The Church is an Australian alternative rock band formed in 1980 in Sydney, consisting of Steve Kilbey on lead vocals and bass guitar, Peter Koppes and Marty Willson-Piper on guitars, and numerous drummer lineups. Their music and lyrics are focused on surreal themes, along with Kilbey's relaxed, hypnotizing vocals. They were initially inspired by the neo-psychedelic and New Wave Music
acts of the mid-1980s, but they turned to Progressive Rock
and Dream Pop
influence since Priest=Aura
However, they are best known for the One-Hit Wonder
"Under the Milky Way
- Studio Albums
- Of Skins and Heart (1981)
- The Blurred Crusade (1982)
- Seance (1983)
- Remote Luxury (1984)
- Heyday (1986)
- Starfish (1988)
- Gold Afternoon Fix (1990)
- Priest=Aura (1992)
- Sometime Anywhere (1994)
- Magician Among the Spirits (1996)
- Hologram of Baal (1998)
- A Box of Birds (1999)
- After Everything Now This (2002)
- Forget Yourself (2003)
- Jammed (2004)
- El Momento Descuidado (2005)
- Back with Two Beasts (2005)
- Uninvited, Like the Clouds (2006)
- El Momento Siguiente (2007) - Acoustic versions plus several original songs
- Shriek: Excerpts from the Soundtrack (2008)
- Untitled No. 23 (2009)
The Church provides examples of:
- Anti-Love Song: "Mistress"
- Bowdlerize: "Hologram of Baal" was originally supposed to be called ''Hologram of Allah", but that was predictably withdrawn by the record company.
- Cover Album: A Box Of Birds
- Creator Backlash: The members did not like Gold Afternoon Fix very much.
- It is a minor example though, since "Metropolis" was included on the their greatest hits album.
- Epic Rocking: Giving its prog-rock influence, this is not surprising, especially after Priest=Aura.
- Their longest track, "The Sexual Act" from the instrumental album Jammed, clocks in at just over 39 minutes.
- "Night Sequence" clocks in at 20 minutes.
- To a lesser extent, their cover of "Cortez The Killer" is just over 11 minutes long.
- List Song: "Numbers"
- Not Christian Rock
- The Something Song: "The Coffee Song"
- One-Hit Wonder: In the United States, they are known solely for "Under the Milky Way Tonight".
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: "Reptile", natch
- Word Salad Lyrics: Being fellow psych-rockers, this is also not surprising.