posted on May 13, 2008 at 10:05 pm

good fortune to my generous subscribers!
jai jai
hail to vishnu preserver
after visit to skin cancer clinic
i was given the all clear
uh huh a million freckles
but touch wood
no cancers………(yet!?)
you see i got burnt all the time
red shoulders red nose red chest
i knew the whiff of calamine lotion three summers off
i was burnt
i was peeling
they didnt know in those days it was so bad for ya
each time the skin came off more freckles
amazing they let me be such a big star with all these freckles
ha ha ha
anyway the doc was an old chinese gent
he was a real comedian too
as soon as i took my shirt off he said
oh i can see theres nothing wrong with you already
ha ha ha
then he ran this like whitelight thing over me
what do skin cancers glow when this thing hits em?
i was worried about a couple of places
on my cheek a weird faded white spot
no thats not cancer you just getting old giggles the doc
then he sees this little knotty scab on my back
its been there a while …i figured it could be something nasty
no its just a ….(indistinguishable)he said
with the skinquacks thick accent n my ringing ears
i couldnt catch half of what he said
then a real benny hill moment
i thought he said i’m just gonna squeeze it
what? i say
youre gonna bloody squeeze it?
no says venerable olde doctor wong (i kid you not)
not bloody squeeze it ….FREEZE it!
next minute this nasty little (never did find out what)
is getting the frozen treatment
i explain to doc that im pretty deaf
thats why i keep getting it wrong
the doc has a good giggle
boy you in good shape for yer age…you all clear!
i said doc im gonna get out before you do find something wrong
he giggled again
boy you right get out of here now!
so there you have it
it aint got to me yet….that evil wicked sun
but its still not over
back to greg dulli
having obtained gutter twins legally
n then blackberry belle n she loves you
n even his solo album
amber headlights
a little less legally
i can only say
im sorry if he nearly ran you over
im sorry if hes a booze artist or whatever
but i gotta say
i love the mans voice n his music
when he hits his fuckin’ stride
hes like every huge american hit single you never heard
unstoppable powerful gut wrenchin’
the guitars cut deep
the bass drops away
the high pitched backing vox hit
last night
last night was alright
dulli sneers and begs at once
how can those ordinary words sound new and vital
ah the transformative power of rocknroll
dulli has absorbed the beatles n stones n dylan
and he refilters them
through his engine of excesses
yes the characters in these songs are boozers sexfiends n addicts
dulli is a modern brel charting this seedy territory
but at the end of all that champagne n cocaine and pussywillow
dulli wants to wake up the next day redeemed
dressed in white
like an angel
and then it starts all over again
remember how the gallagher bros were s’posed to be?
edgy mouthy genius backed up with street cred sneer
but actually they were both just thick planks?
dont look back in anger?
dont make me fucking laugh!
look dulli is a mastersongwriter
hes like springsteen if he looked under more rocks
hes like got all that big u.s. fm power
but hes harnessed it to a fleur du mal sensibility
he is the baudelaire of rock
songs from the brothel
songs from the vampires own mouth
the disgust and loathing
then in amazing technicolour contrast
the aching love
the tenderness as the characters crumble and fall apart
is that mark lanegan croaking
ok you fucker time to settle up
lay it down slow them im gone….?
dulli throws away one liners like
not saying its easy to have it all or nothing at all
but man
you gotta hear it
jaded cynical brutal glorious rock
this stuff bleeding all over the place
i give all these records five stars
no dud songs
this stuff is the true spirit of rocknroll
lousiana perches
down n dark n dirty
a can of worms
i tell ya
i’m totally sold on dulli

38 Responses to “powderburns and sunburns”

  1. avatar
    knot | 14 May 2008 at 1:49 am #

    fortunate son
    first born son
    I read your words & your songs

    louisiana? never been there
    though I did have a canary that died & left her cage empty

    not that she ever stayed in it

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    matt davison | 14 May 2008 at 2:09 am #

    Maybe that was a glow worm stuck to yr back……Not sure why I just thought that off to give merch more dvds today in melby..

    People my new fav Crunch song of all time. The nice people at shock gave me two copes of the now very rare “beside yourself” If you say nice things about me I may send someone lucky one copy, just to not be so greedy.. anyway the song is #3 on list called crash/ride Oh my!!…… It’s amazing.

    Off to listen in car on way to Cherch merch

    By by..


    ps hello and love to my D& little C….

    Miss ya more than………………….

  3. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 14 May 2008 at 2:15 am #

    I’m a pedantic son of a bitch. I only buy CDs performed by animal rights advocates. Richard X Heyman “Cornerstone” and “Basic Glee” are my picks. But I have no problem with Dulli who drink like a fish.

  4. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 14 May 2008 at 2:19 am #

    Great pick Matt Davison. I love all of “Beside Yourself”-BIG TIME!

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    Captain Goodwine | 14 May 2008 at 2:33 am #

    Grand you dig the Dulli. Two of my favorites – Kilbey and Dulli – both at different ends of the sonic spectrum but brilliant songwriting you can really sink your teeth and imagination into. And you wonder why The Church ain’t huge and wonder why The Twilight Singers or the Afghan Whigs weren’t’s because we have a fucking pathetic general population of music lovers who prefer to watch idiots sing cover songs on Amderican Idle. Fuck that. In 75 The Twilight Singers and Church would have been as big as the Stones and Floyd. Poppycock this stupid ass culture..

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    lian | 14 May 2008 at 2:42 am #

    Oh I wish I could be the doctor… and freeze the whatever, Mr.Kilbey.

    Yesterday in the car I was listening to Jeff buckley’s “so real” and asked my daughter whom she was more fond of: Steve kilbey or Jeff buckley.

    She asked me to put on your songs again so she can compare. ‘electric lash’ came out of the speaker.

    “Steve kilbey,” she said.

  7. avatar
    the dean | 14 May 2008 at 3:21 am #

    SK, you have extolled the virtues of Springsteen on more than one occasion but I just can see it. For me he’s one step removed from Meatloaf. All that born in the usa stuff. One man’s vegaroni is another’s pasta I guess.

  8. avatar
    the dean | 14 May 2008 at 3:37 am #

    listening to blackberry belle for the second time and it working, that number nine, mindblower

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    Anonymous | 14 May 2008 at 4:01 am #

    They’re not freckles sk, they’re beauty spots. Reminds me of my childhood, sunburn & calamine lotion. I get a check every year too. You never know what’s brewing under there from all those years ago.

    Lady Di

  10. avatar
    Lebrinho | 14 May 2008 at 5:13 am #

    Dulli sounds like Daniel Lanois, but without the ambience. Maybe Lanois gets a better vocal sound mix from his magic hands.. “Esta noche” on Blackberry Belle is good dark groove.

    Good that you got at least some music legally 😀
    There is slight irony there..

  11. avatar
    linjo | 14 May 2008 at 5:42 am #

    maybe solar keratosis or seborrhoeic keratosis x

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    persephone2u | 14 May 2008 at 6:13 am #

    oh no no no no no…Dulli ain’t the Baudelaire of rock. But if there was one, it would be you. You’re so much better than he is. He shouldn’t even be allowed to trample upon the same ground that you are. If you ever meet Dulli one day you’ll know what I mean. He’s so boring. It’s all an act. I go more for Dr. John and I Walk on Guilded Splinters when it comes to Louisiana style music. Now there’s a man who’s a true artist and eccentric.

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    Anonymous | 14 May 2008 at 7:23 am #

    reversing backwards over the reverse psychology is not permitted in the quiet stance of the land of ssssshhhhhh…why is it that one only does that which one is asked,when the one asking does not mean it ,or does,but in the reverse of the reversing psychologists association.Thumper said.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 May 2008 at 7:27 am #

    hee hee 😉 :I

  15. avatar
    fantasticandy | 14 May 2008 at 7:35 am #

    i wonder if you’ll be quite so enamoured with this stuff in five years time….

  16. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 14 May 2008 at 8:40 am #

    Captain Goodwine…well said!

    Steve, I’m definitely gonna check out The Twilight Singers more thoroughly. Your passsion shines through! Never gave their own stuff a fair chance simply because I thought the covers album “She Loves You” sounded a little lame (maybe I didn’t give it enough of a chance?).

    I’ve noticed how the last couple of days you’ve mentioned your subscribers, and I am sure it’s aimed at non-subscribes like me, Steve. But I am in a rough spot financially (I owe my bank a lot of money). However, I will become a subscriber eventually (you have my word!).
    Until then, I choose to support WSPA and Greenpeace, even though I can’t really afford these charities, either…

  17. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 14 May 2008 at 8:43 am #

    Don’t know if that came out wrong, Steve, but I wasn’t comparing you to a charity…

  18. avatar
    don joe | 14 May 2008 at 8:57 am #

    Great to hear the all is clear for you n health etc!!! many fine years ahead. And thankyou for giving the heads up to numerous bands over the history of your blog, it has helped me to come across music I would probably never have found.
    Such a caring sharing loveable humble bee-ing resonating with good karma; you will reap the rewards for the millenias ahead. I guarantee it!!…though not in writing 😀

    don joe

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 May 2008 at 9:37 am #

    Amon Dulli?

  20. avatar
    lian | 14 May 2008 at 9:40 am #

    Can I cautiously suggest something here, SK? Why not add some google advertisements on your blog?

    Google will calculate the hits and then pay for it. I’d gladly hit them every day SK. And I’m sure people around here will do so, too.

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 May 2008 at 10:08 am #

    Gods Children is my favourite so far.
    And theres a song , maybe 7 or 8 wwhere it sounds strangely like the beginning of All I know for some reason.

    Dutch Pierre

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 May 2008 at 10:27 am #

    tragic thing is.he’s fer real alright.

  23. avatar
    fantasticandy | 14 May 2008 at 10:41 am #

    the bloke’s just not in the same league as you steve….
    his stuff’s ok….
    but i’m suprised you enthuse about it so much….
    sub-pumpkins-post-grunge kinda thing.
    heard it all before.
    life’s too short for this guy to replace any kilbey-time on MY music system.
    did i say five years earlier?
    …more like five mins for me!
    i liked a bit of lannegan with screaming trees, but he’s over-rated too.
    get and finish your treatise on eno!
    no arse-kissing today!
    andy L.

  24. avatar
    princey | 14 May 2008 at 11:42 am #

    I’m totally sold, the achey, breaky, dirty love songs got me I think. I want to hear
    “The Killer”…’bout anyone we know????
    Til tomorrow then,
    love and goodnight,

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    Hellbound Heart | 14 May 2008 at 11:56 am #

    keep looking after your skin, kiddo…my mum’s got this huge skin graft on her face from skin cancers and she’s forever getting more of them burnt off her arms and other places…yeesh…
    although i would have loved to be a fly on the wall at the dr’s surgery…ha ha he he…
    i know a really good doctor joke (a tad dirrrrty) if anyone would like to read it, let me know and i’ll type it out tomorrow…
    love always…

  26. avatar
    captain mission | 14 May 2008 at 1:14 pm #

    yeah i been listening to the gutter twins cd and the twilight singers one (name i can’t recall but it’s got a nice city scape cover) and i like them a lot but i guess i’m not sold completely, still early days…
    glad your in good health.

  27. avatar
    Ross B | 14 May 2008 at 1:23 pm #

    There is an unquantifiable difference between SK’s inspiration to write an awesome song – theatre and its double – based on the title of a treatise by Antonin Artaud, and, the gallaghers naming one of their songs from a title by esteemed British playwright John Osborne (‘look back in anger’).

    I remember you once telling the audience that if your plane was to come crashing down “I’d sure as hell want Liam Gallagher sitting next to me!!” …*roars of laughter*

    Much respect, r.

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 May 2008 at 1:59 pm #

    Oasis as edgy, mouthy genius? More like tedious gobshites. I’m from a Manchester council estate just like them and believe me, there’s literally 100s of no-mark arseholes like them all over the place. All they ever were is a bit of Northern rough to give semis to the middle class Southern 6th-formers who write for the NME. Oasis perpetuate every last cliched shit-thick, pissed-up working class media myth/image. Wankers. And their music sucks.

  29. avatar
    A.M. Polydora | 14 May 2008 at 2:48 pm #

    I’ll have to check his shit out.
    “A can of Worms” – man, this phrase is following me everywhere lately.

    Nice bloggy.

  30. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 14 May 2008 at 2:50 pm #

    Dear Thomas Thomsen:

    SK has expressed in writing his positive vibes for you. Your excellent CHURCH CD reviews and earnest comments are endearing and interesting. You’re integral to The Time Being international community.

  31. avatar
    Miles Deep | 14 May 2008 at 3:17 pm #

    Dulli is actually from Cincinnati/ Hamilton, Ohio, not too far away from where SK’s art show is going to be. The Afgan Whigs used to play in bars around here when I was in college. Dulli then moved to Seattle and then New Orleans.

  32. avatar
    CSTCoach | 14 May 2008 at 3:20 pm #

    cool, thanks for the recommendation. i been digging Powder Burns for the past week.

    as you know, i’m more of a book maven. this blog has significantly broadened my current musical tastes beyond too narrow a focus on The Church (thanks also to several friends i’ve met thru here who now regularly exchange recommendations) – Eno, Decoder Ring, Hammock, and much more. i look em all up, give em several listens, and keep the ones that really resonate with me. So thanks druid, its been a cool journey.

  33. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 14 May 2008 at 3:46 pm #

    Thank you, Brien – and I know. I’ve just been frustrated with myself for not being in a position to subscribe.
    Soon after writing today’s comments I actually donated 50 AUS §, anyway. Not a lot of money – but it’s a start.

  34. avatar
    John | 14 May 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    Anyone listen to MGMT? Pretty good stuff…no Church of course, but what is?

    Kilbey you pretty much screwed up my musical journeys. Everyone sounds pretty weak and gets really boring rather quickly compared to the Church, so ‘thanks’.


  35. avatar
    davem | 14 May 2008 at 6:01 pm #

    I confess I used some of my precious birthday dosh on blackberry belle after your recommendation but…..I think it’s…..ok…..will stick with it though over the summer and see if the penny drops. Unless I’m listening to something Kilbey I generally feel I’m wasting valuable listening time.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 May 2008 at 7:48 pm #

    Good to hear your All Clear
    Looking forward to the new stuff
    America’s economy is in the toilet.

    All the best

    Steve in Florida

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 May 2008 at 12:30 am #

    Ermmm don’t count on that fatastic andy. I’ve been a Dulli fan going on 20 years and his music sounds as powerful and relevant today as ever. Post grunge my ass. That guy is pure rock n roll swagger. You are dead wrong dude!

  38. avatar
    sleepmonk | 15 May 2008 at 3:47 am #

    Killer, glad to hear he could just freeze it and that is nothing more.
    I understand when the money stops, the body or overactive imagination takes over. I just got back from the doctor because back of my scalp was itching like crazy. Bumps on both elbows and rashes on my stomach and all over my legs which itched like madness. My neighbor thought it was shingles but the Doctor swears it is stress related. Given some lotion and clonezpam 1 mg and get over it. I had a condo fire March of last yr. March 08,I was laid off from Office Manager job I had for over 18 years (owner retired and sold the business,I was not retained). So I’m looking for a job at 40 years old and more than a little frightened.

    Glad to know you love Dulli, I use to have everything of theirs, Afghan Whigs too. Dulli is close friends of Denis Leary from Rescue Me. Used 5 to 6 tracks of his in the TV series and perfectly placed at the right scene. One scene is Denis & Jesus Christ flying down the road and “Get the wheel” is playing. Chill bumps, baby..

    When I get back on my feet and get over this hump I will be subscribing most definitely and I’m excited about a new Church Cd.
    I did buy the Steve Kilbey DVD from your site when it came out.I still get shaken up by Providence for old sentimental reasons. Thank you Director Matt Davidson for your work with the Killer, I can sit in my chair in Charlotte, N.C. and it feels like Steve is playing in my living room.

    All the best to you & yours.


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