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The Church

One of the most successful and enduring Australian bands of the post-punk era, the Church began their career with music that paid explicit homage to psychedelia and 1960s folk rock, and with the passage of time they refined their own unique sound, fusing pop, art rock, progressive rock, and other flavors. The Church were formed in Sydney, Australia in 1980 by Steve Kilbey (bass, vocals), Peter Koppes (guitar), and Nick Ward (drums). Kilbey, a former member of the Tactics, had previously played with Koppes in a glam rock band called Precious Little in the mid-'70s, but both were eager to do something different when they teamed up with Ward. Originally calling themselves Limosine, the new group solidified their approach while recording demos in Kilbey's home studio, and when guitarist Marty Willson-Piper joined the lineup, their signature style began to fall into place. Adopting the name the Church, the group began earning a reputation on Sydney's club circuit, and by the end of 1980 they had scored a record deal with EMI's re-activated Parlophone label. The debut album from the Church, 1981's Of Skins and Heart, became a commercial success in Australia after the single "The Unguarded Moment" hit the pop charts. Around the time of the album's release, the band parted ways with drummer Ward, and Richard Ploog became their new percussionist. The Church promptly went into the studio with Ploog to cut an EP, Too Fast for You, and material from the EP and Of Skins and Heart was compiled into an album simply called The Church that was released in the U.K. and the United States.

In the spring of 1982, the Church issued their second full-length album, The Blurred Crusade, which was a success at home and fared well in England, but Capitol Records, their label in the United States, was not impressed with its lush, neo-psychedelic sound, and they opted to drop the band rather than release it stateside. The Church's more atmospheric and innovative side continued to take the forefront on their third album, 1983's Séance, which rose to number 18 on the Australian charts, but was little heard elsewhere. In 1984, the Church released a pair of EPs, Persia and Remote Luxury, and the two short-form releases were compiled into an album entitled Remote Luxury, which landed the group a new U.S. record deal with Warner Bros. After a long run of international touring in support of the records (including an only moderately successful trip to the United States), the Church took a brief sabbatical before returning to the studio to record 1986's Heyday, which became a major Australian hit, and helped solidify the band's international audience after earning enthusiastic reviews in the United States and Great Britain. That same year, Steve Kilbey began work on his first solo effort, Unearthed, which was released in 1987, and Marty Willson-Piper and Peter Koppes quickly followed suit with solo sets of their own; all three would pursue solo careers during downtime from the group.

In 1988, the Church reconvened with new business partners -- Arista Records in the United States, and Mushroom Records in Australia -- and a new album, Starfish, which was recorded in Los Angeles with producers Waddy Wachtel and Greg Ladanyi, both longtime veterans of the L.A. studio scene. The album was a solid international success and featured the hit single "Under the Milky Way," but the experience was bittersweet; the members of the group didn't enjoy working in Los Angeles and often argued with Wachtel, and the album's success prompted Arista to urge the Church to re-team with Wachtel for the follow-up, 1990's Gold Afternoon Fix, though the band had hoped to work with former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. Gold Afternoon Fix didn't match the commercial success of Starfish, and for 1992's Priest = Aura, the band produced themselves; they also worked with a new drummer, former Patti Smith Group timekeeper Jay Dee Daugherty, after Ploog left the group. The album became a favorite with fans, but its long, ambitiously structured tracks didn't connect with listeners who discovered the Church via "Under the Milky Way," and Koppes opted to leave the group, as did Jay Dee Daugherty. 1994's Sometime Anywhere found Kilbey and Willson-Piper joined by producer and drummer Tim Powles and a handful of session musicians; the album was adventurous and musically satisfying, and Kilbey and Willson-Piper staged an acoustic tour in support, but it was a commercial disappointment, and Sometime Anywhere would prove to be the Church's final major-label album in the United States.

The Church partnered with the independent White Records label for their next album, 1996's Magician Among the Spirits; the album fared poorly in America after its distributor abruptly went bankrupt, but it was a solid set that was embraced by fans, and featured a guest appearance by Peter Koppes, who also appeared on their subsequent concert tour. Koppes then joined Kilbey and Powles in the studio for sessions that produced the album Pharmakoi/Distance-Crunching Honchos with Echo Units, released in 1997 under the group name the Refo:mation; Koppes rejoined the Church in time to work on the 1998 album Hologram of Baal, and took part in a subsequent international tour. (The initial release of Hologram of Baal included a bonus album, B**tard Universe, a 79-minute collection of improvised material from the quartet.) Hologram of Baal was followed by 1999's A Box of Birds, a collection of covers in which the band interpreted the likes of the Beatles, Neil Young, Hawkwind, Television, Iggy Pop, and the Monkees.

For the next three years, the members of the Church busied themselves with other projects, but the first decade of the new millennium would prove to be a prolific time for them: beginning with 2002's After Everything Now This, the Church released nine full-length albums between 2002 and 2009, including a set of songs created with science fiction author Jeff VanderMeer to accompany his novel Shriek, and a set of acoustic reinventions from the Church's back catalog. In 2011, the Church set out on an ambitious U.S. tour in which they performed three of their albums in full on-stage -- Starfish, Priest = Aura, and 2009's Untitled #23 -- before sold-out crowds in nine cities. Untitled #23 was released in the United States by the independent Second Motion Records label. In 2014, the band issued its 21st studio long-player, Further/Deeper, which featured former Powderfinger guitar player Ian Haug taking over for Wilson-Piper, who had relocated to Sweden to pursue other projects. ~ Mark Deming
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Untitled #23

1. Cobalt Blue

2. Dead Man's Hand

3. Pangaea

4. Happenstance

5. Space Saviour

6. On Angel Street

7. Sunken Sun

8. Anchorage

9. Lunar

10. Operetta

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Track List: El momento descuidado

1. The Unguarded Moment (Acoustic Version)

2. 0408 (Acoustic Version)

3. Almost With You (Acoustic Version)

4. November (Acoustic Version)

5. Metropolis (Acoustic Version)

6. Chromium (Acoustic Version)

7. Sealine (Acoustic Version)

8. A New Season (Acoustic Version)

9. All I Know (Acoustic Version)

10. Till The Cows Come Home (Acoustic Version)

11. Tristesse (Acoustic Version)

12. Under The Milky Way (Acoustic Version)

13. Invisible (Acoustic Version)

14. Between Mirages (Acoustic Version)

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Track List: Numbers

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Track List: Under The Milky Way: The Best Of The Church

1. The Unguarded Moment

2. Too Fast For You

3. Tear It All Away

4. Almost With You

5. When You Were Mine

6. Electric Lash

7. A Month Of Sundays

8. Shadow Cabinet

10. Tantalized

11. Under The Milky Way

12. Reptile

13. Metropolis

14. You're Still Beautiful

15. Ripple

16. Feel

17. Two Places At Once

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Track List: Almost Yesterday 1981-1990

1. Unguarded Moment

3. Tear It All Away

5. Almost With You

6. When You Were Mine

7. I Am A Rock

8. Electric Lash

9. Into My Hands

10. Constant In Opal

11. Shadow Cabinet

12. Tantalized

14. Under The Milky Way

15. Reptile

16. Metropolis

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Track List: Sometime Anywhere

1. Day Of The Dead

2. Lost My Touch

3. Loveblind

4. My Little Problem

5. The Maven

6. Angelica

7. Lullaby

8. Eastern

9. Two Places At Once

10. Business Woman

11. Authority

12. Fly Home

13. The Dead Man's Dream

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Track List: Priest = Aura

1. Aura

2. Ripple

3. Paradox

4. Lustre

5. Swan Lake

6. Feel

7. Mistriss

8. Kings

9. Dome

10. Witch Hunt

11. The Disillusionist

12. Old Flame

13. Chaos

14. Film

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Track List: Starfish

1. Destination

2. Under The Milky Way

3. Blood Money

4. Lost

5. North, South, East And West

6. Spark

7. Antenna

8. Reptile

9. A New Season

10. Hotel Womb

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The album cover for Starfish is sideways! Please fix it, Pandora!
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@flare4fun20 0 3 They never went away much. Still releasing albums over the years.
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Damn now I wanna watch Donnie Darko again
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Only a few songs really impacted me back then when I owned and ran an Alternative Rock Dance club in the 80's. This was one of them.
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amazing group. Come back
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After crazy horse and warren Haynes, this is the best recording of this song! They built up with their bare hands what we still can't do today!
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i just adore this song! It sings to my soul...
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franksurfs10 1
Sentes 101
I remember driving through Exeter to the world surfing championship s in Newquay southern England. Ya I'm from Hawaii ..a large van with surfers from all over the world listening to my Walkman on the dash listening to The Church from Australia. ..one of the best bands in the whole world. An internationa l moment with
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They remind me of the Smiths.
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narahi50
Driving down that cold night in DC.... nothing is better than this song.
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Under the MIlky Way brings me back to the late 80's and my life back then. A great song which brings poignant memories.
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krj972
Real music. Real talent. The Church.
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More CHURCH, more Church!
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Worship the Church!! All of their albums up to Priest=Aura are absolute must haves (well maybe with the exception of Seance, and Remote Luxury which wasn't really an album)
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Will the new album be on Pandora? Its epic!
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Try Human Drama
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anitare
Great iconic song!
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Your papa misses u, we all love u,your redd head spirit, joy ,this song remnds me of u
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david.creati v e a l l i a n c e
Just saw them at the Roxy, great band. Just and FYI, if you go see them, don't scream out Play Milkyway all set, they will get annoyed. Believe me, one lady paid the price for it embarrassing l y . I promise you, they will play it. Give their music a good listen, it is really good, they are a really good band, and not just an 80's band. Cheers!
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My back yard in the burbs, just me and the milkyway,the pups holding court making sure i had the security
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Sexy song!!
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Great band. Reptile, Unguarded Moment, Under The Milky Way, and many others good songs. Worth a listen for those interested in solid music from a solid band.
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I regret comparing every song they did to Milky Way back in the day... By far their best but so many other decent songs that I never gave a chance. Not too late I guess.
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I am in love with new album!
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What are u looking for
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zsapphira
Something shimmering and white
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Yes I am one the most ignorant,but wow ,from my ignorance I am free my lambs
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I need to go to church, my New Zealand bunnies, I lay here missing all !
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progpond3
Unguarded Moment.
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See you in heaven everyone...
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No doubt the church made it. Yes a great band
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Great song....
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michaelhudso n 4 0 9
REPTILE - STILL LOVE IT!!!!!!
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Memories ��������
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I own the best of church collection. Rediscovered and fell hard 2007. Even tho it passed me in the late 80s.
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Brings back memories of the 70s. The song made me pause for a moment and drift back to snapshots flashes. Then back to reality knowing those days are long gone.
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ken_klavon
@Robert Foster: Just an ignorant comment to make seeing that The Church have been around for 35 years. Check out their catalogue. Much of it is upbeat.
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ken_klavon
Probably the most underrated band going even with MWP out of the band. Great musicians.
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Hi necrobillygi r l
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krj972
Yes f**k Robert Foster! New Age? Really gramps learn your genre's.
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My fave band. Blurred crusade and Seance are my fave albums.
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Funny Chris Jones since they have worked w/Afghan Whigs.
F**k you Robert Foster.
Amen Burgess 87...best band in the universe and one of the nicest and funniest groups of guys you could meet.
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Under the milky way was a great song back then
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luv this band!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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pbierley6
The church makes me love to sit in my car and listen
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Reminds me of old friends and 5 lakes !
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denshanski5
This is the late 80's!
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burgess87
Best band on the planet
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milosdad
I actually hear some sincerity and originality from this band and I'm old. When they came out I enjoyed the scene this music supported even though I was more into punk and harder rock. Sure, there were a ton of pretentious people at the clubs this music was played in but there were many artists as well. I liken it to the Velvet Underground scene in NY in the early seventies. It was a lot better than the Ratt, Warrant, White Lion garbage that dominated the airwaves.
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New years eve 2013 is when I heard this on Pandora.
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