posted on November 11, 2014 at 9:35 pm


yeah i wrote my mem-wahs people

it aint no hi-brow read believe me

ive been going round australia doing readings

and its been going rather well im quite chuffed

reading a chapter here and there answering questions

doing a few tunes

in qld had the pleasure n honour to be interviewed by robert forster

he seemed to like my book

it is candid and it is honest

its like …conversational..

it is not war and fucking peace

its easy

a page turner some have said

a lot of funny stuff

a lot of philosophical stuff too

a moral

an arc

a story emerges i guess

have i merely imposed meaning on the random chaotic events of my life ?

so the readings were a lot of fun

i got to meet a lot of people

sign loads and loads of books

my publishing company is very cool i like them

they put me up in hiltons every night

i did loads of interviews

i made em all smile

now someone is even interested in making a film of it all

the beat surely goes on

people liking my book and my record

i find a temporary oasis of acceptance

my struggle abates

i lay down my weary tune

dolphin street days are here

gigs on all horizons

a sense of satisfaction

i move out of the past

i shed my old skins

i relinquish regrets

here are my lives

for you

to peruse

127 Responses to “thats the story of my life”

  1. etta
    etta | 11 November 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    To la peruse next!

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    Anonymous | 11 November 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    ‘Have I merely imposed meaning on the random chaotic events on my life?’

    One would beleive, Mr Kilbey, that on all those random events a bigger picture has been revealed to you. As such odd but random but remembered events have revealed to me. & changed my thoughts, way of life & direction of action completely. Reminding many ‘I am on my own but not alone’, as many are united as one.

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      John Garratt | 14 November 2014 at 3:58 am #

      I think Keith Jarrett wanted to make a big piece of amorphous music that had no order, only chaos. When he was done, he stepped back and realized there was an order to it all along.

      It could be that form just can’t help itself.

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    Cath | 11 November 2014 at 11:04 pm #

    My god who would they find to play you!

    hope the review of sorts was ok, life is meant to be moving,
    thanks for opening up to us others out here in the big beyonder
    Fresh pastures and new crops growing all around……reap the bounty….maybe in time enough for building your own harbour!
    Love to you S.K

    • avatar
      Cocoamo | 12 November 2014 at 5:22 am #

      Steve, you have said John Cusack in the past, but I think he’s too old to play the young you now?

      On a similar note, the story of many rockers is told in the comedy “Walk Hard, The Dewey Cox Story”. Have you seen it? Funny, hits some uncomfortable truths, and surprisingly good music. hard

      Your Friend in Pennsylvania

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    Jeremy Earl | 12 November 2014 at 12:26 am #

    It was a very enjoyable launch in Fremantle and you seemed to be having a great time too. Thank, once again, for coming West. I’m still eating finger food! 😉



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    John Garratt | 12 November 2014 at 2:34 am #

    Coincidentally, I get to interview Rob Forster over the phone next week.

    Question/topic suggestions, hit me with them.

    Kilbey and his f(r)iends, I need your input.

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 November 2014 at 3:02 am #

    nothing is random. That’s a big book!

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 November 2014 at 3:17 am #

    Steve, did you ever meet Franka Potente out of The Bourne Identity or Eva Green out of The Dreamers?

  8. avatar
    davem | 12 November 2014 at 6:05 am #

    Chuffed for you.

    I’m ordering mine tonight!


  9. avatar
    davem | 12 November 2014 at 6:07 am #

    Tomorrow now! The shop page is down at the moment.

  10. avatar
    Steven Krut | 12 November 2014 at 7:41 am #

    It’s great that things are going so well and that you are enjoying yourself. You deserve it. I think Dane DeHaan would be a good actor to play you in the film.

  11. avatar
    veleska1970 | 12 November 2014 at 10:31 am #

    Whoo hooo!!! Your “chuff-ness” can be felt all the way over here, my friend. Very happy and excited for you. 😀

    Lotza love……..

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    weedkook | 12 November 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    those last few sentences really sum up how I feel about my life/past mistakes/relationships et al.Synchronicity. thanks for putting it so sucsincly (don’t even regret spelling mistakes… 🙂

  13. avatar
    Beatle | 12 November 2014 at 6:22 pm #

    Looking forward to yr “titles” signing.So no transcript available of yr Robert Forster interv. ?

  14. avatar
    andy | 12 November 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    I await arrival of said tome with baited breath!

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    Bec | 12 November 2014 at 7:33 pm #


  16. avatar
    Richard | 12 November 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    Well going to be well and truly spoiled this Christmas – Vinyl & Book.
    As I have been living with “F/D” for a few weeks now I feel that what follows should stand the test of time.
    Absolutely Majestic ! And here’s a few other comments :-
    Forget about the “Palm Tree nodding” at you – The “Fish Charmer” has been wearing a smile from the sounds coming downstairs. This release has such a warming charm – the impending Northern Hemisphere winter will be kept at bay. It awaits to embrace the listener with its arms outstretched. So, “Up and coming Aussie Beat Combo” deliver a release to be proud of !
    No doubt, the playing live will see some of them become new classics – who couldn’t go home smiling having seen and heard “Miami” ?

    My sincrere thanks to All ‘n’ Every person concerned therewith.

  17. avatar
    Heather daydream | 13 November 2014 at 12:48 am #

    I could listen to you read for hours. Doing any in Sydney at Xmas time?

  18. avatar
    Richard Gould | 13 November 2014 at 2:52 am #

    Well what a Christmas this promises to be with Vinyl and a Book to boot !

    Forget the “Palm Tree nodding” at you – The Fish Charmer has been smiling at the sounds coming downstairs. Have had the pleasure derived from “F/D” for long enough now to feel that these comments will stand the test of time – just like the product itself ”

    Absolutely Majestic ! Is this the Church album we’ve heard in our heads down the years ? This release has such a wonderful warm feel. Openings that seem to rise from some subterranean depths to emerge into the light.
    The impending Northern Hemisphere winter will be kept at bay I fancy. “F / D” awaits the listener with its arms outstretched to welcome them, draw them close with a warm uplifting experience. Not sure I subscribe to comments on Amazon as to whether Non-Churchgoers would pick up on its layered textures – for me, everything is just fine and dandy.

    Some “fabricated critiques” : – “Up and coming Aussie Beat Combo deliver a masterpiece !” More like deliver an invigorated release that belies their career age.

    Would imagine taking it out live will have seen some pieces start to vie for “new classics” status. Pointless to name check all the tracks but “Laurel Canyon” is an absolute gem and “Miami” as a “closer” just leaves you contented and smiling.

    My thanks to All ‘n’ Every person(s) for “Further / Deeper” – well played One & All

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      thetimebeing | 13 November 2014 at 8:55 am #

      thanks richard

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      Shane D | 13 November 2014 at 12:12 pm #

      Classic status is a very fair title for Further Deeper – I feel it will be so!

      A must see live for lovers of great music!

  19. avatar
    Eskaedor | 13 November 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    I was at the Streetlight book event. Very enjoyable night had by all. Nice to meet you Steve. Thanks for signing book and cd for me. You’re a true legend! I was nervous as hell.

  20. avatar
    Simone | 13 November 2014 at 8:16 pm #

    Love the book Steve. Couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and purchased it on day of release at my local Dymocks having thought you might not be selling it through website. Hopefully one day it will get signed. Have been a fan since the beginning and I was only 11 at the time. I distinctly remember you played two gigs at the Charles Hotel Chatswood (on the release of Skins & Heart) which was 10 minutes walk from our house. Sadly I was too young to get in and I cried for days. I wanted to wait for the band outside to get all your autographs after my ballet class,but my mum and gran said I had to come home for dinner! My favourite album is Seance. I was in my first year of high school when that came out and I took a promo poster off a telegraph pole on my way to school to stick on my art folder. I did the same thing when Heyday was released. Sadly I no longer have these posters. Shame. I then went to art school at the top of Mansfield street and practically lived in the GAF t -shirt and of course I got bullied beyond belief because everyone said I did it because you lived down the hill. I even had one older girl who called me names and I copped a sausage roll on the back of my head which disgusted me as I was vegetarian at the time. Anyway…. hope you’ll write a sequel one day. Best wishes to you Steve.

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      John Garratt | 17 November 2014 at 1:20 am #

      When I wore a “Gold Afternoon Fix” t-shirt in the 7th grade, everyone asked “oh, you like The Cure?”

      Score one for central Ohio education circa 1991.

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        Simone | 25 November 2014 at 4:39 pm #

        Oh gosh that’s a good one! Many years later post September 11 I was wearing the tshirt again and this man came up to me and wanted to know what religious organisation I was promoting and I kept saying loudly “it’s a band,it’s a band!!!”

  21. avatar
    Central Casting | 14 November 2014 at 5:48 am #

    Ryan Gosling for the SK biopic?
    Not even the vaguest resemblance – may as well get Idris Elba!
    At least John Cusack was sort of along similar lines.
    But then, so was Ricky Gervais from some angles – only not in a good way…!

  22. avatar
    Ingrid | 14 November 2014 at 10:38 am #

    It sounds brilliant! Its on my wish list. Can’t wait to get my hands on it and will just get through these next weeks before I can get it. I was so dismayed to miss The Church’s Sydney show. It was my good friend’s husband’s 40th and they wouldn’t let me miss it. I said are you kidding The Church are playing. Anyway I had to go and I have been in shock that I missed the show ever since. I guess this is quite out of the question but was wondering you used to go to Lizottes. Is there any chance that you would be booking that venue again in the future? I know you have just done all your shows so I know it is a bit much me asking you that. Hope you are well.



  23. avatar
    Eskaedor | 14 November 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    I used to work with this chef. He’s a vegetarian. Has loads of amazing recipes if you’re ever after food ideas. Simon Bryant.

  24. avatar | 15 November 2014 at 8:38 am #

    I had to look up pointillist.
    The Sydney show was fantastic. The new music is now beautiful and vast.

  25. avatar
    Melby Simon | 15 November 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    It was awesome to see you play live in Upwey last night Steve…..thank you so much for making the effort to visit our little part of the world. Can’t wait to read your book…the comment you wrote in my book…”ups and downs” will always be a unique reminder to me that despite the “downs”…there will always be “ups”. Safe trip home after Montrose tonight…

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 November 2014 at 12:11 am #

    Are the bills for the Hiltons coming out of your future book royalties, chap?

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    foolonthehill | 18 November 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    At the outset you evoked the unyeilding force of unconditional love from your parents. If only through the description of your deeds as a child, and how they engaged you…..your writing emersed the reader in your memories, flowing with the rhetoric approach to your writing…like you were talking to the reader intimately…exclusively!

    For all that transpired throughout your life, the one thing that connected it all was the unwritten pact you have with your children and how they shone the light for you to show you the way out of a darkness.

    Beautiful story man!!!

    ***Thanks for sharing****

  28. Kraig
    Kraig | 19 November 2014 at 3:24 am #

    Book Ordered! This time Steve or Sam please track my order so it doesn’t get lost and i also have an order from October that still says processing…please combine orders. I hope this one gets here this time and will if tracked. Thanks Steve! Hopefully you got my text wit the book. You can just sign or dedicate to me please…looking forward to the excellent life story read! Cheers

  29. avatar
    Moo | 19 November 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    Nothing like seeing a man at the top of his game. Maintain the rage.

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 November 2014 at 12:42 am #

    Steve, this new ‘Pink Floyd’ album…it’s not really a Floyd album at all, is it?
    Whereas FD clearly IS a church album.
    That’s the way to do it…

  31. avatar
    Bec | 20 November 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    You guys are playing in Mullumbimby a few days from now……goddam!!!!!!

  32. avatar
    andy | 21 November 2014 at 5:20 am #

    nice F/D review from good old blighty…..

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 26 November 2014 at 9:29 pm #

      Reviews don’t get much better than that.

  33. avatar
    Mavellous | 22 November 2014 at 12:28 am #


    Just wanted to say I was BLOWN AWAY by Cocteau score at ACMI tonight. So perfect in so many ways!!
    Would you consider doing more of the like? Oh I do hope so.

    Looking forward to getting stuck into Quite Peculiar….

    M x

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    Pernath | 22 November 2014 at 12:58 am #

    Read Peculiar while listening to FD.

    FD…oh those wonderful, feathery bouncing sounds. Again, instruments stopping being instruments, becoming something completely different. Shifting moods and emotions….like that little pastoral relief amidst the circulation sadness of Philtre…only ro give way to that weeping angel… Havent ever heard a sound like this…is it still rock? As if it was liquid. Loving the wintery shimmer of Volkano and Lightning.. Old Roast Toad…one of those melodies that had been always there…how the bass and the vocals lock in the end. Piano drobes n slides all over it, sometimes hidden, sometimes not.

    Now the book was an extremely pleasant read about How To Become SK. Perfect description of how a child perceives the world slowly opening and unfolding. Loved the style, the stories, and how something as huge as music, ie thoughtful, interesting, complex, unheard music has little to do with the music biz… It takes so little to fuck things up.

    May those records always come with a book!

  35. avatar
    Beatle#9 | 22 November 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    Hey Steve, “Title” are saying yr book signing is the 7th (Sun) not the 4th.Just thought I’d let you know.

  36. avatar
    Shane D | 22 November 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    After reading a fair bit of you book I came back to the end of page 85 and the start of page 86, it sums up The Church music magic that so many miss.

    I did go back and play Gold afternoon fix (once) and you are correct it is almost devoid of any small bits that make the Further Deeper so rich in artistic content. Gold Afternoon Fix is still a great bit of music – but not a touch on the current offering.

    So after several attempts to play something else.. almost a month later F/D still plays every day.


  37. etta
    etta | 22 November 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    Glad I went to Melbourne to hear the Church play the (original) soundtrack to The Blood of a Poet. Hadn’t been to Acmi before and wondered if you would play off to the side of the screen. I imagined a flatter cinema and thought maybe you would play below the stage. The actual set up seemed perfect with the (to me) dramatically steep cinema, the film playing above you all on the stage. The instruments were so beautifully laid out before you began. It was a little puzzling at times wondering whether to concentrate on the band or the film but most of the time, there was a natural flow of visual and musical… made me think the film is the closest attempt at a visual representation of music I’ve seen. Church’s performance perfect and loved listening to such an abstract work of yours. Thank you all. A highlight! Then again, ‘the mortal tedium of immortality’. 😉

  38. avatar
    Bec | 23 November 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    Put the mull into Mullumbimby tonight, guys!!
    love always……

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 November 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    Steve, which albums do you think have a better mono mix than the stereo mix?

  40. avatar
    Rebecca1KS | 25 November 2014 at 6:46 am #

    Not even the courtesy of a reply, let alone an apology for the block? Yeah, it’s your site: you have the power + control. Still, with all your regular followers – including that other beloved Bec, a sadly devastating coincidence as it turned out – I thought so much better of you than this. If you’re committed to permanently dismissing me, you’ll find fewer people at your US concerts. I’ve got family/friends who also happen to be Church fans. I may be a “nobody” to you, but negativity begets more negativity: it’s a ripple effect, At this stage of your life, is that really what you want to cultivate?

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 25 November 2014 at 8:13 am #

      what the fuck?
      i been out there working my arse off for the last 3 weeks
      and i got no idea what youre talking about
      let me say this:
      i do my best for everybody , the best that i can
      and i try to treat everyone the same way
      and if you someone gets ignored or feels they are ignored then i’m sorry
      if you wanna pull your family and friends who dont wanna see my band because of some perceived slight
      go ahead
      lady i am way too busy for this!

      • avatar
        Shane D | 25 November 2014 at 9:16 am #

        Good answer 🙂

        The US shows will sell out because the word is out.. F/D is a smashing album and people will come to see it live…

        In fact – don’t miss out – you will regret it!!

        Shane D

      • avatar
        Chris | 25 November 2014 at 3:01 pm #

        rock on sk…rock on

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        Rebecca1KS | 26 November 2014 at 8:34 am #

        And that’s helpful, how exactly? You spent all that precious time writing all those angry words that were extremely hurtful: you must know that.

        Posts of mine were essentially blocked since I couldn’t post them after several attempts, either by you or by a webmaster. It’s as if I’m now expected to take blame when I didn’t do anything wrong other than try to post when you’re busy and disagree with you on some things. I don’t know: perhaps those are cardinal sins here.

        I was hoping this was a happy place, a place of healing and peace. Despite my updated avatar, I’m the same person who’s said some very gracious things to you that you have readily acknowledged.

        So tell me, SK – how might I get past this and get my family, my friends + myself to feel good about listening to your music again and coming to your concerts? Or don’t you care?

        We don’t have control over many things in life. But we do have control over how we treat others.

        The truly sad thing to me is that, in real life, we’d probably get along just fine.


        • avatar
          thetimebeing | 26 November 2014 at 6:36 pm #

          no posts are blocked
          i have to approve every post and i have been working hard
          so it didnt get approved for awhile
          so now you know

          • avatar
            Rebecca1KS | 26 November 2014 at 9:14 pm #

            Fat lot of good that does now… Seems you may have wanted to start with that.

          • avatar
            thetimebeing | 27 November 2014 at 9:14 am #

            whatever lady

          • avatar
            eekie | 27 November 2014 at 7:03 am #

            Nice Afghan Whigs reference there, Steve.

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            Rebecca1KS | 27 November 2014 at 11:00 pm #

            “Lady,” again: so detached and condescending. My name isn’t ‘Lady.’ “You treat everyone the same way” – the way you treat me and, say, the other Bec is practically indistinguishable, right? Or maybe it’s just my perception that’s off.

            How could you expect me to come to a Church concert? I’m distinctly recognizable, it’s now spoiled for me. Such a shame I have to regret looking you up and reaching out: I could not have imagined a more acrimonious result. Still trying to work through it.

            But I won’t hang on to these bad feelings… After all, this is not what I came for.

            Peace out,


          • avatar
            eekie | 28 November 2014 at 9:16 pm #

            “Or maybe it’s just my perception that’s off.”


            In your first comment on this blog post you are in full attack mode, right from the beginning. Then you threaten. And to top it off, you finish up this first comment complaining about negativity. In your next comment you have the gall to complain about extremely hurtful words coming your way. Just what the fuck do you think you were writing? It sure as hell wasn’t anything positive. Oh so you were blocked “either by you [SK] or by a webmaster” — surely you cannot possibly be so clueless as not to know that sites on the internet (especially blog and social media ones) are quite prone to being wonky, can you? Instead of going for the most likely scenario, you went for the one that made you the victim. And you’ve just kept going on and on about how hurt you are and how are you supposed to get over this. I’ll tell you how to get over it — pop your head out of your ass and realise you created the whole fucking situation in the first place!

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          Angie Bowie Told Me To Fuck Off! It Was Better Than Any Autograph! | 28 November 2014 at 1:16 am #

          95% fanboys and yesmen on here, Bec.
          SK eventually forces anyone else out.
          But then, as Steve’s told us many times – this is his blog.
          It’s not a ‘forum’, it’s not an ‘on-line community’ – it’s one bloke’s personal blog.
          ‘I’m not a moderator, I’m a poet’, he said it himself.
          Everyone has to get their head round this:
          none of us mean anything to him one way the other, no matter how long we’ve loved his music.
          We don’t like it, we can fuck off and don’t look back.
          SK won’t spend a minute thinking about it.
          But fair enough – it IS his blog.
          And it’s Steve Fucking Kilbey, after all.
          Yeh, he’s a dick sometimes, but who isn’t?
          I’m worse.
          Broken Toys and Heros was worse than me.
          Barry The Wag was worse than both combined.
          Steve don’t care.
          Nor should you.

    • avatar
      eekie | 25 November 2014 at 8:56 pm #

      Rebecca — in my experience Steve very rarely blocks anyone — even the batshit crazy ones that he should. But when he’s super busy — and the promotion and touring of a new church album (and a book at the same time) certainly qualifies as super busy — something’s gotta give, and often it’s personal responses to fan comments and messages. Hell, many times it’s responses to comments and messages from friends. And I have to laugh at you bitching about negativity. Pot meet kettle. lol

      • avatar
        John Garratt | 29 November 2014 at 12:31 am #


        I asked Steve Kilbey a question a short while back and he didn’t get back to me. Why? Probably because between promoting “Something Quite Peculiar”, “Further/Deeper”, planning a Church tour in the states and wrapping up work on a new Kilbey/Kennedy album, he found at least ten more worthwhile things to do than drop everything and answer my stupid little question (raising five children comes to mind). We all have things to do, computers and the internet aren’t perfect, and things slip through the cracks.

  41. etta
    etta | 25 November 2014 at 9:34 am #

    arse gratia artis

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    K.P. Buk | 25 November 2014 at 6:12 pm #

    maybe we live our lives backwards?
    i mean isn’t it easier to find your way out of the maze that way?
    that is, if we are to prescribe sense to it all
    how could it be any other way?
    or maybe our life’s more like a cut up…
    a random order we only perceive as linear?
    where what comes next or what is before irrelevant,
    an omni-verse of infinite potential
    narrowed down to this moment of displeasure
    or transcendence, you choose..

    • avatar
      Rebecca1KS | 26 November 2014 at 8:38 am #

      Just wanted to tell you, I think this is a really beautiful thought.

      • avatar
        K.P. Buk | 2 December 2014 at 9:08 am #

        really, beautiful why?
        i don’t think a thought can be beautiful.
        people and places are beautiful,
        that’s why we feel ourselves drawn to them.
        thought’s are ugly
        all of them
        even the best of them
        compared to the knowing/unknowing
        of silence…

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 26 November 2014 at 10:02 pm #

      My experience is what was before all became relevant.

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    Anonymous | 25 November 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Steve, do you like the first Doors lp more than Strange Days?

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    Homer | 26 November 2014 at 11:34 am #

    A live review

    And probably the funniest live review of the Church ever

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      thetimebeing | 26 November 2014 at 6:34 pm #


    • avatar
      Anonymous | 26 November 2014 at 9:36 pm #

      The funniest live review I ever read was a 1986 Melody Maker review that said ‘the singer is the sort of boy mums like’!

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      eekie | 27 November 2014 at 6:00 am #

      Re: festival gigs

      I heard (or read — I don’t remember which) an interview where Greg Dulli described setting up for festival shows as “throw and go”.

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    eekie | 26 November 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    Martin Kennedy posted on his fb page today that recording on KK4 was completed yesterday and now the album is going on to be mixed. Damn! That’s great news. 🙂

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    Kristie | 26 November 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Surprising my hubby with your book for Christmas…Can’t wait to see his face…
    You are his Man Crush, Steve!!! He ran into you in Adelaide after our son was born, and you guys sat down with him and grilled him about his favourite songs and albums. He didn’t hold back and told you exactly what he thought (he isn’t short of an opinion!!) Afterwards you said that the next album would be called “Who the F**K is Simon Wilkins!!!!!” – and you gave him tickets to your concert. You have no idea how much that meant to him…#1 Fan FOREVER!!!! xxx

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    warpedjohn | 26 November 2014 at 10:05 pm #

    Almost totally off-topic however there is no forum on thechurchband site and this story is too amazing not to pass on.
    Actually maybe it comes under the heading ” making order out of chaos ” referred to earlier.
    Yesterday I purchased the 2011 remastered edition. CD of “Priest = Aura “. Listened to it in the car on the drive home and was impressed with the remastered sound. My job partly entails driving people in my car to appointments meetings etc. Today I had a job going to someone’s house and driving them on a 100 km several hour round trip to a meeting . Before leaving my house I toyed with the idea of bringing the CD along to play in the car with the new client ( who I had met briefly once or twice before but had no idea of their musical tastes)I decided against it as I reasoned that “Priest ” was perhaps an acquired taste and not exactly an easy listen for everybody. I arrived at the house and knocked .
    When they answered the door they were wearing a “Priest = Aura ” t-shirt (!! ) and told me the Church is their favourite band and “Aura” is their favourite album. When I told them the back story we were both astounded.

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 November 2014 at 1:10 am #

    Steve, do you think Fowlie did the best English translations of Rimbaud’s poetry or is there a different edition you prefer?

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    Adrian | 27 November 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Just finished it. I must say I’m sad to finish it coz it was a great read- I want more- I miss it! Would love a part 2 from MATS to present…

  50. etta
    etta | 27 November 2014 at 9:44 am #

    Oh when you said live i thought you meant performance art. Nothing new? Oo

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    Crasher | 27 November 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    Finished the book.Great read…maybe a sequel for your 80th.
    John Howard was asked a couple of years back, if he had his time over again, knowing what he does now, would he change anything ?
    He said no…arrogant sociopathic old twat that he is.
    My list would probably fill a book.
    But things are what they are…and we keep moving forward.
    One recent thing I’d wish I could have changed was the boring night out I endured last week when you chaps were playing to Blood Of A Poet.
    I haven’t read any reviews (apart from etta’s lovely take on proceedings).
    Was it recorded ?
    I have Shriek and Jammed ( and Bastard Universe).
    They still find their way, with a little guidance, to my cd player.
    The church have had a pretty frenetic last few weeks.
    Of course you have the Queenscliff gig on Saturday as well.
    Along with you jetting around this rather large land (is it an island or a continent..or just a naughty country ? ) promoting your book, you must be hanging out for a bex and a nice lie down by now.
    Peace Man.

  52. avatar
    Crasher | 27 November 2014 at 5:11 pm # those rare nasty types in bloggabloggaland.
    As Hiawatha once said (translated) go milk your elk.

  53. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 November 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    Steve, does your book have the stories about Nick Ward breaking Marty’s jaw and Ploog attacking you with a cymbal stand in Brazil?

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    Turkey | 28 November 2014 at 9:57 am #

    testing 1 2 3

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    Bec | 28 November 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    We got us a bag of mixed nuts here in bloggy-land….I must be a cashew…..

  56. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 November 2014 at 10:45 pm #

    personally i am not very influential …will you sign my book anyway?

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    Spagett | 29 November 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    Rebecca, I felt the same way. You see everyone else comment and you get censored!! wtf! I believe it’s a error with browser/site. I’m using Firefox with additional privacy addons and settings. This page will not let me comment unless I release those restrictions. I have seen my comment go through, wait for mod, get all exciting to see if SK replied, wtf!!! censored! ignored, unliked by one of my fav artists!! Silence…. I hope someone with the skill can review the comment section code and look for possible conflicts with user agent. I’ve been lurking for years, hate to see unhappiness.

    • avatar
      Sam Mayfair | 29 November 2014 at 2:51 pm #

      We’ve been hacked continuously for months here, we’ve upgraded 3 times and get 4000+ spam per day so some messages may have slipped through the vortex. SK is the only person to moderate comments and replies and since he’s been away about 3/4 of every month for the past year I’d imagine he doesn’t always have 5 secs to spare to answer everything, yet he always tries amidst ‘massive’ responsibilities. Give the guy a break?! He’s been able to login here about once a month lately and he’s out creating the inspiration that brought you all here in the first place! There’s no censorship, there’s a lovely group of friends here, and unfortunately a small bunch of impatient, needy clowns and protagonists with nothing better to do. If your comment isn’t immediately approved it’s because the one person to approve it is busy. By continuously retrying you trigger the spam filter and its sayonara dudes. Internet etiquette takes over and you’re toast.

      • avatar
        Simone | 29 November 2014 at 10:26 pm #

        Well said Sam. I agree completely. There is absolutely no need for the rude comments by some.We here are indeed extremely privileged to be able to communicate so easily and freely with someone we admire. It is not a right. You cannot contact most bands like this and the fact that all members of The Church (past and present) have been all extremely approachable and treat you like a friend is a great thing. If people start harassing the band then this contact will ultimately stop and that’s not fair on those who genuinely appreciate it.

        • avatar
          Rich | 1 December 2014 at 2:43 pm #

          Agree with you and samantha. Steve even responded to me once when I enquired about bass playing. Im sure hes got better things to do than respondto a hack like me but he did to his credit! He must be flat out with f/d tour preps and signing all those books. Well done and dont wear yoursek out answering spam! Btw further deeper is a ripper.

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        Moloch | 30 November 2014 at 9:14 am #

        Hear, hear!..well said, Sam. And here’s one to think about…the more time SK spends blogging, the less time he has creating the fantastic music we all want to hear…think about it….!

        Trevor \|/

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        Moloch | 30 November 2014 at 5:54 pm #

        BTW thought I’d also mention that I was really looking forward to the book launch at Title next Sunday. However, for some strange reason they won’t let my wife attend unless she also purchases a copy. As we don’t want to have two copies (I also have it as a digital download) I guess I’ll organise a refund and we’ll both be staying home, unless Title comes to their senses?? (I have emailed them and await a response). Sorry to use this forum to bring this to your attention, but maybe others have experienced the same??

        Trevor \|/

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          thetimebeing | 1 December 2014 at 10:31 am #

          sorry . its beyond my control!

          • avatar
            Moloch | 1 December 2014 at 2:38 pm #

            No Probs, I suspected as much. Still no response from Title, so may bail & get book direct from you later. BTW, the book is a great read, enjoyed every bit.

            Trevor \|/

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 1 December 2014 at 1:49 pm #

          Odd. I attended bokked book launches & never had 2 buy the book

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 29 November 2014 at 10:57 pm #

      Spagett! What’s with the you’ve been spooked by the spagett & the pic of the winking guy. Does that mean your hacking into those who read this blog.

      Spooked? All depends on ones interpretation of ‘spooked’.
      I would religiously watch the BBC tv drama SPOOKS.

      & then there was the spooky stuff going on the night GWM died. Who happens to be on my mind tonight for a reason. Was going to share… but decided to keep to myself.

      Pleasant dreams all.

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    Spagett | 29 November 2014 at 7:08 pm #

    Sorry about those damn hackers, spammers and trolls. I didn’t meant to sound like I was upset, just trying to put Rebecca at ease because my posts have vanished as well, a miscommunication getting emotional. It’s Skynet. What a fiasco, well I never. Love you SK.

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    Shane | 30 November 2014 at 3:41 pm #

    After reading most of the book – yes I am a little slow being dyslexic, I have found it one of the most easy books to read. Maybe it was that we were out in the sticks and we never seen much info on The Church passed Countdown.. and here it all is. Not sure – maybe Steve Kilby can write a word or two 🙂

    So to read all the happenings of an “Aussie Pommie” bloke that made it in the big wide world is a real pleasure.

    Don’t stop!!

    And yes Further Deeper IS album of the year hands down in my humble opinion!

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    Bec | 1 December 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    got your book in the mail today……thanks so much for the lovely inscription!
    am going to save it for when I can sit down and savour and enjoy it….

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      Anonymous | 2 December 2014 at 2:02 am #

      As with FD, I’ll get mine secondhand off Amazon – that way none of my money will go towards funding Steve’s childrens education.

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    Beatle#9 | 2 December 2014 at 12:28 am #

    I think it sucks balls to have to buy the book to attend the “title” book talk.I was looking forward to it weeks ago,now won’t be attending as I already bought it.Great read Steve,love yr honesty.Most dudes hide behind false machoness ,glad you don’t,it’s refreshing.I found myself going “hey,thats just like me” lotsa times.

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    Beatle#9 | 2 December 2014 at 12:32 am #

    Hey Spagett,just watched yr link “spagetti man” incredibly dumb.Umm thanks?

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    Rich | 2 December 2014 at 8:50 am #

    Anonymous, when your employer pays you do they say I hate
    paying this dude because hes gonna use the money to meet his
    personal needs?. Why do you begrudge this hard working band their
    income? I hope your used copy has a big hole in it!

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    M E M | 2 December 2014 at 9:37 am #

    sidebar: per se
    the blogging comment
    of (which i can no longer
    find to reference)
    anyone else here
    just as astonished
    by then what was
    the daily blogging
    circa 2002 – 2010ish
    ok, maybe occasionally
    everyother dayish
    but then if it got to 3
    we’d all be worrin…
    sharks dreaming in
    the wavesish…
    and to you…
    the 99% fanboi yesmen
    atashe commenter
    even kind ov?
    or is it something else…
    like resonances…
    the impossibility of co-incidence…
    transpersonal knowledge…
    what about that?
    there has
    been no time
    like this before
    and there will
    be no time
    like this
    again so
    get use to it
    or be gone
    as you
    have no
    power here

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    hermann the german | 2 December 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    Alright, Kilbey!
    Chanced across a song by Baby Grande on Youtube, during the “video” there was a shot of a flyer proudly proclaiming “Baby Grande from Canberra, live at the German Club supporting ACDC”…go on, tell us the tale of how ya had a smoke with Bon Scott before the gig. Must’ve been a one-off great gig, ACDC and Steve Kilbey’s band playing at the same venue.

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    tearle | 2 December 2014 at 9:44 pm #

    Steves book gave me great laughs! Mr Perfect at everything it seems. The Church & Steve Kilbey have had my ear for some time, and I love his opinions. Being Dyslexic as well as fussy I hate reading/writing & so stick to William Blake, English Classics, C S Lewis & Phillip Pullman. This book captivated me, as does everything Mr Kilbey does! I’d love to meet him one day and chat about the ”G’ stuff… My Strange stuff I call it. I did spot him in West End Brisbane, but the bloody buses were in the way & I felt like a groupie (bookshop all booked out). Keep on doing the ‘G’ stuff Mr Kilbey, much love. xxx

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    tearle | 3 December 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    Thanks Steve, for the thanks & reading my comment. I like your Signature 😉 This groupie lark haha… next time She will be the Early Bird! A Wedgetail. X

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