Friday, November 12, 2010

The Church. The 15 Best Songs

It's been a great year for The Church.  Not only are they celebrating their 30th Anniversary, but they were also given their country's highest musical honor - a permanent place in Australia's Recording Arts Hall of Fame (ARIA).

In celebration of their 30th Anniversary, I would like to present you with my list of The Church's 15 Best Songs.  As you may be aware, this band has a gigantic catalog, so narrowing it down to just 15 choices was very difficult!  Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for a Spotify playlist, featuring the tracks from this post. Please feel free to leave comments, including your picks for The Church's Best Songs. 


15.  A New Season
From the album Starfish (1988)

14.  No Explanation
From the Persia EP; and on Remote Luxury (1984)

13.  My Little Problem
From the album Sometime Anywhere (1994)



12.  Destination
Released as single; appeared on the album Starfish (1988)

11.  Electric Lash
Released as single; appeared on the album Seance (1983)

10. North, South, East and West
From the album Starfish (1988)



09.  Tantalized
Released as single (1986); appeared on the album Heyday (1985)

08.  Already Yesterday
Released as single; appeared on the album Heyday (1985)

07.  Space Saviour
From the album Untitled #23 (2009)



06.  A Month of Sundays
From the Remote Luxury EP (1984)

05.  Reptile
Released as single; appeared on the album Starfish (1988)

04.  The Unguarded Moment
Released as single; appeared on the album Of Skins and Heart (1981)



03.  Almost With You
Released as single; appeared on the album The Blurred Crusade (1982)

02.  Under the Milky Way
Released as single; appeared on the album Starfish (1988)

01.  Metropolis
Released as single; appeared on the album Gold Afternoon Fix (1990)



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15 comments:

  1. 5 of your top 15 were on Starfish. Would you then say Starfish is your favorite album by The Church? If not, which would be (if you could only choose one).

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  2. Paradox and Ripple from Priest=Aura are amazing as well.

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  3. Well said, Anonymous. Those are both killer tracks. Thanks for stopping by. - Bret

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  4. 1.she never said
    2.for a moment we´re strangers
    3.too fast to you
    4.tear it all away
    5.memories in future tense
    6.constant in opal
    7.roman
    8.sisters
    9.no explanation
    10.chrome injury
    11.shadow cabinet
    12.bel-air
    13.a month of sundays
    14.you took
    15.Columbus

    For me OF SINKS AND HEART is their masterpiece.

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  5. 1 Myrrh
    2 Disenchanted
    3 Bel air
    4 Almost with you
    5 Ungaurded moment
    6 When you were mine
    7Constant in opal
    8 Shadow cabinet
    9 Eletric lash
    10 For a moment were strangers
    11 You took
    12 Fly
    13 A month of Sundays
    14 Aura
    15 Destination

    Heyday was the bands absolute masterpiece. Everything pre Starfish was what mattered! After that they lost focus....

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  6. David"Dylan"Malana Puzon.1VJune 15, 2014 at 4:40 AM

    MY TOP 7 MOST UNDERRATED SONGS BY THE CHURCH:

    1.Its No Reason-from the album:Seance(1983)

    2.To Be In Your Eyes-from the album:The Blurred Crusade(1982)

    3.One Day-from the album:Seance(1983)

    4.Disenchanted-from the album:Heyday(1985)

    5.10,000 Miles Away-from the album:Remote Luxury(1984)

    6. Sparks-from the album:Starfish(1988)

    7.Ripple-from the album:Priest=Aura(1992)

    FAVOURITE ALBUM OF THE CHURCH:

    For me,My Favourite Album of The Church is"Heyday"(1985).It might not have the big hits like"Under The Milky Way","Metropolis"or"Unguarded Moment"but it loads a lot of great songs(Tristesse,Myrrh,and Columbus)plus in my book,2 of The Most Tender Church Songs which are"Disenchanted"and"Already Yesterday".I love the guitar textures of Marty Wilson Piper and the cold yet cool voice of Steve Kilbey.I also love the album cover...

    MY TOP 5 BEST CHURCH SONG OF ALL TIME:

    1.Almost With You-from the album:Blurred Crusade(1982)

    2.No Explanation-from the album:Remote Luxury(1984)

    3:Metropolis-from the album:Gold Afternoon Fix(1990)

    4.Tear It All Away-from the album:Of Skins and Hearts(1981)

    5.When You Were Mine-from the album:The Blurred Crusade(1982)

    6.Reptile-from the album:Starfish(1988)


    From:David"Dylan"Malana Puzon.1V
    New Waver,Indie Rocker and 90s Alternativist

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    1. Right on, David. Very nice list. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. David Dylan Malana Puzon.1VJune 22, 2014 at 5:48 AM

    Saying that"Starfish"(1988)is The Best Church Album is like saying that Cocteau Twins'Heaven or Las Vegas is The Best Cocteau Twins Album.For me its too mainstream for my taste.the Best Album would probably'Heyday"(1985)followed by"Of Skins And Hearts"(1981)...

    David"Dylan"Malana Puzon.1V
    New Waver,Indie Rocker and 90s Alternativist

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    1. I absolutely judge an album by the way the songs hit me, how it flows from beginning to end, and by it's overall significance to me. I don't have any concern as to how many it sold, or whether it hit the mainstream. If an album is great, it's great.

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  8. Not easy to pick just few fave tracks of your fave band with such a catalogue. I tried o work my own list, a Top ten with totally random order, and that's what I came up with :
    Comedown (MATS)
    Anchorage (Untitled)
    Night Friends (AENT)
    Almost With You (Blurred Crusade)
    Disenchanted (Heyday)
    Myrrh (Heyday)
    Hotel Womb (Starfish)
    Monday Morning (GAF)
    Two Places At Once (Sometime Anywhere)
    Paradox (Priest=Aura)

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  9. move with times
    some goodies from their latest releases
    Love Philtre
    Laurel Canyon
    Miami
    Globe Spinning
    Anchorage
    Dead Mans Hand
    She'll Come Back for You Tomorrow
    Pearls
    and the best free for all 20 plus min's of pure artistic gold
    Night Sequence

    --imo
    silvermeddle

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  10. I like Blurred Crusade, then the rest of The Church. --DRL

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  11. I know this isn't a an actual Church song, but their recording of Cortez the Killer, from A Box of Birds would be on my top 15 list. I also would put Louisiana from Hologram of Baal on my list. I probably would have to put Reptile as my favorite song.

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  12. Also on my list would be Grind from Gold Afternoon Fix

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  13. top 15, just not possible for me, way too many good ones, but if i pick a favourite it would have to be Bel-Air as it's stuck with me all these years from the distant days of vinyl. Jeff :)

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