posted on July 3, 2008 at 9:26 pm

chance rains down in little whims
attracting and repelling luck
like everything its relative
i hate a bad haircut says the whispy haired geezer
i’d love a bad haircut says the bald guy
i hate my stupid husband says the pretty wife
i’d love him thinks the plain old spinster
i hate broccoli says western brat
we will eat it say countless african children
i dont know who to envy
i cant read my luck anymore
i can decide if i’m lucky or not
i’m lucky to be alive
i’m lucky to be around still
i’m lucky i’m not crippled or misshapen
i’m lucky i can cope with this system
i’m lucky i grew up in a western land during times of peace
i’m lucky i grew up and was never persecuted or hunted
i’m lucky my parents were both good and kind to me
i’m lucky i was never abused or victimised
i’m lucky i squeezed a career out of something like music
i’m lucky i got to make records n tour the bloody world
im lucky to have a sweet wife and my own lovely children
i still got my mum
i got 2 brothers who are very nice
a pretty niece, 2 handsome nephews
enough friends to do me….im not that friendly really
i’d rather paint than sit n chat actually
the blokes in the church well theyre more than friends
and they are there for me and always have been…sorta
we all love/hate each other in varying degrees
people go in and out of favour
alliances formed
quarrels picked
things get resolved
me and tim
we hadda lotta arguments at the start
jesus we were going at it
he was right sometimes too
he used to prod us to continue to change and evolve
but in my lazy junky days
the last thing i wanted to do was to learn a new song
we were both unlucky to be in a band with an argumentative bastard
now we’re lucky cos we’ve got a style
we’ve got a modus operandi
i walked into tims studio last may
i had 2 short songs and that was it
start up the tape machine i said (although there was none)
i started playing the bass
tch tch tch went the click track
william called down the radiotronic spirits
tim at the controls
then he plays drums
i play ac. guitar
i play e guitar
tim chucks some mellotron
i chuck on some singing
bang quick as that
first takes mostly
written on the spot
they all turned into songs
yesterday i came home and nk was excited
she’d been alone at home and she had just listened to painkiller
for the 1st time
of course she’d heard individual songs
but this is the mastered put to gether real thing
ooh its got a chunky bite size sound
polinski if youre reading these words
you did good my old son
you made it big
im lucky to know these guys
i am i am iam
now nk was dancing and bopping
she had even made notes that i wasnt allowed to read
she has promised to review it on here but we shall see
nelg and g nunn have unmastered copies
they will be surprised to hear the lovely veneer mastering puts on
i think i am gonna use the vegetalista as the cover
i was lucky someone bought it
now they will be lucky maybe
because as an album cover the painting might go up in value
its the best painting ive ever done so far so thats a good reason
its quite alive
its quite writhing and rubbing
im lucky i persevered at painting
im lucky people supported my burgeoning paintings
im lucky i had a place to start doing it
think of all the van goghs sitting before their easels right now
painting masterpieces no one will ever see
think of all the great guitarists and drummers no one will ever hear
the actors dancers playwrights sculptors who never make it
its a capricious world out there
being good isnt always enough
better to be lucky than good
better to be lucky than anything actually
hey everyone deluging me with emails about coldplay
good luck to em
if they can take any elements of the church n make money from em…
go for it….we couldnt do it…you may as well
no i aint heard it yet
i dont really care if it is or isnt
everythings fair game
i rip people off in every note i play
and they were copying someone else
what about the stones ridiculous southern accents
and their re appropriation of the blues
what about david bowies complete steal from anthony newley
and dylan too
theres no pure originality
its all mixed up
why worry?
youre lucky to be reading this at all!

32 Responses to “the quick and the dead lucky”

  1. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 3 July 2008 at 11:06 pm #

    so where is my master copy then Sir Kilbey???
    Junior Painkiller

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2008 at 11:29 pm #

    So the new Coldplay sound like the Church heh? Might have to check it out! haha.
    Good to hear more new music is on the horizon, sounds like its going to be another winner in my house.
    I’m glad you stuck with the painting too killer, I get quite a few compliments for “Steven & Scarlet Kilbey” , my birthday present to myself last year :).

    (damn, cant remember my password!!)

  3. avatar
    Polydora | 3 July 2008 at 11:47 pm #

    “i can decide if i’m lucky or not”


  4. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 4 July 2008 at 12:11 am #

    The Church have been egregiously screwed but they do manage to have many thousands of international fans (the audio illuminatti). There are innumberable talented vocalists, guitarists, writers and painters who have no fans at all. If one ponders that all the members of Kiss are millionaires, it will be become irrefutable that we live in a fallen, violent and moronic world. The Kiss band members have the fame and money to tell me to “kiss off.’

  5. avatar
    princey | 4 July 2008 at 12:28 am #

    Thanks for the reminder sk.

    Yes, yes! Vegetalista for the cover of whatchamacalit cd has my vote!

    Love Amanda

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    Anonymous | 4 July 2008 at 12:52 am #

    Very thought provoking.

    Kuddos to Mr. Comerford for making some excellent points as well.
    I was never a Kiss fan growing up.
    Oh hell no.
    Kiss to me was a gimmick.
    Nothing more…nothing less.
    They picked up the ball that the original Alice Cooper group fumbled and ran with it for a touchdown.
    The Church on the Starfish tour was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen in my life.
    And to my recollection…they didn’t blow up the stage when they were done.
    Some of the best music in the world never gets heard.
    The new Coldplay sounds like The Church?
    Just as long as they give a nod of respect in the direction of the inspiration.

    Excellent reading today.

    Tampa, Fl

  7. avatar
    Taueret | 4 July 2008 at 1:22 am #

    how can my *least* favourite band of all time now sound like my fave of all time? seems impossible, and kind of funny- if you knew the vigour with which I traditionally don’t love CP.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 July 2008 at 1:59 am #

    Looking forward to Painkiller muchly Steve and congrats on the Aria success….wish I coulda been there.
    all the best

  9. avatar
    kat | 4 July 2008 at 2:49 am #

    i’m just going to be selfish & obnoxious for a minute. tour dates! tour dates! 🙂

    dream on..

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 July 2008 at 6:05 am #

    can’t imagine why anyone would compare the tedious coldplay with something as magnificent as the church. coldplay are a poor man’s u2 with a bit of gwyneth paltrow thrown in for good measure!

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 July 2008 at 6:45 am #

    Coldplay’s new album is a hot play (sorry for this but it’s the truth in all its huge imbecility a.k.a the pun is absolutely appropriate and required). It’s big sounding like Bring On The Dancing Horses was in 1985 if you know what I mean. But it’s fluffy I know or big in an eighties shoulder pads sense (but don’t blame the 1980s). There’s no I-got-this-message-from-God there, there’s no intelligent reconfiguration of inspirations and influences like Bowie and the Stones and perhaps The Church did (perhaps because I can’t see The Church as the offspring of anybody actually, it’s spontaneous generation this evil thing, even if Fly is Bolan reincarnated). But there is a sensible reconfiguration (not sensitive either) in Viva la Vida which makes it…valid? Is it a good word for a record? Maybe today it is. Anyway, more than Church I see this new Coldplay as a My Bloody Valentine rip-off. It is a good record. It’s all relative. Like luck. Is it lucky to be filthy rich and never get to know something basic like discernment? Is it lucky to be played in the gym room just because you’re ridiculously famous? Is it lucky to be persecuted by paparazzi (men can be glad they don’t have cellulite once again)? Is it lucky to be widely known and loved? The love of one equals the love of 100?
    It doesn’t matter. We all want cribs and also small rewards which are the hardest to come.
    Kilbey, if you want a REAL record and from very 2008, fucking believe me: Third by Portishead. Nobody sends you an email about it? Oh my, Church fans are so A-B-C sometimes…
    (am I lucky because I wrote this?)

  12. avatar
    The Kipper | 4 July 2008 at 8:36 am #

    Steve, you have the right attitude about art rarely being created in a vacuum. Masterpieces are the result of talent and imagination, but also of the influences that have inspired.

    If there has been implications that Eno and Coldplay sat down and decided to rip off The Church, then some people have an apparent lack of musical education to be making such claims. The song “Yes” does have a lot of superficial qualities that reminds one of The Church, but that’s about as far as it goes…it’s nothing to get worked up about, one way or another. Are Rush fans upset that “Life in Technicolor” borrows the “Red Barchetta” lick and adds Sting vocals? Are Pumpkins fans upset about the title track? What about “Chinese Sleep Chant” sounding like Sonic Youth (or My Bloody Valentine, as already pointed out)? It could go on and on with this new Coldplay album…it’s amusing. And meanwhile, Eno adds the same production tricks he’s been doing for the past 30 years. It’s not a bad album (actually, it’s quite good by today’s standards), but it doesn’t have the impact of an album by The Church. It’s worth a listen, even if just for a few chuckles and a few shrugs of the shoulders. Is it quality stuff? Sure. Is it a masterpiece? No. How well it has been selling makes no difference to my opinion…it is what it is.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 July 2008 at 9:26 am #

    I do not and will never understand the appeal of those fey bedwetters, Coldplay. Radiohead have a lot to answer for…

  14. avatar
    fantasticandy | 4 July 2008 at 9:45 am #

    i hope you coldplay ‘fans’
    don’t have any gaps in your church/SK collections……
    shame on you if you do.

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 July 2008 at 12:43 pm #

    Nice photo from foam gig, old chap. I’ve never seen you smile at a gig…maybe in the future.


  16. avatar
    don joe | 4 July 2008 at 12:52 pm #

    It’s all a bit of give n take; cause and effect; being a 2 terminal universe to make anything happen it’s in the make up of the place to have to want such things, to what degree you do it in keeps your head at ease or makes it hard to sleep. Then some who do don’t have a conscience so it don’t matter, or does it?? Should we just allow them to keep going, or is it our responsibility, regardless of how remote we are from the source, to evoke change upon them so as to create a better world?? Or is that too hard?? The wrong thing to do is nothing I guess, but what does one do is the conundrum. Observe to observe is a good place to begin, look and you shall see, see and you shall discover, as long as you are looking at what is actually there. And is it real to others?? Shall i continue…..hah 😀

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 July 2008 at 12:52 pm #

    Rolf Harris rules…f*** Coldplay!

    Does their album really rip off “Red Barchetta”? Weird.

  18. avatar
    jeff beck | 4 July 2008 at 12:54 pm #

    Who the fuck is Brien Cromerford?!

  19. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 4 July 2008 at 3:09 pm #

    I’ll admit to liking some of Coldplay’s stuff, but honest to God there’s something about Chris Martin that makes me want to punch him in the face. And I’m not normally a violent person. 😉 And don’t get me started on that wife of his.

    I feel a slightly bitter tone to this blog today. Maybe it’s me and all this crazy Independence. Happy Happy Fourth to all you Yanks out there!!
    denise (who went to bed far too late and woke up far too early and is pretty cranky because of it)

  20. avatar
    nerpath | 4 July 2008 at 3:20 pm #

    i always loved the wobble board solo on “almost with you”.

  21. avatar
    davem | 4 July 2008 at 5:11 pm #

    I’ve tried not to worry too much about how you 4 get on. It’s worked well enough to have lasted nearly 30 years for 3 of you at least and Tim’s been such a blessing for what 14 years now since SA?
    I couldn’t give a shite about Coldplay/Radiohead/whatever. THE Church. ’nuff said.
    Have a good weekend all.

  22. avatar
    restaurant mark | 4 July 2008 at 5:28 pm #

    great blog today steve…it’s hard sometimes to step outside and view your own luck objectively…good or bad. there’s always someone who’s got it better and someone who’s got it worse. i guess if i can hang in the middle somewhere i’ll be alright. not that i wouldn’t love to be showered with good fortune on a daily basis…who wouldn’t?
    as far as coldplay goes…never been a fan really…always seemed a bit watered down for my tastes, but i’ll normally give things a skip through on itunes. just to keep an open mind. that one song i downloaded and it does seem churchish to me…just in kind of the way he’s doing the vocals in the verse. but without the richness of your voice…nobody quite has your tone, to me. but like i said yesterday, no substitute for the real thing. i couldn’t agree more with you that everybody pulls from and is copying somebody to some degree, at least. i think certain bands and artists are better at taking those influences, putting them together, and making their own thing out of it, putting a different twist on it…the church would be one of those…obviously. while coldplay may be able to have a churchish sound on a song…they could never capture your feel, your vibe.
    anyway…that’s my spill for the day.

    take care everyone

  23. avatar
    fantasticandy | 4 July 2008 at 5:34 pm #

    way to go dave!
    our boys are the REAL mcoy.
    i was listening to starfish for the first time in a long while today…….
    someone out there name me a better album…..
    by anyone,
    love ya all,
    andy L.

    p.s. oh….and don’t try quoting ‘this or that’ track!
    i mean a BETTER ALBUM!
    that’s B-E-T-T-E-R. ok?

  24. avatar
    knot | 4 July 2008 at 6:09 pm #

    and the energy vampires are lucky there is still qi to ingest…

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 July 2008 at 6:12 pm #

    YESSS!!!up & coming music!!!upcoming soon,:) hee hee.thank you,sk.very much.

  26. avatar
    Bionaut | 4 July 2008 at 6:46 pm #

    P=A is better, for one.

    A clearer Church rip-off:
    The beginning of ‘Streets of Love’ by the Stones (off ‘A Bigger Bang’). It’s ‘Secret Corners’ note for note.

  27. avatar
    kat | 4 July 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    wow we are racking on the stones now? jesus. don’t rack on the stones.. like sk says, copying is done by all. and overall, the stones and church don’t have much the same sound.

    happy weekend all.

  28. avatar
    persephone2u | 4 July 2008 at 8:40 pm #

    The Kipper,

    Speaking of Sonic Youth, take a listen to some Neu! records and you’ll see where they got their sound from. If it wasn’t for Krautrock, there are ever so many bands that wouldn’t exist now.

  29. avatar
    synthomus | 4 July 2008 at 8:44 pm #

    Dulling of people’s minds by means of presorted communication. Flight from the non-wealthy with their arduous ideas, from the backlog of ideas, flight into regalement, good chow, outright futile shopping of imbecilities… Being rich is god’s punishment, getting rich is even worse, being an artist gotten rich is maximum penalty.

    translated from Rainald Goetz’ blog on

  30. avatar
    tim | 5 July 2008 at 8:19 pm #

    haven’t heard the new coldplay and haven’t much the desire even though i can say i truthfully enjoyed alot of their stufff yes yellow and the scientist and their live album dvd was exquisite but i now find i tire quickly of them
    maybe cause they are
    big and bloated and
    they play at every
    big benefit the marketing machine
    does the job too well
    and while their intentions may be
    well meaning their music seems somewhat one dimensional and again without hearing the new album i can understand a producer suggestting they get outside of their comfort zone and break new ground… its time to evolve or play the same old chord and ride the same ole gravy train…
    conversly, the church are a band in my opinion that you can point to and say…these guys (cliche warning) are true to their artistic vision
    i don’t want to imagine what the band might sound like today if you did sell ALOT of records …i mean if gold afternoon fix was huge….even by accident…what would your music your art look like today????
    all of us peeking in on this blog like you just the way you are…..fuck coldplay…bring on some painkiller
    and then bring on that new church…direct me to the download button…let’s hear what ya got kilbey…then maybe a year from now i’ll get around to this coldplay…give me the goods….give me painkiller!!!!

    good one jeff beck..

  31. avatar
    tim | 5 July 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    can we get a release date at least…


  32. avatar
    tim | 5 July 2008 at 8:32 pm #


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