A Box of Birds

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A Box of Birds
Studio album by The Church
Released September 21, 1999 (1999-09-21)
Recorded 1999
Genre Rock
Label Cooking Vinyl, Festival
Producer Dave Trump, Tim Powles
The Church chronology
Hologram of Baal
A Box of Birds
After Everything Now This

A Box of Birds is the eleventh studio album by Australian alternative rock group, The Church, which was released in 1999.[1] It consists of cover versions of tracks by artists who were influential on the group's music.

The album was released after the band's decision to abandon an already-complete live album[2] and was recorded and mixed in 10 days.[3] Guitarist Marty Willson-Piper said the band had played several covers in its gigs over the years, including "The Porpoise Song", "It's All Too Much" and "Cortez the Killer" – "and we thought, why not put them on a record. So we came along with our own ideas. Tim wanted to do an Iggy Pop number, Peter wanted "Cortez", Steve wanted Kevin Ayres and I wanted to do Alex Harvey. We had to pick 10 after an initial list of about 40."[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original Artist Length
1. "The Faith Healer"   A. Harvey, H. McKenna The Sensational Alex Harvey Band 7:35
2. "It's All Too Much"   G. Harrison The Beatles 6:10
3. "Hiroshima Mon Amour"   J. Foxx, B. Currie, W. Cann Ultravox 4:27
4. "The Porpoise Song"   G. Goffin, C. King The Monkees 4:28
5. "Decadence"   K. Ayers Kevin Ayers 9:14
6. "The Endless Sea"   J. Osterberg Jr. Iggy Pop 4:33
7. "Friction"   T. Verlaine Television 5:11
8. "All the Young Dudes"   D. Bowie Mott the Hoople 4:10
9. "Silver Machine"   D. Brock, R. Calvert Hawkwind 4:57
10. "Cortez the Killer"   N. Young Neil Young with Crazy Horse 11:08


  1. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "The Church". passagen.se. Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Scatena, Dino (7 October 1999). "Box of Birds review". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). pp. T21. 
  3. ^ Scatena, Dino (16 March 2000). "The Church resurrection". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). pp. T21. 
  4. ^ Buivids, Amanda (5 March 2000). "One out of the box for Church". Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne). p. 98. 
  5. ^ A Box of Birds at AllMusic