Steve and Marty made a radio appearance on Friday, for a small interview/album plug....was fairly humorous. Here’s how it went on WLIR 92.7. The DJ is Malibu Sue, who has been DJing at this station since the early 80’s and she is no stranger to The Church’s music. (I’ll add little comments where appropriate like this)

“Under the Milky Way” plays on the radio

SUE:  It’s my pleasure to welcome to the studio live and in person Marty
Wilson-Piper and Steve Kilbey of the Church.  Hello and welcome.
SK:  Good evening (this at 12:30 in the afternoon....heh heh)
SUE:  All the way from Australia and on tour; the first U.S. tour since 1990.
SK:  Uh-huh
SUE:  So we’re thrilled that you’ll be playing in New York tonight at Tramps
and I see here that you have no days off (Marty is laughing in the background)
A very long and extended tour, my gosh.
SK:  Yup
SUE:  No time to even use the men’s room, huh Steve?
SK:  No, I’ve been using the ladies room instead.  (Marty laughs)  Writing
graffiti in there about myself so when the girls come to the gig, they can
find know.
SUE:  That would explain the skirt, no?
MWP:  That’s a kilt (laughs)  Axel did it.
SUE: Ooooooo!!  There you go!  So the new album is entitled “Hologram of Baal”
and you were just explaining to me about Baal, so fill in for the listeners.
SK: Yeah...Baal, for people who don’t know who Baal is, was sort of this Pre
sort of Jehovian God whose ummmm...The Israelites tended....Apparently they
were confused that Jehovah was a God of armies and baal was sort of a peaceful
God of harvest and fertility and stuff, so as soon as all the fighting was
over, they couldn’t quite get the monotheism of Jehovah, so that....and
then... When he went up to get the 10 Commandments, when they came down, they
were worshipping the Golden Calf, and that was Baal they were worshipping;
they smashed the tablets (Steve seemed to be having trouble phrasing his
thoughts here)
SUE: Now, the new single, Louisiana, I have the single version here, which you
guys didn’t even see, this packaging...
MWP:  I know, and we’re only in the group (sound a tiny bit irritated here)
SUE:  And it has a picture of this God, Baal, that we’re talking about now,
and I researched on the internet, and clicked on the actual picture.  You
could actually see a face, but, as you said, who knows what a God really looks
SK, MWP: yeah, yeah
SUE:  There were no photos floating around of him
SK:  No
SUE:  That was before Christ’s days.
SK:  Not many photos of any Gods around, really, are there, if you think about
it. (Marty laughs)
SUE:  Well.....yourselves. (everyone laughs)
SUE:  Well, why don’t we talk a bit about more about the single itself then,
Louisiana.  Steve?
SK:  Yeah.  Well, umm, actually, when we wrote the music, it kind of sounded
like an out take from a Sticky Fing--Umm, from Exile on Mainstreet.  So it had
 that southern feel and, like, remember that sorta southern kind of feel like it was all done in the south.
SK: So I just uh, yeah, spent some time in New Orleans and, you know, kind of
tried working that in.
SUE:  Why were we talking about circumcision before?
MWP:  Steve had a joke...but we’re in New York.  You can’t make jokes now in
New York.
SK:  No.
SUE:  No...we won’t remember (tongue in cheek; everyone laughs)
Sue:  I just blanked out (everyone laughs again)   We have Steve Kilbey and
Marty Wilson-Piper of The Church with us live here 92.7 WLIR.
MWP:   Neither of us is circumcised.
SUE:  Prove it !!  (Marty laughs)  I already knew that...just kidding.
(Everyone laughs)
SK:  That’s on the web site, isn’t it?
SUE:  I think it is...actually, you guys visit the web site yourselves and
MWP:  yeah, yeah
SK:  We get pretty involved in it.
SUE: mail and what not.  Do you know the address?  I’m looking right
at it.  It’s  www.Church.....Sausage?
SK: Yeah
SUE:  .com?
MWP:  It’s hardly an...ethereal.. address, but it has something to do with the
guy who runs the web site, he works for a company called Sausage Software, and
he designs software for computers.
SK:  Sausage has nothing to do with circumcisions.
MWP: no, no.
SUE:  That’s why I thought it was the perfect segue (all laugh) or either of
you two guys in your kilts.  No, they’re not really wearing them, we’re just
MWP:  we make Marilyn Manson look like Mariah Carey (Marty laughs)
SUE:  So, are you having fun on this tour?  I mean, it’s been a long time, and
I read somewhere that last tour you guys said that it would probably be your
last, and here you are, traveling around the, you had actually done
an acoustic tour, so this is actually the first electric tour with the entire
full band since about 1990.
MWP:  yeah; in America....we’ve done it in Australia 2 or 3 times.
SUE:  And you started out on this tour around’s it going;
you having a lot of fun?
SK:  Yeah...we are, actually.
SUE:  have any good stories for me?
SK:  Uhhhhh....
SUE:  How about the glass eye?
SK:  The glass eye isn’t from this tour, but do you want to hear that?
SUE:  yeah!!
SK”  Well, I was backstage in Columbus, and I was talking to these people, and
this girl walks up and says “I’ve got something for you.  Close your eyes and
open your hand.”  I put out my hand and opened my eyes and there was a glass
eye in my hand.
SUE:  No way!
SK:  And she had an empty socket.
SUE: No way!
SK : It’s true
MWP:  It was actually Athens, Ohio
SK:  Athens, Ohio 
SUE:  And then what did you do with it?
SK:  I went....Ahhhhh....Ummmmm....Gobstopper! (Sue laughs)
MWP:  It was very interesting
SK:  And she put it back in and looked at these other girls and went “Huh!”
and walked off.
MWP:  No she didn’t.
SK:  And she said “I’ll keep an eye out for you next time” (Sue laughs)
MWP: No, what she said was; what she said was.. 
SUE:  You made that up, just so could do that ending!
MWP:  It’s unfashionable to tell the truth, but what she said was “It really
means a lot to me”  Think about that.
SK:  And then I said “Can someone else give me a hand?” (laughter)
SUE:  And you said the truth is stranger than fiction...
MWP:  Ruth is stranger than Richard.
SUE:  (silent for a moment)  Hmmm...very nicely said.  Marty Wilson-Piper and
Steve Kilbey of The Church are with us; they’re playing tonight at Tramps,
definitely go check them out.  They’re quite witty fellows; we’re having a lot
of fun here talking, and we want you to listen to Louisiana, From the new CD
Hologram of Baal.

Single version of Louisiana is played

SUE:  ...and that one was written by most of the members of the band, so I was
just asking the guys, like, how that comes about; whether the band actually
brings in their part and everyone fixes it up, or if you come to the session
and then just wing it.  Wing it was the answer.
SK:  We jam.  We jam, yeah.
SUE:  Speaking of jamming...I’m told that there is a bonus CD that is
available of The Church, and this is something that I’m sure hard core fans
don’t want to miss out on.  It’s called Bastard Universe, and it’s The Church
jamming in the studio, the longest track ever recorded.
MWP:  We think, we think.
SUE:  probably not, no.
SK:  79 minutes....on a CD, a CD 
MWP:  and also, it’s it’s probably the longest improvised
commercially released bonus disc...
SUE:  How long is it?
SK:  Bonus disc (echoing Marty here) on Thirsty Ear...
MWP:  Thirsty Ear (echoing Steve)
SK:  By The Church, this year
SUE:  This week, on a Tuesday, in May (everyone laughs) and it’s 79 minutes
long, something like that.
SK:  Yup
SUE:  Very cool....Well, the name of that was Louisiana.  The band is on a
massive tour, and heading to Louisiana in a few days.  Are you happy?  (Steve
and Marty both laugh, a little nervously)  And we also want to make mention of
the big show tonight.  You don’t want to miss it.  Tramps, tonight.
SK:  Tramps like us, baby we were born to run
MWP:  (slightly sarcastic)  Unless “Friends” is on, of course.  You’d stay
home to watch that instead.
SUE:  Well, the band could go on after, know what we could do?  Have
a TV at Tramps; everyone sits around joking with these guys; They’re very
funny; and watches “Friends” all together, then you stand up and get together,
and you play live.  Well, that’s terrific.  Thanks so much for stopping by,
and for all the laughs; mostly of air, but certainly the ones on air as well.
MWP:  Sorry we lost our guitars on the way, by the way.
SUE:  yeah, what’s the story with that?  I was told you were going to play for
SK:  Well, we were, we were...but..
SUE:  OK, what’s your excuse?  The truck got lost?
SK:  The roadies got up early, if you believe this, and took the guitars to
the gig, and drove the truck away from the hotel, so we missed the truck.
SUE:  oh, I see.  I thought the story was the truck got lost, and I was going
to say to you, then what happens tonight?
SK:  yeah...we’d stay home and watch “Friends”
SUE:  Catch The Church tonight at Tramps; my thanks to you for stopping by.  I
have cued up a song that won “best new song of the week” in its day, as voted
by the listeners of this radio station.
MWP:  Don’t say “in its day”
SK:  This was the song we played on the ark.
SUE:  The what?
SK:  We were the group that played on the ark.
SUE:  I was driving the boat, OK?  I have been around as you have been around.
MWP:  Hopefully it’ll still sound contemporary.
SUE:  Yeah, I’m sure it will; as good as it did then.  This is the
program...golden songs of yesteryear (referring to the lunch time show that
plays nothing but listener-requested hits from the 80s)
SK:  Oh God
MWP:  Oh no
SK:  I should go get my wheelchair.
SUE:  Speaking of which, we were going to send it out to Aaron in Greenwhich,
who called earlier and wanted to her “Unguarded Moment”
SK:  Forget it, Aaron.
MWP:  Sorry, Aaron.
SK:  Not a chance.
SUE:  Will he hear it if he comes to Tramps?
SK:  Nah
MWP:  Nope
SK:  Nope.
SUE:  Nope.  What will he hear?  Give us a little sneak preview; an hors
d’ourve, if you will, of tonight’s program.
SK:  Uhhhh....Freebird.  Smoke on the Water
MWP:  Hotel California.
SK:  Whole Lotta Love.
(Laughter, good-byes, then Reptile)

My thanks to Fazz for writing this up and sending it in.
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