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The Church — Under The Milky Way
Album: Starfish
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Released: 1988
Length: 4:49
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Sometimes when this place gets kind of empty
Sound of their breath fades with the light
I think about the loveless fascination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Lower the curtain down in Memphis
Lower the curtain down, all right
I got no time for private consultation
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find

And it's something quite peculiar
Something shimmering and white
It leads you here despite your destination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find
Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find

And it's something quite peculiar
Something that's shimmering and white
Leads you here despite your destination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find
Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find

Under the Milky Way tonight
Under the Milky Way tonight
Under the Milky Way tonight
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 Screature wrote:


 
I love bagpipes, every time.
 Proclivities wrote:

That's a synthesized guitar, not bagpipes.  I'm not sure if that alleviates it for you.
 

Your guitarist was so preoccupied with whether or not he could, he didn’t stop to think if he should. 

J/K I love this song, weird bagpipe-guitar solo and all.
 Screature wrote:
I think if it was real bagpipes and it sounded like that I would like the song even more! People who don't like the bagpipes have never head truly creative use of their unique sound. They are just used to the stereotypical use of them

 

 Proclivities wrote:

That's a synthesized guitar, not bagpipes.  I'm not sure if that alleviates it for you.
 

Love this song. Still takes me back!
 Flac330 wrote:
Still such an evocative song for an Aussie living abroad.  Its a time machine for me.....  

Just discovered RP - thanks for such an awesome station!
 Under the Milky Way  must mean a lot more in the Southern hemisphere.  That and the clouds of Magellan would be the main reason I would ever spend so much Co2 to travel that far. Just to look up at night and be awed. Are natives who return home ever surprised by that beauty? Lovely song and great band/album. Love RP and all it's mixes!

I learned this song from Grant Lee Phillips. Gotta say I prefer his cover. 
Such a great song from the 80's.  Saw their 30th Anniversary tour of this album. Great! 
I've changed 9 to 10. Couldn't help it... One of the first songs I heard here.
love love this. it just novel gets old!
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
Reminds me of Al Stewart. That’s not a good thing. 

 
Wrong. Al Stewart is great!
Wailin' Jennys to this.  Lovely segue.
Beautiful song! Makes me appreciate life just hearing it.
 walter_sintenie wrote:
Memories....   80's :  The Church performing in Paradiso Amsterdam (former Church-building) Fantastic Performance
 
oh yes, memories of 80's, not really Paradiso but radio and cassettes and home gatherings :)
Memories....   80's :  The Church performing in Paradiso Amsterdam (former Church-building) Fantastic Performance
 Proclivities wrote:

That's a synthesized guitar, not bagpipes, but I'm not sure if that alleviates it for you.

 
Wow! That had not occurred to me. I had always been thinking how unusual it was to use bagpipes in a pop song...
I can imagine what a loveless fascination might reference, but "curtain down in Memphis"...?  What is this song about...Elvis?
{#Crashcomp}
Reminds me of Al Stewart. That’s not a good thing. 
All these years later. Buying all these originally on vinyl, when vinyl was it. Alexander Graham Bell defining out method all this time later. This song still works for me.
Just saw this band last Thursday at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Still sounding great, and of course they played this song.
 inbagt wrote:
I think it's great up until the bagpipe...solo.
 
That's a synthesized guitar, not bagpipes.  I'm not sure if that alleviates it for you.
The Church
What a name for a band!   

 Cigarettes after Sex suits better to life

but this song is amazing!
 
10
I think it's great up until the bagpipe...solo.
having just missed this, I will now have to go and hear it :)
Wow... Got turned onto these guys maybe a year or two before this album, and when this came out it really sent me; still does, in fact...
 On_The_Beach wrote:

DoublePlusGood, comrade!  ; )

 
But that was "back" in 1984 ;-)


A fine song.

1988? Geez, those were the days...and great days they were!{#Drunk}{#Cheers}{#Hug} 
just pop. good old harmless pop. fairly clever. not at all bad.
 westslope wrote:

It is not only a great transition but I hear some similarities (ex: song structure) with Porcupine Tree's Trains.

Once again, a terrific catch by the DJ.   

 
Bill is magic like that
 jmsmy wrote:
Great transition Bill

 
It is not only a great transition but I hear some similarities (ex: song structure) with Porcupine Tree's Trains.

Once again, a terrific catch by the DJ.   
Love this tune. Easy one for the guitarist.
Great transition Bill
 bill-1956 wrote:
Donnie Darko has an excellent soundtrack.

 
Yeah
The two versions of the movie has slightly different music, but as I recall they are both great somehow.
Theatrical/original vs. Director's cut

The awesome music opening with:
"The Killing Moon" by Echo and the Bunnymen (original/theatrical version).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76IkuYLoJkE

or "Never Tear Us Apart " by INXS (director's cut version). 80's epic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyj6YAnaN_M

I love both songs {#Biggrin} and they both fit the movie.
But I think the movie itself was better in the original version, before the director felt he had to "explain" some things to the audience.
Not sure though. Gotta see them both again
I've loved this band since this CD was released. Saw The Church recently in Berkeley, and they were fantastic. 
Reminds me of 'The captain of her heart' by Double. 
 birdiestobehad wrote:
"SHUT THAT BLOODY BOUZOUKI OFF!".............................

 
"Oh, heaven forbid: I am one who delights in all manifestations of the Terpsichorean muse!"
"SHUT THAT BLOODY BOUZOUKI OFF!".............................
Donnie Darko has an excellent soundtrack.
 
OHMish wrote:
Sooo good.
Having seen the great movie Donnie Darko adds some extra magic to this song.

 

Sooo good.
Having seen the great movie Donnie Darko adds some extra magic to this song.
Oh yeah! This is the Radio Paradise I know! {#Bananajam}
great pic!
melzabutch wrote:
Edeowie Station Under the Milky Way       by  

   

 


 Sloggydog wrote:
Awesome tune.  If you're here enjoying the Church might I suggest another fine tune from the fair land of my birth - Twin Layers of Lightning by the Go Betweens.  You won't regret it.

Over 10 years living abroad and a track like this just brings the bogan flooding back. 

 
Sloggy Dog, they bring out the BOGAN in all of us.  Great band  and still so relevant as when it first came out.  Awesome live as well
 Giselle62 wrote:
this is a great song—-i wanna try singing it

 
just try....our city did at a winter solstice bonfire a few years back, hundreds of voices and a bonfire in the middle....so great!
Love it....his voice does something quite peculiar to me..... Ups! {#Kiss}
Great song from a great band. Memories indeed ...
Their earlier albums in the cutout bin (Seance, Remote Luxury) turned me on to The Church. Loved it when they got better production and took off.
I love The Church and while we are on the subject of Aussie bands Bill, how about some more Ed Kuepper?
Love this song. Brings back memories good and sad
 kcar wrote:

Wouldn't it have been easier to just play some bagpipes?

 
Perhaps not. You can't just through a stick and find a Highlander to play the pipes for you in Australia, especially since the ban went through.
.                                ....a timeless classic - never ages but has a nice patina  {#Hearteyes} {#Hearteyes} {#Hearteyes}
funny, i only know this by grant-lee... didn't even know it was a cover 'til i heard it here. i like GLP's better -it's prettier.  
Played this stunner during jam sets on my Friday RockShow at the CU FM station during the months running up till I left for Shizuoka...
 dingleberry wrote:

Once a bogan..... ?

 
Problem is it applies to other traits too and my bogan clashes with my hippy from time to time
 Sloggydog wrote:

... a track like this just brings the bogan flooding back. 

 
Once a bogan..... ?
 jagdriver wrote:

Roger that!

 
Ibid.
Still such an evocative song for an Aussie living abroad.  Its a time machine for me.....  

Just discovered RP - thanks for such an awesome station!
 GINRUSH wrote:
This just never gets old on me.... excellent transition from Porcupine Tree>Trains into this..just fits perfect. {#Good-vibes}
 
Roger that!

Our cover band recently added this to the set list.

It's a good change up from the classic rock stuff that we HAVE to do. Plus, I get to sing with an English accent.(with a little Jersey thrown in for good measure).


Awesome tune.  If you're here enjoying the Church might I suggest another fine tune from the fair land of my birth - Twin Layers of Lightning by the Go Betweens.  You won't regret it.

Over 10 years living abroad and a track like this just brings the bogan flooding back. 
this is a great song---i wanna try singing it
This just never gets old on me.... excellent transition from Porcupine Tree>Trains into this..just fits perfect. {#Good-vibes}
 geekodude wrote:
All these years I thought they were bagpipes 


RabbitEars wrote:
wiki:
"Under the Milky Way" featured a 12-string acoustic guitar melody along with a solo composed with an EBow on aFender Jazzmaster, and recorded on a Synclavier, leading to a sound reminiscent of bagpipes. 
Until this moment, I thought it was a GLP song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOhlFiKSoIM

 



 
Wouldn't it have been easier to just play some bagpipes?
A thread through my life
Music takes it's proper place
When I've had no voice.
All these years I thought they were bagpipes 


RabbitEars wrote:
wiki:
"Under the Milky Way" featured a 12-string acoustic guitar melody along with a solo composed with an EBow on aFender Jazzmaster, and recorded on a Synclavier, leading to a sound reminiscent of bagpipes. 
Until this moment, I thought it was a GLP song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOhlFiKSoIM

 


 melzabutch wrote:
Edeowie Station Under the Milky Way       by  

Thanks for posting this extraordinary photo ..... very appropriate. 
   

 


 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:

10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

 
so right you are.


 AphidA wrote:
Still a 10+

 

 
10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 Alexandra wrote:
This song always takes me back to a really cool time in my early 20s....so much ahead that I didn't know, but that I thought I knew.

 
Me, too, except I wish I knew what I was looking for . . .
 Larry_Rosenow wrote:
Make that a double ten plus. 
 
DoublePlusGood, comrade!  ; )
exactly! 

Alexandra wrote:
This song always takes me back to a really cool time in my early 20s....so much ahead that I didn't know, but that I thought I knew.

 


One of the most underrated bands ever. Lush melodies and a great atmospheric sound. 
 AphidA wrote:
Still a 10+

 

 

Make that a double ten plus.  
Still a 10+

 
{#Music}
wiki:
"Under the Milky Way" featured a 12-string acoustic guitar melody along with a solo composed with an EBow on aFender Jazzmaster, and recorded on a Synclavier, leading to a sound reminiscent of bagpipes. 
Until this moment, I thought it was a GLP song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOhlFiKSoIM
This song always takes me back to a really cool time in my early 20s....so much ahead that I didn't know, but that I thought I knew.
Edeowie Station Under the Milky Way       by  



   
 Proclivities wrote:

These guys were from Australia, not America, but I agree that the song is well done and subtly melancholy.

 

This was an awesome show 3-4 years ago in Hunter Valley, NSW in the vineyard.  Band is still relevant today as when this first came out.  They also did an awesome Triffids cover that blew me away on the day that is so worth hearing, or the triffids original for its a Wide Open Road.  .  Thanks Bill.
 Cynaera wrote:

Oh, holy cow - I've listened to this song a hundred times on the radio, and I never noticed the bagpipes!!!!!!  *facepalm*  This adds a whole new dimension to the song.  Thanks a frickin' lot, gpvos - one more CD I'ma have to buy. {#Mrgreen}
 
Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 
 Proclivities wrote:

These guys were from Australia, not America.
 

CRIKEY!!
 joempie wrote:
It's pretty much MOTR American Indie Radio Pop, but it is very well done and it has this subtle melancholy. 8.

 
These guys were from Australia, not America, but I agree that the song is well done and subtly melancholy.
It's pretty much MOTR American Indie Radio Pop, but it is very well done and it has this subtle melancholy. 8.
 rashad wrote:
The bagpipes delineate this arrangement's Australian-ness. It's nothing to do with Scotland, all about dissonance. Fits right into the Australian psyche, a terror of doing anythng that could be construed as sounding "nice" or "gentle". You just have to look at Australian cinema, its what makes us the violence-porn centre of the Universe.
(ok, /long-bow-drawing off...)
 
That's an interesting take, Rashad.  I love this song more every time I hear it...I just wish they had done something better than that yes, very dissonant bridge.   Then I would have given it a 10.  The rest of the piece is just magical though, so it goes from 8 to 9.
Porcupine Tree 'Trains' into The Church 'Under the Milky Way'.... RP you just made my day (again)....{#Music}
Classic Church! Love those bagpipes.
 Hannio wrote:

A little sackbutt, perhaps.  Or maybe some krumhorn.  Personally, I love the pipes.  Stirs up something lurking in the blood.  Something the sassenach wouldn't understand.
  
rdo wrote:

{#No}   More sackbutt is never a good thing.
 
Sackbuts are played in the final and lowest circle of Hell.
 
Krumhorns? Truss Dept. of Quad Cities Medical Supplies. Fred Garvin's sexytime music:

Fred Garvin, male prostitute with pimp and client 
Thank you for the rare PSD moment, Bill.
This song is used to great effect in Donnie Darko.
This song takes me back to my CFNY days !!!!   Always enjoyed this tune ... thanks RP  :-)
Could not be more BLAH!
 Biscobret wrote:
God I hate this song - IDK why. 

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God I love this song!
 Hannio wrote:

A little sackbutt, perhaps.  Or maybe some krumhorn.  Personally, I love the pipes.  Stirs up something lurking in the blood.  Something the sassenach wouldn't understand.
 
{#No}   More sackbutt is never a good thing.
like this song - but it makes me think my phone is ringing
God I hate this song - IDK why. 

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Nice segue from Porcupine Tree to this tune ... this gewurztraminer goes *very* well with the homemade pizza ... cheers! {#Cheers}
Funny, I turned RP on as the Porcupine Tree song "Trains" was ending, with the notes I heard my mind segued right into this song and Voila!
 Larry_Rosenow wrote:
Disagree......play it again and again, RP.
 

Yepperdoodles!!!
Disagree......play it again and again, RP.
 Zep wrote:
Way way overplayed here at RP.
 
...{#Naughty}  
 fredriley wrote:

.....  Sadly, due to light pollution, it's hard to see the Milky Way in all its galactic glory from urban locations, but if you do manage to get to a place where it's truly dark - I mean, so dark that you can see nothing at all at night, not even the hand in front of your face - then the starry sky is an absolute revelation, a thing of neck-straining wonder.

That's a big attraction for backcountry and wilderness travellers.  Star-light nights so bright they look like the milky way will burst.

 


Way way overplayed here at RP.
 {#Dancingbanana}dw wrote: 
I never get tired of this and many other '80s tunes. And if they are bagpipes...bring 'em on!
 


The bagpipes delineate this arrangement's Australian-ness. It's nothing to do with Scotland, all about dissonance. Fits right into the Australian psyche, a terror of doing anythng that could be construed as sounding "nice" or "gentle". You just have to look at Australian cinema, its what makes us the violence-porn centre of the Universe.
(ok, /long-bow-drawing off...)
An Australian classic. Reminds me of jumping around to this with friends south of Sydney on a hot & humid night on New Year's Eve in 1998. Wonderful memories.
Never get tired of this, for sure...and here's hoping the set bends toward a mind-grooving path after!
Bagpipes do good!
Right now.. for the next three minutes and 12 seconds I'll happily be under the Mute Button Way.
 cohifi wrote:

Needs more Clarinet, maybe ?
 
A little sackbutt, perhaps.  Or maybe some krumhorn.  Personally, I love the pipes.  Stirs up something lurking in the blood.  Something the sassenach wouldn't understand.
 Ghiaap wrote:
Love the tune, hate the bagpipes!
 
I've got a FEVER, and the only prescription is more BAGPIPES! (OK, it's a stretch.)
 srose96 wrote:


it's called a planetarium..
 
Nope, under the Milky Way is a Mars Bar.
 srose96 wrote:


it's called a planetarium..
 

plane-arium...


Trigger happy tv !!
I never get tired of this and many other '80s tunes. And if they are bagpipes...bring 'em on!
 Ghiaap wrote:
Love the tune, hate the bagpipes!
 
Needs more Clarinet, maybe ?
Love the tune, hate the bagpipes!
 Carl wrote:

Agree with your sentiment, totally. In my youth, I used to come home from my 2nd shift job in the middle of Nowhere Nebraska, lay on my trampoline in the back yard and contemplate the wonders of the universe under the Milky Way in total darkness. Every now and than, there would be an aurora to add wonderment. Now, I need to escape to western mesas to get that great experience, and sadly that doesn't happen much.

 
Your comment reminds me of one of my earliest memories.  I grew up on a farm outside of Toronto and one winter evening, my parents and I walked up to a neighbour's farm for a visit before Christmas.  It was a cold moonless night and the Milky Way was laid out in all its splendour across the sky. 

It was so cold (for winters in Ontario were a lot colder then) that you could hear the atmosphere ringing. For the longest time since then, I  thought  that was what they meant by the "singing of the spheres".



 Proclivities wrote:

I liked that when I first heard this song upon its release, and it doesn't leave me wondering.  It's always worked perfectly to me.

 

that's probably my favorite passage in the song... it sets up the final choruses just. right.
 sronis wrote:
you mean the bagpipes or whatever that is that suddenly appear midway into the song and leaves you wondering "what the hell"? so true.
 
I liked that when I first heard this song upon its release, and it doesn't leave me wondering.  It's always worked perfectly to me.