Richard Ploog

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Richard Ploog
Birth nameRichard John Ploog
Born (1962-10-29) 29 October 1962 (age 56)
OriginAdelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation(s)musician, songwriter
Instrumentsdrums, percussion, backing vocals
Years active1980–1992
LabelsCarrere, Capitol
Associated actsThe Church, Beasts of Bourbon, Damien Lovelock, Peter Koppes, Groom Epoch

Richard John Ploog (born 29 October 1962) from Adelaide, South Australia is an Australian drummer, songwriter, producer and singer who was a member of rock band The Church between 1981 and 1990. Ploog also drummed for Beasts of Bourbon in 1983, Damien Lovelock in 1988 and with fellow The Church member Peter Koppes in 1991 for an album and tour.


Richard John Ploog was born on 29 October 1962 and is from Adelaide, South Australia. As a drummer, he joined various bands including, The Name Droppers, The Brats and Exhibit A.[1] In early 1981, at the age of 18, he replaced The Church's founding drummer, Nick Ward. In April the band released their debut album, Of Skins and Heart and the associated single, "The Unguarded Moment", which had been recorded late the previous year with Ward.[2] Ploog's first recording with The Church was the five-track double single, "Too Fast for You" released in July. When Of Skins and Heart was released internationally (Carrere for Europe, Capitol for North America) it was re-titled as The Church with "Tear It All Away" replacing original track "Fighter Pilot...Korean War".[1][2] On early record covers of The Church, Ploog was incorrectly credited with all the drumming—Ward is not listed.

Aside from drumming, Ploog also contributed song writing to The Church's releases.[3] He also became involved in various side projects. Firstly, with Beasts of Bourbon as a drummer in 1983 and then performing with its members, Tex Perkins on vocals and Kim Salmon on guitar and harmonica, as Salamander Jim in February 1984.[4] He worked on The Celibate Rifles' vocalist Damien Lovelock's debut solo album, Wig Wig Wig Wig World in 1988.[5]

Ploog left The Church after recording their seventh album, Gold Afternoon Fix which was released in February 1990.[2] According to Steve Kilbey, he left the band "because of musical personal differences." [1] He was replaced by Jay Dee Daugherty (ex-Patti Smith Group). Ploog joined The Church member Peter Koppes' group The Well to tour and record From the Well (1990) and Iridescence (1991).[2]

Ploog has also drummed for The Wigmen, The Deadly Hume, Funkicide,[1] and The Sleep-ins.[6]

Ploog returned to live drumming in 2013 with a series of gigs accompanying Steve Kilbey and Mark Gable.

He is also a member of Groom Epoch. The band have released two albums, Scalar Trails (2014) and Solar Warden (2018).


  • McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Whammo Homepage". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on April 5, 2004. Retrieved 31 May 2010. Note: Archived [on-line] copy has limited functionality.
  1. ^ a b c Holmgren, Magnus. "The Church". Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d McFarlane 'The Church' entry. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
  3. ^ "ASCAP ACE - Search Results for "Ploog Richard John"". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved 31 May 2010. Note: displays 40 results.
  4. ^ McFarlane 'Beasts of Bourbon' entry. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
  5. ^ McFarlane 'The Celibate Rifles' entry. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
  6. ^ LaRocca, Sandra (30 January 2011). "Electrologue Interviews: Chad Corley Of The Sleep-ins". Electrologue. Retrieved 15 June 2015.

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