posted on August 30, 2016 at 5:30 pm


when i was sick in rehab getting off heroin

tortured aching crying puking sweating

unable to sleep a wink

when i was vulnerable stripped back to nothing

a raw and open human nerve with no way to keep out the world

someone made me a mixtape and it had the bewlay brothers on it

i hung on to this song like an incantation

the melody the words the story which is no story

whatever the fuck it is or isnt

i just listened over and over as those slow minutes passed in LA on warm afternoons

i listened to it again just now

its still one of the most magickal and special songs anyone could ever have written





17 Responses to “The Bewlay Brothers”

  1. avatar
    Bec | 30 August 2016 at 6:54 pm #

    I’ll have to find them and have a listen….❤❤❤
    Love always…..

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    Michel | 30 August 2016 at 10:39 pm #

    Lester Bangs: “I saw Bowie the other night.”
    Lou Reed: “Lucky you. I think it’s very sad.”
    Lester Bangs: “He ripped off all your riffs, obviously.”
    Lou Reed: “Everybody steals riffs. You steal yours. David wrote some really great songs.”
    Lester Bangs: “Aw c’mon. Anybody can write great songs! Sam the Sham wrote great songs! Did David write anything better than ‘Wooly Bully’?
    Lou Reed: “You ever listen to ‘The Bewlay Brothers,’ shithead?”
    “Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves,” Creem, March 1975.

    Dear Mr Kilbey, Chloé my first ever child was born on august 24th.
    I had to tell the world and especially you because she will surely be the subject of my next K/K commissioned song 😉 !

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    Verdelay | 31 August 2016 at 6:53 am #

    Hi Steve, long time etc.,

    Bewlay. Love it. He certainly knew how to finish off an album in those days: The Supermen, Bewlay, R’nR Suicide, Lady Grinning Soul, Big Brother/Chant. “You thought the album was good? OK, well, here’s the last song…” Sock it to ’em!


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    Arcturus | 31 August 2016 at 7:45 pm #

    Hunky dory was always my favorite Bowie album. 🙂

  5. Pictish
    Pictish | 1 September 2016 at 2:17 am #

    It took a little time for me to accept the strange shift at the end of TBB but that’s Bowie. He liked throwing in discordant stuff.

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    Hawthorne | 1 September 2016 at 2:36 am #

    About that song Bowie said, “It’s possible that I may have smoked something in my Bewlay pipe.” I’d say a high probability. 🙂

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    cetaceus1 | 1 September 2016 at 3:08 am #

    I was in a hospital getting off psychosis and depression and grogahol. I was fine with three valiums a day. The guy in the room next to me used to play top 40 stereo as he fell asleep. I had to ask the night shift nurse that hated me to turn off his stereo when I wanted to sleep. I had to be obsequious. I hated that.

    The nurse hated me because he thought I was anorexic, even though I wasn’t. I ate six meals a day, heartily. He tried to claim it was my responsibility for the nurses to keep accurate records. No one else agreed with him, to my relief.

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    matthew | 1 September 2016 at 9:51 am #

    He’s chameleon, comedian, Corinthian and caricature

    …one of my favourite lyric lines ever

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    r.richiec | 1 September 2016 at 7:40 pm #

    Hey Steve. I remember reading about the rehab in your book. You really described how you felt. I reckon it would have been hell from how you described it.

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    r.richiec | 1 September 2016 at 8:20 pm #

    Ps was reading some of blogs you wrote whilst on the road in the us (ive been shunning the internet for a while). Thanks man, your writings have given me an appreciation for life as a touring musician and the ebb and flow of things musical. Aside from a few pub gigs ive done myself, i could barely imagine how it would be like.

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    andy | 2 September 2016 at 1:09 am #

    ahhh….September is music month!
    keep ’em coming….a damn fine start.

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    Mr. Argent | 2 September 2016 at 7:18 am #

    Thanks for not slipping away.

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    Torn n Frayed | 30 September 2016 at 7:41 am #

    Hello Steve, it’s Ron Bonham in a new form here on TB. I have a cover version of this song by 1 of my old bands called Coterie; it’s really not bad except for the backing vocals by yours truly. We also did Life on Mars and Ashes 2 Ashes on the night to a roaring applause.

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