posted on February 5, 2007 at 12:36 am

and theres some horrible jack hammer going out there
im listening to levitation
one of the great lost bands
i actually met bick too, one of the guitarists…
im not feeling so great today
tho im not sure why….
kinda tired n uninspired
yeah baybee
even geniuses have their off days
and so do even i
and im not sure what to write to ya all
i ve done my swim
i went round the back of the pavillion where the trees are
i did my qi gong in the cool breezes
came home had a smoothie
thats it
i gotta get cracking on some stuff
but i feel enervated
it was a very hot still night here
i had dreams
struggling in the war n the music industry
what year was it?
jesus i struggled n struggled all night long
wrestling my daemons
performing tasks which unravelled at the last moment
can you imagine the horrors a mind like mine can dredge up?
i fought n i hid as i lay in my bed
in my mind i climbed up mountains
and i lived in a house by some coast
and i was trying to catch a plane
and i was waiting for somebody….
maybe even you
at a bridge
and there was a castle…just like in a dream-play too
im outside that theatre with my bunch of flowers
another actor whose leaving says
she’ll be out soon….she’s coming
she’s almost finished , she’ll be out soon
says someone else as they leave
50 years later im standing there still
my wilted flowers
my clothes in tatters
my white hair
a worker comes out of theatre
she’ll be down soon ….she’s nearly ready…
these dreams….
no rest even when we rest……
in my dream i play concerts where things go wrong
to people who cant hear n arent there
only slightly more fluid than la vrai vie
my mind feels turbulent n then turgid
this is when i hate being me
time being for the time being
my nightmares have always had the measure of me
anyway that was last nite
today i have dentist appointment
i dont have the best teeth
i usually need a cuppla fillings every visit
and i aint been for a year
now i gotta hear my jewish/south african dentist
tut n i told you so
as he prods n probes the yawning nerve deep black holes in my teef
and racks up them wallet bustin’ fillings that im gonna be needing
now i musta bought this olde tooth quack half a lexus
having spent at least twenty five k on my fangs
the quack wants to replace em all with crowns
he says my dentine is almost all gone
oh only a cuppla grande each
and exruciatingly painful
and after a year or two if yer gums recede slightly
you got the metal bit at the top showing
anyway why spend a 4-tune on yer teef when yer this olde?
you could die 2-morrow and it’d be a waste of money…or what?
so im racing my teef to death cos i reckon i might go before them
uh …this is reading back a bit kinda…uh…negative or something
i should cut my losses and skedaddle
cheers to all kind subscribers everywhere
your contribution has indeed been of invaluable assistance!
paying my olde dentists exhorbitant bills
see ya tomorrow….
or not….

37 Responses to “ow! i just banged my knee”

  1. avatar
    ed in fl | 5 February 2007 at 1:31 am #

    Best advice I got bout dentists was this – a military dentist warned me that when I got out of the service and went to a “civilian” dentist to beware. They are in the business to make money. They will recommend all kinds of things that you don’t really need (mostly for cosmetics). So take what they recommend with a grain of salt (especially at those prices).

    ed in fl

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    Anonymous | 5 February 2007 at 2:04 am #

    You can get your teeth done for about a tenth on the cost in Bangkok. And I’ve heard the work is very good (same standard as in OZ)and the work is gauranteed. So even with the cost of the flight you come out way ahead.
    Check it out here.
    (no I’m not on the payroll, I just have a freind who’s done it and raves about it)

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    veleska1970 | 5 February 2007 at 2:32 am #

    heh heh heh….i’ve always heard that when you start having dreams about your job, you’ve been in it too long. however, steve, in your case, that’s not to say i’m encouraging you to retire. ๐Ÿ™‚ you enjoy your job too much, and us adoring fans and fiendss love you too much. ๐Ÿ™‚

    oh, dentists~~my favorite people. (yeah right!!) i take very good care of my teeth, but i’m a firm believer in being at the mercy of your genetic heritage, and effort can only take you so far. so, thanks to a family history of bad teeth i’ve got a head full of metal, and have had three root canals. seriously, i’ve considered dentures, even at my tender 37 years. would save me a ton of trouble and moolah!!

    see ya maybe tomorrow…pleasant dreams.

    lotza love…..

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    Anonymous | 5 February 2007 at 2:52 am #

    The Dentist Principle is the same as taking your car in for a service…oh, mate, you need new brake pads. If I had a dollar for every dollar I’ve spent on brake pads, I’d have more dollars in my pocket than my current lack of dollars…

  5. avatar
    shawn_el | 5 February 2007 at 3:10 am #

    It’s ok, I sympathize. Not negative, just practical. I was thinking the same thing before I even read it – that you shouldn’t spring for new crowns at your age, if you could spend that $ on the doodles, or buying something nice.

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 February 2007 at 3:20 am #

    how i wish i had loads of cash lying around, then i would become your benefactor and keep you
    in the style in which you desire
    and let you live in my secluded shack by the beach
    and you could regale me with your stories and nourish me with your music and soothe me with your soul and

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 February 2007 at 3:25 am #

    hey steve,

    my daughter is studying paul kelly’s lyrics (’84-’04) for year 12 english



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    Anonymous | 5 February 2007 at 3:34 am #

    This’ll get the ire up perhaps. And I mean no ill will. I’m always happy to hear each and every outing. I love The Church. Almost every word, with some obvious exceptions. Narcosis is brilliant. Celebration of the Birthday of the Elephant God brings a tear to a glass eye every time. I wonder though. Has there ever been a notion to put it into a different context; a chorale, a symphony. Is the question immoral? I know, it’s only rock n roll…

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    Anonymous | 5 February 2007 at 3:40 am #

    The little shop of horrors – hope it wss OK.

    Listening to new album – are there any more whre ‘Bordello’ came from? GREAT song.


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    Celticat | 5 February 2007 at 3:43 am #

    Hi Steve,

    a dentists story for ya.

    years ago in a mining town I needed to get some work done and the only dentist in town was a new young asian dentist just out of uni.

    i was too sore to care so I sat in the chair to await my comeuppance. Out comes the needle and in goes the needle into my……….tongue aaaarrgh!!

    says dentist “Ah Meester Godber, you come back tomorrow! We fix then when anethestic has had a chance to work!”.

    “funck la ver mush” says I with numb tongue, dribble and wobbly legs.

    Loved you last posts very much.


  11. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 5 February 2007 at 4:15 am #

    A couple of years ago I got my first and only crown
    Goldenmolarfish or sumthin
    The dentist has to drill out your nerve
    In the soon-to-be crowned tooth
    I learned that the drill bits for this are 25mm long
    And my root went down 24mmโ€ฆ
    I could tell the doc was getting some perverse
    Intellectual/professional thrill outta it
    โ€œLongest root Iโ€™ve ever seen!โ€
    Iโ€™ve never liked going to the dentist
    Hope your visit today wasnโ€™t too bad!
    Peace, Pucci

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    JJ | 5 February 2007 at 4:17 am #

    I’ve been having dreams about work, of all things, lately – and it depresses me. I’ve been buried in ye olde big project commercialization drill in a foreign land, and must fly there again tomorrow. Hard to keep up with my beloved Time Being for a week, but enjoying the backlog of daily missives.

    Ah, the dentist, the mercury amalgams. When I wassa boy here in Atlanta the John Birch Society and other rapid rightwing anti-communist groups of the 50’s-60’s kept flouridation from contaminating the innocent youth of US and A, and our teeth decayed accordingly. You see, flouridation was a communist plot to poison americans so the Soviets could take control. The flouride finally made it into the municipal waters and lo – my 16 year old son has hardly one filling. Amazing; our teeth sacrificed to the cause of communist hysteria. I hate going to the dentist, and hate giving them my scarce coin – so I’m a bit anal about taking care of me teeth. Ah well.

    Your daughters sound like unique and rare gems.

    Hope it goes well at the Barber-Surgeons. Maybe EM2 will be in the letterbox when I return from the central american jungle.

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    captainmission | 5 February 2007 at 5:21 am #

    Steve, Hi, picked up the new cd and was totally awed by the choice of songs and their arrangements, so lovely to hear ‘It’s no Reason’ after so long, but the song i totally love and keep playing over and over is ‘Song in the Afternoon.’ Is that a new one or something you have had in a test tube incubating, it’s the perfect song.
    Anyway I really am looking forwards to the sydney Launch, and i know a number of people i have known for years who went to see you on saturday, specifically Paul Kelly and they rang me up in the evening after your set (i heard most of it down the phone line) saying they now understood why i love The Churh so much, they all had hundreds of questions so i redirected them towards Hotel Wombat and the official site. (Apparently Tims a big hit with the girls) Anyways it’s nice to see people finally waking up to what we have all known for many years, there is only one band that really matters….
    enjoy a well deserved break

  14. avatar
    Belfrank | 5 February 2007 at 5:27 am #

    Oh SK – son’t wanna end up whistling Milky Way thu a set of falsies like poor ole Johnny Cash on the American recordings – great as they are – there is a very definite sense of his false gnashers on those records.

    Picture SK – 20 years from now – Rick Rubin producing Australian Recordings Vol. 1 – SK covers Paul Kelly, Iva Davies, Hutchy, Darren Hayes….now that’s a REAL nightmare for you!

    Hope u have a great day Killa ๐Ÿ˜‰


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    syrinx | 5 February 2007 at 6:15 am #

    I too fear the dentist. I fear the dentist so much I take freakish-good care – overcare one might say – of my teeth. Precisely so I can blow off my visits for two years at a time. Not a cavity in my head…still.

    Their scraping..

    The scraping is simply too horrifying.

    My first day back to regular blog-reading after a command visit to Chatt-a-noo-ga and you’ve *already* sent me scrambling to the dictionary for a mystery word. ‘Tis but one of the reasons I love ya so, Mr. K. <3

    Be well.

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    Queen Hatshepsut | 5 February 2007 at 6:21 am #

    OMG – the dentist, no! I think after knocking all my teeth out at 9 scarred me for life. I have a rabid fear of dentists and losing my teeth now. I somehow chipped my front tooth a tiny bit right before Christmas and it was $200 to fix it. Naturally they wanted to do EVERYTHING to me. Are you grinding your teeth? We’ll make you a night guard for $300. Oh how about some more radiation – I mean, X-rays? You should really have those fillings out – they’re so old now. Professional teeth whitening sessions? Only $400 or so. I have pretty darn good teeth for having almost lost them all 31 years ago; I agree with the person or persons who said dentists are out to make money. You’ve really got to take what they say with a HUGE grain of salt. Anyway, hoping all went as well as can be expected at the torturer’s – I mean dentist’s office. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    sue cee | 5 February 2007 at 7:08 am #

    We drove thru’ Dunedoo to get to you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Capt’ns right, fans old and new were raving about you guys after Bimbadgen gig till the wee hours in the morning, many fans queueing up for the merchandise, asking many questions. The Stones (not those ones! Angus and Julia) talented, Paul Kelly & Pretenders fantastic too but everyone knows what to expect there (ok, chrissy WAS a bit more awesomer than I envisioned – what a great performer, she had the crowd eating out of her hands) BUT just gotta tell u the huge buzz I got feeling the vibe after your gig! I was peeved off the organisers didnt let u have your encore (just even one more song) because the crowd was wanting it SO much!

    Unguarded Moment not as perfect as it could’ve been, something up with the sound mixer thingy? not sure.. but that was the first song and it just got brilliant from then on.. .. you finished with BLOCK and y’know how much i love that. Everything else was just PURR-FECT!! Almost With You was such a surprise too. Day 5 wow! Even UTMW which we’ve all heard so much lately was incredible. The welcoming breeze, the moon over Bimbadgen, friends, a beautiful day, we floated on out into the night… and then i broke my shoe!

    I really wish you could be physically in the audience while you’re playing. Must’ve been so cool to have your family there with you.

    And bumping into Ricky there was the icing on my cake!


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    fantasticandy | 5 February 2007 at 7:43 am #

    i had such a traumatic time in the dentists chair when i was about 17.
    so bad i can’t tell you——————no dental work for me!, i would die from fright.
    your somewhat shaken friend,
    andy L.

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 February 2007 at 8:40 am #

    I hear you about the dentists…it costs a lot of money but unfortunately it is a necessary evil. I hope one of your daughters studies to be a dentist and then you can get free treatment in your old age.
    ***I’m going to buck the trend: spend the money on your teeth.*** If you don’t & you loose them then even with false teeth you gradually loose the bone density so that you mouth ‘falls’ in on itself (think of those old people with mouths like caves…noses nearly touching their chins.
    My gums are receeding & I’m scheduled to have a gum graft. Not fun but necessary.
    Remember: floss daily as it also helps reduce other health problems (notably heart problems).

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    Anonymous | 5 February 2007 at 10:22 am #

    “I gotta get away from all your dreeeams”…oooh I love that line!

    If you’ve run out of stuff to write to us sk, maybe continue through your ipod list, but its probably not as easy as it sounds.

    Well, I hope you’re back here tommorow, maybe with a daydream?


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    Anonymous | 5 February 2007 at 11:33 am #

    Levitation fucking sucked.
    Saw em supporting marty in All About Eve and they were just shoegazing bollocks.
    Even worse – Bickers was the guitarist in the House of Love. These fuckers liked to make out they were influenced by the Only Ones and Television, but were actually like a fucking Church tribute band – yet House of Love had shitloads of press cred and sold loads of records in the UK at the same time that the Church sold 2000 records nationwide and couldn’t get arrested in the press except for tiny live reviews that said their UK audience consisted entirely of Aussie ex-pats.
    I still get pissed off at the fucking injustice and I fucking hate Chadwick and Bickers, the thieving House of Love and any of their dismal fucking offshoots.
    Fuck them.

  22. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 5 February 2007 at 12:16 pm #

    ambnt1 hope you had a great birthday!

  23. avatar
    nickfiction | 5 February 2007 at 12:23 pm #

    ” it’s no reason ” from the new release sets an awesome mood. I have listened to it a bunch of times. That song has always been a favourite , but it’s amazing how you can change a song with a few drum adjustments , strings etc / hail ” the church “

  24. avatar
    veleska1970 | 5 February 2007 at 12:26 pm #

    happy 39th, ambnt1. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    (('{~_~}')) | 5 February 2007 at 12:28 pm #

    I had my one and only mercury amalgam removed a few months ago. I used to say to the girls “if you don’t brush your teeth you’ll end up having a hole in your teeth like Mama”, and Iโ€™d show them the filling, that definitely got them brushing. Unfortunately, I can’t use that one anymore.

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    Anonymous | 5 February 2007 at 1:21 pm #

    ah yes, I’m there with ya on the holes in the teeth routine…i’ve got fillings up to my arse…And those dreams!! with your teeth crumbling out— the most helpless feeling…I’m just worried I wont get married before i get false teeth…and then no woman will want me…Unless i have loads of money ~$ Selah*

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 February 2007 at 1:31 pm #

    yeah, dentists are to be taken witha full measure and rounded thought. fuckers’ll nail ya good.

  28. avatar
    restaurant mark | 5 February 2007 at 2:29 pm #

    dentists…just no damn fun. need a crown myself, had a filling break a couple of weeks ago…blahhh
    take care everyone

  29. avatar
    CSTCoach | 5 February 2007 at 3:08 pm #

    “im not feeling so great today
    tho im not sure why….
    kinda tired n uninspired”

    Probly just the end of the tour, druid. I always feel listless after completing a big project. At loose ends. Unsure what to do with myself for a few days. I guess maybe its the muse giving ya a breather…

    i hear ya about dentists. just went last week after about 8 years (never had insurance for that till now). i was prepared for misery, but strangely enough there was nothing wrong with me. never did trust the bastards, though, after an unecessary root canal and then crown, unecessary quadruple wisdom tooth extraction… I think it takes a special sorta sadism to decide upon dental school…

    the last gig sounded great! so cool that you could play for the fambly, merge your worlds in a moment of transcendence. maybe now they’ll treat ya like a rockstar at home ๐Ÿ˜‰


  30. avatar
    John Garratt | 5 February 2007 at 3:54 pm #

    Mr. SK,

    What did you do with your thoughts before this blog?


  31. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 5 February 2007 at 4:25 pm #

    When my dentist mentioned “root canal” I said, “yank the sucker out!” after that the story changed and they offered up a crown – how shady is that?
    PS: Yes, everyone, floss!

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    echobaseone | 5 February 2007 at 4:43 pm #

    wow. someone above has some major resentment towards the house of love. I was just going to echo your sentiment for Levitation, who I thought transcended the shoegazing scene, they were more like 90’s prog.
    I personally thought that House of Love were brilliant, though they did certainly owe something to the Church. Not sure that I would blame them for the Church’s lack of press in the UK, and anyway who’s been going for 27 years?

  33. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 5 February 2007 at 5:03 pm #

    me know how you feel when there is nothing “upstairs” to write bout…

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    davem | 5 February 2007 at 5:49 pm #

    How can you feel good when a trip in “the chair” awaits you?
    And what is it with Dentists that they all seem to have the sort of halitosis that my cat would be ashamed of?
    It never gives me much confidence being drilled by some white coated sadist with death for breath. And I agree with a previous commenter…the scraping. Shit. I don’t have to go again until May so I’m feeling for you SK.
    love you more…even with yer bad ol’ teef.

    Dave M

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    ambnt1 | 5 February 2007 at 7:05 pm #


    Just wait for a good pair of dentures, fuck it don’t spend the money. Dentists are just like auto repair shops–they’re there to make $ off you for stuff you don’t need. One told me I needed a root canal after simply putting a piece of ice on my tooth.

    Try to have a nice day.


    n.p. The Ocean Blue, “Cerulean” (these guys owed to the Cherch, too, and despite their clean cut boy image, they did some really good stuff)

  36. avatar
    CSTCoach | 5 February 2007 at 9:53 pm #

    “the sort of halitosis that my cat would be ashamed of?”


  37. avatar
    veleska1970 | 5 February 2007 at 10:14 pm #

    to ambnt1: the ocean blue…wow…that’s a name i haven’t heard in ages. are they still around??

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