posted on April 17, 2007 at 4:37 am

well beograd gig was ok
i dunno
i did my best
we were ok
the people were nice
but it never really took off
technical problems
i drove the van to praha ha ha
only notable thing was a border guard
leering in to the van
so he says
you like peach juice huh?
as sees me drinking the peach nectar
which is plentiful n delicious up this way
you like peach juice?
but he made it sound very sinister
for miles afterwards im saying
so…you like peach juice…HUH?
slovakia is beautiful
but the roadside stops were all truly sausage parlours
got into prague last nite at 1 in morning
nice hotel
like a huge old house in suburbs
thats it
more tomorrow

55 Responses to “ummm…..”

  1. avatar
    ~ | 17 April 2007 at 5:17 am #

    today I gave back
    the subaru I drove
    I used to have dreams of
    getting into the vehicle after someone else had been
    the steering wheel
    would be above me on the roof
    not on the dashboard
    the seat would not adjust, I couldn’t reach the pedals
    this dream occurred with some frequency
    over the years
    at times
    I resigned myself
    to driving the way it was
    other times my dreaming self
    would become angry
    tell myself
    I’d do better on foot
    get out of the drivers seat
    run run run
    always without shoes in dreams
    feel the wet pavement beneath my feet
    neither cold nor warm
    knowing within the dream
    no need to ever stop
    never short of breath
    the road would change in my view
    as I viewed it
    never do I look behind me
    in those dreams
    today I gave back
    that car
    the one I camped in
    drove to the beach in
    the one that had it’s designated parking place
    I handed over the keys
    to an open hand
    he said
    my house is now haunted
    my heart can’t sleep there
    he said
    you’ll die for for your freedom willingly
    and I will in a way too
    he’s chosen
    as have I
    all u-turn signs
    have a diagonal slash through them
    all exits lit in green
    he drove me to the rental place
    said he’d pay for my car
    get something silver and fast
    and deliver yourself
    something with good sound
    nothing leather bound
    he also said
    when I told him
    he knew all along
    reading me and
    that he knew my voice
    in the sea of sound
    and the void of faces
    I thought
    that tears would no longer fall
    in the snow of petals
    in the miracle spring
    the warmth of the beacon light
    that guides ships home
    as the lighthouse comes into view
    and my heart is so full
    of something difficult to name
    rare and beautiful to feel
    it overflows
    from my eyes
    I will pick up my lionhearted mother
    in a silver car
    press the gas pedal with diamonds on the souls
    of my shoes
    kind JB
    brought me a vegan chocochip cookie
    A made me dinner
    I feel very blessed
    humble and ready
    so grateful
    to be brought here to this shimmering point
    ready to drive
    at top speed
    bright into the night


  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2007 at 5:18 am #

    ahhh…do you think it’s time to get your own blog ~ ?

    Just a thought as you seem to have more than enough material for it.

  3. avatar
    paul lightfoot | 17 April 2007 at 6:11 am #

    Have an absolutely great gig tomorrow morning (our time) Nevets, and around a bit more sleep check out a bit of Praha ha ha. Futurum seem to be the best venue so far in promoting you on their website – very nice! but the bar inside looks like an old school room and it has numerous pillars blocking the view to the stage lookin at the scrolling 360′ tour of the room. Stage looks small too, almost quaint.

    I’ve got a “not Armageddon.. but close” gig in a couple of hours and be assured, the venue this end for me sux with a crap PA and one lousy farting monitor. dare I mention them on here.. but INXS shot their “Never Tear Us Apart” video in Praha ha ha. I’ve got a gut feelin Futurum might just be another blinder like Vienna + some jazz. Fingers Xd.
    Have a good one! Cant wait to hear how it went.

    Paul L
    Auckland NZ

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2007 at 6:13 am #

    so you do have it in you to make amends if you’re fucking up.i thought you seemed out of tune to character assasinate all croatians after a couple of days and one gig in one place. i’m impressed with your ability to say sorry. awesome work. you’re forgiven from me for that glitch of bigotry and hope that caper doesn’t bless your pages ever again. but any more prejudices like that from someone of your calibre will not be tolerated.
    it sounds like you are one tired and emotional rocker.
    all the love and patience i can summon, i send to you

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2007 at 7:09 am #

    roxxzors, like them orange juice, eh, dingo? ROFL lmao \m/

  6. avatar
    EARTHFRIEND | 17 April 2007 at 7:46 am #

    parts of america are falling to pieces me esskay, another school massacre happened here in the USA today…

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2007 at 8:01 am #

    oh killer,
    my heart was bust physically,
    yours metaphisically.
    wer’e both getting better all the time.
    no-one has the right to expect ‘saintliness’ from you.
    you are not a guru(metal or otherwise).
    you are however without doubt one of the shrewdest of observers.
    the very air around you is charged at the moment, you all seem to be on an emotional roller-coaster ride.
    in the next couple of weeks i know you are gonna do some of the best gigs you have EVER done.
    all the signs are right.
    just don’t implode/explode before you get to london!
    there’s never been a band that have done what you guys have,average age:50 current status:most innovative,commited,vital rock band on planet.
    all right, so as not to appear a total sico-phant, there are also a few other decent outfits out there.
    but theyr’e few and far between!

    i bet some slav guy from THAT gig
    is at home/work/play right now, still trying to figure out what you guys have done to him.
    well done men!
    loadza luv,
    andy L.

    p.s.thanks to all you lovely people out there who sent me well-wishes.
    they really did help me so much!

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2007 at 8:04 am #

    like for so many others here,this new blogger beta thing has bolloxed my user name!!!!!!!!!!!!
    SO HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

    oh killer,
    my heart was bust physically,
    yours metaphisically.
    wer’e both getting better all the time.
    no-one has the right to expect ‘saintliness’ from you.
    you are not a guru(metal or otherwise).
    you are however without doubt one of the shrewdest of observers.
    the very air around you is charged at the moment, you all seem to be on an emotional roller-coaster ride.
    in the next couple of weeks i know you are gonna do some of the best gigs you have EVER done.
    all the signs are right.
    just don’t implode/explode before you get to london!
    there’s never been a band that have done what you guys have,average age:50 current status:most innovative,commited,vital rock band on planet.
    all right, so as not to appear a total sico-phant, there are also a few other decent outfits out there.
    but theyr’e few and far between!

    i bet some slav guy from THAT gig
    is at home/work/play right now, still trying to figure out what you guys have done to him.
    well done men!
    loadza luv,
    andy L.

    p.s.thanks to all you lovely people out there who sent me well-wishes.
    they really did help me so much!

  9. avatar
    fantasticandy | 17 April 2007 at 8:12 am #

    just been reading about the u.s.shootings.
    the human race is so messed-up.

  10. avatar
    a2 | 17 April 2007 at 10:01 am #

    sk – thought of your fine band when I revisited the sublime one giant leap dvd of 2002 just to again see the kurt vonnegut (rip) interview in which he says – “music is, to me, proof of the existence of God. It is so extraordinarily full of magic and in tough times of my life I can listen to music and it makes such a difference” – in your case of course substitute listen with make – hope you get to that point a few more times in the tour – sorry to hear Belgrade didn’t reach those heights – fond memories of 3 weeks there a few years back and meeting some beautiful people (as you do)

  11. avatar
    cita | 17 April 2007 at 10:05 am #

    In a strange land, a different bed each night to lay your weary bones to rest. When we are out of our comfort zone our perspective on things is always going to be distorted. The nature of blog prose- we love to read it because of its immediacy and its intimacy. The drawback for you is that it is out there resonating before you have really had a chance to ponder what you really said. The detachment idea is something we are all trying to grasp. Old space rockers are allowed to stumble and create havoc. Your humility won my heart.

  12. avatar
    Daberhasher | 17 April 2007 at 10:11 am #

    too true Andrew, too true…
    so good to hear from you though!!!
    i used to think your name was
    fantasi candy… musta been the
    mushrooms… i think you’re dead on about the possibilities of the energy for the gigs to come, it’s much bigger than the band… sk, dont let yourself get in the way!!! i know you miss your family, your home etc,etc… but whether it’s 100 or 1,000 or whatever, those people fucking LOVE you, it’s one night that’ll live forever… you got the gift, give it, give it, give it!!! who do you want to remember, the dick who busted your balls at the border, or the humble hero who pedaled his bike through the city streets to bring you vegan vittles??? open up before it’s too late, kill ’em with kindness, use all the knowledge and energy you’ve acquired to beat the demons who you KNOW are gonna be waiting around every corner… be easy, even when it isn’t… sorry if i’m overstepping, but you know what you want, and when you go and get it you’ll be giving it too!!!
    nice redaction in action for the Zagreb folk, hopefully you don’t have to do that anymore… for what it’s worth, the clips of Grind and Hounds of Love i saw were fucking awesome!!! you looked as if you may have even been enjoying yourself…

    with love love love,

  13. avatar
    Symon | 17 April 2007 at 10:17 am #

    Hope you are talking to your Shadow every day SK..even though you’re in Europe. Don’t forget him….or you’ll hear the cage rattlin ever so hard. Just a little conversation everday…to find out what he’s thinking.

    good luck for the next gig….

  14. avatar
    veleska1970 | 17 April 2007 at 10:39 am #

    finally~~prague. seems like it took forever. is it me, or has it just been a helluva effing long past couple of days?

    have a good show, and tell us more about the juice, huh?

  15. avatar
    veleska1970 | 17 April 2007 at 10:42 am #

    to andyL: WELCOME BACK!!!! you were missed.

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  16. avatar
    PAGEY | 17 April 2007 at 10:43 am #

    I just awoke from the most peaceful vegan inspired dream i have evr had. We were all saving the planet with all our knowledge and peace. truly inspiring.

    All the best on the road less travelled.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2007 at 11:47 am #

    I agree with Valeska, it’s been a loooong coupla days, what’s going on, you’ve only been away a week but it seems like a year!! Hope it goes well tonight sk.
    Love amanda

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2007 at 1:01 pm #

    up to #47

  19. avatar
    JJ | 17 April 2007 at 1:29 pm #

    The huge corporate behemoth I take a paycheck from has a medical plant in Piestany Slovakia, and everybody raves about how beateous it is there. I’ve tried and tried to scam a trip to Piestany, but no success – so far. I’m still scheming. The Slovak people we work with are great folks, hope I get there.

    Enjoying the journal entries from the road. Any photos of Slovakia?

  20. avatar
    eek | 17 April 2007 at 2:49 pm #

    I can’t stop laughing at the “you like peach juice huh?” comment. It’s one of those things that leaves a “well what’s that supposed to mean?” question rumbling around in your head. I wonder if that guard just likes screwing with people’s minds. 🙂

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2007 at 3:16 pm #

    Croatians strike again!

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2007 at 3:54 pm #

    For GOD’s sake ” SMILE ” your doing what many people would give there life to do ! Enjoy !

  23. avatar
    eek | 17 April 2007 at 4:05 pm #

    The least Jazon could do was put a link to the art site in there….

  24. avatar
    Lx | 17 April 2007 at 4:06 pm #

    drink the wine.
    not the water.

  25. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 17 April 2007 at 5:18 pm #

    the states want the church … we actually want you guys here ..
    i dont know but with the blog and the book and the album and the european tour we just get hungrier for more ..electric states must be quite an undertaking to be sure ..
    but its done before and i hope again sometime,
    there are so many new fans here that have not seen the wizardry of the electric cauldron ,bubbling and boiling away in front of their eyes instead of on their headphones.

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2007 at 5:25 pm #

    it was really nice what steve did. it certainly turned the opinion that lot of people got about him after reading that first post. besides, he’s only human, we all say crap when we are irritated or angry and it’s the quality of the great to accept it’s own mistakes.

    as for link above, i believe people were just making fun of the whole situation and i don’t think it’s bad to have a bit of laugh…i’m sure no disrespect was meant concerning steves art…

  27. avatar
    isolde | 17 April 2007 at 5:25 pm #

    have a peachy show tonite sk

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2007 at 5:33 pm #

    It was 25 years ago today (well, this year-clouds,preston uk), sgt.dave first saw THE BEST GODDAMN ROCK N ROLL BAND on the planet play; they’ve been goin’ inandoutastyle but getting better all thetime, & now i gotta week off work, & flyin to the etherlands to see THE CHURCH, twice!!
    cannae wait.
    & stheaven, if you’ve gottime in the dam, there is a fantastic vegan/vegie restaurant at prinsengracht60 called de bolhoed, great food & ambience & if i seeyathere il buy thee a cakie:
    enjoy rest of trip,
    seeya in amsterdam/utrecht,
    dave&diane xx

  29. avatar
    davem | 17 April 2007 at 5:39 pm #

    Enjoy the gig SK.
    The Church? The finest band in the world!
    Knock ’em for six.

    Dave M

  30. avatar
    fantasticandy | 17 April 2007 at 6:03 pm #

    heres that link again!
    it’s so utterly stupid
    i nearly had another heart attack!
    don’t,don’t miss this one,
    it’s a hoot!!!!!!!!!!!!
    luv to all,
    andy L.

  31. avatar
    fantasticandy | 17 April 2007 at 6:05 pm #

  32. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 17 April 2007 at 6:20 pm #

    All the roadside stops are sausage shops. Steve Kilbey and MOrrissey both concur that “Meat Is Murder”. As long as we have slaughterhouses and the hunting of animals, we will have wars and socipaths who kill 32 students who attend their US college. If you like great music and people who respect the lives of all creatures great and small, then you need to listen to the music and read the prose of Steve Kilbey. HE WILL ENLIGHTEN YOU ALL !

  33. avatar
    Sunshine | 17 April 2007 at 6:55 pm #

    How about: So, You Like Peach Juice Records? ;D

    I agree that it takes a big person to admit mistakes and atone for them. Good on you, SK, and I’m glad that it patched things up a bit for a few fans. Hopefully more will follow.


  34. avatar
    gareth,notts | 17 April 2007 at 7:11 pm #

    so….you like peach juice huh???

  35. avatar
    knot | 17 April 2007 at 8:12 pm #

    I say, can we be reconciled?
    She says the mother of the storm has to roam the sky
    Searching for her child.

    good news from the underworld
    persephone greeted me with her ruby red flowers
    I gave her my carved coral necklace

    love & happiness

    post scriptum
    cherry juice also plentiful in eastern europe…my very favorite flavor

    enjoy the spring

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2007 at 10:08 pm #

    are you a croracist? why don’t you pick on a more affluent like those assholes in the US.

  37. avatar
    zebob | 17 April 2007 at 10:25 pm #

    Yes, pick on us a-holes in the U.S., but do it in person.
    Nothing would rub our noses in it like a nice sprinkling of tour dates along the East Coast.

  38. avatar
    the dean | 17 April 2007 at 10:48 pm #

    Number 48 on the blog parade. Amazing what a bit controversy can do. How fragile our little egos.

  39. avatar
    Tim | 17 April 2007 at 10:49 pm #

    I wonder how someone goes about soliciting you to do a track on an album. I know 2 thirds of a Canadian band that was pretty big in Australia, that were handed a pretty crappy deal by their singer when he walked away after 15 years. They have moved on and are putting together a CD with some pretty cool guest singers some of which you may know personally. I suggested to one member your name because I thought you would just rock with these guys. Despite their success they are incredibly humble and down to earth gents, but kick it on stage and in the studio. Can you send me an email address of a contact they could follow up with. I really don’t feel comfortable saying here who they are, but would rather they approach you either directly or through your management. My email address is

    thanks and rock ero!!!!

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2007 at 10:55 pm #

    Why can’t one person express his reaction to an environment? We’ll he can and here was the proof. But when one slings the mud upon a society which has been scorned by generations of Primative Violence, ignorance and mistrust then it becomes a problem for them, not us? Its a Fucking Sociological Assessment from a personalised perspective and that’s the end of it? I don’t think one needs to apologies for expressing their emotions regardless of the offensive/inoffensive nature of it? In effect it is true in a purely subjective manner? Look upon it as a fictionalised account from a niavely endorsed experimentalist?

  41. avatar
    dr freud | 17 April 2007 at 11:10 pm #

    Thanks anonymous. Gee, you’ve had a lot to say on this topic!

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2007 at 11:58 pm #

    Are you ‘avin a laugh!!!…. Is he ‘avin a laugh??!!!

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 April 2007 at 1:04 am #

    Hi sk,

    Greetings from OZ. Thanks for taking the time to write to us. Enjoying every word. Had a laugh about the hotel key. First time I got one of those plastic ones I complained because the air-conditioning wouldn’t work (window glued shut.) I mean, if no-one tells you, how ya gonna know?

    It’s hard missing the fambley, but you’ll be so busy the time will fly. No doubt, you and the bumper share a special bond. Methinks you’ve met before. She seems to remember you, the way she searches your eyes.

    Have a gret rest of tour and good luck with the laundromats.

    Take care
    Lady Di

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 April 2007 at 1:06 am #

    i think we yanks lost our last shred of dignity when the rest of the world kicks our asses on the basketball court

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 April 2007 at 3:48 am #

    Re 8. 55 am poster:

    You’re absolutely right. A person should be free to express their perspective and impression on any environment. If steve talked about an “individual” or idiosyncrasies specific to a locality whether his assessment was positive or negative that would have been fair game. Hell, there are people and places I don’t even like in Croatia. But when you start to characterise /satirise an entire nationality/ ethnic group as sinister etc you’re crossing the line of what constitutes good grace, good taste or common decency i.e. ethics. If you still don’t understand the gravity of the transgression try supplanting Steve’s reference to “Croatian” for “Irish”, “African-American”, “French”, “Polish”, “Mexican”, “Gringo”, “German”, “Italian”, “Celt”, “Magyar”,” Chinese”, “Scottish”, “Jew”, “Oriental”, “Norwegian” or “insert your own ethnicity here” in his blog. I doubt whether his post would have positively resonated with other fair-minded people on here, unless of course they were racist/bigoted to begin with. And of course, Steve’s recent blog has found some fans among the anti-Croatian sympathisers like yourself for example. You probably would not think that “Primitive Violence” is a fair term for describing the UK/ Ireland conflicts; USA/ Iraq war; Argentina-Falkland Islands/ UK war; USA/ Afghanistan war; USA/ Chilean political subterfuge; The Netherlands-UK led South African apartheid; France’s sinking of NZ’s Greenpeace ‘Rainbow Warrior’; France’s testing of atomic bombs in the South Pacific etc etc etc. “Primitive Violence” is just a Balkan thing right? Gimme a break….Anyway, when does “self-defense” become “primitive violence”? How can any violence be anything but primitive?

    Steve made a really bad faux pas (which is putting it mildly). He has acknowledged his prejudiced comments and has corrected it through openly disavowing that prejudice. For this I am truly grateful. It shows that he is a man of goodwill. That’s encouraging. However, personally, I’m ready to move onto to greener more pleasant pastures. It’s a painfully boring topic. Frankly, I’d rather eat sawdust. Actually, I’m reticent even engaging in this discussion and the only reason I am is because if Steve made the comments in reference to another cultural/ national group I’d voice my concern and objection accordingly. The reality is he hasn’t (as far as my memory goes) made savage remarks about any other group on this blog. We have the dubious honour of being the first. Is my ego bruised, you betcha. And so is my heart. But I’m over it. This momentary lapse of judgment was an unguarded moment all right. But that moment shouldn’t define Steve. His more than that and Croatians are too. In fact, I think Steve should delete the entire last three posts including the apology. It sticks out like a sore thumb and there’s nothing in them that is worthwhile remembering. I wish the Church all the best. They’re a talented bunch. They don’t need to feign affection for anybody. But we all can live without the insults. Adios Amigos…have a great journey…drink lottsa spring water…and btw, who the fuck are Therapy?

  46. avatar
    GRGUR VULETIĆ | 18 April 2007 at 5:26 am #

    “How will you feel
    when they catch up with you,
    and you’re standing face-to-face
    with the jeering crowd ?”

    Sooo…all your songs are coming true, huh ?

  47. avatar
    Warner | 18 April 2007 at 6:45 am #

    You rockers and your controversies these days. SK expresses disenjoyment of the Balkans (huh) and Bryan Ferry expresses his appreciation (ill-advisedly) for a Riefenstahl aesthetic and therefore, by extension, must also embrace Nazi ideology. How does that work, exactly?

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 April 2007 at 7:33 am #

    to 1.48pm anon

    Steve did unapologetically tell all the meat eaters he hated them and to get off his blog. He said he was driven to do it by ‘his ethics’. Most of the readers here are meat eaters and didn’t go away. He didn’t apologise but we still didn’t go away. This is becoming a strange excercise in how far he can push this and get away with it. How long before he gets sued? Or some disgruntled fan belts him outside a show over opinions expressed here? He won’t/can’t censor himself and the slings and arrows are beginning to pile up.

    Of course I’m not going to leave my name.

  49. avatar
    mattdavison | 18 April 2007 at 8:20 am #

    “Hey Croatian fiend” Prove you are a cool dude…eh! say something nice

    Don’t be offended by me!!.
    the street preachers, are playing in the uk…. ya gotta go see em.

    Druid M

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 April 2007 at 11:23 am #

    Holly is an idiot, part of it is correct at least. Obviously she is dangerous, downright nasty and scary so I’ll not leave my name.

  51. avatar
    croatian fiend | 18 April 2007 at 4:10 pm #

    must say something nice ??

    OK, I offer you job as lead role in new Croat movie called:
    “Malo sam konfuzan, Dragana”

    This film about cute New Zealand boy called Matt who travel to Croatia to visit world famous nude beaches but instead in countryside he fall in love with a beautiful, beautiful sheep called Dragana.

    Big climax of movie is love scene in hotel in Dubrovnik when, to big horror, cute Matt find out his lovely sheep lover is not really ‘Dragana'(girl) but in fact ‘Dragan'(boy). Just then, police break down hotel door and arrest cute Matt for “animal love”.

    But in end of movie everything OK because New Zealand embassy in Zagreb get Matt out of jail by telling police it is normal for New Zealand man to oftentimes make some loving with sheep.

    this movie will be big comedy hit in Croatia for sure !!!
    you will be famous star and have household name here !!

    Come on, Matt !

  52. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 April 2007 at 4:58 pm #

    Can someone please delete the utter drivel posted above? I doubt a Croat wrote it. More like Borat or some other neighbouring imbecile.

    Ain’t nobody (human or animal) called “Dragan” or “Dragana” in Croatia.

  53. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 April 2007 at 11:38 pm #

    i like prague

  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 April 2007 at 11:39 pm #

    me too!

  55. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 April 2007 at 1:09 am #

    i like steve. he’s alright


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