posted on October 4, 2006 at 8:36 pm

nk n i decided some indian food mite be nice for dinner
i chuck on my ipod n i duck down the road
as fast as fast can be
nimbly stepping round the slow walkers n bumbling dolts
who crawl along the pavement
past the nirvana beach liquor store
i move like a ghost in the darkness
popol vuh on ipod very much lately
all of em
i recommend all of em
sometimes the guitars almost sound like us
in some strange ways
sometimes a girl sings in a very teutonic medieval style
sometimes its all kinda indian-y and ambient
some times its very gothic n architecture
sometimes it rocks quite hard
sometimes its very mysterious
of course i cant remember the titles cos theyre in german
but this ones called hosianna mantra
buy it for someone “straight” for their birthday
they’ll say “what the f….” and give it back to you for sure
then you can enjoy it because at least you tried
to turn that square on,
and cos its brilliant in its self
oh so easy baby i digress
i start out doin’ one thing
i always end up doin’ the other
i begin on the high road
i finish on the low road
at the temple of low men
i guess sometimes
but where was i….?
oh yes
so i order the food
palak paneer
aloo tikki
ten minutes before its ready
i nip round the corner
and listening to ipod
standing outside a bookshop
which seemed to have loadsa intriguing books
in its shelves
and im digging the p.v.
and staring at the covers of yonder bookes
when a face pops into view like a dolphin
swimming up to a camera n looking in
blow me down its laetitia,
a spanish gurl and mac guru
who helped me get my lapptopp going
she was filming us at revesby too
much to my surprise
but there she was
anyway ive just said hello to her
but who should walk past
a famous actor fiendss
one of my favourites over the years
a beautiful young man
now a very handsome olde devil
terry fucking stamp
i say to laetitia do you see who that was
terence stamp
shes excited cos shes a fan too
we follow him round to the fishnchip shop
hes just standing there in shorts n an old shirt
very suntanned n statuesque
a real top class british gentleman charmer
rob dicko eat ya heart out
anyhow he buys some fishnchips
(surprise , surprise)
and sits there eatin’ it at a stool n table
l and i are staring thru the window pretending to choose lobsters
but we’re watching stampy
no one recognising the druid at all!
go on go n say hi to him i say to laetitia
we’re both giggling n carrying on a bit
wow i dont often see guys that get me going like that
but terence stamp, cmon!
he who defined swingin’ london with julie christie
forever glorified in waterloo sunset
as epitamy of grooviness
with those glassy blue eyes
now at 60 something
hes slim n upright
striding purposefully down the street
with a spring in his step
and woofing down bondis famous fishnchips
i’d like to say
that i walked up n said terry?
n he looked up n said
steve? steve fuckin’ kilbey from the chrunch!
and then he said
kinda quiet like
got anything to smoke at home , olde bean?
and this led to merry evening
with stampy sittin’ round the kitchen table
regaling us with stories of marlon brando
and his brother chris who co-managed the who
and the swinging bloody sixties..
sipping on cognac and puffing on the vapouriser
and then he invited me onto the film set
and i got to play his underling villain
a criminally insane old ‘ippy
driven nuts by years of dope abuse n rocknroll
but still with a neatly trimmed beard n nice accent
so the viewer aint sure whether to bleedin’ well trust me
or knot…
i could look dapper in a black tux at a gaming table, terry
(tho i lost 70 bux playin’ the pokies at revesby)
or i dont look too bad in a wet suit (i hope)
if theres any underwater argy bargy to sort aht
and not only that
but i score the friggin film too
and get nominated for an oscar
which they decide not to give me
cos they know i hate all award ceremonies
and they also know
they cant trust me
that if i do turn up
i’ll stick it to the man!
yeah just they way everybody hopes someone fucking will
but everyone needs the man too much to do it!
and then….
oh sorry
terry stamp , if you are reading this
i will behave myself at the oscars this time
for you
and for olde lang sine too
so i am available
ive had a little acting experience
um i was shylock you know
and thats a big part….
dont let my blog put you off, terry
if hollywood is beckoning me….
i could be available
lemme look at my calendar..
how about in five minutes…

54 Responses to “stamp duty”

  1. avatar
    Chump / USA | 4 October 2006 at 9:54 pm #

    Ok, who wants to start the six degrees of separation to Terence Stamp?

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 October 2006 at 9:54 pm #

    You sound just like one of us giddy fans spying on one of you Church types before or after a gig. Nice to know it can affect anyone!


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    veleska1970 | 4 October 2006 at 9:58 pm #

    HA HA HA HA HA!!! this was a cute story. i remember feeling this way about YOU when i met you after the dallas show. it just goes to show, i guess, that anyone can be starstruck, even stars themselves, heh heh heh.

    all your talk about popol vuh~~i guess i’m going to have to check ’em out.

    thanks for sharing this cute experience.

    lotza love….

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 October 2006 at 10:59 pm #

    Enjoyable saunter thru the streets of bondi at feeding time.
    Kinda mid 80’s Glebe meets the sea.
    Youthful writing & wide eyed enthusiasm , thats the stuff good blogs are made of.

    Dutch Pierre

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    ambnt1 | 4 October 2006 at 11:01 pm #


    Only PV disc I have is In Den Garten Pharaos, pretty out there stuff. I hear H Mantra is their best (according to some), will have to check it out.

    Terence Stamp story = “Night Sequence” from BWTB?? Sounded pretty surreal. So you never said hi???


    n.p. Hawkwind, “Space Ritual” (some guy on Amazon said the live versions here are way better than the studio ones–I disagree completely. Good album, though)

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    Richard | 4 October 2006 at 11:14 pm #

    you dag!

  7. avatar
    fantasticandy | 4 October 2006 at 11:16 pm #

    popol vuh-yeh they feature on the krautrock dvd’s that are on the way to you most soon. t.stamp one cool dude.

  8. avatar
    Richard | 4 October 2006 at 11:17 pm #

    (less than) 6 degrees to Stamp (almost)

    When I lived in Canberra my wife worked with a woman who was a good friend of a woman called Joyce whose son almost said hello to Terence Stamp yesterday.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 October 2006 at 11:20 pm #

    i must appolgize for my bizzybeeness, it’s darn right profuse and I miss ya.

    i think of you in these others worthy of admiring:


  10. avatar
    emmkay | 4 October 2006 at 11:31 pm #

    There’s probably a shorter one, chump, but here goes:

    Mr Stamp appeared in “Star Wars Episode I: The Crap One” as Chancellor something-or-other. Valorum. (Thanks IMDB).

    “Star Wars Episode II: Not as bad as the last one” then featured one Joel Edgerton as the young Uncle Owen.

    Joel went on to star in “The night we called it a day” (about Frank Sinatra’s infamous visit to Australia in 1974) which also featured the great David Field as our illustrious ex-leader Bob Hawke.

    David Field had previously appeared in an awesome little movie called “Blackrock”, for which our Mr Kilbey provided the awesome music.

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 October 2006 at 12:36 am #

    Multiple choice –

    Whay is El Tel wandering around Bondi Beach ordering takeaway like a local?

    a) He is getting into character for his next role as an aging indy/alternative/space rock star who wanders around Bondi Beach ordering takeaway.

    b) He’s having an acid flashback and thinks he’s wandering around Carnaby St looking for Roger Vadim so they can order takeaway from their favourite chipper.

    c) He wandered into a Bondi Beach pharmacy a few years back when he was in AU. filming some movie and fell madly in love with the young pharmacist behind the counter. They got married and live part of the year in Bondi Beach. He’s wandering around like a local cos he is one.

    Now choose a, b or c and I’ll tell you the answer later today!


  12. avatar
    Chump /USA | 5 October 2006 at 12:56 am #

    Nicely done emmkay. Now who can trace Kilbey to Bacon? Sorry for the pun SK, I know how you feel about meat.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 October 2006 at 1:00 am #

    Hi Steve,

    gotta buzz outa that one – you sure you ain’t a closet straight!?



  14. avatar
    lorrain | 5 October 2006 at 1:10 am #

    High Steven,

    Ah man, I laughed my heart out about it all, if one may say so. you know i’m still an aprentice, but your way with words, not to mention your attention to detail, (reading over makes for it tho) these wonderous sories have powers no other cyber media programmed machine could have.

    Ouch ! Terry real close must be quite a trip, moreover, in the morning 😉 Blue, almost the color of lorraine. Still, ladies smile back or care when i express myself, even as a man of sorrow lost into the crowd, but i can’t remember when lately, revealing how my grey eyes can compete with Terrys’.

    Too young for his glorious era, i had met him as Zod (geee) in 1976 (I was 5, geeez), against the man in tights, but i really discovered him, lately again, in the limey. In fact, i did not know he had such blue eyes. What a camera can do !

    anyone knows how to contact Terrance Stamp ? wasn’t he crossing a bridge, recently ? Ah yes, he passed the test. I wonder if my previous meetings with artists could help U reach stars like him.

    contentment to everyone with charme out theyre in n out of the chrunch, marty and your wife also. what a reunion.
    hope laetitia reads…
    also hope it fits the magnethealing tour calendar
    unbelievably stamped
    hippy lots of love, and happy dreams !!!

  15. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 5 October 2006 at 1:23 am #

    Oh my, Terrance Stamp! Now there’s an elegant, lovely man and a damned fine actor. Cute story, Steve. I’d love to have seen your face when you saw him. I thought you were going to tell us you’d found some other really obscure liquor but that it was okay, because (everyone say it now) it’s herbal! ; )

  16. avatar
    General Catz | 5 October 2006 at 1:39 am #

    So, did you go up and say hello to him?

    miss grove

  17. avatar
    mike a | 5 October 2006 at 1:43 am #

    What a crazy story!!!! Nice one sk!! Did you ever eat the Indian food?

  18. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 5 October 2006 at 1:52 am #

    Your food, sir.
    Your FOOD, sir.
    You forgot your food!


  19. avatar
    craig | 5 October 2006 at 5:48 am #

    that’s really cool!!!……some folks just got IT……interesting how these things come round……..hmmmm…….i wonder if………………ah……nevermind 🙂

  20. avatar
    leelinau | 5 October 2006 at 6:35 am #


    ….puff puff…


  21. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 5 October 2006 at 6:39 am #

    so did you ever really go up to Terry or was this just a dream…

  22. avatar
    Dark Eyes - Noosa | 5 October 2006 at 6:47 am #

    Hi there Steve,

    mmmmm your dinner sounded good, hope you
    and NK enjoyed it after the excitement with T.S.!
    We’re looking forward to seeing you tomorrow nite in Eumundi.

  23. avatar
    sue cee | 5 October 2006 at 7:13 am #

    you’re too funny sk you stalker you. If it was me I’d be rubbing my eyes thinking i was mistaken until i realised that b bon’s cee is correct. The only famous person i ran into down your way was Jacko 🙁

    What do you reckon he said to the pharmacy girl when he chatted her up?

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 October 2006 at 7:19 am #

    Theres a place for us in movies

    Ya just gotta lay around!!!

    Go Johnny – Thanks Old Bean

    Steve fuckin Kilbey – Crickey

    Melbourne’s screaming for ya, cause we luv’s you boys.

    Hit us right between the eyes with all that you got cause we wanna rock and roll!


    Ciao Bella

  25. avatar
    sue cee | 5 October 2006 at 7:32 am #

    five degrees of separation
    terrence stamp = star wars = elizabeth hand = shriek movie = sk

  26. avatar
    damien | 5 October 2006 at 7:52 am #

    It was funny to imagine you being starstruck like we mere mortals are when we see or meet you, Steve.

    I don’t want to sound like I’m castigating you here, but I think you could quite easily have been recognisable to the Terrance Stamps of this world and been in and scored their movies if you’d really wanted it and had been prepared to play the game a little more. Christ, if Gavin Rossdale can get an acting gig. . . .

    I know you probably don’t like being told this, but I just wish The Church were a household name in this country. We need Steve Kilbey, not Johnny Farnham, to be the grand old man of Australian music. Popular culture needs people like you as a bulwark against those whose reason for being is to lower the standards.

    Sorry if I’m ranting there!

    Did you enjoy the Indian nosh?

  27. avatar
    eek | 5 October 2006 at 8:15 am #

    What a darling story! Made me smile from ear to ear. I can just see you wide eyed and giggly. How utterly adorable.

  28. avatar
    isolde | 5 October 2006 at 9:05 am #

    oh those celebs they’re always littering up the sidewalk

    here’s some advice for what to do next time

    “Debrett’s publishers, the stuffy international authority on etiquette and behaviour, has released a guide to help rich society girls navigate modern “ladette” culture – including – how to conduct themselves on a one-night stand, meet celebrities and smoke sociably.

    The book advises those who chance upon a celebrity out with his or her family to ignore them.
    “Permit yourself a brief smile if you must, but don’t gawp, and if you must take a photo with the mobile phone, be discreet,” it states.”

  29. avatar
    dig | 5 October 2006 at 9:35 am #

    That’s exactly how I feel when I see you.
    Terry stamp is a v’cool cat isn’t he.
    Which reminds me of a little story, I was flying back to melbourne one night and ended up sharing a cab with this girl. Anyway turns out she was a PA for some Federal Liberal Polly and was really excited cos the night before she got to meet John Howard (which quite frankly I didn’t give a shit) so I say to her well you will never guess who I met last night and she’s gets even more excited who who did you meet? I met Marty Willson-Piper and she’s like who and I thought exactly that’s the difference between you and me haha

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 October 2006 at 10:01 am #

    that blog made me smile

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 October 2006 at 10:07 am #

    Would have been much more fun if it was Kevin Bacon.


  32. avatar
    metal_petal | 5 October 2006 at 10:18 am #

    He’s here for the opening night of the Priscilla Queen of the Desert musical. You sure you want a role in that, Mr Kilbey!

  33. avatar
    rubikon | 5 October 2006 at 10:25 am #

    “Waterloo Sunset” – 0ld Ray Davies was touched by a little bit of Genius when he did that one, that’s for sure – a beautiful timeless little tune.

  34. avatar
    rubikon | 5 October 2006 at 10:40 am #

    I’ve met a few famous people and talked to a few of them. I just treat them like normal human beings. You can usually tell if they want to be approached – they give you that look that says they know they’ve been recognised – if they don’t want to be approached just leave them alone – respect their privacy, etc.

    I don’t know if there is anyone I would have been starstruck by – John Lennon probably, a few others.

    I must admit that before your blogg I would have been a little starstruck by meeting you Steve. I feel I know you a little better now – although I guess that all we ever see is what you want us to see. In a way you’ve been dismantling your own myth with your blogg – showing us that you’re just a (gifted) human bean after all.

  35. avatar
    mattdavison | 5 October 2006 at 10:40 am #

    for all who cares.. I may be in the bad books wif some of ya ..But

    I have had the opportunity as an actor; to work with some amazing talented actors.usually in a small ating role, or as a P/A I was Pa to Christopher LLoyd (back2 the future) and Taxi.. The Rev JIM Iwinowski) and many other movies for three months in The Coramandal north Island Nz and it was a blast, he ‘s prob about the same age as Terri, …….Where do I begin.. No No, I will tell ya first about my pissy wissy few weeks with Rod Steiger in Wellington. Rod was the first person to show me how to blow smoke rings from a ciggar into a brandy bowl, and create jellyfish type critters to rise from the bottom like mushroom clouds.
    M J Fox in Lyttleton Chrischurch showed me his early set parkin.. Disease on a basketball court..he was quite embarresed but stated..” Matt I ve got Parkinsons I am 5.1 but I can tell ya.. you will never get the ball off me…
    I never did. That guy can play BB
    {and what an awesome man he is..beautiful;)
    Dick ‘o’ Charlie Sheen in Queenstown…as his PA on a tele commercial in 94′ man that dude ..,.beep beep.
    Too many stories..any one who feels like hearing about them please tell me and I will relay them too you.
    But’ On, Terrance I meet many a great , but wld love to spend time with Mr Stamp.. He is outstanding.
    You have had one hell of an experience SK.. Oh’ to be a fly on the wall…

    Let me tell ya about Chris LLoyd Sometime………….Anywhere

  36. avatar
    mattyd | 5 October 2006 at 10:45 am #

    Oh’ and i have meet Steven Kilbey, Marty W Piper and TIM powles and Peter Koppes………………………..

    So Fuc’ the rest I ve meet da best..

  37. avatar
    rubikon | 5 October 2006 at 10:59 am #


    I’ve only met Marty – at an All About Eve gig – in deepest darkest Old South Wales. I’ve said Hi to Pete and Tim too!.

  38. avatar
    fergal | 5 October 2006 at 11:37 am #

    terence … he may have been all aloof, ambivalent & stand-offish i’ve u’d approahed him ;-D
    still,refreshing to read your reaction to seeing him, which might not be unlike my reaction to seeing yourself on albion lane or anywhere somtime …

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 October 2006 at 11:53 am #

    never seen a ‘famous star’ walkin among us on day-release from Olympus – but I did once see Biff Byford of metal fools Saxon standing in Barnsley bus station!
    It’s a glamorous life, I’ll tell thee…

  40. avatar
    restaurant mark | 5 October 2006 at 12:42 pm #

    you were giddy, weren’t ya?!? you would make a great actor though…good look, good voice. i could see the tux, but stay away from the poker tables…i play online and its fun as hell, but too addictive. have to only do it for play money otherwise i’d probably find myself divorced. take care.

  41. avatar
    davidcwelker | 5 October 2006 at 1:14 pm #

    yeh, do larger than life folks know it ?

  42. avatar
    tex | 5 October 2006 at 1:19 pm #

    Fuck all this fish’n’chip Terence ‘Priscilla’ Stamp bollocks – I’ve just been listening to ‘Of Skins and Heart’ – ‘Is this where you live?’ – great guitar and bass – Marty off the chain – let’s get back to unsophisticated,loud, jangly 12-string guitars with a bit of feedback – the true church of 1981


  43. avatar
    John Garratt | 5 October 2006 at 2:29 pm #

    You’ve talked about Popol Vuh so much, I reserved one of their CDs at my local library. I’m #1 on the list. Yay.

    Do you have the Harold Budd/Andy Partridge collaboration? How about Talk Talk’s “Laughing Stock”?


  44. avatar
    malenkybit | 5 October 2006 at 3:36 pm #

    So Edgar A. Poe writes “Don’t Wager Your Head to the Devil” and Federico Fellini “liberally translates” it into “Toby Dammit” and makes this ingenius mini-film starring a sick-DASHING-rock-star TERENCE STAMP. “Stampy” makes the movie. My favorite appearance of his, and there are sooo many. If interested, I found it on a DVD called “Spirits of the Dead”. Anyway, Steve, much love man. Haven’t said anything for weeks, but you’re my hero as everybody’s. How cool that you admit to that human and (for me embarrassing) thrill at seeing somebody you admire. It’s the reason I never shook Robby Dicko’s hand in Cleveland when I had the chance. Who the hell am I? But man, you shoulda been smoking it up with him. Better luck next time.

  45. avatar
    Noel Christian | 5 October 2006 at 5:17 pm #

    smiles for this …and now I must have some veggie vindaloo

  46. avatar
    JJ | 5 October 2006 at 5:30 pm #

    You would cut quite the figure in a black tux at the gaming tables, martini glass full’o Jaeger n’ Red Bull. Terence Stamp, yes, but I remember Julie Christie better! I was a mere boy, you see, with adolescent stirrings. Funny to read of your “starstruck” reactions. Meeting Neil Young once made me blurt out silliness.

    Nan, that Tandoori stuff is nectar, isn’t it? Me like Tarka Dal and – apologies – Baingan Bharta (eggplant), Bhindi Bhaji too & a good Mango Lassi chaser.

    You’d make a great actor, no doubt! Just ordered some Popol Vuh, at the recommendation of a certain Blogger.


  47. avatar
    Billy Budd | 5 October 2006 at 6:38 pm #

    Shaken with stirrings

    I am in paradise

  48. avatar
    davem | 5 October 2006 at 6:40 pm #

    OOHH SK,
    Tarka dhall, chana bhuna, sag bhajee, bombay aloo ooo oo oooh. I lurve it but I am too fat to eat it…..often – I try to stick to Fridays & Saturdays only!
    Great tale. I can relate to comments of other fiends. TS is undoubtedly a cool ol’ dude but I would be far more nervous of speaking to you SK. Have also said hi to other choichies but not you – too scared.
    Talking of swinging 60’s I heard The Strangeloves on the radio tonight on the way home which was nice. I’ve loved Lenny Kaye’s “Nuggets” for over 25 years now. It was great to see it out on CD – i picked up a copy for £5 which was crazy when I paid £27 for my vinyl version in 1981!!
    Anyway, get yet tux on SK – I’d like a framed print!!
    Love you more,

    Dave M

  49. avatar
    rubikon | 5 October 2006 at 6:40 pm #

    What is this Popol Vuh? Is it some obscure veggie vindaloo 😉

  50. avatar
    pharaoh | 5 October 2006 at 6:44 pm #

    Palak paneer and Popol Vuh. You’re a man of impeccable taste, Steve.

    Now i know you disdain the worship of actors SK (with Stamp a possible exclusion hah) but i hope you don’t have a problem with the worship of film directors… for me, there are a handful of filmmakers who have had huge impressions on me and whom i value as much as my favourite musical artists. High on this list is German director Werner Herzog, who hasn’t stopped making great films and documentaries since the 60’s…

    Being the cultured gent you are Steve i assume you already know this, but for folks that don’t… Popol Vuh scored several of Herzog’s best films… Fitzcarraldo, Nosferatu and perhaps my all-time fav film Aguirre: The Wrath of God, which follows Conquistadores exploring 16th Century Peru… a very dark and dreamlike film with a soundtrack to match. PV was for the most part one man (Florian Fricke) who was a good friend of Herzog’s (he even has a small role as a musician in The Enigma of Kasper Hauser). I recommend any of these movies as a great introduction to Popol Vuh’s music as well as a an incomparable filmmaker.

    Very much looking forward to the show on Sat. night, SK. I can taste the feedback already.

    PS. Mattdavison – dont know about the other fiends but i’d be happy to hear any other film stories you have, especially any involving a certain Mr. Jackson… i remember you saying you worked on Braindead and i was very impressed… not SK’s cup of corn-syrup im sure, but it holds a special place in my heart .

  51. avatar
    Colour of Lorraine | 5 October 2006 at 6:58 pm #


    Colour of Lorraine

  52. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 October 2006 at 8:28 pm #

    ahhh…general zod, what a performance


  53. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 5 October 2006 at 9:12 pm #

    Hope shadowing T. Stamp didn’t mean getting home late with cold palak paneer!!
    My xfriend and I did the exact same thing to you, MWP, PK and RP one day on Melrose. Followed y’all into Aardvaark’s and watched MWP hold up black dresses in front of a mirror (!). I finally got the nerve to ask PK what y’all were doing in L.A. and he said you were taping the vid for Under the Milky Way…

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