The Church

The Church

This Australian quartet initially rehashed the jangly, psychedelic side of the Byrds, though by the mid-1980s the Church had forged its own style of guitar pop with willfully obscure lyrics. After much success among underground and alternative-rock audiences in Australia and abroad, the Church gained a larger, AOR-oriented audience when Arista signed the band to a U.S. deal in 1987. Often lumped together with R.E.M., the group finally reached the pop charts with its first Arista release, 1988’s Starfish (#41), and subsequent single, “Under the Milky Way” (#24).

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