posted on March 25, 2010 at 1:49 am

flew down to melbourne town
last week to do the # 1 show in australia
which is kinda like a quiz show i guess
although there are no prizes and no one cares about the score
i get a chance to be funny and witty and show off my knowledge a bit
didnt get that many questions right but no one seemed to mind
they all said “boy you did well”
i have a comedian on one side called dave
who it seems had a bit of a crush on the church as he was growing up
hes regaling me with church stories a singing bits of lyrics at me
not what i was expecting
the host of the show n the 2 mainstays very cordial
all the crew very cordial
everyone treated me very nicely
will be interested to see how show comes out eventually
after editing etc
(they say bout 3 weeks it’ll be on)
then on saturday n sunday
participated in the rival music quiz show
at enmore theatre in sydney
live for 3 shows but not filmed
another wonderful bunch of people on all levels
kind and accommodating thats for sure
among guests were clare bowditch who i sang under pressure with
as a closing duet to 1st show
there was john paul young who was quite a raconteur backstage
i was pumping him for info on the era just before mine began
there was adalita from magic dirt who was very cool too
and the boys in rockwiz orkestra plus ash naylor
what a fruckin’ supergroup
we did milky whey and at rock wizs request we did disarm
at the end we all did cum on n feel the noize
if you can believe it
yeah i belted it out like a real olde pro ha ha
i’m trying to weld arcane fop to showbiz trouper here folks
are the seams showing?
its an art to be a good all round entertainer
and in the spirit of diversity
i am attempting to be a regular on any old tv show who wants me
after all i’m handsome urbane quick n i could look good in a suit
i’m opinionated and i’m rarely stuck for words
i come up good on camera now
(as long as you dont get too close to my wrinkles)
and i can be chatty and silly or serious or whatever ya want
flexible malleable and i come cheap ….perfect for yer tv show mister
and yet and yet
i’m still a bit of an unknown quantity
no one really knows what i might say
i had a chequered career so im perceived as having paid me dues (man)
if i can just behave myself a bit
i might indeed have a parallel career in musical comedy or theatre
or celeb squares
gimme a chance
you’ll be surprized
spent yessaday singing milky whey again for a game called rockband
almost as bad as a rooted canal but no anaesthetic!
on monday nite i leave for the states n san diego
where we’ll rehearse n do our first gig
i see a possibility of more tv in the states too
watch out
im a multi media explosion
with maximized internet clout
my boxset of solo albums is coming
gb3 is coming
david neil is coming
deadmans hand is coming
and of course various odd collaborations
poetry film and musical all coming down the line atcha
today a quiet day of respite with my little woofle in bondi
autumn is in the air
but its still warmish
ok you fools
see you soon

31 Responses to “showbiz trooper”

  1. avatar
    glynnisjohns | 25 March 2010 at 2:42 am #

    That comedy quiz show sounds a bit like the brit show "never mind the buzzcocks" eh?


    April 2nd, coach house.
    san juan capistrano

    you better bring it grandpa.
    i'll be wearing bells.


  2. avatar
    matthew | 25 March 2010 at 3:17 am #

    Wow, Spicks AND Rockwiz? Must not miss this time around.

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 March 2010 at 3:20 am #

    Busy productive man. I'm headed down to San Diego frum Seattle on Thursday for the show next weekend. Can't wait!


  4. avatar
    Mary | 25 March 2010 at 3:53 am #

    ahhh you have to video tape yourself singing cum on feel the noise, i have to see this, i bet you rock!! have a safe trip going to cali!

    love ya

  5. avatar
    Missing Link Digital Media | 25 March 2010 at 5:42 am #

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    Cheers 🙂

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 March 2010 at 6:30 am #

    Truly excited about your upcoming box set-if anyone
    should release one it's you. I would assume they are
    all being remastered–which is always a cause for
    concern. No doubt those at the controls will seek to
    fill out the bottom end a little while preserving the
    dynamic range and subtleties of these wonderful records–and NOT compress the hell out of them like
    most remasters. The only thing better would be re-
    issuing them on high quality vinyl. But would you ever sell enough to recoup costs? In an ideal world.

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  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 March 2010 at 7:00 am #

    I presume you've been using this wee break
    assembling various items in preparation for the US tour
    I sure hope that a fanny-pack
    that pinnacle of haute couture
    is among the items at the top of your list
    make sure you wear it going to the airport
    don't take it off on the plane
    It should be present among all your dress sense preparations
    try not to take it off too often
    otherwise people may laugh at you
    you need to maintain your street cred
    And man are they cool
    Maybe sell them at the merch stand, kilbey-endorsed?

    'What's the craic
    Got ma fanny-pack
    The one thing i don't lack
    Is ma fanny-pack'

  8. avatar
    davem | 25 March 2010 at 7:08 am #

    It would be nice to be able to see some of that footage.
    I hope you enjoy a special few days with your girls before the tour.

  9. avatar
    fantasticandy | 25 March 2010 at 7:56 am #

    more media exposure?
    a good thing?
    yeah…i guess so.
    you know how to handle it these days!

    check that inbox……
    you bloody big bloggestar.

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 March 2010 at 8:14 am #

    dream, dream, dream
    now who did a cover of that recently? wasn't it, somewhat surprisingly
    wet wet wet?
    and i think you'll find
    feel the noise was immortalised

  11. avatar
    persephone2u | 25 March 2010 at 8:31 am #

    I wish I'd been paying attention and knew you guys were playing when I originally booked my trip. Just came back from San Diego at the end of last week and I can't think of a better place to rehearse and start a tour. If you ever need a calming place to visit, head to Balboa Park, my favourite place in the world. Oh, the architecture is so beautiful, there are so many gardens and places to just get lost in and all the best museums are there too. A lovely place. I stayed in La Jolla so I could get up and go sit on the beach first thing in the morning and then again in the evening…but you already live by the world's top beach, so you're okay!

  12. avatar
    Dan | 25 March 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Why not make a pitch for hosting your own tv show? Either a talk show or a game show. You could call it "Steve Kilbey Hates TV". You would spend time berating viewers for being lazy, introducing vegan recipes, and criticizing the establishment. Maybe MTV?

  13. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 25 March 2010 at 10:04 am #

    fanny pack? FANNY PACK?????? oh anon at 6:00, do you know what a fanny is in australian slang??? i have got such a bizarre array of mental pictures as to what a fanny pack may look like……giggle chuckle snort…..

    what's the next step in your tv career, steve….anyone approach you about hosting the next logies?

    love always…..

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 March 2010 at 10:14 am #


    Glad your back, I missed my daily dose of Kilbey. Looking forward to the tour, see you in Detroit. I always thought you had a great TV personality, I dont normally watch the box but if your on I will tune in. Will any of you new releases be available on the tour? Is David Neil similar to your tour re-workings of some of your best? or all original new songs? Either way its going to be another great year of music form yourself and The Church.

    Travel Safe,

    Jason (jmb066)

  15. avatar
    veleska1970 | 25 March 2010 at 11:00 am #

    you sang "cum on feel the noize"?? now that i gotta see. 🙂 hopefully somebody will youtube it.

    "im a multi media explosion"

    lotza love…..

  16. avatar
    Richard | 25 March 2010 at 11:43 am #

    some pissibolities:

    dancing with the stars (pull out those operetta moves)

    master chef (vegie edition)

    new inventors (pull out those operetta moves again)

    bondi rescue (feign drowning at icebergs)

    bondi vet (feign drowning at icebergs whilst dressed as a dog)

  17. avatar
    cazziem | 25 March 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    What a lovely, happy, smiley blog. At long last it seems you’ve realised what a lot of your long-term followers have know for 30 years, and I knew from the first track I ever heard, which is only 8 months ago – YOU ARE A STAR! Not only that, but the light you bring into the life of others shines brightly always.

    As for being ‘an unknown quantity’, think again! How many unknowns get asked to do soooooooo many things? TV appearances, duets, pose for paintings etc, etc. None that I know to?? What you are not though is a ‘buzz word’, and trust me, you don't want to be. These are the kind of people that practically everyone is talking about today, forgotten tomorrow, and for thirty years later, most probably in a dead end job where their name may as well be just a number.

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 March 2010 at 12:01 pm #


    Will watch out for the old Spicksnspecks…But Rockqwiz in house band really fires…Don't be too hard on the old Rockband…it does get the kids into daughters love it and they now play guitar, piano and trumpet….got the Beatles Rockband one for em and brainwashed them into lovin' the Beatles (BTW…the 4 YO loves the old Beatles cartoon shows and watches em several times a week)…I told the older girls "you can't Diss the beatles without understanding em first"…now if I can just get em into The Church without pushing them…ah Rockband.. "Milky way" may just work…they already know "Unguarded Moment" from Singstar…lol (I know you hate doing both of these songs but they are nevertheless still good songs in their own right and you should be proud of them…don't be too hard on em…probably just you have had overkill on them).


  19. avatar
    Ryan | 25 March 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    wow, yer a showbiz sensation! celebrity squares is surely next. i say work your way in like a wolf in sheep's clothing, then blindside em with a few live on air fucks and fuckknuckles just when they're least expecting it.

    any word on which of these illustrious new releases will be available on merch tables at the US tour?

    flying to west coast US today for a week. debating whether to catch yer traveling road show in philly or boston. damn wedding date getting in the way!

    safe travels killa! looking fwd to catching up with ya 🙂

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 March 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    like i said ..the states are you oyster this year man ..all ya got do is reach out and grab us…youll have what ya will..

  21. avatar
    bc | 25 March 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    nice work sk.
    stoked for Atlanta show…

  22. avatar
    Steven Krut | 25 March 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    "after all i'm handsome urbane quick n i could look good in a suit
    i'm opinionated and i'm rarely stuck for word"

    You're perfect for television, actually. 🙂

    "i might indeed have a parallel career in musical comedy or theatre"

    Why not? Maybe the two careers can feed each other, as well.

    "i see a possibility of more tv in the states too"

    You've actually got an advantage on U.S. TV since your accent is very pleasing to the American ear.

  23. avatar
    John Garratt | 25 March 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    glynnisjohns, how did you know what was playing in my car this morning?

    I have my seat (and hopefully, EP) reserved for Cleveland.

    John Garratt

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 March 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    Please stick to music and art, SK. I was unfamiliar with RockWiz so I checked it out on-line. They were lucky to have you on the upcoming show. Granted, you are able to perform live but at what cost? (Maybe I'm missing the point of the show. Perhaps it doesn't translate well to those outside of Australia.)

  25. avatar
    Broken Toys and Heros | 25 March 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    the weather here in the states is crazy right now. in chicago- its in the mid sixties one day and snowing the next. this is happening across the country. so pack a bit heavier than u normally would, just advice.

    ur a handsome gent-along with ur other bandmates. the on stage humor and fun that u guys have needs to captured professionally for ur fans. and of course extra $$$ for u guys. it would be great to have this stripped down version of u guys and the incredible set to be immortalized forever on dvd. why not??? i cant think of a better tour to do that for and shoot all that backstage hijinks to be included in the extras.

    just a thought,

    CYA soon…

    i know a great-memorable place to dine just a few paces from the Park West. i believe it would easily cater to ur liking. let me know if u would like some info. and yes, it is classy, and full of atmosphere. one of Chicago's true hidden gems.

  26. avatar
    Broken Toys and Heros | 25 March 2010 at 8:41 pm #

    and that portion of todays blog about : "behaving your self a bit" no need to comprimise. everyone loves u for who you are: a handsome bloke from down under who dabbles in singsongs, a little paint on canvas and some words beautifully place on paper. if they cant accept you other , qualities? than phuckkkk em


  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 March 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    It's Spring Break here,
    What do I do but come by to visit your
    Worlds best blog
    Complete with beautiful poetry
    Home vids (lovely!)
    Comments by fiends!
    Yeah! yah! hey!

    Love always,
    Laurie Garrison

  28. avatar
    princey | 25 March 2010 at 10:32 pm #

    Glad you've bounced back from your tiredness sk, can't wait to catch you on the telly.

    I have to say, a bit of jealousy is creeping in with all the news about the upcoming US dates, but I'm so happy there'll be so many Churchies out there getting to hear&see the best band in the world doing their thang. Will you be blogging from over there? hoping so:)

    love Mandy

  29. avatar
    Jasperina | 26 March 2010 at 12:29 am #

    The kids singing UTMW is quite wonderful (posted on your Facebook page). I am reading about Tao philosophy today.

  30. avatar
    M E M | 26 March 2010 at 1:31 am #

    quentin crisp worked
    the late night
    television circuit


    worked well for
    him i recall

    armory tickets in
    hand (we first
    spoke in boston)

    didn't we?

    anyway, should arrive
    before the encore

    this time…


  31. avatar
    plumlady | 27 March 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    I can hardly wait to see you play at the Fine Line in MInneapolis. And yes, the weather is rather off this year; great today though…you'll be pleased if if stays like this.

    The comedy show thing sounds great; I hope you can find one/get invited on one here in the states. And are you saying that UTMW is now going to be part of that video game? Hope you get some cash for that. You're popularity is resurging….soon everyone will be remembering how great The Church once were and start listening all over again.

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