The Church

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The Church are an Australian psychedelic rock band formed in Sydney in 1980. Initially associated with new wave, neo-psychedelia and indie rock, their music later came to feature slower tempos and surreal soundscapes reminiscent of dream pop and post-rock. Glenn A. Baker has written that "From the release of the 'She Never Said' single in November 1980, this unique Sydney-originated entity has purveyed a distinctive, ethereal, psychedelic-tinged sound which has alternatively found favour and disfavor in Australia". The Los Angeles Times has described the band's music as "dense, shimmering, exquisite guitar pop".

The founding members were Steve Kilbey on lead vocals and bass guitar, Peter Koppes and Marty Willson-Piper on guitars and Nick Ward on drums. Ward only played on their debut album and the band's drummer for the rest of the 1980s was Richard Ploog. Jay Dee Daugherty (ex-Patti Smith Group) played drums from 1990 to 1993, followed by Tim Powles (ex-The Venetians) who remains with them to the present day. Koppes left the band from 1992 to 1997 and Willson-Piper left in 2013. He was replaced by Ian Haug, formerly of Powderfinger. Kilbey, Koppes and Powles also recorded together as "The Refo:mation" in 1997.

The Church's debut album, Of Skins and Heart (1981), delivered their first radio hit "The Unguarded Moment" and they were signed to major labels in Australia, Europe and the United States. However, the US label was dissatisfied with their second album and dropped the band without releasing it. This put a dent in their international success, but they returned to the charts in 1988, with the album Starfish and the US Top 40 hit "Under the Milky Way". Subsequent mainstream success has proved elusive, but the band retains a large international cult following and were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in Sydney in 2011. The Church continue to tour and record, releasing their 24th studio album, Further/Deeper, in October 2014.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Of Skins and Heart The Church 7
1982 The Blurred Crusade The Church 6
1983 Seance The Church 4
1985 Heyday The Church 5
1988 Starfish The Church 5 6
1988 Conception The Church 1
1990 Gold Afternoon Fix The Church 4 5
1991 A Quick Smoke at Spot's The Church 1
1992 Priest = Aura The Church 3
1994 Sometime Anywhere The Church 6
1996 Magician Among the Spirits The Church 4
1998 Hologram of Baal The Church 3
1999 A Box of Birds The Church 2
2002 Parallel Universe The Church 3
2002 After Everything Now This The Church 3
2003 Forget Yourself The Church 1
2004 El Momento Descuidado The Church 2
2005 Back With Two Beasts The Church 1
2006 Uninvited, Like the Clouds The Church 1
2007 El Momento Siguiente The Church 1
2009 Untitled #23 The Church 2
2014 Further/Deeper The Church 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Remote Luxury The Church 4
1988 Hindsight 1980-1987 The Church 2
1988 Life Before Starfish The Church 1
1994 Almost Yesterday 1981-1990 The Church 1
1999 Under the Milky Way: The Best of the Church The Church 1
1999 The Best Of The Church 1
2001 Sing-Songs / Remote Luxury / Persia The Church 1
2004 Beside Yourself The Church 1
2006 Tin Mine The Church 1
2007 Deep in the Shallows The Church 2
2010 The Best of the Radio Songs The Church 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 A Psychedelic Symphony The Church with The George Ellis Orchestra 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Shriek: Excerpts From the Soundtrack The Church 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Destination The Church 1
1988 Under the Milky Way The Church 2
1990 Megalopolis The Church 1
1990 Metropolis The Church 1
1990 Russian Autumn Heart The Church 1
1990 You're Still Beautiful The Church 1
1992 Feel The Church 1
1998 Louisiana The Church 1
2001 Numbers The Church 2
2006 Under the Milky Way Craig Obey vs. The Church 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Sing-Songs The Church 1
1984 Persia The Church 1
1984 Remote Luxury The Church 1
2009 Coffee Hounds The Church 2
2009 Pangaea The Church 1
2009 Operetta The Church 1
2010 Deadman's Hand The Church 3

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