posted on December 12, 2006 at 7:49 pm

so much in my head
that must be filtered slowly by my fingers
if i get a speech recognition apparatus
will it understand my hipster spelling?
for days now nk reminds me of an incident
and i say
must put it on the blogue
but now silly olde being has forgotten again
tonighty i hit melbjorne with em double you pee
apparantly he vs me you know
its so hard to believe i will leave the calm of my 7 am kitchen
for the smoke booze n grime of northcoat antisocial club
where i will strum n pluck
croon n shout
buckle n sway
plugged into my infallible muse
who will fill my head with sweet songs n words
and angry n sad words
and words to make you giggle or jeer
words about all the words that separate us my childe
words about words that came between us
must i use the same words to decry those words, my angel(s)?
there’ll i’ll be
good olde me playing n singin’
a good little show-biz trooper for yer commendations n kudos
put me on that small list
of the guys who try for ya everytime
the guys who are still lookin’ for new chord progressions
new ways of saying things
new thrills n spills with electric guitars n drums
we are upholders of tradition
explorers of new realms
we take best from past present n future
its like a spoon, my little pigs
you cant improve on a spoon
it is already the fully evolved flower of possibility
not unlike , say….well you know
i must be digressing
cos ive lost the plot a little
elli n minna went to bed about 3 in the afternoon yesterday
have since not emerged
despite offers of food n gossip rags
it appears teenagers will take sleep
over kevvy fedder-lion
if theyre really tired…
last night watched a film called mary
with julie bin-ochee and whatsisname the big black guy
with funny eye
and matty mo-dean
i rate it as a 3n a half outta five
nk gives same rating i guess
7 23 am now
getting closer to the actuality of taxi-airport
well i guess tomorrow morning this time
i’ll be in melbourne
maybe if internet is ON i’ll drop y’all a line
maybe waity for later….who can say..
who knows where the road will lead us
only a fool can say
but if im gonna love ya
its fer sure im gonna love ya
all the way……
all the way

45 Responses to “strictly on the qt”

  1. avatar
    one rigid finger typist | 12 December 2006 at 8:28 pm #

    hey sk
    you drive a busy schedule. im up earlier than my kids this morning, a la you. it is a bit unerving to sit in a quiet household about to fill with noise. I dont like it. Im going back to bed. enjoy the antisocial tonight.

  2. avatar
    cee bee | 12 December 2006 at 8:45 pm #

    I’ll be there tonight bay bee

    I know it’ll be good cos I woz also at katoomba last week!

    rock on!!!

  3. avatar
    donjoe | 12 December 2006 at 8:49 pm #

    Have a safe trip. See u 2 nite.

    don joe

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 December 2006 at 9:27 pm #

    where is that painting you did of me olde bean? you know the one? how can I buy it if it’s not for sale?

    -a sadness of byrons

  5. avatar
    damien | 12 December 2006 at 9:33 pm #

    Enjoy yourself in Melburnia, chief.

  6. avatar
    veleska1970 | 12 December 2006 at 9:34 pm #

    “…that small list
    of the guys who try for ya everytime
    the guys who are still lookin’ for new chord progressions
    new ways of saying things”

    …..and that is what i love about the church so much. you’re always reinventing yourselves.

  7. avatar
    nickfiction | 12 December 2006 at 9:38 pm #

    good mood SK…..

  8. avatar
    John Garratt | 12 December 2006 at 9:46 pm #

    “the guys who are still lookin’ for new chord progressions
    new ways of saying things”

    Oh, c’mon. Don’t you want to be Oasis?

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 December 2006 at 10:20 pm #

    Yay, I’m SO excited about tonight, I can’t wait! It must be hard leaving your little ones after they just arrived in oz, but we DO appreciate it sk (I really do anyway).
    See you tonight.

    Love always,

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 December 2006 at 10:23 pm #

    you rock, you roll d’ganj, you the best in the west, the man with the plans, the paternal idol of perpetual coolness. a living diety ya are.
    would like to know your frame of mind during the making of gold afternoon fix, remote lux. thanx for the ideals, cosmic concepts.

  11. avatar
    gra gra | 12 December 2006 at 10:54 pm #

    Hello Steve

    A couple of things. The Band Room at the Northcote Social Club is cigarette smoke free, trust me, it’s nice and clean, they might let ya burn some nag champa just to help get the atmosphere right. Only the front bar is filthy grimy, and then it’s only about 3 years of filth n grime – you could do a lot worse.
    OK, and I’m takin’ a risk here, but the spunky lady who’s working on the door for you guys tonight is my lovely girlfriend, make no mistake, she’s a top hostess and no-one gets in without prior approval or the right credentials or a ticket. We’ve got a baby sitter organised to take care of our little ones so I can come tonight as well – bonus. Ah ’tis gonna be grand (someone is playing the Bagpipes outside – ach my heart aches and there’s a tear in me eye ach).

    OK SK(nMWP) have a superb trip to Melbourne, lookin forward to seein’ ya tonight. If ya feel like it you can say ‘ello to the handsome chap (me) chattin’ up the hostess.

    Gra Gra

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 December 2006 at 11:04 pm #

    I’ll be there tonight too! Been looking forward to it for weeks. Have a safe trip and detach… Kate

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 December 2006 at 11:11 pm #

    Yoho Steven,

    Welcome to Melbourne again…..

    We wish you merriment, laughter, good cheer and clarity while you visit these parts…..

    We have been waiting for your show and we thank you in advance for your time and effort….We promise to give back to you both…Praise to the hyphen and the moustache from moi?

    Rock us baybee


  14. avatar
    gra gra | 12 December 2006 at 11:17 pm #

    Hello Steve


    While the Band Room at the NSC is smoke free, I can assure you that the rest of Melbourne (and a good portion of Victoria) isn’t!

    Bushfires have come early this year! Very smoky about town. I hope your pilot can find the runway.

    OK see yee
    Gra Gra

  15. avatar
    JJ | 12 December 2006 at 11:28 pm #

    Nevets –

    Wish I could be there in Melby – good luck on the gig with MWP. Sleepy Twillies; I’m feelin’ that way myself.


  16. avatar
    ambnt1 | 13 December 2006 at 12:56 am #


    We were born to go, as far as we can fly. Turn electric dreams into reality….

    So fly, be free, and rock, TB.


    n.p. Hawkwind, “Space Ritual” (remastered edition w/killer heavy version of “Born to Go,” man!!)

  17. avatar
    ambnt1 | 13 December 2006 at 12:57 am #

    Er, that is BONUS killer heavy version not on the orig. album!

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 December 2006 at 1:37 am #

    man, peeble write the worst poetry on this comment roll..spear us just a little, ok??? y’all must be some young ones, all that flowery shit…I mean c’mon, haven’t ya died any yet? wanna wax poetic????? fuckin write about the stupid and brutal WORLD and try and make it beautiful…then you might move someone…otherwise….Sorry..I am not sure where courage is at in self-expression, to tell it strait( if ya can see it)…No Offense folks, just an observation…one more cryptic note: fuck double standards! anyway………………………………………………………………………….$

  19. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 13 December 2006 at 2:16 am #

    all me ways esskay…

  20. avatar
    CSTCoach | 13 December 2006 at 2:20 am #

    knock em dead, esskay! 🙂


  21. avatar
    mike a | 13 December 2006 at 2:40 am #

    Good luck sk!!

  22. avatar
    lee | 13 December 2006 at 3:50 am #

    is it steve sinatra now?

  23. avatar
    the dean | 13 December 2006 at 4:26 am #

    Sk you enjoy the odd bit of flippineno.
    The best space groove flowing thru the cosmos has got be ProjeKct Six east coast live (fripp\belew)downloadable from It’ll flow you away. Every spaceman should listen to this.

  24. avatar
    a2 | 13 December 2006 at 7:07 am #

    re WE MAY HAVE ALREADY MADE THE BEST ROCK THAT WILL EVER BE MADE!! – most of us would agree but we get it see it live so rarely that we want/need/demand (not to put it too mildly) a live concert on DVD for us to grow old with – we will then let you paint/write/act into your twilight years (and make the odd studio album) – this has to be on the agenda for real soon now – can this be discussed at the next band meeting and then toss us some crumbs of information please about said possibility – I wonder how man others have bought tickets for The Pretencers with the notion of leaving after the support act???

  25. avatar
    kat | 13 December 2006 at 9:08 am #

    happy sk’ing and mwp’ing. its all good!


  26. avatar
    captainmission | 13 December 2006 at 9:27 am #

    Can’t say i am a big sinatra fan, but i do love that song,,,
    best wishes to mwp and yourself in melbourne, i do wish i could be there, did you take the ‘stand up comedy sign’ with you.
    You know you two could play in a comedy club, just for an experiment, i hear comedians are the new rock stars, they even have big festivals in montreal and i think they get into the nitrous oxide before and after the shows:)

  27. avatar
    restaurant mark | 13 December 2006 at 12:53 pm #

    have a good show tonight…and it shows that you try every time. can hear it and feel it! have a good trip.

  28. avatar
    fl | 13 December 2006 at 1:05 pm #

    u r a qt


  29. avatar
    Aperus | 13 December 2006 at 2:50 pm #

    AUSTRALIA – Why did you leave and return?

    Hey Steve, a simple question. What prompted you to leave and return to Australia? Such a move must have been a huge transition. Can ya tell us a little about it?

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 December 2006 at 4:24 pm #

    Do you ever get calf cramps?
    Gods, I do, PAINFUL!


  31. avatar
    stealthblue | 13 December 2006 at 5:41 pm #

    Cheers to you and the Mart. Please give him a big brotherly hug for me. I was just listening to “High as a Kite” last night-what an excellent tune. Becareful on the road (and the air), fellas. You know we love yas too…”all the way”. (oh great-now I have that song stuck in my head!!)
    Have a GREAT show, wish I could catch that one.
    Peace and Love,
    Ben V.

  32. avatar
    Glen Sherman | 13 December 2006 at 6:25 pm #

    You are correct, Steve…you are always putting out for us. The Church has always been good. Never stale. Never impertinent. Never predictable. While some gems shine more brightly than others (AENT is, after all, one for the ages), all Church offerings (sorry) are precious gems.

    I really enjoy reading your blogs. It’s you talking directly to me (even though I know it’s Steve talking what’s on Steve’s mind, more accurately). But, the point is, I get the words and the feel and the bent and the pathos (and everything else you have to offer) directly from you. It’s a wonderful thing, and we all should be honored!

    As for the best rock being already behind us, I say no. Artists, scientists, mathematicians and doctors (et al) all build upon prior learning. It’s part of the beauty of humanity. One thing that is certain, those who build upon the foundations laid by the great hearts and minds of RNR music (one SK on the short list of elites) will be way ahead of the game compared to those who build upon weaker structures.

    I have to share a great moment with you. I came home from work last night, and a package was waiting for me. It was from Miss Holly in Ohio. Instant rush! I took it into my music room and threw “Uninvited” on the CD changer, in order to create the proper atmosphere and to ensure that the song was playing when first I gazed upon the painting which goes by the same name. “Unified Field” is here, Steve. I love it! Thank you!

    With great admiration,
    Glen Sherman

  33. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 13 December 2006 at 7:27 pm #

    “you cant improve on a spoon
    it is already the fully evolved flower of possibility”

    Don’t they have sporks in Oz? : P

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 December 2006 at 1:29 am #

    tell ’em about the incident

  35. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 14 December 2006 at 2:12 am #

    …did i hear your silky tune?

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 December 2006 at 2:27 am #

    Thankyou SK for all you & MWP gave last nite – nearly 3 hours on stage, folks, on a smoke-free but smoky Melb evening, having to compete with those in the audience who wouldn’t just shut up & listen!

    With love, & my very merry best wishes to you & yours at this time of the year, Michelle xx

  37. avatar
    Gra Gra | 14 December 2006 at 3:09 am #

    Hello Steve

    It is with great humility that I make this comment. I did go the gig at NSC last night and my preconceptions were confirmed, that is that you and MWP put on a world class performance. Thank you.
    Please accept my apology for talking during one of your songs. I apologise to you, MWP and the other audience members who were in earshot of my stentorial tenor (you should here me sing – whoa yeah). I was standing to your left probably about twelve feet from the stage. I’ve left a comment before about how annoying it is when people get the jaw flappin at the wrong time. I watched you go to clock a guy on the head with your bass once cos he wouldn’t shut up. It was weird, I can’t work out what happened but I gotta get it looked at, carryin’ on like a twit. I made a boo boo of the highest order. I played at the NSC with Machine Translations just over a year ago and there was a guy standing exactly where I was last night and you know what he was doing don’t you. Yakety-freakin-yak. I stared him out and he eventually shut up. Also, I’m sure I wasn’t the only person who spoke during a song last night, but you spotted, or rather heard me and singled me out and believe me then I did feel like I was the centre of attention and I did not like it OK. So from now on when I go to a gig – zip. Got it.


    Your Humble Servant

    Gra Gra

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 December 2006 at 3:34 am #

    people are gonna socialize when they go out. thats human nature (so to speak). expecting people to stay silent throughout a gig is like asking a sitting crowd to get up and dance or move closer to the stage. it aint gonna happen. you can’t force everyone to be the same. yes the talkers are fucking annoying… but to listen in sterile silence to a performance, put on a cd and stay home, thats the safest bet. alternatively, start playing under the guise of classical music and then you will get the “high-brow-cough-at-your-own-peril” crowds…

  39. avatar
    eek | 14 December 2006 at 5:26 am #


    Jeez that made me dizzy just reading it!

    Hope your trip home was good and you are ready to face the perils of the now well rested twillies, doodles and baby bumper. 🙂

  40. avatar
    craig1.618 | 14 December 2006 at 6:03 am #

    you said it eek…….dizzy…… gotta admire the way he pulls it all together

  41. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 14 December 2006 at 10:58 am #

    “There is no spoon.”

  42. avatar
    neen | 14 December 2006 at 11:17 am #

    btw – Anonymous – you missed the whole f’n point…it’s not about you … unlike you, I catch up with people prior to gig hence I can enjoy Steve and Marty play with passion.
    In melbourne, socialising = cafe or front bar – talking during a set = f’n pathetic….

  43. avatar
    Trickster | 14 December 2006 at 2:49 pm #

    …and off in the background
    sits a solitary black man
    shackled and weathered

    didn get no spoon to eat with
    only cupped his hands
    for water from the crick

    and in the evenin
    as the bark turned black
    he picked up them two
    shallow utensils

    cause they wern good fa nuttin else
    my hands are to sore to hold like that!

    spooned them together
    and started spoonin out a rhythm
    that always resided in him

    make me forget
    make me forget, oh Lawd!
    carry me outta this place
    n free me at last…

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 December 2006 at 5:58 pm #

    So tell me, do all ya frackin’ gig talkers talk during a movie? During the service at church? During weddings? Funerals? Graduations? Speeches? Lectures? Places where your attention, graciousness, common courtesy and common sense is requested? Why is it so difficult to be aware of those around you and UNDERSTAND that they don’t care to listen to you during any and all of these instances. IF you feel like you’ll simply die if you don’t get out that useless bit of verbiage THAT SECOND, for the love of jesus morales, whisper or go to the bathroom. There’s a saying in Spanish:
    A platicar al parque.
    The park’s for talking.
    Not a gig
    Not a speech
    Not a movie
    Not a lecture
    Not during anytime when the focus is not on YOU!
    It really is inconsiderate to spoil someone else’s evening with your lack of respect, common sense, common courtesy and basic humanity.
    Unless you’re going to tell us that the building is on fire, please keep quiet.
    I realize this will change nothing…sigh…


  45. avatar
    John Garratt | 14 December 2006 at 6:59 pm #

    Mr. Being, did “Through the Hill” make it through the mail? I hope I got your address right.


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