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Recorded in Los Angeles at a time when The Church felt stranded and miserable, Starfish ended up being their most successful and accessible album. The luxuriantly somber “Under the Milky Way” is a slice of post-punk/rock crossover perfection, but the lesser-known songs are just as sweet, especially the swirling romance of “North, South, East and West” and the funeral prom dance of “Antenna.” “Reptile” is as galvanizing as any U2 riff, but it’s “Hotel Womb”—with its debauched expressions of narcotic-soaked euphoria—that best embodies The Church’s sinister sensuality.


Formed: 1980 in Sydney, Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most successful and enduring Australian bands of the post-punk era, the Church began their career with music that paid explicit homage to psychedelia and 1960s folk rock, and with the passage of time they refined their own unique sound, fusing pop, art rock, progressive rock, and other flavors. The Church were formed in Sydney, Australia in 1980 by Steve Kilbey (bass, vocals), Peter Koppes (guitar), and Nick Ward (drums). Kilbey, a former member of the Tactics, had previously played with...
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