posted on May 26, 2009 at 3:38 am

sks 2013th reverie
inside my mind now
you have just entered my mind
these are my thoughts
this is where i keep all my memories
behind that door there are forgotten things
thats the spot i wrote disappear? twenty seven odd years ago
a still and sunny afternoon in north bondi
waiting for my glenn bennie cd to show up in afternoon mail
all those songs i’d forgotten
i will be able to appraise them with new ears
i need to sneak up on my self some times
i need to surprise myself
but i always see myself coming
(ooooooh!)
never mind
in my mind
within my mind
within my mind which is sensitive n nervous like a red setter
which is cunning and hungry like a jackal
which is cold and detached like a snake
voice in another doctors waiting room : or a retina
my mind is dark like a wolfes
my mind is deep like a swedish lake and as black near the bottom
my mind so tiny and laughably small
yet still able to contain a whole universe
my mind of which i use 10 per cent
what the fuck is that other 90 per cent doing?
how can i get in touch with that?
i feel like i’m in the bit most people DONT use
and the bit they use
is the bit i cant get at
theres something wrong with me
i dont fit in
i regret it
i relish it
but i cant relinquish it
i am a fucking freak you better believe it!
why cant i leave it all in fronta me..uh..i dunno
all my latest records…i cant listen to em anymore
someone rings up
steve….
yeah…
steve…your latest record is a frickin’ masterpiece my man
oh yeah
yeah man its like oh wow i dunno i mean fuck
yeah…
you fuckin’ done it steve-o
yeah
seriously man….
yeah
i really fuckin’ mean it man
yeah yeah sure sure
anyway youre the best man the best…
yeah thanks see ya
i rush to listen to record
i put it on
by the third bar my ears n mind have switched right off
refusing to process it
nope my mind says
next?
we dont want to hear ourselves says my creative voice
i wanna fucken hear this record screams my ego voice
i wanna unnerstand again howcome we’re so great..
no says my creative voice
youre not great…youre the problem!
anyway these 2 go on at it hammer n tack
my id wades in and gets smacked in the eye
my various personae duke it out
oh who fucking cares who you really are ? asks the hedonist voice
lets get some fuckin’ pleasure on board…
my wife goes strolling thru my mind…
the responsible voice whos trying to write this blog emerges
a door clangs closed
the curtains are drawn back
onstage its….some crazy old geezer
hes on thyroxin hes eaten too much chocolate
he s all doped up on goofballs
he staggers about with his black/red eye
his white beard
his golden tan
his red nose
his brown freckles
his yellow teef
hes like a rainbow
the film suddenly comes to an abrupt end
the lights come on in the theatre
the guy next to you is steve kilbey
c’mon he says
you can gimme a lift home
inside your new hovercraft
you zoom along the monotrack
after dropping him off at his hive
hes given me a brand new cd called damaged/controlled
which is basically him singing
and glenn bennie doing the music
and a very nice prince of pop music called tim doing sound
and ms p nihill singing on some tracks too
i will now give you my honest first impressions
track one : sunday
like euphoria coming on
swirling victorian shoegazing melodic and lazy n trippy
angel face sleep the lonely hours creep sings kilbey
why?
track 2 : i dont wanna know
one of those nasty songs where kilbey spits out a load
of smart-arse one liners
eg believing whatever i told myself n crawling all the shots
fast n furious
a bennie rocker!
track 3 :how do you glow?
i’ll never understand how a king goes down with empty hands
sings old kilbey alluding to alex the great, elvis the king
and king odysseus strugglin to get home to neo-ithaca
meanwhile glenn bennie summons up the musical equivalent
of 2 eckies and two glasses of white fizzy wine
gorgeous stuff!
track 4 : im the one
direct and straight ahead
like a rocket sled
it just travels along on its track
the futures like butter sings kilbey (not to vegan-ly)
bennie summons up velocity with his ubiquitous guitars
track 5 : damaged/controlled
a bent outta shape pop song
damaged indeed
like sigue sigue sputnik meets crimson n clover
track 6 : nectarine
amazing
incandescent
explosive
a number one in a fair universe
sung by pn but words by sk
bennies music is the sound of
a glorious aching love gone wrong
track 7 ; underneath
like a euro rocker whatever that is
track 8 : in innocence
pn sings
a frozen wintery song
a cold afternoon song
track 9 : deranged/controlled
an instrumental
all spiky fractured n electronic
yet sad n sweet too
n wordlessly poignant
track 10 : uncertainty
album goes out on a rocker!

where was i?
oh never mind!

29 Responses to “warm impermanence”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 May 2009 at 6:12 am #

    Hey man,
    You got a real nice review of your solo album in a US quarterly called Under The Radar. I dunno if some hip art-network alerts you to these things or not. I guess Twenty-Three didn’t make their deadline; I didn’t see it in the mag. Got my copy down in Fla couple of days ago. Good stuff. Best, R

  2. avatar
    Richard | 26 May 2009 at 6:46 am #

    jesus!

    you mean to say you’ve been doing all this on 10%?

    operettatunity

  3. avatar
    Paper Lion Press | 26 May 2009 at 8:10 am #

    really diggin #23 and just took a listen to unseen, unheard..looks like its gonna be hard to get killer out of my head this summer.

  4. avatar
    triantelope | 26 May 2009 at 10:06 am #

    my mind of which i use 10 per cent
    what the fuck is that other 90 per cent doing?
    I understand that’s a myth. We use about 10% at any one moment, but the 10% being used varies according to what we are doing. Over the course of a day the whole thing generally sees a bit of action.

  5. avatar
    princey | 26 May 2009 at 11:03 am #

    Another masterpiece in the making (well already made I guess!), can’t wait for this one too sk,
    love Amanda

  6. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 26 May 2009 at 11:30 am #

    ….so maybe it’s a good thing that you haven’t been using the other 90% of your noggin…..could have driven you fucking nuts otherwise….
    i’m going to sound like a real dope now (voice in the next room:so what’s new)…the album mentioned in today’s blog is imagined, right???? duhhhhh…

    love always….

  7. avatar
    Freddie | 26 May 2009 at 11:57 am #

    Wow! Whenโ€™s damaged/controlled going to be available?
    I want it mโ€™ Lord; I need it; gotta have it.
    Richard,
    Heโ€™s not; heโ€™s using the other 90%. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 May 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    i knew today was special.
    more good news
    more sk
    more k/k
    present sk like some present from the gods
    have a go @ painkiller again
    yes, good day

  9. avatar
    restaurant mark | 26 May 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    hello steve, everyone…

    just wanted to announce the birth of my daughter, sophia josette’ griffith. she was born this morning at 7:23 a.m. she weighs 6lbs. and 14 ounces and is 20 inches long. so proud of my wife…and love my new little girl.

    take care
    mark

  10. avatar
    lily was here | 26 May 2009 at 2:03 pm #

    Thanks for the rundown on the GB cd. I love it when you do that. Damaged/Controlled – sounds like my kind of track; Crimson n Clover meets Sig sig. 2009 must be the Year of the Nightingale
    love xox

    ps 4:12pm – we ARE the hip network alert ๐Ÿ™‚ And I feel so weird calling someone by their time stamp

  11. avatar
    CSTCoach | 26 May 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    and where does one purchase said damaged/controlled, oh prince of prolificness? You are indeed a musical cornucopeia, a horn of plenty (please don’t say ‘and plenty horny’… ooooooh, mr humphreys!)

  12. avatar
    veleska1970 | 26 May 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    i’m a johnny-come-lately, but i finally got a copy of U#23. it’s another masterpiece.

    God i love this band!!

  13. avatar
    davem | 26 May 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    You ARE great.
    x

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 May 2009 at 5:04 pm #

    I PICKED UP #23 THURSDAY. UNBELIEVABLE! ONLY MY OPINION BUT I THINK THE BEST SINCE P=A. I HAVE READ A LOT OF PEOPLES ATTEMPTS TO DESCRIBE IT. CAN I? PROBABLE NOT BUT I KNOW WHAT I LIKE. A FEW WORDS I GUESS. BEAUTIFUL, CLASSIC, SPECIAL, BRILLIANT, TIMELESS, YES MASTERPIECE. IT TAKES ME A LOT TO GET EXCITED OVER THE LAST 50 OR SO CD’S I HAVE PURCHASED FROM VARIOUS BANDS. THIS ONE PLEASES ME GREATLY. I CAN COUNT ON MY HANDS HOW MANY TIMES A GREAT RECORDING HAS COME FROM SOMEONE OVER 40 AND I’M NOT SAYING YOU HAVE NOT DONE IT BEFORE. THANK YOU STEVE FOR ALL OF THE GREAT MUSIC THAT HAS HELPED AND ENTERTAINED ME THROUGH THE GOOD AND BAD TIMES. I ALSO WANT TO THANK K WHOEVER HE IS AND HOWEVER HE HELPED TO MAKE THIS STILL POSSIBLE. IF THIS DOES TURN OUT TO BE THE LAST WE HERE FROM THE CHURCH THAT WOULD BE A REAL SHAME. WOW BRAVO MAESTRO !! MJ FRIMODIG

  15. avatar
    seoigh | 26 May 2009 at 5:26 pm #

    That 10% thing isn’t true — but the story persists for some odd reason. It’s a misunderstanding from the fact that conscious actvity only takes place in about 10% of your brain. You’re using the other 90% — just not on thought.

    The persistence of that 10% thing is a pet peeve of mine.

  16. avatar
    Cee | 26 May 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    this is where i keep all my memories
    Aqui guardo todas mis memorias

  17. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 26 May 2009 at 10:17 pm #

    congratulations mark on the birth of sophia……may your little angel bring you all much joy…..
    peace and love…..

  18. avatar
    princey | 26 May 2009 at 10:45 pm #

    Congratulations Mark, Sophia is such a beautiful name:)

    Hi Sk, how’s your eye today? I’m still reading your bio, wow you’ve been there, done that, thats-a for sure!!!
    luv amanda

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 May 2009 at 10:46 pm #

    Message to Hellbound Heart @ 9.30pm:

    I thought it was maybe imaginary also, but searched for Glenn Bennie, who I found used to be of Underground Lovers, then latterly of GB3. Damaged/Contolled seems to be a new album which is not listed so far.

    Various sound clips over various albums available from a variety of sources.

  20. avatar
    Tim_G | 26 May 2009 at 11:21 pm #

    Has anyone thought of making a film based upon the wonderous meanderings of SK’s mind?

    It could be called – “Being Steve Kilbey” (ha ha ha)

    Another enjoyable read, kind sir.

    And to add to the many before me – U#23 is quite simply sublime – thank you for releasing this baby to the big wide world.

  21. avatar
    CSTCoach | 27 May 2009 at 1:08 am #

    CONGRATS Mark!!

    ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 27 May 2009 at 1:29 am #

    Plaudits for Mark and his new baby. I’m concerned about the lack of publicity for The Church concert in Chicago. It’s not listed in the two weekly publications “Timeout Chicago” and “The Chicago Reader.”

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 May 2009 at 3:40 am #

    “a glorious aching love gone wrong”
    god bless you steven kilbey
    -Remy

  24. avatar
    davem | 27 May 2009 at 6:05 am #

    Congratulations Mark!
    How’s your eye SK?
    x

  25. avatar
    steve kilbey | 27 May 2009 at 6:36 am #

    nice work mark!

  26. avatar
    fantasticandy | 27 May 2009 at 6:59 am #

    glad everyones ok mark!
    a special time in your lives…..
    enjoy!

  27. avatar
    lily was here | 27 May 2009 at 9:42 am #

    Lovely news Mark. Congratulations and what beautiful names. Daughters are such precious gifts and let me tell you, a lot less trouble than teenage boys (so far!)

    xox

  28. avatar
    eek | 27 May 2009 at 10:38 am #

    Congratulations Mark! Excellent! Sophia is a lovely name too. ๐Ÿ™‚
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Wow! The Glenn Bennie cd sounds as if it will be wonderful.

  29. avatar
    jaime r... | 27 May 2009 at 4:53 pm #

    Mark.. congrats!

    SK.. this sounds like another piece of lovely work… I am hoping it is someday a reality! U23 is giving so much.. songs are becoming more intimate and taking shape.. I love Cobalt Blue.. it is such a cool fcuking song.. I still dont feel like it has fully coalesced in my mind yet.. very much a masterpiece..

    Brien I am passing out flyers around many of the spots so I hope it will inspire… but yeah there should definitely be more publicity.. (Reader) waits about 2-3 weeks before a show to give their snippets.. hopefully someone is on task..

    peace jaime


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