posted on August 12, 2007 at 7:29 am

we have dinner
we have a quiz
me asking doodles n minna trivia
who were 4 members of beatle boys? i ask
we get george paul n ringo
but they cant remember the last name
cmon ! i say
ricki? asks eve hopefully
ha ha ha! i laughed n laughed
later on i ask who was the king of such n such
aurora : was that ricki?
ha ha
king ricki the great of mu mu land
he who brought rock to his enemies
a man who can play a beard of stars
n prelude to a day laye
is a just monarch for sure im certain
its sunday night
i can write anything right?
its my day of the rest for god sake
i could easily do nothing you know
but im committed n thats why im here
at your dispersal
a cold shoulder to cry on
my deepest antipathy
anterior life on this plan it
the furthest closest door
steve b kill
ask you boss to raise your spirit
a man eating fish
blew bottle jelly tin
the rockpools are tiny whirleds
snails n little fish
purple n silver stones
wolfmother of pearljam
igneous rock
basalt like
fairy dust encrusted
heres the little starfish starfish
should i dislodge its memories for tv show?
i ask my oracle in my heart
he says have no truck with it
empty feeling in treasury says go my son
it cant do any harm
its a dilemma mama
no advice necessary
none asked for
none taken
the obvious aint always so obviously the right way
all publicity aint good publicity
some things best left unsaid about some things
just leave em as they are
let em be
let em out
but resist urge to tamper in a good job
the weary(some) hoi polloi demand explanations
where didja get the idea for that they want to ask
then they edit it all up
as they wanna get an angle
on the other hand
a loada people get “reaquainted ” with ya
but reaquainted with some past glory
not what you doing now
shame i gotta be over this barrel
but i helped put me there
so its just my difficult job to deicide now
between obscure legend intacto
prime (ate) time (over) exposure
the stupid things that mite get said
the stuttering blustering pontificating palaver
(translate that into spanish please)
steve b kill
picking thru the embers of the past on the telly
oh yeah
i did this n i did that
self satisfied snigger
we recorded the vocals in this very room
now a dungeon in sam n ellas brothel/niteclub
i wrote the words on this bitter paper
words i wrestled from my very soul indeed
or was it
i got stoned and made something up on the spot
is there a point between these extremes that telly can understand
here is the veryguitar i pawned in 1999
which played the lead riff on the flexi disc from the same session
here i am now
over enthusiastic olde rake
despite himself
telly casting my cut up memories
answering the kwestions like a goodebouy
it was like this and that muh ludd
let me tell you this one again
on the otherhand
what real choice do i have?
its not as easy as it probably looks
its a hard slog
its an uphill road
its a thankless gig
its a struggle
its a carryon
thats the comedown

42 Responses to “starcrost”

  1. avatar
    steve kilbey | 12 August 2007 at 8:55 am #

    at time of writing #35 on chart

  2. avatar
    Sunshine | 12 August 2007 at 9:34 am #

    Dear Sir Killerbee,
    I’m 14 hrs behind you on the planet (why am I still awake?) and I’m 260 below you in ranking. The highest I’ve gotten yet, and my blog is much less interesting. Much less colorful in prose and imagery as it’s mostly an archival tool for me.

    I am glad to finally hear what you thought (even briefly) about The Illusionist. I agreed it was better than the Prestige, because there was more intrigue in the details of it. I wish there was a way you could discuss how you felt it ended. My husband and I were compelled to rewind and view over a few bits to try to solve the ending. You know… did she or didn’t she? Right? Was it a ruse? I love that stuff. Yeah, it could have been better, but I thought it was done pretty well.

    Sorry that this isn’t relevant to today’s post, but I missed a couple of days. I’m waiting anxiously for all your upcoming audio projects to become available for mere mortal ears.


  3. avatar
    12str | 12 August 2007 at 10:04 am #

    we struggle to take you to the top man!!



  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 10:09 am #

    sometimes{most times actually}children blow you away with their comments ….don’t they?…such a fresh perspective..your girls obviously inherited your wit!…my daughter’s teacher was in N.Y. for the June/July holidays,and was telling the class about her adventures….she was talking about the statue of “John Lennon” and asked if anyone knew who he was…she’s an art orientated person,so,needless to say, we get along famously….she rang me that afternoon,to tell me that when she asked that question,Morgen said”He was the singer for the Beatles,and he died in 1980,…he is the walrus”.{I just don’t recall telling her that?where did that come from?}…she also is miffed that the alphabet is not spelled correctly…m,as far as she is concerned,should be “em”etc. I really love your language.You’re so clever Mr.Bilkey! …have a peaceful,and crispy{dunno,couldn’t find an appropriate word,so crispy it’ll have to be!} night!…love,as always,genx xxxxx

  5. avatar
    fantasticandy | 12 August 2007 at 10:25 am #

    is my favourite single ever,
    pure pop genius….proof positive that ‘intelligent’pop IS possible.
    yet it appears on yon crunches most
    ‘difficult’ album.(also my favourite.}
    this kind of diversity is rare these days.
    SK and the church are an endangered species.
    these guys don’t earn ‘royalties’,
    any money that comes their way seems more like contributions to a ‘survival fund’.
    how wrong can this be?

    this is the finest guitar-band in the world today….still slogging around the globe…. for sheer love of their art.
    it’s downright bloody heroic.
    whoever reads this…next time you hear the strains of doof,doof mechanical,mindless catchpenny crap,
    crank killer and the boys up!
    i hear you say….but what about the subtle ones andy?
    the gentle lilting stuff?
    and i say….all the more reason to love ’em!
    in an endless parade of ‘one-trick ponies’ the church are a magnificent powerfull stallion…wild and free.
    i’m starting to ramble a bit now….time for some jasmine tea.
    have a nice day!
    andy L.

    p.s. welcome home davem!
    se ya at the gig.

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 10:28 am #

    P.S. I just asked Morgie,again, how she knew about John lennon,and she said that she saw a movie about it!{as opposed to the last time I asked her,and she said “I don’t know?” ….that makes a bit more sense….children absorb soooo much…amazing!…love,genx xxxxx

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 11:18 am #

    yeah well i agree with ya jenx (by the way, thanks for the lovely comment yesterday)…children are the most amazing creatures…had a little boy in my kindergarten class who was absolutely beside himself with pride on friday because he’d mastered the art of armpit farts…he ended up rolling around on the floor trying to make farting noises with behind his knees…ah, the education system at work…
    steve i sympathise with inane interviewers as i cringed at such a person interviewing you on youtube…my god, some of the questions people ask you must send you into a coma…
    i’ll shut up now (no smart ass comments now, guys)
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

  8. avatar
    craig1.618 | 12 August 2007 at 11:28 am #

    at another juncture at another point on this spiral

    the decision has already been made and it has already been done

    i wonder sk

    the relevancy of these thoughts are my comedown

    i too have a VERY difficult decision to make…….and i have to make it later today

    the decision will affect me the rest of my life

    my perspective is cloudy and my heart is heavy

  9. avatar
    davem | 12 August 2007 at 11:41 am #

    You’re correct that it has to be your decision.
    Us fans would all say “go for it” for the insight it’d give us and the £££’s it’d send your way.
    But it ain’t our art or pain.
    Love you more,


  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 12:16 pm #

    H.Heart…..hello you!…that’s very funny!I have tried my hardest{in my younger years,of course…I’m definitely way too sophisticated{not!}to try now}to make that noise,and that great car/aeroplane noise that it seems only boys can do!…kids are an amazing study of the “human condition”…I’ve noticed,with my baby girl{8 yrs old},not only is she fragile ,gentle,and sensitive,but extremely strong and she has a real grasp on her own worth,and knows already what a true friend is..a pretty huge concept for a child..I believe that the best things we can teach our children is how to live their life to it’s full potential,follow their dreams,and be proud of themselves for doing so..My folks fought all the time when I was a coulda cut the air some nights…It’s funny,the promises you make to yourself and your children…when her father got nasty{viciously nasty},I knew that that environment was not good enough for her{coz of my own low self esteem{the result of my folks spats}I probably would have put up with it a bit longer}..they are so precious aren’t they?!!!!!…I didn’t know that you were a Kindy Saint…bless you!….love to you and your munchkin/s{do you have 1 or 2}…genx xxx

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 12:32 pm #

    hey u looked good on telly last night sk.

  12. avatar
    mandn | 12 August 2007 at 12:39 pm #

    g’mornin’ Orpheus.

    I keep forgetting to ask if you’ve read
    Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy yet?
    It’s Tony Visconti’s autobiography.
    I am half-way through and I have a hard
    time putting it down. It make me giggle though,
    Tony’s always been a great story teller.

    My little one leaves for college next week.
    Any parting words before she goes to Art School
    and gets all fancy on me?

    love to you and yours,

  13. avatar
    matthew | 12 August 2007 at 1:06 pm #

    “a cold shoulder to cry on”, that’s classic, i love it.

  14. avatar
    matthew | 12 August 2007 at 1:20 pm #

    hahahaha and “wolfmother of pearljam”, just re-read and got that one!

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 1:23 pm #

    “it’s a hard slog, you’re a mad dog……”…rob dickinson


  16. avatar
    sharka | 12 August 2007 at 1:28 pm #

    Bob Dylan had the same problem as you.

    I watched him last night.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 1:42 pm #

    rmck….is that a” freaky conclusion”? …great blogge today Steve!you are like afine bottle of red..One day,one day!…/CW

  18. avatar
    timf | 12 August 2007 at 1:54 pm #

    To quote the steve miller band…”go on take the money and run”

  19. avatar
    veleska1970 | 12 August 2007 at 3:38 pm #

    awww~~your daughters are so kewwwt!! they definitely have their dad’s charm. 😉

    “its not as easy as it probably looks
    its a hard slog
    its an uphill road
    its a thankless gig
    its a struggle
    its a carryon
    thats the comedown”
    i hear ya, steve. but sometimes the journey is what makes it worthwhile.

    lotza love…..

  20. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 12 August 2007 at 4:21 pm #

    Andy is right on today !! The Church are the greatest guitar band on the planet and their lyrics, vocals and music is so much better than reputable superstars such as Radiodead and Oldplay. Steve Kilbey, Chrissie Hynde and Jeff Beck are the nucleus of my musical solar system. Macca hovers around because I need his optimism to mitigate my pessimism. Sk’s profound like Lennon and mystical like Harrison.
    Relevancy !
    Today’s blog was great. They invariably r !!!!!

  21. avatar
    andmoreagain | 12 August 2007 at 5:04 pm #

    What a nightmare. Having to be interviewed, examined, cut-up, cut-down and then broadcast on the T.V. for all the world to see. I’d still like to see it though.

  22. avatar
    JONNY HOLLYWOOD | 12 August 2007 at 5:16 pm #

    more like Comeup here so i can Comedown there and see all my premieres…

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 6:05 pm #

    It sounds like life light around your place!! Simply charming- no smart mouthing this time!! Wanna trade?
    I’m going to cry on your cold shoulder now…
    So, I get this emergency phone call from my almost twin brother last week:
    Him: S is in the hospitol for blood clots in her lungs, a week after her knee surgery.
    Muse: OMG! Is she OK? Will she live?
    Him: There will be some tests…she’s on blood thinners, etc etc. She and her boyfriend party so much, it’s hard to tell what’s really going on- doc’s think a drug cocktail! Maybe a blood disease too. Can you please call her, talk some sense into her?
    Muse: Oh, yes, I’m always the pyed piper with no kids- I give plenty of free advice! Why do they love me for this!! haha
    Muse: Hi Neice, I’m very concerned, your dad is concerned about his baby girl!
    Niece: Giggle, giggle…the painkillers are so great- my boyfriend loves them ‘cuz they make me horney!
    Muse: Whoa! TMI!! How about some planned parenthood. Really I think you’re about 10 years to young (she’s 19), and this shouldn’t happen, dammit!! Get you talents back to your viola!


  24. avatar
    kat | 12 August 2007 at 6:14 pm #


    you crack me up. vedder luvs the church,for what it’s worth.. (yes, i know this for fact)

    would luv to at least hear your interview. or what feels like… an interrogation..

    speaking of:!

    i know you of all are a stones freak, sk. found fingerprint file on myspace! oh!

    i am actually in search of jazz..the song. please post, sometime, sir kilbey..or someone.


  25. avatar
    Faye | 12 August 2007 at 7:40 pm #

    Mmmmm…Cheeky,lovely girls,and their king!What a nights tale!{I think,you’ll find that to their fans,the band you mentioned,are called “Woofmuvver”} xoxo

  26. avatar
    Dick Ploog | 12 August 2007 at 9:35 pm #

    In my heyday I was made to look away

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 10:25 pm #

    Words of wisdom for monday…..”Everything is always perfect!”…./CW

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 11:20 pm #

    “and everything is taken care of!”…can’t forget that part!xx

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 11:31 pm #

    wolfmother sucks!

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2007 at 11:48 pm #

    I’d like to see that interview too sk (especially if it’s for that “Classic Australian Albums” show), but I can understand why you wouldn’t want to do it from past experiences you’ve had with the media. Go with your “gut instinct” sk, if it feels right go for it, if not, stay the hell away!
    Love Amanda

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 August 2007 at 12:32 am #

    eagerly,and like nothin’else,looking forward to you new solo/duo magic!…and “wolfmother” sucks,to the max!…/GB x

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 August 2007 at 1:17 am #

    kat girl, jazz request noted.

  33. avatar
    melquiades | 13 August 2007 at 1:44 am #

    well since you put it that way forget I ever mentioned it!
    I don’t blame you. All that scrutiny, all that interpretation.

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 August 2007 at 2:05 am #

    pearl jam loves the church…


    be nice to Pearl jam killer!!


  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 August 2007 at 2:19 am #

    hell yeah!have pearl jam ever seen the church?I’m sure, ettimself fatta would love it!

  36. avatar
    ? | 13 August 2007 at 2:41 am #


  37. avatar
    One Man Dog | 13 August 2007 at 3:30 am #

    Saw Classic Aust. Albums on Sat, they had The triffids on, Steve Did some enthusiastic Deliverences on their music. Found it quite impressive. THen after that on came prt2 of No Direction Home-Great stuff! I wonder if a Church album will feature on this show, I still can’t believe they did Crowded houses woodface-Temple of lowmen would have been a much better choice. I think the saint are on next week. Anyhow if they did do a church album I spose it would have to be Starfish, although I reckon Priest=Aura or Heyday would be more interesting, Steve could just refer to his blog entry on the matter-ah the shoegazer cult.



  38. avatar
    Gillespie | 13 August 2007 at 3:49 am #

    %@*^@&!words do make the girl…..great blogge Nevets x

  39. avatar
    the gap in your moustache | 13 August 2007 at 4:10 am #

    Too cool you r.
    He never gloats about his quotes.
    Your comments on the triffids were great (SBS). But why is their working with a guy who produced ‘gasp’ ECHO & THE HOPPYMEN such an achievement? They deserved even better! whatever
    No offence. Shame about Dave, what a great voice, from a whisper to a roar, he was pretty expressive, had great guitars, mad hair, looked insane and would smile and loose it all. Shame really. They were a top band. Mixt sex group.

  40. avatar
    it never rains,but it paws | 13 August 2007 at 4:35 am #

    sometimes ya just have a “bad hair day”..then others,there’s nothing to get in the way of what you want{story of my life}…… should do interviews,when you are on fire….be great if you were the one who said when and where…then you could knock ’em dead!

  41. avatar
    eek | 13 August 2007 at 12:13 pm #

    heres the little starfish starfish
    should i dislodge its memories for tv show?

    I appreciate that you do think about whether or not to do stuff such as this. Whatever you decide I think most of us do know it wasn’t made lightly.

  42. avatar
    sharka | 13 August 2007 at 2:05 pm #

    echo and the bunnymen were a top group, eh!

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