posted on April 23, 2009 at 9:25 pm

sitting at home yessaday
waiting for some news about a tv music submission
some music i was working on for a new show
would i get the gig?
the phone rings
its my soundtrack broker
he says
i havent got any news yet but i hope they dont read
todays sydney morning herald
i say
whys that?
he says oh boy
you better buy one have a look
then an email from sue c
the churchs nifty right hand woman
it says something like
oh something bad in paper but remember stephen loves you
i trot down to shops feeling anxious
has fucking stephen cummings
written more bad stuff about the badde olde days?
you betcha! an autobiography
but that aint the baddest thing
hes done a big interview with the smh
and
about a third of it focusses on me
and “cummo”s recollections of my drug use…
replete with tales of me nodding off at the mixing board
my syringes
my connections etc
ok ok
did that have to get printed today?
will i possibly lose my lucrative gig cozza this malarkey?
aint that bad timing
aint that unfair
why did that fucking blabbermouth have to implicate me
hes already used me (thinly veiled)
in a fictional book
we had all that heroin and dope delivery story then
i mean ok
it woulda been ok if it had remained in his autobiography
probably only a very few people would have ever noticed it
but the friggin smh
with a big half page article
that millions ‘ll read…..?
WHY LORD WHY?
and then you start thinking
what is fair n not fair in biography game
people do those tell all books
butlers who’ve rooted the royal family
chauffeurs who’ ve snorted coke with keef
cummo spills the beans on the music biz
how are all those people gonna feel?
can you just co-opt someones life for yer book
( or blog for that matter)
where do ya draw the line?
he insults old michael gudinski (aust music biz tycoon)
then says
aw he can handle it hes got a sensa humour
(hope so for your sake cummo
but…whats that black car parked outside yer place?)
at least i come over as “straight-up” and a “nice guy”
well thanks stephe
but dont nice guys finish last?
and i think thats why i like roberts book
he didnt try n exploit me
he didnt try to glamourize or sordidize the drug bit
there it is
the years when i worked with stephen i am not proud of
it was 15 years ago
gee that seems like a long time
anyway
yes
i met him in my dressing gown
drinking custard and reading the bhagavad gita
i was living in surry hills
and i was using bigtime
yes i had people delivering dope day n night
including an old man
a youngish boy
a big fat lady who never got outta her car
and a tatooed shifty jailbird type
i guess cummo saw it all go down
cummo himself hooked on cigs n coffee
his autobiographers mind sucking in all the details
ooh cummo
dont forget olde sk tho
born on the same day as you my brother sept 13
thats why that song is called that
that song you sang real well too
anyway
dont forget i gotta autobiographers mind too
and you never know
when i do my own book
how you gonna appear
all the things i remember about you
(and mae moore come to think of it)
i dunno
i guess i thought that private stuff
would err…remain private
but i guess everybody is fair game for everyone elses biography
so next time before you
do anything at all
with somebody else (there)
make sure they sign an anti-autobiography clause
eg
i, joe schmoe, will not mention killer smoking this joint in my book
“joe schmoe remembers”…
yes they were dark days indeed
oh why did they have to come up now
WHEN I”M BEHAVING MYSELF
i see all good people turn their heads each day
so satisfied i’m on my way…
so
i can hardly wait to buy the book now
hey cummo
cant you send us a copy
or have i gotta wait till it hits the cut out bins….?
meanwhile in some rare good news
rolling stone in aust have given us a ***** review
yep the best you can get
and a glowing glowing one to boot
for one full minute afterwards i was satisfied…..
and then……
today marty n i rehearsing for sk vs mwp at the vanguard next tues
we gotta great drummer
johnny howler from leonardos bride n others
we got an eclectic set
voice in another room : they dont know what theyre playing yet…
so well
rock n roll
will fill you in if i get tv gig
if i dont
maybe i can chip in with gudinski
n get cummos kneecaps done
beware of falling singers
all knees must pass
ouch!
oh sorry…..

45 Responses to “seen it cumming”

  1. avatar
    Cee | 23 April 2009 at 10:50 pm #

    Well, has the newspaper contacted you for a comment? This may ignite a massive wave of interest on what you’re doing NOW! If handled correctly sales for the new record will skyrocket! WHERE ARE THE SPIN MASTERS???

  2. avatar
    esne snoner | 23 April 2009 at 10:52 pm #

    don’t worry about it sk – if you were still on the junk then it would be a concern but man you’re in very esteemed company now – ex users who have gone on to fame and fortune – both coming your way in ever increasing volumes i reckon

    as a result of the smh article i was just this morning visualising a cover story in the good weekend, rolling stone, or whatever re the church – the last band standing – think about it – every single one of them of any significance now broken up, broken down or well past their use-by dates – including the freakin’ sports who barely made it to first base

    go suck eggs mr cummings

  3. avatar
    stealthblue | 23 April 2009 at 10:57 pm #

    D’OH!! Wow, dude. See…COSMIC and weird. Maybe, just maybe in a GOOD WAY though. In some strange way, that guy is just directing all those readers right to you. Ionic, but true. Just watch how many people are gonna be looking you up. Perhaps the intelligent ones will “discover” or “Re-discover” one Steve Kilbey…a new and improved version at that! Seriously, look at all that’s been going on! Hey, perhaps a reFraction is in order. I don’t mean reTraction ‘cos this guy doesn’t sound like the kind to do a retraction, but there is no reason you can’t USE this dark belch of his and turn it around, making it any color you want. Any chance you can get an interview? SCREW THAT GUY!!! Steve, THIS is your moment…just stay cool. We are with you. Love ya, man!
    Ben

  4. avatar
    stealthblue | 23 April 2009 at 10:58 pm #

    Oh yeah, Richard, thank you for that, That is awesome.

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 April 2009 at 11:13 pm #

    Just another storm in a teaspoon sk…

  6. avatar
    stealthblue | 23 April 2009 at 11:21 pm #

    Actually, I just read that article. It’s not THAT bad. I mean it is what it is. No need to “screw him”. I take that back. I don’t know too much about the guy, but he seems like he’s only being honest. He did proclaim respect for you. Actually, it sounds like that might be an interersting read too. Still, he could have shown a little restraint…all that name dropping. Ahhh, hang in there, Steve. Nothing to sweat about. Sleep well tonight. This is still your time of shining. The article is actually pretty good “publicity” for you in the way of “degrees of separation.”
    Cheers, everyone.

    Ben

  7. avatar
    Richard | 23 April 2009 at 11:24 pm #

    a bad Sport

    take comfort in the fact that your autobiography would spend a lot less time on SC than he has on SK

    fives stars eh? – you mean it’s not just us?

    (Don’t you go getting all that long-deserved attention and recognition now – it’ll take away the reason for the doco!)

  8. avatar
    don joe | 23 April 2009 at 11:24 pm #

    Messir Cummings day is closing. The photo in the SMH web site shows someone clearly on the way out. Let him construct his own demise. Sadly he will bring others into his inevitable collapse. What I found written in the article isn’t beyond what is already known. You went to jail which was known about before this article. You are clean now and have been for how long? Maybe hard to let go of because of the toll it took, I don’t know. Maybe there’s something still needing to be addressed from this time perhaps? Only you know that.
    Great to hear the review of no.23 from the stone. Hopefully this + cummings rant will crazily boost your cred…look @ Kate Moss…seen snorting coke then no sooner she’s paid millions to model or be someone’s face. Crazy really. But hey take it if it comes. A bit of drama never hurt anyone, shows your prepared to get out there and roll with the punches; be upfront n in one’s face about it. Not meek n mild sugar coated frosty flops.
    You should write the next Medibank jingle….

    ML,
    don joe

  9. avatar
    fantasticandy | 23 April 2009 at 11:33 pm #

    major bummer honoruary dude!

    #23 IS the best!

  10. avatar
    princey | 23 April 2009 at 11:39 pm #

    Oooh envy brings out the worst in people sk, I’m not going to read that article and upset myself. He’s jealous that you’ve survived “those dayz” and are continuing to write brilliant songs, perform live, as well as paint, write poetry, have thousands of fans worldwide that love and support you and your music. I think the thing he is most jealous about is that you still look fantastic at 54, I notice he always writes demented and sarcastic comments on your myspace page, he’s such an egomaniac. In Melbourne he’s under the illusion that he’s “Melbourne’s Frank Sinatra”, bah!, what a joke! I’ll never forget when I saw his clip of kj’s song that he covered, it’s the most “boring old fart” version of a good song I’ve ever heard! He’s jealous of you sk, that’s all it comes down to. Boy have I heard some psycho stories about SC thru a friend of my husband’s that has worked and dealt with SC closely, he’s not the “mr suave” that he tries to portray himself as being, he’s dethhhhpicable!

    Apart from that, I’m SO depressed Melby is missing out on a SKvsMWP gig, sounds like it’s gonna be an awesome night!!! I know Melissa will be there to send my excited vibes to you though!!!
    Take care and hope you’ll be ok after all that kerffufal!
    love amanda

  11. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 24 April 2009 at 12:00 am #

    I hope the article does not do any substantive harm. So many rock stars have had drug problems and Brits and Americans are okay with it. Is Alcoholic Australia one of the places were incessant boozing is condoned and drug use is inordinatly condemned and demonized? I bet the writer of the article is a malevolent carnivore and destroyer of the planet.

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 April 2009 at 12:10 am #

    Well, that’s gracious of him, after you delivered him the only decent solo album he every made, and is ever likely to make. Remember Professor, you’re only getting better, and better, and that can irk a stalled talent. As Confucious says: a dying weed can send foul seeds to the wind. Actually, he didn’t say that, I did, but feel free to use it…

  13. avatar
    lily was here | 24 April 2009 at 12:28 am #

    You can rise above Mr Cummings comments, he’s looking for controversy and thats the best he can do. Does he even mention the hard road you travelled to get where you are now? I wonder, I hope so. If the highlight is a fellow musician’s drug addiction (which everyone who’s into music knows about anyway), then it’d be pretty ho-hum as far as music bios go. I hope the tv deal comes through, you deserve it.

    ***** :)))))

    love xoxo

    The milky way tastes like raspberries

  14. avatar
    Celticat | 24 April 2009 at 1:00 am #

    Hi lily was here

    I’ll have to scan a copy and post it somehow. It’s not available on-line.

  15. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 24 April 2009 at 1:25 am #

    stephen cummings must be jealous of you to go and do all that esskay, i guess our past will always haunt us till the day we die…
    Jonny

  16. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 24 April 2009 at 2:33 am #

    will i possibly lose my lucrative gig cozza this malarkey?
    aint that bad timing
    aint that unfair

    ~

    “There is a Chinese story of a farmer who used an old horse to till his fields.

    One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer’s neighbours sympathised with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”

    A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbours congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”

    Then, when the farmer’s son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”

    Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg, they let him off. Now was that good luck or bad luck? Who knows?”

    “Everything that seems on the surface to be an evil may be a good in disguise. And everything that seems good on the surface may really be an evil. So we are wise when we leave it to God to decide what is good fortune and what misfortune, and thank him that all things turn out for good with those who love him. Then we shall share something of that marvellous mystical vision of Julian of Norwich who uttered what for me is the loveliest and most consoling sentence I have ever read:

    “And all things shall be well; and all things shall be well; and all manner of things shall be well!”

    – Anthony de Mello

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 April 2009 at 2:33 am #

    lol, sk. you gotta write a book. you are fucking amazingly brilliantly funny. beware of falling singers. omg. all knees must pass.

    untitled 23 came today.
    i am floored.
    cinque stella ain't enough.

    but the church not playing even atlanta. a travesty, olde bean.
    the south spurned again.

    see you in falls church, va.

    richard & dena

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 April 2009 at 3:19 am #

    Cee said it best.

    Here is a great opportunity to publicize what you’re up to now.

    You can take the high road and laugh about your earlier experiences if any one in the press follows up.

    Sometimes you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    Matt

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 April 2009 at 3:52 am #

    There’s only one thing worse than being talked about and that’s NOT being talked about…

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 April 2009 at 4:01 am #

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/entertainment/books/sex-drugs-and-bad-behaviour/2009/04/22/1240079725781.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

  21. avatar
    loolaabillions | 24 April 2009 at 4:46 am #

    hmmmm……

    does anybody really
    believe the “factual’ articles
    in S.M.H??
    its always been a
    crap biased rag!

    anyway everybody loves
    a good bad boy
    even if it was past
    rather
    than present….xx

  22. avatar
    the dean | 24 April 2009 at 4:51 am #

    I’m always a bit suss of anyone with a perpetual suntan and does anybody else think S Cummings is looking more like Sir Les Patterson these days – the entering the bronze age.
    Speaking of things that once only happened in summer, I picked up a copy of the soundtrack to the Story Of Australian Surfing mainly to hear the Atlantics version of midnight oil’s Wedding Cake Island and lo and behold it includes everyone’s favourite ode to night surfing – utmw. Hope some royalties go SKs way.

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 April 2009 at 5:02 am #

    Ah, dear, dear. Only yesterday you said your life wasn’t so exciting. I can understand. To someone who’s always addressing so much on the inside, living for each fragment of unrecognised reality within his own dream, obsessed on finding the truth (which is merely a happy moment, “perhaps your happiest moment” as my great-grandfather, the RC, said in his poe-tree – and I beg you a pardon, RC, for this quick rough modest translation) and a REAL good time (and the translation here isn’t “fun”), of course, the facts are never that great. Greatness can only live in one’s mind. Wasn’t that the first sentence, kinda epileptic prelude (or pre-delude) of something I wrote just for you long long ago? I think it was. Now, the day that follows shows you it’s always a rollercoaster when it comes to identity (I’d pleasantly kill your chiron if I wasn’t aware that it’s gonna cure you). Bio means life but how many lives and faces and facets one can have? The perfect biography is waiting to be written amongst the clouds in the sky (are all rushing by, a stare’s just a backwards glance). I see that what excites you is the facts’ cosmoAgony not the fact, properly. So, maybe for most people Cumming’s blahblahblah on a paper was just blahblahblah on a paper. But you automatically connected Cumming’s inconvenient recollection in a paper with your whatever important gig. Does it have to be connected (this way)? Your mind will decide. Ah, your mind is the most powerful instrument I know. Don’t doubt it, don’t focus your abundant energies in the PAST – far worse, the view of a portion of your past by someone else (who’s Stephen Cummings, by the way?) – right at this moment if there is something important for you about to happen. Forget about these Destiny’s little indelicacies, you give a lot of yourself to this negativity. Hey, negativity is always surrounding greatness. The more we shine the more we attract these evil forces. It seems there is a permanent test concerning this subject for you. Also, be aware that some serious energy is being manipulated around the telling of your story so undesired aspects are supposed to surface. But I see this “biography burst” as a cycle’s end. You, Painkiller, 23, your blog are all reclaiming a new story. You’re actually beginning to write it, yeah, 54, you’re beginning to write it so what can stop you if not yourself?
    Shine on, (my) space diamond.
    (Can’t you tell I love punctuation?).

  24. avatar
    davem | 24 April 2009 at 6:38 am #

    Sod him.
    You’re in a good place, making great, great music and still going forwards.
    The 5* review is far more important ‘cos it’s now.
    Love you sir.
    x

  25. avatar
    linjo | 24 April 2009 at 7:01 am #

    He is a bit of a sad case to have to rely on the misfortune of someone else without their permission to give a ‘good’ story. Didnt he do enough interesting things in his own life? blah blah. Hey Steve, the more I read about addiction (and abstain myself) the more admiration I have for those such as yourself strong enough to be long term survivors. It is sooo difficult. Linda x

  26. avatar
    frostatmidnight | 24 April 2009 at 7:03 am #

    Don’t worry, most people have no idea who this Cummings guy is. I had to go and look him up myself as I’d never heard of him before. But I must say after looking at a photo of him — what an ugly old tool. I mean really, the guy has certainly not held up well over the years. Considering he was also blathering on about Nick Cave my guess is that he knows nobody cares about him, so thought he’d try to get some publicity by gossiping about every musician he’s ever known in his life. He’ll die an unknown person, at least outside of Australia, you can be assured of that. Oh well, as Oscar Wilde once famously quipped, the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.

    love,
    kristine

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 April 2009 at 7:04 am #

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/entertainment/books/fingers-crossed-all-will-be-good-sports/2009/04/22/1240079725781.html

  28. avatar
    eek | 24 April 2009 at 8:03 am #

    A few things:

    1) I quite like Falling Swinger — it’s a good album and your influence is all over it. So you nodded off at the mixing board — you got SC to deliver the goods which is why you were there.

    2) You wouldn’t have been mentioned in the SMH article if you didn’t have some pretty heavy duty name recognition. Yeah, it’s coming at a really crappy time, but it is kind of a perverse honour being known enough to bring up.

    3) I hope you get good news about the tv show music and this doesn’t scare them off. I don’t think there’s a single person in the world that doesn’t have some issue or issues that could become problematic. And you have been behaving yourself…I hope they realise this.

    4) Yay! for the excellent review. Now if some Aussie could find it and type it out for the rest of us…..

    5) SK vs MWP — I am so jealous of those who will get to see this! Hope it goes really well and loads of people come out to see you.

    6) I’m proud of and awed by you, Steve. Yeah, yeah, I know — that and a few bucks will buy you a cup of coffee, but I hope it means something.

  29. avatar
    jonas=barry | 24 April 2009 at 9:00 am #

    Did Cummings ever do anything even remotely interesting that you weren’t involved in? No.
    Has he got anything to spout about now? No.
    Is that why he has to rake this shit up? Yes.
    Tosser.

  30. avatar
    iseult | 24 April 2009 at 9:10 am #

    Don’t throw stones

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 April 2009 at 9:28 am #

    Hi Steve

    Congrats on the Rolling Stone review. I’d almost given up on that mag.

    Playing On Angel Street as I type. My mate and I both bought #23 at Rockinghorse Records in Brisbane last Friday and I’ve listened to it sistently since.

    Shame about Cummings – I really love Falling Swinger and think your production work on it is sublime.

    Take care
    Matt Lamb

  32. avatar
    Celticat | 24 April 2009 at 10:17 am #

    lily how can i get it to you?

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 April 2009 at 11:11 am #

    Who wouldn’t nod off listening to Stephen Cummings sing.. it’s only natural

  34. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 24 April 2009 at 11:30 am #

    ahhh, mr kilbey, i think what goes around comes around…..me thinks it’ll all end up biting mr cummings in the ass….
    WHAT?????? YOU MEAN ROLLING STONE HAS ACTUALLY REVIEWED SOME OF THE CHURCH’S WORK???? about fucking time…..
    love always…..

  35. avatar
    12str | 24 April 2009 at 11:53 am #

    Bah Humbug!!
    your work speaks for itself..Cummings just wants his 15 minutes and use other more skillful and talented people to achieve it.. Bad Karma!

    U#23 arrived in the mail the other day..As i was in a hurry to get to work i only had time for a quick listen through the album, a couple of seconds of every tune..I already heard and love Pangaea and Happenstance so you can imagine my eager to hear the long anticipated album..To my absolute horror i didn´t really understand what i was listening to.. i really didn´t know what ive been expecting, but it wasn´t this… anyway it ruined my day completely..i just didn´t get it.Anyway..the day after i was home early all by my lonesome..so i putted it on again sat down totally relaxed and suddenly i found myself in some strange kind of bliss..It´s one of the best albums i´ve ever heard man!And i suddenly did remember that its been the same with every new Church release…at first despair, then bliss!! 🙂 i guess thats what makes The Church last longer than any other band through the years..it doesnt come easy to you like all the other shit they play on radio and clubs..but when you find your way into it..youre totally hooked..the melodies,lyrics,soundscapes..music for dreaming, music for listening, not consuming..music that inspires..it´s beautiful!!
    //P

  36. avatar
    fantasticandy | 24 April 2009 at 12:12 pm #

    just read it…big deal.
    he looks a right knob.
    anyone outside oz even know who he is?

  37. avatar
    Freddie | 24 April 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    Is that the article in anon @ 2:01?
    If so, it’s really not that bad Steve, really!
    It shouldn’t prevent you from getting any gig and if it does I’ll really be surprised.

  38. avatar
    restaurant mark | 24 April 2009 at 1:48 pm #

    hang in there steve. i’m sure it’s painful/aggravating to have that stuff splashed all over the paper there. but you know, you traveled down a long road to get away from the junk…and are in a much better place now. it’s part of your past…but only that…your past.

    take care man
    mark

  39. avatar
    John | 24 April 2009 at 2:32 pm #

    Let me get this straight. Is he saying rock n’ rollers use drugs? GET OUT! I suppose next he’ll be saying that some of ’em drink and smoke too?

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 April 2009 at 2:54 pm #

    yesterday you opposed violence, today it’s ok?

    be thankful for the free publicity, not everyone looks at your website/s, not everyone cares all that much either

    people we work with are not necessarily friends.

    My experience with Stephen Cummings left me believing him quite discriminating and sexist; power-junkies littering Melbourne’s arts scene through the 1980s…left lots of destruction and buy-me jingles, and books…who could blame anyone who self-medicated through that ugly era…

    enjoy the attention

  41. avatar
    CSTCoach | 24 April 2009 at 3:25 pm #

    read the sydney article. rotten fucker. that’s just sad. why bring up all this old news now? simply to cash in, which only comes across as desperate and sad. a guy like that is cashing in by ratting himself out, and telling stories and saying mean things about former friends and colleagues – while you, esskay, are making quality records and new projects at an incredible rate, work of honesty and depth and integrity. i think that says it all.

    i agree with Cee and Eek – let the spin begin. Your name was dropped because it was worth dropping. With any luck this will direct some attention your way, and with the perfect timing of #23 being out there.

    If it doesn’t, of course, i’m available for a little trek out to the woodshed with “friends”…

  42. avatar
    John Garratt | 24 April 2009 at 6:33 pm #

    My brother calls me the elephant…because I remember so many small, meaningless details about people. I can absolutely RUIN some people if I wanted.

    But where would that get me?

    I had a dream last night you were my bus driver, and you kicked me off the bus.

    ????

    [trying to talk the brother into the Pitt. exhibition, we’ll see]

  43. avatar
    heyday2day | 24 April 2009 at 7:05 pm #

    here in the states, the name of stephen cummings and/or his former band evoke zero recollections. i only knew of the name due to knowledge of your producing career.
    unfortunately, his “tell all” book will probably bring him more exposure here than he has ever had. i find it sad that one needs to tell stories of others to make himself noticed. his own history/profile as a musician alone and with the sports are not sufficient to create interest so he whores his life story onto the backs of other, much more interesting music personalities. sad.
    in the end, as others have stated, it can be used to your advantage if you so choose. in the time that i have been reading here, you have been open and honest about who and what you were then and who and what you are now. who and what you are now isn’t possible without what came before and i respect you all the more for overcoming those past things to be here now, still creating, still inspiring. 23 and painkiller are jaw dropping pieces of art. cummings isn’t even in your stratosphere sir.

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 April 2009 at 7:40 pm #

    Instant Karma’s gonna get you.

    PS: Stephen’s got another thing cumming.

  45. avatar
    lily was here | 25 April 2009 at 1:19 pm #

    Celticat, can you email me via the link on my name. Thank you!

    ps yes Steve, turn the publicity to your best advantage. I read SC’s myspace blog (I enjoy what he writes (usually) – he has an ascerbic self-deprecating wit. Hopefully the SMH mention can work to your benefit.


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