May 21, 2003

Austria or Australia?

Wowee kazowee. This whole week has been one crazy hay ride. It is so weird to be here in Austria. I thought everyone would be speaking German or somthing but they have the cutest accents i have ever heard. Strangely enough they all speak English and no one is using the Euro for money. I thought I would be able to take a train to France but apparently i am alot farther away than I thought. now they're telling me the only way I can get to Vienna or Paris is by plane or boat. What a bunch of idiots! I thought I could just take a train. Here I am looking at a map of Europe and Perth isn't even on it.

But seriously folks... these Aussies are amazing hosts. I have been from Sydney to Brisbane to Cronulla to Perth and it just keeps on going and going. I love this country. Thanks for coming to the shows and giving me all of your money. I keep on losing it in various casinos accross the country but I just know that my luck is going to change. I just need to make one more bet. Just one more hand of blackjack or one more horserace. I feel it coming on like a toothache.

Thanks for all of the hospitality and for driving on the wrong side of the road and almost killing me everyday whilst I ramble aboot your streets. I must remember to look both ways before crossing. The other day I got hit by a taxi and fell down and peed my pants. Everyone laughed at me and I ran into a public bathroom and started crying. Then a little kid came up to me and threw a dirtclod in my ear.

I am excited for my return to Melbourne and I plan to take the whole club hostage and relocate them to a "farm" in an undisclosed location. I will force them to call me their leader and we will all grow beets and sell them to the White House because i don't think they are getting enough iron over there in Washington D.C. Plus I just want someone to call me their leader.

My new cd will be out on august 12. today i am wearing socks. The Padres are in last place in the National League West. I think I'll become a cricket fan for the rest of this season. I am glad I am alive. THANKYOU AUSTRALIA!

Yours truly,

Steven J J Poltz

Posted by steve at May 21, 2003 11:58 AM


schleegen flagin sula tres fone. the weather tastes short but my cellophane is turning so there's no need to rush back to what you were doing since the way it should be is not what i thought.

Posted by: Required at May 21, 2003 8:41 PM

Sod the Aussies Poltzie, when you coming to the Good Old English shores? We want you here not at t' other end of t' globe!!!

Posted by: Nick at May 21, 2003 10:11 PM

Yeah Melbourne can be nice?... but wait till your last gig. The Newcastle people all seek a leader, and when you hear the "Poltz chant" before you come on Stage, then you will know.... You have achieved your aim and why we drink so much wine.....

Posted by: Sara from Newcastle at May 22, 2003 2:52 AM

Waited three years for you to come to Perth, and by god it was worth it. You put on the best show that I've ever seen (Knocked Nick Cave and Billy Bragg from no. 1 position). 'Specially loved the song standing on the bar. I reckon that every solo artist, scrap that, every musician, should see your show to see just how to entertain and engage an audience. You have some of the most beautiful and funny songs I have ever heard, and I'm already waiting in anticipation for your next visit to Perth. Please make it soon.

Posted by: Christian at May 22, 2003 4:56 AM

Well Nick..... It looks like you've got to get yourself on a broom broom plane and bloody fast else you're gonna miss a right spectacle.
I too am a Pom from Pomgolia but was fortunate enough to be working here in Fremantle (perth) at the right time!
Just noticed the flyer the day before, so pulled a sickie and was worth every inch of my nose growing! Steve you really are a hidden treasure, and a crackers one at that!
The last time I saw you was among 2 or 3000 others in Bristol, UK, but the Fly by Night was just perfect for a more intimate and engaging gig for all 60ish of us! Thanks for making the effort of coming to one of the most isolated city's in the world! It has been one of the highlights of my trip. And I agree with Christian, the 'serenade' from the bar was a gem. Hope you collected your winnings from The Burswood!
Oh, and did anyone turn up for the encore the following day at your hotel!?

Posted by: Shelly from UK at May 22, 2003 11:41 AM

yeah australia rules! very nice place to visit and umm you could always try being a mariners fan instead of the padres... ;-)

Posted by: brian at June 10, 2003 9:16 AM

August 15th for the new album uh????? I'm lookin' & lookin, but something tells me its changed. If anyone can tell me a new release Date/Title/Who has it, PLEASE TELL ME!!!!

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