posted on April 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm

worst person unimaginable

drive drive drive

red light green light

words actions events

happenings in the photosphere

disturbance in the electric ether

temple in the jungle

monkeys chatter in the lightnin’ flash

peruvian fake a tiny sample of  oofle dust

our plain has crashed we lying smash in these strange ruins

my head hurts i said my bed hurts in my red shirts romance blurts

i’m breathing somewhere in the under carriage

my fave transaction with the atm at the garage

i freak out when i hear myself speak i cant bear to peak

i remember the first time and how after i slept

in my deepest dreams i climbed the steps windswept

it was desolate desperate soul destroying unalloying

i hesitated before many brinks eventually i knew i must fall

i plunged and plunged an abyss of unmade bliss

mecca is better in retrospect

i detect a tremor in the earths mother

brother to the other world where i am in action n good

should you see me on stage singing i’m really thinking of  sinking

thank you all for tuning in

thanking you all for turning up

at all




38 Responses to “remorse code”

  1. avatar
    Karen | 6 April 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    worst my arse
    Ive known worse than you in spades as you say
    maye you think your more of a tosser than you actually are eh?
    anyway I like your writing
    sorry I wont get to see your big band thingo

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    Anonymous | 6 April 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    The receiving end isn’t all that desirable.

  3. avatar
    princey | 6 April 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    Hello sk,
    You don’t sound happy at all sk, so sending “happy vibes” your way 🙂
    and thanks for writing when you’re so busy with rehearsing’n’stuff, it’s much appreciated 🙂

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    . | 6 April 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    regret is a killer
    all pain, no glitter
    cigarette, no filter
    no spring, just winter
    no sweet, just bitter
    exposed, no shelter
    mama cat, no litter
    kids, no baby-sitter
    artificial, all filler
    fame, no shimmer

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    DavidP | 6 April 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    not sure what you are getting at if anything at all in particular
    a bit too cryptic for me to interpret oh dear otherworldly brother
    a big sold out show coming up and you got a sinking feeling?
    and thanking people ever turning up at all?
    you sound a bit down
    considered whether to get a ticket the other day & found it sold out
    will it be more a symphony show or more a rock show or is it about 50/50?
    will you play happy hunting ground?
    or would answering these spoil the surprise?
    remorse is a friend if it motivates one to make positive changes

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      Narelle | 7 April 2011 at 9:51 am #

      Hello David
      so true…cryptic…but it has to come from somewhere…
      enjoy the day

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    meg manestar | 6 April 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    sad bit at the end 🙁

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    lisa k | 6 April 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    Love today’s photo, but “worst person”? How dare you say that about one of my favorite people? Take it back!
    Sending you love and energy for the Opera House show this weekend- you will be amazing. I wish I could be there!

  8. avatar
    aida morgan | 7 April 2011 at 12:19 am #

    Steve, thank YOU (and the rest of The Church). You’re the reason we tune in and turn up.

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    Anakki Mayhem | 7 April 2011 at 12:32 am #

    worst person unimaginable???? never!!!!
    see u on Sunday – can’t wait for the show!
    love A

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 7 April 2011 at 1:20 am #


    Your forever welcome !!!!

    Darrin K.

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    Ron From VA | 7 April 2011 at 4:32 am #

    I emailed the stats guy at and found out only 14 bands/artists that make popular music have more 4 star or better albums than the church.

    The list told me that Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Randy Newman, The Beach Boys, Tom Waits, Paul Simon, The Ramones, David Bowie, U2, R.E.M., Pink Floyd The Byrds and most other bands do not have as may high rated albums as the church.

    He looked at orginal albums only, so the remade mix albums and hits albums don’t count.

    The top of the list was as follows:

    Artist/band Original Albums with 4 stars or better
    R. Stevie Moore 32
    Bob Dylan 19
    Brian Eno 18
    Nurse with Wound 18
    Residents 17
    Van Morrison 16
    Elvis Costello 15
    Ry Cooder 15
    The Fall 15
    The Rolling Stones 15
    Frank Zappa 14
    Henry Kaiser 14
    Nick Cave 14
    The Beatles 14
    The Church 13

    Everyone else had 12 or less. A few more albums and the church will pass some really well known artists.

  12. avatar
    hellbound heart | 7 April 2011 at 6:54 am #

    an abyss of unmade bliss…..heaven and hell…….
    love always…….

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    Lisa | 7 April 2011 at 7:47 am #

    There’s no doubt in my mind you will be fantastic as always. Just saddened that I can’t be there to witness it. Watch the eagles Steve at They will make you feel better 🙂

  14. avatar
    Once | 7 April 2011 at 10:37 am #

    .– …. -.– / -.. — / -.– — ..- / …. .- – . / -.– — ..- .-. … . .-.. ..-. ..–..

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      Once | 7 April 2011 at 10:48 am #

      .– …. -.– + -.. — + -.– — ..- + …. .- – . + -.– — ..- .-. … . .-.. ..-.

      Disregard first comment – not militarily inclined…whiskey tango foxtrot…

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    david | 7 April 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    ..good luk opera glow ..find sun here in the states this summer to paint …
    reach out to america audience..probably very different than before now…

  16. avatar
    Abel | 7 April 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    Sorry as this won’t have anything to do with the text but, is there an mp3 of your UTMW arp version available??

    Love you, maestro!

  17. avatar
    brazen | 7 April 2011 at 7:46 pm #


    Sounds like you need to get back to Bondi and have some of that spiritual pacific ocean rejuventate your soul.

    No matter where I go or feel I find the ocean washes and cleanses a lot of the ails and problems away.

    When you get back to Oz I would love to teach you to surf…I could imagine you cruising down at 7 mile beach (just past Kiama) on a Mal. (Bondi’s a bit too busy to learn at)

    Only a surfer knows the feeling….(or a musician)!


  18. avatar
    Christine | 7 April 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    YOU are keeping me going at this point in my life…YOU who I had lost for so long a time…thank you…for your words…every word…they mean so much…

  19. avatar
    Sharka | 7 April 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Science didn’t invent the fractal code,
    it was Kilbey!

  20. avatar
    veleska1970 | 7 April 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    you’re very welcome for the tuning in & turning up. i’ve been doing it since the heyday album and haven’t regretted one minute. not one. just keep on creating your magic.

    lotza love…..

  21. avatar
    Cath | 7 April 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    DEar Steve
    I wrote you once in my teenage years actually more then once and you replied, not the actions of the most unimaginable person ever, with a typed blurb like what you post.unfotunately it got destroyed along with my other treasures in a fire !. You are an amzing artist never ever forget it, through hell and highwater, tis the artists lot, it can be no other way, if I can aspire to just a teenie weenie bit of your prolific multimedia output i would be delighted! a life well spent, what a legacy, take heart soul brother and have an awesome gig at The Opera house wish i could be there Love you guys heaps, there is no one else like you. You guys will ace it, how many hundreds of gigs before this one…..Om! xxooxx Cath

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    Wilfred Paradise | 7 April 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    dude, you gotta put this shit to music. get it out of your system and make it digital. bring it back to the States, get it out of your system every night, to much applause. make everyone feel better. wilfred paradise

  23. avatar
    Heather daydream | 7 April 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    this post reminds me of early Ultravox..

    nice pic!

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    Cecilia | 8 April 2011 at 2:06 am #

    i freak out when i hear myself speak i cant bear to peak
    i remember the first time and how after i slept
    in my deepest dreams i climbed the steps windswept
    it was desolate desperate soul destroying unalloying

    me aloco al oirme hablar, no me atrevo a asomar
    recuerdo la primera vez y como dormí despues
    en mis sueños mas profundos subí las escaleras azotadas por el viento
    era alma desolada desperada destruyendo aleacionando

    no word in Spanish for windswept and I had to go with peek and not peak… limitations of language…

  25. avatar
    Tanya | 8 April 2011 at 4:14 am #

    We all have or own remorse code at one time or another. Now, how to decipher it…

  26. avatar
    Cocoamo | 8 April 2011 at 6:54 am #

    We wish our heroes did not have feet of clay, but we realize this is the real world, and indeed we are not always perfect either. Lately, we have found, despite repeating the magic words many times, that things have not gone quite as swimmingly as we hoped. We have been harboring feelings of resentment and martyrdom, and we do not like ourself at all when in that frame of mind. As usual, we digress….

    Have you done or said something reprehensible? Well, remorse is painful and at least shows you do possess a sense of decency, which of course I have always believed is your basic makeup. My only thought would be to make ammends sooner rather than later, if possible. Sometimes things cannot be undone or unsaid, and I hope that is not the case here.

    It would be awfully nice if you could go into your mega gig with a clear and happy heart. We’ll hope.

    Your friend in Pennsylvania
    (Now in Cocoa Beach)

  27. avatar
    . | 8 April 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    it’s all good except for the bad parts…

  28. avatar
    . | 8 April 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    life, that is…

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    Once | 8 April 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Worst person unimaginable?

    Deemed not cool enough by some in your circle. Rather than rage (so useless, been a while since I wanted to use the word “bitch”, not gonna do it now), wish ya all the best. So glad to have met nice people here, and thank you so much for sharing. I learned a lot, and am a better person for having joined in.

    Hope ya find X.


  30. avatar
    Matthew | 8 April 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    One of my songs is called Remorse Code; I named it three years ago in anticipation of this entry. Btw, you’re really on a roll with the poetry at the moment. Very intense, very nice.

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    captain mission | 8 April 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    worst person, i hardly think so.
    forgive yourself.
    how can we know what we do, we only attempt to understand our motives, and even then it’s just our limited mind rationalising an experience. it’s just an experience, the best we can do is stay in the moment and let go of the rationalising, the attempts to audit or process, the thinking, the emotional attachments and the clinging itself, let everything go, cos we only have this moment and then it’s gone.
    the greatness imperfection is love, as jc once said 🙂
    i always thought the only war worth fighting is the one within, just when you think it’s peacetime something comes along to challenge ya, thats the way it is on the battlefield of evolution man. take up thy base and play the darkness away, the pen is mightier than the sword and the paintbrush more sexier. not sure about the harp, although apparently angels play them. i do love you man, and your work. looking forwards to a psychedelic sunday.

    ‘i detect a tremor in the earths mother’ yes i heard that to.

  32. avatar
    Starflower | 8 April 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    I shall always (all ways) love you
    Your Starflower girl

  33. avatar
    veleska1970 | 8 April 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    hey~~where’d my comment go??

  34. avatar
    Freddie | 9 April 2011 at 4:36 am #

    In a slump? Yep, been there & it is all too easy to roll into those low spots.
    Try to focus on the good things.
    :^) ♥

    “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
    Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
    Brown paper packages tied up with strings
    These are a few of my favorite things”

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    Once | 9 April 2011 at 10:59 am #


    We all wrote down
    What we meant
    But the people who read it
    Were red with intent
    And they turned to hate
    They chose to stay blind
    Stabilized by
    What they’d left behind
    I can feel your anger
    It’s almost amusing
    Dangerous re-arranger
    And your life is confusing
    But I feel for you
    As a woman or man
    Like I always do
    I’ll find a new place to stand

    Wishing doesn’t make it so
    Praying doesn’t seal it
    You’ve got the power, don’t you know
    There’s no court to appeal it

    Cancelled the words
    Deleted the posts
    Don’t need to be heard
    I’ll be a ghost
    You slapped my mind
    A slippery sting
    Can’t hardly believe it
    Let’s hear you sing
    What went wrong
    In the brain of the beast
    Silver and twisting
    Ignoring the feast
    The festival ending
    Should be a warm collapse
    In love and comfort
    And not of your lapse

    Wishing doesn’t make it so
    Praying ain’t gonna seal it
    You’ve got it, you had it, you let it all go
    Baby, can’t ya feel it?

    And wishing, isn’t futile
    The universe hears what you think
    Think of that, baby, next time
    You tip that glass and take a drink.

    One love.
    One drink.
    One thought.
    Now extinct.

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