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Sydney, Australia (1980 – present)

The Church is an band which formed in Sydney, Australia in 1980. Initially linked in with acts of the period, their music later became largely defined by the interplay of guitarists Marty Willson-Piper and Peter Koppes coupled with the abstract lyrics of bassist/singer Steve Kilbey. Their debut album, Of Skins And Heart (1981), earned them their first radio hit “The Unguarded Moment”. They were originally signed to EMI’s Parlophone label, but record company dissatisfaction led to them being dropped overseas, which limited their exposure early on.

After signing to Arista in 1988, they saw their largest international success with the album Starfish and the American Top 40 hit “Under the Milky Way” which resurfaced on the soundtrack of the cult movie “Donnie Darko”. Whilst the band remain feted by their peers, subsequent commercial success proved elusive: 1990s follow-up album “Gold Afternoon Fix” failed to capitalise on their success, and the band weathered several line-up changes after its release, first losing long-term drummer Richard Ploog, then Peter Koppes following 1992s “Priest = Aura”. That album baffled and confused many fans upon its release as to what band The Church was considered to be, but is now considered a seminal album and one of the most revered by Church connoisseurs. The vacant drum-stool on Priest=Aura being occupied by Jay Dee Daugherty of Arista labelmate Patti Smiths group, and it was produced by Gavin MacKillop of Moose.


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  • GreatBarcia

    so glad i found this band.. how amazing

    Yesterday 2:39am Reply
  • Obi-Head

    I don't understand why under the milkyway has so many plays. It's good, but it's not really that much better... [2]

    8 Oct 3:30pm Reply
  • FabianInMusic

    The new album is coming

    5 Oct 7:57am Reply
  • lunarday

    I <3 The Church, please check out my project: thanks (;◔ิз◔ิ)~♪♬

    24 Sep 5:00pm Reply
  • Standbyme4ever

    OMG why haven't I heard this band before. Donnie Darko is not only my fav movie but it has also awesome 80's bandsin its soundtrack ✌

    25 Aug 4:06pm Reply
  • Cat_007

    nice new wave band

    30 May 3:51am Reply
  • LegalPiracy

    As You Will is an awesome track

    13 May 12:12pm Reply
  • daydream_set

    Great song (and certainly better than what most artists today could conjure), but they have albums worth of material that's at least as good as "UTMW."

    17 Apr 12:30pm Reply
  • KingFahtah

    @ feelingsreal It was a hit in America, making them a one hit wonder in America much like Divinyls. Sucks but what can you do

    11 Apr 12:19pm Reply
  • kossowski

    ok now i will be a huge dickhead but can anyone tell me where i can download their discography ??

    7 Apr 5:37pm Reply
  • feelingsreal

    I don't understand why under the milkyway has so many plays. It's good, but it's not really that much better...

    28 Mar 5:27pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    очаровательный легкий пост-панк, chameleons и triffids в похожих, легкий налет готики - все, как мы любим.

    26 Feb 3:21am Reply
  • Amrabart

    hope I'm not the only one here who thinks Starfish is overrated?

    15 Feb 4:29pm Reply
  • letsbolt

    great band, but they just have *too* many albums....and they all sort of sound the same.

    23 Jan 7:59pm Reply
  • SonnyGideon1

    when will they have a new album :( they were on such a roll

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • bigcookie

    The big albums like Starfish, Priest=Aura and The Blurrred Crusade are all great but Forget Yourself is an amazing album too that should be heard by fans of heavy shoegaze.

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • KingFahtah

    dog=pyramid is a bit shit, everything before this is good

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • johannez1

    Criminally underrated. Love them.

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • misprintedlies

    why do only like two people listen to this band other than under the milky way like wtf they are SO good i don't understand

    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • DanRJ1000

    Starfish = Masterpiece 80's album. ²

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
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