Metropolis (The Church song)
|Single by The Church|
|from the album Gold Afternoon Fix|
|Writer(s)||Marty Willson-Piper / Peter Koppes / Richard Ploog / Steve Kilbey|
|Producer(s)||Waddy Wachtel and The Church|
|The Church singles chronology|
"Metropolis" is a song by Australian alternative rock band The Church. It was released as the lead single on their 1990 album, Gold Afternoon Fix, and the songwriting credits were given to all four members of the band.
Background and composition
Marty Willson-Piper, Peter Koppes, Richard Ploog, and Steve Kilbey were all credited with writing the song. The lead guitar produced a quickly falling then softly ascending melody, with slight commercial influence. A complicated web of guitar overdubs appears later in the song, and a soft, mandolin-sounding melody was added as an additional hook.
Release and reception
"Metropolis" peaked at number one on Billboard Modern Rock Tracks and number 11 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks in 1990. The song was well received by critics upon its release. Ned Raggett of Allmusic praised "the almost desperate edge in Steve Kilbey's vocals" as a testament to the song's quality. Raggett added that the Church's "ear for a triumphant yet somehow downbeat ending [makes] this an underrated gem in the band's body of work."
- Steve Kilbey: Vocals, Bass, Keyboards
- Marty Willson-Piper: Guitar
- Peter Koppes: Guitar
- Richard Ploog: Drums
|U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart||11|
An acoustic version was included on the album El Momento Descuidado.
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