Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#145 in the Series) is The Church, Starfish.
The Church was/is an Australian band that, although still together and touring, had their most success in the late 80s, early 90s.
That success was surrounded by the wonderful album, Starfish.
When I was thinking one day if I should feature this album, my friend Terry Witmer mentioned ‘Sure, You never heard anything like that on the radio at that time.’
That made me think, yup. Gotta do The Church.
Starfish was The Church’s fifth full album released. They had a bunch of EPs tossed in there as well. It held their highest charting single Under the Milky Way.
When this was released in 1988, The Church consisted of Steve Kilbey, Marty Wilson-Piper, Peter Koppes and Richard Ploog.
Besides the aforementioned Under the Milky Way, other highlights included Reptile, Blood Money, North South East West and Destination.
One thing I didn’t realize until now was that Starfish was produced by Greg Ladanyi and Waddy Wachtel. How did I miss?
Starfish peaked at #41 on the Billboard Top Album Chart.
Under the Milky Way peaked at #26 on the Billboard Singles Chart.
Be sure to check out some of the solo album Steve Kilbey and Wilson-Piper also recorded in this era. I loved Earthed by Kilbey and Art Attack by Wilson-Piper.
Here’s a great unplugged version of Under the Milky Way.