posted on January 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm

crest of a slump

P=A baby

king herod what a fucking trip

hey im such a liar

im in the ancient world here we go here we go

here we go

im crossing your alps

im almost in rome

my opium arrives in a little film cannister

it tastes like very strong black liquorice

oh i dream and dream

my six string bass

my whammy bar on the deep E

the whole temple is swooning

karins having elektra n miranda

but aurora what you doing here?

white powder white 6 white female flesh

youre shivering again after all that we been thru

my purple silk shirt i bought on holidays with donnette in thailand

she looked so weird on the beach at cosa met

god its chaos in my mind

i never wanted any of this

if i never see you again…….

my ferrari cruises through babylon

you know it does yes somehow its true

call me rabbit fighter

i alight from the platform in my usual uniform

and press yer space face close to mine love

my skin looks like i slept in it

im just a gift to the women of this world

and woman = man

and all is one

and in

distorted haze the zebras graze

with a coat of grapes on my back

loneliness is my cloak full of eagles

it was thirty years ago today

the killer taught the band to play

youre vanishing again

people round here say youre a witch

i feel anxiety in my neck

carthage is cool

the palm trees and temple whores

hey where can i change these roman coins

i spent all i had on smack n avoiding another crack (up)

down by the lush black swamps where mandrake grows

i shot my baby

oh you helpless birdlings nobody wants you

i run around im looking for you

why cant i feel it

i cant tell you but i know its mine

steve kilbey in 457 BC plays a B n a C

i trem0lo the low strings it blends in with other things

pyramids full of neros

baby call me little boots baby call me slim

the way of all flesh n blood

here i am on the edge of everytown

our destination looks kinda oh bleak

my frenzied cortina man you shoulda seen her

hub cap diamond stud smokin’ speed

in deed in fucking deed

its chaos

little piles of smouldering leaves

the ocean growing hungrier

smashes your watch with a hammer

caresses you off camera

summer in sumer was super i’m sure

gilgamesh synchromesh female flesh

i devour sacrifices whole

apollo appears firing golden arrows into the enemy

the fauna oughta equal the flora

and eve = aurora


priest = aura

(in spades!)

49 Responses to “smile for the money shot”

  1. avatar
    Andreas | 5 January 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    SK, a wonderful blog today! P=A is probably my favorite although #23 comes close. I’d never have been able to do any part of that journey myself (I’m too straight), but it’s like reading a travel book. You have seen Babylon and you’re showing it for us. Or else it looks like the journey to the centre of the earth and you are Arne Saknussemm leaving behind signs to the right path… but who dares follow you? I can only do my small part of the journey- I am planning to come to the Philadelphia show– not so close to Italy!!! but I can’t miss those three albums played live, and there’s no news about Europe legs yet…

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    JigSaw | 5 January 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    dare I ask about an Australian leg? any limb would do in fact….

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    Ithaki | 5 January 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    Oh little boots, don’t throw it all in yet. Think of the immeasurable sales from the DVD! You’ll be able to build a continent of Babylons, with a harem in each town.

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    meg | 5 January 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    sh#ts all over my poetry thats for sure…i like the Diamond Hubcap…a like a good reference to Bolan but your line just is so great with the meter…it reads great!

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    Dutchpierre | 5 January 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    I really liked that one Steve , not that me liking it means fuck all – but it was like the soken bit in Lost my Touch – good pace.
    Hope you have a great 2011.

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    darkgrace | 5 January 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    Hi Steve. Did you hear about Mick Karn’s passing? Thought you might be interested being a fellow bassist. Very sad news.

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      Lisa | 5 January 2011 at 11:49 pm #

      I was deeply saddened by this news. The world lost another great. Rest in Peace Mick.

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    12str | 5 January 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    What an album P=A!!
    Excellent work…..

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    Ingrid | 5 January 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    Today’s blog a real treat SK,
    Time = space,
    Woman = Man,

    Like you were a ripple in my memory….You punctured my tyres, you crossed all my wires. I walk a million miles for one of your smiles…

    Your so 50 light years ahead of your time…

    Beautiful stuff. (Because flattery gets me everywhere…)

    Couldn’t resist, typing some memorable ones, especially as I was playing P=A again today.

    Cheers IngridXXX

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    Patrick | 5 January 2011 at 11:00 pm #


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    cymbal | 5 January 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    ripple radio edit cd i found one day
    arista promo copy from a record shop on saturday
    anticipation brewing as i rushed home to play
    never disappointed, not possible, no way!
    add to my 45s…bus driver, nonapology…yeah
    one of those happy moments, a memory to remember i’d say

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    Lady Di | 6 January 2011 at 12:35 am #

    i love liquorice
    i love bass
    i love loneliness
    i love the ocean and summer and the sand

    it’s a beautiful morning
    i think i’ll go outside for a while
    and just smile

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    PINK CHURCH FLOYD | 6 January 2011 at 12:58 am #

    best album ever written by The Church
    And funny enough, when you were at your lowest kilb’s
    or maybe it was your highest….
    My T shirt goes from washing line and rarely even makes my drawers.
    i chose it out of all the Ts at the Geelong show and wear it with pride as i walk my dogs with my ipod playing nothing but that one and only….

    Love todays blog kilb’s
    P=A vamped into an amazing combo
    Love it
    Have a good one mr Kilb’s, and thanks for my life of tune-age
    Ange xo

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 6 January 2011 at 1:02 am #

    I printed up todays blog so I can touch it, feel it, live within it, for all eternity. I have placed P=A on autopilot and I am streaming … away…

    Bless you for the greatest creation,

    Darrin K.

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      Broken Dreams and Shattered Lives | 6 January 2011 at 8:01 am #

      I am relieved to hear someone else say that Darrin. I thought I was the only one. I often print the blogs off and rub them about my person. Nothing gay about it, after all I am married. I just like the feel of the words on my body so to speak. Quite magical and acts as a sort of elixir for my mind and spirit. Loved todays Steve, keep it up!!!

      Yours Truly,
      Doogie H.

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    eekie | 6 January 2011 at 1:33 am #

    Feels as if you’re kicked back on the couch with the remote clicking through stations on a surreal tv.

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    Cecilia | 6 January 2011 at 3:06 am #

    Bummer about Mick Karn! Playing Sensitive at the moment.


    i devour sacrifices whole
    apollo appears firing golden arrows into the enemy

    devoro enteros a los sacrificios
    Apolo aparece disparar flechas de oro al enemigo

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    andy | 6 January 2011 at 6:25 am #

    what an amazing body of work….
    y’know iv’e been listening to u23 again the last few days…and it IS every bit as good as those other two ‘classic’ albums your’e rehearsing.
    HOB is still the one for me though!
    but the fact remains….for me at least, that the church are the most consistently remarkable rock band on planet earth……
    thirty years of never-ending musical progression, it’s totally unprecidented!
    i wish i could raise the dough like andreas for a usa gig, i wish i could get to the opera house shindig, but times are tough…..
    my youngest daughter april has narcolepsy, a pretty rare and woefully misunderstood affliction.
    it’s taken time, money and a great deal of effort to get her the right kind of treatment, but after a great deal of persistence and financial load wev’e managed to get her a place at college too…..and she’s doing ok, despite all the odds….
    it all costs an arm and a leg!
    the money-well is now all but dry…i even had to sell my rickenbacker not so long ago and a couple more may have to follow…….although we still hope to get a new album out sometime this year.
    so….any gig a little closer would be much appreciated if possible.
    but like davem i’m aware of the difficulties involved!
    always with you in spirit though steve…..always.

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 6 January 2011 at 2:32 pm #

      I am so sorry for the challenges that you must endure each and every day. My daily prayers will now forever include you and your family. Good luck and bless you for your courage in the presence of everything that you will defeat with your strong sense of commitment.

      Darrin K.

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    Mr. Argent | 6 January 2011 at 7:31 am #

    Bone Schwa SK et Tout,
    Don’t mean to hijack today’s beautiful imagery and Lady Di’s sagacity (thanks for that, as well) but thought this quote would be of interest re: Mick Karn:

    Duran Duran bassist John Taylor has posted a tribute to Karn on the band’s website in which he described seeing Japan in the late ’70s. “When I think back to that night,” he remembered, “the image that first comes to mind first is beautiful Mick, red hair and Ibanez bass, shaved eyebrows and ballet shoes, shuffling around the floor like a docile robot, playing also with great beauty and verve, punching delicate holes in the fabric of the songs; in Mick Karn’s basslines no notes were ever wasted.”

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    Freddie | 6 January 2011 at 7:58 am #

    Love all over ya ttb. Hope the rehearsals are going well.

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    andabagofchips | 6 January 2011 at 8:02 am #

    I would like to see a daily photo of SK in his Far ra-re and those 6 adoring fans. You gotta believe in yourself. Bling it on up. You should make that rooster call all the way back to 500 B.C . ..let em know you have arrived.Permenides will quake in his grave.Hereclitean fire will burn all the brighter.

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    stealth blue | 6 January 2011 at 9:36 am #

    This just definitely makes me feel very relaxed…a very, very welcomed feeling lately. I’d really like some jazz at the moment. I’d even share with all of you…
    Peace, Steve and co…


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    ASSMIDGET | 6 January 2011 at 10:10 am #

    I got more butts than a billygoat

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    Taurus Pedals | 6 January 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Oh man, February 7th cannot get here soon enough. This is going to be EPIC. 23. P=A. *fish. Oh man. Maybe the next album can be coupled with Heyday and Blurred Crusade? Greedy I know.

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    Brien Comerford | 6 January 2011 at 10:51 am #

    ” Aura”, “Ripple” and “Film” are the real P=A gems for me. I am so biased in reference to “Forget Yourself” and “Hologram Of Baal.” I guess I am because they can musically reign over any two Pink Floyd Or Radiohead Albums. That would be “Dark Side Of The Moon” and “Animals” and “The Bends” and “OK Computer” Three dynamic bands- two are replete with money and one merits to be replete with the same amount of money. Life is not very equitable and the human condition makes it worse. My glass has always been half empty but I do drink many glasses.

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      PINK CHURCH FLOYD | 7 January 2011 at 5:20 pm #

      We have the same taste in songs and albums
      My glass is half empty too, but like you many glasses have I

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    Karen | 6 January 2011 at 11:03 am #

    “in deed in fucking deed

    its chaos”

    yes tis and my chickens arent laying

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    veleska1970 | 6 January 2011 at 11:49 am #

    i LOVE the way this one just flows like water. very dreamy.

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    nickfiction | 6 January 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    one of my faves!

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    Lyndall | 6 January 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Loved this one! Definitely a gift! Lx

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    Steven Krut | 6 January 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    “my ferrari cruises through babylon
    you know it does yes somehow its true”

    This clever juxtaposition of incongruous imagery made me chuckle.

    “im just a gift to the women of this world”

    Coney Island Baby! Yeah!

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    hellbound heart | 6 January 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    p=a is a magnificent, wonderful album……it’s the measure of a musical work that it can still transport me to other places even after countless listens…….THANKS STEVE….

    love always…..

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    Thomas Thomsen | 6 January 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    I just realized how much I’ve missed you, Brien!

    Forget Yourself is my favorite album by The Church, as is P=A. I love each and every song on the latter, but Aura, Ripple, Lustre, and in particular, Mistress and Paradox, they’re all as good as it gets.

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      Ron Bonham | 7 January 2011 at 1:02 pm #

      So glad to see FY and HOB get some love along w/P=A, the Church at their most blissed out those 3 lps. Good to hear you’re putting in some time w/the band’s opus, I bet you guys will play it better this time than the short tour you did for it back in 92. FLIM, though, Stunned I am going to get to hear it 2 times!

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    M | 6 January 2011 at 9:40 pm #


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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 7 January 2011 at 12:44 am #


    I beleive in the recent past you spoke of Tom Dart and his commitment in Illinois to stop and prosecute animal abusers. The other day he encountered a pit-bull fighting club and many young animals were badly harmed. When he spoke of this on the local news, his eyes welled up…as he told the reporter that most of these people do this, dog fighting, for gambling purposes. Sadly, he believed these fuckers were just doing it for ‘sport’, the thrill of watching animals attack each other. I really wished than, and now that he WOULD have decided to run for higher public office. One of his explanations was the “time away from family” would increase and he is so committed to law enforcement already. There ARE real men and women in Illinois that serve their communities with pride and dignity. He is a real stand-up guy. And I commend you for your efforts that you have often spoke of on this blog. Great Job !!!

    Darrin K.

  33. avatar
    Tanya | 7 January 2011 at 3:05 am #

    Your brain really should be hooked up to the proper devices so we can literally watch the neurons in flight while you compose your thoughts. I can see them in my mind, coming faster than you can type, faster than we can read.

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    davem | 7 January 2011 at 4:43 am #

    It is indeed a cracker SK.
    It’s the way you tell ’em.
    But I have fuck all chance of getting to the states to hear it. Not the money so much as the time and hassle it would cause at home.

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    John F | 7 January 2011 at 5:36 am #

    Oh man that one gave me the chills. Weaving the lines throughout…nicely done. I remember that Fender VI bass – I had never seen one and thought you were playing a Jazzmaster. Some show in Dallas around the time. I haven’t put on P=A on in a couple years. This dreary day suits it. I remember that era, that album, so vividly. It molded my curious little 18 year old brain. Swathed it in a strange type of warm comfort only drugs had been able to provide. Oh man, can’t wait for this tour. Gonna tap the old 401K for this one!


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    matthew | 7 January 2011 at 7:08 am #

    I too would dearly love to see an Aussie leg of these shows (extra leg, deedle eedle eedle um?) Anyway, I’ve always loved the present-ancient literary merge you do so well, on so many albums… I can but imagine how great these three would be to experience live.

    I’ll even bring my public servant friends back for more – they loved the acoustic Tilley’s show!

    Cheers from France, en vacances.


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    Brien Comerford | 7 January 2011 at 11:16 am #

    Thanks Darrin K- Dart is a true animal lover. Governor Quinn is too.

    I must concur with you that indeed the Chicago Reader is not even mentioning the upcoming Church concert in Chicago. Meanwhile, they are listing the most bombastic groups that could ever emenate from hell in addition to unknown bands that will sadly draw about tweny fans. I think it is an inadvertant mistake but it is a huge mistake in light of the fact that the Church is playing three of their greatest CDs including Starfish that is respected by every progressive music fan over 35 years old in the United States.

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 8 January 2011 at 12:32 am #


      Darrin K.

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 8 January 2011 at 12:34 am #

        I just hope ticket sales are going okay. I have been yelling the upcoming tour from my truck as I drive the insane streets and alley ways of Chicago, sadly though…I keep forgetting to put down the windows.

        Darrin K.

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    lily was here | 8 January 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    Press Stop.Record.Pause.Rewind.Fast Forward.Replay.
    Hit repeat for the love trip x

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