The Unguarded Moment

The Church

About The Unguarded Moment

"The Unguarded Moment" is a song by Australian alternative rock band The Church, released in March 1981. It was the second single from their 1981 debut album, Of Skins and Heart. It was written by Steve Kilbey, the group's frontman, singer and bass guitarist; and Mikela Uniacke (a.k.a. Michelle Parker), who were married at the time. The song reached No. 22 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart, and was the band's first radio hit. It peaked at No. 19 on the New Zealand Singles Chart. The single and the album were released on EMI Records then newly revived Parlophone label. Kilbey later said, "The song just doesn't appeal to me. It doesn't give me any pleasure at all. Maybe it was exciting for people who thought the country was going to be bogged down with The Human League and Buggles for the decade."In January 2018, as part of Triple M's "Ozzest 100", the 'most Australian' songs of all time, "The Unguarded Moment" was ranked number 57. 


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So hard finding inspiration
I knew you'd find me crying
Tell those girls with rifles for minds
That their jokes don't make me laugh
They only make me feel like dying
In an unguarded moment

So long, long between mirages
I knew you'd find me drinking
Tell those men with horses for hearts
That their jibes don't make me bleed
They only make me feel like shrinking
In an unguarded moment

So deep, deep without a meaning
I knew you'd find me leaving
Tell those friends with cameras for eyes
That their hands don't make me hang
They only make me feel like breathing
In an unguarded moment

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The Church

The Church is an Australian rock band formed in Sydney in 1980. Initially associated with new wave and the neo-psychedelic sound of the mid 1980s, their music later became more reminiscent of progressive rock, featuring long instrumental jams and complex guitar interplay. more »

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12 facts about this song

Band Association
"The Unguarded Moment" is a song by the Australian alternative rock band, "The Church".
Release Year
This song was released in 1981.
Album Association
"The Unguarded Moment" is part of The Church's debut album named "Of Skins and Heart".
Songwriter Credits
The song was written by the band members Steve Kilbey and Michelle Parker.
Chart Performance
"The Unguarded Moment" was a Top 30 hit song in Australia, peaking at number 22 on the Kent Music Report singles chart in 1981.
Accidental Creation
Steve Kilbey, the band's lead vocalist, reportedly wrote the song in five minutes, considering it to be a 'throwaway’ song.
Band's Resentment
Although the song was popular, The Church reported disliking this song, because it was seen as not representative of the rest of their music.
Music Video
The music video for "The Unguarded Moment" was one of the first directed by Russell Mulcahy, known for directing several iconic music videos in the 1980s.
Limited Performance
Despite its success, the band rarely performs this song in its concerts and live shows.
Recording Label
The song was released under the recording label, Parlophone, which is a division of Universal Music Group.
Soviet Cover
In 1985, a Soviet band called Forum introduced a Russian-language cover of "The Unguarded Moment" renamed as "White Night".
Australasia Music Legacy
In 2001, the song was included in the Australasian Performing Right Association's Top 30 Australian songs of all time.

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