posted on November 17, 2006 at 8:10 pm

dear people
i am delighted n overwhelmed by yer response
of course
as usual
there is a huge silent majority
i mean 6 7 hundred of ya
who read n read n dont say nothing
and that is fine by me
the readers job is not necessarily to interact with writer
although this medium makes it possible..
there have been some very pithy n flattering comments
a few pertinent questions
and i guess this is the book keeping side of this blogge
to take care of this kinda thing
(or if ya like
i could be a loof
and never aknowledge nothin’
…if ya like…)
anyway im just gonna fire off things at random
probably get it all wrong
and i cant be bothered flipping back n forth
between things
to get all ya names right
and quotes exact
so keep yer knickers on if things arent quite as is
1st of all
my dear reader mr p savant
oh savant
i did so much like your image better
with the longer hair n sunglasses
it seems youve left your “pop” image behind
and now something in a more mature style
(a la lennon plastic ono era)
i do enjoy your comments you cynical lil shiny-bum
and yes dear bouy
there will be more exposees on the dept of primary industry
circa early seventies, canberra a.c. fucking t.
the waste, the card games, the greasy suited bigwig gooseballs
the tea bloody breaks, the flexi-time, the late mornings in
n early afternoons out
the taxpayer funded avos at gusses
smoking pot in my car in the carpark
flicking straightened out paperclips with thick rubber bands
(i was deadly accurate and it hurt!!)
drawing cartoons of the bosses
wait a minute….!
i just told it!!!
nah theres heapsmore if ya wannit
i must also talk to the person
who says that i do make more than a clerk
lets wager
i will wager ya a thousand dollars that i am on the poverty line
if you put yer money up
i will too
say a disinterested party on here
theres a few ya could trust
(and a few ya couldnt)
i’ll fax ya my tax return
you check it out
find out what yer basic clerk gets here in aust
if i aint fucking below that
ya keep my thousand
if i am
i keep yours
facts about the music biz
you may not be aware of
1 most musicians other than the real biggies
are broke
you say we have 190 titles registered with bmi
i bought a 190 tickets in the lottery too
so what?
most of our records are deleted or unobtainable
we will never receive any moneys from arista
because we were in such a huge hole with tour support
videos n studio
not only that
but we will never find out how much we owe
until we stop oweing
you know about my rotten publishing deal
and their scams to keep me parted from my money
when we tour we usually break even
i mean we aint playin the fucking megadome…
anyway you got recording costs, agents, managers
flights, accom,taxis, rentalcars,roadcrew,advertising,
blah blah blah
i tell ya the average guy ya see playin’
at the place down the road..
he aint raking in any big dough
yeah he got the “glamour”
but hes usually getting less than the roadies
(the church always were/do!)
i had a couple of biggish advances a long long time ago
but as i said
i was a junky ten years
i moved countries 3 times
and then took some real bad investment advice
n lost the lot
arrive back in aust 02 virtually penniless
(tears, wailing, gnashing of teeth)
a lot of it i did to myself
so ya cant really feel sorry for me…
anyway your comment was doubly stupid
because as paulc pointed out
any book record film picture photo ballet sculpture tv show
you paying for someone elses thoughts, sunshine
and a blogge is just a new way of presenting thoughts
i was in melbourne sometimes this year
and i met my dear n handsome friend donald b
n he says ya know nevets
yer music n al the rest is ok
but what yer really good at
what you were born to do is blogge..!
and then he waited
maybe slightly apprehensive that
i may have taken some offence to this obsyvation
but no
it was true
i am born to blogge
if only if only if only
this medium had been around all those years ago
i mean its like being a bass guitarist
but only finding yer first bass at age 51…
i only been at it a year
im learning..
im actually sorry
n embarrassed that i hadda ask ya for some moolah here
i wanted to do it fer nothing
i didnt know itd take so much time….
but the blogge comes from wherever the songs come from
and i dont really see the difference
yer happy to pay for songs aint ya?
as i said
if you think im livin’ it fuckin’ large
in a mansion on the hill
and just greedily trying to rake in some extra gravy
to pay off nks beemer suv
and the new summer house…… HA!
but i tell ya what too
n i promise ya all this
if, i doo
get an unexpected windfall
i’ll immediately take the paypal away
i didnt envisage donators being mentioned anywhere
nor did i envisage free cds, or cash going to po boxes
it ll be a paypal
if ya cant do it
if ya can thanks
if ya dont wanna
just read it then with my blessings
maybe another way
is to pay after you read a good blogge you liked
you could reward me with a 15 cents deposit
for my efforts to amuse you
i will however be starting to post some pics
a spoken blogg may be a possibility
so i will be thinking of ways
to make our blogge grow n evolve
until you get complete satisfaction
(but never)
complete repayment of yer 15 cents..
so there ya go..
thats the being for 2day
im gonna take em to “paddateen” market as evie calls it
im gonna have a swimmy n take yon doodles too
im gonna do poached pears fer brekky
im gonna complete dakini in bondi
im gonna think of the other 2 hundred things
im sposed/promised to do
im gonna smoke a bone n strike pose
im gonna reflect on the kind things mr b bon
that lover of the box n silence
said about me
and the guy who said all that stuff but said i had a fool too
druid, ya think i dont already know that?
but the other stuff was nice and thanks
all of ya who pledged yer belief
im very relieved by yer pozzitif responses
ya coulda all said no
and thanks
for bothering
to comfort
white bearded
washed up n broke
pot addicted
i’ll be back tomorrow with ‘tude

64 Responses to “the sauce of the time beings power”

  1. avatar
    sparkli sista | 17 November 2006 at 9:31 pm #

    Lookin’ forward to what ya got up yer sleeve!!


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    leelinau | 17 November 2006 at 9:32 pm #


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    Anonymous | 17 November 2006 at 9:43 pm #

    Born to Blog.
    I can see the movie, T-shirt, book in the airport now
    Wot about advertising?
    Maybe it’s better to keep The MAN out of the plan?

  4. avatar
    Fandorin | 17 November 2006 at 9:47 pm #

    where is the button?

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    Anonymous | 17 November 2006 at 9:49 pm #

    this has taken a strange turn – photos would be good though

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    John Garratt | 17 November 2006 at 9:49 pm #

    Just sell “Under the Milky Way” to whatever company manufacters Milky Ways.


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    Anonymous | 17 November 2006 at 10:21 pm #

    I will gladly give you some $$ tomorrow for a bloggy today..

    I am with ya steve…

    Brian Turner
    Atlanta, Ga

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    Anonymous | 17 November 2006 at 10:27 pm #

    you say – ‘the blogge comes from wherever the songs come from’ – thats a very good point in my opinion, humble as it is belonging to an ignorant student of la french – oh mr k, i can’t think of anything else like this, a raw daily updated window into the life and mind of someone ‘in le public eye’. i don’t like (or get) every blog you write but mostly i do and sometimes what you write resonates so deeply as to set me heart a quivering. pip

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    Anonymous | 17 November 2006 at 10:30 pm #

    cannee get any-more honest than that…..
    Ya Hooo!! early xmas prezzie from killa.

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    Anonymous | 17 November 2006 at 10:33 pm #

    (No, not Anonymous, who was it?…yes, I think it was VERDELAY who said…)

    Well, you’ve got to help out your mates.
    You see
    a few of us here know each other,
    have come to know each other…here.
    We’ve got our own dialogues going.
    Someone (Anonymous, I think) regularly calls me a knob.
    A veritable community.
    We’re thinking of setting up a provisional government
    establishing libraries and that kind of thing.

    Oh, you still here, Kilbey?

    But it’s not charity, don’t get me wrong. It’s an exchange. If I were to toss you some shrapnel or write you a blank cheque, its not out of guilt/the goodness of my heart/for want of something useful to do with my own overwhelming stash of wealth…

    …but because (sordid!) I want something.

    Your ideas.

    However expressed.

    The longer we keep you from gainful employment, the better.

    I’m not interested in making demands for my prospective coin. You’re the boss. Do what you want. Value for money? Who’s to say? I think you’ve got the balance about right, actually:

    hits and memories
    bohemia 101
    behind the scenes with the boys
    that kind of thing

    So I’m in it for the self-interested concerns of the collective, comrade.

    For what it’s worth.

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    Anonymous | 17 November 2006 at 10:33 pm #


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    leelinau | 17 November 2006 at 10:43 pm #


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    Anonymous | 17 November 2006 at 10:53 pm #

    PICS!! Lovin’ the sound of that! πŸ™‚

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 November 2006 at 11:07 pm #

    Get a real job

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 November 2006 at 11:45 pm #

    …but the other stuff was nice and thanks

    pero lo demas fue lindo y gracias

    Almost forgot the Friday Spanish lesson!

    Mil disculpas!

  16. avatar
    veleska1970 | 18 November 2006 at 12:01 am #

    steve, you have no idea how glad i am that you have decided to continue onward. this is corny, but~~thank you thank you thank you (to the gazillionth power) from the bottom of my heart.

    as far as not striking it rich in the music biz~~i already knew about that one. my mother tried out her talents in the music world as a singer/songwriter (a damned GOOD one, too!!) in the early 1960s and then again in the early 70s, but got swallowed up in the “recording costs, agents, managers flights, accom,taxis, rentalcars,roadcrew,advertising,blah blah blah” that you mentioned, and decided to become a registered nurse instead. it’s a fact that only a very very minute few actually make it to grandiose fame and fortune in the industry. very few do so much as break even. that’s why there’s all kinds of very talented people out there having to supplement their income with “straight” jobs~~!! **gasp** shame, but that’s the way it is.

    however, i’m happy that you guys stuck it out and kept delivering your wonderful music to us, despite all that. where would the world be without the music of the bestest band ever, the chrunch? i tell you where i would be, if it HAD stopped~~wondering where the hell the church was and why they weren’t putting out any music anymore~~i’d be saddened. you don’t know how much i would have missed y’all. hell, you don’t know how much ALL OF US would have missed the church!!!!

    thanks for being you. and you’re most welcome for being comforted. glad we could oblige. believe me, it is NO bother.

    lotza love……

  17. avatar
    The Carrier of Fruit | 18 November 2006 at 12:16 am #

    and all the blogge chil’en said…
    no Killa, thank you.

    Have a weekend.

  18. avatar
    damien | 18 November 2006 at 12:31 am #

    Someone called you the Gene Simmons of space rock the other day. A jest, I’m sure, but Mr Simmons does have a positive attitude towards money that I think is refreshingly honest and straightforward. Why is it that in our culture we are so coy about discussing money? Like it or not it is the lubricant which keeps the gears of life turning. It’s not money’s fault that evil or unscrupulous people don’t put it to better use in this world.

    Putting this blog together everyday requires effort. Why shouldn’t you be paid for your work? I don’t think you should be at all embarrassed to broach the subject here, Steve.

    The suggestion of adding pictures etc. to the blog is very exciting. Looking forward to that. I just really appreciate having this opportunity to have such direct personal communication with an artist whose music I have loved since I first heard The Unguarded Moment at ten years old!

    I am just one of the many people around the world who you have inspired to live a life richer in music, art, history, literature, philosophy, etc. In your quiet moments that must be a pretty cool thing to reflect on – that a skinny kid from Canberra could have had such an impact on the lives of so many people.

    Sorry for getting all emotional on you here, Steve, but thank you for all the years of magic. May there be many more.

  19. avatar
    ambnt1 | 18 November 2006 at 12:35 am #


    Hope they’re not nude pix. My illusions of rock star grandeur would be shattered forever…

    I knew you were on the up and up about your meager income, the doubters were set straight. However, if you ARE living in a mansion with 2 SUV Beimers in the garage then this pay per blog idea gives new meaning to “The Great Rock n’Roll Swindle”!!

    I’m just above the povery line as well, because I spend most of my money on my ambient space drone CD addiction. So i sympathize with your plight, Nevets.

    Have a good weekend!


    n.p. Klaus Schulze, “Poland” (The inventor of the Klaus Schulze School of Rock)

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    shawn_el | 18 November 2006 at 12:37 am #

    SK – I think I missed a couple of days so I will have to catch up on my blog reading…but if you put up the paypal, I will pay up. It’s totally worth it!!! I could also throw in a bonus and send you some nude polaroids.

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    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 1:12 am #

    Dear Killa,

    I guess i’m not one of the silent majority anymore now!…In fact, i’ve never really wanted to join in the fray, yet here i am and well, just wanted to let you know that i love your thoughts, banter, rages etc. I’ve been a fan of the church and its off shoots since i saw you on countdown doin the ‘moment’ all those years ago (i was a mere 12 y.o.). Anyway, just wanted to let you know i’m secretly (and more importantly subtly) out there spreadin’ the word bout you n all things church. I play all your cds in my liquor shop down in Vic, have inducted many new devotees over the years and i brought the kids (girl 12, boy 14) along to their first show ever at the national in st kilda – they loved it!. i thought i’d let them see the best before they indulge in the rest!

    That’s enough…you’re probably bored by now or off for a swim.
    cheers jch

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    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 1:14 am #

    I can agree with the white bearded and rocker part but not so sure about the rest. Keep bloggin and we’ll keep payin! Gotta get my nightly kilbey read…

    ed in fl

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    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 1:30 am #

    Been following the ‘should sk be paid for blog’ comments.

    Here’s some thoughts sk from a fan/admirer other than “Yes, yes! I’ll pay!”:

    * I think paypal if people can afford it/want to do it is the way to go. No mentioning who pays, no giveways.

    * Be pragmatic, only about 30-40% of the “Yes, yes, I’ll pay” people will ever actually get around to paying you anything. This isn’t because people don’t have good intentions, it’s just that shit happens, mega car repairs, dental work (I’ve had to spend $3000 on my teeth this year, not pretty cosmetic shit, just saving the teeth I have left).

    * Don’t get your hackles up too much if you get “get a real job” comments. Many of us work/have worked in jobs we hate. I’m very fortunate to have work at present that I enjoy. I’ve done the office/under the fluoros thing hating it, don’t assume there isn’t poetry in a person’s soul just because through necessity (or whatever) they’ve ended up at a crappy job wearing clothes they’d rather not.

    Choice can be/often is a luxury. Choices are not made in a vacuum, we have an entire screwed up culture pushing people towards ‘bad’ choices, as Billy Bragg puts it “The two up, two down, 2.5 and a dish on the roof for the soaps.”

    * Keep in mind that some of us, well ok probably a minority but anyway, who earn decent money give away money regularly to various places. My partner and I give to Oxfam monthly, Greenpeace yearly and support alternative publications. We rent our home, have a crappy old car, but eat good organic food.

    * I’m sure I’ll get howled down by other commenters for this, but if you’re struggling financially think about how much money you’re spending on pot. I had a boss at one of my crappy jobs who was always broke because she spent $400 a week on pot. I don’t care what the substance is, alcohol, pot, coke, chocolate-coated cashews….. if you’re feeling the bite money wise you need to find some balance and be honest with yourself.


  24. avatar
    dig | 18 November 2006 at 2:12 am #

    Yeah put the Paypal on I will pay, worth evey cent. One of my favourite parts of the day!

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    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 18 November 2006 at 2:26 am #


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    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 3:13 am #

    Turn down the Yeblik. ’tis gettin’ ‘eavy in ‘ere!

    Tell me where to send me ducats.

    Though it would be better served helping an impoverished kid.

    Says more ’bout me than you.


  27. avatar
    J Street | 18 November 2006 at 3:40 am #


    You can create an account for yourself on – you shop, put it all in a wish list, we buy it for ya, it ships to you in Oz, and this is a gift that keeps on giving.

    Never set one up, but I think ya can put a linky on your blogge, set aside a little time to pick some CDs/books/whatever and whathaveyou aside, and we can browse it and say, Ah, SK likes a little Trex, eh, well, he likes this copy of a remastered and expanded Beard of Stars, hmm, fifteen bucks, yeah, I’ll kick it in and my bucks buy the cd, it ships, it falls in your mailbox, there you go, SK.

    Or not.

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 3:59 am #

    Man your awesome. The fact that you break even at your shows, it really tells a story about how much you guys love music enough, to not be playing so much for the money, but just for the music and how it touches people instead. If you set up a paypal, you deserve every penny that comes in. You are a hero of our day. Every one of us would give you money because we think you deserve it! So dont take it away just because you start making too much. Love you guys and all that you do! Cant wait for EL MOMENTO II… thanks for the advanced advance… in studio with the infant!
    If you ever come to the usa, ill be there if its in texas or louisiana. Ill buy tickets for all of my friends!
    Love your music and your blogge, keep space rocking with both!
    Galveston TX

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 4:55 am #

    i’ve been away from the bloggy for a few days and so have just caught up on the news. the paypal thang.
    well i guess it’s about time we pay for our art.
    almost 1 year of dedication from you, learning more about you and where you’re at, trying to read between the lines and really no closer on that front actually.
    but i’m so happy timebeing will continue. music 101 has been a great lesson and the travelogue keeps you close. you’ve got a great voice on and off paper. and being untouchable well its mostly all i got. sad but true.
    thanks for everything
    thanks for being


  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 5:03 am #

    Why shouldn’t you get paid for
    your art, in whatever form?

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    calling down baal and zeus | 18 November 2006 at 5:15 am #

    no electricity..3 days
    seems ive missed alot

    well just have to try it out and see ..

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 5:21 am #

    Keep on bloggin’ in the free world!

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    Grinenbarrett | 18 November 2006 at 5:40 am #

    SK, I welcome the idea of a hybred Inter-Zine. In fact it could be very brillant. Asella-brasion of sorts. You are the blogging king, you can do anything!! Podcast of poetry, short start/stop films, painting giffs, Sir Real Time performance of tunes. The world could/is your pearls. If mega bands can make some green for yearly subscriptions to their EXCLUSIVE web sites of fourty bones annualy per person…what you have to offer seems so much more interactive and stimulating. As for the whole charge bit, I’m sure at some point someone will cry and complain that it is a rip off. Whenever there is an exchange of money expectations arise. Without being to straight on you SK, what would be the break even or return on investment for you? If you love to blog like you love your music than any cash in hand is like a bonus, not a fee. Fee’s to me sound like work in which case you seem to express no interest in. So far,I think you Do have a passion for this blogg thing as more of a creative outlet. I think it would be incredable for someone to stretch the boundries with mixed media bloggorama. I think you have a loyal audiance that will support & subscibe not just by the tick but on annual rate as well. It sure is easy just to plunk down the cash rather than pay as you go. At least an option would be nice. Once again it all falls under the time/work and supply/demand facto. You have done an outstnding job at entertaining us thus far. I’m sure the next forum will be just as fresh no matter what form of media you choose. Billy M

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    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 6:41 am #

    I kind of have to agree with comment above about spending $ on pot. I don’t like giving money to the homeless because I always think they’re gonna blow it on drugs/booze/cigs, so why contribute? The same could apply here (is my $1 per week gonna go to a baggie o’pot or SK’s daughter’s dental bill?), but not necessarily. Depends if you look at pot as a necessity/part of life/creative tool or a luxurious extravagant luxury (however remote). Anyone spending $400 a week on pot must be seriously not doing anything else in their life except 24 hours per day of bong hits, sleeping, laughing, eating pizza, fucking, and watching TV. Something tells me SK is not that guy. So bottom line–it’s a grey area, and a judgement call. Maybe the pot you’d be helping SK buy by donating $ via Paypal will help maintain the enjoyability of the blogs and make you laugh. I think it’s worth it.

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 6:46 am #

    400$ a week on pot WTF!?!

    400$ a week on ANYthing is nuts.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 7:12 am #

    Hey Steve,
    Yet another money spinning idea. I’d love to have my name on a Church or SK solo Cd, as I am sure 000’s would. How much would you sell the honour for? Just look at the end of the “Lord of the Rings” Spec. Editions. Lotsa names!
    As for Aus rock muso’s. Just have a read of James Frued’s “I Am The Voice Left From Drinking”. On the dole after the Models split. (Did “Outta Mind, Outta Sight” sell more than UTMW? Don’t fink so”)
    Gotta love the Aus governments commitment to Music & Movies.
    EMD2- A sequel worth waiting for.
    Rock On
    Marty H.

  37. avatar
    kat | 18 November 2006 at 8:37 am #


    i understand where you are coming from. my brother is an excellent guitarist but he’s had to be a welder all his life and i see it wearing him down. music and writing take alot of energy, lets face facts. blogge on, rock on, roll another. we can work out cash flow, as long as we are all keeping our own heads above water.


  38. avatar
    davem | 18 November 2006 at 9:05 am #

    Bring it on esskay.
    Have a fab weekend.
    Love you loads!

    Dave M

  39. avatar
    fergal | 18 November 2006 at 9:22 am #

    onya killer –
    space rock on!

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    isolde | 18 November 2006 at 9:35 am #

    ooh err four minutes left on the ebay ultc painting sale! congrats wot an excellent result

    spoken word blog mp3s would be good, perhaps a few faves of the first year

  41. avatar
    Melquiades | 18 November 2006 at 10:40 am #

    Glad to see you you’ve decided to go forth Steve.
    This site definitely has a deep meaning for me. Your automatic, lucid writing is truly inspiring.

    Here’s to many more entries

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 10:42 am #

    He’s right about not making money in this business–there are people way more famous that don’t/haven’t either–it’s just how it works unless you churn out utter crap that’s incredibly saleable and usually have a rich family to boot.

    Skilbey, Nevets, whatever name you’re going by these days, just stick a paypal–and maybe an e-gold–if they use that in Oz–button on the site and I’m sure some kind souls will see it as a donation to the arts. And keep doing what you do, no mega-marketing plans, flash banners, special inner circles if you spend x amount–that’s just daft.

    Not a fan, just someone told me about your blog, so I thought I’d check it out.

    To the compassionate soul who never gives money to the homeless: I was homeless after an accident for two years. I got lots more broken bones and hospitalised for involuntary starvation 14 times. People here are very good about never giving money to the homeless, either. Hell, I make about $500 a month, and *I* give money to the homeless. I guess I’m pretty stupid.

    I know–homeless people don’t dress very well or take baths often enough, do they? And we all know to judge people by how they look.

    It’s okay–I’m gone, not to return. Good luck with the blogge (it hurts to spell it that way), though–you seem to be enjoying it, and so are your fans. And at the end of the day, that’s why we’re all daft enough to get involved in this carnival.

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 12:23 pm #

    Enough dipping my toe in the ether – I’m stirred up for a rant:

    Not giving to the homeless because you want to put conditions on what they do with the money? Rather condescending, or just an excuse? If you don’t want to give them money – buy them something to eat. At least nevets gives you food for your spirit/mind/entertainment in return – so take it in good faith and pay pennies for the privilege. I smoked pot for many years (except during pregnancies and feeding) till I got cancer – still don’t presume to judge others and you can never tell someone to stop – it doesn’t work that way, I just know I never want to smell chemo again or feel that icy slurpee being sent up my arm – great aversion therapy, but I don’t recommend it. Don’t forget, the K has already beaten the H beast – no small feat – sincere congratulations to you nevets, you got out alive. Yes, smoking pot costs, but does your employer or the tax payer ask you what you spend your hard earned money on: Make up, movies, magazines, organic mung beans? I’ve got two girls – telling you now – cost far more than a quarter every whenever and he has five – it takes more than love and karma….. kate

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 12:52 pm #

    Steve, Im having trouble communicating..maybe this time will work. Did you hear me scream with excitement? congrats!

    As for the blog paypal idea, Im all for it…. space busking, radical.

    Sue cee

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 12:56 pm #

    I’d pay for yer blogg as well. Sometimes it can get stale. But other times I think when is this man gonna write his book, it could only be a masterpiece. One of my favourite images that you have made has come from your blogg. It came from that time that you were having a down point on the tour after the high of performing a perfect concert. That black guy when you where doing your laundry and the meeting of old souls bit brought a tear to my eye. It’s funny Yeats dropped the mask in his later writings and that’s when he began to really write his classics. The Stockholm stuff that you have just begun to write about has a wonderful black and white film feel to it. It’s great. I think when you at your most earnest you are a true genius. I love the glittering shiny stuff as well, but as I get older I yearn for more honesty from stuff, and its good to see that you are finding your artistic feet again with the blogg.

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    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 1:12 pm #

    “five are the fingers of wind in your hair”

    Is that from Dylan Thomas ?
    Blake would be nowhere without Milton
    Yeats would be lost without Blake
    Dylan Thomas still searching without Yeats
    Feel the conections oh my brothers feel the conections to one and all

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    eek | 18 November 2006 at 1:32 pm #

    Sue Cee — I think even I heard you scream! I let out a pretty good whoop myself! I stayed up all through the wee hours watching it. I second the congratulations, Steve.

    And I love the possibility of a spoken blog. Hot Damn! Where’s that paypal button?

  48. avatar
    don joe | 18 November 2006 at 1:44 pm #

    Yep. i remember getting a check for $3.00 to split between the 4 members of a band I was in once. Would’ve gotten more if we’d cashed the rider (2 jugs o’ CUB muck)Spending more than $500 (my own expenses, not the total band expense)to get to and from an arts festival where we played to about 20 people who stood at the bar and got nothing in return. Then all the rest….. I wanted to go for the top and earn a living playing music but I started living the lifestyle before i had the career. Most of the rock n roll fornightly payment started going to pot which enveloped my life. But you’re right in saying we bring it on ourselves because I was the only one who could get me out of it (which i am). So, to pay a few quid here n there to appreciate someone’s efforts either here or on the stereo helps me to hold that aspiration. I got the gear now and tinker with the toons so I can still practice my craft for the enjoyment, and maybe the hope. It’s the ‘maybe’ that’s the killer though….endless forment.

    I refuse to give something to someone who has done nothing to earn it; especially those who pray on sympathetic folk to eek an exisitence. It’s parasitic. Reward people who produce each and every day, items or products that help us to enjoy our lives. Production = Morale.

    Thankyou for that Steve (Marty, Pete, Tim, et al)

    don joe

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    12str | 18 November 2006 at 1:47 pm #

    making bad moves is living…suffer the consequenses of our actions “instant karma”!
    ive done some really out of this world shitty desicions in my days…sometimes i really wondered what the fuck was going on…but it was just me taking wrong turns on every corner…today im glad i did…. hope i learned something that means something…=)and you nevets mon ami wouldnt be that extraordinary old grumpy adorable bastard of a rockah without the wrong turns on your road…as long as we can make peace with our past
    and hope that the ones we love the most and probably hurt the most during the times of trouble is aware of the love we have for them and the gratitude for enduring the shit at least i put them through..
    a little bit older..hopefully a little bit wiser…ive learned my lesson…im ready for another!!

    hell yeah!!


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    daniel 28,1 | 18 November 2006 at 1:51 pm #

    I’d pay for your words (and the pot as well).

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    belfrank | 18 November 2006 at 2:21 pm #


    You work harder than most of us do at our jobs to write this blog.
    Why shouldn’t you get some financial reward for your efforts.
    I know this blog was totally true.
    I manage one of Ireland’s best (and best known) songwriters Dave Couse – but does that mean he makes a living from recording and touring.
    I’ve worked with Dave for 2 years, put in alot of time and hard work. I’ve rarely got paid for anything. We’ve been to awards shows and sat next to U2, nominated in the same categories. There have been tv and radio apps, A-list airplay on national radio, sold out gigs. BUT
    this music game is so hard to turn a buck in unless you are selling out the Megadome and shifting gazillions of units baby.
    I rarely get paid, but he rarely gets paid – so that’s a fair split to me.
    Why do we do it? We love it, we believe in it, and people out there do too. And dammit, like you SK, most of what he produces is great – and uniquely his own. If you’re an original in this game you get your reward in heaven it seems. Ask Nick Drake.

    Killa – I’ll pay the toll in US dollaz – that’s better than Aussie innit?


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    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 2:33 pm #

    sk , bondi is an upscale place, we are sick of hearing you cry poor…… you are hardly poor…….

  53. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 2:58 pm #

    SK – post that PayPal button &
    I’ll push it no problem.

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    Barb | 18 November 2006 at 3:40 pm #

    > a spoken blogg may be a possibility

    Mm, yummy. I was just sitting here working exceptionally late and listening to my iTunes and the Big Hit came on. Which, by the way, I cannot but think of as “Under the Milky Fuckin Way”, thanks. And I thought, what a lovely voice. Wonder what Stevie’s up to? I have not stopped by to visit in several months.

    It’s so nice that I can actually find out. So, where’s the button, friend?

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    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 4:19 pm #

    you deserve those dollars olde friend. just put the button up.

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    davem | 18 November 2006 at 5:03 pm #

    I had to go out with 34 minutes going and missed the exciting bit. Yer scream didnae quite reach blighty until now Sue but I’ve just heard it and seen the 8.3k. Fab!

    Dave M

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    restaurant mark | 18 November 2006 at 5:14 pm #

    fucking great! so happy the time being will live on. my morning wouldn’t be as interesting without it. don’t really care about the price…and don’t need anything else for free.
    as far as you not striking it rich in the music biz…only maybe in financial terms. you guys are loaded in terms of artistic integrity, soul, vision, atmosphere, songs, words, and most importantly, in connecting with your audience…live and on record. i don’t just like the stuff…i feel it.
    and i keep telling you white hippy moses…you’re not washed up! pot addicted…sure/scruffy…perhaps/rocker…definately!
    take care man

    mark griffith

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    Icky | 18 November 2006 at 6:00 pm #

    …outraged/appalled/astounded that ANYONE would dare question your motives for requesting what we across the water call a little ‘koha’. Tis indeed obvious from even a casual scan of your meanderings that your bank account is not exactly groaning under the weight. Most blogges are self-serving/self-important ego-rants. Yours is providing muco entertainment/humour/inspiration to an eclectic mix of happy readers. Pay per view is the least we can do.
    Name your price. It’s grand.


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    stealthblue | 18 November 2006 at 7:05 pm #

    Great entry Steve. Thanks for “revealing the reality” regarding the MOOOZIK Biz. Maybe you set our friend staight. ;)I guess there are still quite a few peeps that think anyone on a stage or putting records out is just rolling in dough. Although it is possible to break free of financial burden in some areas of music, usually the actual artists are the ones getting boned. I was told once by a rec. producer, when I naively asked him how a “deal” really works. He basically explained to me that a record deal (with advance etc.) is merely like all of a sudden getting a really, really HUGE credit card. Unless you recupe every red cent after the sales and distribution, paying off the producer, legal shit, etc., you (the artist) are not making ziltch. All that “living large” stuff you see from all the hot shot “rockers” is a big show, and most of them owe their ass to the the rec. company. I mean if you go that route, you just gotta know not to go “haywire”, but I can see how easy it would be to just blow your wad right away, and you haven’t even sold any records yet! So shitty, that biz. That is not even going into publishing deals , etc, right???

    It’s funny you mentioned that whole bet about the clerk, etc. Well, if that fella is willing to lose his mulla, so be it. All I can say about that is , basically, I am a sort of “clerk” in a hospital. I also fantasize about actually “doing something” with my music. So, I know that comparitively, the clerk is making off a whole lot better than “el musico”! Well, obviously I am not famous, but in my limited experience in playing out, mini tours, trying to keep a band, record etc., it’s all very expensive in more ways than just money, especially now. My little “clerk/office bitch” position pays not that great, but considering all things, pretty well over all. I mean, I at least know what I am getting paid every two weeks, and I have fucking health benefits (which we shouldn’t even have to make a big deal about in the first place, but that is the good old USA for ya). I know that at the very minimum my wife and I can pay our heavy mortgage to have our little piece of heaven etc. It is still month to month living, but at least I know we can squeeze it out. Anyway, the more and more I learn about the music biz, I fucking loathe it. The funny thing is, I would rather play music even if I never got paid for it because it is my soul speaking etc. If, however, I could actually make a living at it, even just a “decent” living, not having 5 car garage etc, but just living like I am now even, I could handle that. I have an immeasureable amount of respect for any musician that can actually “pull it off” by keeping a household together, having a family, eating well, staying healthy, etc…doing what you are born to do for a living. I think most of us know by now that Kilbey is not a “high roller”, but honestly, that is what I respect the most about you, SK,(and the other fellas) is that you are just doing this because it is your calling and you know no other way. Unless you actually play music or what have you, you really wouldn’t know how you just “can’t shake it.” I mean, you just cannot turn it off like a swith and decide…”I not gonna be a musican”, a poet, a writer etc. anymore. If you deny yourself that, it kills your soul, simple as that. Some “ANON” says “get a real job.” You know where he/she can stick that one dontcha? Yeah, you could try and get a “clerk” job, but you would be fucking miserable and the world would just have one more conforming “straight”, which we don’t need. No doubt you, just like most of us, could do with a little more dosh. Mainly, you deserve a lot more money, and I hope it all comes your way someday, same here for that matter! You gotta remember too that most people pretending to live large are merely…just pretending, thus the world of credit and finance. The reality of dollars in versus dollars out is totally off-set. I would say that over all, Steve, and anyone else in this same position, that you are doing pretty well compared to some. What I mean is, it could be a hell of a lot worse! I admire that you have “stuck to your guns” and are living the way you do. That reminds me, Thanksgiving is next week! I am very thankful for many, many things,including but not limited to: The Time Being, SK, MWP, PK, TP, The Chrunch, the internet, our still beautiful planet, old friends and new…
    Take care, and know that you are loved and revered.
    Ben V.

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    Anonymous | 18 November 2006 at 8:15 pm #

    terrific. no longer wondering. bored. sycophants enjoy!

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    Anonymous | 19 November 2006 at 12:16 pm #

    anon 1.33 – Bondi is expensive to rent even a tiny flat there but it’s hardly upscale Vaucluse, north shore etc. I doubt that sk and his family own a place there judging by his past but are just eeking out an existence, paying absorbitant rents LIKE MOST people who live in Sydney.

    If you dont know what Im talking about, then you obviously dont know what you’re talking about.

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    Centuryhouse | 20 November 2006 at 6:31 am #

    Steve, I missed the original blog from the other day.

    Often I’m broke & out of cash, but I wouldn’t mind sending a few bucks your way when I have it. I believe you told me once (San Diego maybe?) about how the pay works out and it’s a shame that record companies can do that. It’s a real slave industry.

    As you said, whether it be your blog or your poetry or your painting or your songs – it’s all coming from the same place.

    Put up a paypal thing here so we can make use of it!


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    Anonymous | 20 November 2006 at 7:12 pm #

    Steve. Keep up the chin. Lets face the facts. Arista probally gave you the best deal at the time (since WB were and still a bunch of losers. Look what they did to Badfinger) However, did it ever occur to you that you were going to be on same lable as the Bay City Rollers? What done is done, you can deal with today. Keep up the chin. Fan since 1987.

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    eek | 21 November 2006 at 11:30 am #

    What is it with the Bay City Rollers all of a sudden?

    I haven’t thought of them in years (for which I am forever thankful) but all of a sudden in the space of a week I’ve seen them mentioned in three places — and two of those places had pictures! (ok, ok, so I was the one who actually dug up and posted one of those pictures. I did it as a joke — I swear!!)

    I still wonder what the fuck they were thinking with those outfits….

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