The Church guest on ‘Records In My Life’

The Church recently performed in Vancouver as part of the 30th anniversary tour of their album Starfish. We met with Steve, Peter, and Tim by the Fox Cabaret and talked anniversaries, classic Australia bands. and, of course Sid Vicious.

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The Church on RIML references the following albums:

The Church – Starfish
Simple Minds – New Gold Dream
David Bowie – Space Oddity
David Bowie – Scary Monsters
The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Smash Hits
The Master’s Apprentice – The Master’s Apprentice
The Easy Beats – Friday On My MInd
The Master’s Apprentice – A Toast To Panama Red
The Rolling Stones – Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out
Billy Cobham – Spectrum
The Who – Live At Leeds
Woodstock – Motion Picture Soundtrack
Lou Reed – Rock N Roll Animal
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Gumboot Soup
The Church – Priest = Aura
The Church – Further / Deeper
The Church – Hologram of Baal
The Church – Forget Yourself
The Church – Man Woman Life Death Infinity

The Church by Mark Deming

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 Koppes in a glam rock band called Precious Little in the mid-’70s, but both were eager to do something different when they teamed up with Ward. Originally calling themselves Limosine, they solidified their approach while recording demos in Kilbey’s home studio, and when guitarist Marty Willson-Piper joined the lineup, their signature style began to fall into place. Adopting the name the Church, they began earning a reputation on Sydney’s club circuit, and by the end of 1980 they had scored a record deal with EMI’s reactivated Parlophone label. The band’s 1981 debut album, Of Skins and Heart, became a commercial success in Australia after the single “The Unguarded Moment” hit the pop charts. Around the time of the album’s release, the Church parted ways with drummer Ward, and Richard Ploog became their new percussionist. The band promptly went into the studio with Ploog to cut an EP, Too Fast for You, and material from the EP and Of Skins and Heart was compiled into an album simply called The Church that was released in the U.K. and the United States