posted on July 26, 2008 at 9:19 pm


this pic of neuman in sydney just added
commissioned by ernst k in norway
courtesy nelg

ok thats heyday over and done with
ah…they were different times
people actually bought your music for a start
in 1986 people bought music
you could tape your mates records
if you knew how to negotiate all the malarkey
dobly on dobly off
co2 or blah blah bias….
it either hissed like a bitch
or was dull as a bastard
and then what….
they stretched n broken took ages to rewind….
so in those days
if say 30 thousand people had yer music at home
probably 27 thousand had actually paid for it
now my ipod is full of stuff i never paid for
not only that
but i make copies of more of it for friends
oh you really like the low swinging dicks….?
ok heres their other 6 albums and their first 4 e.p.s
why would you buy a record?
only if you didnt have a friend whose got it in their itunes right?
so wow
thats great
thanks marty n ricki n all the others sharing their collexions
isnt this great
i dont even go to the $10 cd store anymore
(they went broke anyway in bondi)
i just absorb my collexion by osmosis
wow!…tee hee hee
i can get anything i want in a flash…for free..
anything you can think of…
this is the life, eh…?
except….
except….
uh…
hang on a minute….
jesus….
all my royalty cheques shrinking and shrinking
because….
no one paying advances and stuff
and i realise
im like a pearl salesman and everyones got their own oyster..!
its a bad time to be a musician……
so hence
a la your stories
you heard starfish
you went out n bought heyday
nowadays you hear starfish
you rip heyday from somewhere else if you can
no one buys cds
if i tunes are selling a load of my stuff i aint seen it
or felt it
are you seeing my pointilism here?
i make something that most people dont pay for anymore
i look at the stats for emc on karmic hit
must be that a big most downloaded and didnt contribute
some people were generous
but most didnt bother…they just took it
i have no moral qualms with that either
i would probably do the same
especially without all the trouble of getting paypal or whatever
gosh but its making it kinda hard for people like me though
i love the technology but i hate the results (hmmmmm aint it always so?)
its wiping me out before my eyes
i already had the worst deals in the world
im already dealing with a load of disparate corps flogging my stuff
i have no idea what they sell and how much they tell me they sell
i never have and i never will
i have been ripped off blind
dudded and tricked and fucked over
cos i was young arrogant
AND CAN ONLY THINK WITH THE RIGHT SIDE OF MY FUCKING BRAIN
i write the best lyrics in history but can i read a contract?
in my arrogance i thought that i’d be such a big star
that it didnt matter if they ripped me off
cos i was gonna have so much anyway
or that “god” would look after me
or that someone else in the band would read it
or that so and so was honest and actually cared
ha ha
so there you go
all those records out there
that i dreamed up
only ever getting a fraction of my due
3 companies going bankrupt n never paying a zac
and now
no one buys it anymore anyway
not to even mention my shrinking popularity
(i said not to mention it!)
i wake up and find i’m going broke
so you’ll forgive my preoccupation with money
and i’m gonna mention subscription one more time
and i’ll fucking well drop it for a while
heres the thing
i hate to see people saying on my comments
oh sk im sorry im a bit broke i couldnt donate
please my people
i dont expect you people feeling the pinch to donate
i dont expect the people who donated already to donate more
i dont expect the people who make those v.generous donations
to donate ever again….
i also know that you know
that my current state of broke-ness
is my own doing from recklessness and stupidity
so i bear all this in mind
still there is a deep undercurrent of readers
who never comment and never subscribe
and i only ask the fortunate ones among them
the ones who can afford to
not the broke ones like me
not the strugglers n dispossessed
not the artisans and minstrels
not the kiddies or pensioners
just this
if you are sitting there
on a fat wallet stuffed with euros
and you enjoy reading me
(after all i’m one of the best…if you like this kinda thing)
then take the trouble
open yer paypal account
a dollar a week….how cheap is that?
pay in advance by all means
a dollar by itself will be chewed up in commission
there you go
send me some dough
you’ll feel better
i’ll definitely feel better
and its keeping those wolves from my door
i usually spend a couple of hours a day writing these blurbs
so its eating up my time
its a labour of love
it comes from my heart
not my need to earn a crust
but that would be a nice side effect
as far as other ventures go
we are going to begin rehearsals for zoo story mk 2
up at andrew hmelnitskys new gallery up at bondi junction
bondi junction is about 2 or 3 miles up the road away from the sea
its a bustling little jumping spot with the southern hems biggest mall
(wow!)
andrews opening on aug 10 and im gonna sing a couple of numbers
but anyway
me and sebastian are gonna start up zoo story again
and itll be running sometime in september
hopefully we can have a good season in his intimate little space
i love to act and i’m voracious to get better
so i’m looking forward to it
i hope it makes a bitter money too
but thats not why i do it
i dont do anything for money and thats why you love me
you know you can trust that my products were not created to generate dough
i hope they do
but that doesnt come into their creation
when i write songs or paint pics
its the furthest from my mind
you know thats the truth
and you’ll feel it when you hear painkiller
or if you buy one of my paintings
talking of which
go to my painting website and check out my latest paintings
under the new magnifying feature
you can now see close up how good or bad i really am
nelg showed me my get stoned n paint video as it is so far
and jesus i think it looks really good
its got some good painting moments and some good whacky bits
nelg also gave me a nice good haircut which is a relief
when will the vid be finished?
nelg says before the end of the year…..!?
as far as painting goes
having successfully finished this 3 n a half foot by 2 n half foot
jobby
i’m going bigger n bigger
cos lets face it
size does count
and from here on in
im gonna be doing some big pics
nelg if youre reading could you email me a jpeg of this one
so i can put it on a future blog? (see above!!)
anyway
i hate talking about money
i really do
its fucken vulgar
but it seems …..
ah you know
see you soon
no more moneytalk
sk killer

45 Responses to “sunday too far away”

  1. avatar
    Fireseed | 26 July 2008 at 10:58 pm #

    steve

    may the doe nations start flooding in…

  2. avatar
    don joe | 26 July 2008 at 10:59 pm #

    Steve,
    The past has brought me many memories from what you have written recently. Heyday was my 1st Church album though prior singles i knew whence i listened to Hindsight. I really dug how you (the band) named those two albums, like you were forseeing the future. I love heyday and it still rates highly in the itunes most played. I have and will never download free music or burn a friends CD. I have been a struggling muso and know what it is like to recieve a rider worth more than what you got paid for the gig (ever get a cheque for $3.00 for a gig?). So know that you have recieved my money from those purchases. I do o about 2 yrs worth of paypal, and have said numerous times I will lend a hand…I think it is that time. We can both end on the money note/shot/maker. It must be harsh knowing that there are means to defraud you and there’s basically no return…no money from itunes?
    Heyday brought me many, many wanton moments and pleasent moments. It seems like that time for you and the band was one of pure freedom, if such a thing is so. That you were free from the constraints of society and you were alone forging this new frontier for others to follow. Not many have chosen such a crusade and not many will end up being able to create such a thing in today’s clime. To read about what happened with Walshy, the studio, the group blossoming into what it was meant to be is refreshing and reassuring that my earns have healped fuel that drive, passion, goal attainment that led you to today. For life to survive there must be happiness, to achieve happiness one must be able to overcome obstacles to obtain their goals, being able to continue to do so at any age is the mastery of matter, energy, space and time. For they are the boundries within which we play the game of life. Affinity, reality and communication are the tools we use to play the game, for these three components make up us as individuals and make up understanding. A lack of these three things of course, = little to no understanding. How much reality can you have with an angry person, do you want to bo around him?? Guess you don’t want to talk to him either right? Well, anyways, time marches on for whom the bell tolls so bid adios and keep the creatin up as artists create the future for this society. not pollys or scientists or money makers…artists give us hope and let us breath for another day.

    ML,
    don joe

  3. avatar
    don joe | 26 July 2008 at 11:00 pm #

    /edit…those two albums being Heyday and Starfish

  4. avatar
    fantasticandy | 26 July 2008 at 11:49 pm #

    sordid ain’t it?
    but what else can ya do?
    iv’ always considered it only right and proper.
    and i understand all too well the freebie mentality that now prevails.
    chin-up brave soldier,
    you may be one of the last.
    andy L.

  5. avatar
    kat | 27 July 2008 at 12:31 am #

    the low swinging dicks?!! lol sk you crack me up.

  6. avatar
    kat | 27 July 2008 at 12:35 am #

    ah, i cut myself off… i miss my crystalline rush print. i'm going to post you a pic of it when i get it back so you can see how awesome it looks the way they frame it.

    & i am going to buy some more art if holly will let me do a payment plan kinda thang…

    cheersxo

  7. avatar
    Peter Podcast | 27 July 2008 at 12:44 am #

    People
    This is amusing on the same subject.
    From the KLFs Bill Drummond.
    Interesting Article on recorded Music

  8. avatar
    veleska1970 | 27 July 2008 at 12:44 am #

    so you’re getting zoo story back up and running again? good for you. i know you enjoyed doing that so much. wish i lived closer so i could see it. 🙁

    lotza love….

  9. avatar
    ed in fl | 27 July 2008 at 12:47 am #

    I bought all my church cd’s – so enjoy those royalties.

    Ed in fl

  10. avatar
    Josh In Chicago | 27 July 2008 at 1:07 am #

    The whole free-music thing…it’s a double-edged sword.

    On one hand, everything is at your fingertips. If you want to hear the alternate version of Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks in it’s entirety, it’s somewhere on the net for free. So-and-so’s new album comes out next week, but there’s already an online leak if you can’t wait. The downside is you don’t appreciate it because you didn’t earn it. It becomes disposable music. You don’t make a point to get your money’s worth because you’re just focusing on the next free thing you want to hear. Besides, even if you pay for downloads, there’s no re-sale value in it. You can re-coup the cost of a CD, but mp3 files hold no currency.

    The price of convenience. It’s worthless because it’s free. You’ve invested nothing in it, so you don’t care too much about it. I’ve been guilty of doing this too sometimes. I’ve downloaded/stolen a lot of music from the past created by dead people. I find there’s not much current stuff to get excited about. I could not fathom being a musician just starting out in this new millennium. It must be impossible to make a buck unless your audience is either gigantic or cult-like faithful.

    People forgot about that thrill of standing in line at the record store, clutching your new purchase and drumming your fingertips against the CD. Surveying the song titles, studying the cover. You pay for it. The cashier places the CD in a bag – what for? You’re going to rip it all open as soon as possible! You exit the store. You walk to your car or you walk to the bus stop, and begin unraveling the cellophane covering to examine the contents. Are the lyrics printed? Are there photos? Guest stars on some tracks? Oh, it’s a remaster….who wrote the liner notes? Rush rush home to put it on. It’s all brand new sounds. Sadly, this is a lost pleasure.

    I collect all things Choich, so I have to buy a couple of things I seldom listen to but happily keep anyway (both El Momento albums). Buy directly from Church Merch or at gigs!

  11. avatar
    lily was here | 27 July 2008 at 1:35 am #

    It make you wonder how The Beatles would've fared. It was a different era. Album packaging was an art in itself. Handing hard-earned money over a counter for music was a pleasure in so many ways, i could go on. My kids love buying a cd in a shop, unwrapping it & getting it into the car cd player, there and then,but its a rarer thing saved for ONLY the utmost special favourite of theirs, but how little an artist actually sees from it is a sad thing. A downside of so much free music is they dont get to listen to a whole album of music anymore,its mostly just random songs by bands they dont have a clue about. There was a knack to putting the needle on the LP at just the right time and hitting that tape record button quick enough and leaving JUST the right amount of space between the tracks.. and what about trying to catch & tape a favourite track from the radio! 🙂 I used to love getting just a bit of the dj's intro as the song came in.
    Love to you. Cant wait to see yr BIGGER art!
    xxx

  12. avatar
    The Kipper | 27 July 2008 at 2:17 am #

    Well, The Beatles made a penny a record under their original EMI contract…that’s how they fared then.

    What has always bothered me is the small amount of money that actually went to the artists when music was purchased. People that had nothing to do with the music were getting rich. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on The Church, but how much actually wound up in the band’s pockets? Very little, I’m sure.

    I’ve already bought 3 copies of Heyday, but I’d gladly buy another one directly at 3x the retail price if it was signed by we-know-who.

  13. avatar
    tim | 27 July 2008 at 2:32 am #

    I’m in the radio industry in canada and for a small independant company we are getting murdered with “taxes” as i like to call em…of course we make money and have to pay royalties based on how much I (former dj..now slimy sales bastard) make for the company…but when the labels start charging us for the monthly compilation cd’s and THEN charge us to rip it into a hard drive it gets a little much…no qualms about paying SOCAN fees (the society of canadian authors and poets) these are songwriters royalties and that just makes sense but now they want to introduce another royalty that would go to the musician…yep…those who do NOT have a songwriting credit…why should i pay because some studio musician negotiated a bad deal in the first place…its almost as ridiculous as the industry selling the public first records, then 8 tracks, then cassettes, then cd’s, then mp3’s …sorry paid for that one once..i know its a fucked up mess and i don’t mind paying for what i use..i am no means well off..but i am not hurting either….i think the best point to make (you touched on it) is pay for what you use..pay for what you get…you are generous enough to say “if you can”..fair enough. i feel ashamed that you have to ask for subscriptions and money an artist as talented as yourself…its a fucking crime.. so when i get a few extra bucks i will donate…and i will do it again and again when i can..not because i feel bad for you cause you got ripped off…but because i get alot out of what you do …what you offer..i enjoy the blog…the comments and commentors (no that doesn’t mean i’m going to send you money brien or andyl) and most of all i dig the tunes and am happy to overpay if i have to..when i can…i’m not rich..i am very middle class and can’t afford a 3-400 dollar painting…but 20 buck here or there..will do..and the moment painkiller drops..you got my dime..
    as for the acting…that is so cool…from thos videos you posted…you are a natural. i did some community theatre my self a couple of years ago first time out i landed the lead in oscar wilde’s the importance of being earnest and had a blast…i loved every bit of it…it was as you put it a labour of love..alot of time and hard work goes into theatre..i wish you well..break a leg mate.

  14. avatar
    Lian | 27 July 2008 at 3:08 am #

    It’s very nice of you, Tim.

  15. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 27 July 2008 at 3:41 am #

    …money, hate the stuff, i really do…the cause of more arguments than anything else in my household…
    as for the low swinging dicks, have you ever heard the bootleg lp from ’87 at the backroom in byron…an absolute corker, can hear the tinkle of breaking schooner glasses and expletives of pissed punters in the background…
    love always…

  16. avatar
    Brian | 27 July 2008 at 4:32 am #

    CD Baby: Steve, not sure what it’s like in AU, but we sell our stuff on CD Baby – on our own, no label. They take $5 a CD, you can set the price for whatever you like, $10, $20, it doesn’t matter. Furthermore, for a tiny fee, you can then have your music distributed to iTunes. You control where it goes. You can even get paid when someone listens to your song on one of those subscription services. When someone buys a song or an album, I believe we are paid for %90 of the sale.

    Yes, people want stuff for free – but that’s not entirely it – I think they want instant gratification and will pay for it if it’s in front of them and cheap enough. People will buy one song. They’ll even buy an album because $9.99 looks cheap too. Selling digital is the way to go.

    We don’t sell much, but CD Baby sends us a check every time we sell $20 or more of stuff per month. They’ve never screwed us, and people are actually buying digital downloads. And we control it. We see the stats, the sales, we know how many they have on their shelves at all times.

    Maybe you’ve got something out of print you’d like to put out there again. Why not give it a whirl? Maybe there’s even some Church stuff no label owns the rites too, or a label went under and control reverts back to you. I’d say to try this outlet, get on iTunes yourself through them if that’s available to you in Australia. The only thing you have to do is send CD’s to keep on their shelves.

    All the best,

    Brian

    P.S. I bought and continue to buy your music. If it were cheaper to buy and send from AU to US, I’d buy more directly. I believe we need art in our culture. If we don’t value it somehow and the artists that make it, our culture will suffer without it.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 July 2008 at 5:35 am #

    We dream of a lifeforfree, internet comes and becomes the parallel market (life) where this is possible but like I always say, we (still) don’t live inside THIS reality here, we’re not feeding ourselves with computer circuits. We have our arts outside this box of ever-flow-fruition and need to be paid for the amount of time and love and material (includes money, dear society) that we invest in our pieces. Music for free interrupts the cycle of money naturally (?) involved in the process. It is always hard to make money in this world, come on, it always was especially if you’re honest, true to yourself, ill-tempered, moody and demanding. Kilbey, do you have any of these traits? (wink) But yes, it is even harder now for the basic triangle: new principles of commerce, new principles of relationship and new principles of time which change the way we perceive things and treat them. This transition entirely dictated by internet. We’re all running around clueless. Artists, journalists (but fuck them), consumers, fans, execs (fuck them more than anyone). The sweet revenge is that this is the end of music industry as we know it and we feel fine. At least the swine are losing even more hair and leaving it all for their projected chests trying to figure out how to sell when even the market is elusive.
    We talk a lot about the pleasure of unravelling a package, contemplating the artwork, getting the feel of the product in our hands but we forget that interactions like these that we have here can only be allowed by this new configuration. We always think in terms of what we’re losing but we did gain a lot in this transaction. And when the audience enjoys this level of proximity with the artists (think of all the blogs, MySpace accounts and the general buzz that comes with internet) the commitment to their product (achieving it and keeping it) is altered. In these times of paranoid reproduction of information by such quick clicks in an anarchic media what wins gold value is the live presentation. Cause it’s the only thing that can’t be fully experienced without being there, thus reproduced and replaced. The successful bands of today (and the meaning of success also changed, we’re talking of very ephemeral statements that can’t last more for this generation’s febricity and constant lacking/searching, less for the conventional media preaching) seem to use the internet as a way to spread their word and reach as many as possible or actually interested (the ones who pay more by the way) to make shows for them. What’s on the record is not the goal anymore. Internet is such a maya baby that live shows are getting more and more important, in contradiction. But I’m still trying to understand how these “internet bands” make money to support their tours…
    We also went back to the single culture (going back to pre-67 without the coolest thing which is the b-side, no obscurity when there are so many screens on). A record is too long, there is an idea that pervades it, an idea which is split in so many parts that make a whole. People want more and more fragments and from as many sources as they can. It generates the phenomenon of fake diversity. The ideas don’t circulate, the fragments sit on their own only creating more fragments till all we have is dissolution, disintegration. (But I’m not so apocalyptic, I believe we had a great music decade – much much superior to the bored and grey 90s – even with all the “money music” dominating the american mainstream; it’s funny that when people can’t get money from music the predominant music only speaks of money).
    Another element that blurs the ability to go through records and make the singles grow stronger is our proverbial lack of time. The amount of information is so huge that there’s never enough time to obtain it. We once lived with such a few options and we knew better about what we liked. Now we know a lot but so superficially and lacking emotional intensity (does it ironically equal the invested money?). We’re living in the “trying times”. 17 year old teens listen to 20 secs of a song and decide if they like it or not. It’s poor verse. And we don’t have time ’cause we’re doing everything quicker fo the computer gives us the illusion that everything is faster, at the speed of a click. The problem is that our bodies can’t cope with the machines. We have to act according to the machine’s time, which is just a distortion of human capacities. No wonder why so many 20, 30 year old people complain that their backs hurt.
    My back hurts from writing this.
    But I don’t know, I want to be optimystic and think that we’re gonna find a way to get money as long as it’s necessary in real life. Let’s think that this blog is an experiment and that it works like kind of a daily verbal show that is awaited and unique, a book that is unfolding everyday and that to witness this fabric becoming alive people need to pay. To buy it is justified. The issue continues to be the free access to the content when general mentality didn’t change yet. And the fact that there’s not a fixed price. At the same time you’re reaching more people ’cause it’s free. Ah, it’s tough.
    Kilbey, write a screenplay and deal with the pigs from the top of the exuberance of your maturity. It’ll work.

  18. avatar
    davem | 27 July 2008 at 6:27 am #

    Technophobe here….I don’t have any downloaded cd’s. What I like I buy.
    I still like reading the covers etc too much as well.
    I haven’t downloaded any music from EMC yet ‘cos I don’t know how to!!! I’ll get my Son to do it soon.
    Difficult one on the dosh issue. I know that it’s better to contribute larger amounts infrequently, but I don’t have much dosh, so I send what I can each month to make sure I’m in the $100 club. It’s the least you deserve for the joy you bring to my life.
    I’m always grateful to you SK.
    xx

  19. avatar
    rubikon | 27 July 2008 at 8:08 am #

    I don’t know if it’s just me or if I’m old-fashioned or what, but when I like an Artist I actually go and buy and pay for their work (I’ve got all the Church Albums – several on Vinyl and CD, together with all of your Solo Work and most of Marty’s and Peter’s).

    Don’t get me wrong I’m no Technophobe – I’ve got several Church albums on my ipod (ripped from genuine CDs) at the moment but I would never download ANY Artists Music without first paying for it.

    But it’s true that CDs sren’t selling any more and it’s the main reason why so many 70s/80s bands are back on the road touring (The Police for example)- they make far more money from ticket sales and merchandising than they do from sales of their back catalog CDs (I’ve heard that the main reason Sting got the Police back together is that his CDs weren’t selling anymore). The Stones have made most of their money from touring and merchandising for the last 15 years or so.

    Anyway, enough about Money.

    Will you guys be touring Europe again when the new Album comes out? – we’re starting to get withdrawal symptoms

  20. avatar
    daniel | 27 July 2008 at 8:56 am #

    dont despair too much steve (about money). i view mp3 downloads as a preview of the goods rather than an acquisition.

  21. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 27 July 2008 at 9:25 am #

    so sad we all need money to survive here on earth i call terra when we could be using the earth sun and moon’s energy for free…
    Jonny

  22. avatar
    eek | 27 July 2008 at 9:31 am #

    Oooh! Steve, the Neuman painting is so cool!! I like it a lot! I bet it’s really impressive in person.

    Much of the rest of your blog today just makes me feel discouraged. I hate seeing people I care about going through rough times (hate going through them myself). I am, however, thrilled to read about all the new/renewed projects you’re working on. I’m very interested to know how they all work out.

    Kat — yes! I can work with you on a payment plan for SK art (same goes for others interested in this option). Shoot me an email* and let me know what you are interested in and we can work out the details.

    I also have several early original pieces by SK that are not shown on the SK art site that are also for sale. They are all very reasonably priced and might be just some here are looking for. To take a look at them, click here If you see something you are interested in, drop me an email*.

    And do make sure to check out SK’s newest paintings with the magnifier feature. It really does allow you to get a better look at the details. As soon as I get my rear in gear I’ll activate that feature on more of the paintings on the site.

    * my email addy is on the SK art site in the Contact/purchase info section

  23. avatar
    fantasticandy | 27 July 2008 at 10:07 am #

    god…this has really hammered the point home!
    yeah that’s right people…..no pay artist…..no art.
    wev’e got a 30-track double waiting in the wings.
    it’s fucken great…way better than the first record….i’m so proud of it, i can’t even begin to tell ya!
    but….and it’s a big one…..
    i’m a fucken postman,
    carl’s a fucken postman,
    jim ‘n steve are fucken unemployed.
    i know we are well liked…we’ve had thousands and thousands and thousands of hits on the myspace site.
    and the comments….i’m not going to crow about them here……
    if you want a listen you know where to go.
    and that’s the problem,because that’s exactly what people do!
    why buy ’em?
    80 free songs in 18 months!
    comments about how ‘awesome’ you are DON’T pay any bills.
    so that double album will only ever appear if we can find the funds for it.
    being pedantic, let me make sure i’ve made my point perfectly clear…….
    i am NOT asking any of you feinds to invest in the dudes….(most of our ‘audience’ are’nt aware of this blog anyway.)
    i’m saying…if steve had to become a postman…just to keep the wolfe from the door….
    do you think this blog would exist?
    would you be looking at that fabby new neuman pic?
    zoo story?…sorry got to work overtime…..
    side projects….no time for the time being.
    oh….and of course..those mega-textured beautiful soundscapes that ONLY the church can create…
    yeah, steve will do that on a crappy fucken four track in his shed ok?
    this shit has GOT to stop before
    ALL real art is wiped-out.
    we’ll all be eating soylent green next.
    god help us all.

    bucketloads ‘o love to ya killer, and to all you smart and sassy folk out ther in the ether,
    it’s a great pleasure to be in your company every day!
    the best,
    andy L.

    p.s. hey tim…..nice one!

  24. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 27 July 2008 at 10:08 am #

    oooh wow, i just dropped by and saw your artwork….what a beautiful intricate piece…would LOVE to see it for real, would blow me away…
    love always…

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    Cita | 27 July 2008 at 10:22 am #

    Listened to the sweet sounds of Heyday last night. It had been swimming around in my car. When my kids caught sight of the cover their comments always make me laugh about the mullet haircuts and marty’s earrings. They just don’t get. The Church were hyper cool.
    There is such warmth in those songs. A soft air about them. I can listen to something like Already Yesterday and drift dreamily back to a magic time.
    I live perpetually with the right brain engaged and wonder why I find it hard to function in the predominantly left brain world.
    Bless you Steve for your truth love and wisdom.

  26. avatar
    princey | 27 July 2008 at 10:36 am #

    Nice one, Neuman has come to life! Beautiful artwork sk!
    love Amanda

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    lily was here | 27 July 2008 at 10:40 am #

    Fantastisk neuman. Killer, you are hitting your stride! Lucky Ernst xxxxx

    Peter Podcast – thanks for the article. Im so conflicted by him I could write a thesis.

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    Leelinau | 27 July 2008 at 11:00 am #

    I really fucking wish I had the means for a better end too.

    trinka
    trinka
    trinka

    xxx

    .^_^.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 July 2008 at 11:40 am #

    If I send you some money, can you assure me that it won’t be spent on marijuana?

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    matthew | 27 July 2008 at 12:23 pm #

    LOVE the Neuman work, very impressive and I love the balance of colours… quite amazing, well done!

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    Anonymous | 27 July 2008 at 12:42 pm #

    Bless you and your honesty..
    its like “Somebody said it was all for you but the Sea and the Line .. Sometimes…. oh man… its all fukcing love.. and it will be gooder and we will all make it one way or another.. dont stop the music it is just as important… ahhhh… you know…fuck… love….arghh…blessings..jr…..

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    ross b | 27 July 2008 at 1:30 pm #

    I find if someone burns me an album to listen to and I like it, I go out and buy it. Just my preference for doing things. Also not into downloading either. For one thing I have dialup at home and that constricts things somewhat so it’s only when I’m at wok that I get a chance to go into youtube or myspace properly. I prefer to listen to songs (on myspace) and return to them, rather than downloading…again a personal preference, I almost find it invasive, the idea of downloading other people’s songs for free although I have no real moral objection to it. I haven’t had a chance to go into the emc site as yet. When one day I consider upgrading my inet connection to broadbean then perhaps I will!, either that or sometime at wok.

    hey, i must say i thought you were joking sk when you were asking for a big acting gig!! i didn’t know you’d acted before. i work in the theatre though i’ve no pervasive interest in acting or theatre other than simply enjoying a good play now and again…if you need or are after specific playscripts or books relating to acting or theatre let me know.

    Kind regards, r.

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    veleska1970 | 27 July 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    i love this new painting. it has a lot of impact~~you expect neuman to jump out at you (you wanna duck when you see that 9mm, LOL)

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    tim | 27 July 2008 at 3:10 pm #

    I always love reading your comments andyl..and now i’ve got to check out your tunes..if you want to when you get the new stuff in the can, send me an mp3 with a short bio and i’ll give it to my program director(s) at our radio stations…hey nothing ventured, nothing gained right?

    timinthemorning@hotmail.com

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    tim | 27 July 2008 at 3:24 pm #

    anon at 9:40 misses the point COMPLETELY…. if you get something from what TTB provides, on this blog and paintings and music and can afford to…donate…to put conditions on it is disrespectful….who’s telling you how you spend your hard earned money? That’s the problem with society…the few who believe they know what’s best for all the rest..I don’t think I am going out on a limb when i say there is alot more of it smoked now than in then even in the 60’s…professionals who come home after a hard days work and lower the shades. AND its all underground…biker gangs continue to profit because people like you want to pass judgement and keep it illegal …are their people with problems and abuse it beyond control…yep…but its no worse than booze…the biggest problems associtate with the drug are largely caused by the fact that it remains illegal.get a grip on yourself pal..loosen the sphincter and smoke a twisty and open yourself to a whole new perspective…

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    verdelay | 27 July 2008 at 3:36 pm #

    We can all be little Walsingham's to your Marlowe. rest assured (qv http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storyCode=207372&sectioncode=21).

    Andy – when I crown myself emperor I'll make comments like "awesome" tradeable as currency. You could probably buy yourself a smoothie with that.

    v

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    restaurant mark | 27 July 2008 at 3:40 pm #

    if money was equal to the amount of artistic integrity, creativity, and quality (which it’s not unfortunately) you and the rest of the band would be rich, rich men. definately time for me to catch up on my payments! very soon.
    by the way steve…your painting has really come alive and grown…i liked it already, but the new stuff is great! i absolutely love the vegetalista (sp?)

    take care everyone
    mark

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    fantasticandy | 27 July 2008 at 6:25 pm #

    mr. flowers…..
    smoothies all round!
    i think if your plan was put into action…..we would both drown in the bloody stuff!
    much love,
    andy L.

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    Anonymous | 27 July 2008 at 6:50 pm #

    This state of affairs for musicians today is sad and disgraceful.
    I personally have paid for every single cd I own by you as a solo artist and your band.
    I also have purchased Acoustic and Intimate and Unearthed from itunes.
    I find it disturbing that you have not seen any royalties from itunes as I purchased these in good faith thinking that you as the artist were well compensated from purchases such as mine.
    If this is indeed the case…no longer will I purchase from itunes as I fully support and stand behind the artists and the songwriters.
    Now I understand why so many bands are touring non stop these days.
    It’s the only way they’re making any money.
    I have never ever downloaded an album much to the chagrin of some of my friends.
    To me it is the same as sticking a book down your shorts in the book store.
    It’s stealing.
    May the Gods of music right the great wrong going on in the music world today.
    And God bless all the artists who are getting bent over because of it.

    Mark
    Tampa, Fl

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    kat | 27 July 2008 at 6:55 pm #

    yes the neuman painting is scary but colorful 🙂

    holly, i will shoot you an email this week. it may take me awhile to zero down what i want. there are so many cool paintings !

    ah, money. the necessary evil.

    ciao, fiends..

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    Brien Comerford | 27 July 2008 at 7:05 pm #

    I hate downloading and I can’t do it on my computer. Radiohead made matters worse by offering their CD for free. Jeff Beck still has to tour because people only download his new music. People who I’ve turned into Church fans have rather dowdloaded or burned (for free) another person’s Starfish, Gold Afternoon Fix or Heyday CD.

    I respectfully request SK to finally implement the 100 dollar club. Include three upcoming CDs and make a CD out of the download songs. Thank’s to SK and Holly I was directed to SK’s Starfish blog. I had always though The Church made millions off the album. Conversely, they could royally screwed just like Badfinger did in the 1970’s. A distraught Pete Ham hung himself to death in despair.

    Slaughterhouses and downloading. I hate and despise both of them. So does my GOD !!!!!

  42. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 27 July 2008 at 7:08 pm #

    The Church got big-time finacially screwed even though Starfish sold so many copies

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    Fireseed | 27 July 2008 at 9:15 pm #

    wooahhhhhhhhh – what a lovely intricate piece of work…

    nice one steve

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    Anonymous | 27 July 2008 at 10:39 pm #

    Being an artist is not just a lifestyle for middle class brats although looking at the pop-soundscape these days, it sure seems that way.
    When Church was selling records in the last century, music was still craft, not just a fashion accessory. It’s now cheaper than junk jewellery, pewk. So much for record companies having any clue what they are doing.
    To me, in those days, the Church was a counteraction to white Australia’s religious nationalism, but you boys got lost somewhere on the way, indugling childhood fantasies of being big stars, instead of working at the craft of music.
    A bit of suffering will help your art, your complaints about it are entertaining, sorry, no sympathy; things will get better. You know money doesn’t buy the things that inspire good art, life, for example. All of my children died as babies, there is no chance I will have anymore, all the money in the world can’t change that, medicines don’t fix it; but art gives a perspective that allows it to be managed.
    You will manage.
    I paid for every Church record, I bought your art, not your lifestyle. I will still buy your art.

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    Anonymous | 27 July 2008 at 10:47 pm #

    Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t make it right, Tim. I’d just feel better knowing that the money I donated to the Kilbey family was being spent on his kids or something like that, rather than a “twisty”, as you so charmingly refer to it.

    I love Kilbey’s work, but his whole bohemian pot-head schtick is a little tired.


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