posted on June 13, 2009 at 12:17 am

sitting here backstage in sf
with mr ricky of all people
last night ….la
well we were ok
not the absolute bees knees
but we were ok
yeah ok is ok, ok
i dunno
i almost transcended but not quite
a few hours sleep
no real dinner
and 2 gigs in a day
will do that to a 54 year old prophet of rock
there we were delivering intelligentle ravishing rock
with all the best words n music my brains could buy
tim powles had an heroic night
a huge sweeping swathe of percussive thunder
god….these guys can really play
after gig no rick springfield
we hang around for a while
n then we’re off to lebec ca for the night
like half way to sf
i get to bed circa 430 in morning
i wake up at 7 n cant go back to sleep
i do yoga
n we drive to sf
too many people here now to write anymore
too much chatter
must do interview
have massive blisters on my fingers which got soft
and bass strings rip my flesh
you need calluses n i lost mine
each pluck i silently say fuck
gonna have to try something like methylated spirits
but no one in the states knows what that is
it turns blisters into calluses
or that liquid bandage goop
i should try my wonder gizmo on it
yes we did do an i/view with hustler
it aint no joke
dont hate me for it
we didnt talk about t n a just r n r
flowers in our hair
hare in our flour
i sing the body empathetique
i sing the wholly manchtra
i sing so i exist
i exist to sing
a song bout you
breathe in
breathe out
rock to the east of the west
the least in the most
steve kilbey too much too late
goodbye l.a.
gotta lotta other places to glow

34 Responses to “twitching like a drug in a pharmacy”

  1. avatar
    seoigh | 13 June 2009 at 1:07 am #

    Crazy glue, super glue — any brand of glue that is made of cyanoacrylate is a pretty decent substitute for callouses if you are in a pinch. Just spread it around where you want a callous to be, blow on it, and voila. You'll have to reapply every couple of songs or so, but it dries in seconds, so you can do it will talking at the hoi polloi.

    Carfeully dehydrating your fingertips with a lighter (off on off on) can make for hardened skin — but the potential risks make it a gamble.

    And on an unrelated note, I've been offered a series of gigs on the noose-talgia circuit. I don't need the money, but sadly I need the attention. Feels like a sell out…

    We'll see. Being out of the spotligght is very, very cold.

  2. avatar
    SAW | 13 June 2009 at 1:33 am #

    SK, welcome to my town. I hope SF treats you right. have a great show & may you transcend! best, SAW

  3. avatar
    restaurant mark | 13 June 2009 at 2:34 am #

    gonna watch the kcrw thing in the morning…look forward to it. the shows will get better and better i'm sure…so will your fingers. even when you guys feel you may not be transcending, i'm sure the audience thought you were great. it's that intangible something that takes it to another level (vibe…whatever you want to call it)…you'll be there soon, and everyone will walk away going that's was the best show ever!

    take care on your journey sir

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 June 2009 at 2:41 am #

    Steve, my Dad was a bassist- he used plain old first aid adhesive tape. Don't know if that helps…

    Also, that 'New Skin' is very good. I have used it for a lot of things. Cellist friends of mine from a mutual cello board I go to swear by it. Best to you- glad to see you all in the US!

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 June 2009 at 2:54 am #

    Sorry to miss the show.

    Hope you guys have a great one.

  6. avatar
    NYC Rich | 13 June 2009 at 3:08 am #

    can't be on every night sk so don't beat yourself up and get some sleep will ya? anxiously waiting for your trip to NYC.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 June 2009 at 3:43 am #

    Spirits are not methylated in the US. Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) can be had for 99c in the drug store. Have you tried superglue for hardening your fingerpads? Enjoy San Francisco.
    cheers Wendy Joy

  8. avatar
    floridafauna | 13 June 2009 at 3:45 am #

    how good is that. the church in sanFrancisco? unfortunately for the band the best waves of the season are pumping in from the SW indian ocean right now.

    no worries.
    'under the milkey way' #7 on the BILLbored charts in '88 is still a states favourite.

  9. avatar
    STEVE | 13 June 2009 at 3:48 am #

    yeah yeah yeah yeah.
    the CHURCH in sf.
    feels like its '88 again and the indian ocean is pumping.

  10. avatar
    STEVE | 13 June 2009 at 3:51 am #

    yeah yeah yeah yeah.
    the CHURCH is playing san FriScO and as luck would have it the best swell the indian Ocean has produced in three years is crashing upon aussie shores right now!
    the irony of visiting the OTHER 1/2 of the earth during their summer months.

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 June 2009 at 4:29 am #

    Hello Davem,:);0;):) hee hee,xo have a brillig gig !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. avatar
    napcap1 | 13 June 2009 at 4:52 am #

    Your standards are just too high. I have seen the band in 5 differnet countries and can only rememer one concert I enjoyed better than last night. The Blurred crusade was so damned powerful.. as the barman at the Roxy said some old bands stand there and wait to be praised..these guys f@+ken deliver. I took my teenagers who have listened to many a church song and they requested to see you againg when next you grace our shores.
    Only criticism get Marty a shave and a cut He looked like lancelot after being thrown out of Camelot. ! Good onya Boys

  13. avatar
    Finn | 13 June 2009 at 6:09 am #

    Saw the Morning Becomes Eclectic gig today. That was fantastic. "You Took" in particular transcended, but the whole show was great and funny too.

    Keep up your energy, enjoy the ride. This is the big time old manne.

    Got our tickets for the Chicago show today!

  14. avatar
    Jasperina | 13 June 2009 at 6:14 am #

    Sing sing a song sing out loud sing out long. Your words are sprinkled with the aura of song already in them. Living off the rush of life on the road…there is a nice excitement in your voice. The yoga practice is the best guiding force especially when we are a little off the rails.

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 June 2009 at 7:17 am #

    fuck-fuck-fuck f-uck f-uck
    fuck-fuck-fuck f-uck f-uck

    ('You Took' bass-line from SK pov)

  16. avatar
    Richard | 13 June 2009 at 7:26 am #

    panther's gotta get some sleep!

    a song about you

  17. avatar
    lily was here | 13 June 2009 at 7:28 am #

    Oh thanks for giving KC an excuse to buy Hustler! If i see him coming in with a brown paper bag 🙂

    I hope youre restin' yr weary head by now – its a long road, set that glow machine to the speed of High.
    love xox

    ps that KCRW show was unbelievably brilliant. Its on your myspace now. Hey to Ricky!

  18. avatar
    davem | 13 June 2009 at 8:46 am #

    The best band in the world and by some margin.
    Hi to Ricky!!
    Safe travels to you and the crew.

  19. avatar
    davem | 13 June 2009 at 8:50 am #

    And looking at the Happy Cow website there are loads of veggie places in Portland!

  20. avatar
    the dean | 13 June 2009 at 11:13 am #

    rock on kilbey rock on
    may the spirit of fankzappia and the mentholated espirits be with you.

  21. avatar
    princey | 13 June 2009 at 11:14 am #

    glow baybee glow….

  22. avatar
    Celticat | 13 June 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    Fuck Steve

    the KCRW audio and video is real deal, unbelievably good for the soul

    Rock on

    More Please

    I mean it
    It was soooooooooooooo
    I wateched from beginning to end.

    Any friedss that haven't seen this go to

    Its a must see/hear

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 June 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    um…still somehow i dont think my wife if gonna believe me that i am buying hustler for the articles…but she has to understand if i just wanted the porn…i would probably buy a copy of swank!

    have a great day!


  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 June 2009 at 1:16 pm #

    Aw, Killa, you're making me feel guilty for looking forward to your show.
    Try something called "liquid band-aid" or something like that.
    It smells bad, but maybe it'll do the trick…

  25. avatar
    knot | 13 June 2009 at 2:59 pm #

    And you did glow in San Francisco.
    We, The City o Saint Francis, thank you. I am authorized to send this message on behalf of this city seeing as my family has been living here since 1849.

    Steven, I am so sorry I did not get a chance to speak to you last night. I was ever so rudely ejected after the show for not having a blue paper bracelet. I have a gift for you, but it will wait, brother.

    "A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day. " Emily Dickinson

  26. avatar
    syrinx | 13 June 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    Getting ready to depart SF. My accomplice – Church-virgin deflowered at Slim's still flying high enough on the show he could possibly ~think~ us both home.

    To the man and the band: "You were great last night, Money."

    CASH indeed.

    I'm pretty sure he fell in love with Marty..

  27. avatar
    veleska1970 | 13 June 2009 at 5:26 pm #

    i'm watching the kcrw live show right now, and y'all are fantastic!! i wish you were coming to dallas. 🙁 oh well. i'll catch you next time.

    hope your fingers heal soon.

    lotza love…..

  28. avatar
    Cee | 13 June 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    Well – I'm surprised the roof at Slim's is intact! The set you delivered was a testament to ROCK! Two and a half hours! So grateful I had the stage to lean or I would have never made it.
    Thank you Esteban for an energetic night full of magical raw vibration! Wish we could have lingered but we were fading fast!
    Love you lots,

  29. avatar
    restaurant mark | 13 June 2009 at 6:01 pm #

    just watched the kcrw in studio set…wow!!! you guys are just amazing. makes me really upset that i won't get to see you…but at least i get to watch some great live stuff! you were in good humor too. so where do we get the church mustard???

    take care

  30. avatar
    m.p.k. | 13 June 2009 at 6:09 pm #

    Thanks for the great show Steve! I was near the front most of the time… You project an amazing intensity, almost combative. Thank you for the stellar performance. SF really does love you. Peter Koppes was on top of his game with mesmerizing guitar work. Marty and Tim are fabulous too. Would like to hear more… My only wish is for a week long run of the church with different set lists each night… Your catalog is so prodigious. Good luck with the rest of the tour.

  31. avatar
    ronbonham | 13 June 2009 at 7:03 pm #

    Well I had my chance to meet ya in

    LA but seeing the gaggle of folks

    waiting to speak to you I bailed.

    I did speak w/Tim and turned into

    quite a gushing fanboy. Gave him

    props on his drumming AND singing.

    On those blisters I know of a

    remedy that drummers and baseball

    players use but it's sorta gross,

    you have to pee on your blisters.

    It does dry and toughen them up.

    Thanks again for some more memoires


  32. avatar
    CSTCoach | 13 June 2009 at 10:22 pm #

    The kcrw show was forking amazing!!! what a performance! you guys just built it and built it, and then shrugged it off in the end like it was all routine.

    i was a bit surprised by the interviewer. I expected him to be flattened by your rendition of You Took. When i saw his reaction i thought "that was it????"

    bought my tix for Hamilton and Ottawa. May be able to make Buffalo as well. 🙂

    forking ticketmaster didn't give me any seating choices for hamilton, so we're stuck halfway back. bastards 🙁

    on anotha note – been listening nonstop to k/k album. beautiful. sublime. the notes all so right. and the lyrics – some of your best.

    safe travels killa! knock 'em for a loop!

  33. avatar
    fantasticandy | 13 June 2009 at 10:34 pm #

    ron's right… does work!
    but if youv'e already got blisters….
    oh…and hi to ricky too,
    i'll have to catch a show when your'e over next..

    get some kip steve!

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