The Unguarded Moment (song)

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"The Unguarded Moment"
Single by The Church
from the album Of Skins and Heart
Released March 1981
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1981
Genre Rock, new wave
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Steve Kilbey, Mikela Uniacke
Producer(s) Chris Gilbey, Bob Clearmountain
The Church singles chronology
"She Never Said"
"The Unguarded Moment" (1981) "Too Fast for You"

The Unguarded Moment is a song by Australian alternative rock band The Church, released in 1981.[1] It was the second single from their 1981 album Of Skins and Heart.[2] It was written by Kilbey and Michelle Parker (aka Mikela Uniacke), who were married at the time.

The song reached the Australian popular music charts Top 40,[3] and was the band's first radio hit.[4] The single and the album were released on EMI Records then newly revived Parlophone label.[5] It was described by Rolling Stone's David Fricke as "The Church's 1981 jangling gem".[6]

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."[7]


  1. ^ Molitorisz, Sacha (20 November 2003). "This Church still have their believers". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  2. ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). "The Church". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Marx, Jack (19 November 2004). "Begone, Satan". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Kinsler, Robert (1 April 2010). "The Church starts tour with San Juan concert". The Orange County Register (Freedom Communications). Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "About The Church". MTV. Viacom Media Networks. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  6. ^ David Fricke (10 August 2002). "Live Review: David Fricke on The Church in New York". Rolling Stone (Wenner Media LLC). Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Tracee Hutchison (1992). Your Name's On The Door. Sydney, New South Wales: ABC Enterprises. p. 23. ISBN 0-7333-0115-0. 

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