Under The Milky Way (Arista, 1988)
Under the Milky Way is a single by Australian alternative rock band The Church, released on February 15, 1988 and appears on their fifth studio album Starfish. The song was written by bass guitarist and lead vocalist Steve Kilbey and his then-girlfriend Karin Jansson of Curious (Yellow). It peaked at #22 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart, #24 on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100, #25 on the New Zealand Singles Chart and appeared in the Dutch Single Top 100. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1989, the song won ‘Single of the Year’.
Under the Milky Way was written by Kilbey and Jansson. Kilbey and Jansson had become friends in 1983 and lived together in Australia from 1986. Kilbey said, “I smoked a joint and started playing the piano and she came in the room and we just made it up.” According to a press release issued with Starfish, the title is from an Amsterdam music and cultural venue, Melkweg (Dutch for “Milky Way”), which Kilbey used to frequent.