posted on December 2, 2006 at 9:32 pm

thank you children of the night
i appreciate your support
sometimes its hard being a raving genius
kicking against the pricks who run this show
i made p=a for you
not for them
and to answer mr missions oft asked question
twas i twinklefingers playing piano on mistress
(i channelled my dad!)
but when we delivered it to a-wrister records n tapes
they were like, well….whats this sposed to be?
can we change the title?
i already had previously written an essay
for a’wrista
explaining
(can you fucking believe this)
explaining why i wanted to call starfish “starfish”
they wanted to call it under the milky way
(gee some imaginitive einsteins at work there)
so i think
they wanna explanation
i’ll give em an explanation THEY WONT BELIEVE!
so i set about typing the most hilarious
over the top
pseudo-hi brow
andre breton-ish
loada olde tripe
about starfish
the word
the connotations
the drift, the travel, the cosmic
the interconnection of all fucking things
the meaning of life contained within 2 silly bles
star fish
of course a’wrista writes back
oh steve…well seeing its like that..of course
starfish it is
of course i couldnt just say to em
ah…well i wanna call it starfish cos i like it!
not everything has meaning
nor is it desirable even that it should
starfish was a good title
it made something deep inside light up
something intangible
something beyond n before description
it felt right
i pick up a guitar and start singing a new song
because it means something?
hardly ever
because it feeels right?
usually always
thats why i call em “straights”
they have no imagination
they cant just go
ok
yeah
i can grokk that!
its dig-able, baybee!
i fought against “straights” from the moment
i bought me first guitar..
always been some unimiginative gooseball
waiting to spoil my vision-splendid
no you cant do that!
no you cant play that!
no you cant write that!
no you cant record that!
why not?
because you cant!
why are there so many “straights” in the music biz?
cant they have their thing and let us have ours?
the ent biz is where less powerful “straights” are attracted
the sick n weak ones who cant survive amongst their own
attracted by the naivety n trusting nature of musicians
they crowd into the pool
eating up the small fry
and taking great chunks out of ya!
people yesterday saying our vids (bar one or two) are shonky
i agree with ya
you think i wanted that ?
you cant put pictures to my songs
a visual explaining
or decoding
or suggesting
or implying
just ruins our music
ive had so many fights
so much sulking screaming whispering meetings standoff
ultimatums accusations balls-ups waste of time n money
it was some unimaginitive “straight” super-imposing his malarkey
on my lovely song
but i like ung.mo n bell-eyre n toofast n tearitallaway
there ok
they dont ruin the songs, do they?
almost with you is a bit stupid but it was 1981
actually its too much grief thinkin’ about it
and all the money wasted on stupid vids
that we wouldnt ever see
(we never saw the money/we didnae wanna see the vids)
sk at loggerheads with someone or other
fuck it!
i do wanna do no more vids
and now i olde n ugly its better that way
cherch n vids dont go
yes yes
tantylised only really good one
i think utmw rather silly actually
theyre all just sorta mediocre
it wassa dark day for music
when videos became de rigeur
criticising rock vids is like
shooting a barn with a shotgun from point blank range
there aint no point
their full ludicrousy and absurdity is apparent
many vid directors are admen down on their luck
failed tv directors tryin’ somethin’ different
they aint got the quals to reinterpret my fuckin’ lyrics
with their exploding toasters n long red fingernails
with their dry ice n men dressed in overcoats
with their close-ups n fade-outs
they didnt have the vocabulary
it wasnt sposed to be seen
it was sposed to be heard
the opposite of children….
listen
dont get me talking
i hate most of our vids
and most of everbody elses
occaisionally a good one comes along
thats quite a trick!
but most are music-killing rubbish
utter n vile tripe
of the highest philistinic order
visual anathema wanna make ya tear yer eyes out
rather than watch its shallow bloated nonsense
you should read the treatments ive been sent
ive been stunned by the stuff thats been suggested
in the end you have to try n trust somebody
xyz records wasnt gonna give olde sk the budget to make a vid
besides i didnt know how to do it either
i didnt wanna do it
videos ruin my songs
so the whole thing is a tricky n painful subject
out of my hands
beyond my control
just getting me upset
then n now
breathe deep
im gonna let it go
goodbye
sk

59 Responses to “wee small hour”

  1. avatar
    a2 | 2 December 2006 at 9:57 pm #

    yeah but we want/need the gig of all gigs recorded in all it’s glory – one more Enmore show with camera crews and a director who knows what we want – the show opens with aura and closes (credits rolling) with happy hunting ground and all the best in between – this needs to be done after the warm-up shows courtesy of the pretensers – sk – ask for a show of hands (and cheque-books)

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 10:05 pm #

    The best video ever made was that replacements song where all they did was show the speaker pumping the song out and then i think at the end they kick it in.

    ed in fl

    (I started doing something different when reading your blog – i fire up itunes (on a mac) and randomly have it select a church song for backround and inspiration. Song now playing is…terra nova cain. Getting a much deeper appreciation of your lyrical writing after reading this blog over the last year…you are very talented)

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 10:29 pm #

    OHK are we all tapping into each other’s thoughts or what?

    These things I’ve JUST been thinking about, and voila! its being talked about on here.

    Strange and beautiful.

    STERange and beeeyoutiful.

    all of us.

  4. avatar
    Fandorin | 2 December 2006 at 10:36 pm #

    actually i really really like the videos playing in my head when i listen to your music…. but i guess the imaginary budget…of those little films…would surpass the old DNP of Tokelau…or even New Zealand.

    My ex-girlfriend fuckin hated the Church…said the music is all right, but she cannot listen to Kilbey’s voice for more than 3 minutes. One day, i was living at some guy’s attic…i just got hold of that Goldfish vid. And I forced that girl to watch the whole Goldfish thing with me. And she said she said – now I’ve seen them, and the singer guy, they’re actually really really great.

    I have that Lost video playing in my head – with the lady stuck on some lonely rock island, while some huge Foucault*s pendulum is hanging from an infinitley high spot somewhere in the old universe…

    actually, i like that you did videos at all. Imagine, The Church were almost non-existent in 1991-1997 – — no internet, no information, no press. Just four names and the music (good, of course) – it was nice to have the faces, and the “Drought” snippet. When i watch it now, it’s mostly four guys strumming in a forest/in a show/in a hall (and why the hell is MWP busy with his chewing gum in “Bel Air”? Some Lennon Love Allusion? Quod Licet Lennon Non Licet…???). The real life shorts were better anyway … “Hello, we’re making our new video…” 😀

    Good Day,

    Stefan

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 December 2006 at 10:39 pm #

    I maintain the view that album titles should create a feeling rather than bash you over the head with the obvious. The bunch of knobs I used to play with wanted a pic on the cover that was a visual description of the title. (A bit like having a pic of a starfish on an album called starfish). I left the wankers to it…

  6. avatar
    freddy mercurial | 2 December 2006 at 10:39 pm #

    Steven,

    It makes this gentleman happy that you’ve got music and songs in your bones… I’m looking forward to hearing the next batch of tunes that you knock out. And while yer at it, get started on another proper solo record sometime when ya can find the time. I think lots o’ of folks would enjoy. Maybe you can put a four-track in the Falcon and record as you go… Ha.

    Bee well,
    freddie merc

  7. avatar
    the dean | 2 December 2006 at 10:59 pm #

    I totally agree, video the still killing something.
    I prefer to see the musos playing their instruments, that’s what they do best.

  8. avatar
    Richard | 2 December 2006 at 11:17 pm #

    agree with you on ‘almost with you’ video – even by 1981 standards it was pretty silly

    was the knight that ran around looking like a mediaeval C3PO someone from the band?

  9. avatar
    eek | 2 December 2006 at 11:32 pm #

    I’ve never really cared for videos of anyone’s music. I remember watching early MTV at a friend’s house (I had to see what all the fuss was after all) for a couple of hours and thinking “huh. I’d rather just listen to the music.”

    So, many years later, having never seen a single Church video, I thought “eh, why not?” and got the Goldfish video collection. Oh my. It was a bit like watching a train wreck — I couldn’t quite believe the carnage, but I just couldn’t tear my eyes away. …ok, it wasn’t quite that bad, but I was still amazed at how if anything most detracted from the music rather than enhanced it.

    I did get quite a giggle out of the snippets between the videos on that collection though…and it was fun to see the various looks throughout the years. 🙂

    I will say I have rather enjoyed the Easy video. I think it’s because it reminds me so much of the great time I had at the shows this August and that it doesn’t pretend to be anything profound. It makes me happy and I can’t ask for more than that. (well, I can, but not of a video….)

    (and even though I know it won’t be able to really capture the feel of a live performance, I would love an official live dvd. 🙂 )

  10. avatar
    emmkay | 2 December 2006 at 11:41 pm #

    I agree with Stefan. The videos you’ve done bring out something in your songs; something you may not expect.

    Sure some of them are cheesy, and you look a little bored in others, but I don’t think any of them detract from the music at all. A great song will always survive a bad video.

    I must mention a special soft spot for Metropolis. Seeing the video coincided with my first hearing of the song.
    That moment tipped me over from mere awareness to devotee, and I’ve never looked back.

  11. avatar
    nickfiction | 2 December 2006 at 11:42 pm #

    I agree with ” the dean “….. the best thing is to have the bands playing live. Shot from multi angles and edited oh so caringly. There ‘s nothing like a great live dvd. Videos CAN be good….. unfortunately the people making them have different ideas than the ” artist ” Why has,nt anyone mentioned the video shot for reptile ? no dumb story, no one standing around with a picture frame around their neck. Just the band playing and looking cool! i ‘d also liketo thank steve for saying ( these ) words…… ” no you cant do that!
    no you cant play that!
    no you cant write that!
    no you cant record that!
    why not?”
    thankyou thankyou thankyou…… THERE ARE NO RULES TO CREATING MUSIC/ MAKE WHATEVER THE FUCK YA LIKE!!!!!! Imagine some of our centurie’s great artists if they d have followed the rules….. we’d have none. Sk included!

  12. avatar
    Renee | 2 December 2006 at 11:49 pm #

    sorry to bring up such a sore subject 🙁

    i actually loved watching your videos,
    i must of watched goldfish at least a hundred times
    the real life snippets are the best

    would love to see something like that with more recent material

    did eek say there was an Easy video!
    where can i see it, anyone know?

  13. avatar
    The Carrier of Fruit | 2 December 2006 at 11:59 pm #

    Maybe the next crunch vid. could have you and the lads in soft lighting, maybe a costume change every verse – one at least with the band in white singlets- w/lotsa bling, pouting, loadsa scantily clad girls, wind in the hair……..twas a joke joyce, i am putting the butcher’s paper away now.

  14. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 3 December 2006 at 12:38 am #

    I bought Goldfish, Jokes, Magic and Souvenirs on ebay in tattered VHS form 3 years ago in college. I played it nonstop on my busted old 14″ tv for about a week, until my roomate started getting worried (and super annoyed). I love all the vids, whatever quality they are, honestly. The first one I saw was Electric Lash somewhere, and I thought it was perfect. You all were so stoic and the lighting was nice. I also epesh love You’re Still Beautiful, it’s so silly..the videos in the late 70s and 80s had character and imagination. And for the record, I think everyone in the band’s still pretty enuff to make videos.

  15. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 3 December 2006 at 12:41 am #

    Oh! And I loooved how they censored when you said the eff word in You’re Still Beautiful with the big black bar and everything! Tsk!

  16. avatar
    fledgling | 3 December 2006 at 12:47 am #

    on reading last 2 days i gotta tell you, i was one of the philistines back then who didn’t get into p=a (2 busy being a partygirl)but hey when i finally received that cd(which was v recently in linear time) i was astounded at the depth and timeless beauty of that music.
    incredible masterpiece.
    thank you thank you thank you
    it gets played at least once every week.

    xx

  17. avatar
    ambnt1 | 3 December 2006 at 12:55 am #

    Steven,

    I never understood why they always had you guys playin your geetahs in the forest with no place to plug ’em in (i.e. Different Man, Electric Lash). I guess you had to imagine there was an outlet somewhere under a rock where the plugs went.

    –Chris

    n.p. Markus Reuter, “Trepanation” (ambient Warr guitar by School of Fripp student)

  18. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 3 December 2006 at 12:56 am #

    One good thing about pearly jammy is that they did ONE video, freaked out and never did anymore.

  19. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 3 December 2006 at 12:59 am #

    One good thing about pearly jammy is that they did ONE video, freaked out and never did anymore.e.

  20. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 3 December 2006 at 1:16 am #

    then put out a live video
    pllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 3 December 2006 at 2:36 am #

    i picked up
    (er, permanently borrowed)
    a copy of goldfish in 1991
    and it really kept the flame alive
    in me
    for you
    through the 90s

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 December 2006 at 2:41 am #

    Bonjour,

    I ain’t gonna be popular (thank goodness it ain’t that important to me) but I love music videos and the visual medium in general. I still watch all the Saturday morning shows whenever I can and the late night ones too. Certainly some drivel out there but there always has been. A good video can be like a short film rather than just a cynical marketing tool for promotion. I agree with other commenters that live footage is certainly powerful and evocative – some of Midnight Oil’s live clips are electric.

    Re: the Church videos, I can only clearly remember ‘Tantalized’ and the images seemed to fit the songs well; trippy, zooming camera stuff. UTMW I thought was and is a very important example of 80’s video making. Sure the narrative is a bit scattered (a bit like your good self, Monsiuer Kilbey!) but I remember very clearly seeing it and identifying that the female in it looked like a normal girl. Not painfully thin or overly made up, not a professional dancer or a fashion model. Not an objectified version of a female as was evident in nearly every other film clip of the time and so many more now. She looked just like the type of girl you would find yourself standing next to at a Church gig. I thought it was important that images of normal women were seen in popular music, whether it be on record covers or videos etc as it has such a profound cultural influence. I still think that.

    Of course, I loved the song too and it featured heavily on my mix tapes for a few years! It’s one of those songs that upon hearing it can transport you to a time past, images and memories willfully imposing themselves on one’s mind.

    Au revoir,

    B.Bon

  23. avatar
    starfish | 3 December 2006 at 2:45 am #

    OK, thoughts on P=A… (sorry just catching up on the last coupla daze)

    Despite my chose nic, Priest=Aura has always been my favorite Church record. I got into the Church in 1985 (age 15) seeing the Heyday tour before I even had a Church record. The first one I got was Blurred Crusade and it was a very good place to start. So it will always hold a warm special place and was a favorite at that point. Then Heyday became my fave remembering the first show, etc. Then Starfish. But I always felt the Church were working up to something special. We got a glimpse of it with Starfish. It was the juxtaposition of happy and melancholy (manic depression???) or the imagery of stars (“star”fish and utmw) and something shimmering and white. I started to think of The Church as the cinema of my mind. A musical backdrop to visual experience. Like Fandorin said, your best videos are created in our heads. I had anxiously anticipated GAF and in some ways felt let down but in others ways was satiated. GAF has strong songs, but didn’t seem cohesive. I was lucky to meet you and the groop several times in this period which also padded my impressions of GAF (the record), not GAF the collection of really good songs.

    Enter 1992. An especially good year for me. Youth, late college, self musical exploration, copious drugs and sex, a flowering of soul. I received P=A in early February 1992 from a bandmate who was still at the college radio station where I previously received GAF early 2 years before. I had some especially potent grass (college hydro variety – very bright green appearance). The weed many refer to as creeper. You smoke a normal few puffs and sometime 15-20 minutes later you wonder how you got so fucking high. Well, it was one of those nights, a Saturday about 4:30 P.M. Clear, cold northern climate. Brilliant sunset. I was so high, I didn’t know if I would make it out to some parties, when my bandmate showed up unexpectedly and handed me P=A as a surprise.

    From the very first listen, this was the record I always thought the Church was capable of making. Not only that, but it was so much better than I could ever have imagined. I was floating by the time Paradox came on. In many was, the feel of Paradox really comes to mind every time I read or think the words Priest=Aura. How very befitting.

    Sadly, my bandmate said he didn’t like the record (as he handed to me). I think this is where a lot of old Church fans ended their trip. Too bad. For me it defines The Church and is always where I start when introducing a new listener (unless of course a new record has just come out, then that’s all I play.) 🙂

    Another funny bit. I also had a small stash of opium at the time. We used to put it on grass and smoke the 2 together. Later that spring (April) I was smoking some and listening to P=A thinking it would be fun to smoke some of this with SK and wondered if he would like opium. Little did I know… But somehow I did.

    Thanks for the masterpiece and for every piece. The Church music is a mosaic of beauty and P=A is the nexus.

  24. avatar
    dig | 3 December 2006 at 2:48 am #

    really?
    I watched goldfish last night and really enjoyed it for the millionth time. I like most of them……..UTMW is a stunning vid as is Tantalised!

  25. avatar
    gareth,notts | 3 December 2006 at 2:51 am #

    life would be a damn sight poorer without THE CHURCH.thats all!

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  28. avatar
    biggle boggle | 3 December 2006 at 4:08 am #

    I still think the Ripple video is pretty cool. And the Reptile one where y’all playing this big arena full of college rock fans.

    A live DVD would be a lovely souvenir for us diehards…I’ve got the Midnight Oil Best of Both Worlds coming in the post from Aus and I can’t wait!

  29. avatar
    something intangible | 3 December 2006 at 4:09 am #

    I dig them all -especially “you’re still beautiful” and “song in space”.

    I must say tho’-loved the knight’s armour and eyeliner in Almost With You!! Loved the running as a knight- PURE GENIUS!!

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 December 2006 at 4:23 am #

    thriller is pretty sweet vid. tantalized vid. = awesome!
    bring on the HEYDAY stories

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 December 2006 at 4:54 am #

    Priest= Aura is one of my favourite albums of all time and the one I use to block out the ‘Kelly and Co’ nights in St Kilda

    Love always
    Melbourne Mary

  32. avatar
    Dilip Doshi | 3 December 2006 at 6:38 am #

    Fuck ’em all,

    Keep doing what you like SK. I’m with ya

  33. avatar
    davem | 3 December 2006 at 7:43 am #

    Hi SK,
    I don’t care about video, just keep making the music.
    I’ve bought Goldfish and Live ’92, but more out of loyalty and being able to see you guys than any love for the medium.
    It’s only the music that matters for me.
    Love you more,

    Dave M
    BTW You’re not olde and ugly! You’re still beautiful baybee.

    xx

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 December 2006 at 7:56 am #

    A retro vid to One Day (Seance) I would like one day please Steve-lovely imagery in that song for me–‘I called her from a distance and she smiled into the sun…” as that song climaxes,is clip-worthy.I dont overplay it as I dont want to tire of it!

  35. avatar
    Richard | 3 December 2006 at 8:06 am #

    as well as the little reference to Bel Air in the fade out!

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 December 2006 at 8:07 am #

    in my ambitions to learn quicktime
    i want to scan in some sk art and
    make video of animated figures from cover of ULTC and twanging guitar strings from A Night In and lips wagging from self and cohort portraits.
    Simple, “South Park” type ani.
    but i’m slow with the quicktime

  37. avatar
    captainmission | 3 December 2006 at 8:50 am #

    WOW! im slightly awe struck mr. kilbey.

    i guess like everyone else i’d love heaps of dvds and video’s of the band, but i always find myself listening to your music and my eyes close involenterly and a strange sequence of images just unfold in my unravelling mind, i find my own visuals for the songs, they are all quite abstract and non linear, ever changing, some cinematic sequences, some nature scapes and landscapes, some fractal like synthenesia so in a way i kinda get my own videos each time. and then i think its better that way else if there was a video i’d probably fixate on it everytime i heard the song, and the song would be forever bound by the images in the video, this may be a good thing, but i’d rather not take a risk. like in ‘ashes to ashes’, i can’t hear that without thinking of a clown walking on a psychedelic beach.

  38. avatar
    kat | 3 December 2006 at 8:55 am #

    sk,

    keep doing what you’re doing. videos are only cool live anyway.

    😉

  39. avatar
    isolde | 3 December 2006 at 10:04 am #

    “ung.mo n bell-eyre n toofast n tearitallaway”

    no those vids don’t ruin the songs they have a corrugated, angelic charm

    at least you didn’t ever have an 80’s perm

  40. avatar
    wu | 3 December 2006 at 10:09 am #

    i just read this blog after watching Deadwood and you sound just like Al Swearengen.

  41. avatar
    fantasticandy | 3 December 2006 at 11:25 am #

    hi steve,MTV is one of the worst things in the world today.music is a totally abstract and amorphous form of art,arriving from the ether,perhaps mans greatest achievement in terms of expression.BUT its still cool to see you guys,even with all the flaws.oh,while im at it,’magician plus some’is one of the best prog albumns ever,ever,ever. if i was harry i would be trying to get through the vail to say thank you killbo.nice to find out about’wendy fuller’! all the best,andy L from the garage in worcester!

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 December 2006 at 11:44 am #

    Now THAT was a blog…on artistic inegrity, on the core of The Church, on the MEANING of art…listen up folks, Professor Kilbey dug deep there, thus the anger at the end…the great, GREAT Australian painter Ian Fairweather, d. 1974, when asked about the meaning of his sublime, cosmic, indescribable best works, said he never thought about what they meant, but how they felt…then there was Picasso, who, when asked once what one of his paintings meant, said: “Madame, that means about 3 million francs.” Thanks Dr K., I know what it took to get those truths out, a lot of us get it, GET IT? T’is why you’re one of our favourites, of course.

  43. avatar
    baroness samedi | 3 December 2006 at 1:25 pm #

    I think guys in their 50’s are dead spunky myself. So there. Personally UTMW is one of my fave vids of all times. And noted you haven’t minded referencing that deep blue star-pricked band backdrop ie at the Spiegeltent LeKilbee. Hey, it’s pretty as, just like the stars in front of it.

    It IS a downright pain that good money goes after bad in those stoopid vid budgets though. Cocaine is a masturbation of the ego, an obscene waste that comes from great exploitation. To wrap it into anybody’s budget is a black hole of taste. Not that you had any say in that.

    BTW, a little birdie told me about once when a very hard-working record co PR lady had managed, after a long campaign with the editor, to get the Cruchh on the FRONT COVER OF ROLLING STONE. You said, however, that you were going to a dinner party instead and wouldn’t do it, and made the poor woman cry before you finally agreed.

    It wasn’t like she was evil or out to wreck your life. She was just a young woman with a hunger to sell music. Call her straight if you feel better about yourself for doing that.

  44. avatar
    indigoruby | 3 December 2006 at 1:51 pm #

    I remembered that you talked a lot about how you felt about the church’s videos when I interviewed you back in ’87, so I dug out the transcript. Even then you said you didn’t like most of the videos and that Already Yesterday was the worst. I said I didn’t understand what all the natives running around had to do with the song and you said: “No. No-one did.”
    Interestingly you also said that if you ever got a large sum of money from anywhere (which you thought highly unlikely!) you would like to make earthed into a film!
    Em

  45. avatar
    verdelay | 3 December 2006 at 1:59 pm #

    Missed yesterday s love-in over Pristicles.

    I recall leaning deeper into the smoke, high in Sarah’s room, as the strains of Aura opened my head. I slipped into quiet schizoid panic over the lyrics to Ripple, which I swore at the time were written about me. How could you know? Turns out the entire record was based on my life at the time.

    Uncanny!
    Impossible!

    And yet…!!!

    All your songs were coming true.

    It turns out that this kind of ego transference is not uncommon when a mind is in the fevered grip of Paradox, as mine was. I discovered for myself the sweet aroma of the Fleurs du Mal.

    Sacred times, hardly my own.

    On the subject o the vids, all I’d like to add is that I really, really, dig the coat you were wearing in the clip for Different Man… you courderoy dandy, you.

    If only Pristicles had been released in the 1890’s instead.

  46. avatar
    indigoruby | 3 December 2006 at 2:00 pm #

    Flying Dutchman

    Hey kid, I’ve got a ride for you
    They say your brain is a comic book tattoo
    And you’ll never be anything
    What will you do with your life?
    Oh that’s all you hear from noon till night

    Take a trip on a rocket ship baby where the sea is the sky
    I know the guy who runs the place and he’s out of sight
    Flying Dutchman, are you out there?

    Straight suits, they don’t understand
    She tried, that one with the alligator boots
    But the other side drew her in
    Heart falling fast when she left
    Even the milky way was dressed in black

    ‘Cause they can’t see what you’re born to be
    They can’t see me
    They can’t be what they can’t believe
    They can’t see what you see

    They keep the boys spinning in their own little world
    Tie him up and so he won’t say a word
    They keep the boys spinning in their own little world
    So afraid he’ll be what they never were

    Tori Amos

  47. avatar
    mime | 3 December 2006 at 3:02 pm #

    “so i set about typing the most hilarious
    over the top
    pseudo-hi brow
    andre breton-ish
    loada olde tripe
    about starfish”

    Still I love Nadja. It really is beyond my control.

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    Anonymous | 3 December 2006 at 3:16 pm #

    sk,
    if not for the video history, how would i have secured my now bearded look.

    mats mats how about mats. sorry, i think it’s brilliant. don’t like the running order of plus some. but doesn’t matter.

    love ya,
    r.

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    Anonymous | 3 December 2006 at 3:28 pm #

    Steve, Many years ago I emailed you treatments for Welcome and Comedown just done as a bit of a creative exercise. You very kindly and charitably(I suspect) wrote back saying you thought they were pretty good. Knowing now how strongly you feel about videos I appreciate the fact that you bothered to respond even more.

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    John Garratt | 3 December 2006 at 4:02 pm #

    “they didnt have the vocabulary
    it wasnt sposed to be seen
    it was sposed to be heard”

    The worst offender would have to be “2 Places at Once,” when you sing “yesterday it took $20 off the shelf”

    At that moment you see a $20 bill floating off a table in the hotel room and fly through the air.

    God, that was terrible. I laughed so fucking hard.

    John

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    mime | 3 December 2006 at 4:33 pm #

    Oh and I loved those videos. Not necessarily because I liked them. Many times I didn’t. But it was nice to watch them once in a while waiting for the next gig (which could easily take a couple of years).

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    lebuaf | 3 December 2006 at 5:53 pm #

    who needs videos when u’ve tapped into this – the most powerful communication meduim known to man…..and steve, ur ringin the life out of it…. n its fukin njoyable n sad n sweet n hilarious n purple n gold n honest n human n solid n im off ta kick it outdoors on a bright n sunny sunday mornin.

    peace

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    isolde | 3 December 2006 at 6:39 pm #

    yes here comes the dawn

    just remembering now i didn’t think Almost With You or You Took were stupid at the time i was at art college it was the beginning of new romantic i thought you were deeply darkly mysteriously rivetting

    found some interesting answers to my question at
    http://church.tristesse.com/intrview/heyday.htm
    my fave video maker is michael williams, and tantalised reminds me of his work which includes go-b’s bye bye pride and many others, often in b&w, including some for jo camilleri, stephen cummings, mark seymour, a great photographer too, molto integritti

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    Anonymous | 3 December 2006 at 6:57 pm #

    The biz was hijacked in the 70’s, and has since / is now run by idiotic corporate gangsters. And the consummation of their power and control complete, early in your career. (And who gets signed now?) And it all happened in your lifetime. You already know all of that, though. (I guess it was the comments about vids!) Well, thank god you and your mates have transcended all of that crap. Up at the Womb, the comment is your band is indestructible. I believe it. Rock On, man.

    Ps. The P=A and Starfish blogs were over the top kinda-good. SK, whenever you want to write more about the records, please include one on GAF. So much speculation. So many unanswered questions…

  55. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 3 December 2006 at 8:01 pm #

    me want me MTV!!!
    mjnjr

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    CSTCoach | 3 December 2006 at 10:04 pm #

    I completely agree with ya, bard, that no video could do yer songs justice. They defy such interpretations. They live because they’re ephemeral, they transmit a feeling, they suggest gauzy images that are probably different for everyone. they invoke one’s own nostalgia and memories. Putting a visual stamp on em fixes them and solidifies them. And besides, the video interpretations are usually so shallow and stupid.

    I did like the Easy vid I just saw last night on youtube. Loved the backstage footage of the tour. Brought back some memories. and it was nice to share your joys.

    I’m tremendously greatful that you stayed your course and made the music you wanted to make. It speaks to me. And as I told ya in sellersville, i love the references. its like coming across a reference to a friend, picking up these little seeds of byzantium or books or mythology or whatever. and its fun to look up ones that might be new to me, to uncover a new area of exploration… Intelligent rock for the nostalgic and dreamy. Thank the maker for you guys. Top 40 radio does nothing but insult the intelligence.

    ryan

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    JJ | 3 December 2006 at 11:25 pm #

    Glad you perservered in the face of all the idiots in RecordCompanyLand, the straights and the fools.

    I did rather like the video for Metropolis though. My girlfriend especially likes PK’s frock coat. She wants to buy me one, but I think I’d feel a bit silly, though it looks fine on a guitarist of his stature!

    I’m really lapping up all the reminiscings like manuka honey, the album stories, what was going on at the time. Waiting for the next installment of Sometime/Amywhere, and especially (another huge fave) Pharmakoi – fantastic album, that one.

    JJ

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    mandn | 4 December 2006 at 1:30 am #

    just the fact that you reference andre breton makes
    me love you all the more Orpheus.

    thank you

    xo
    Mary

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    veleska1970 | 5 December 2006 at 5:56 pm #

    hi ya steve!! sorry i’ve been away…..

    i’m soooo glad somebody agrees with me. i hate watching videos. i don’t like for someone else to interpret anything for me, music especially.

    if you havent seen your vid for “already yesterday”, which i suppose you haven’t~~don’t. it brings rediculous to a whole new level of rediculousness.


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