posted on June 29, 2007 at 1:41 am

me and odilon redon walking down a street
he says
you know that stuff with the molasses really works
i say
he says
i got the best nights sleep ever lastnite
john erskine and isadora telambi walk in
she saying something in her native ethiopian
erskine cant understand
but man
isadora is so beautiful
its worth a shot
pretending you know her language
i guess
he aint looking bad for his age
hair a little thin maybe
a few too many late nights perhaps
god that magic circuit can be grueling
woman tearing at him to saw them in two
all those rabbits n doves to contend with
(nah erskine dont hurt his beasts
the same dove and rabbit for years
they seem to love ‘im!)
same olde routines
telambi catches sight of me
“ooh look whos been allowed out bibi”
she finishes every sentence with that bibi
is it baby or some african word?
her accent is thick and marvellous
she sings english in a low fluid melody
isadora not a door a…. i say
an isadora equals an adorer bibi
she says singing the line in fact
odilon this isadora telambi i say
odilons my new favourite painter ever i say
cmon steve mutters redon embarrassed
telambis a bit of an art buff
on both sides of the canvas
yes man ive hird of you bibi she croons
erskine gets back with the drinks
isadoras just fiji water tonight
erskines drinking the green absinthe in flames
odilons got a red wine
steve i got you a goji vodka molasses jaeger nutjuice shake
with ginger powder? i ask
you kidding me killer says the magician
no i aint … needs the ginger powder to potentiate the..
you should coool out bibi
says/sings telambi into my face
erskine slops my drink down
just fuckin’ drink it killer
odilon laughs beneath his funny hat
cheeers bibi
odilon did this amazing pic with pastel of buddha i say
i love buddha says odilon
yeah he aint a badde guy bibi says isadora
do you….starts odilon
no laughs telambi
most of us ethiopians are christians bibi
been playing any sax? i ask her
any what bibi she says
any sax bibi i say
its not bibi its bibi you clown bibi she laughs
yes i have been playing constantly since we last met
oh all kinds of things you know
rock revival shows in the states
african stuff you know bibi …tv
she played on remindlessness i explain to odilon
yes and got paid with only 2 joints and a taxi money bibi
says telambi
i wonder how old she is
anywhere between 35 and 50
impossible to tell
her skin is black and elastic
it seems impossible for it to wrinkle
it just stays smooth when she laughs
once we’d been real close
a long time ago
now she kept her distance
we argued a lot over the sax stuff
telambi threw one at me one day
and lemme tell ya it had hurt
she also challenged me to get even a squeak
out of her little straight one
whats that called?
im not a great sax lover to tell the truth
odilon redon says
whos that big muscly guy plays sax in all those eighties vids?
rafael ravenscroft? i venture
ever the font of rocknroll knowledge
yeah whatever says redon rudely
whatta joke you know in all them tina turna vids
that big guy honking his sax with his head thrown back
telambi frowns
why is this so funny bibi?
i dunno says redon starting to laugh
erskine guffaws n slurps on his drink
i hate the eighties he says
me too i say tucking into my cashews
i wander into the gents for a wee wee
paulie klee is doing a line on the counter
fucking hell paulie i say
killa he says standing up n patting his nostril
hows the impressionism paulie i say
i aint an impressionist…am i? say klee
whatever i say
i hate that says klee
what? i say
people who say whatever
he says
when i get back
odilon n isadora have gone off together
jesus i say
erskine stares off somewhere
get over it killa
he says
im over it
i say

50 Responses to “sinner gog”

  1. avatar
    JJ | 29 June 2007 at 2:43 am #

    I’m not a great sax lover either, save Dave Parry’s “Us and Them” sax lines – best use of that instrument I’ve yet heard. “Paulie Klee doing a line” in the bathroom, I almost spit out my dinner just now!

    Back from 6 days of my appalatian mountain retreat, no internet, much TB to catch up on. Enjoyed this blogge.

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2007 at 3:04 am #

    Seems you are moving out of your naive period.

    I like Redon too, he did some great etchings. Who’d have thought we’d have that in common?


  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2007 at 3:06 am #

    excellent blogge killer, i’m a livin in smashed pumpkin town.

    oooh play a residency here cmon cmon. i practically walk around asheville as a church ad-vert-tess-ment

    remindlessness, amazing, should we ever forget.


  4. avatar
    Daberhasher | 29 June 2007 at 3:12 am #



  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2007 at 3:16 am #

    Erskine College is a haunted house in Wellington,Did you know

    At your gig

    Kiwi Pete

  6. avatar
    SweatyWheels | 29 June 2007 at 3:19 am #

    Candy Dulfer

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2007 at 3:25 am #

    Ha ha, I remember that 80’s sax player bloke in all those daggy videos, tight jeans, naked on top, muscles bulging blahh, those types never appealed to me, give me sk’s tanned calves any day ha ha!

    I enjoyed that sk, it sounds like you’re a tiny bit happier today? I hope so.
    Love and kisses to you bibi,

  8. avatar
    Sunshine | 29 June 2007 at 3:30 am #

    I can hear the chatter and the glasses clinking in this entry, SK. I really like the portrait you posted in the prior entry. Are you still using pastels, or are you using charcoal and painting with acrylics or watercolors? The transparent blue bit is a cool effect.

    The blogge from yesterday seemed so so down, so… human, for lack of a better word. I hope things are more on an upswing today.


  9. avatar
    Thelonious | 29 June 2007 at 4:24 am #

    Axle Rose

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2007 at 4:40 am #

    Thanx for the photos and the painting picture very cool. Looks like you are being creative as ever. Sorry to hear you have the winter blues. I get horrible mood swings nothing a cute goth chick half my age couldnt fix (yeah right…). My son called me today on his cell phone he’s 13 what does he need a cell phone for lol?But it was good to hear from family they keep us going at the rough times.

    All the best killer

    Steve in Florida where it is too hot and humid

  11. avatar
    Leelinau | 29 June 2007 at 4:43 am #

    under the tahitian moon…

    [and to think you use
    the hunt and peck method]

    love & light

  12. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 29 June 2007 at 5:54 am #

    I love sax.
    I’m a sax fiend.
    Can’t get enough of it.

    ecktually…the first 30 secs of Neverness Hoax is a sonic gem of a most otherworldy nature…all thanks to that sax washing around in delay.

    I hope saxy Telambi threw a soprano at you rather than a contra-bass…

    leelinau – did you mean for kissing or for typing ?

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2007 at 6:17 am #

    redon, he was a true colorist in a world of his own. glad you’re partial to him.

    nizzze blog once again. must get some zzzzz.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2007 at 6:35 am #

    I’m trying your sleep aid that you perscribed yesterday day. I’d like to be knocked out cold in a deep sleep very soon. This tastes just fine…

    Ginger’s one of the greatest anti-inflamatories. So’s garlic. I’ve been consulting the good Dr.s Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra per usual. It’s always healthy to keep fresh of the good foods.

    Electricity. You must be kiddin that you dunno where you’ve gathered your electrons from. Seems to me you’re in the greatest electric guitar band ever. Nah, that couldn’t be the source.

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2007 at 6:39 am #

    just one more thing…the weather here in Saint Anselmo is so perfect that I forget it could be different elsewhere.

    Take care. Remember, one candle = about 1 degree gain per hour in a small room.

  16. avatar
    logiclust | 29 June 2007 at 7:24 am #

    japancakes, theme for a film

  17. avatar
    12str | 29 June 2007 at 9:00 am #

    really nice painting sk…i wish i could afford to buy some of your originals sometime….talked about it with my my loving girlfriend and she likes the idea…shes into the dreamy psychedelic work youve done….my favourites must be jesus in bondi and saraswati w/fender bass….. this surreal realism…..skitsnyggt mannen!
    im leaving sweden for about a month today….going to work in denmark helping a good friend of mine with his restaurant…gonna build him a bar and take care of the musical entertainment…so i guess the guests gonna hear alot of your music;)im gonna do some gigs myself aswell…gonna play some cool covers and my own material…
    i can surely relate to this winterblues youre having…but i still remember you saying that the winter in sydney is a mild one i guess everything is relative cause the last couple of days here in the north weve experienced some really nasty rain and wind…must be like your winter man!
    take real good care of yourself and i will raise a glass of gammeldansk for you when i arrive this evening…



  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2007 at 10:04 am #

    he he…an y’all thought him depressed…..he he!

    love it love it love it Killer!!!

    hey, what about my fave John Coltrane?…he’s a fine rockin sax player…some call him train

    I never heard of Redon until here….checked him out on Wikpedia…fascinating…..I wish that Joris-Karl Huysmans would review you! I don’t usually abide art and/or music critics, but this fella would be worth the words…

    thanks for the sparkling story and the discoveries Steven


  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2007 at 10:10 am #

    ps…..Richard – salute’!


  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2007 at 12:14 pm #

    steve…sorry i didn’t drop by last night but i was so fucking tired i was almost in a coma…fuck man you had it bad yesterday…the downers are bastard things, aren’t they…take it easy…a few months and you’ll be down on the beach again with the sun blasting down on you with the blazing clarity of a summer afternoon…hang in there, i’m here to hold your hand if you need it…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

  21. avatar
    veleska1970 | 29 June 2007 at 1:12 pm #

    i always liked redon. loved his dreamy, fluid scenery. his works always seem to put me at ease, like a breath of fresh air. **inhales deeply**

    “…goji vodka molasses jaeger nutjuice shake
    with ginger powder..”
    wow~~that sounds pretty potent. would it do the opposite of your sleep recipe? i’m going to give that bedtime recipe a shot~~i hope it works.

    hope everybody has a good weekend.

    lotza love….

  22. avatar
    veleska1970 | 29 June 2007 at 1:12 pm #

    to jj: how’s your pop?

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2007 at 1:22 pm #

    The sun shone nearly all day today in Sydney. It’s a Friday.I gave myself the night off from work and got a glass and delved into a little treasure trove I don’t regularly allow myself to access….because if I did I would never get any sleep.

    I’m talking about Youtube.

    I don’t much go for the funny movies of the week or the soft core porn one can view…but the music…Oh! the music!

    I saw Jonny Cash’s last performance and Mother Maybelle Carter’s ‘scratch’; I saw the first colour footage of Elvis (playing a high school dance with – wait for it – Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash!); I saw footage of Grant that induced a lump in my throat ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’…a smooth faced minstrel with the music falling out of him; I saw 80’s bands I would be ashamed to admit to knowing on this blog; I saw a charming video of ‘Easy’ by The Church, and I’ve never seen the band play live or imagined life on the road so it was engaging as well as educational! Looked like a jolly holiday but I need only check back through SK’s posts to discover the truth of a such a life.

    The evenings activities have given me cause to reflect…I, like nearly all here, have committed themselves to a life of fandom. We are the vast majority; the non-artists, the appreciators. And yet I would wager that nearly all among us would have given much to have been up there – the artists, the catalysts, the great communicators.

    So why did we not?



    Many will say talent…but is it that easy to box? I revere talent but that’s not all there is to it, is it?

    There are many passionate appreciators of music and the arts here…

    What say you?


  24. avatar
    John Garratt | 29 June 2007 at 1:25 pm #


    Did you ever get my e-mail about the Rimbaud painting?

    John Garratt

  25. avatar
    tim | 29 June 2007 at 1:27 pm #

    not a fan of the sax?

    four words..

    John Coltrane

    Charlie Parker

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2007 at 1:52 pm #

    I believe the sax player you are thinking of is Tim Capello. He is the burly dude who plays in Tina Turner’s Band.

    Rafael Ravenscroft if I’m not mistaken is the gentleman who played the memorable sax line on Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street.

    Tampa, Fl

  27. avatar
    Fictitious Guest Musician | 29 June 2007 at 2:00 pm #

    Mile Davis – Bitches Brew and Kind Of Blue

    If you still don’t like sax, get your f#$%-ing ears cleaned out.

    Sax doesn’t really go with rock and roll. Ditto for flute, gong, cowbell, jew’s harp, lyre (though former English schoolteachers turned musicians feel they can get away with this because they sell millions of records to people who don’t really rock either), kazoo, classical harp, tuba, most classical stringed instruments, and any instrument requiring the knowledge of Mixolydian or Phrygian modes.

    Finally of questionable value, even to prog rock, is the arp odyssey (For a nut wrenching example see Styx Come Sail Away, and other fresh steaming vomit).

  28. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 29 June 2007 at 2:51 pm #

    A very amiable and ultimately amenable blog. I finally got Tin Mine from a E-bay seller. A very exemplary compilation that also has some stellar rarities. On another note “Freaky Conclussions” has a Syd Barrett and early 1980’s Julian Cope sound. It is another amazing SK solo CD. The man’s got as much talent as John, Paul and George. This may not be new news but this tofu’s for u and all my imaginary friends and all too real foes.

  29. avatar
    zebob | 29 June 2007 at 4:25 pm #

    I got nothing but a bemused grin for Mr. Comerford’s contribution and just swung by to share a recently posted YouTube clip of the band performing “Numbers” here:

    Glad to see you’re feeling a bit more chipper, SK. Was going through a bit of a rut myself but my son’s absolutely precious reaction to getting his (6th) birthday gifts (he actually hugged his Hot Wheels toothbrush) has had me grinning like an idiot the past two days. Speaking of kids, are those Scarlet’s hands on that chair from the day before?

  30. avatar
    Cee | 29 June 2007 at 4:43 pm #

    her accent is thick and marvellous
    she sings english in a low fluid melody

    su acento es grueso y maravilloso
    canta el ingles en una melodia baja y fluida

    Besos a todos,

  31. avatar
    John Garratt | 29 June 2007 at 5:14 pm #


    What is on Tin Mine? One new song?

    John Garratt

  32. avatar
    THE HURTING | 29 June 2007 at 5:30 pm #

    it’s bout time you commented on me bloggie, me mommy could use some reiki from down under you know…

    ps. What are you afraid of???
    Ne iko

  33. avatar
    David in Nashville | 29 June 2007 at 5:43 pm #

    I thought the sax player you mentioned might have been Clarence Clemons from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. I used to not like the sax much either, but I’m cool with it now. It’s not for every song, which is why you’ll see Clarence rocking the tambourine or cowbell a lot.

    Good day in Nashville. Listening to the Best of the Church here at work. Closest thing to a saxophone I can find in here are the horns on Tantalized….

  34. avatar
    melquiades | 29 June 2007 at 6:00 pm #

    just thought I’d add my thoughts on the sax thing. I thinnk Love & Rockets used the sax really well, like the song on Express, It Could Be Sunshine. I know they used it elsewhere in Bauhaus?, Tones On Tail?. I just can’t recall. I saw Love & Rockets in baltimore years ago and I remember leaving the show, walking down the street and not hearing the cars driving by. It was a very high decibel show. Fucking great too! In fact, I’ve seen those guys perform in all their various bands and I never left dissapointed. Bauhaus was the best, definitely. anyway, enough rambling. ciao.

  35. avatar
    melquiades | 29 June 2007 at 6:02 pm #

    well, not the best, really (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2007 at 7:54 pm #

    Hey Bibi,

    Wanna have sax?

  37. avatar
    knot | 29 June 2007 at 7:54 pm #

    is there sax in brothels?
    i hear i am sleeping in one
    in august
    can’t stand that loud sax when
    i am trying to sleep

    well, the brothel is a hotel now
    with ghosts of dead sailors
    do you see ghosts, killer?

  38. avatar
    davem | 29 June 2007 at 8:14 pm #

    Two newbies on Tin Mine John – if you count live 04 08…I do.
    B Bon Whilst I think it isn’t restricted solely to talent, the giftgot got to play a big part I feel. Add to that perseverence, charisma, drive, ego, luck, looks,,,,
    I’ve been playing bass for 27 years. If I had to make a living from it in any way other than beating old ladies over the head with me Hofner & stealing their handbags, I’d be living in a tent. But not a new tent.


  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 June 2007 at 10:21 pm #

    oh!crap…my puta{thats also spanish for whore} died in the ass!i lost ALL of it….all my music…GONE….am in withdrawal..big time!i get edgey and antsy and cranky if theres no music…a series of “brownouts blew my hard drive….a friend called to ask if i was ok in the blackout…THAT WAS VERY FUNNY…i ll teach em about paradox..yet! its still a bit iffy..precariously typing this massage….as for past bloggs…NZ must be sooooooooo looking forward to having you{lucky,lucky,bastards!}…and that freak wave..mmmmm,….and todays …….reminiscent of “Bennys”in the cross,saki and all manner of indulgence ,in those unforgettable 80s ,with big sister.and many “pop stars”offering to “babysit” ,cute.gentler,sweeter baby sister….she was a fearless protector of my chastity….anyway ,tis good to have my “stephen hawkins
    “boyfriend”back…can start reloading my music again today ,……….love ,as always ….xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxgenx

  40. avatar
    JJ | 29 June 2007 at 11:00 pm #

    Valeska – pop is doing much better thanks.

    Melquiades – same here, saw Love & Rockets at Masquerade here in town, loudest show I’ve ever experienced, ears were ringing for days. I like loud, but that was painful and Masquerade was a small venue.

    Sax….hmm, Psychedelic Furs used it pretty well on occasion. Coltrane I respect, but can’t seem to crack the code, but I love the McGuinn runs on 8-Miles that he said were an attempt to imitate him.

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 June 2007 at 12:23 am #

    ‘…… she also challenged me to get a little squeak out of her little straight one

    What’s that called?’

    Do you mean she offered up a clarinet aka ‘licorice stick’? or do you mean Piccolo or flute- those can be jazzy, more new ageish. I dunno. Clarinets are surely one of the sexiest instruments ever. Tough to play… you have to be a very talented artist.

    Dana Colley of Morphine…his sound is perfection- that double sax on loop. yes, a sax fits in rock and roll in a bluesy jazzy combination.

    I love the jazz of the 50’s n 60’s though- not the bluesy stuff from the south so much- not that they aren’t cool too. I mean the groovy intellectual white cats in trios of percussion, bass, piano and clarinet.

  42. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 30 June 2007 at 1:10 am #

    Davem and John: RE: Tin Mine

    “All I Know” played live and “Leverage” are the rarities that I am cognizant of on “Tin Mine”. It’s a very rare CD and I hope the CHURCH MERCHANDISE shop will get it in stock for others to buy ! I also finally purchased Refo=Mation. Another hard to find gem that the diehard commentars have talked about before on this blog. Anything post 1990 by The Church or SK solo is invariably dynamic. 17 years of impeccable brilliance under the world music critics’ impotent and limp audio radars. Its enough to lead me to a bout of cataclysmic intemperance.

  43. avatar
    Sunshine | 30 June 2007 at 1:12 am #

    Sexy clarinet… I’m having visions of Squidward (for you fellow Spongebob fans out there), and it’s making my sides hurt.

    Granted, yes it’s a lovely sounding intstrument. I think whomever mentioned Clarence Clemmons was voicing something I couldn’t recall, but was trying to. I think I saw him in way too many 80s vids back in “the day.” I agree about Psych Furs’ usage of sax. A friend saw them play live a couple of years ago, and they were managing to get the sax sounds in without a saxophone. She believed Tim Butler was doing the sax parts on guitar.

    Would love to have seen Love & Rockets/Bauhaus/Tones On Tail/ etc. live, but the closest I’ve gotten is Peter Murphy solo.


  44. avatar
    Sunshine | 30 June 2007 at 1:13 am #

    Correction — on bass guitar (T. Butler).

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 June 2007 at 2:20 am #

    Hey B Bon; I arrived home at 5am this morning after seeing Spencer P Jones on a chilly Darwin night, read your comment, and cried myself to sleep. I directed the video for Easy come, easy go. Grant looks beautiful against the moon. He asked me in the studio for that jesus shot; and insisted it be the closing fade out at the end, which I obliged. I was never a great Go Betweens fan, nor The Church; but I am an unabshed fan of Grant McLennan and of Steven Kilbey; and I know they are fans of each other – Many “famous” artists are fans of other artists -I guess “I’m your fan”, that tribute album to Leonard Cohen (which I haven’t heard) by other artists, explains.
    Grant once played at a tribute night to Bob Dylan in Sydney. All the other musicians got up and played one of Bob’s songs; Grant played one of his own. Fantastic.

    love Kittykat

  46. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 30 June 2007 at 2:34 am #

    anon 10.23am,

    B-flat soprano sax comes in both a curved and a straight version. They play the same range but have a slightly different timbre.

    The straight version does indeed look like a smallish clarinet and Adolphe Sax of course used the clarinet as one of the ‘parents’ of the sax when he was bashing out prototypes in his garage.

    The development of the metal sax from the clarinet can be equated to development of the metal Dobro resonator guitar from wooden bodied acoustic guitars.

    The edgy, sexy sonic characteristics of the sax are largely due to the metal body and metal bell – IMO ye olde clarinet is not really a sexy beast…though it can be made to sound mysterious or haunting.

    Though of course, for fragile haunting beauty – it’s hard to beat the double reed of the oboe (very hard to play well though)

  47. avatar
    if i write long enough, i will have something to say, which might mean something, but space will alw | 30 June 2007 at 3:31 am #

    there’s so many of these little images here… have you(s) seem them all….???


  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 June 2007 at 5:51 am #

    Could not get to sleep last night.
    Fine, then. Perfect.

  49. avatar
    isolde | 30 June 2007 at 7:02 am #

    wassily’s been known to do a line in the can tho some have said it’s dinky

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 June 2007 at 7:27 am #

    ahhhhh….music again….am a civilized lushbag again tonight…,genx xxxxx

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