“Under the Milky Way” by The Church is on my long list of lifelong, all-time, forever Favorite Songs. It is the second Track off of The Church’s 1988 Album Starfish. Along with David Bowie’s “Heroes”, “Under the Milky Way” is a Song I would drive around playing, crafting in my head a story unfolding. These Song-Stories were so vivid, like tiny Films in my head. And, as with “Heroes”, I found myself initially disappointed when I saw the Music Video for “Under the Milky Way”. I wanted it to be like the Music-Movie in my mind.
“Under the Milky Way” was written by Steve Kilbey and Karin Jansson, Kilbey’s then-girlfriend and member of the Band Curious (Yellow).
Kilbey said described the creation of the Song:
“I smoked a joint and started playing the piano and she came in the room and we just made it up.”
The Song’s Title is from an Amsterdam Music and Cultural Venue, Melkweg (Dutch for “Milky Way”), which Kilbey used to frequent. (from Wikipedia)
“Under the Milky Way” by The Church
from the Album, Starfish (1988)
“Wish I knew what you were looking for,
might have known what you would find.”
On the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart “Under the Milky Way” peaked at #22. In the United States, it reached #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Mainstream Rock chart. Other charting peaks include #25 on the New Zealand Singles Chart, #69 on the Canadian RPM 100, #70 on the Dutch Single Top 100, and #90 in the United Kingdom.
At the ARIA Music Awards of 1989 “Under the Milky Way” won ‘Single of the Year’, though Kilbey refused to attend the award ceremony. (from Wikipedia)