posted on August 18, 2009 at 5:23 am

but lets not think about…the passing time….
i fly to melbourne, victoria
a city of nearly 4 million on the banks of the yarra river
always my spiritual home in australia…..
i spend sunday in the company of martin kennedy
and then a bit of time with sam sejavka at his gig
i realize as i write this that the 2 men are like polar opposites
mk is ultra calm rational and logical
he doesnt drink smoke or take drugs
he thinks things out thoroughly
he looks before he leaps
ss is the opposite of all that……
mk and i have a very creative day
his music fits my words like a hand in glove
he has a modus operandi which allows him to generate endless variations
of his gorgeous instrumental tracks
at the heart of all of em a soft sadness
he puts it all together like a scientist
manipulating the elements within his system
kennedys stuff is precise and poignant
he plays me a new track and i immediately start to sing on it
we get halfway through a second track too
a guy comes from the age and we do an interview
over soy lattes and vegan muffins
(oh how civilized!)
and a photographer turns up n snaps us in the rainy back yard
mk n his wife n i go for a walk in the then sunny but cold melbourne sunday
i keep brainstorming ideas about k/k until my brain hurts
we want our show in melbourne to be ultra-special
its at the toff in town thursday 10th of september, melbourne
i urge you overseas people with the $ to come and see us
we will be performing our entire first album (in its entirety…ha ha)
we will have michael evans-barker from album on percussion
we will have the incredible (evil) graham lee on pedal steel guitar
we will be crooning n looning in the gloaming
so get foaming combing and roaming
cos it will be a good show
think bel-frank sinatra
think dean martin kennedy
think a dry martini ,kennedy
think roger suave with the best cocktail tunes ever
i turned up at the ss gig
not knowing what to expect
greeted at the door by ss himself
who looks like a cross between the thin white duke
and some eastern european ambassador
hes always been one of the handsomest guys ive ever met
im madly jealous of his good looks…ok?
his hair is turning silver so subtly
it sits in a man who fell to earth cut perfectly
he is tall and slim
with a body most 25 year olds would envy
yet he does no real exercise
his face is smooth and relatively unlined
he is like a cheetah or a fox
he is graceful and also grateful
hes in a spot of bother with the law
and this gig is a benefit to raise money for his legal funds
i mean
you cant put a guy like ss in jail for growing a bit of pot
hes a fucking national treasure
like australias mervyn peake
his use of language is extraordinary
his plays are dark and convoluted and brilliantly strange
anyway he was also the singer in a new wave band called the ears
who are reforming for tonite
1st gig since 1981
backstage i joke around with greg fleet the comedian n mc
he thinks he n i should fly to alice springs
do a gig there n then get our teeth fixed up
(alice springs is a town in the centre of australia…kinda)
why alice springs?
uh…not sure…but he thought it would be a good idea
his teeth looked worse than mine
but then again
he’d pull more people to the show, i guess
you see we get our choppers fixed from proceeds of show
then lie around in the outback
convalescing or waiting for our crowns to be hammered in
backstage also a member of a now defunct famousish band
looks at me sheepishly n apologizes
for what ? i say
uh…such n such festival in 03 or 04
oh….god i remember now…
good god man!…i exclaim..what were you on…angel dust??!!
nah …just too much whisky …sighs the remorseful rocker
ok ok i say…no offence taken… i say…
wow! the last time i saw him
he was swearin’ n cussin’ n throwin’ punches at everyone….
there was some argy bargy with you n your wife ..he says sadly
no problem at all …i say doubtfully…hey thats rocknroll..i say
hugo race is backstage …another extraordinarily well preserved rocker
he looks much better now than 20 years ago
very chiselled n slim…like a young max von sydow or something..
howcome all the wild guys are so well preserved…?
it should be the opposite
i have good gig
i do the usual old suspects that i always do
i should learn some newies
i play with confidence and an assured intensity
i’m good and the audients like me
sejavka n his band come on
some of the stuff is obviously dated
sam is ridiculously hammy n theatrical
hes like a melburnian new wave vampyre or something
some of the songs are pretty good
good lyrics which is what you’d expect from him
he certainly has the moves
and/but he gets puffed out pretty quick which is kinda funny
(running round n singing requires a certain match fitness!!)
i stand in the audients with the little lord
who is also an old friend of sams
we gasp and giggle n chortle n cheer at his antics
he disappears from sight
because hes too knackered to get up off the floor
simon polinski pulls a great sound
and cathy mcquade looks like a youngish sophia loren
as she sings away beside sam
the band is good n tight
and the whole spectacle is very entertaining
theres quite a few people there so hopefully theres a few $
for his legal fleas
you can check out michael hutchence playing sam in dogs in space
seeing sams moves
one wonders if hutch and even nicky cave were influenced
by sams extravagant onstage malarkey
had a great time
prominent fiends present : amanda princey n mary
john whatsisname who looks like a hasidic jew
and melissa m
who i didnt see
but who passed on 2 very lovely pre birthday gifts
melissa….thank you…i know i will enjoy them…
i stayed the night at the little lords castle in prahran
she served up roast veggies
i chatted with her dog, piper the staffy
and danny her boyfriend
and i got on a plane early n was back in the emerald city by 10 am
i just seen (get it?)the eye quack today
he says bad news is eye will always = blurry
good news is other eye will eventually be the same
as old father times fingers
undo this conglomerate of material
you know
and love
as steve kilbey
the time being

44 Responses to “sales of oblivion/at my head”

  1. avatar
    steve kilbey | 18 August 2009 at 7:19 am #

    did you ever think how strange it is
    that i'm permanently 19 on the chart over there
    i mean…youd think i'd move up n down
    a bit more than that
    or what?
    oar watt?

  2. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 18 August 2009 at 8:05 am #

    i''l take darts over charts anytime…

  3. avatar
    Mary | 18 August 2009 at 9:21 am #

    im sorry about your eye, i went and got blood drawn today and the b!tch tells me oh you have ms? well that sux you are going to die a miserable death, your body will deteriorate fast, i mean anything she could say to bring me down, i dont know maybe i felt like venting, i have been so depressed lately, how did u take the news about your eyes so well?

  4. avatar
    cazziem | 18 August 2009 at 9:50 am #

    Sound like your roller coaster life fits perfect with MK's stability? No wonder you work well together. Sounds like you had a good time, thanks for sharing it! xx

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 August 2009 at 10:10 am #

    (Mike) Watt (of the Stooges)?

  6. avatar
    nicky wire | 18 August 2009 at 10:11 am #

    steven do you know where richey is?

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 August 2009 at 10:23 am #

    a hundred years ago,diabetes was was a quick death sentence,where your body would rot from sugar,from the inside out…anot much later after that,it was discovered,that,insulin aws transferrable,and insulin improved the health of many aflicted by this once final sentence,,these days is a manageable annoyance,like an allergy.with the scientific world of today,fast n effective means of restoring sight and hearing seemingly fly out of their laboratories.a friend's son,profoundly deaf as a result of menangitis,and at birth,was considered that he'd be deaf for life,was fitted with a cocklear implant,three years ago,and attends the local public school,where he is flourishing!being deaf is not a sentence.being blind is not a sentence,though that is how theyre often written.there is so much more to this world than seeing,steven.the only thing holding back a full eye transplant,is the connections of the neural pathways of the optic nerve to a foreignly structured neural pathway of the recipient's optic nerve.once that is tracked ,it will be done,if not a mere n simple stem cell treatment for the vitreous.macular degeneration is being treated in its early stages of cure,in trials across the is one of the most productive areas on earth!!…always always always searching for the next big breakthrough!!its the domain of heroes n bountyhunters,and alexander the great's!!theyll find n fix it.bless you .sending you healing,love,and peaceful peaceful dreams.wish i hadnt missed the show,:( .have faith in the world.:) it loves you alot,too.:) XOXOXO

  8. avatar
    limebeaver | 18 August 2009 at 10:28 am #

    you sure you havent copied and pasted that #19 rating onto your blog sk?

    looking forward muchly to gig at the toff, i hear its a fab venue.

  9. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 18 August 2009 at 10:38 am #

    # 19 on what chart? I've been checking Billboard regularly and haven't spotted Untitled # 23 yet. Hmm.

    Steve, I've mentioned it before, I know, but please, PLEASE, release a rarities disc collecting – among others – Lizard, Anyway, Leverage,
    So Love May Find Us, and Coffee Song.

    Ever considered rerecording/completing some of these demos: Much Too Much, Forgotten Reign, In A Heartbeat,
    Nightmare, and – especially – Desert? They deserve it!

  10. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 18 August 2009 at 11:04 am #

    sending positive ane healing vibes your way, mary….hang in there, matey…..

    sounds like more goodies heading our way from k/k….if they're anything like your latest album we're in for a treat…..

    love always……

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 August 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    #19 for a reason maybe. it is an aloof number. doesn't really fraternize with the others…..

    and thank you so much for turning us on to mervyn peake. i am drowning in gormenghast.

    richard m.

  12. avatar
    sugar rush | 18 August 2009 at 1:03 pm #

    Yes but diabetics run a high risk of developing pancreatic cancer – and that doesn't show symptoms until it's almost too late to be treated. Diabetes still needs taking seriously.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 August 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    Desert should've been recorded properly and released as a single.Especially once it became obvious that GAF wasn't doing the business. It could've saved you but Arista put out Russian Autumn Heart instead…
    What you need to do is released a 2nd volume of Freaky Conclusions, with You're My Idea as the lead track – classic 1978 new wave, beter than anything XTC ever wrote.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 August 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    angel or devil, i don't care.
    but the best version is on santa monica, not hammersmith.

  15. avatar
    Freddie | 18 August 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    M’Lord I’m excited to hear that you’re working with Martin
    on what no doubt is some fabulous stuff
    Still you seem a bit down, time does seem like a cruel beast at times
    stealing away bits and pieces of us
    but what of the alternatives:
    live forever?
    My guess is that after a while one would be begging to leave.
    Or live young and beautiful for 90-100 years or so and die suddenly?
    Oh god, my 90 years are almost up …think of the frenzy!
    Isn’t it a bit merciful that we go out slowly seasoned and prepared by time?
    And anon @ 8:23 is correct. You never know what science will come up with.
    I’m not sure why having a bad eye would make the good one go bad?
    Or are you talking about a normal progression over time?
    I’m severely nearsighted and can’t see much without glasses or contact lenses
    Everything is fuzzy in both eyes.
    And guess what…just like everyone else, I too am losing the ability to focus on near objects.
    Wow, think of it…can’t see anything far off…can’t see anything close up either.
    Still all these problems are correctable (of sorts).
    Can the doc correct your blurry eye with a lens?
    I mean, if your eyeball was squished, then, theoretically
    it’s not as long as it once was, the lens is closer to the retina now
    which would be something like a bad case of farsightedness?
    Or was something about the eye actually damaged resulting in the blurriness?
    When I look at you, I don’t see a 54/55 year old man at all.
    I see a powerful creative force, and yes, a powerful destructive force too
    I see fire and life …the energy about you is nothing short of miraculous.
    You’ll always be breathtaking and time cannot take that from you.

  16. avatar
    Freddie | 18 August 2009 at 2:19 pm # might want to re-register with the BF Topsites. You seem not to be registering in their system anymore. Your blog thingy says #19 but some other site is listed there.

  17. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 18 August 2009 at 3:03 pm #

    Kennedy and Kilbey are indeed a great team. Mellow and slowly infectious music that you can repeataedly listen to. A major event of 2009 has been Sk's growing appreciation of dogs. Several posts have been very pro-canine. Dogs CAN be vegetarian too if you feed them the right food.
    I must mention that I still PROFOUNDLY LOVE THE ISIDORE CD !

  18. avatar
    Ellen | 18 August 2009 at 3:30 pm #

    Believe me, if I had the $$$, I'd be there in a New York second.

    I keep saying someday … but I WILL get to Australia (one of my destination goals).

    And when it comes to eyes (and other body parts), medical technology is improving by leaps and bounds all the time! By the time both eyes are blurry, there'll be a way to restore your 20/20 vision.

  19. avatar
    Ellen | 18 August 2009 at 3:33 pm #

    Mary, don't give up!

    Not sure if you got the link [I attached it a while back] of my friend who was diagnosed with MS a few years ago. He is a yoga instructor and I KNOW he'd be more than happy to communicate with you.

    His name is Garth. Here is the link.

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 August 2009 at 4:06 pm #

    why did u once start refering to yrself as steven kilbey and then go back to steve kilbey? wot motivatd thouht process in each case please? u tel now.

  21. avatar
    Cee | 18 August 2009 at 4:20 pm #

    mk and i have a very creative day
    his music fits my words like a hand in glove

    mk y yo tenemos un dia muy creativo su musica le queda a mis palabras como anillo al dedo

    Mary – file a complaint on that pinche nurse!

  22. avatar
    plumlady | 18 August 2009 at 4:25 pm #

    Steve, one bad eye ain't so bad. My vision seems to get blurrier the older I get also….a cadarac in one eye and botched blotchy from Lasik in the other.
    Mary, don't fret too much about the MS diagnosis. Lots of folks here in the Midwest with it and diet seems to be the big controlling factor over drugs.

    I sure wish I could come to Aussie for the gig; sounds delightful. Saving up the $$$ to pay off my new bifocals that are on layaway at the expensive optical store.

  23. avatar
    EDD | 18 August 2009 at 6:11 pm #

    Your eye….and all over a good time. Funny how we gotta pay for the good times some how.

  24. avatar
    fantasticandy | 18 August 2009 at 8:03 pm #

    so much to catch up on!

  25. avatar
    Mary | 18 August 2009 at 8:17 pm #

    oh wow no one sings this song like you do steve,

    and then it gets worse

    its like wow why would they do this to my favorite song!!!!
    its very funny to see but really they need to stop! the last one doesnt even know the damn lyrics lol!!!

  26. avatar
    A. Kite | 18 August 2009 at 8:20 pm #


    I was curious about that interminable "#19" as well, and I hate to be the bearer of the rankings, but according to Blog Flux, TTB is actually #43 today, in the "Music" category:

    But outside of the algorithms that render these statistics, what the hell do they know about quality?

  27. avatar
    davem | 18 August 2009 at 9:38 pm #

    I'm really sorry about the olde eye. I note from the photo that you exacted revenge on the bottle.
    Good news about KK2.

  28. avatar
    Mary | 18 August 2009 at 10:41 pm #

    thanks Ellen I will do that, and Hellbound thanks, and yes Cee I have filed a complaint, and I talked to UT Southwest where they do research on me and thats where my doctor is, they have a big account with quest diagnostics and I told them everything that happened and what she said about my doc being stupid and not knowing what she is doing, i mean everything was so negative yesterday, just want to get over it, and Steve I hope they can do something about your eye, I was wondering the same thing about lenses, I wonder if they can be corrected with glasses, I know i cant see anything without mine, its really blurry without it, so i just wonder if they can do something, i know they have really good surgeons in California, I was born crosseyed and I had them fixed when i was a baby so anything is possible i guess

  29. avatar
    princey | 18 August 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    Can't wait for the 10th Sept sk!
    Good timing too, we'll also celebrate our humble hero's 55th birthday that night……it's gonna be a blast!!!

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2009 at 12:20 am #

    Steve thought yopud appreciate this ! tis very rare !


  31. avatar
    Melquiades | 19 August 2009 at 12:33 am #

    Good on hearing onn the K/K collaborations. you are the poet laureate. tap into that void, man.

    btw, I just looked up Sam on Wiki and noticed a reference to Jacob Rosenberg's Shylock. Was this the performance you performed in?

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2009 at 12:49 am #

    Just a suggestion to anyone who needs extensive n expensive dental work…get it done in the Philipines. A plane ticket and a weeks' accom plus no more than several hundred for the dentist and you will come out way in front
    compared to those wounded bull impersonators in Australia. The dentists over there have a good reputation and you get a tropical holiday thrown in.

  33. avatar

    So I called out to my Captain,
    said please bring me my wine
    he said, we hadn't got that spirit
    here since nineteen sixty-nine
    And still those voices…
    Some dance to remember
    some to forget

    will you do a cover of that one
    for me someday? Maybe that
    request sounds like an old worn
    out LP, but for me I know "the church"
    are likely the only ones who could
    do it justice…


  34. avatar
    Melquiades | 19 August 2009 at 1:26 am #


  35. avatar
    Melquiades | 19 August 2009 at 1:32 am #

    ::::::Last Post I Promise::::::

    you said, "did you ever think how strange it is
    that i'm permanently 19 on the chart over there…"

    forever young, baby!!!! that's your age in blog years. but, let's not get hung up on those angry little numbers. what does it all mean anyway, right?

    just a pun you punter

  36. avatar
    JJ | 19 August 2009 at 1:55 am #

    TTB – I wish I could return to Melbourne for the Toff gig; came over a few years ago for the Magnetic Strip tour and witnessed one of the best concerts I've ever experienced at the National Theatre in St. Kilda – unforgettable night that was, infused with magic and wonder. I think I was in the same hotel as the band. Fantastic evening.

    I feel for you with the eye problem; I'm having some trouble with a dry cornea from me contact lenses. Back to olde glasses now, and they aren't the best. Old Father Time has his fingers on us all.

    Good luck with eyes, teeth, gigs and bones.


  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2009 at 3:07 am #

    Steve, check these guys out.
    Just cut and paste the link.

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2009 at 3:38 am #

    like the Sinatra ref. 😉


  39. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 19 August 2009 at 5:04 am #

    I agree with Frank, we haven't had that spirit here since 1969…lol

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 August 2009 at 5:26 am #

    Hey SK, wanted to be there Sunday – had a ticket even but was not up to it. Would have loved it!
    xoxo Big smiles…..

  41. avatar
    melissa | 19 August 2009 at 5:46 am #

    you are welcome Steve 🙂

    Remind me to wear a crash helmet next time I go to Yoga class, I donged my head on the wall last night and probably have a slight concussion now, lol.

    Hopefully catch up with everyone again at the Toff, can't wait!!!!! 😀


  42. avatar
    A. Kite | 19 August 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    Ps. I would keep the "19-BF-TOPSITES" logo right where it is. Wear it like a badge. After all, there aren't many in this entire hideous, ever-expanding blogosphere who could claim to have ever been ranked 19.

  43. avatar
    Cocoamo | 20 August 2009 at 1:03 am #

    I will be visualizing you visualizing.

    If anyone believes in reality creation, we must concentrate on how we want things to be and imagine you seeing well and clearly. I hear the doctor saying, "Hmmm, your eye is looking surprisingly good, Steve.."

    The latest and greatest quantum mechanics–string theory–the double slit experiment, claim there actually are alternate universes, so it's not so crazy.

    By the way…
    What the poor have,
    The rich want,
    and God fears,
    is nothing.

    Our love always from Pennsylvania

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 August 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    gosh, is it you, catweazle?

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