NEM#153: Steve Kilbey (The Church) Reveals the Secrets to Being Prolific

Steve has written over 1000 songs across 17 Church albums starting in 1980, 13 solo albums and numerous collaborations. His style is theatrical and psychedelic, and his lyrics aim for “maximum ambiguity.”

We discuss “Love Song Yet to Be Named” by Steve Kilbey and The Winged Heels from The Hall of Counterfeits (2021) and some tunes by The Church: “Another Century” from man woman life death infinity (2017) and “Is this Where You Live?” from Of Skins and Heart (1981). Intro: “Under the Milky Way” from Starfish (1988). We conclude by listening to the title track from Steve’s solo album Sydney Rococo (2018). For more of The Church’s story, buy Steve’s autobiography Something Quite Peculiar. More at and

Another song Steve mentions from the new album is “Arcadia.” Watch The Winged Heels live. Watch the video for “Under the Milky Way.There’s also a video for “Sydney Rococo.” and one for “Another Century.Here’s The Church in 2107 playing “Another Century” live at a radio station. Here they are live in 1982 playing “Is This Where You Live?” One of Steve’s side projects I especially like is his duo with Grant McLellan from The Go-Betweens, Jack Frost. His most prolific side project is Kilbey Kennedy.

Photo by Peter Sharp. Audio editing for the interview by Tyler Hislop.

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