posted on April 6, 2009 at 8:56 pm

doc says he guesses i’m ok
doc says ya can stop taking amiodarone
doc says go n knock yerself out
i’m lucky my heart beats slow
i’m lucky my blood pressure is low
may be some other part of my body will clap out
doc in another room : yer liver….
undertaker in another room again : youre prostrate
saw a picture of keith richards yessaday
wow thats scary kids…watch out for the booze n the cigs
watch out for late nights and co-caine
watch out sea -food that aint fish
watch out for pig n lamb
watch out for chook n milk
watch out for darkness
watch out for bars
watch out for time
dorian greys picture would look like miley cyrus
compared to keiths orrible mug
time waits for no one
the mirror is brutal
i guess we’re not meant to cling on, youth-obsessed
but you can streamline yerself as you go
surely one can avoid such a frightening metamorphosis
you just have to try n figure out what to avoid….
almost everything
start running your bio-machine on clean fuel
or it may clag out faster
i have eliminated many things i have judged harmful
tho some have slipped thru
watch out
you n i may not be as tough as old keith
its like hes metabolised all the toxins in his face
and then he adds eyeliner…(!?)
keith…that aint working anymore…good god
cant they keep the eyeliner away from him?
nonetheless a very very amusing interview
contemplating delicate subjects
such as mick n bowies “friendship”
in very anglo saxon terms
in same mag (docs waiting room)
article on how a lotta people wanna indict bush for war crimes
(to harp on my unoriginal subject)
i hope that it happens….
i also see someone called chrome d
has slightly misinterpreted something
i wrote here
or misinterpreted a general jist
and this is it
hardly any of my songs are about drugs
some may mention them but within a context
a few like anaesthesia, paradox you might say are “about” drugs
but most are not
all of them were written after smoking pot
but theyre not about smoking pot
no more than if i’d been drinking wine
would you say
the songs are all about wine
autumn soon is not about drugs
my songs are not really about anything
they are portals for each individual to escape thru
there you will
depending on your interaction with the song
find another world
you choose the colours
you choose the characters
im just giving ya some guidelines
but my guidelines are nebulous subtle things
to say they are all about drugs
is to take 99 per cent of their due away
i couldnt have fooled your heart for so long
if they had been coded encrypted nonsense about drugs
now get back on track!
i work with dave s in his bondi junga stude
thanks george handsomest n generous taxi driver extant
thanks nelg
dave n i cook up some great music for possible tv use
the philistines mightnt like it
but eek will be happy to see
that ttb
ever thinking of art career
whacked some multi media thingies down
for some variety
and knocked out a new poem
the girl upstairs had a studio
and she played us some new music from england
is it called wonky beat?
it was the most TERRIBLE n VILE n DANGEROUS thing
i have yet so far heard
consisting of many many loops of bits of music
but all out of time
all out of tune
making no sense
just totally disorienting me
people listen to this shit n take ketamine?
welcome to the future buddy
cos doing that
would seem as alien to you n me
as my auntie lou smoking a spliff n listening
to al adin sane
1 minute of that music n i wood break down n confess
every secret i knew
i’d give up my family or my friends to the inquisition
if only they would turn it off
i am sickened now
just thinking about it
it is dizzines
it is nausea
it is existential angst
it is the decay of mankind
it is too fuckin’ weird for me
way too weird
i will avoid it all costs
to me it is a true nightmare
a soundtrack for a seizure
we bump into a trumpet player
who blows some muted trumpet n some flugel horn
on a couple of tracks
we have thai food
nk comes in and likes what we did
not a bad day
and jap lunch too!
what a great day
pity i cant have it over
aint it?

40 Responses to “stuck for words”

  1. avatar
    restaurant mark | 6 April 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    glad the doctor said you’re well!
    so the new wonky beat “music” you described sounds like it is indeed horrible…
    any word on additional tour dates???
    a chance for southern u.s. fans to get their church fix?

    take care

  2. avatar
    ronbonham | 6 April 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    Well you for one have seemingly reversed to effects of time on how you look. I can recall being shocked at how much better you looked in 2004 than in 99, almost like a different person. Guessing the change was more than skin deep!

    Well the news came down today, no Texas or southern dates, gutted, but I think I can understand w/things they way they are at the moment. The last time in the Church played in Houston might make me not want to return either!!

    I am looking into staying w/a friend in LA to mabye see one of the upcoming shows….I don’t wanna miss you guys, set-list looks like it would be worth the trip!!

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 April 2009 at 10:13 pm #

    who needs drugs,when the real world is trippy enough,huh,:);) xo

  4. avatar
    fantasticandy | 6 April 2009 at 10:45 pm #

    a clean bill of health!
    i do be most pleased……

  5. avatar
    princey | 6 April 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    Great news about your health sk, a sigh of relief
    love Amanda

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 April 2009 at 10:56 pm #

    Random question for Steve.

    I just read a little piece in a local paper about Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. It mentioned the studio manager is a Mr. Jeffrey Wood.

    Mr. Wood’s resume seems to include managing Rain Parade and The Church in the early ’90’s.

    Does the name ring a bell?

    Was he one of the needle men sewing your eyes up into your sockets?

    I look forward to the SF show.


  7. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 7 April 2009 at 12:06 am #

    I want to tell all commentors that the role model vegetarians are the ones who look like Kilbey, MACCA, Howard Jones, Morrissey and Joan Jett.

    I also do it for health-for the health of bovines, pigs, lambs, chickens, turkeys and fish. (not mine).

    Saturday June 20 in Chicago. Idyllic for me. If I’m still alive I’ll see J. Beck and S. Kilbey within a two month span. 8th J. Beck concert and first Church concert. Take one day at a time.

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony was marred by the induction of RUN-DMC and the brazen induction speech given by Eminen. What a reprobate!

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 April 2009 at 12:26 am #

    Funny you mentioned bothkeefie AND the Phillistines as i was reading, i got a fone caul from “keefie” from The Phillistines, synchronisity ? Well im not as Jung as i used to be …

  9. avatar
    PAGEY | 7 April 2009 at 12:56 am #

    I am waiting for the Canadian dates to be confirmed. If you do in fact play Ottawa, I am going to try and visit my sis there. They are stoked that you might play and will surely come down to the riverside venue there and rock out with you n me. I am sure they will invite all their friends….

    My songs are not about drugs either but are best experienced on drugs. fresh air is my favorite one…

  10. avatar
    Shawn El | 7 April 2009 at 1:15 am #

    Haha – wonky beat:


    Is it worse than the Barenaked Ladies?

  11. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 7 April 2009 at 1:33 am #

    Glad the doc says you’re OK – no doubt you are in better shape than I am!!! Though I hope to start changing that soon. I’m at that POINT if you get my meaning…100,000 mile tune up and complete makeover, ha ha.

    I live in L.A. so I can’t complain about tour dates but I am sad for peeps like my brother who lives in Atlanta. I suppose I shall have to take fast and furious notes at the Roxy, dear friend. Sing slowly. 😉

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 April 2009 at 1:52 am #

    been smoking 20 years and its started to show.Time to break out the eye liner

  13. avatar
    Freddie | 7 April 2009 at 2:46 am #

    Ah, such a relief it is that thy heart be not broken! 🙂 xoxo

    Wonky beat?
    That already sounds horrible.

  14. avatar
    Richard | 7 April 2009 at 2:47 am #

    Iseult – yep.

  15. avatar
    linjo | 7 April 2009 at 3:58 am #

    Glad you ok Steve. Weird how KR is still vain enough to wear the eyeliner but doesnt have some laser surgery or something cosmetic. Oh deary me, saw Kris Kristoferson on the big screen a couple weeks ago. Oh no, no that cant be the handsome Kris, this prune faced old man! Debbie Harry now hasnt got a mark or line on her face thanks to surgery but there is something in the eyes that tell a person’s age I think. Have a nice day all. Linda

  16. avatar
    don joe | 7 April 2009 at 4:04 am #

    Hey Steve,
    Very g lad to hear the results from the DOc. I looked up the heart drug and the doc who developed did’nt really know what it did outside of checking the heart. Amazing they let this stuff out.
    Yeah, there’s some totally off the wall weird arsed shit in the music world today. Probably from the K n what not they really fries your synapses. I’m glad your songs aren’t sbout drugs, though never guessed they were cept those 2 you mention which only became obvious over time and yes, they are portals to other place for me to explore my consciouness via your medium. Truly remarkable and thoroughly enjoyable. I doff my hat to you squire and post haste with your future endeavours.

    Yours, with ML,

    TTB subscriber.

    don joe

  17. avatar
    W Street | 7 April 2009 at 4:11 am #

    What were you saying about the junkies in Sweden, Killer?

    Police say a Japanese pop star dressed up as a pineapple has been robbed while shooting a music video in southern Sweden.

    Police spokesman Bo Paulsson says three young men beat up 41-year-old Hideki Kaji and robbed him of camera equipment worth around 20,000 kronor ($2,500) late Saturday.

    Paulsson says the pineapple-clad artist had been left alone with the equipment while the camera crew went for a break. He was left with a cut lip and lost a dental implant.


    Let’s hope the poor fellow finished his video and turns out okay.

  18. avatar
    jaime r... | 7 April 2009 at 4:37 am #

    Glad ur good killah..
    I was told I look 24 and
    im only 32, it must be the jeans and the veg persuasion… Excited bout the upcoming tour.. peace

  19. avatar
    eek | 7 April 2009 at 9:13 am #

    Glad you checked out ok — I’m sure that’s a big relief for everyone.

    but eek will be happy to see
    that ttb
    ever thinking of art career
    whacked some multi media thingies down
    for some variety
    and knocked out a new poem

    Yay! Yes, eekie is very pleased. 🙂

    my songs are not really about anything

    Back in the days of Antenna I remember talking to someone who was thinking of using Church lyrics to support his contention about a topic for a paper he had to write for a class. So we’d pull up the lyrics for various songs from fipster’s site that we thought would work and looked them over. In virtually every case we went “hmm…let’s try another song.” The meanings just weren’t definite enough to work for the project. They required our input to have the meaning we were drawing from them.

    Now I thought that was mighty damned cool and it’s what makes the songs so strong and so intensely personal to me and I think to most Church fans. But it does makes it tough for people who want a specific meaning for the songs.

  20. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 7 April 2009 at 10:42 am #

    glad to hear esskay…

  21. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 7 April 2009 at 11:07 am #

    …very good news sir, glad the ticker’s still tocking ok…..
    keef, yeah well he IS showing his age, isn’t he…..what i find scary are women in hollywood et al who are approaching my mum’s age and have taken plastic surgery to heart and jesus, it’s like looking at a vacuum-packed corpse, eurgh….not a wrinkle or blemish…
    wonky beat sounds like utter shit to me…
    love always…..

  22. avatar
    lily was here | 7 April 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    Portals to other worlds…yeah

    Ha, Wonky Beat sounds like your heart at the moment 🙂 Im so relieved all is hunky dory. Yes ol’ pirate Keef, he’s got the devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other.
    ps very curious about this tv music now

  23. avatar
    lily was here | 7 April 2009 at 1:17 pm #

    Existential angst? “helplessness in a
    world of hard brutal facts and resignation to the sadness you see
    at the roots of life” – yep, that describes the feeling i get from rave music.

  24. avatar
    John Garratt | 7 April 2009 at 2:51 pm #

    SK, eek,

    Maybe I can make the Pittsburgh exhibition after all. Don’t hold me to that.


  25. avatar
    CSTCoach | 7 April 2009 at 3:37 pm #

    glad to hear you’ve been pronounced hale and hearty, killa.

  26. avatar
    catchow | 7 April 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    glad to read SK’ok…
    yeah,Jesus did’nt save Jeff Buckley
    and what a shame!
    EDD mentioned Roky Erickson and the
    13th Floor Elevators : in my opinion,they were the FIRST and the BEST “psychedelic” band in the
    mid 60’s…unfortunatly,their success was in inverse order to
    their influence and importance….
    best bands are often ignored…

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 April 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    Ok, where do we sign the petition to get The Church to Tampa Bay?
    I’m thinking those dates are just the first leg of the tour because that can’t be all of them.
    I hope.
    Even if you don’t get to Tampa Bay, there’s no way you guys can ignore Atlanta.
    We love you down here too Steve.

    Tampa, Fl

  28. avatar
    daydreamer | 7 April 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    Steve, I’ve got an ’88 Volvo wagon you can have for free. Its a little rough around the edges, but runs good and has nice stereo with a 12-CD changer. You just have to figure out how to get it from California to Oz.


  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 April 2009 at 6:01 pm #

    Steve, the Ottawa thing is called Bluesfest, but it’s really just a rock festival. Pretty town, you’ll like it

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 April 2009 at 6:03 pm #

    And is there a Toronto date?

  31. avatar
    davem | 7 April 2009 at 6:13 pm #

    Glad you’re ok SK. We need you!
    I like the fact that you aren’t too prescriptive with your lyrics. They are often a thing of such beauty.
    Sometimes the morning elongates and waits around for you to show…
    Who the fuck else gives us beauty like that, or even comes close. I love you for it.
    Brien I love you dearly but I’d prefer you not to use Howard Jones and SK in the same sentence!! Only kidding Sir, I know where your heart is!
    Love to all the great people on here.
    Would love to see you in London and Amsterdam SK………


  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 April 2009 at 6:30 pm #

    Just fought off some Churchies for the front table at Rammshead Tavern in Annapolis, MD -:).

    Also, just reserved a table at The State Theater in Fairfax, VA.

    My credit card’s on fire, but hell….living in Washington DC’s got its perks when it comes to Live Church !!

  33. avatar
    Japanese pop star dressed up as a pineapple | 7 April 2009 at 9:12 pm #

    The church to good for us simple folk? It’ll take me bout a week far ma horse to get to one them shows. gosh dang

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 April 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    Unititled #23 review…

  35. avatar
    iseult | 7 April 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    His little heart
    It beats so fast

  36. avatar
    iseult | 7 April 2009 at 9:45 pm #

    far out you guys have been working on a new image for the New York show!

  37. avatar
    Richard | 8 April 2009 at 8:27 am #


    they do seem to have let themselves go, don’t they?

    and they’re multiplying!

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 April 2009 at 9:39 am #

    You think Barry will turn up to any of these shows?

  39. avatar
    smoochgirl | 9 April 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    wonky beats sound waaay to wacky for me! i appreciate the same characteristics in music as in art: it must have harmony and rhythm no matter what. i don’t like “experimental” noise the same way i don’t like art for art’s sake. it must be aesthetically pleasing.

    glad to hear you’re in good health. 🙂 keep on enjoying life; it’s too short to worry about all the bad things in the world.

  40. avatar
    Eve | 11 April 2009 at 4:32 am #

    What a gorgeous post referencing your music. Yet, there’s something sad when you should ever have to defend your music to anyone, ever…

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