Song of the Day, September 4: Reptile by the Church

ChurchStarReptileToday’s song is Reptile by the Church. It appears on their international breakthrough, 1988’s Starfish. Producers Greg Ladanyi and Waddy Wachtel work their SoCal magic on the otherworldly sound of the Australian quartet; it’s a blend that shouldn’t work, but somehow captured lightning in a bottle.

One of the disc’s standouts is Reptile, a fairly direct repudiation of a creature both fascinating and repellent. Singer Steve Kilbey delivers a flawless vocal, capturing his disgust while marveling at the time when he found the reptile captivating. The band’s trademark two-guitar swirl gives things just the right bite, while drummer Mike Ploog keeps the action moving.

Go now, you’ve been set free.
Another month or so you’ll be poisoning me
With your lovely smile.
I see you slither away with your skin and your tail,
Your flickering tongue and your rattling scales
Like a real reptile.

Enjoy this dark song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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