posted on September 30, 2009 at 6:25 am

rocknroll mystic in mixdown mixup
i unplugged with a huge crash
i slashed at the chords like i was trying to get free
waiting only for my boots to be healed and wondering
i appeared on tv shows in the ninety sixties
rocking in black n white behind the scenes at airports
like a red carpet leopard messiah
a flash of solid chrome and there i go
i conjure up the spirit of rocknroll from some stygian pit
it slumps at the controls knocked out by pink radiation
because rock is freedom and freedom is so sweet
and i wanna be free
free at last
free to be me
free like the distant mountains
i turn to my guitar
i strap it on with my phantom limbs
i cruise onstage with my gang o’ ghosts
we knock out some heavenly racket under hellish conditions
we filter the thumbnails
we decode the mysterious vedas
we vogue vaguely
we rock to the eastern edge
we sway too close to the sun
we get so drunk and we burn up upon readmission
i sing up a storm and i veto the vacuum
i straddle my cut up drums and i beat outta time
i bash at the kit
the cymbals scream in my ears
the hats sizzle unbearably
the bass drum explodes in my guts
the snare shoots my head with yellow light
i stumble round the toms like an intoxicanto
man i mumble me words like a jumbled crumble
crotchets n quavers come flying past
on the tour bus in some murky reverie
a proto -me rides into dallas
laughing like a lunatic
because ive flattened some 7ths
the golden age of rocknroll will never die
my blisters are working on their solo album
my sore throat sounds good after a good shriek
my silver tonsils lie still beating in the doctor/priest/critics hand
ive gone mad
ive been rediscovered
ive been insulted and unsalted and uninsulated too
i chuck some words into the empty bars
strap on my headphones
which blasts pasts i never lived
your good with words says some mute thing
i pound in my pond with my fond wand fondling the fifths
i’m a frogman underwater with my rubbery bass
my surf guitar is all fractions and free
dont tell me how to rock
i was rocking on the steppes during the ice age
i played electric guitar before the big banger banged his gong
i was born to die and my rock turn to dust
in my brief candle flare
i seize my trusty axe
i turn up my amp to 13
i bestride the stage like a behemoth
the sound starts up and we advance
across poland across russia
we crush audiences underfoot
we swing into santa fe
and i get shot in the side
we blow up the marshall and we hit the horizon
in helsinki i harpoon the moon
in march i walk under the arch
in summertime
i sit by the ocean sifting sand
and the mermaids go ooh ooh in the warm evening air
i sit alone in a fibro shack drinking black tea
unrecognizable even to himself
the radio comes on
judy in disguise with diamonds
oh man its its its….the name eludes me
jehovah plays guitar and jams with krishnas flute
jesus plays his sunburst jazz n he smokes his sundried jazz
his panther growls
and judas picks up the sax
the vikings arrive roaring a slade song
the romans are singing boom boom boom lets go up to my room
the greeks are singing dont cry for me alexander
alexander says great…just great
the vandals n the huns…well you know about them, dont ya
in nineveh theyre singing …nineveh, natch
in babylon theyre singing some velvet morning when i wake
in judea theyre singing are you ready for the country
in jericho theyre singing but no horns please
music must be powerful says joshua
i’m comfortably numb says rog a’waters
on a trip to cirrus minor
pompeii rocks too
rocks too hard for its own good
some new act called Volcano blew the roof off that town
the new single “i need a lava ” is hot
atlantis has sunk down the charts
here we go
the ancient world
man how they rocked
you know they did
cos i was there
and i tell you
verily baby people have always rocked
the moor on his camel
the hussar on his whore
the barbarian on his rampage
the ju ju on his pilgrimage
the hoodoo voodoo mu mu deep in the jingling jungle
what the fuck!
god gave rock n roll to adam n eve in the garden of gilgamesh
he said rock shall be thy flesh
he trembled for a moment n unleashed a distorted am 7 chord
the band started up
the credits begin to roll
the producers sigh with relief
the japanese investors are unsure still
the limo departs and joe rockstar snorts some coke
n fondles his porn star chica
the cops load their guns
the crims swarm outta the underworld
the ladies of the night swoon
the earth erupts in rhythmic blues
we chop down the last quarter acre of rainforest
we look up at the calendar its dec 21 2012
well well
five minutes more to go
might as well rock then
might as well rock

30 Responses to “unveil”

  1. avatar
    cazziem | 30 September 2009 at 7:49 am #

    Just keep doing what you're doing for as long as you can!

    Myth, magic even the mundane make for the most interesting reading and viewing for those of us with a ttb habit that can only be satisfied by a regular fix of SK.

  2. avatar
    A. Kite | 30 September 2009 at 8:05 am #

    That was awesome.


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    princey | 30 September 2009 at 8:45 am #

    That was mighty good rockin' doodah sk.
    "I need a lava" hahaha!!! you crack me up killrrr:)))))

  4. avatar
    ET | 30 September 2009 at 8:49 am #

    Thought you took the place of Houdini in that picture. Look at what you conjured, illusionist.

  5. avatar
    12str | 30 September 2009 at 8:54 am #

    keep it coming..

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    fantasticandy | 30 September 2009 at 9:37 am #

    'pompeii rocks too
    rocks too hard for its own good
    some new act called Volcano blew the roof off that town'

    yeah… i remember that gig.
    'vesuvius'….that was the best number….smokin'!

  7. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 30 September 2009 at 10:59 am #

    sonic revelation

    love always……

  8. avatar
    Freddie | 30 September 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    Awesome blog today mโ€™lord ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. avatar
    ac/dc no, no, no! | 30 September 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    For those about to rock…stop it.

  10. avatar
    Mr. Argent | 30 September 2009 at 3:20 pm #

    Thought you and some readers might be interested in this new(ish) sonic device:

  11. avatar
    Malcolm | 30 September 2009 at 3:30 pm #

    Sorry. Please, please Mr. Kilbey listen to the new Muse album. What a fucking incredible band. Thank the universe for you and Muse.

  12. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 30 September 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    A very captivating blog. Two great final 2012 songs to hear would be "Dead Mans Dream" and "Song To Go."

    Note: I read that Aussies most loveable bears are nearing extinction because of humans infiltrating their habitats=Anathema

  13. avatar
    Ellen | 30 September 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    If it's Dec., 2012 and we've got five minutes left, well then give me MUSIC.

    Like Cazziem said, I come here to get my daily SK fix.

    Thanks, Steve.

  14. avatar
    Malcolm | 30 September 2009 at 3:43 pm #

    Greg Ladanyi died…

  15. avatar
    glynnisjohns | 30 September 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    Dropped some drachma at the old oracle of delphi guitar and seer shoppe

    they wouldnt just lend me a fender

    had to rock on down to electric ave and Take the tower of babel higher

    shook down the colossus at rhodes

    sorry old bean, looking up at your tackle under the tunic was getting to me

    did a short tour of the islands
    yes, Lesbos is a party island.

    played classical country
    ballads on crete at the rodeo
    got drunk and lost in the labyrinth

    spent a summer buskin' with the etruscans

    played a private gig for Romulus and Remus

    Honestly thought a Ptolemy was a synthesizer

    got sand in my sandals

    just try to build a pyramid and not rock and roll.

    (thanks for the blog today!)


  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 September 2009 at 8:35 pm #

    Thanks again for September Music Month, it's certainly been a feast of Steven!

    Thinking of drum sounds, it seems the garageband certainly offers a wealth of options compared with annoying generic presets on a yamaha keyboard (100 choices, bossa nova anyone?)

  17. avatar
    vortex | 30 September 2009 at 8:40 pm #


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    veleska1970 | 30 September 2009 at 11:51 pm #

    splendid!! do you think you can extend september music month? for at least another few months?? ๐Ÿ˜›

    lotza love……

  19. avatar
    bc | 1 October 2009 at 4:31 am #

    rock on!

  20. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 1 October 2009 at 9:40 am #

    i am but a few kilometres away from you this evening and will be so for the next five days as i'm on holidays in the big smoke with my fambily…..

    love always….

  21. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 1 October 2009 at 10:15 am #

    keep on rockin' me esskay…

  22. avatar
    matt davison | 1 October 2009 at 10:28 am #

    PEACE DUDE…………..


  23. avatar
    knot | 1 October 2009 at 12:04 pm #


  24. avatar
    Credulity Never Sleeps | 1 October 2009 at 1:35 pm #

    2012? Bullshit.
    If the Mayans couldn't even predict the coming of the Aztecs, they certainly couldn't predict the end of the world.
    Wake the fuck up.

  25. avatar
    CSTCoach | 1 October 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    might as well rock indeed. love yer myth.

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2009 at 2:26 pm #

    There's 2 infamous Kilbey quotes:
    1. the 1982 RAM line about being the best songwriter in Oz.
    2. the 1986 Melody Maker line about taking LSD and looking at your paisley shirt collection.
    Howcome that Lurie bloke failed to even mention the latter? Did you ask him not to, or did he just not do enough research in the archives?

  27. avatar
    davem | 1 October 2009 at 4:58 pm #

    Ahh the rock…..
    Takes me back to April 2007 and the opening bars of Saturation. What a track that is – inspired opener too.

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2009 at 5:27 pm #

    that was a good trip to read on Steve.

  29. avatar
    Saint Louie | 2 October 2009 at 4:22 am #

    "…in march i walk under the arch…", wasn't it the Saint Louis Arch in Missouri that you walked under!?

    "…we look up at the calendar its dec 21 2012…" and The Church are coming out with a new album called "Dec 21, 2012" on that same day!!?? Woo Hoo!

    Can't wait for that mystical or debaucherious day; to see another Millennium craze of craziness, stocking up on rations, afraid to turn on our lights, our computers, and Y2K will roll into YMMXII (Roman Numerals), and waiting patiently for the ball to drop, will it drop and roll over to 2013!?

    But to think of it, isn't our Gregorian calendar off from the Aztec calendar? So would it be 2018, because I think the Gregorian calendar is off 6 years from the Aztec calendar, etc…leap year, etc….hmmmm?

    "A New Age interpretation of this transition posits that, during this time, the planet and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and that 2012 may mark the beginning of a new era." (check out source: )

    Most of all, in the end …

    "All I have, all I need, all I got, is Providence….but where we're running I don't know…The candles sway as night comes down…Cold bones creak, strange beasts cry, Watching shadows in the sky…It was over before we knew it…all you got, is Providence…"

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 October 2009 at 11:05 am #

    bring on 2012…..we need to cleanse


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