posted on October 5, 2009 at 1:53 am

you know what
just like the pink fluid
i realise there are very few if any artists
whose work i like from beginning to end
eg trex i dont mind the 3 albums before beard of stars
i hate anything after the slider….anything…what a waste
bowie….nothing after heroes..bar the odd good song
beatles ..i dont really love the stuff before say revolver so much
i mean i respect it n all that but rarely listen to it
the church…didnt really jump on till heyday
and i love priest but hate fucking some of the others
bruce springsteen…nothing after about 1978
dylan…same as beatles with ultra early stuff
i guess i’m a mid period kinda guy
my friend johnny h suggests i “do” exile on mainstreet
wow….thats a hard one..to do
because i love tumbling dice more than anything
because i reckon its the ultimate slowish sloppy grinding old rocker
honkin’ tonkin’ boogie woogie southern fried sexy fuckin rock
sometimes thats whats its about
rock gotta be about sex as much as space
because sex is part of the holy trinity of sex n drugs n rocknroll
n really
have you found any better triple pastime than this?
so i like my rock to be sexy
and i dunno i guess i thought this was
you gotta roll me and call me the tumbling dice
i can remember blasting this song with delight
when it came on the car radio
my dad would let me borrow his mazda rotary
and i’d cruise canberras highways n boulevardes
dressed in my tshirt levis n thongs (flip flops, you yanquis)
i had a girlfriend lived on the other side of the lake
in truth i enjoyed the drive there in my dads car
more than i enjoyed actually seeing her
anyway i remember turning up one day
i was 17 at the time
and she’d bought sticky fingers
and i just couldnt believe how GOOD it sounded
pumping outta her rich daddys soundsystem
(usually reserved for a bit of sunday classical)
wow!
and the cover with the zip….oh …well i dunno, do i..?
anyway i was lying there with my head in her lap enjoying moonlight mile
when her mother comes in n says
if steven is so tired he has to lay down then i suggest he goes home !
oh ha ha ha isnt funny how memories are blasted onto yer brain forever..?
but for a while
we were 2 teenagers listening to the rolling stones on our own
and feeling like anything was possible
it had this urgency
this immediacy
it was wasnt some old music hall thing
it wasnt some showbiz sham
it wasnt the fuckin’ establishment n their secondrate “pop”
it wasnt futuristic neither
it was fleshy it was earthy it was “authentic”
(ha ha ha)
(as authentic as english guys singing in a southern accent can be, anyhow)
(course i didnt realize that at the time)
so god i love tumbling dice and i love happy
i fell in love with keith richards sometime in about 1972
and i adored him intensely
i wanted to be him n jagger at the same time
i wanted to lead both their lives
exile on mainstreet
the honky chateau in southern france
the warm wevver
the drugs delivered each day
the filmstars n musicians
the gangsters n the girls
you dont even start recording till like 4 in the morning
coz it takes a while for keith to loosen up
mick taylors starting to loosen up too i guess
loosen up for the long haul
charlie n bill…inscrutable really…along for the ride
charlie always sittin’ up the back
doing his trademark smile at jaggers antics
director ” ok now we’ll shoot charlies smile n wink !”
keith sitting in some room cooking up smack in a spoon
oh you never gonna forget that smell once you smelt it
anitas nodded out somewhere..
keiths sitting at the piano
the rush has hit his head
and his fingers stretch out over the keys
and hes playing some old twelve bar thing
and his cigarette is smouldering
and his cold beer is nice n cold
and gram parsons has just ducked off out for a while
and fuck man
its 1971 and yer keith richards …who else would ya wanna be
well maybe one other guy
and that guys sitting in some fancy restaurant
with his south american wife who looks just like him
and hes swishing down the vino expensivo
and he daintily nibbles at his noo-vo quiz-een
and hes dining with prince blah blah n truman whoever
and hes thinking
fuck ive done well for myself
and sometimes
he wonders what its like for brian jones…being dead, i mean
and he isnt surprised to feel he feels nothing at all
and hes impatient to leave
impatient to get back in the limo
n drive back to the studio
he thinks maybe that the boys are having more fun than him
and hes right in a way
keith n gram snorting the top shelf stuff
and blasting the china white
they strum away on their guitars in the warm semi darkness of the studio
in the future a million music journalists will analyze this moment endlessly
but its gone in a nod and a snooze
and mick comes in
and keith wakes up
and hes singing happy
i need a love to make me happy
his thin n ragged voice the very voice of “authenticity”
and meanwhile steven john kilbey is still going to high school
and arguing with his father about getting his hair cut
and it will still be a few years yet
before he becomes totally infatuated with the stones
and devours their mid period records
and tries to ape them for a while
and he loves stones like bands like aerosmith n the new york dolls
and in england silverhead (remember them?)
yeah what a time
gawd its nearly 40 bloody years ago
ancient history
will anyone be writing about the kings of bloody leon in 40 years?
not on your nelly!

24 Responses to “this cat is mew sick”

  1. avatar
    MB | 5 October 2009 at 3:46 am #

    Its strange isn't it? For me (being a bit younger perhaps) my own true personal bowie period was Outside and Heathen. Although I did buy Low a few months back and fell in love with Subterraneans, but what truly blew me away was that I could hear fragments of almost every band I ever loved in that one track.

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 October 2009 at 3:48 am #

    Oh BTW love the the paintings wish I could afford one – maybe one day, sigh.

  3. avatar
    Freddie | 5 October 2009 at 4:02 am #

    Ya gotta have music for every mood
    and sexy is sometimes where it’s at.
    I’d like to see some sexy Church and SK songs
    I wonder what would happen to the fan base 🙂
    But what it all boils down to
    Is that ya just sing what ya gotta sing and have fun.
    I love music, all kinds of it
    and since you’re a music cat, I love you too.

  4. avatar
    M E M | 5 October 2009 at 6:11 am #


    did u ever feel yourself falling out of the sky?

  5. avatar
    M E M | 5 October 2009 at 6:40 am #

    …there's no accounting for taste…

    …so i'm told…

    …get this…

    … there is only one church tune i can't
    stand listening to and this boy aint talking

    …and that aint bad…
    but thats just me…

  6. avatar
    M E M | 5 October 2009 at 6:55 am #

    …as far as sexy…

    …Cortez

    Coffee…

    but…

    that's enough

    …for me
    tonight…

    mem

  7. avatar
    the dean | 5 October 2009 at 7:24 am #

    Does it mean that rock n roll has gone as far as it can? The stones and others of that era were making it up.
    Now – nostalga and retro.

    Post rock is good for those still living the dream.

    Hip Hop? I'm just too old.

  8. avatar
    fantasticandy | 5 October 2009 at 7:51 am #

    stonesey!
    no need to comment, just gonna send you a track…..
    i promise it'll make you smile!

  9. avatar
    A. Kite | 5 October 2009 at 8:32 am #

    No doubt the Stones were at their best when they were at their rawest and dirtiest. Exile is the pinnacle in their body of work. It never gets old. And Gram… all I can say is what a pitiful waste of talent. Living (or in this case… dead) proof that drugs ain't for everyone, not even for a while. Great post today. Love the trips down memory lane. (God, I can't believe I just said that…)

    //

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 October 2009 at 8:48 am #

    have been waiting for a bit of keith action
    only a matter of time
    tumblin dice just gets the head nodding and the toes a tappen
    thanks for delivering a bit on the stones
    15 years ago when making yearly trips from melbourne to adelaide we would always stop at the border town of Keith and try to explain to travellers the town was named after keef richards from the stones . it was formally called derek , after derek nimo , but his popularity had gone astray and keith was the new man for the town

    these 2 paintings look good
    bit of black and white action
    rather than all the trippy stuff
    bit of class

  11. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 5 October 2009 at 10:22 am #

    kings of leon are utter SHIT…..
    as for sexy music? hmm, would love to get some real bump and grind by the church or you to make some sweeeet lurve to…..
    wandered around the hallowed ground of bondi today, kinda expected you to come down from on high complete with clouds and trumpeting angels and rays of sun and cecil b demille music but i did get the maddening crowd and a rather delectable chocolate shop on the main street….yep, sydney's got heaps to offer, too bad you turned on the shit weather for me the last few days…..

    love always…..

  12. avatar
    cazziem | 5 October 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    For years I've had this argument with friends and family who say, “you like him, her, them, whatever…” and I say, ‘well not exactly. I like some of the stuff but not everything.’ I guess that's why over the last 3 months I've amassed more church and SK music than I have by any other single musician or band. With the others, it tends to be the same old, same old; or else something changes and it kinda loses its uniqueness. Can't say the same about you though Mr K, or the wonderful church, both of which are still evolving. I reckon I've got 3 or 4 CD which have one or more tracks the same on, and yet each one sounds different.

  13. avatar
    Rovina Sofiya | 5 October 2009 at 12:35 pm #

    Jump to '79 -Swedish girl's intro to America-
    Sticky Fingers,
    warm beer,
    starry night

    Real innocence and a quiet request.

    Thanks.It was sweet.

  14. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 5 October 2009 at 2:35 pm #

    I concur with Sk regarding the Beatles. They were good before Revolver but Lennon was the only Beatle that was in top form. MACCA suddenly became great on Revolver and ensuing records and George vastly improved from the Revolver to Let It Be era.
    Commencing with Revolver the Beatles had three great vocalists.

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 October 2009 at 2:52 pm #

    Steve,

    have you ever read "up and down with the rolling stones"? I don't know how accurate it is but it is a good read. It was supposedly written by keiths drug dealer.

    I would say the church is one of the bands that comes close to a full career worth of good albums. as for the beatles, what about help and rubber soul? brilliant records. and bowies scary monsters is pretty solid. I do agree with the t rex. what the hell happened after the slider?

    what do you think of wilco? ever listen to a ghost is born? great album.

    what are your favorite church albums and which are the ones you hate?

    -J

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 October 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    Thank fuck this ain't about the Beatles.
    Best band in the world?
    They weren't even the best band in England. And after they'd moved to London, they weren't even the best band in London!
    The Beatles?
    The fucking STONES!

  17. avatar
    EDD | 5 October 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    Woulda been great to be there at that place and time, even just to be say 19 yrs old and listen to it all happen. I got the eighties and settled into the nineties. Pulled out My Bloody Valentine for a spin. I dunno, How bout Creedence?

  18. avatar
    tendraftsdeep | 5 October 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    nice blog. I do like hearing about the old memories….

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 October 2009 at 7:19 pm #

    Never really got into "The Throwing Pebbles" at all…never caught my ear i suppose…tried listening, but still no such dumb luck!

    As far as "hip-hope" is concerned…it can be flushed down the toilet with all the other emo euro trash out there…including the "Springs of Leon"…not much to listen to nowadays except for SK and The Church!

    Hmmmmm…The Church songs are sexy and don't know why everyone here is asking to make sexy songs, cause there's already tons out there, and PLEASE, DO NOT make any bump and grind tunes either! That was attempted by some sad raygay hip-hope version of "feel" and most unliked of all The Church tunes I have to say…love the original "feel" tune from P=A, but hate the remixes done hip-hope raygay style, ugggh!

    The Pebbles, don't know, don't care, don't bother…

  20. avatar
    UTMW Re-Issued | 6 October 2009 at 4:34 am #

    Hey Steve…did you authorize Lincoln Town Car to advertise your song with a different version from someone else?

    I remember that Nike' commercial severak years back that had John Lennon's song or the Beatles Revolution cut i think?

    …and remember Yoko Ono or Paul McCartney commenting that it wasn't authorized saying "Tht's NOT what the song was meant to mean, or was for, etc…", …

    Shortly therafter it was off the air, but hey, if your out for a quick buck on copyright, then cheers mate!

    Just wish Ninnies would apprecited the "real" version…but then again, Tom Waits came out with MANY good cuts…

    TONS of people covered his songs back in the day and currenlty…he's an icon..you listen to him?…

    Songs covered…including Rod Steward's (Downtown Train) which is a Tom Wait's classic!, among them…ugggh!!!…if you approved of the commercial, then…good luck, if not, got get em' bruther!

  21. avatar
    Commercial Enthusiast | 6 October 2009 at 5:02 am #

    That Smiths song, "To Paint a Vulgar Picture"…re-issue, repackage…re-evaluate the songs…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRVTWgOMSIM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08Zc17YQzdk

    http://www.lyricsdepot.com/the-smiths/paint-a-vulgar-picture.html

    http://www.lyricsdepot.com/the-smiths/paint-a-vulgar-picture.html

    Ever listen to that song from The Smiths? One of my favs!

    The Stones!? More like, The Smiths & The Church for our Generation!

  22. avatar
    davem | 6 October 2009 at 5:57 am #

    I love Rubber Soul. Some great stuff and I think it sits well with Revolver.

  23. avatar
    Refused on Temple St | 6 October 2009 at 6:16 am #

    Refused on Temple Street….nuff said!

  24. avatar
    Saint Louie | 6 October 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    Revolver is the transition album and one of The Beatles best albums!


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