posted on July 3, 2006 at 5:05 am

i aint gonna apologise
for missing yessaday, i mean
im sure you got along just fine w/out me
jus’ like you used to….
spending too much time in general
tieing up loose ends
went to a garden party
took some time off from ye olde bumpe n grind
the rats are running a little faster this year
in the race i mean
the great race
to be ascendant on the great machine
till ya barkin ‘ orders to your p.a.
whilst flying 1st class to zurich
to look at some capital investments
and your wifes from olde money
and your children to go DR ramsays
very private school for extremely rich kids
who dont need to learn that much
cos theyll be a xillionaire the day they turn 18 institute
in the eastern eastern suburbs
you drive a porsche six wheel drive sports camper guzzler
with surround sound latest release tv/karaoke/internet/mobile/network
which comes in 2 attractive colours
rose taupe
or puce
and optional extras maxxed out hi tech latest stuff
with all the bilt-ins n plug-ins

i do wish that was me actually
what happens when you wanna trade in yer hippy outfit
for a suit?
maybe i DO wanna come in from the cold
im olde n im broke
like a drinkn a smoke
i wanna come in from the cold
come on olde fruit
you look great in a suit
the vip bathroom is a beckoning
just up a few more floors
in the tower of song
i coulda beena contender
in academia or somethin’
dont i know more about the romans than most old rockers you know
archaeology woulda been a breeze fer me
i can see me onsite in lower turkish coast somewhere
discovering a new civilisation and deciphering their hierogliffix
i woulda had that stuff for breakfast
i coulda been a professor surrounded by admiring students
who doted on my every utterance
i coulda smoked a pipe and had a golden retriever
i coulda hadda smoking jacket n a cravatt
and driven some sleek car blurring thru the massachussetts snow
i coulda knocked off a thesis or 2 by now fiendss
the kilbey effect
by dr s kilbey ph fucking d
on cosine retrogrades n petulant triglyciserides
but who am i to talk…?
i just had about only 15 comments last time i looked
at the other days bloody blogg
which is at least one more than the pathetic 14 i got
for my brilliant little sci fi thing from last week
and ya wonder why im switching off in nov
i cant stand these upps n downes
reversals of fortune doing my fragile ego in
here i am in hippy squalor n poverty
cant afford a haircut or a square meal
am so obviously down n out that the tramps n alkies
take the money out of their caps n cups
and pelt me with 50 cent pieces
stumbling round like a beached comber
i think at least i get lotsa comments on my blogg
and lo and fuckin’ behold
lassa nite
tune in to the pirate networks
get on my blogg
and i scroll rapidement down
until i see 15 comments
thats it i fume
im ending this blogg in novembre now for sure
and thats fore sure
ooohh i feel so abandoned by the commenters
i just need to mention eyewrack
and i’ll getta nother 50 comments
or slag off the “straights”
thatll get me at least another 20 angry answers
but you know
i been trying to do it honestly
by jus’ being my lovable self
and not flagrant controversy
strange days
strange times
feathers ruffled
could lash out unpredictably
could recieve correspondence concerning money
could hear from someone you havent heard from for a whyle
could have minory injury or knock
could sleep in or get up early
could suffer from a headache
and or dizziness
could finish bacchus in pyrmont
could do that song im sposed to be doing
carpet mite
or mat
not expectin’ knots will unravel immediately
gordian slash
told ya i got the ancient history in me
yeah yeah
we can see that y’all groan
we dont want rants
we dont want nostalgia
we dont want sci fi
we dont want anti warbush
we dont want tales of family idyll
we dont want yer ego tripping self aggrandizing bullshit, kilbey!
just gimme some troof!!
just tell it like it is you father christmas look alike
ex sikedellic paisley totin’ nitwit
it was like this
i justa smoked this big fat numbah
i picked up my 7 thousand dollar bass
and i plucked a detuned f#
outta time

112 Responses to “winterlong”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 6:14 am #

    I had to laugh sk when after reading this blog I scrolled down and there were, wait for it, 0 comments.. but then again it’s only 4.04pm. I’m sure there’ll be heaps soon enough. If everyone who read your blog commented there surely would be thousands of comments daily. I read it religiously and this is only the 3rd time I’ve commented. Usually the comments are tripe, but then again at least people bother.


  2. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 3 July 2006 at 6:22 am #

    KILBEEYYYYY [shatneresque]

    Signed up with another f*ing Username and damn Pword just topost a comment for ya

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 6:23 am #

    oolright, under great duress heres a comment. about nuttin. still reading after all these months but not as driven as you old boy. I read and stay quiet. often.good luck with the numbers!!

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 6:24 am #

    oi kilbey – calm – fishing for comments are we now huh? – i read it, i like it and now i comment, just so you don’t chuck all your toys out the pram.

    ind regards


  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 6:39 am #

    On Self-Knowledge

    And a man said, “Speak to us of Self-Knowledge.”

    And he answered, saying:

    Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.

    But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart’s knowledge.

    You would know in words that which you have always know in thought.

    You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams.

    And it is well you should.

    The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea;

    And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes.

    But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure;

    And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line.

    For self is a sea boundless and measureless.

    Say not, “I have found the truth,” but rather, “I have found a truth.”

    Say not, “I have found the path of the soul.” Say rather, “I have met the soul walking upon my path.”

    For the soul walks upon all paths.

    The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.

    The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 6:43 am #

    if i commented everytime i thought you had something interesting to say, i’d border on sycophantry
    i love your blogg
    i don’t believe you’ll even end it when you say because i’m in denial
    and well
    you know
    you’re just gorgeous
    old, broke, whatever
    you make me feel better
    having you around

  7. avatar
    MarkM | 3 July 2006 at 6:54 am #

    Now I feel bad that I’d been offline for the w/end and hadn’t made any comments whilst catching up! Long live the bloggy. I don’t always comment either – I often feel what I have to say may be considered tripe by many (see anon comment above)- but I read every entry…..

  8. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 3 July 2006 at 7:02 am #

    me am listening and waiting me dear one…

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 7:05 am #

    SK, I would like to suggest to someone out there that you be awarded an Honorary Doctorate for your body of work…you’ve put in enough spadework for 10 doctorates over the years, so arise Dr Steven Ignatius Kilbey, and swing your little woggle from left to right, and throw your wee hattie into the air…

  10. avatar
    captainmission | 3 July 2006 at 7:31 am #

    no comment.

    oh well okay, here’s something, what’s a de tuned f# sound like?
    can music be described with words, i try to all the time but it seems kinda like i am only halfway there. i mean a picture can be described with words, not brilliantly but it transalates, music is kinda different though.
    and while we are on the subject of wierd shit, what does a (born) blind person dream about?
    (I rang the blind society and they had no answer)
    these thoughts are making me head hurt.

    ps i love reading yr blog and the comments, even the aggro ones, i can’t believe how many people attack ya for expressing your point of veiw, it’s a strange world man.

  11. avatar
    baby | 3 July 2006 at 7:33 am #

    i think i knew that college professor. he had persian carpets & expensive wines & beautiful students sat at his feet after cocktail parties. his white sofa. his sports car. his brilliant thesis work. his tasteful art and paintings. he could tell you the story of the alphabet, the sun and the moon and numbers through 9.

    out of time, isn’t that my song? hey baby, they’re playing our song…

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 7:42 am #


    I’m just posting to boost the numbers,


  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 7:45 am #

    I’m sure i’ve read this before?


  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 7:54 am #

    I’m still here, dude.

    We can talk about the cardboard box again if you’d like….that seems to make you cranky resulting in lots of comments…..but mostly you don’t provoke a response from me everyday.

    Some days you are not provocative.

    I think what everyone here is really enjoying is the access to you, as it is so rare to have this kind of channel to a public figure. That’s why everyone reads, isn’t it….?

    Lots of ppl seem to enjoy your writing so keep on keeping on, and remember you can’t please all the people all the time you old scoundrel.



  15. avatar
    eek | 3 July 2006 at 7:59 am #

    Funny thing is I bet a lot of those execs and academics look at you and think “wow, what a great life. I bet he doesn’t have a care in the world.”

    And I bet they don’t have a cache of middle aged groupie girls (and boys) either. So there. 🙂

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 8:10 am #

    Love ya blogs baybee! Keep ’em coming!


  17. avatar
    lily | 3 July 2006 at 9:10 am #

    Aww, now I feel guilty for not commenting on your wonderful blogge as of late. My bad. I’ll try to be better in the future. =) I really do look forward to reading all your thoughts on war, “straights”, veganism, the twillies, whatever. We love ya, SK, really.

  18. avatar
    Fran | 3 July 2006 at 9:43 am #


    Sorry to hear about the declining comments posted.

    But…..I’m one of those who don’t post but still read every day. Except that now the above is no longer true….. So….. don’t think there’s no demand, cos there is.

    loving it anyway…

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 9:51 am #

    the thing is you’ve been there done all that, lifetime after lifetime. be happy with where you are right now and proceed as fated…….fortune and what you make of it is infinite in description and size.

    keep blogging the way you do – and putting it down in song.

  20. avatar
    metal_petal | 3 July 2006 at 9:53 am #

    Hello I am guilty of reading and not writing. But I am still out here. So hello!

    I very nearly told the story about the time I challenged a bunch of old guys to a Jagermeister drinking challenge at the German Club here in Adelaide many years ago. I was doing quite well until I got drunk enough to mention the war. Even my parents were proud…up until a certain point. I think there are many morals to that story, starting with don’t go to the German Club with your parents.

    But anyway I didn’t tell that story, but I was still out here.

    Love your work. Even your earlier “anti-straight” work.

  21. avatar
    Fandorin | 3 July 2006 at 9:58 am #

    i want
    family stories (inherently answering my long gone question about how to be a good father [and i found a lot of points and hints during last months blogck])
    bashing of all kinds
    pointless rants
    rantless points


    i’d be HIGHLY interested in some musicke. i really enjoy your points and thoughts about music. twas your comment on that T.REx album…when they were actually still Tyrannosauri… and i secretly downloaded “Summer Deep” and whooops…within a few seconds, i had the essence of summer and birds and youth echoing through my room. magic!!
    There’s nothing like watching someone doing what he can do best. This is why I like your blog. I hope one day the thing i can do best is NOT staring at other people’s bloggs.

    i’d like stories like (I’m trying to imitate you here)

    today i picked my the olde guitarre
    and there was that song coming to me from nowhere
    and i tried to pin it down
    i pinned it down like the olde dragonfly
    kinda St.George and his basse
    and I cannot wait to read your comments…

    i don’t use to comment here, because I thought them comments would piss you off….

    Best regards,


    PS – about the haircut – don’t worry. Doesnt look too scruffy, i think.

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 10:32 am #

    OK Steve,

    I admit to being a silent succubus, surreptitiously supping at those marbles you milk with such benevolent abandon. I thank you to remember that the irony is not lost. Why not pull off a thesis or three – hell it might entitle you to join the host of academs who desperately sup at the trough of government grants…

    Forever in your debt

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 11:00 am #

    Steve I luv ya dude 🙂 xxx

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 11:09 am #


    Don’t do the corporate gig dude…more dangerous than Medusa’s stare — your heart & dreams would turn to stone & there would be no music, sweet music, your blessed music…like that Don McLean song…besides, you’d be bored shitless…keep rockin’Steve!!! LONG LIVE ROCK N’ ROLL 🙂 xxx

  25. avatar
    merrick | 3 July 2006 at 11:13 am #

    Beloved Steve,

    to say the quality and worth of your blog posts is measured by the number of comments is akin to saying the value of a record is measured in its sales.

    So then,

    Donny Osmond pisses all over The Stooges,

    Foghat beat Leonard Cohen hands down,

    Boney M’s towering genius mocks Cowboy Junkies’ very existence,

    and as we all know, Westlife are incalculably better than The Church,


    Your readers are not numbers.

    More, many read and don’t write, not wanting to say something if there’s nothing to say.

    Just cos I don’t have an immediate burning opinion to express doesn’t mean you haven’t given me something to think about.

    Sure, the specific issue-based stuff gets more comments, cos we already have opinions on that stuff. But the personal meanders and anecdotes are brillint, they imbue us with a sense of how it feels to be you, they take your feelings and make it so we can feel them too (if we’re open).

    You know the world would be a better place if more people could get the intelligent and compassionate approach you have; letting them understand it and feel it is surely a step in that direction. That’s something that all your writing does, if anything more so with the less incendiary material.

    Any fool can write something to make people stand up and complain. You’re better than that. It’s worth is not measured by little numbers.

  26. avatar
    chris. | 3 July 2006 at 11:20 am #

    hey,i read you always,love it,and often hope there will be mention of some musical piece on the rise ,coming our way,ya know……..

  27. avatar
    veleska1970 | 3 July 2006 at 11:32 am #

    i’ve noticed, too, the “comments” numbers have been dwindling….of course, the usual suspects like myself always comment. but if there are only comments because you mentioned eyewrack, or bushwacker, then doesn’t that get boring?? there are other things going on in the world!!

    such as~~when are you going to “officially” open your Q & A forum? **that doesn’t count as my question!!**

  28. avatar
    PaulC | 3 July 2006 at 11:36 am #

    I’m here, I’m here!

  29. avatar
    MattyC | 3 July 2006 at 11:38 am #

    Well Mr Kilbey. Heres a comment for ya. I read everyday cus I (and my good lady wifey) are lifelong Church fans. We have an 18 month old bambino with another on the way.

    During the first pregnancy we put the headphones on the bump and played UTMW, no cus it was our favourite church tune but because it was good and unlikely to cause great upset after the hundredth playing. We had read that iif the bubba hears a tune in utero then if and when said bub becomes grumpy “on the outside” it is a simple matter of playing the chosen tune and peace will decend on the kingdom. Well blow me down if it didn’t work a treat. So from then on lots of UTMW for us and baby who is now a very happy and well adjusted toddler. You are known in our most inner circle of 3.5 as Uncle Steve.

    Now you would think that someone called Uncle Steve would deserve a hello, how ya going at a gig but to be honest you intimidate me, I have often caught your eye but have not detected any invitation to converse. Now MWP is quite the opposite and not the least intimidating. You (as you have admitted many times) come across as a bit of a grumpy fucker. That said you are also V funny and the blog can bring a tear to my eye at times, and at other times cause me to declare you an arrogant wanker. All in all you are a most interesting character and the world would be if not poorer, then at least more dull without you.

    In short, do not doubt that there are a legion of quiet readers out here lapping up the daily dose of Dr. Kilby.

    Keep up the great work.

    PS not wanting to offend any of the kind folks who so regularly comment, but many of these comments make we want to gag. “Thank you, Steve, oh Steve you are so woonderful…..Steve, those folks you yelled at during the gigi deserved no less, they are philistines…… ”

    PPS At the risk of joining the above – ULTC’s is a wonderful album! We love it, baby #2 will be getting a serve just as soon as the ears can hear.

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 12:16 pm #


    The suck-ups are pretty tedious and boring. An when you say something about it they go fucking berserk defending themselves.

    They are almost as annoying as the ‘anons’…

  31. avatar
    damien | 3 July 2006 at 12:30 pm #

    Does Steve Kilbey himself really read these comments, or does some young record company office girl give him the gist of them while she fans him and peels grapes for him? 🙂

    There are many times I am moved to respond to your blogs, Steve. The blogs I like best are the reminiscences on your youth or stories about the travails of catching a plane, or the vignettes about domestic life at chez Kilbey. You know, the everyday stuff that gives us an insight into the ordinary bloke behind the rock god facade.

    I think your rants on the war are probably true but kind of naive in that left-wing hippy way, your poems I only read if I’m in the mood to read a poem and the complaints about the drudgery of touring leave me cold because, while I’m sure that “The Glamour” is under Marty’s shoe, you still live the kind of life that hundreds (if not thousands) of people dream about and to us you are one lucky bastard.

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 12:40 pm #

    OMG SK! Don’t stop yon goode bloggy. Please. I’ve still been reading the whole time even if I didn’t send you a comment praising your vivid imagination and dashing wit (which are ever-present, of course). I love reading your blog and I tune in for it every single day.

  33. avatar
    landru | 3 July 2006 at 12:54 pm #


    I think a lot of us don’t comment just because we don’t want to be creepy, star-luvin’, stalker types … but, we buy the records, we read the blog, etc. I don’t know you, so I just can say I like what you do.

    Don’t get so down now. There will be plenty of time to be sulky and moody on tour in America … the 1000 degree heat … with the overage college frat boys yelling “Milky Way” all through the acoustic set.

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 12:59 pm #

    i want to respond and leave a comment all the time. i even type one up, then i close the window b4 sending cause it sounds so stupid.

    well, i look forward to your america tour. why wasn’t uninvited a double album with BW2B? it kinda is, i know. but that woulda knocked my socks off to have it packaged together.

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 1:11 pm #

    im also just posting to keep the numbers up, after all in november, whose blog will I read? I don’t think bono or michael stipe write a blog. And if they did, im sure they’d charge to read it ……. keep going SK

  36. avatar
    Samosanx | 3 July 2006 at 1:12 pm #

    Quit moaning you ole thing!

    Wanna try working for the public service for a living dude, cleaning up everyone else’s incompetence, listening to their mundane life shit, their boring taste in whatever they think passes for music, their lack of reading, their ignorance of poetry, their obsession with fucken fishing, and beer, and morning tea, and retirment packages, and buying another house to invest in.

    Geesus! Coulda been a contendah! Yeah, so could’ve i dude, my poems are good, my songs are good, my values are true, my love is golden.
    I gave up contendership, gave up the opportunity to be a coke snorting cock sucking hollywood jerk to work the trenches of the bloody fight for social justice, for what? Got king hit, back stabbed, fucked over, rubbished, no thankyou, no reward, no appreciation……oh, and no job for six hellish months in bad ringer country..
    AND when I was king hit by the big big woman (fuck man it was really terrifying and I have the bruised-eye shiner photo to prove it), it wasn’t even in the poetically named (not joking), Last Chance Saloon Bar.
    Talk about ripped off!

    ..blah blah blah…if I had a dick I’d be a highly paid fucking consultant by now, or perhaps maybe even a rock star ha ha!!!

    We is all here oh special one.
    We is the family on SK airlines, we are the passengers, we ride and we ride…….

    If I could head-up-display all day your blog like some Captain Lockheed starfighter I would….

    keeps me connected to the real reality…is this where the contendahs live?

    Sure aint no pretenders here (I hope)

    anyway, heated towel racks and shit gets boring, really, you’d hate it

    lotsa love


  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 1:17 pm #

    dont ya know it’s 4th of july holl-ee-day here in the u.s. of texas and we all too busy keeping up production for to keep the great machine a rollin. and what be our payment, arrrrr?

    our elected officials in d.c. voted
    supress minimum wage increase
    allow offshore drilling banned for some 20 years previous

    among other bits of ridiculous-ness.

    common s.k. come live here again, it’ll give you plenty to write about, and then we’ll have plenty to bitch to you about yourself.


    p.s. still worried about your vegan diet in florida and myrtle beach. should have played the orange peel in asheville. ten degrees cooler too.

  38. avatar
    Elduvik | 3 July 2006 at 1:33 pm #

    I apologize for not posting a comment every day… but I do read your entries every day and it is one of “my” moments during the day.
    Sometimes I feel that my english is not good enough to allow me to write clever things, so I simply stay quiet. However as I told you I do read your entries every single day and I am among those who will go on strike if you close this blog on november!
    Lots of love,


  39. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 3 July 2006 at 2:34 pm #

    My, what a critical bunch we are! I say, let them give praise! After all, the guy is giving up heaps of his time to do this blog thing. Give us this day our daily blog!

    Steve, I didn’t realize the comments meant so much to you! I do try to contribute and aim not to bore. I too read daily and admittedly did miss my fix yesterday. I like to sit at my computer reading your blog while drinking my Chinese herbs. Your blog is a pleasant distraction from the reality of my life at the moment. The past seven weeks have been such a difficult time for me and my family. You have helped give me strength through your positive words and prayers, and I will always remember you for that. Wish I could give you a big hug! Well here’s a virtual one any way. Writing this has brought tears to my eyes. I was a huge Go Betweens fan and reading your words about Grant really helped with the grieving.

    I recently read about Johanna Brandt, The Grape Cure lady (I think I will give it a go, though a bit worried about losing too much weight), you’ve got me eating Manuka honey (16+), drinking Pitta tea (I’m Pitta Vata), I started reading about dosha types and as a result my 7 year-old daughter is sleeping better at night due to drinking Vata tea. I’m off to my first meditation class tomorrow night. I’m even considering the vegan way of life. Who would have ever imagined?

    Academia would have suited you!

    Hoping a bit of wealth comes your way.

    My apologies in advance, if I cause any of you readers to gag.

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 2:35 pm #

    hi steve,

    i got few days ago the professional video of the budapest concert. It took a while to convert it from DVCam to regular DVD format. It looks and sounds great. I watched it few times already, and I am just really impressed with the overall sound and picture quality. Really does look professional, and was almost like being there. I will have a copy sent to you soon (in Atlanta). I hope you will like it. I said it before, but will say again, thanks for taking the time to write your blog. Its easily my favorite blog, and I learn alot from it, and also find it often inspiring. Will miss it when its gone, but will appreciate it as long as its here.

    all the best.

  41. avatar
    sue cee | 3 July 2006 at 2:43 pm #

    Oh, the pressure! 🙂

    Well Steve, I enjoy reading your blogs every day and its usually the first thing I check when Im near a pc. Your topics vary in such huge degrees, from the topical to the tropical which is why they’re so damn interesting but the ones I enjoy the most are the everyday observations on life around you ie the doodles, drunken ants, Bondi, customs dramas on tour etc and your memories of the past. Also like to hear your music choices as they’ve often shocked me!

    Id really like to hear more about your songwriting class and what kind of advice you give to someone starting out. Do you give them ideas on finding inspiration or are there some actual tricks up your sleeve that you can deal out when inspiration is hiding? Do you think that these days it comes down to just being a good arranger? … now that all the good songs are taken LOL

    You dont talk much about your painting and thats a huge part of your life! Im curious about that, especially abstract as I find them the hardest to do.

    You would’ve made a wonderful grumpy professor, in a shabby suit with lop-sided spectacles… the kind who could give the class a good argument.

    How about a game of Exquisite corpse?

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 2:44 pm #

    Hey man,

    You have no idea how much your ideas matter to me. When I was younger I used to sit and think I wonder what steve kilbey would make of this. In fact I still do, It is a dream come true for me this blogg thing that you are doing. Without your good self I think my interests would be markedly different than they are. You have enriched my life. When I listen to ramble on the first Jack Frost record, I think wow, that Is the essence of essence, I love it it puts hairs on the back of my kneck

  43. avatar
    tex | 3 July 2006 at 2:44 pm #

    ok, u win – here i sit, undertaking that most enervating of tasks – writing a public service job application – all ‘outcomes focussed, team player, thinking outside the square’. Methinks, I’ll skive off for a minute – check out Kilbey’s blog – plagiarise his words for the enlightenment of the grey-suited bureaucrats – give ’em some gold-plated philosophy mixed with a big spoon of diatribe and a dollop of fatherly anecdote – that’ll impress em – then i can spend my remaining days in cardigan-warmed comfort, milking the long -suffering taxpayer for all he’s worth.

    Actually, walked past a colleague’s desk the other day and saw ULTC in all its glory – you’ve made it back into the office! (there’s a nightmare for you). Turns out we were both at the excellent green room gig (november?) for a fix of high culture.

    Keep on bloggin’ – it’s a big highlight for this otherwise uninspired servant of the people.



  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 3:05 pm #

    The silent majority is the crime of the century…

    Sorry for not commenting all the time. please be assured I read every word on this blog, prof. sk. …. we’re all junkies for your troof.

    Had ipod on shuffle this morning and the first thing up was “shortwave” from loudspeaker and then a while later it was “numbahs” . A gorgeous backdrop to the moody, misty Chicago sky…

  45. avatar
    public servant | 3 July 2006 at 3:32 pm #

    Im just here to read the meter!

  46. avatar
    Wiley | 3 July 2006 at 3:48 pm #

    It ain’t too late to cancel that Myrtle Beach HOB show and try to get to the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. You’ll get twice the crowd in a much better place. Kilbey, you’ll probably want to move to Asheville. It’s a place for you. Oh, well. I’ll still drive to Myrtle Beach…

  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 3:59 pm #

    And I’m just here to check that the public servant I sent to read the metter ticked the right box. I’m his supervisor. Tick. My day is done.

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    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 4:04 pm #

    Ohh SK, I loved this line as it had me laughing right away this morning,

    “i coulda smoked a pipe and had a golden retriever”

    Read the blog everyday no matter the theme. really enjoyed the one during your stay in sweden describing the summer there out the country.

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    CeciliaGin | 3 July 2006 at 4:14 pm #

    Just so you know, there are dozens of folx who read your blog but don’t bother with the comments. They wanted me to pass that on.

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    buckmoose | 3 July 2006 at 4:17 pm #

    I’m here about every day (although I was away much of last week), and comment occasionally if not quite regularly. I figure you’ve got kids runnin’ around and a tour to prepare for (which I will likely miss) and wouldn’t have imagined you really had time to digest a ton of comments that pretty much amount to “love your blogge, SK”…but if that’s what you need, well, y’know…”Love your blogge, SK.”

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    Andrew Grimm | 3 July 2006 at 4:26 pm #

    my confession… tuned out after gold afternoon fix… tuned in on uninvited like the clouds… am now on the re-discovery sojourn with Forget Yourself… and so forth…

    my mistake… my apologies. Will be at the State Theatre in Falls Church to see the Church for the first time… was not lucky enough to see you at Shriver Hall in 88…

    ULTC has accompanied me for the past few weeks… miles in my van… miles in my gym… I learned to write songs by listening to Lou Reed and reading Raymond Carver… I learned how to record music by listening to the church.

    I don’t think you’ll respond to my post… I understand… distance between artist and patron is essential to creation and delivery.

    take care

    write if you like.

    Bye for now

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    John Garratt | 3 July 2006 at 4:33 pm #

    My, you’re grouchy.


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    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 5:03 pm #

    Steve–> I recall during your heady days at the top of the charts, you sayin’ – and i’m paraphrasing – something about your music having very little to do with who you are as a person, which I found inane at the time, but then again I was very new to irony.

    So here you are, ego at the fore, trolling for comments on your blog. Well, here’s some smoke to put where you will:

    Had I not been wearing that Heyday shirt on the quad back in college before I never finished, I wouldn’t a’met a good friend I still have these many years on.

    Had I not heard It’s No Reason, Into My Hands, and on and on, I wouldn’t a’started my own band which was more of a Church cover band…until I found my own way.

    Had Ploog not plucked us whippersnappers out of the parking lot and into a very adult world all of a sudden replete with strange elixers and loud tribal, chimey toons…well, let’s just say it’s kind of a magic moment for a youngster…

    So, though you coulda been Professor Kilbey, pontificating under fluorescent glow, some of us are glad you put that off. It’s not too late. Worked for Rodney Dangerfield, didn’t it?

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    General Catz | 3 July 2006 at 5:14 pm #

    i find i only comment when i have something to say, but i read and enjoy every post.

    some things are fine just on their own and need no response or validation. they just are.

    god bless.

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    gareth,notts | 3 July 2006 at 5:22 pm #

    SK,relax,plenty o peeple read&love the blogge,love the church,solos,collaborations,the writing&art so who gives a shit if u get grumpy,no1’s perfect!nothing uv ever said or done’s offended me,preferable 2 gurning f*ckwits such as westlife(&others2numerous2 mention)whose mere existence in the music biz&utter drivel offend me beyond words!cheer up SK!

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    davem | 3 July 2006 at 5:50 pm #

    Your blog is a central part of my life. I know I’m a bit of a gag-inducing stalker type at times. I can live with that. I read every day, though i may not comment. You’re music has made such a difference.
    Charge us for the blog if you’re broke!! Keep it reasonable tho??
    love you more,

    Dave M

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    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 6:10 pm #

    havent second guessed you yet. not about to start. keep on…

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    between planets | 3 July 2006 at 6:59 pm #

    O>K. I’ll leave a comment for ya. Don’t know if ya read em or just check the numbers. I read every new blog you post, it’s set as my home page fer Zeus sake! I guess being on the outside lookin in I’m here for your writing and don’t pay attention to the comments, let alone the number. Ya had me goin fer a minute today though and I decided to look down to find said entry with paltry 15 comments. I dinnae find it. none on the page had less than 25. Don’t be a baby Baybee! Don’cha know at the enda the day yer checkin fer comments when it’s still already yesterday in most western bohemia?
    Well I decide to comment anyways, but I can’t really comment without readin what the other kids’ve said. Alright someones already mentioned how many of the comments cause gag reflex, that’staken. Plenty of sukup praise, no more of that then. Maybe a Clockwork Orange quote, DOh, somebodys dunnit poorly “No time for the in out luv I’ve just come to read the meter”. Oh well, I guess I’ll just tell ya I can relate to youz feelin like a pauper, I was just evicted from the last affordable run down olde mansion in most western bohemia so’z they could gentrify it and make it into offices fer some quack doctors and sum greazy lawyers, or maybee another yoga studio there’s only one in that neighborhood and it’s more than 5 blocks from the nearest accupunctureist or vegetarian resteraunt. So I’m thinkin, maybe it’s time I leave most western bohemia and search out a new utopia elswhere. S.K. talks about someplace east of Eden, where izit, Bondi. O.K. google….. hmmm , Fancy pants upscale suburb of Sydney?, what the… Craigslist………$170 to share an apartment well thats reasona…WHAT! per week? Wheres the rundown mansions? How could I rock my milk white electric guitar w/out a basement? are there wherehouses or where can one peel off the notes? Thats not gonna werk. O.K. google sustainability………What? most western bohemia? Cross reference cost of living………Wha, most western bohemia within top 5 affordable? now I really feel tha poverty. Oh well I guess I’ll have to stay fer now. Can’t wait fer the crhuch to do their ‘merekin tour. What? CRUHCH SKIPPING MOST WESTERN BOHEMIA?!? C’MON! I know you were treated like shit last time you were here. Pay no mind to that stoopid weakly, we Know the kids that write most of it are clueless and only care about their own little local scene. Don’tes was the wrong the wrong venue for you, there are others, without all the coke friends in the balcony my fiend. don’t tell me that was the only time some loudmouthed bitch blabbed over the dramatic quiet bits. Other clubs have the mains in front of the stage instead of on it. please reconoider,reconsider. Maybe you should get a summer home in most western bohemia. TT just got a castle on the hill, there are still a few left. You could be our king for the summer. You could be TT’s mentor. Think about it.
    Well I dinnae mean to write so much, good thing I don’t comment every day huh, well I think you may have learned your lesson. Thanks for those you’ve taught me.
    If you don’t play most western bohemia look fer me on the eyefive, acoustic guitar on my back holding the cardboard sign that reads CRUHCH or BUST!
    -Between Planets

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    jeff | 3 July 2006 at 7:52 pm #

    can’t imagine a day without the sk blogg…

    …and anxiously waiting for your show at the galaxy.

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    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 7:59 pm #

    whats a reasonable amount of money to read SK’s blog everyday, I must admit I read it everyday…. I’d pay a reasonable fee……. maybe you could attach some mp3’s once a week….

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    Queen Hatshepsut | 3 July 2006 at 8:24 pm #

    Steve et al,
    For fuck’s sake, a person can’t win around here. The readers who don’t comment get slagged; and then rag on people like me, who do. Yeah, I comment pretty often – missed a whole week here and a few days there. Have I kissed your ass enough? Am I sycophanty enough? Oh no, there’s that damn Queen again…haha. That’s not why I comment. I could give a rat’s ass what the others think of me or my comments. I kind of started thinking of this as sort of an ongoing conversation between you and your fiends, fans, friends, whatever.

    I don’t get this “I’m too intimated to write” or “I feel what I write will be trite or stupid.” I’m sure most of what I’ve written is stupid to many but I figure hey, I’m a person, no more or less important than you Steve, (or anyone else here for that matter) and I listen to your stories and comment back, sometimes with stories of my own. You can read ’em or skip ’em – how do I know what you do. Frankly I think people who are too afraid to write anything are the sycophants – ‘oh the GREAT KILBEY – what I have to comment about just isn’t important, blah blah blah.’

    Well I’m done for today, making friends and influencing people. And yeah, please remember, some of us are living 17 hours behind you, it’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere and it’s Independence Day tomorrow, so people are off on holiday as you say.
    Steven, sometimes you remind me of my cat. You want us but you don’t want us! Approach, avoid. And I say that with all the sycophantic love in my heart to you.

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    john in austin, tx | 3 July 2006 at 8:44 pm #

    what can i say.. keep up the good work..keep on keeping it real. hold the light.

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    Krissythegroupie | 3 July 2006 at 8:47 pm #

    I will comment because I always like to, no matter if I have nuthin cool to say. I saw the Bunnymen in NYC a couple days ago and they had a big projection screen with all the upcoming shows..and lo and behold, it said the Church, Aug 10. And I got very excited. That’s all!

  64. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 9:13 pm #

    Anonymous said…
    I’m sure i’ve read this before?


    5:45 PM

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    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 9:15 pm #

    Your blog is like a book. One of the most interesting and insightful, singular and multifaceted pieces of every day everything, kind of book. I know how ya feel… being nervous of travel, and talking to fans, and all.

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    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 9:20 pm #

    The last post was mine… I made an error and posted before I got my thoughts out. Anyway, Ill be there to see you on your tour of the US. Ill be in the crowd in Houston and Dallas. Ill appreciate every minute of it, and even if its you and the band at their worst, you inspire. That is something to be proud of.

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    juniper | 3 July 2006 at 9:36 pm #

    Now I’ve got the Grace Jones’ Libertango Earworm! 🙂

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    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 10:13 pm #

    What is up with this tour?
    concentrating on the red states?
    They don’t deserve it.
    Wear your gun and be proud!
    Say hi to Jeb for me!
    Are you playing the steak house circuit?

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    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 10:34 pm #

    i don’t know if i’m allowed two responses but…… yes, asheville, north carolina would be an excellent place to visit.
    we’ll eash the stage with incense for you.


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    one rigid finger typist | 3 July 2006 at 10:43 pm #

    arrogant AND insecure at the same time!! both a mirror and a window…

  71. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 July 2006 at 10:46 pm #

    Numbers are up now, Stevie.

    You can calm down, everybody loves you.

    Thats what you wanted to know, right?

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    Jesiah | 3 July 2006 at 11:17 pm #

    Just wanted to tell you I enjoy reading your blog and I can’t wait to see you play at Shank Hall in
    Wilwaukee WI.

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    skyintheairwaves | 3 July 2006 at 11:17 pm #

    listening to Faust IV

    reading yer bloggie

    waiting to be sacked

    shine on you crazy cubic zirconia

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    rubikon | 3 July 2006 at 11:21 pm #

    Hi Steve,

    I don’t comment everyday but I alaways read your bloggy – If I’ve got nothing to say I don’t say anything. I’m no sycophant (I mean, do you really like sycophants?), but I genuinely like you and have always loved your Art – your Music – your lyrics.

    What do any of us want from you – just be yourself man – say what you want – say it like it is – say it like it could be – your blogg is like your music – honest and real.

    Sorry you’re broke – If I owned a big record label I’d give you guys a multi-million dollar advance today.

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    lee | 3 July 2006 at 11:30 pm #

    SK, you funny old rocker. About the haircut – couldn’t you get one of the girls to do the old bowl on the head trick and trim around it? Or – be bold – get the clippers out and have a good shearing. A new beginning. A new identity. Shorn Steve Kilbey-March longing for his lost locks. It *could* work.

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    carousel | 3 July 2006 at 11:46 pm #

    ‘the kilbey effect’
    now there’s got to be a thesis in that
    i’d willingly donate my head to that kind of science

    i write comments that never get posted
    to stupid or to sober i think & delete
    my little amusements funny only to myself
    or my desire to solve problems
    big and/or small
    both at once!
    people are so attached to their problems sk
    that i wonder why it’s a problem at all
    since they so desire to live the way they do
    i predict a continuing decline into sadness
    where there should be a great opportunity
    and i feel helpless about it
    so gilt trip No.2
    don’t give up the bloggy in november
    people want to subscribe
    to ye broke olde rocker
    and you never know the quiet ones
    may even like to comment more behind closed doors

    you look in nature and you see things
    say for example resonance
    and there’s this feeling
    that it’s not impossible
    you see sk
    i was a tad obsessive about your words and music
    when i was a teenager and beyond
    especially those lovely solo efforts
    you were my contraband under religious zealots
    and my company on the lonely journey
    when i 23 nearly 24 and barely able to go on
    living and loving something it seemed we can never understand
    there came a sudden dark light
    and in the background remindlessness played
    and i thought wait a minute!

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    veleska1970 | 3 July 2006 at 11:50 pm #

    queen H said just what i was thinking……your blog is a sort of “conversation” between you and us, your adoring fans. believe me, you aren’t hurting for fans, steve. we love you, and if that makes us “sycophants”, then so be it.

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    Melbourne Girl | 4 July 2006 at 12:23 am #

    74 comments so far, you must be happy. It must be great to know that all these people from all over the world care about you. And I’m sure, if you ever needed anything one of us or all of us would be there for you. That must be a great feeling, knowing that people that you don’t even know care so much about you.

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    Anonymous | 4 July 2006 at 12:35 am #

    I’m sure you’ve red this B4

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    Anonymous | 4 July 2006 at 12:38 am #

    hEJ sj,

    Love the Blog man, but don’t often post (if ever), so heres one to boost yer numbers.
    Tell some more stories about being on the road… funny, sad, dangerous et al.
    Give a bit more insite into music…SK’s faves etc.
    Keep it comin man,…..ya might not always see the footprints beside ya, but we are here 🙂


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    landru | 4 July 2006 at 12:38 am #

    The world has changed when SK needs approval from the world and his fans. I posted already, but it seems in vogue to reply now. You’ll get all kinds of weirdos asking you all kinds of personal questions in a public space.

    We got you now. The public demands their daily dose of SK pretense and pontification.

    But, the minute you make us pay … I’m off! I’ll buy your records and see your shows, but that’s a bit too far.

    btw, don’t do the skinhead/bowlcut idea. really don’t …

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    salim nourallah | 4 July 2006 at 1:05 am #

    may you rest peacefully at night sk knowing there’s a texarse fella out there who doesn’t like guns or bush but loves reading you blog religiously.

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    J Street | 4 July 2006 at 1:17 am #

    You delightful old hippie you,

    Don’t count the comments, count the hits you get each day.

    The reason why I don’t comment often (and I suspect this is true for many) is that, what do you add to someone who’s written something frickin’ brilliant and interesting?

    Don’t shut off the blog. Write a pop tune for some poptart to sing and rake in the secret cash. Take yonder poptartlet aside and whisper a sweet something in her ear, give her a throway track she can strangle up the charts and sing all her own.

    Granted, SK’s throwaways are still magical songs and loving, giving beings that have lived with us for many a year (do you know that there are things on side two of Seance that are shimmering, brilliant and wonderful and have no comparison?)

    I am quite angry at the fact that the entirety of my collection of hchurhc CDs has not translated to some form of monetary security for the old Bondi hippie. I have spent serious cash on the remastered CDs, the rare stuff, the imports and all that–why the hell isn’t SK reaping some reward for that?

    I hope they cut you loose from those old deals.

    Again, quit counting the number of comments. Count the actual hits and visits–far more important, you know.

  84. avatar
    Lord Regal | 4 July 2006 at 1:27 am #

    I’m a lurker, not a poster.
    And I lurk everyday

    Love ya

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    J Street | 4 July 2006 at 1:32 am #

    And one more thing–seriously, you should consider this:

    Add a paypal option on this blog.

    Instead of paying the record companies, the middlemen, the charlatans and the hucksters, I’d have NO PROBLEM giving the old Bondi hippie himself some cash via paypal.

    SK, run don’t walk to whoever can essplain this to you and we’ll donate to your personal cause.

    For the sake of reading this, for the sake of what you’ve done for us, we’ll hand some cash your way, no questions asked.

    Think of it this way–if I was in Bondi, and ran into you, of course I’d buy you a vegan lunch and practically demand you tell stories and GW McClennan or touring France in the 1980s. You’d roll your eyes and tell your tale, everyone goes their separate ways, etc.

    Why is it any different if I drop ten US bucks into your paypal account once in a while, just for you being you?

    Think about it, people–think of it as our way to stick it to the people at Arista or Warner Brothers or EMI or Carerre or any of the other companies that have ripped off old SK blind–

    paypal, SK.


    You come back from tour, you log in to your paypal, maybe there’s fifty bucks there from some loyal fans and listeners. Hey, not a lot–but that’s enough for something for you and your family, a meal, a gift, a thought, a wish…something.

    Who else would give? Is this where the trolls roll out from under rocks and scream, arrr, don’t give the Bondi hippie a plug nickel?

  86. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 July 2006 at 1:43 am #

    Whats the bet he’s not gonna post today? 🙂

  87. avatar
    sue cee | 4 July 2006 at 1:45 am #

    I think reading should be free with a charge on Commenting! 🙂
    ‘Put your money where your mouth is’ LOL

  88. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 4 July 2006 at 1:51 am #

    ah you’ve given me a gilt trip
    about commentin’
    although i often do
    i was chattin’ online with a friend
    last night
    and it was mentioned
    “hey, he hasn’t written tonight”
    a bit of sadness lingered in the air
    you are thought of often, believe it
    saw the hungarian tv video finally
    your hair looks very cool sk
    lots of pucci-tunes happenin’
    maybe you knew that
    deep canyons stifle their echoes
    but it’s cool
    patience, i’ve found, is like the moon
    forcing you to bend to her will
    be yourself man–loveya for it
    got a lady in la ca says
    “enough songs tony,
    let me work on what you’ve already sent!”
    got a lady in vic says
    “fucking brilliant,
    send me more!”
    projects the offspring of my
    respect for you
    thanks sk
    you’ve given me so much
    now, back to work
    good luck to you

  89. avatar
    MPL | 4 July 2006 at 1:57 am #

    Hey Steve. I read your blogg daily but have never commented (until now). I’m betting I’m in a silent majority. Take care

  90. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 July 2006 at 1:58 am #

    all i can say is please dont’ end it. not in november, not anytime soon. i don’t care if you write about drunken ants or iraq. these are little glimpses into the life of someone who can affect you with music, this blog, is a way to get to know that someone… you. rant rave regret reveal, anything, just keep blogging and singing and writing. a humble request from one of the minions in the ether. (looking forward to seeing you in Sellersville PA btw – got tired of Philly? 😉 anyway, take care – Mark

  91. avatar
    razor edalb | 4 July 2006 at 2:23 am #

    Zen on the skids?

  92. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 July 2006 at 2:25 am #

    I am like most (I suspect) that tune in daily to your musings, we read, we support, we wonder how something that is so integral to our lives (the chruch) doesn’t strike the same responsive chord in millions, we wonder at you all turning (rock) history on its head by simply continuing to grow and improve as a group and as artists, and we hope and pray you continue as long as possible. Don’t fall back – what is true and of value will survive.

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    Anonymous | 4 July 2006 at 2:39 am #

    Hi Steve,

    I post occassionally, but always read yon blogge – one of the things I do every day.

    I don’t understand why The Cuhrch are not more recognised in the music world. Quality songs, quality musicianship, 25 years in and still doin’ it.

    I would like to help you guys get the recoginition we all know you deserve. Any Esskay blogge readers out there can contact me at with your thoughts.

    Let’s just see what we can do, see if we can make a difference, see if we can get Esskays publishing rights back and get The Crunchies recognised as the entertainers they are.

    Sorry, just sick of sitting back and doin’ nuthin.

    Lets have a go at this.


  94. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 July 2006 at 2:48 am #

    Now ya got everyone thinkin you’re broke.

    Dutch Pierre

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    Anonymous | 4 July 2006 at 3:28 am #

    keep up the good work dude. we read and we read and we relate (sometimes)

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    Anonymous | 4 July 2006 at 4:58 am #

    My first comment to you to boost the numbers. Keep up the good work. Rants and insults will get you comments. Poems and SF is harder cause it takes a while to sink and many people online dont have that much time.

    Just count the hits not comments.

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    mishaado | 4 July 2006 at 5:30 am #

    haven’t posted since the whole politico discuss a bit ago
    kinda took my time jumpin back in cause I kinda tossed some things out my first time in the pool
    felt a bit like the ass that shows up to a party full of peeps he hadn’t met before and goes over and wanks with the stereo first thing
    …..that and took a bit of time to get me bearings after the birth of #2 heir a couple of weeks ago
    now that baby Dom is getting settled I have a wee bit mroe time to say heya once more
    keep on the bloggin, sk, I’ve been listenin to yer words, yer tunes, yer poetry, for 17 years now
    would hate to lose the daily dose of ye olde hippie

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    eek | 4 July 2006 at 5:36 am #

    I consider making a comment akin to applause after a song. Shows my appreciation.

    I quite like Sue C’s suggestion of charging for comments. And when you want a bit extra cash you just crank out an entry on guns or straights or drugs. (or that cardboard box if you wanted to soak B. Bon for a few extra bucks. 😉 )

    And I’m going to do a bit of shameless promotion for SK here. Take plenty of cash (and credit and debit cards) with you to the shows. There will be a nice selection of SK art prints and cards for sale on the merch table. A couple of the prints will even be signed & numbered limited editions — the first of those he has done.

    Should be a pretty good selection of cds too. 😉 So take plenty of cash!

    (and if you haven’t already signed up for the SK art mailing list, do it. Sometimes we offer perks.)

    And Sue C — about a few days ago. No problem. sorry I offended you.

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    Azza | 4 July 2006 at 6:23 am #

    What’s this nonsence about chucking your lovely blogey in Nov? I sure hope it is just that, for I am yet another simple sycophantic fan who loves the prose of one Mr Kilbee. Every day I read, sometimes more than one day at a time! But not everytime I read do I comment. This needs to change! Keep rocking.

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