posted on March 15, 2006 at 9:57 pm

didja see me?
didja see me?
whaddya mean no……?

sorry olde beane
but you was on camera for half a second
you were herd but not scene
what can i say?
am i bitter
am i angry
do i have an explanation
nope, not really
is there an upside
yeah they played milky twice
thats not badde
there were one bilion viewers after all

i couldnae tell ya fiendss
we signed a contract to keep quiet
youd think i’d have a lot more to say on this
but i dont
groucho marx said never work with animals or children
i guess we had both last nite
what an amateurish load of olde tripe
it cost a fortune
and it was useless
do adults really wanna watch exploding wombats
giant fluffy things looking vaguely aboriginal
and loadsa kidss running round
dressed up as anything they apparently liked
oh by the way
that was the melbourne symphony orky
that ya never saw
and the aust ballet
dodging the fuckin’ motorbikes
it was the story of a little boy and his duck
(jesus christ!!??)
is this what sports fans like?
and all thru the performance
2 aussie imbeciles
complete with kim n kath accents
explain and interpret it for ya
just what you want
ballett and a hamfisted
running commentary
” yes sharon, this represents
the ingoo bingoo peoples passing on
of the sacred binglebank”
cmon fiendss
you reckon the aborigines like the commonwealth?
like the incas dig the armada

tell me this
how can we live in this world
and have our intelligence insulted with this tripe
day in
day out
that the right honourable pm worm
is neither right nor honourable
the queen was bored stiff
the entertainment was like something from primary school
the people who put this on get paid the big bucks
to dream up that puerile olde toffee
i officially disconnect from the whole thing
milky way is a great song
the chchru are the best band extant in this universe
(except the arctic monkeys, of course)
the m.s.o. were wonderful
the rest
was a mess
and this is approaching
a vitriolic rant
and you know how badde that is
using up weeks loads of energy
in a short burst of pointless anger
im calm
im cool
at one thirty i will be collected
to drive to airporty
fly home to my little fambley
and have tea
evie gets on phone this morning
we didnt see you dad
but you looked really good

thanks evie starr
yer hearts in the right place

so now to ze fuchure
we are launching ultc soon
brissy syddy melby
we will be playing accoostick
doing songs off ultc n bwtb
the tix are expensive
but im afraid p and p
have upped the prices
and im obliged to pass it on to you
(jus’ joshin’ ya!)
yer gonna get tin mine
the history of the chchru phase 3
(the powles years)
plus a new live version of all i know
plus leverage
a shoogaysery thing i guess
we will also be selling ultc there
hey this is ugly!!
im spruiking product on mah sacred blogge!!
i only did it once before:
jlk says mention guilty tripe on the blogge
so i do
next day he says
dont do that again
its unseemly

go frigga that my fiendish slaves
everything is paradox
everything is flux
everything is improbable
dont believe yer eyes
listen with yer heart
and carry a big (buddha)stick
who on earth would be listening to my advice
im just an olde rocker
who happens to be a genius at a few things
so what
theyre a dime a dirty dozen these days
yep, the great genius glut of 06
ha ha ha ha ha
i hope ya got some buzz outta last nite
ah ya know
i diddit jus’ for you
(and the huge remuneration)
i love you wallies

35 Responses to “the games people play now…everynight n everyday now”

  1. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 15 March 2006 at 10:45 pm #

    I agree with Evie Starr!

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    RA | 15 March 2006 at 10:49 pm #


    I thought Church plus Orchestra was an awesome sound. Close your eyes and listen.. ignore the distracting visuals… Who did write the orchestral arrangement? They should get some credit. I thought it worked well.

    look what I found here for you bitttorenters:-



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    Anonymous | 15 March 2006 at 11:08 pm #

    Man you guys were fantastic. Your voice gets better with every second.

    I’m just so glad that someone with a bit of “authority” recognizes the church as the finest act to ever hail from Australia.

    Australia…Bullshit – The World.


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    Anonymous | 15 March 2006 at 11:11 pm #

    Steve, your voice was silky smooth on the ears. The whole number sounded just outta this world….
    I hope that version of UTMW gets released in the future.


    BRian TUrner
    Atlanta, Ga USA

  5. avatar
    timetunnel | 15 March 2006 at 11:16 pm #

    The version of UTMW was awesome. I wouldn’t care so much about the fact that thurch were hardly seen. Events like this stink and are kitsch. But one billion people saw and heard it – this might sell another record or two. Now onward to the next releases… drown us in the best music ever…

  6. avatar
    BB | 15 March 2006 at 11:24 pm #

    Hi Steve,
    Long time no see…
    and last night didn’t change that.
    But I caught a glimps of your backs at the rehearsal, so I know you really were there.
    It sounded great. Best part of the night… apart from the guys on skates with fireworks coming out their bums.
    Very Mardi Gras but where was Kyle?
    Love your new stuff with SP and hope one day we may catch up again.

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    fergal | 15 March 2006 at 11:24 pm #

    nice rendition by the crunch.
    mso added a nice touch too, although it is hard to go past the bagpipes methinks …
    and yes, i saw your backs for a fleeting moment then later a brief view from behind of marty’s ear [& earring] and left arm & guitar neck …
    but the sounds were great

  8. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 15 March 2006 at 11:41 pm #

    I like your rants! <3

  9. avatar
    Handyman | 15 March 2006 at 11:51 pm #


    I’m fucking proud of you and so is Alex! Don’t care at all about what we could see and couldn’t and all the other hijinks going on. Today, my head is held high and my chest is big, because a billion people got a sample of what I already know is the greatest band in the world. They were let in on the secret we all had. It’s fucking brilliant. There are people out there buzzing about you RIGHT NOW! Can’t you feel it, can you feel the love?!!

    I can say “Whoa! I know those guys”! You did us proud.

    Thank you for doing it and putting it all out there.

    Love ya,


  10. avatar
    the dean | 16 March 2006 at 12:02 am #

    The song sounded great in amongst the tripe.
    But those ferkin’ commentators talking over the top!
    “And now a woman in a tutu”
    “and now we see a bloke on a bike”
    ” and now more women in tutus and blokes on bikes” etc
    SHUT UP, we can see, we just want to hear the song!

    Come on esky, you must have enjoyed yourself a little.

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 March 2006 at 12:03 am #

    my mum thinks you guys rocked
    thought the Church sounded beautiful
    even had the VCR set up to record you
    so be proud of your work
    it was the only part that was art
    and enjoy the royalties that will be pouring in
    thank God that the Church played early so I could turn that shite off

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 March 2006 at 12:19 am #

    The Church and the MSO…a very nice combination I thought. Would love to see the MSO keep up with MWP during Tantalise though :O

  13. avatar
    Rubikon | 16 March 2006 at 12:29 am #

    That was probably one of the most surreal episodes I have ever seen (briefly) or heard in my entire life. It was kind of psychedelic for all the wrong reasons.

    You all sounded great by the way and over a billion people got to hear you.

    He does move in mysterious ways.

  14. avatar
    Azza | 16 March 2006 at 12:39 am #

    I have to agree with everyone that it sounded great. Im impressed your not angry about not being seen SK. I was seething!! Fortunately for most of what I did watch I turned the sound off (obviously not during UTMW) and listened to RRR, a community radio station in Melbourne, do a very tounge in check commentary.

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    Anonymous | 16 March 2006 at 1:04 am #

    a strange evening but it sounded brilliant and as pointed out mercifully early. called my wife in to watch you guys and there were the ballerinas and more and more….ah well…hope u guys make a buck or two out of this…u deserve it…

  16. avatar
    matt davison | 16 March 2006 at 2:20 am #

    I wanna cry SK..
    was at a bar in Auck
    Chatting up wanna be chics
    Kiwis didnt watch da opening
    If I had a known I would av called a party..rung the president, told god and his maker…

    Lv ya too much

  17. avatar
    matthew | 16 March 2006 at 2:26 am #

    I liked Evie’s comment best of all… that made it worthwhile. Love it.

  18. avatar
    CSTCoach | 16 March 2006 at 3:54 am #


    I’d like to add my small voice to the building pile of comments here. You guys did us all (and yourselves) really proud! You sounded fucking GREAT! Your voice was velvet smooth, and the band sounded amazing. The orchestra really built it well.

    It really warmed my heart to see you guys playing in front of this huge crowd, and beaming out to the entire world. Even if the show was ridiculous, with the motorbikes and dancing chicks… “Show the band! Show the fucking band!” The CBC didn’t even show you guys from the back. (but at least we were spared the commentary.) They cut in when you’d already started singing. But they did show Marty’s back-of-head and guitar neck for a second and a half. But you know, it was like seeing an old friend somehow…

    Brings a tear to the old cynical eye, it does.

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 March 2006 at 5:47 am #

    delta’s dress was divine but not as heavenly as Richard Ploog’s memory!!!

  20. avatar
    captainmission | 16 March 2006 at 6:16 am #

    well i actually did manage to see it at a freinds house and i have to agree, it was a load of tripe except for you guys, that was awesome. fucking (sorry to yr mother) ducks and koala’s, flying trams and fireworks, some one’s taking some bad lsd at design school and who are those two clowns that spoke through the thing, at least they clammed up during UTMW.
    the amazing thing is all the people i drove nuts over the last 26 years raving and drooling about the church all now seem to wanna hear my cds, even my mum rang from the uk, ‘ohhh that band you drove us nuts with were on tv, they sounded ever so nice.’
    Mmmm rock and roll.
    Anyway i am sure old AC was getting at something different when he said, ‘every man and woman is a star’ what a strange thing.
    and what’s all this about the ‘monkeys’, nonsense.

  21. avatar
    Tantalizer | 16 March 2006 at 8:05 am #

    if it was such a farce…..wot was youse all doin there???….u nowt turnin into a ‘straight’ are u kilbey?…..u try and convince us all ur a boho….but performing for Queens at the behest of corporations after u made such a mockery of the footy using ‘Almost with ya”….wot goin on, Stevie….coulda forgiven ya had ya performed a rousing rendition of ‘Fraulien’ and giving ‘White star line’ an airing….but NOT another rehashed version of UTMW…enuff is enuff I tell ya..pls don’t drag it out for upcomin tour….let it die a peaceful death…eighties over, man…starrphish all but a distant memory….besides, instead of lining ya pockets, ya shoulda been up @ roachford with other Liberation bloo artistes flogging ya ‘Best of bosa nova’album…very saddie to hear upcoming tour will be acoustica…. AGAIN!!!…like I say, don’t turn straight on us….we like Boho Stevie.

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 March 2006 at 8:36 am #

    Well that was almost, but not quite, as surreal as the time you and MWP did UTMW on Bert Newton’s show.

  23. avatar
    oldchurchfan | 16 March 2006 at 9:31 am #

    I think it’s cool that such a cool band is touchin’ the mainstream because I know you won’t sacrifice what is important. You never have. You deserve some success and the fire water air and earth thing is working for ya. I can feel it.

    I can’t believe but I smile and are proud with delight of your recognition even though it’s all a bit odd and surreal and unexpected – the Church playing at the opening ceremony at a major sporting even. – next the superbowl.

    Ha Ha. Go esskay. May you all reap the rewards of years of hardwork and sacrifice, whatever that reward is.

    Luvs yas

  24. avatar
    Sue | 16 March 2006 at 10:51 am #

    Steve Kilby……it saddens me to read your commentary – so full of cynicism and bitterness – when you have given so much joy…when did you stop smelling the roses? At 16, I watched you play at the Armadale Hotel in Melbourne and I was so in love with you and your music (I still have the poster I had made from a photo I took with my camera). Your music made me feel like the world was an okay place. At 17 you made me feel elated. At 18 I wanted more and more. At 21, Tantalized saw me through some very sad days. Yet, everytime I watched you perform, I was transported to a place that felt good and safe. The years went by and not a week went by that I did not play (or sing) your songs. At 32, I had a “first date” with a special person – I took him to see my favourite band play at the Palace in St Kilda. I got lucky that night and 6 months later I married that wonderful man under a big Australian sky that rose above the highlands in Mansfield. After the guests departed and night began to descend, we danced together, alone, under a big sky to “Come Down” (our song) and I whispered to my husband “I feel like I have come home”. At 33, I was pregnant with my first child, Matilda, when we watched you play in Flinders Street and I felt her alive inside me. The years rolled on and my daughter was greeted by my son Jack, who, in turn, was greeted by a mother who has found little opportunity to indulge in loud music. My small and treasured liberties have been to pick a nice-weather evening to go for a drive with the roof down on the convertible and play “Life Speeds Up” at extreme volumes – and, oh, what JOY! At 41, to my absolute surprise and delight, I hear the beautiful melody of “Under the Milkyway” last night. The kids, my husband and I are eating popcorn and, with goosebumps, I sit speechless and enthralled. My daughter (6) starts to hum the tune and halfway through she says “Mummy, this is the bit when the bagpipes start”. And I wonder to myself “How lucky am I?” Thank you for the 25 years of music that has been tattooed on my heart – it serves as a wonderful reminder of joy, sadness and mostly, humanity. Your music will always bring me home.

  25. avatar
    Brad J | 16 March 2006 at 12:05 pm #

    Hey SK,

    Long time reader, first time commenter.

    Good to see the Church at the Commonwealth Games (all 2 seconds of you and the boys!).

    I’ve just got my ticket to the Melbourne Album Launch today, and I can’t wait to hear the new songs and see the band perform again. (Oh, and looking forward to getting my hands on the new album as well!)

    Keep up the bloggin’ – it’s always a good read.

    – Brad

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    Andromeda 7 | 16 March 2006 at 2:01 pm #

    The arrangement with the MSO and the Ccruhh’s performance were awesome my fiends, and the ballerinas and motorcross boys I didn’t mind at all, especially when the dancers lifted off into the sky, rather fine. Being personally hardly onscreen was, on reflection, probably the best thing that could have happened. You kept a dignified distance.
    The Cat Empire’s thingummy was v goode, for an athletes’ parade that is. The other orchestral stuff was like that horrific triumphant murshe they play when crap movies come to their sloshy, orgasmic third points of development… But stuff all that, you guys killed bigtime, I mean it, and I hope this will be a coffer rocker, a stocking stuffer for a long time for SK and KJ.
    The koala with tits – I’m speechless. Yet predictable govt kitsch extravaganza. Lucky Q Lizzie uses plenty of botox.
    Stolled by the riverside tonight and lo and behold, tthey’re pumping out Milky Way with their little 71 fishie salute! But WHO IS SINGING? DOESN”T SOUND LIKE BIG BADDE BLOGGER SK????!!!!!??? IMPOSTER????

    Please exhplain?

  27. avatar
    w street | 16 March 2006 at 2:44 pm #

    You can flog product all day long, that’s fine–

    I’m begging you–

    Live product. A double live album. Bootlegs are unacceptable. Please, please, please–put out some shows from years gone by. Charge whatever you like. A full live show from last year, ten years ago, fifteen years ago–that would be heavenly.

    Hell is when mediocre bands put all their live shows out on perfectly mastered cds when your fave bands have nothing out there.

    Hell would be the Jessica Simpson version of Under the Milky Way as a love duet with Fred Durst…strings, turntable scratching, wailing the chorus, a disaster spread over the bones of a masterpiece.

    Bad, bad commenter. Bad!

  28. avatar
    Handyman | 16 March 2006 at 3:34 pm #


    Without a doubt that was the most beautiful comment I have read. At 41, it sums up my life in many ways too. You really blew me away with your words there. Sniff…

    Hope that touched your heart you cynical olde bean!

    Love ya both,


  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 March 2006 at 9:41 pm #

    Kinda ironic that the Cat Empire got to pump out their shit for an hour when you guys were afforded a glimpse but it was probably more dignified that way.
    Still I thought an interview on Gud Morning Australia the next day might’ve been on the cards.

    Dutch Pierre

  30. avatar
    eek | 16 March 2006 at 10:45 pm #

    I thought you all looked gorgeous in the few seconds I was able to see you. I do wish they’d shown you a bit more, but UTMW was just beautiful. No amount of silly stuff going on could change that. I’m actually very happy they didn’t stick you in the middle of the motorcycles and ballerinas — that would have been too much (although we would most likely have seen more of you).

    I’m really proud of you — you got great exposure (UTMW played twice on the program — ultra cool!) while not changing your essential nature.

  31. avatar
    sue cee | 16 March 2006 at 11:25 pm #

    Yeah, you kept your dignity and done us all proud. My big disappointment (aside from obviously us diehards) was the kids overseas not being able to see dad.

    One of my favourite HST quotes ‘buy the ticket, take the ride’ .. you sure did that.

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 March 2006 at 11:48 pm #

    One question. Whose idea was the lyric change? I understand why it was done, but “Raise the curtain up on Melbourne” sounded awkward and too much like pandering.

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 March 2006 at 7:01 am #

    ha h a- I bet the Melbourne line was a compromise – the original request being to change Under the Milky Way to nder the Southern Cross!!

    Shame it looked so crass but it sounded really good!!!

    Metal Petal

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 March 2006 at 5:47 am #

    steve kilbey is the perfekt poet-hero. he has his mind on the pulse of the world. correct on every topik. an inspiration, the concepts his mind expresses make me hungry for more life. even his negativity is enlightening. church rocks my soul. thanx for the education and mystikal tunes
    Mr.SK! sincerely,

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 October 2006 at 4:35 pm #

    Yep, I was in Under the Southern Sky, AKA Rendevous. My family’s been big fans for years and had my dad’s original copy of the UTMW single hoping to get you to sign it at the final rehearsals and main event, but I’m glad you chose to ignore us completely. Might have gotten our blocks knocked off for being ‘under’ the greatness.

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