posted on February 2, 2007 at 8:17 pm

today is bimbadgen winery
the last gig of pretenders tour
chrissie said “nice gig” or something to me
as i walked off last night
then she thanked us from the stage
its sad i woulda liked to have been her friend
i mean we both vegans
we both vehemently anti-meat
we both olde
we both play in bands
you see…we had a lot in common…
fair enough
but i guess im gonna kinda miss her…..
and …wow….
whatever ya say about her
shes unique
she picks up her guitar n opens her mouth
and out comes something no one else can do
and shes a cool woman in a blokey boring showbiz world
today im taking the whole fambley up to the winery
tims daughter bryn ‘ll be there too
shes a few months younger than the doodles
she looks like a 3 rd doodle too
anyway i guess kelso ‘ll be there too
with his sentimental bloke routine
and the chirch
rocking in the wilderness
under fair blue skies
before the pissed punters
scoffing down the fucking claret n merlot
the sweet stickies(bimbadgen the best)
the cab savs
the shiraz baybee
whatever i dunno what those punters get pissed on
but we get em at 5 in arvo semi pissed n in the sun
rocknroll my brethren
supporting the nicest man in the world
and the best chicksinger ever with about 25 hits
theres the chirch
in the sun
in the rain
standing in a carpark in ohio
or coming to a deadend in the snow in norway
or a midnite cafe in cologne
or a trailer at a festival in orange county
stopping for a can of red bull in arizona where its a hundred n fifteen degrees
hanging round a rat infested alleyway out the back of 9.30 club d.c.
driving thru hail
alien sightings
missing members
breakdowns n start-ups
oh god we’re going the wrong way
no seats on plane
baggage complaints dept
is there anything vegetarian ? dept
but thats only 2 n half hours sleep! dept
the early morning wake up
but you cant wake up
standing in a market square in italy miming tantalized
on a tv show in rome knocking out reptile thru tiny amps
making a video next to a weir in victoria
flying into paris lonely at dawn
hostile customs officers grope thru my belongings
a cafeteria somewhere a fly lands on a sandwich
jumping in the cab saying goodbye goodbye goodbye
up all night on a ferry with a lucky streak playing roulette
black 13
in the mud at roskilde
on flat green lawns in holland…pop in the park
arguing in a marquee in dallas
or bumping into damien lovelock at an airport
or seeing thom yorke shopping duty free at heathrow
or having to flush my stash in switzerland n then NOT getting searched
doing yoga on a stairwell in florida looking out over ft lauderdale
standing outside a hotel having a fire drill
stopping for a wee on a lonely stretch in queensland
visiting somebodies mum somewhere in connecticut on thanksgiving
but our black busdriver wouldnt come in
sitting in business class on finnair with a crying aussie roadie
all the business men crossing n recrossing their legs
getting my guitar nicked in nyc
the sumptuous dressing rooms
the tiny black holes of horror
being accosted by complete idiots
being loved so much that youre hated
being disappointing
being ordinary
being tired
being in time

41 Responses to “wine,women n song”

  1. avatar
    veleska1970 | 2 February 2007 at 9:13 pm #

    oh, the joys of being in your line of work.

    but i’m glad you are enduring all that, suffering for your art, so that we can continue to enjoy your music.

    so today’s the last day, huh? well, i hope you get plenty of rest for europe coming up. it’ll be here before ya know it.

    lotza love….

  2. avatar
    stealthblue | 2 February 2007 at 9:19 pm #

    What a life, Steve-o. I think it’s absolutely brilliant. We all have a story I guess, but I love hearing about yours…fantastic and exciting, yet normal too. Thanks for being a real human being. Hope you have a great gig tonight (probably over by the time you read this)but I hope it went well. Long live SK and his fambley!
    Ben V.

  3. avatar
    John Garratt | 2 February 2007 at 9:38 pm #

    “its sad i woulda liked to have been her friend”

    What’s stopping you?


  4. avatar
    shawn_el | 2 February 2007 at 9:44 pm #

    the 9:30 club in DC…yeah it is surrounded by rat infested alleys…i saw you the last time you played there in 1999.

    yes, what a life…cheers to SK

  5. avatar
    shawn_el | 2 February 2007 at 9:46 pm #

    BTW did you really see Thom Yorke shopping duty-free at Heathrow? I heard he’s really short.

  6. avatar
    the dean | 2 February 2007 at 9:51 pm #

    I bet you get stuck with being the designated driver too.
    the life and loves of a time being.

  7. avatar
    ed in fl | 2 February 2007 at 10:01 pm #

    ah – the 930 club in DC. Had forgot about that one. Used to go back in the 70’s when I lived there. You are one lucky bloke to have the experiences you have lived. Even though alot sucked, you’ve done things very few else will ever get to do. Thanks for letting us live vicariously thru some of your travels.

    ed in fl

  8. avatar
    lebuaf | 2 February 2007 at 10:06 pm #

    after reading yer blog this last couple of weeks – one word comes to mind – bizzy, you are that

    thx for all the great tales

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 February 2007 at 10:08 pm #

    Have a great day on the green today, what a cool way for the girls to see their rockstar daddy-o strut his stuff, they’re going to be blown away, and finally realise what a groover of a dad they have, it had to happen sometime!
    Enjoy you’re time off before the next lot starts, can’t wait til March 1st…yay!!!.
    Love always,

  10. avatar
    gareth,notts | 2 February 2007 at 10:29 pm #

    thats a great list of experiences! mine aint too bad either i s’pose. hope thom yorke was suitably starstruck and in awe of a real musical/lyrical/artistic genius!!!

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 February 2007 at 10:43 pm #

    ….and Chrissie Hynde’s got daughters, too.


  12. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 2 February 2007 at 11:02 pm #

    being loved so much that youre hated
    being disappointing
    being ordinary
    being tired
    being in time

    ser tan amado que to odian
    ser decepcionado
    ser ordinario
    estar cansado
    estar a tiempo

  13. avatar
    ambnt1 | 2 February 2007 at 11:13 pm #


    Re: Chrissie

    Yeah, and she’s hot, too! (for old lady) Sounds like you got a crush on the Royal Hynde.


    n.p. AC/DC, “Let There be Rock” (your faves! Soon to be followed by new Sylvian/Nine Horses e.p. “Money for All which I just unshrink-wrapped)

  14. avatar
    nickfiction | 2 February 2007 at 11:17 pm #

    Sk you can stand in any carpark in ohio whenever ya like, plus I can always bring ya some goodies!!!!

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 February 2007 at 11:21 pm #

    it’s a long way . . .
    would . . .
    or should that be will
    you do it all again?

  16. avatar
    Richard | 2 February 2007 at 11:30 pm #

    and… loving it

    (as another genius often said)

  17. avatar
    fergal | 2 February 2007 at 11:48 pm #

    it’s a long way to the top if u wanna space rock
    how’s the view out/up there?
    nice one


  18. avatar
    annikajones | 3 February 2007 at 12:09 am #

    Alien sightings?

    Great post today, captures the spirit of touring.

  19. avatar
    captainmission | 3 February 2007 at 12:15 am #

    tragedy has hit mission control, and i won’t be able to see ya guys today due to circumstances beyond my control. i am gutted to say the least. my friends even bought me a ticket but now it will have to go to some other lucky person. anyway theres not much point in dwelling on the matter but have a great day steve and co. i wish ya all the best and know that the crowd are going to be in for an absolute divine experience.
    loved reading todays blog, made me think about the amazing experiences you must have had in yr life and i can’t wait to read your memoirs, one day at least. i guess that you have such a intresting and unusual take on life that they would make a refreshing read, one can only hope that one day you find time to write them down, i guess in a way yr bloggy is already forming up as some sort of autobiographical event.
    love captain sadness

  20. avatar
    damien | 3 February 2007 at 12:46 am #

    A life less ordinary.

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 February 2007 at 1:18 am #

    its a shame you and chrissy didn’t get to connect,
    maybe you still will
    maybe you’re too alike
    maybe it would have been disappointing
    maybe it’s better to just imagine

    and i’m not so sure it’s love if you’re hated
    love is light
    love is letting you be
    love is letting you go
    love comes in many flavours
    love comes from your soul

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 February 2007 at 1:34 am #

    La Hynde rocks. Saw the Pretenders here in Austin back in 84- with the Alarm(!)…She is the lady Bob- of sorts…D~$ —Word to your Sister!!!!

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 February 2007 at 1:45 am #

    I had just taken EMS off the shelf & was walking to the counter as “Wide Open Road” broke out over the record shop sound system… Life is so sweet sometimes.
    Have a great day everyone 🙂

  24. avatar
    restaurant mark | 3 February 2007 at 2:07 am #

    you know it can be a pain…but obviously it’s the music. you breathe it…sometimes the other bullshit can get ya down and get in the way of your enjoyment…but at the end of the day, you’re a musician, you make music…AND DAMN FINE MUSIC TOO!!!
    take care

  25. avatar
    Noelia | 3 February 2007 at 2:08 am #

    I love Chrissie… and I love YOU a lot! So very often I can’t decide whom I love the most… But as I’m a woman and I like men, not women… Then I love YOU more than Chrissie!
    Best regards!

  26. avatar
    lifestyles of the rich and famous | 3 February 2007 at 2:20 am #

    CH is more famous than you so you can’t just decide to be her friend…she has to ‘want’ you to be. It’d be like us just imposing our friendship on you, you have power of veto because your more famous than us…geddit?

    From someone extremly famous

  27. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 3 February 2007 at 2:33 am #

    love your comments about life on the road
    always love to see you,
    always wonder if you love being there

  28. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 3 February 2007 at 2:41 am #

    its sad i woulda liked to have been her friend
    i mean we both vegans
    we both vehemently anti-meat
    we both olde
    we both play in bands
    you see…we had a lot in common…

    Olde…. you’re both in your prime, enjoy!

    Steve, have a great day with the family. I imagine it will be pretty exciting for your girls seeing their daddy up on the stage with a big crowd watching.

  29. avatar
    dr freud | 3 February 2007 at 4:43 am #

    SK, if you wanted to be her friend perhaps you shouldn’t always go on the defensive with people you don’t know…

    i quote from blog january 21

    ‘chrissy seems a bit of a loof
    on a bit of a star trip’

    you also gave Paul Kelly a serve in that blog only to recant a week or so later.

    You seem to diss any artists in your midst who are doing better than you as a knee jerk reaction only to regret it later.

    ..on to the couch with you!

  30. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 3 February 2007 at 4:47 am #

    thanks for your travels steve
    they’ve fed your soul
    in their own unique way
    and you’re still sharing your gift with us
    and of that i’m very grateful

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 February 2007 at 5:10 am #

    Yo Steve,

    Please make sure you come see us murkins after the Crunch’s trip to Yurp. Vegan treats await in Phoenix, AZ !!!!

    Killa B

  32. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 3 February 2007 at 6:34 am #

    me will acost you me self if you don’t get your ass up and over here pretty soon, haha…

  33. avatar
    davem | 3 February 2007 at 7:29 am #

    I hope you look back and think it’s been worth it.
    The music will last forever. I admit that I think Radiohead are pretty special but there’s only one Church. The most important band, no-one else quite reaches your heights.
    love you more,

    Dave M

  34. avatar
    fantasticandy | 3 February 2007 at 8:09 am #

    my two daughters think me being in a band is hillairious!
    hope EMS is selling really well.
    andy L.

  35. avatar
    don joe | 3 February 2007 at 8:20 am #

    Thanks Steve. That was awesome. Tonnes of admiration for what you have achieved, totally jealous. Would love to be in a band for half as long just to get a solid taste of it…. Keep eternal

    don joe

  36. avatar
    metal_petal | 3 February 2007 at 9:39 am #

    There will be a big party tonight and she will tell you she’s always loved you, she was just trying to be cool.

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 February 2007 at 2:17 pm #

    “standing in a market square in italy miming tantalized.” Tantalized will always be my favorite music video. Oddly, Cinderella’s “Gypsy Road” is my second. Keep rocking and yogainnnnggg.

  38. avatar
    matthew | 3 February 2007 at 3:09 pm #

    Hey I really loved that expansive summation essqué… nice nice nice in its summatory expansiveness. You’re gonna think i only commented for this reason… (far from it – i did actually love the trans-world imagery, and how it all began with Chrissie Hynde) but i AM gonna add, in a moment of shameless S-promotion, that on Monday night I shall again finally tread the boards at last (or at least, the little raised carpeted bit): @ The Phoenix, Canberra City, 11:30pm – armed with guitar, voice and rhythmic/bleepy/creepy noises.

    It’s been a while trapped in the studio. I’m feeling vibed.

    PS- totally loved the Scarlet biographical 2 days ago, just didn’t quite comment… she sounds a lot like my (now) 12yo girl.

  39. avatar
    eek | 3 February 2007 at 3:20 pm #

    I think Chrissie was wary of the awesome power of the TimeBeing’s stunning calves! Prolonged exposure to those magical calves makes it so nothing less will ever do, so you see, she just couldn’t take that risk. 🙂

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 February 2007 at 11:33 pm #

    it’s working, right?

  41. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 2 April 2007 at 3:15 pm #

    Steve Kilbey and Chrissie Hynde are not only two of the most talented singers, writers and musicians in music; they are also two of the most compassionate and proactive vegetarians and animal welfare advocates. So is Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Annie Haslam, Tom Scholz and Moby.

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