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Music: The Church
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  • Bowdlerize: "Hologram of Baal" was originally supposed to be called ''Hologram of Allah", but that was predictably withdrawn by the record company.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.

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