posted on April 26, 2007 at 3:25 pm

strange life
strange daze indeed
what would i know
yessaday i visit christiana
boy things have changed within copenhagens weed compound
the cops did a big raid n closed down all the stalls
now ya gotta buy it off guys who look kinda nasty n desperate
its still there
but now its more expensive furtive n dangerous
nice work
gee that sure sorted em all out
2 hundred years ago there was no smuggling drugs
you could walk around high on whatever ya liked
there was no customs looking for hashish n opium n coca leaves
you could do whatever ya liked
no one had yet thought to intrude
on this last frontier…mans personal “headspace”
that is, some prick in a government
telling me n you what we can do…
ok its bad for us
let people take their chances the way they do with booze n cigs
booze n cigs killed more people than heroin has or ever probably will
so anyway in the early 1900s
i guess some smart little ratbag in the u.s.
realised they could seriously be able to clamp down
on certain groups…need i say
blacks, the poor, artists, bohemians,libertarians etc
by making dope illegal
ya could bust this lots balls
but your wasp folks would be fine
cos they didnt mostly do drugs
they just drank
christiana was a shadow of its former self
there was hardly any choice
everyone had same little baggies
100 danska kroner for a cuppla spliffs
bout the same as a 20 in sydney i guess
why is an otherwise law abiding
peace loving man such as myself
forced to consort with crims
jus’ so i can have a smoke
or whatever
cmon leave me alone
lemme decide whats playing in my head
cos i dont dig this “straight” world youve constructed
im too big a goose to fit in yer cage
thats right im a goose
but i aint no chicken
so why are the turkeys dick-tating their alpha male jive
to such personages as ourselves?
no i will choose what i do with mah own brain
even if it means breaking some petty rule
that theyll laugh about in 100 years
just like these days ya cant believe
all that other persecution that gets dished out
and its always these same old guys
these bitter stupid old bastards
deciding which war youll fight
what drugs ya can n cant take
(eg no weed …er have a valium)
because it has been determined
that the need to change consciousness
is only in third place behind foodnshelter and procreation
thats right
i have a god given right to alter my consciousness
it is a deep need within me
i use this change to create the music n words
that are the reason i presume
youre even reading this twaddle
unless youre my mother
in which case she hates drugs
fair enough
she doesnt take them
but she once offered to stop drinking tea
if id stop shooting junket
unfortunately i never took her up
copenhagen was a good gig
no it was really good
really good on every level
austria was the best so far for me
but c-hagen was still pretty goode
i was talking about “princess” mary of tasmania
n the locals yucked it up beaucoups de ha ha ha
i was straddling n sprawling about
in a vain effort to look exciting
but as someone said
looking like a buddhist ski instructor
or something
anyway good luck to her
hello d’yer come here often…im the fucking prince of denmark, baby!
i mean
thats gotta be a better aphrodizzy-ack
than hi im stanley and im a clerk in the public service from croydon
howcome no princess ever discovered me
in some bar in sydney
muse: youre never in a bar for a start…
yeah its true i hate bars
except muesli bars with spelt bing-bangs
anyway driven all the way down south in denmark
across on a ferry to deutschland
n now backstage here in the knust club
n writing to ya as we speak
at this very very moment
i had pomme frites on the ferry n watched the propellors go round
on the misty coast of germany
i stood in the sun n fresh air
and the sky n sea both blue…royal blue
and the northern spring is unseasonably warm
its 27 …
but people are determined to enjoy it
hamburg here i am
the most visceral n sordid of germanies cities
but very bohemian
more chaotic
more wild
what you want mister?
they got it here….
whats that?
oh yeah plenty of that too
thats it for today

47 Responses to “whole lotta hurt for ya get to the bliss”

  1. avatar
    gareth,notts | 26 April 2007 at 4:19 pm #

    what a great life you lead,would love to get in another band n travel as much as you guys do!happy birthday to me!!! get my birthday treat saturday n monday, The Church full electric-can’t wait

  2. avatar
    Noel Christian | 26 April 2007 at 4:22 pm #

    The city of sin.
    The city where the Beatles turned into a savage rock machine.

    Give them Hell, Steve.

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    Cee | 26 April 2007 at 4:22 pm #

    My friend Tom just got his medical marijuana card, looking forward to some ganja goodies, like lollipops to take on the plane ride.
    My ultra “western medicine rules” boss (who is a western medicine doc) was actually praising the benefits of marijuana and listed a number of studies outlining the same. The medical community needs to make a stand on this and expose the deceit. Sadly, there is too much money involved in keeping marijuana illegal…so in the meantime get your medical mj card and score me a lollipop, si?
    Corre Lola, corre!

  4. avatar
    EARTHFRIEND | 26 April 2007 at 4:26 pm #

    wish me was back in Hamburg…
    John Lennon

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 April 2007 at 4:34 pm #

    just in case anyone is interested – the night before the church play at islington Glen Matlock is playing at the ruislip golf club. he did a show there a couple of months ago and it was pretty fun to see the man do acoustic versions of all those naughty sex pistols songs. maybe someone who is travelling to london for the church might want to see this. i guess his website will have details. still hoping to make it to either brighton or islington, if i do manage it mr K i shall bring a jazz based present for you (although i should imagine in both london or brighton you will have the stuff coming out of your ears).



  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 April 2007 at 4:36 pm #

    Hamburg…to see the greatest rock and roll band in the world today walk in the same footpath as the greatest rock and roll band in the world of yesterday. Effervescent ghosts of the Star Club, The Reeperbauhm, The Kaiserkeller, and Stu Sutcliffe were no doubt in attendance and nodding their approval.

  7. avatar
    mime | 26 April 2007 at 5:43 pm #

    The prince of Denmark? Didn’t he get killed in some Shakespearian play? So be careful.
    Anyway, only 24 hours and you’re back in Metropolis. Can’ wait to see you there.

  8. avatar
    Fandorinus vulgaris Linn. | 26 April 2007 at 5:52 pm #

    think about one serious fan stuck in a village some 190km from the show happening, cringing and a bit sad. would have loved to increase crowd size by one head… all the best

  9. avatar
    12str | 26 April 2007 at 6:44 pm #

    hi there folks!
    just got back home after 2 days following fab4 to malmΓΆ and copenhagen…..
    i never seen the band as good as they are nowadays..
    SK ruled the venues…
    PK played destination all the time;)seemed happy and even danced in the middle of the copenhagen gig..
    MWP:s guitar was glowing and his bass parts rocked!
    and if youre wondering about the essence of rythm…go and check out TP…depht and!
    the lights were brilliant and set the athmosphere…
    so now im back home… work…a little bit hungover…serving beverages to overweighted ,dead tissue eating straights with an attitude!!

    but to hell with them…
    ive got a mindfull of impressions to sort out..what a trip!

    im going to sneak out and have a small joint…wanna join me?


  10. avatar
    Lx | 26 April 2007 at 7:06 pm #


  11. avatar
    Peter | 26 April 2007 at 7:08 pm #

    Hi everyone..

    Just want to say that I agree with Pat. The Church are brilliant. The concert yesterday in my hometown was the best IΒ΄ve ever seen them play.
    Thank you Steve…a few days ago you wondered what you could mean up here in the north….for me you mean so much! Best band in the universe!

  12. avatar
    davem | 26 April 2007 at 7:18 pm #

    Too fucking right. The best band in the universe.
    I’m with Gareth and looking forward to my birthday treats in Brighton and London.
    I can’t waitttttttttttttttttttttttt.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 April 2007 at 7:47 pm #

    .. 2 hundred years ago we got thrashed with barbed wire (if we were lucky!!) Got given hot gravel for breakfast (if we were lucky!) Try and tell these kids that nowadays.. they won’t bloody beleeev ya.

  14. avatar
    ~ | 26 April 2007 at 8:11 pm #

    various meanings of transcendence
    various ways of reaching that state
    of self actualisation
    cigs are bad for you, yes
    so is refined sugar
    and the yeast of the Pharisees!
    to be avoided as much as
    humanly possible
    wine served at weddings though
    and church services
    a fine line can exist between
    addiction and transcendence
    no govs biznass that personal distinction
    between spirit and material needs
    I’ve walked them both
    perspective is the altered state
    you smoke herb to free yourself from yourself
    I like to eat it when I can, cee
    okay and a joint is a joint
    oral fixation? yay!
    its all good greenpeace baby
    like swimming and yoga
    writing music art
    all hues of Love
    or hallucinating in the desert
    or creating images in the space of waking attention
    capturing elusive time like a drug itself
    I find in that place pot overwhelms me
    I lose focus to channel when I need it most
    to follow the dream within the dream
    thats me
    as for listening instead of looking
    and painting is looking inside
    losing focus is right
    you have the right to alter
    the state of your head space
    the state of your resident space
    although it says so in the constitution
    not allowed by the institution
    they even, at first
    offered coupons to have pot
    and said if ya apply by such and such date
    meet the deadline and whatnot
    and all their whyfors
    that was a total sham
    they never intended to pass out a one
    wait-they did give one guy a pass
    then jailed him
    mean while they do much much more than a drinky
    now and again
    pharmas and interns
    bullets in the blue sky
    bloody beads and salem savage
    like the king james bible
    they executed the guy who translated the good word into the common language
    the same damn people
    marching marching marching

    your efforts not in vain
    after all, who is ellie pointing at?
    looking like a ski instructor
    the point
    bee there in tas man
    I see you
    c’mon laugh ya goose
    muse: well the princess’d take a gander, you’re not one to be found in bars, luv
    cept if they play some hot blues
    she does know what you like to drink
    though, absinthe and sprite, with a twist of lemon
    room service?
    or at the starting gate?


  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 April 2007 at 8:18 pm #

    In the middle of my job when I was just proclaimed employee of the month I was drug tested.


    Then fired.

    My boss couldn’t even use a fucking computer and I get fired for smoking weed on MY time, in my own home.

    What the fuck is that shit?

    I feel your pain man, truly.

    Upward and onward.

    No more fucking around people.

    We need to wake the hell up before there’s nothing worth waking up for.

  16. avatar
    ~ | 26 April 2007 at 8:29 pm #

    amen to that! πŸ™‚
    if we do not wake the hell up
    hell will be there when we wake

    peace and love to ya all


  17. avatar
    veleska1970 | 26 April 2007 at 9:15 pm #

    i’m convinced that just about anything you put in your body is bad for you anyway….

    sounds like you’re still on that roll from the other day. i hope it remains this way from here on outwards.


    lotza love…..

  18. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 26 April 2007 at 9:53 pm #

    Humane people who smoke weed and hash are tossed in cells. Inhumane people who own slaughterhouses, fur factories and hunting lodges make millions via the abuse, slaughter and killing of innocent animals. An evil force permeates throughout this tragic, sad world.

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 April 2007 at 9:58 pm #

    thanks steve for a great gig in C.hagen and taking time signing my cd’s……fu…all this,you said….give it to me….. and you signed them all, together with peter and marty.
    take care

    thor-arne aus norwegen

  20. avatar
    mattdavison | 26 April 2007 at 10:02 pm #

    You suffer for the groovy little happening…..

    So do I … Infact you can become obssesed by yr little problem.

    Hey The shot of you and twillie one on the seat..made me wanna say “Who’s your Daddy”

    Audition was not so good. Had a block.. (ironic) did one for the day before 4 a US tv show, and was brilliant, had to play a gay man. Hmm. But with a 300 zillion dollar 3D Si-Fi action movie..flailed like a swimmer in the summer heat.

    Get Outta my head Block”. Nah don’t I love et..

    I am nevet matt

    How bout that.

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 April 2007 at 10:39 pm #

    best band in any universe.

    richard mchealthy

    p.s. and have you heard mimesis?

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 April 2007 at 10:56 pm #

    Christiana sounds like Nimbin these days – its the same all fucking over.
    Conformity sucks.
    Matt Finish tonite at the Arncliffe Hotel – now thats really 80’s.
    Enjoy the arse end of the tour & be kind to each other.

    Dutch Pierre

  23. avatar
    stealthblue | 26 April 2007 at 11:44 pm #

    Amen to that, Kilbo. Couldn’t have said it better regarding the certain “Evil, Murderous Botanical.” It is pretty fucked how demonized Mary Jane has become…and it is usually chastised by those who have never even tried it. I mean have you seen the Anti-Weed ads targeting youngins??? HOLY SHIT, what a crock of complete bullshit…almost laughable, but more sickening. Yeah, I’ll agree, too much of ANYTHING is bad for ya, and certain things actually ARE bad (ie: METH!!) but so what if you choose to light up a spliff after work as opposed to booze, cigarettes and coffee?? (Personally, I would rather be high ANYDAY than drunk, I hate that sick, nasty, pukey, stumbley, drunk feeling, man) I mean, they actually allow us to DRIVE under the influence (to a “legal” point) of alcohol, but they’ll cuff you-n-stuff you for smoking a little pot and trying to write a song or just watch a concert. WTF??? I don’t get it…control, control, control, that is the name of the “straight” little game. It doesn’t so much anger as much as it saddens me how our world is so advanced in so many ways and so very, VERY behind in others. What is it going to take? It is the same with war, precription medicine even, healthcare in general, food production, weapons, transportation, fuel, etc, etc, etc. God damn that drive for the fucking buck. I hope to GOD your prediction is right in that it will all just be a big joke in a hundred years from now. BUT I seriously hope it doesn’t take that long. Really, I am not just talking about pot, but that along with a few other things…

    Anyway, Glad your show went well in Denmark. Hope you guys finish out well too. Take care, Steve and fellow TBers.

  24. avatar
    fantasticandy | 27 April 2007 at 12:07 am #

    that’s really tough,
    sorry to hear that man.
    hey, i’m sure somthing cool will come your way,
    stay focused, i know it’s gonna happen for you soon.
    well we booked a ‘dudes’ minibus and capt’n james cook is gonna take the wheel.
    so with the help of my wonderful bandmates and my sat-nav….london
    here we come!
    everyones saying the boys have never been better, so it looks like wer’e in for a real treat.
    see you there chums!
    ‘the neptunous one’

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 April 2007 at 1:01 am #

    Oh well sk, sounds like you had a good time there anyway, maybe taking a ferry ride reminded you of that faraway place called Sydney, where you’ll be soon with all your girlies. Only a few days to go, I’m so jealous of all those people going to London for TWO shows!! You never do that here πŸ™
    Have a fantastic time everyone!!
    Love and xxxxx

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 April 2007 at 1:59 am #

    32,000 kids in Australia prescribed Ritalin …. but thats ok — not

    Dutch Pierre

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 April 2007 at 2:41 am #

    thanks for the reviews peoples
    i’m sorta getting and inkling


  28. avatar
    kat | 27 April 2007 at 2:47 am #


    you’re at the silver beatles’ stop. keep rockin’ ;]=~~~~

  29. avatar
    JJ | 27 April 2007 at 3:26 am #

    Strange days have found us, strange days have tracked us down…..going to destroy our casual joys…

    I was in Hamburg a few years ago, found the brass plaque in the sidewalk in front of the Star club for the Fabs. Glad the Copenhagen gig went down well.

    Drug laws here have no basis in logic or consistency, but fuel a huge industry dependent on the government money stream to stamp them out, only they don’t want their gravy train to end. Then turn on the TV and an endless string of ads come on urging you to “ask your doctor” for the purple pill, the mood-enhancing “are you feeling sad?” pill, this drug, that drug, this imaginary syndrome, that one – ask for merck’s drug, pfizer’s drug, atra-zeneca’s…on and on and on. The straights love drugs. “White Rabbit’ is still true today.

  30. avatar
    CSTCoach | 27 April 2007 at 3:44 am #

    totally agree with ya, killa (as is often the case, it seems). the world is too full of meddling busybodies oh so keen to look after the morality and interests of others. Kinda ironic, when they make such a mess of things.

    don’t protect me from myself.

    knock em flat in Germany! (are you coming to north america this year???)


  31. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 27 April 2007 at 4:55 am #

    The Dick-Tators
    Oh, how they love
    to sway and swagger
    with their neat little daggers…

  32. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 27 April 2007 at 5:19 am #


    yeblik nevets – “ssensuoicsnoc ym retla ot thgir nevig dog a evah i”


  33. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 27 April 2007 at 6:00 am #

    Whooooahh !!!!!!

    daed si luaP !!!!

    B.H.D.T – How the kcuf did you do that ???

  34. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 27 April 2007 at 6:43 am #


    i have a god given right to alter my consciousness too!

    did you notice one of the search results?

    very apt!…


    Go Between the Churches

    One of the benefits of the sporadic release schedules enjoyed by a lot of the better artists over the past decade or so is the freedom it gives them to explore alternative paths without having to make the experiment a permanent commitment.”


  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 April 2007 at 7:29 am #

    Drugs…the only thing more boring than sobriety.

  36. avatar
    ~ | 27 April 2007 at 7:31 am #

    experi mental
    all good
    hey I had to get my mirror tuo
    to read taht
    er, me an mah terible spelting
    musta been the lumps of poison they made me eat
    as a wee one!
    and all that werk getting up at half pat
    to pay the
    just to
    make enough to get to metropolis
    and buy a camera
    or twelve
    ironic-that some
    one with such poor eyesight
    makes a living from focusing
    sure does excite me
    the thought of all those images
    just waiting to be taken
    de light full
    sensor eelectric
    neptune dude,
    capt cookie eh?
    sail away!
    in a minibus!
    you’ll be a star in the charts of the stars
    shine brightly
    shine on
    ya crazy

    peace to all
    safwe twavels

  37. avatar
    jaz coleman | 27 April 2007 at 7:35 am #

    Dunno about protecting you druggies from yourselves, but I wish some fucker would protect me from you. Everywhere I fucking go in England I’m assailed by the vile dope stench – on buses, in train stations, walking the high street, in my own house unless I close the windows to stop the reek from next door infiltrating me brain. Couldn’t give a fuck wot shit you lot smoke, but why the fuck can’t yer keep it away from me? Pricks.

  38. avatar
    eek | 27 April 2007 at 8:16 am #

    its still there
    but now its more expensive furtive n dangerous
    nice work
    gee that sure sorted em all out

    the sad thing is most people will believe the cops did a great job of “cleaning up that problem.” People are stupid. The only joy I get out of it is know we (“we” being the US) aren’t the only dumb fucks around. πŸ™‚

    (ok…you can crow a bit since you didn’t get stuck with Dubya, but many of your leaders are kowtowing to him anyway, so don’t be too fucking smug)

  39. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 27 April 2007 at 8:31 am #

    and now I think this blog should be renamed “Guises and Geezers”

  40. avatar
    captainmission | 27 April 2007 at 10:30 am #

    its very sad that a few thought police getting a cut from cigs and booze tax can’t allow the exploration of our own conciousness with some flexibility. Just say No should be Just say KNOW.
    i hate the idea that i cannot explore inner space without being labelled a criminal. That’s the crime.

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 April 2007 at 11:08 am #

    Taday’s Miss Patti’s Birthday!!!
    All HAIL the Harping LADY!!!

  42. avatar
    restaurant mark | 27 April 2007 at 12:50 pm #

    preach on brother…

    hey we could make bumper stickers or something:




    you get the picture…is it too early here to be silly?

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 April 2007 at 1:19 pm #

    Happy birthday, Space Ace Frehley!

  44. avatar
    stealthblue | 27 April 2007 at 3:33 pm #

    Like your sound.

    Go DUDES! Happy touring. Knock em’ dead. Good to hear your news.

    Jaz Coleman, I hope things get better for you. Sounds like things are rough. Not all “druggies” are bad, just a fact there are some respectful ones too. Hope your surroundings improve or you get to improve them.

    To the other Fiendss, Killa and Co. on da rode,
    Have a great weekend…
    Ben V.

  45. avatar
    veleska1970 | 27 April 2007 at 4:16 pm #

    i just want to give a shout out that today (april 27th) is queen hetshepsut’s birthday….

    HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DENISE!!!!!! ***hugs*** ***hugs*** ***hugs***

    i’m raising a champagne glass to you~~have a great one!!!!

    much love,

  46. avatar
    veleska1970 | 27 April 2007 at 4:19 pm #

    to “fantastic neptune”: that is stellar news, andy!! wish i could be there, maybe one day…..

    to mattd: sorry you didn’t get the part. something will come along that’s right for you….

    to other birthday boys and girls: happy birthday. may all your wishes come true….

  47. avatar
    CSTCoach | 27 April 2007 at 5:00 pm #

    Happy Birthday Queen!


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