1988 The Church – Starfish

Starfish is the fifth album by the Australian rock band The Church, released in April 1988. The band’s international breakthrough album, Starfish went gold in America and has remained their most commercially successful release. The album sold 600,000 copies in the United States alone. The first single, “Under the Milky Way”, charted in the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 24,  and at No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, leading to significant exposure of the then relatively underground Australian act. In Australia “Under the Milky Way” climbed to No. 22, and Starfish reached No. 11 on the album charts.


1  Destination (The Church) 05:53
Under The Milky Way (Steve Kilbey; Karin Jansson) 04:57
3  Blood Money (The Church) 04:23
4  Lost (The Church) 04:47
5  North, South, East And West (The Church) 04:49
6  Spark (Marty Willson-Piper) 03:45
7  Antenna (The Church) 03:50
8  Reptile (The Church) 04:55
9  A New Season (Peter Koppes) 02:58
10  Hotel Womb (Steve Kilbey) 05:39


BassSteve Kilbey
DrumsRichard Ploog
GuitarMarty Willson-Piper
GuitarPeter Koppes
GuitarSteve Kilbey
KeyboardsGreg Kuehn
SynclavierAwesome Welles
PercussionRichard Ploog
VocalsSteve Kilbey

Other Musicians

2 Under the Milky Way

DrumsRuss Kunkel

6 Spark

VocalsMarty Willson-Piper

7 Antenna

MandolinDavid Lindley

9 A New Season

VocalsPeter Koppes

Liner Notes

Producer – Greg Ladanyi, The Church, Waddy Wachtel
Engineer – Shep Lonsdale
Engineer (Assistant) – Duane Seykora
Mixed By – Greg Ladanyi, Shep Lonsdale, Waddy Wachtel

Art Direction – Maude Gilman
Photography – Caroline Greyshock, Michael Englert

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Arista Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Arista Records, Inc.
Record Company – Ariola Eurodisc GmbH
Distributed By – BMG Records
Distributed By – BMG Ariola