100 Greatest Songs of the 80’s #91 The Church – Under The Milky Way

Released : 1988

Australia’s emergence as a global musical force was built on a late blooming punk scene which had taken root in suburbia; formed in Sydney in 1980, The Church however favoured textures and layering as opposed to raw power.

They had morphed considerably by the release of Starfish, their fifth album which nosed them into the mainstream at home and abroad. Under The Milk Way Tonight would inevitably define them in the public’s eyes, but chief songwriter Steve Kibey always maintained that it’s creation was largely an accident.

Made different by the use of an e-bow on it’s dream laden guitar solo, there’s an indulgent, introvert streak here to a song which, even though these people would remain strangers, faithfully keeps the listener’s secrets as well as it’s own.