Formed in Canberra, Australia, in 1980, the Church, led by Steve Kilbey (13 September 1954, England; bass/vocals), who emigrated with his family at an early age, originally comprised Peter Koppes (b. 21 November 1955, Australia; guitar/vocals), Marty Willson-Piper (b. 7 May 1958, Liverpool, England; guitar/vocals) and Nick Ward (drums). Richard Ploog (b. 22 March 1962, Australia; drums) would replace the latter after the completion of the bands debut album. That release came in 1981, when Of Skins And Heart gained some radio and television exposure. The European release The Church, which included stand-out cut The Unguarded Moment (with its accompanying early pixilated image effect video), gave indications of great promise. The Churchs 60s/ Byrds revivalist stance, coupled with a distinctive 12-stringed jangly guitar approach, was exemplified on 1982s The Blurred Crusade by such songs as Almost With You,...
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