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The Church in 1986. Left to right: Steve Kilbey, Marty Willson-Piper, Richard Ploog, and Peter Koppes.
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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 line-ups. 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-1980's, 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."


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Membership (Founders in bold, current members in italics.

  • Steve Kilbey: Lead vocals, bass, keyboards. (1980-present)
  • Peter Koppes: Guitars, keyboards, vocals. (1980-1992, 1997-present)
  • Marty Wilson-Piper: Guitars, vocals, occasional bass. (1980-2013)
  • Ian Haug: Guitars, vocals. (2013-present)
  • Nick Ward: Drums, percussion. (1980-81)
  • Richard Ploog: Drums, percussion. (1981-90)
  • Jay Lee Daugherty: Drums, percussion. (1990-1993)
  • Tim Powles: Drums, percussion. (1993-present)

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Discography:

  • 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  • Bowdlerize: "Hologram of Baal" was originally supposed to be called ''Hologram of Allah", but that was predictably withdrawn by the record company.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
    • It is a minor example though, since "Metropolis" was included on the their greatest hits album.
  • Epic Rocking: Giving the band's 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 Version of Neil Young's "Cortez The Killer" is just over 11 minutes long.
  • List Song: "Numbers"
  • Long-Runner Line-up:
    • The lineup of Steve Kilbey, Marty Wilson-Piper, Peter Koppes and Tim Powles is a type 2, lasting from 1997 when Koppes rejoined the band, to 2013 when Wilson-Piper left, totaling 16 years.
    • The lineup of Kilbey, Koppes, Wilson-Piper and Richard Ploog barely missed being one with a 9 year linup (81-90)
  • Not Christian Rock
  • The Something Song: "The Coffee Song"
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: "Reptile", natch, but Zig-Zagged in that there are strong undertones of Evil Is Sexy and You Sexy Beast in its metaphors; while she may have been poisoning their life, there's part of him that misses the Femme Fatale.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Being fellow psych-rockers, this is also not surprising.

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