posted on November 15, 2008 at 7:26 pm

oh no
some people got the temerity to criticize painkiller….
i can’t believe my eyes…..
oh fuck
now i’m so de-motivated
i aint doing another one for seven years
jaysus when will i realize you just can’t please everyone
always some tetchy little (foreign) person
i dont like this
i dont like that
ok i’m sorry
i won’t do it again
my next record will be perfect
no one will (dare) criticize it
it will be fast and slow
it will be carefully thought out improvisation
it will rock like a bastard but politely
the lyrics will be wild flights of fantasy that make perfect sense
the music will explore atonality with lots of tunes
the long ones will be shorter
the short ones will be longer
the heavy ones lighter
the ….well you get the picture
but herein lies the real barb
the nasty persons said that if you liked painkiller
then you were either delusional or an “ass-kisser”
now aint that a little extreme…?
thats like the kind of rant i’d come out with
after smoking ice n snorting steam….
because they were too cloth-eared
to hear i’d made the best record ever
then you guys who like it are kissing donkeys
no steve does not want honesty
steve wants everyone saying painkiller is very good
steve wants millions of dollars n eternal life
steve wants to be the prime minister n an anarchist
steve wants what steve wants
and steve wants it all
i fucking love painkiller
i even listen to it myself
which i dont normally do with my other records
this is me
this is where i am fucking at
and that record is impetuous because i am impetuous
and its fuzzy cos i’m fuzzy
and its inchoate coz i’m inchoate
straight outta my head onto tape
the way i do things
the way i always like to do things
one massive ego trip
the studio is my domain
i got more tricks up my sleeve, steve
or tune out
go find some other crazy genius
julian cope…hes still out there
i dunno….whoever
i gotta tell ya
i’m moving on
despite my advanced years
ive got a very excited kid in my head
and he wants to write n paint n make records
i am so fucking sick of under the milky way
i am so fucking sick of all the blah blah blah
so what!?
i am so sick of the eighties and thinking about it
i am sick of colourless paintings n music with no thrill
i am sick of imitations
i am sick of any compromise
getting someones fucking permission
you like the old stuff
there it is….its all yours
me……the old stuff is killing me
i gotta leave it behind
i dont care about it
i did it once n its done
spawned a whole load of imitators
i am active
after 10 years of heroin addiction
n its aftermath
i am active
painkiller is my first salvo
expect energy
expect anger
expect strangeness n charm
i am the master
the master of all i survey
i make mistakes but theyre glorious mistakes
they are my mistakes n no-one elses
i aint no joe fucking schmoe
you aint kissing my arse if you like painkiller
you tuning in !
as i say in my lovely record

28 Responses to “whatever”

  1. avatar
    esne snoner | 15 November 2008 at 8:45 pm #

    ouch – morning sk – tell the girls to stay tucked up a bit longer i reckon – ain’t heard painkiller yet but will be doing so when i can get myself into an empty room and a very loud stereo system to give it the amplification i’m sure it deserves – mp3 player can come later – speaking of which and at the risk of inviting more scathing commentary – following recent listening aint aura about the best thing your old band ever cranked out?

  2. avatar
    the dean | 15 November 2008 at 9:04 pm #

    This reviewer must be carrying a grudge.
    Are you sure he/she is not an anon?

    Painkiller is all time, now kiss that.

  3. avatar
    the dean | 15 November 2008 at 9:08 pm #

    oh yeah I never kissed sk’s ass but I once felt his calf.

  4. avatar
    princey | 15 November 2008 at 10:08 pm #

    Painkiller’s the best thing since sliced bread,and yeah I’d love to kiss that firm butt anyday! 🙂

    Keep on, keeping on sk!
    love amanda

  5. avatar
    kat | 15 November 2008 at 10:20 pm #


    painkiller is great. fuck whoever says nonsense and keep keeping on.

  6. avatar
    MungoPushul | 15 November 2008 at 10:35 pm #

    Who said anything about mistakes? I certainly didn’t. I don’t even know what a mistake is. Is is just what is is: to each of us common for some things and uncommon for others. ‘Mistake’ may be a powerful concept/construct in your mind but not in mine. I just see things for what they are to you because you tell me, and then I tell you what they become to me. Furthermore, I certainly didn’t compare Pk to your older solo albums. I said Pk wasn’t your best work, and by this I meant that I think your best work is yet to come. I show faith and you respond by calling me nasty among other things.

    And who said anything about The Church? Pk is a solo album. Why would I consider The Church’s body of work during my consideration of Pk? That would be pointless.

    “… either delusional or an “ass-kisser””
    Read again Sir Kilbey. I certainly said no such thing.

    You are a very gifted composer, lyricist and musician so quite often the reviewer will not be your equal in these areas. This should not mean that the reviewer has no right to review your work. I see the objective reviewer as someone who reflects from the perspective of a listener not a creator, even if that reviewer is a musician of any given calibre.

    And I wish you wouldn’t make honesty ‘such a lonely word’ by discrediting it so.


    Disclaimer: Written after smoking ice and snorting steam.

  7. avatar
    timetunnel | 15 November 2008 at 10:43 pm #

    Painkiller is fantastic. I’m curious about future stuff, will follow your musical path and am pretty sure that good things will come from there (insert ass kiss here).

    If people don’t like Painkiller – that’s ok. But if these people insult others who like the album – that’s beyond stupid. Best thing is to just ignore them. Don’t give them the attention they seek but don’t deserve.


  8. avatar
    kat | 15 November 2008 at 11:51 pm #

    i’m curious as to how we all got to be so delusional… bring it on ha ha ha

  9. avatar
    ml68 | 16 November 2008 at 12:10 am #

    ok…well…see you at lunch time in adelaide man…you can do a full painkilla set…no probs there!!if anyone asks for utmw, Ill hit them with a vegan patty…if there is such a thing…

  10. avatar
    knot | 16 November 2008 at 12:14 am #

    How does that old saying go?

    delusional people build castles in the sky

    psychotic people live in them


    I have a year round “no vacancy” sign on my castle. Why worry about those jealous people that can’t build shite?

    Imagine what their blogs would be like. :::yawn:::

  11. avatar
    Shawn El | 16 November 2008 at 1:22 am #

    Hey Stevo….

    Let’s go for a walk.

  12. avatar
    Shawn El | 16 November 2008 at 1:23 am #

    I liked the Virginia imagery by the way – I have similar experiences of driving up and down those roads through the desolate beachside towns.

  13. avatar
    veleska1970 | 16 November 2008 at 2:38 am #

    well, i happen to like “painkiller”, and if that makes me delusional or an ass-kisser or whatever, then so be it. i really don’t care what anyone thinks~~i know greatness when i hear it, and you, steve, are great.

    lotza love….

  14. avatar
    MEM | 16 November 2008 at 3:17 am #

    there's no
    for taste i'm told
    which would
    explain much if
    not all
    of the popular (cultural) drivel
    out there
    fear not what
    man can
    do unto
    thee sk
    heart & mind & soul
    are in
    your favor no
    matter what it sounds like
    to whomever
    can't you
    slice the price
    of your


  15. avatar
    matt davison | 16 November 2008 at 3:27 am #

    What nonsense!! the guy’s a plonker…..hey tune it up louder cause yr coming in faint.

  16. avatar
    Lian | 16 November 2008 at 4:39 am #

    Painkiller is a Great album, Steve. can’t say how much I love it. Every track is like diamond and pearl, love them all(liked what cstcoach wrote the other day) but yes, Celestial is particularly beautiful. The last track is like a love story happened in summer, strangely every time when I listen to it I think of your aquanaut, and what a true beauty it is!

  17. avatar
    captain mission | 16 November 2008 at 5:37 am #

    Those who can — do. Those who can’t — criticize.

  18. avatar
    davem | 16 November 2008 at 7:01 am #

    SK, the important thing is that you know what a fab record PK is.

    Dijana, I’m assuming SK was referring to Boriah’s post on the womb not yours?

    You didn’t talk about about people who appreciate PK being delusional, Boriah did.

    You said:

    “the music’s borderline nondescript – and that (truly) is my nonsubjective assessment of it.”

    Errrr no, it’s subjective. Of course, you’re entitled to your opinion! But it is only that….your opinion, not fact.

    And as for Boriah’s post, SK? Can I humbly suggest you listen to the By Laws of The Crib every day for the next year before releasing your next record? Maybe some of his magic will wear off on ya matey!!!!!

    Love to all.

  19. avatar
    pennybridge | 16 November 2008 at 9:11 am #

    Please don’t speak of making
    “perfect” music
    cos there isn’t any
    And if there is
    it’s terribly booooring

    Take Coldplay for instance …
    (say no more! Read my blog)

  20. avatar
    eek | 16 November 2008 at 9:56 am #

    Painkiller works quite nicely for me. And you love it. Looks to me as if it’s all good. 🙂

    but herein lies the real barb
    the nasty persons said that if you liked painkiller
    then you were either delusional or an “ass-kisser”
    now aint that a little extreme…?

    Sure those comments are nasty, but consider the source….

    and its fuzzy cos i’m fuzzy

    And with summer coming up, I bet you’ll be warm too. So there you go folks — Steve Kilbey is actually warm and fuzzy. YES!! I knew it!! 😀

  21. avatar
    ml68 | 16 November 2008 at 10:07 am #

    hey sk

    really enjoyed your tunes today but much more importantly, had a good rethink about meat eating…been reading yer blog for a while and sorta getting the idea, but to hear your arguments in the flesh was the old proverbial turning point…thank you.

    cheers mate


  22. avatar
    verdelay | 16 November 2008 at 10:51 am #

    What matters is not whether everyone agrees that the numbers that came up were the right numbers,
    but that you continue to roll the dice.

    (personally, I’m on the side of snake-eyes tossed, against the side of heaven…)

    But the frission helps…it’s time I listened to this record of yours, methinks…

  23. avatar
    davem | 16 November 2008 at 11:15 am #

    Stefan, I don’t post on the womb so can’t respond there.
    I certainly wasn’t “slaying” Boriah’s music. It was meant to be playful. If it has come across otherwise, I apologise.
    We can all be over protective of SK’s art at times. The last thing I’d want to do is piss off other SK fans.
    Apologies again.

  24. avatar
    ross b | 16 November 2008 at 12:01 pm #

    Painkiller is a great record and it's astoundingly good considering it was recorded in such a short space of time. I love the sublime melodies, the bass lines & production but most of all I love the primal-ness, or rawness, the imperativeness of expression, an almost underlying savagery in the music…that really appeals to me.

    I feel the earth move under my feet when I listen to Painkiller.

    Yeah the 80's stuff is all remastered & repackaged with booklets and videos and extra tracks so we definitely have it alright!

  25. avatar
    athanasiuspernath | 16 November 2008 at 3:28 pm #

    no prob Davem, i’m an expert in causing all kinds of funny misunderstandings. ;-

  26. avatar
    Polydora | 16 November 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    “this is me
    this is where i am fucking at”

    The best gift of all. Beautiful and perfect because you dare to express nothing more than all that you are right here, right now.

    I say, fuck ’em. Personal creativity doesn’t exist to appease the masses, neither does true genius.

    You’ve given us all so much, already. More than we will probably ever understand or fully appreciate.

    gratis tibi ago, SK.

  27. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 16 November 2008 at 8:32 pm #

    Best CDs of 2008 Are !

    Jeff Beck-Live At Ronnie Scotts
    The Pretenders-Break Up The Concrete.
    Steve Kilbey-Painkiller
    Tangerine Dream-The Anthology Decades
    K.D. Lang-Watershed
    Fireman(MACCA and Youth)-Electronic Arguements
    Steve Howe-The Haunted Melody
    Julian Cope-Black Sheep

  28. avatar
    fireman | 23 November 2008 at 10:48 am #

    Thanks for the beautiful soundtrack you are providing to all of our lives…

    PS painkiller rocks!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.