credibility because he’s been through horrible periods of addiction and unhealthiness. “there’s a whole lot of pain before you get to the bliss”

    He has credibility because he’s like the energizer bunny now with all the chi he has going through him. Something is working. Look at the amount and quality of art, music, and poetry he’s created in the last few years. He aint pontificating, just wants to share something positive with others. And the “even americans” bit I took as a jest. Not sure why people have their undies in a bunch over that.

    Loved the “one man’s fish is a another man’s poisson” line.

    as a meat-eater, I don’t think I could give up eating meat, but you have forced me to think more about the negative effects of it on the body and alternately, the positive and powerful effect of vegetables.

    “got myself together
    Transcended my limitations
    Some folks in the ether
    Heard my lamentations”

    That’s all.


  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 8:34 pm #

    As an american I will no longer read this blog of anti- american shit . We didnt all vote for W. We are all individuals here….. maybe you should call your next cd ” get over yourself ” ……

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 8:44 pm #

    old wise kilbey insulting the stupid americans before he steps off the plane . Here is one less american who will buy a concert ticket…..

  39. avatar
    Altres | 21 June 2006 at 8:52 pm #

    Just out of interest, where in this blog does Steve mention hating Americans? I mean, are you stupid or something? 😀


  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 9:09 pm #

    you just know im gonna recommend yoga again
    its for fat/thin/young/olde people
    even americans
    and its a system for uniting your three elements

    this is taken from SK ‘s journey / if it’s not a blatant slam, then please explain what it means. I’d like to also mention, I’m not a flag waver or a monster truckin american. I’m sickened by W and his plan to ruin the world , but SK aint helping anything with remarks like this ….. hes a divider not a uniter , isnt that what it sounds like ?

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    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 9:17 pm #




  42. avatar
    steve kilbey | 21 June 2006 at 9:32 pm #

    dear americans
    im sorry if ya took that as an insult
    i guess it could be
    reading it back
    but what ive found in my travels
    is that a lotta americans
    almost more than anyone else
    because of the way things are there
    television etc etc
    fell spiritually disenfranchised
    well thats ok for you in fuckin bondi
    but here in blah blah city in the midwest
    yoga seems a very distant thing
    it seems there are other things
    that fill up yer lives there
    i do apologise
    im not a us hater
    never have been
    look at nk and ek and ak
    how could i hate my own family
    and theyre as american as can be
    but i put it in an ungainly way
    please buy my concert tickets
    please buy my merch
    lemme back in….
    its fuckin cold out here

  43. avatar
    Altres | 21 June 2006 at 9:39 pm #

    my england
    what fuckin happened to ya
    id rather go to any other city in europe
    than london”

    Yes, I was surprised to find London still standing when I got down to the Borderline gig. It is true however that if the world ever needs an enema London would roll over and assume position. 😀

    Would you believe my wife is from London? True.


  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 10:12 pm #

    Don’t apologize to those over sensitive twits! Let them go paint ball shooting or tracktor pulling or circle jerking so they can leave the rest of us alone.

  45. avatar
    john in austin, tx | 21 June 2006 at 10:43 pm #

    good stuff. thanks steve.

  46. avatar
    the dean | 21 June 2006 at 11:06 pm #

    what about vegemite? good,bad,disgusting?

  47. avatar
    fergal | 22 June 2006 at 12:04 am #

    forget yourself

  48. avatar
    Paige | 22 June 2006 at 1:09 am #

    OK…I’ve got a theory.

    STEVE is typing all the anonymous comments. It’s all a schtick to get us all riled up and pissed so we’ll keep reading. And then it gives him the perfect opportunity to look like an angel and apologize.

    I know your game, mister. You’re not foolin’ me! 🙂

    Seriously, I’m an American and see the yucky American traits that SK mentions over and over. If you can’t, then it’s because you don’t want to. We are a nation lost. Are we the only one? Not by far. Are we the loudest/most powerful/easiest to speak against? You betcha. If we shut up, let the rest of the world live their own lives and kept to ourselves, we wouldn’t be half as targeted. But no…we’ve gotta invade countries and “export freedom”. Grrrrr…..

    Deep breaths, deep breaths…


  49. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2006 at 1:41 am #

    But what about the aubergines? They have feelings too. Steve, please address this issue, or I won’t buy Jammed 3 from ChurchMerch


    PS: I don’t hate you for not playing Canada any more. At least you visit the U.S.!

  50. avatar
    eek | 22 June 2006 at 2:03 am #

    To the anon at 4:54 (and all the other anons who agree with him — although I’m betting it’s all the same person)who said this:

    “then, why bitch about it. why not bitch about australia- or the australian govt, why not bitch about any other country. No… only america can do wrong, the big nassty corporate monster.”

    What’s truly sad is that you don’t seem to know that Steve DOES complain (mightily and often) about various aspects of Australian and British society and governments frequently.

    I’ve often heard it said that people in the US are among the least aware of anything going on in the world outside of the US and you are proof that statement is true.

  51. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2006 at 2:21 am #

    I would also suggest that it’s just one person who’s providing all these inflammatory comments and not the vast array of persons everyone suspects.

    Sometimes if you want people to say what they really think you have to let them stay anonymous. I mean, no-one here except John Garret and Steve Kilbey are using their real, full names are they?

    My name is not really Bon Bon, for example…..



  52. avatar
    Chump / USA | 22 June 2006 at 2:45 am #

    Inside himself,
    He runs to look in the mirror
    And the face that stares right back
    Has never been any clearer
    But look at the doubt in his eyes
    He’s not the one to blame
    It was a different man, no he’s never been here
    You can be so close, you can be so near
    It was a different man, playing different cards
    You can be so soft, you can be so hard
    Inside himself,
    He follows the wrong directions
    Perfect English words all right
    But with the wrong inflections
    But look at the dust at his feet
    He’s not the one she loves
    It was a different man, no he’s never been found
    You can be so up, you can be so down
    It was a different man, no he’s never been there
    You can be halfway, you can be all there
    Inside himself,
    He thinks that he looks the same
    And the mind that thinks it all out
    Never noticed any change
    But look at the doubt in his eyes
    He’s not the one to blame

  53. avatar
    Brad | 22 June 2006 at 2:53 am #

    My fave sk blog. Will be cut n copy to friends who won’t see it here. Credz pinned to it of course. Thank you.

    Work sticks us in contiguity to those who drain us. And what you said about kids so true…well all of it is true.

    So easy to point out, list, and see – still so hard to do.


  54. avatar
    Melquiades | 22 June 2006 at 3:13 am #

    Americans, eh? I see this in your posts quite often and it would seem to me someone as enlightened as yourself would lay off the Western diatribe – or any non specific, broad sweeping generalization. I mean, cmon, your’re an English born Australia citizen – both very western leaning. You’ve got Tony Blair to blame for being a W lap dog. And Australia still beats the Canadians in the Iraq occupation presence (at least as of 2003). John Howard’s no Saint either.

    And don’t even get me started on the European scurge that spread like wildfire into the Americas with their sharp, barbed, wicked-christian tongue, which, in turn, contributed to the mass genocide of the Native American (50 million or more).

    Bottom line, we’re humans which err. You’ve got faults. I’ve got faults. this is the beauty with which we learn in life. But, if you dig down beneath that blind, all encompassing generalization thought process, you would see the minute surprises of a group you typify and incorrectly classify. I can speak for myself, I try to enlighten myself and stay curious about this world and beyond.

    You are entitled to speak your mind, I mean this is your space to scat, but I hope you understand how this hurts me as an induvidual too.

    I love you Steve. We Americans love you. It’s about the music anyway, right?

    I can’t wait to see you in Falls Church and PA too. I plan on taking off work Thursday to do the night right and Friday in PA should be nice too. AND, my Mom wants to come see the band on the PA show. What’s kind of cool she’s 63 and she’s more hip (music-wise) than most people my age. So, there is someone out there older than you Steve. Feeling younger already, are you? I’m glad I could help.

    Btw, I noticed the route the band is taking this year in the states. Are you trying to save the South from the GWB machine. Maybe a bid for el presidente. 🙂 You could do a campaign train tour on the rails. Next stop The White House. You could even invite Willie Nelson back to The White House.

  55. avatar
    finn | 22 June 2006 at 3:38 am #

    Wow. Why don’t Americans have a sense of humor about themselves? It seems to me that Steve is delivering what? A little insight into his mind and here we are taking offense at a small 2 words in his little piece of advice…

    even Americans

    As an American, I can see what he’s saying and gosh, my feelings aren’t all that hurt by someone suggesting that maybe my societ is not the perfect utopia it tells people it is right before it drops another bomb.

    “Look around, we’re all people, who needs countries anyway?”

    -American, Jello Biafra

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  57. avatar
    mattdavison | 22 June 2006 at 4:36 am #

    I agree… I don’t agree, Oh I dunno!
    All I know is that I could no have said it better myself. Hey don’t get into us all too much, remember diversity….SK

  58. avatar
    daydreamer | 22 June 2006 at 5:03 am #

    Maybe I’m daft, but I didn’t take that as a particularly serious slam on Americans. A little jab maybe, but good grief. Where’s your sense of humor, people?

    I had to laugh tho, because where I happen to live (Santa Cruz, Californa) you’re an oddball if you DON”T do yoga. In fact, I think you’d feel right at home here Steve – plenty of veggie/vegan restaurants, lots of live music, nice cold water to swim in. Medical marijuana is grown and consumed here. Pacifists abound. We’re a declared Nuclear Free Zone. We’re also the official Surf City, USA, where even the yuppies wear Birkenstocks.

    Of course its bound to be much different in other parts of the country. After all “somebody” elected GW (at least that ‘s what they’d like us to believe )


  59. avatar
    Larry | 22 June 2006 at 1:37 pm #


    Summer = Verano
    Winter = Invierno
    Honey = Miel
    Mushrooms = Hongos
    Cocaine = Cocaina
    Soul = Alma
    Yoga = Yoga
    Love = Amor
    Peace = Paz
    Kilbey = Kilbey


    Priest = Cura!

  60. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 22 June 2006 at 3:25 pm #

    Alas, the written word! Open to so many interpretations, all too often taken the wrong way. I have to admit I have lost a friend or two.

  61. avatar
    OTTOMT | 22 June 2006 at 3:45 pm #

    Larry = perfecto!


  62. avatar
    veleska1970 | 22 June 2006 at 8:04 pm #

    “Sometimes if you want people to say what they really think you have to let them stay anonymous. I mean, no-one here except John Garret and Steve Kilbey are using their real, full names are they?”

    i use my real name. “veleska” is russian for “elizabeth”. veleska is my given birth name. and 1970 was a good year~~it was then i decided to join the human race!! hahahahaha

  63. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2006 at 3:41 am #

    “one mans fish is another mans poisson” Hilarious!

  64. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 June 2006 at 8:52 am #


    So you have Veleska1970 on your passport?

    ‘Real, full name’ does not mean avatar.


  65. avatar
    Joanna Satana from TX | 25 June 2006 at 7:12 am #

    amen brother!!

    and man, don’t worry about the crybaby U.S. folks….plenty of us feel the same as you, and take no offense to the jabs of truth.

    We’ve bought tix for two cities, dallas and houston…..and will ALWAYS buy your merch! It’s DEFINITELY not cold here! Hotter than hell actually…..and we can’t wait to see you play again here in Tejas! Yer in like Flinn!

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    Brien Comerford | 9 April 2007 at 7:30 pm #

    I am writing a year late and I am far to overweight. However, for moral, spiritual and animal welfare reasons I have not eaten any animals, birds, shellfish or fishies for nearly 30 years. I am not in good shape like Steve Kilbey but I share his reverence for the lives of our fellow creatures including the fishies.

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