posted on September 29, 2007 at 12:52 am

another weird day
i arrive in cold stormy melb
after leaving warm glamourous sydney
after waiting round for 1 n a half hours
my guitar failed to emerge
so i went off axeless
(without my instrument…i ashamed)
i turn up at david birdies house
a man of few words
he concurs that we’ll just “wing” it at the gig
that means we’ll improvise n hope for the best
hes gotta great studio out back of his house
avec grande piano et al
anyway after an eccentric ride into melbo
we load in our gear
i get on an endless phone queue
to find out where my irreplaceable guild guitar is
i feel really unanchored knowing its floating round melbo without me
david b n i rehearse one song together
he joins effortlessly in on teachers by lenny c
wow ok mr birdie youll do nicely
polinski n i do a jap dinner
during which a friend of polinski needles me
bout vegetarianism then god
but i dont lose it
back to gig
there i met melbo gang
sam s
don b
e g lee
david b turns up seeming impossibly untogether
everybodies talking at/to him at once
he mumbles n mutters n shrugs n twitches
but he goes on n does a lovely set
about 3 quarters way in i join him n play some rudimentary bass
then he splits n i do my thing
i still have a bit of match fitness
and i do fairly well without forgetting words or muffing chords
after a while mr db comes back on
and the real magic begins for me
we do providence
neverness hoax
hes never heard the songs before
let alone played em
i read an excerpt from fruit mach n he accompanies me
don b said this worked very well
then we do a long long medley
starting with invisible
chrunch fans woulda already seen this coming before
but this one goes on n on
swallowing up other songs with the same simple chords
d b is sure a great keys player
to jump in n knock it off like hes played em a million times before
this medley goes n goes
taking in all kindsa other bits n pieces
and then bang
it ends
david b packs up mutters good bye
and that we should do it again
yes please david anytime olde son
oh yeah n my guitar turns up during 2nd number
e g lee tunes it n whammo
oh mutch mutch better
this guild is my sound
i sign some autographs
fruit machine sells out n i sign em gladly
i talk to some fiendss n fanss
some of em shy
some drunk n overthetop
bellowing stuff at me
ah what the….!?
theres the little lord n mr d
we go round for a cuppa herbal tea
n finally i stay at donaldos cosy gaffe in elwood
we stay up talking n talking
and tis a weary killer who greets you now
fly back home at 2 oclock

52 Responses to “stranger still”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 1:38 am #

    Hi sk, I just wrote a comment on the previous blog that I really loved last nights gig, you and DB did sound good together but he seemed so nervous and uncomfortable til you came on. It always seems to go by so quick, I could listen to you play and sing for hours, but I’m so thankful you played as many songs as you did last night and you were pretyy funny too!.
    Can’t wait to see The Church in Dec! Have a safe flight back to sunny Sydney.
    Love always,

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    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 1:40 am #

    i envy you amanda….
    how funny is he?

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    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 2:00 am #

    helloSteve!..knew it’d be great,lovely one.”wingin’ “it /”organic”?..its the way to go sometimes!…i used to have a philosophy when playing pool…”if in doubt …smack the crap outta the white,n hope for the best!”..9 times outta 10 it worked a treat!..but of course last night was surprise to me!?..and am very jealous of Amanda..would have loved to have been there !funny,even when i’m supposed to be “just” singing,i feel naked without a guitar..even as a percussive instrument..enjoy some rest,take care of,as always,gen xxxxx

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    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 2:01 am #

    Yeah great show Steve…what a treat to hear neverness hoax and other rare stuff….Well done ‘wingin’ it.

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    veleska1970 | 29 September 2007 at 2:06 am #

    hmmm, considering your guild slept in and was late for the show, it sounds like all went well.

    have a safe flight back. and thanks always for taking the time to write.
    lotza love…..

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    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 2:12 am #

    songlist{sigh!}….el momento melto!{zat spanish?} 🙂 ;-)).x../jb

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    NickF | 29 September 2007 at 2:25 am #

    those damn Guilds are built like ships but i suppose sound quite nice….. too much wood oh my !

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 2:25 am #

    on wings of the bird
    you flying him, he navagating
    a huge updraft when you sound this confident! 🙂
    David Birdie: Myth of Fingerprints soundtrack, in case anyone is paying attention er wondering.

    How did David sound, Amanda? thanks again for the review!

    In my dream concert Steve, I see you, David Birdie and Andrew Bird.
    Get some rest, so will I…my writing is tired and fridayed.

    Per yesterday: I miss Jaco Pastorius too, since he was with Weather Report.

    As ever,


  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 2:47 am #

    what a wonderful friday night it coulda been if i was in melbourne

  10. avatar
    Faye | 29 September 2007 at 2:51 am #

    peace and bliss,sounds like this….” ….ah! XO ! ” and an intriguing evening was had by all,in the presence of the magician…. xo

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    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 3:04 am #

    Just for those interested, the song list from memory, not in order:
    Comedown (but not on his 12 string)mistress, buffalo, almost with you, Limbo, my little problem, hotel womb, september 13, tristesse, wolfe, 2 leonard cohen songs, bob dylan, I think a marc bolan song, nonapology, keeper, providence, ramble, then the medley that went on for 20 minutes, it was fantastic!!! That’s what I can remember. But first sk came on and did 2 songs on sexy bass for DB (sk in blue cord shirt, black jeans, sexy short haircut, greyish trimmed beard, beautiful blue eyes, freckles..sorry I’m getting carried away here, but I’m sure some of the girls wanna know ha ha!!). Ok, suffering withdrawl symptoms now 🙁
    Love Amanda

  12. avatar
    public savant | 29 September 2007 at 3:10 am #

    It was a triumph SK.

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    woops! | 29 September 2007 at 3:22 am #

    Amanda,that was cruel!..Thank-you!you are a dear sweet off to find some chilli chocolate now! x . ” deary,deary me”she mumbles to herself as she floats off to the otherworld……………………..

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    JONNY NOT YET SO HOLLYWOODISH | 29 September 2007 at 4:09 am #

    glad to hear you got your bass back, me felt the magic down under all the way up here and over thank you very much, me have one more thing to say, if The Church Band goes on one more live tour without me eye am going to lose meye mind once again just for YOU ALL…
    The NevStar Man

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 4:30 am #

    *swirling amd veils.kisses n whispers.enchanting music last night magic,you knew….*

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 4:33 am #

    thanks amanda, you’r truly a lovely girl. can’t we have a photo… about your sexy shortcut hare?


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    namaste | 29 September 2007 at 4:55 am #

    Yeah I was just thinking of a pic of the haircut too!
    thanx for the review sk, perfect description of monsieur bridie. I’ve never met him but watched him perform numerous times and always appears as you described him…oh to have heard you both play providence…another time you say? sydney yes??
    rest well

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 6:04 am #

    um? may we have these Dec. tour dates please? ASAP…B great to be able to have my Xmas visit to extended family in sync with a Choich-y tour!..and there aint nuttin better than seein’ the gentlman in your own town….except maybe for seeing em twice on christmas….photos soon??i hope so!you should take some photos SK!…find a subject that takes your fancy,and impress your artistry apon it! ..x…..xxA

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 8:04 am #

    “The coffe has a calming effect”

    The song Keeper is my favourite off Dabble, and it is just that – a keeper. Would’ve loved to hear that song live. I love the lyrics and the slow, stoned atmosphere of the music itself.

    And Steve, I finally checked out some of Martin Kennedy’s projects (All India Radio, Big Spaceship), and I can’t wait to hear what you two have been up to. Sounds like a very exciting partnership to me. And then, of course, there’s Painkiller. Is Pollinski (that is his name, right?) done mixing it? If not, tell him to HURRY UP.

    As for you performing some Leonard Cohen songs, I actually listened to “Songs Of Love And Hate” the other day, and it dawned on me how much I’d like to hear you do a cover of Dress Rehearsel Rag. I’ll bet it would sound really cool done Killer style.

    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark.

  20. avatar
    davem | 29 September 2007 at 8:31 am #

    Great though invisible is, it signals home time and that’s it. No more Chrunch for a year or two…or the nagging worry you may not visit us again.
    It’s good to hear people enjoyed last night and I hope they appreciate how lucky they are to be able to see you on a regular basis.
    I hope everyone has a great weekend.

  21. avatar
    Melissa | 29 September 2007 at 8:59 am #

    Hey Steve!

    Just wanted to drop by and thank you for the amazingly amazing show that you and David put on last night! Thoroughly enjoyed every moment, especially the wonderful Invisible 🙂

    My sis and I are so over the moon that we got to meet and have some pic’s taken and getting the book signed!

    A million and one thanks for your music and kindness 🙂 !!

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 10:25 am #

    good work as usual sk. vivid description. kinda makes u feel like u were there

  23. avatar
    the oscillating peddlar | 29 September 2007 at 10:39 am #

    I’d walk half way across the universe,in my spellbound boots, to see you in Sydney in October,if that was possible…sincerely your,alchemy girl x

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    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 10:59 am #

    Hi Steve
    Thanks to you and DB for a magical show last night and for signing my copy of Fruit Machine which I thoroughly enjoyed reading today. Look forward to seeing you again in December
    Love always
    Melbourne Mary x

    ps Amanda’s right you were pretty funny!

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 11:20 am #

    Interesting show, two very different talented individuals but I don’t know if it’s your idea of humour (if so, it’s incredibly ingenious) to call David Bridie David Birdie but it comes across as patronising to a musician who has been doing it pretty much as long as you have, who is still in high demand as a composer, songwriter and producer and deserves your, and any other person who was at the show last night, respect. If it’s not humour and you actually don’t know his name, then I suggest you do some surfing and check out exactly who he is. And perhaps apologise.
    All that aside, thanks for the show.

  26. avatar
    Daberhasher | 29 September 2007 at 12:20 pm #

    nice capsule…
    an endless invisible medley,
    sounds dreamy…
    rock on, dear man, rock on…



  27. avatar
    matthew | 29 September 2007 at 1:11 pm #

    How amazing, wish I’d been there.

  28. avatar
    John Davies | 29 September 2007 at 2:01 pm #

    Hello Steve
    METROPOLIS articulates the same environmental – read global warming statement/warning, quote “the weather is ridiculous – what’s it all leading to?” as TRISTESSE does, quote, “ice melting down” & deserves to be acknowledged for putting out the same sort of message to your listeners – thank you for considering the idea as being of such importance & merit to feature in two of your songs.
    As to “seeking to restructuring your life” any idea presented to another person has the power to do so, there in lies the strength of communication & all my words to you have been suggestive of your empowerment, not mine, however forcefully presented in tone.
    Thank you for signing the last three copies on sale of FRUIT MACHINE that I bought in ongoing acknowledgement & respect for your artistic life.
    I do appreciate these moments of your time.
    Cheers & I wish you onwards & forever upwards.
    John “Set the Controls” Davies (lord n mr d ?)

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 2:05 pm #

    so with David being a man of {not so}many words,was that a positive or a negative?I find it hard to pinpoint a character who is of few words.glad it went well SK!.be great to hear the “wheres n hows n themes n logistics”of the upcoming tour.keep us postied,yeah?I think I’m on the mailing list,but straight from the horses mouth,is always greater confirmation…./cwx

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 2:34 pm #

    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 2:56 pm #

    good night… and good morning.
    so i’m the first one at last.


  32. avatar
    Mave | 29 September 2007 at 3:01 pm #

    You did good Mr. Kilbey.

    Oh yes, you (and DB) did mighty FINE.

    Mave xx

  33. avatar
    Candy | 29 September 2007 at 3:04 pm #

    sweet dreams. Peace. I Love You. this world has broad shoulders,and gentle hands.You will always be kept in Providence and understanding. love is is sweet in your mouth. xo

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 September 2007 at 3:40 pm #

    what ever happened to “rock gods” trashing Motel rooms?…or do they drink herbal tea at the homes of mate’s these days?.I dunno?…an eccentric ride from the airport? sounds like a great way to start your night,or does it?…Mmm weather conditions in Melbourne are hard to predict.was that a storm,or the shadow on the sun?…isobars,isobels,isoberryvulnerable…GB x

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    Brien Comerford | 29 September 2007 at 7:15 pm #

    Sk has incredible endurance and patience that augment his boundless musical, lyrical and vocal prowess. As a rare and diehard (since 1972) Australian vegetarian, Sk also personifies compassion in action. Judith Durham is another luminous Australian veg bestowed with a great voice. I concede- I dig The Seekers. I don’t like “Georgy Girl”.

    Australia is blessed to have The Church.

  36. avatar
    galamor the wizard | 29 September 2007 at 10:25 pm #

    Can you persuade David to come north with the show? I have the perfect venue – Heritage Hotel Bulli (my local venue). I saw Bridie there last year and he mentioned that you were going to remix a Not Drowning Waving album, but that never happened. I expressed excitement to him that it would be GREAT if you two worked together, and by the sound of it, it did! As I write, “Where the railroad meets the sea” by David Sylvian is playing, and I’m thinking…Kilbey(on those slashed, beautiful chords) and Bridie(on the tinkling piano!) at Bulli(where the rialroad meets the sea) PERFECT!!

  37. avatar
    WoW! | 29 September 2007 at 11:56 pm #

    sounds like a great night SK*! I take it,your Guild followed you home okay?..would be so lovely to see you play the guild..oh,12string!beauty personified in resonance! the maestro magician is in the house! x

  38. avatar
    steve kilbey | 30 September 2007 at 12:04 am #

    oops sorry
    sorry i spelt his name wrong
    im dis-lek-sick
    steve kibley

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 September 2007 at 12:47 am #

    morning(again, Steve kibley).

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 September 2007 at 1:00 am #

    good morgen Mr. Bilkey!..good name!? who tell whom?!..hope you’re having a beautiful day El Capitano!what’s ur eta on the bloggn kings wordflight?…oh,I need so much more coffee.How does one get one’s head around sunday morning? to you,as always,gen xxxxx

  41. avatar
    isolde | 30 September 2007 at 1:33 am #

    sounds great sk thanks

    9.20 ingenuous?

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    watershed,speaking of the Ibook, by the sea | 30 September 2007 at 2:35 am #

    it always works out perfect when you wing it!moments of clarity can be few and far between{especially when it comes to being organised..the downfall of being an artist}Hey SK,can we have some clarity of the Steven show in Siddely?where is it again? *&*

  43. avatar
    JJ | 30 September 2007 at 3:11 am #

    I’ve rambled on about this previously, but how I do love “Ramble.” Simple chords, but the words weave an emotionally powerful spell for me that carries me away to another time and place. Melancholic……bittersweet.

    Was listening to Gilt Trip in ye olde car coming back from the mountains today, and Pharmakoi – what an excellent album, I never tire of it… came in, singing.

    Glad you’re reunited with Guild…..Guild Trip.

  44. avatar
    Mr.Sandman | 30 September 2007 at 4:10 am #

    Postie me English lesson please.Make it the primo,so we don’t just dream.Give it some verbs,to open The Doors.And tell Jim that his lonely nights are over ;-)))! ha-ha! x

  45. avatar
    mattdavison | 30 September 2007 at 4:37 am #


    I can only tell you all that “Painkiller” will blow your minds.

    …Will be the best Killbee soundscape yet!

    I can tell you all a mangy panther is mentioned in the showstarter..

    This is a beauty people.


  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 September 2007 at 4:46 am #

    can’t wait. I just cant wait.

  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 September 2007 at 5:15 am #

    What are you going on about Matt? Do you have a copy of Painkiller, is that what you’re telling us????
    Love Amanda

  48. avatar
    :-))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) | 30 September 2007 at 6:05 am #

    OOOOOOHH, Yes! Bring it on SK! YOU R A * !

  49. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 September 2007 at 1:02 pm #

    Hey SK! Still glowing after finally meeting you on Friday night. Really enjoyed the performance and loved that you did “Suzanne” after writing about it recently – almost as if just for TTB readers… Thanks for being so kind and lovely autographing and photographing – you made me very happy. Thank you. (doing this at home so it’s anonymous) Big Smiles, Kate xoxo

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 September 2007 at 1:46 pm #

    Kisses and love,all over time n space…love to yoo,as ever,first,last,and always,the etherial kitten xo

  51. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2007 at 4:51 pm #

    I get the feeling you’re going to write about a moth next…

    AA *-)

  52. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2007 at 9:38 pm #

    *you are so beautiful.i adore you.i love you*

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