posted on June 11, 2009 at 10:22 pm

solana beach
it was a rocky start
rocky in as
i feel like a bit punch drunk
we had many teknicle ishues
we made mistakes
tim had the mother of all headaches
we had a late n difficult soundcheck
we just didnt pull it off
sometimes even masterchefs get it wrong
it wasnt bad
but it didnt transcend
i need to transcend
i need to be swept off my feet
n i neeed to enter that sweet zone
that zone one must enter alone
that world you looking for all the time
i need that and i could not find it last nite
no transcendence
it wasnt bad
and thats good i guess
in spades
im sitting here backstage at the roxy theatre
im sitting here with a real authentic new york agent
and his name is ben shprits
and hes only twenty seven
and we drove round la in his white mustang
and his blackberry rang
n billy corgan apologised cos he aint coming tonight
n the traffic was jammed
and the jam was jelly
and the jelly in my eyes like a dead dogs custard
and we pulled into hollywood
and who am i?
hollywood : you are an olde geezer in shorts in a mustang
and blow me down i only had 4 hours sleep
and we blow into KCRW n play some songs
and guess what i find out later its being filmed
and did you see my sacred calves
and did you hear us talking
and we played our music
were we any good?
voice in another room : better than lassanite at any rate
and wow
i havent even gotten a chance to play around with my
cosmetic machine yet
i been so busy
we drove till 4 15 after gig
me n tim upfront listening to
the sweet
lou reed
and a loada stuff offa the “best glam rock record ever”
my cosmetic machine n its goo
sit in my hapsack throbbing with puissance
ready to un-age me
but havent had a chance yet
to electrolite my skin
but guess what
the machine helped my tinnitus
that free treatment i got on sunday nite
has helped my tinnitus…can ya be-leave it?
(youth worshipper a ha ha ha)
imagine it
cosmetic machine
no corgan
but rick springfield is coming
and tiredness
n strawberry coughing
n my new york agent n his white mustang
n his blackberry goes peep peep beep blip blip
the ac goes whirr whirr
n we playing with van der graph generator soon
n we werent so good last night
we so sorry
just maybe
tonite will be the night
we hammer hollywood into submission
we sell our murch
we laugh and we fuckin’ get outta town
n the smog
n the people
n the tension
n the money
n the …
ah what the hell would i know…
my nameis kilbey
i was born to rock like this
its how they made me
wired to the gone world
see me rock on the radio
whats next?
an interview with hustler

57 Responses to “suffer for a groovy lil happening”

  1. avatar
    Cee | 11 June 2009 at 11:21 pm #

    Hustle the interviewer!

    Hey, I'm getting my eyebrows done for tomorrow night, so we better be able to hang out…so you can see 'em up close. Ha!

    Glad that machine helped with the tinnitus Esteban, maybe some eye drops for the skin?

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    Anonymous | 11 June 2009 at 11:25 pm #


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    Patricia or Kelly | 11 June 2009 at 11:26 pm #

    The KCRW gig was awesome! I watched it live on their web site and cranked up the Itunes."You took" rocked! See you old geezer tonite! p.s. Who's the keyboard player?

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    stealthblue | 11 June 2009 at 11:26 pm #

    Yes, finally…the Hustla Interview!! Can't wait for THAT one!! ha ha! That would be too funny.

    I bet LA is interesting this time around, eh? Well, I hope you get to feel "it" tonight and you guys kick some butt, sell some merch, win over a few new converts 9and please the "old" ones, laugh a little, and hit the road happy knowing that you really are doing it. All the best to you guys always…


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    princey | 11 June 2009 at 11:31 pm #

    Wow!, busy black panther with the Golden Calves, I wish you a transcendental night tonight in Hollywood, but please don't step into Hustler Headquarters, we'll lose u forever "now you've been Tantalizzzed"!!
    Love and the rest, Amanda
    P.S. a white Mustang has been my dream car forever, you're a LUCKY bastard Killsy!!!

  6. avatar
    A.M. | 11 June 2009 at 11:35 pm #

    Rock 'em in with that spirit, big as the what hooks you into the gone world, and they'll be wired too (and loving it)! 🙂

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 June 2009 at 11:45 pm #

    I've NEVER heard anything that good on the radio!!!

    You guy's are….you are the stuff.

    The radio host sounded befuddled…like he'd lost his virginity or something….love it!!

  8. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 12 June 2009 at 12:33 am #

    It might have been more profitable to be an accessible glam band but The Church were destined be an elaborate, progressive and refined psychedelic band.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 June 2009 at 12:42 am #

    How does the strawberry cough compare to Uncle Bob's freebies?

  10. avatar
    Freddie | 12 June 2009 at 12:49 am #

    “the machine helped my tinnitus
    that free treatment i got on sunday nite
    has helped my tinnitus…can ya be-leave it?”

    Wow! That’s pretty amazing!
    What does it do? Make just the right kinda noise?
    Maybe next time try running it over your bad eye or whatever else ails ya 😀
    The guy will start charging a fortune for those things.
    Sorry to hear about the not so great start
    Hang in there.


  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 June 2009 at 12:52 am #

    just listening to the KCRW broadcast…fookin' hell boyz!! ON FIRE!!!


  12. avatar
    linjo | 12 June 2009 at 12:52 am #

    Oh baybee, white mustangs! now thats glamma! especially with a pair of magnificent calves on board! Sorry to hear Billy Corgan couldnt come. He might have done Reptile with you and you could have done Stand inside your love, two superb songs. Have a great one tonight Steve and thanks for the postings. Linda x

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 June 2009 at 1:10 am #

    Last time we saw you was in Dallas, with the gift of Jazz in the Altoid Can, at the Granada Theatre where you played.
    But we also saw you at the Meridian in Houston
    with my best friend that recently passed away.
    I have since moved to SoCal as work brought me this way.
    And tonight my friend once again Twin Brothers, company and I,
    will see you in L.A.

    Can't wait to see the show,


  14. avatar
    loolaabillions | 12 June 2009 at 1:12 am #


    it's quite sad really how
    americans (particularly in L.A)
    are obsessed with youthful
    the lines on your face
    are roadmaps of life
    so the more you have
    the fuller more interesting
    life you have lived
    i personally find a face
    like this far more attractive
    n' real
    than a taut wide-eyed fish

    lov'n your style…….xx

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 June 2009 at 1:17 am #

    but wait…was that a hint of AC/DC during "you took" (in the long middle bit thing) for the KRCW thing….WTF???????????? meaty with balls, the new full bodied full flavoured church sauce….


  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 June 2009 at 1:23 am #

    Rock white hippie moses! Rock! The Promised Land (S.F.) awaits, but the weather still sux (cool n'windy).

  17. avatar
    Glen | 12 June 2009 at 2:11 am #

    Hi Steve,

    Just listened to the KCRW gig. Beautiful.

    Won't you come back to the Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle with the whole band? Please, please, please.

    All the best for the rest of the US tour.


  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 June 2009 at 2:52 am #

    So long as it's not a spread in Hustler ;p

    Rock some soul into that barren city SK.

    You'll be on fire by the time I see you on the East coast.


  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 June 2009 at 2:53 am #

    Kimono over to my house!

    Dutch Pierre

  20. avatar
    WantonMyth | 12 June 2009 at 2:58 am #

    May your knight in his white chariot, take you and the band to new places. But beware of Hollywood: everything is but an illusion…
    I sense the people are really craving the Church; they want to see their water turned into wine…

  21. avatar
    apostle61 | 12 June 2009 at 3:22 am #

    Mr Kilbey I don't know if I'm doing this right. I am a neophyte in the arena of blogsport. But I've attempted to contact you before. (God knows if it went through. I think telegraph would be more reliable.) With the offer to visit Arlington National Cemetery at night on your journey to Washington, DC. Falls Church, Virginia to be exact. I work in the cemetery and can take you. It is an extraordinary place – 300,000patriots buried – President Kennedy and so many more on the hills overlooking New Rome on land that was once a plantation, home to slaves and the greatest traitor in history. It is otherworldly. You wouldn't regret it. And you seem to have the time. You have a day off between your Falls Church and Annapolis shows. Those cities are 30 miles apart.

    I have been a believer in The Church since Unguarded Moment. I would consider this a great honor.

    You can contact me at:

    I'll be at the Falls Church.

  22. avatar
    kimc. | 12 June 2009 at 3:24 am #

    I really don't know..I was in my zone during the show. A very much appreciated zone, where I could gel for a few hours and relax. I thought the show was wonderful.
    Thank you again.

  23. avatar
    Hustler | 12 June 2009 at 3:55 am #


    if you were a god, what god would you be?

  24. avatar
    the dean | 12 June 2009 at 3:56 am #

    sometimes the audience can't tell if you haven't transended but they certainly can tell if you have..if that makes any sense.

    van der graph generator..really?
    enough to make ya hair stand on end

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    the dean | 12 June 2009 at 3:56 am #

    sometimes the audience can't tell if you haven't transended but they certainly can tell if you have..if that makes any sense.

    van der graph generator..really?
    enough to make ya hair stand on end

  26. avatar
    davem | 12 June 2009 at 5:05 am #

    Good news on the ears. Hope you enjoy this tour so much that you visit us lot over here just once more!!

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 June 2009 at 5:47 am #

    SK –

    Well it's swell that your being honest. Thanks for that.
    You apparantly are meditatively-cogniscent of the fact that I got scant greatly-depreciating American dollars and, as such, I gots ta be mindful where I throw them.

    But I got faith, ya know?

    So I'm stayin' tuned but … The Road, in The States, …. sometimes I just get all a'feared that youz fellas might be enjoyin' the post-show a bit more than the declaration that is only yours to make (da Show).

    (So set your priorities straight:
    set your sights on G.R. – 'tis all a warm-up till then – all's jus' a warm-up for G.R. West Mitchie-gen).

  28. avatar
    Michael McDonald | 12 June 2009 at 6:09 am #

    I watched the KCRW video live on the internet all the way over here in Finland – it was great! What was Peter yelling at the beinning of NSEW? The sound was great, by the way. Funny that they started off with not one but two songs from their last album! I hope there's some sort of European tour coming later… good luck with the US tour.

  29. avatar
    eek | 12 June 2009 at 7:06 am #

    Hope this show knocks the audience's socks right off. I think it must be tough to take a long flight, then only have a few days to recover from jet lag get into the groove you need to transcend. I've no doubt the attempt was genuine, I just think it might take a show or two to gell.

    Heard and saw you on KCRW yesterday — made my day! You were good…I'm very proud of you. I did wonder when I saw you and Marty in shorts if you guys knew was going to be filmed! 😆

    "but guess what
    the machine helped my tinnitus
    that free treatment i got on sunday nite
    has helped my tinnitus…can ya be-leave it?"

    Hot damn! Even if it doen't do a thing for your skin it's still well worth using if it helps the tinnitus!

  30. avatar
    Jasperina | 12 June 2009 at 8:31 am #

    It'll always find you…it is elusive but that is why we yearn for it so bad. It is what we are all looking for.

  31. avatar
    c h r i s p y | 12 June 2009 at 8:33 am #

    Sitting here on the Eastern side of the US, and having watched the booted Youtube footage from the Belly Up the other night -I can't believe that the show was how you say it was. But, I'm sure from your perspective things prolly appeared different. All I knew is that I wanted so much to be there. I did see & hear the radio set -and it was SO tight sounding, and the audio was SO clean! I was floored! SO GOOD!
    But, more importantly …tell us more about this mechanical fountain of youth you've discovered. Do Ponce de León's descendants know about this? 🙂

    PS: Keep knockin em dead!

  32. avatar
    Larry Flynt | 12 June 2009 at 9:31 am #

    r.o.c.k! in the u.s.a!

    There's never enough cheesy comments here. Everyone's so freaking serious and that ages you faster than anything. When you guys play Kansas, please get drunk and do a horrible show! Rock on brother!

  33. avatar
    iseult | 12 June 2009 at 9:45 am #

    on behalf of the prime minister and the governor-general of australia i'd like to say that our southern cross shines a little less radiantly and our country feels decidedly ungirt and somewhat unadvanced when our favourite sons descended from sires of yore are no longer on our fair shore and we trust that your joyful strains resound on every stage and that you will rise to high renown and shine and do us proud and have you taken enough socks this time

  34. avatar
    Thomas Themsen, Denmark | 12 June 2009 at 9:52 am #

    Ah, Choch was never no good live n u know it too or Bootleg would've come out way back when.
    Some diabolical live Chech stuff on utube.

  35. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 12 June 2009 at 10:50 am #

    rock 'n' roll lifestyle, kiddo….i must be gettin' old 'cos its not even 9:00 friday night and i'm busting to snuggle down and warm up in bed with a good book…..

    hustler interview ay? for all the people who buy hustler just for the articles/journalism, yes, really, they're not lying……nothing at all to do with gettin' an eyefull…. 😉

    love always……

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    Anonymous | 12 June 2009 at 11:07 am #

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    Anonymous | 12 June 2009 at 11:07 am #

    Skin tightening affecting tinnitus..? That's interesting. Chewing hard seems to affect it too. So could skin pressure be a parameter..???

    You should report that to some medical scholar, they could do more research on it. Your case itself might be a topic for an article.

  38. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 12 June 2009 at 11:10 am #

    an interview with hustler, how bout we hit the playboy mansion instead…lol

  39. avatar
    fantasticandy | 12 June 2009 at 11:25 am #

    the radio show was great!
    ….my comment about it yesterday seems to have vanished……

    how i would love to see that gig in canada with the two greatest bands ever!!!

    ahhhh….dream on andy…..

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 June 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    love hearing you guys on the radio

  41. avatar
    matthew | 12 June 2009 at 1:48 pm #

    You were listening to The Sweet?? haha… a most vile early 80s covers band I played keys in once supported The Sweet on a "revival" tour… in Jindabyne of all locations…!

    And, I may be biased, but from the youtube videos I've seen, damn! – I would've been a happy punter @ Solana Biatch… but yeah, I totally get that personal transcendence need thing too.

    Rock on SK.

  42. avatar
    12str | 12 June 2009 at 2:09 pm #

    fantastic live performance of Pangaea…impressive!!im so fuckin´sad that i wont be able to catch you guys on tour this time around…hope this tour is a succes so youll find it worth while coming to europe(read scandinavia) 😉
    take care

  43. avatar
    Ellen | 12 June 2009 at 2:29 pm #

    THANK YOU for the awesome (no, not awful) concert at the Roxy!!

    I told the lady standing next to me that it was my first time seeing you play and she exclaimed: "Oh, you're a Church virgin!" Not any more!

    You took me to that "sweet spot" – I'm still there. I wanted to say "hello" and "thank you" etc. to you in person (if that was possible) after the concert, but alas I had to return to work early (it's now 7:24 a.m.). It was SO worth the loss of sleep. I went to bed happy. :-))

    You rocked the house! So glad I was in the front row, too.

    You guys take good care of yourselves. The music world needs you!

  44. avatar
    SALLY (AN AUSSIE LIVING IN CANADA) | 12 June 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    I just listened to the LA radio show and can't believe you didn't blow em away your first night. I'm sure you did. I cannot wait to see you guys again. I just forwarded that radio show to a bunch of friends who have yet to see you live. They'll wonder why they waited so long. Good luck with it all. You deserve a successful tour!
    BIG FAN.

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 June 2009 at 4:40 pm #

    Hi Steve, friends and I saw your show at Solana Beach. IT WAS KICKASS. I'm still on a post gig high that shows no sign of abating. We would never for a second have suspected that you didn't feel like you were in the zone.

    I certainly felt that privileged primal feeling that I was in the presence of radically rare and talented artists at work, even if the show wasn't up to your standards.

    As for your youth restoration machine. Pshaw. You look way more preserved than you probably deserve. I mean please, with your bone structure it wouldn't matter if you had the skin of a gladstone bag. Just age courageously and show everyone how it's done. (I can't really talk as I have 10 ccs of restylane jabbed up my naso labial folds).

    I heard the KCRW broadcast yesterday and it was mesmerizing.

    Anyway – we LOVE you AND the rest of the band and hope that the rest of your tour is fruitful and inspiring and you get home safe, sound "and full of many wonders of the spheres". Please say you'll tour again in 2010.

    all the best
    Wendy Joy

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 June 2009 at 7:00 pm #

    I am so psyched to see you guys tonight. Best of everything all day for you – and far into the evening.


    (smiling smiling smiling)

  47. avatar
    Craig MIller | 12 June 2009 at 7:07 pm #

    Watching the KCRW show online. Sounds fantastic.

  48. avatar
    Wiley Strafer | 12 June 2009 at 8:03 pm #

    You Took on the KCRW show done blowed my speakers up!

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    david | 12 June 2009 at 8:05 pm #

    This is wonderful:

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    m.p.k. | 12 June 2009 at 8:41 pm #

    See you tonight bro. Love has found you…

  51. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 June 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    So glad you are playing the states! I wish you guys would mix up the set list a bit. You have so much great material to share. You would probably have bigger audiences because people would follow the tour and be exctited about hearing something different. If Phish and Radiohead can mix it up, why not the Church? Just Curious. Is it to much to remember some more tunes?

    Would love to hear something from the 90's. No Gold, No Priest, No Hologram, No Sometime, No Magician, No Box???

    I think it is time to retire all Starfish tunes.

    Still can't wait to see you guys!


  52. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 June 2009 at 9:24 pm #

    Come to London!!

  53. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 June 2009 at 9:38 pm #

    Can't wait to see you in SF. Slims kinda sucks, but should be a good crowd.

  54. avatar
    aawan | 12 June 2009 at 10:18 pm #

    Hey SK.
    Ali Baba here.
    Met you back in 98 in Minneapolis.

    Been following you since '88.

    You guys knocked my knickers off, at the KCRW. As good, if not better than ever.

    You all still have it.
    I just have to say the rendition of You Took, although not my fave song off BC, was orgasmic, PK's riffing swelled into something of A Day in the Life orchestral proportions. That's the only way I can describe it. I was escaping my work of the day to watch it live online, and I almost laughed, cried and wet my pants at the same time it was so bloody amazing.

    Why you guys aren't in the f*()-ing R&R Hall of Fame, is beyond me.

    God bless, salaam aleikum, wish you guys the best for the remainder of the tour.

  55. avatar
    Jason | 12 June 2009 at 10:44 pm #


    Got to see the KCRW video today and you guys sounded excellent. You Took was in my opinion the highlight of the set, when I saw you guys in 88 that song was the centerpiece of the set. Cant wait to see you and the band here in Detroit, hope you enjoy the tour.


  56. avatar
    Mary | 13 June 2009 at 5:19 pm #

    hi steve,i just saw kcrw just now, sorry it was late but yesterday was my birthday and i didnt get a chance to get on my computer today and i got a thing on facebook to tune in, i loved it so much i watched it 3 times, lol i love the fact that you guys just wear normal everyday clothes, shorts t-shirts ect… you guys are real and thats what i love, you guys sounded so good, im proud of you!!! i wish i still lived in cali so i could see you but my parents moved us to texas in 86 so hell i cant see you now, hopefully you will come visit us here in the future, i would love to see you for the first time!! if i was there yesterday that would have been the best birthday ever and i wouldnt have cared so much turning 35 lol.

  57. avatar
    lily was here | 20 June 2009 at 4:16 am #

    Ben is only 27? wow. He's such a pro.

    KCRW footage has totalled my internet usage for this month Steve, im grounded maestro until Dominion Day.

    Tim: "Are you ready Steve, aha. Peter? yeah. Marty? ok. Alright fellas– lets gooooooo!" LoL
    Sorry youngsters, thats a Ballroom Blitz reference.
    No cheesiness here Mr Flynt


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