posted on September 11, 2010 at 10:49 pm


a million saturday nights

all those songs

all that music pouring in from elsewhere

somewhere else

in dreams in thoughts in cracks n leaks

raw song in astral night

the current horizon looms perturbingly

i appear at a club

a crush to get in

whos on someone asks

we fight through the flesh

the sudden sound of an ampoule cracking

a sigh of satisfaction

a whisper a word

backstage its awkward and crowded

quentin quin is there with his torso double

we nibble on the static

a roadie hovers with my axe

i sip bella codonna

i smoke hook

i take mytime

i handle the ladies with a plumb

i mingle with my agent

he offers me a gig in a group called the eleusinian mysteries

white pancake and black satyric dots

the music is said to be sublime

the recording is available in parallel U’s

a new process recording music with etheric record

its all just bullshit hes saying to someone in darkness

eventually we hit the stage

i stride out and the electronica starts to mesh

out in the audience its raining something

i see eyes sea of eyes

solemnly i use my axe to cut the silence

in half

the rest join in

the drums explode with sizzling bursts

pace yourself i say to me

music is a temptation to not resist

the empty space at its heart sucks like a vortex

the huge throb of our machine begins

slowly at first then taking shape

the elements fall into place

the riff that keeps on going

it just keeps on going a constant a given

i lurch over to my instrument panel

i simulate a cascade of brittle notes

that sheer off the silver strings

a girl screams out for something

i hear myself better in the fluid

i bear down barely impaired

a ripply flashback sequence to the hotel

you fucked with a zeitgeist and a machine ate your money

if your friend is a genius then i’m a blue soup

that group he plays for are 3 light years old

a prehistoric modernity called glass/out

i digress

the gig is taking place

i am an actor playing a singer

i finger the nails

i thumb the tax

i tow the line

steve kilbey from parallel U 23

for a moment we’re strangers

the familiar within the strange

the ache within the pleasure

where universes join up you find the congealed music

i stand onstage in whitest lightest spot

i see my shadow at the back of the hall

i see its reflection in the blaze of an eye

the band implodes to a low pulse

it skates across the silent void

i take the microphone unto my self

my mouth opens slowly to sing the fragile text

anoint me baby anoint me as your pointed man

night comes in spades in delphic glades

its decayed through 3 decades

i transported to artemis-gordon

where i cut through the cordon

yeah impossible to predict the future derelict

i stagger on my dagger

lake just makes me madder

flake just takes me sadder

the musics running out + they cant find the lid

the warp of the woofers + you owe me 3 quid

look what i did

yeah look what i did

yeah look what i did

the volume shatters constraint of time

the beat enables a smooth transition of power

my axe is sharp enough to penetrate skull

i dig deep into head

my music violently detonates in your prelingual cortex

i stand on stage tapping into this earth

up from the ground comes a shuddering impulse

the dirt gives its blessing

babe strap up my one shot for me

i move into concentric parallel U’s

through door after door

portal gives way to next door

onstage we huddle under the onslaught of our sound

it comes falling back down

the audience surge as won

the music rolls along on its own now

who knows what it means

who knows what it doesnt mean

a review said

kilbeys take on ambiguity is unclear

his elusiveness is fixed

his songs are from parallel U 13

same earth but different

here antarctica won the first whirled war

and it shows in frosty bites of white noise

the warmth only begins when he thaws

random choices uncover unusual discoveries

nothing is positive

anything is unchosen

this record is as pointless as a summer day

see ?

the lighting rig sagged 28 feet above head

the lash and loop of the feedbreak

my severed attention i was fiddling with a burn of rome

music is sweet so is love

but music falls into silence

love turns into hate

my songs tell the story of the long gone world

my story in these songs

the hum of the outside

the rumble of the humbling plough

the jumble of the numbing pain

the jarring far out clout that knocks you out

and about

39 Responses to “sing for your supper”

  1. avatar
    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 11 September 2010 at 11:48 pm #


    That was BRILLIANT !!!! My favorite entry u have graciously created to date !!! I am printing it to keep it and re-live it as often as i am able.


    You have light years left to engulf us, entertain us, exist with us.

    Thanks again and have a great day !!!

    Broken Toys And Heros,
    Darrin K.

  2. avatar
    Steven Krut | 12 September 2010 at 1:04 am #

    The torrent of ideas that flows out of you non-stop amazes me.

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    Anakki Mayhem | 12 September 2010 at 1:32 am #

    thank u

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    scott | 12 September 2010 at 3:38 am #

    “Music is a temptation to not resist”// Working in the analytic/psychodynamic world of the mind-brain as I do. I find this a fascinating statement… Neuroscience tells us music stimulates the same cortical part of the baby’s brain stimulated by the voice of the mother.. Does ‘singing for one’s super highlighting’ that desire we all have consciously or unconsciously’ to return to and be fed by the “thinking breast”?
    Perhaps it explains my own sudden return and passionate reverie with the music of ‘The “mother” Church’ in my mid forties as I contemplate middle age and returning Australia to for the first time in seven years after living in the UK. Thanks for the musical “feed” Steve. Go well and continue to follow your bliss.

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    Cocoamo | 12 September 2010 at 10:18 am #

    It makes me feel sad to think that a great artist like you has to “sing for his supper”! I would wish that you could be comfortably wealthy with the proceeds from your painting, occasional acting appearances, what should be a regular income narrating documentaries with your wonderful voice, and an occasional album release.

    I would like to see the Church renting a huge house somewhere in the Caribbean or maybe Greek islands now and then for a month or so, with your families, while you all recorded a new album every now and then. A working vacation. That’s my little fantasy for you.

    Once upon a time long ago, I thought dolphins were just peachy keen and managed to do one of those deals in the Florida keys where you swim with the dolphins. The dolphin would do some endearing trick and the trainer would give him a fish. Later, I felt ashamed and dirty. Those dolphins had been kidnappped from their families, imprisoned in small water enclosures, and were forced into this artificial servitude, unable to swim freely the miles and miles they should, interacting with their families. For my entertainment.

    I have seen the Church twice in Pittsburgh, and while it was so wonderful to be in your live presence, I felt the same way. You all were living a hellish life, running yourselves into the ground, performing in a different city each night. And, I am sure all were lonely for their families. On top of that is the continuing insult to your poor ears of loud loud loud loud.

    I think you do benefit in a certain respect from the crowd response—but that can be a double-edged sword too – like the night in Canada when the French walked out and you took it so personally.

    I guess it’s all moot because it appears for now, you do have to sing for your supper. I just wish you didn’t.

    Your friend in Pennsylvania.

    • avatar
      Steven Krut | 13 September 2010 at 2:24 am #

      When I saw the band in Atlanta, I didn’t get the feeling that they were like trapped dolphins. Gee, I hope they don’t feel that way. Being rich is always preferable, but almost everyone has to sing for their supper in one way or another. IMO, what a blessing to be able to do it by making beautiful music and art. Despite everything, I think Steve is a lucky guy. Love & peace.

      • avatar
        Cocoamo | 13 September 2010 at 11:22 am #

        Easy for you to say…with your garage door that goes up and down with a remote.

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    princey | 12 September 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Hello Nevets, how did the play go last night? Really enjoying TTB music month blogs. Speaking of music, I read The Smashing Pumpkins are touring here next year, u gonna join them for Reptile ssssssssssssssssssssssss???? Apparently BC is dating the Veronicas chick and she’s getting up on stage….sheeeeesh! Anyway, have a bonza day sk,
    love Amanda

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      Donna | 14 September 2010 at 12:57 pm #

      Thought I’d share a “Billy” story with you…my older sister Susan was “obsessed” with Billy Corgan and followed his career closely for years. In 2005, at the age of 41, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. When she lost her hair (due to chemo) she said, “I’m just like Billy!” Somehow, Billy found out about my sister and called her. He was very kind and called her a bunch of times and took her to lunch. I’m not an SP fan, but I was VERY impressed by his compassion.

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    Karen | 12 September 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    Ive missed a trillion posts
    this is great! Ive been busy with work and life and things etc
    how can one man be so talented? music poetry lyricy artish….love the judgement of paris

    and happy Bday for tomozz if I cant get on or in
    well dun once again

  8. avatar
    holly | 12 September 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    Steve Kilbey Birthday Art Sale — September 13 – 24. 10 – 50% off all art items in the Gallery section. Go check it out!
    Still working to update all the prices — the prices of the original paintings (in the Original Paintings and Early Paintings sections) should be all updated to reflect the sale prices — so if they aren’t all changed over in the early hours of the sale it’s because I’m still working on it. If after that, there are some that obviously got missed, go to the contact page, click on Art and let me know. Thanks!

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    Karen | 12 September 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    If I had a spare 1300 Id buy it for sure;) maybe a print>?

    • avatar
      holly | 12 September 2010 at 6:10 pm #

      No, no, not $1300 … just $780 for the largest size paintings (less for others). It’s a bargain! 🙂

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 12 September 2010 at 11:51 pm #

        Thats a great sale !!! I think i need to crack my daughters piggy-bank and tap in2 my sons college fun-heck they just learn and earn from the streets like i had to- LOL !!!!

        Thanks for making a great site even better !!!

        As Always,

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    andy | 12 September 2010 at 6:33 pm #

    bob calvert would have loved to have written this!

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    hellbound heart | 12 September 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    jesus christ you took me on a trip and a half……calling in to ground control…

    love always……

  12. avatar
    holly | 13 September 2010 at 1:10 am #

    If you are having trouble getting a message through to Art on the contact form, you can also email me at: (email removed by webmaster to protect the innocent).

    • avatar
      jcole | 13 September 2010 at 5:50 am #

      This has been corrected. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  13. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 13 September 2010 at 3:21 am #

    SK=prolific, indefatigable, bustling, harried, proactive and frenetic. Manic Nirvana should have been a Steve Kilbey album.

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    BigSmilesKate | 13 September 2010 at 7:55 am #

    SK “sing for your supper” was a delight. I was in my mind at that gig, I saw through your eyes your shadow across the room and the eyes of all upon you in the crowd. It was almost a sublime subliminal performance.

    So I sing happy birth day to you to honour you for being a joy and a solace for being kind to me and for you giving so much of yourself to all of us here.

    Happy Birthday Steve

    Big Smiles

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    Lady Di | 13 September 2010 at 9:54 am #

    A very happy birthday to the unique, ageless time being who brings so much pleasure to others.

    May it all be yours today sk.

    Love and best wishes

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    Karen | 13 September 2010 at 10:13 am #

    well I’ll be………..
    I came on to say happy birthday and “under the milky way” came on the radio , spooky:! twilight zone … ..that or a coincidence haha ..wierd though.

    sunny & windy In the nations Capital Old C berra , sure its nicer In olde sydney town …. hope you have a great day and keep up the awesome work.

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    R | 13 September 2010 at 10:18 am #

    Happy birthday, dear Steve.

    Today some happy coincidences. Much more and better Love.

    I finally put in my laptop the whole The Church discography.
    Thank you for everything.

    May this be the beginning of a wonderful year for you and those you love, full of joy & good health.



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    Drog | 13 September 2010 at 10:57 am #

    I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping
    While my guitar gently weeps
    I look at the floor and I see it need sweeping
    Still my guitar gently weeps

    I don’t know why nobody told you
    how to unfold you love
    I don’t know how someone controlled you
    they bought and sold you

    I look at the world and I notice it’s turning
    While my guitar gently weeps
    With every mistake we must surely be learning
    Still my guitar gently weeps

    I don’t know how you were diverted
    you were perverted too
    I don’t know how you were inverted
    no one alerted you

    I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping
    While my guitar gently weeps
    I look at you all
    Still my guitar gently weeps

    Oh, oh, oh
    oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
    oh oh, oh oh, oh oh
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah
    yeah yeah yeah yeah

  19. avatar
    Therese | 13 September 2010 at 11:40 am #

    Happy Birthday to u!!!!
    Have a great day sk, hope it’s one of your happiest.
    Wishing you good health, wealth and happiness for the future.

    Peace & love

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    Anonymous | 13 September 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    Hey SK,


    S inger of songs
    T alented
    E phemeral
    V isceral
    E nigmatic
    N evets
    J azz…man
    K illa comedian
    I ntuitive/Inspirational
    L iterate
    B ass player extraordinaire
    E ternal
    Y eblik

    56 years young…have a great day!


    Jon from Geelong.

    P.s. Great seeing you the other night, loved the show, nice and homey n’ raw…we’re incredibly lucky…thanks for making me smile 🙂

    P.p.s. “Let’s go back to the Ancient World” …indeed!

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    Anonymous | 13 September 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Oops! Forgot to mention it’s SK All Day on the CD player here at work…in honour of the great man’s special day…Painkiller, Jack Frost and AENT so far…Unearthed coming up next.

    Cheers again,

    Jon from Geelong.

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    princey | 13 September 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Nevets! It seems like only yesterday we were wishing you a Happy 55th, where did it go?? I really, really hope all your dreams and wishes come true and thanks for all the happiness you and your music brings into my world, you’re the best 🙂
    Love always from your #1 fanatical fiend,

  23. avatar
    linkchina | 13 September 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Steve.

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    Jonny Hollywood | 13 September 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    I tried to comment on ’56’ but it says error 404, anyway happy birthday sk, glad to know the church is up to no good and recording new sing songs…

    • avatar
      Lara | 13 September 2010 at 11:46 pm #

      I got that error message too, so:

      Happy Birthday, Steve. And congrats on your very prolific 56 years to date.

      As for being a resassembler, all great art comes from something prior; if it didn’t, it would fail to mean anything. The best Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance works steal shamelessly from earlier stuff. ( Ok, a lot of crappy art does too, but the point is that it’s not the reassembling that makes the difference.)

      Enough preaching for the day… all the best for your next year!


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    lisa | 13 September 2010 at 10:52 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Steve. I was 16 yrs old, doing my homework on the couch while Mtv was on.(in the days when Mtv still showed videos all day) The opening notes of Unguarded Moment played and as I watched and listened to the Church for the 1st time, I fell totally in love. Not the silly teenage-girl love, but the soul stirring oh my god love when you know that you’ve discovered something truly amazing. You’ve been amazing me for 26 years now. I still love your music, your words,your art, your voice…and even at 56- all of that talent is still in such a beautiful package. Thanks for all that you share with us.

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    Donna | 13 September 2010 at 11:21 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Steve!! Hope it’s a good one…56? 50’s are the new 40’s!!!

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 13 September 2010 at 11:52 pm #

    Sorry i cannot comment as of yet on the “56” blog entry…seems Jonny is quite right about a problem within the website (commenting)…but anyways…
    HAPPY 56TH BIRTHDAY !!!! I hope u have/had a great day…ur day !!!!
    Age is just a sequence of numbers and if u put the 5 with the 6 (11) , well i guess that is when this all started isnt it…ur writings began…a journey so long ago, but for u it may feel like yesterday. And regarding ‘the church’ with MWP and PK (also…drummers who have come , gone and still around) – They are blessed to have u at the point…leading the ship-the pilot-the captain-the visionary. Ur genius has also painted a brilliant path for their way in this musical universe…and for that u should smile upon their success along with ur own.
    Have A Great BirthDay !!!!!!

    56 !!!! (why…thats old…LOL)

    As always,
    Darrin K.

  28. avatar
    jactin | 13 September 2010 at 11:59 pm #

    Did 56 laps in your honour
    Who can hold a candle to ya?

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    andy | 14 September 2010 at 12:03 am #

    same problem as jonny!
    but just wanted to tell you i don’t belive it’s all down to reverse engineering.
    originality is your forte steve….and you know it.
    have a good ‘un!
    best wishes,

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    cazziem | 14 September 2010 at 6:29 am #

    What an awesome read! Missed my fix over the weekend due to hosting my daughter’s 18th b’day party for 60 guest. We partied til 5:00am Sunday morning and just hope your b’day was as good as my little girl’s.

  31. avatar
    knot | 18 September 2010 at 4:41 am #

    ah tommy tucker.
    what shall he eat?
    white bread and butter?

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