the chills c/d?

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chillassic (sic) has to be the overall concensus....i've only heard kaleidoscopic world and it thrrrrills me. what else?

rizzx (Rizz), Friday, 26 January 2007 23:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Brave Words - classic, but slightly less so than Kaleidoscope World
Submarine Bells - almost classic
Soft Bomb - passable
Haven't heard anything later, was the slide arrested at any point?

Matt #2 (Matt #2), Friday, 26 January 2007 23:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

you're halfway there with kaleidoscope world. get brave words, their masterpiece, and you're done. the a-side of the album version, with "push," "rain" and "look for the good in others and they'll see the good in you," is an all-time fave album side.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Friday, 26 January 2007 23:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Submarine Bells is one of my favorite albums!

(I thought this might be some kind of gag...)


Saxby D. Elder (Saxby D. Elder), Saturday, 27 January 2007 00:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

sunburnt is only slightly weaker than soft bomb. the recent stuff is a mystery but i'd imagine it's horrible. i think there has been just the one ep and sketchbook. well the secret box too but that was just old stuff mostly, jingles, etc...

keyth (keyth), Saturday, 27 January 2007 01:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I have only 'Submarine Bells', but that's a huge classic. 'Heavenly Pop Hit' is a masterpiece.

zeus (zeus), Saturday, 27 January 2007 02:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink


scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 27 January 2007 02:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

OK, so maybe this is more of an s/d topic...

Soft Bomb was actually a pretty big disappointment. Sunburnt is a "Martin Phillips" album; Justin Harwood had already left to join Luna by then. (but it wasn't that good either).

I liked the BOX (glad the HPH B-side turned up on there because the 7" was sold out the first day of release! Well, truth is I saw that beautiful blue slab but I ain't had no $ that day and it was gone the next day) but Sub Bells was IT, all the beauty, the "understated majesty" and no raggedy ass production neitha.

A perfect album. It is quite possibly in my actual top 10 for life. (Those damn Trane albums are hard to get out of there though!)

Hang on.... 33 1/3 on the line?? (OK, I'll do it...)

Saxby D. Elder (Saxby D. Elder), Saturday, 27 January 2007 04:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

rizzx loves the chills! omg :)

Submarine Bells is gorgeous (also because of its 'warm' production), at the time it totally blew me away. Apart from thrilling perfect pop/rock songs like Heavenly Pop Hit, The Oncoming Day and Familarity Breeds Contempt it's filled with yearning, melancholy and lost love: I SOAR, Don't Be - Memory, Part Past Part Fiction, Effloresce and Deliquesce, the title track...

Funny, I started the weekend earlier today with The Lost EP. A strong little record with some great tracks

willem -- (willem), Saturday, 27 January 2007 10:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

You know, they are totally totally classic. But I never pull them out. EVER. Maybe I'll pull out Brave Words tonight just for the living fuck of it. I've still got an autographed Heavenly Pop Hit CD single, too.

Lick The Strobelight Lollipops (Bimble...), Saturday, 27 January 2007 10:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yeah thanks guys, i knew this thread was kind of obsolete but whatever! more down under pop madness please~!

rizzx (Rizz), Saturday, 27 January 2007 10:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink


willem -- (willem), Saturday, 27 January 2007 10:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

well the secret box too but that was just old stuff mostly, jingles, etc...

whoever just paid $311 for the secret box on ebay would probably say "classic."

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Saturday, 27 January 2007 10:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Classic. Proper comprehensive boxset of Flying Nun/Rough Trade era needed please.

Tom D. (Dada), Saturday, 27 January 2007 12:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The Secret Box is great with lots of old live stuff, alternate takes, and unreleased material. There's a section of songs on disc two that I think are the best things they ever did. I've had the chorus of Rolling Moon stuck in my head forever. Classic of course.

Ice Cream Electric (Ice Cream Electric), Saturday, 27 January 2007 12:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

all chills albums are martin phillipps' albums, how is sunburnt unusual? every third person in new zealand has spent time in the chills.

keyth (keyth), Saturday, 27 January 2007 13:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Just picked up the 2-CD best-of, which is pretty fine. However it's missing one of my favorite songs, "Wave Watching."
"Submarine Bells" is indeed classic.

Jim M (jmcgaw), Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i was just listening to submarine bells for the first time in a LONG time. if anything, it sounds even better than when it came out. to me. if that's possible. it was nice to hear it.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

good thread. "Sub Bells" was a record I was obsessed with back in 1991 or so, and Scott's right, it sounds even better today. I like Phillipps' tributes to Newman et al on the followup "Soft Bomb", and used to have "Sunburnt," which had some beautiful stuff on it.

edd s hurt (ddduncan), Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I just meant it's not a "Chills" album... And it wasn't just Martin's band you know, Justin is a very interesting and creative guy, not just a bass player. His loss to the Chills line-up was noticeable IMO. (Just as his loss decimated Luna).

Saxby D. Elder (Saxby D. Elder), Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

hey, want to sell that heavenly pop hit CD single?!

Saxby D. Elder (Saxby D. Elder), Saturday, 27 January 2007 17:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Some of the stuff on Secret Box is really astonishing, yeah--"Smile from a Dead Dead Face" is just amazing.

In 1992, I found some discount store in NYC that had a few boxes of "Submarine Bells" cassettes for like 20 cents apiece. Bought 'em all and gave 'em to friends for years.

Douglas (Douglas), Saturday, 27 January 2007 17:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The Lost EP! wow, i love that thing. i started listening to chills, clean, and straightjacket fits all at the same time via the homestead vinyl and it all cheered me up to no end. i was so gloomy back then.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 27 January 2007 18:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

the lost ep is fab, as is their side (and all the others for that matter) of the dunedin double ep. frantic drift! satin doll!

cw (cww), Saturday, 27 January 2007 18:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Push Push's cover of "I Love My Leather Jacket" = classic, as was:

"Martin Phillips, the man behind NZ indie pop legends the Chills, has been caught shoplifting in Dunedin. "Recently in a stupid and low frame of mind, I pocketed some banana milk and cheese at my local supermarket and, of course, I got caught!" he wrote in a recent message to fans on his website. "No excuses! It was just stupid. I'm fully aware that I'm not the only person who struggles a bit to make ends meet and most people don't resort to petty theft - especially when they're 41! Aaaagh!" Phillips' shoplifting was big news in New Zealand, making the front page of the local paper as well as radio and TV. On the upside, Phillips says a new Chills album, Silver Bullets, is due in 2005, along with a tour of the US, Europe and Australia midyear."

etc (esskay), Sunday, 28 January 2007 06:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

You are a mean mean mean old man Mr K. CLASSIC, "Heavenly Pop Hit" got me into pop music. That and "STand", I guess. "Lost EP"! Fantastic shit! Kinda stands up the best now I think, tho I could stand to hear the Lps again. My fav band up till I heard the Beatles. My taste ranges far and wide obv... anyway dunno if it's been mentioned but if the Cd of "Kaleidoscope World" has the Lost EP on it (and I think it does) yr kinda fine, yeah get Brave WOrds next... really really weird rememebering how for about 3 yrs they were meant to be Nz's big rockpop hope for Us sales, haha. HAHA cos they synced up w/NIRVANA'S BOOM rather than w/REM's, which might've worked. And they had a better Lp at the time. Oh well.

808 the Bassking (Andrew Thames), Sunday, 28 January 2007 07:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

As i notice, with a bit of bafflement, that I haven't posted to this thread, I post-hasten to add my feeble voice to repeat the bloody obvious:
The Chills' at their finest= FAKKIN K-KLASSIX!
"Pink Frost" and "Heavenly Pop Hit" art mine personal fave-est's also.

tiit (tiit), Sunday, 28 January 2007 12:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Hey thanks Scott for the cool youtube links. Never occurred to me to look!

Saxby D. Elder (Saxby D. Elder), Sunday, 28 January 2007 16:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

God, You Tube is so great. Makes one so lazy! I mean how can you do anything when you're zapped to the screen like that?

Lick The Strobelight Lollipops (Bimble...), Sunday, 28 January 2007 20:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

From this thread, I have learned that the chills would have been the biggest band in the world if martin phillips hadn't been so bloated. A sad state of affairs.

Also, they were very, very classic. May still be, though I have my doubts.

askance johnson (sdownes), Sunday, 28 January 2007 20:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

OH MY GOD!!! The internet radio station is playing them now oh my god!!! What song is it????



Lick The Strobelight Lollipops (Bimble...), Sunday, 28 January 2007 22:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

25% of the time they were heartstoppingly wonderful (Pink Frost, House with 100 Rooms, Night of Chill Blue). 75% of the time they were pleasant but unremarkable.

Blue Orchids had the reverse hit rate.

Phil Knight (PhilK), Friday, 2 February 2007 23:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

They were better than the BO, dude.

808 the Bassking (Andrew Thames), Saturday, 3 February 2007 10:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Hey! Enough with the body odor around here!

No, I understand what is meant by a Chills success rate and I'm glad someone brought that up, actually. But they were head and shoulders above the Blue Orchids.

At A Later Date, Before We Hit The Moon (Bimble...), Saturday, 3 February 2007 10:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

the blue orchids were tuneless tripe

jimbo (electricsound), Saturday, 3 February 2007 14:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I may disagree with you, but I will defend your right etc.........

Phil Knight (PhilK), Sunday, 4 February 2007 19:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Kinda surprised by the love for Brave Words here, to me it's a big drop off from Kaleidoscope World.

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 12 November 2008 10:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

brave words is so classic. 'night of chill blue' may be their best song ever. then there is 'rain', 'look for the good in others', 'creep', 'brave words', 'wet blanket'(the only good version of this song), 'dark carnival', 'house with one hundered rooms', 'push', etc, it is all just about perfect.

keythkeyth, Thursday, 13 November 2008 06:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Brave Words is pretty U&K, even though I prefer Submarine Bells.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Thursday, 13 November 2008 07:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

Title track from Submarine Bells still brings me to tears.

Just saw Martin open for the New Pornographers here in Wellington a few weeks back. Acoustic, but still has that great voice. He suggested he'd be back with a proper band.

tvdisko, Thursday, 13 November 2008 08:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

Kaleidsocope World wasn't produced very well, as I recall. I still have the vinyl. I dunno, The Chills for me are a truly great band that somehow ended up lost to the mists of my teenage years. I still never really feel comfortable returning to them. But I've got over the same kinds of feelings about Chameleons, so maybe Chills is next in line, who knows?

Your Head Is Full of Diamonds & Lice (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Thursday, 13 November 2008 09:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

You mean "Brave Words" wasn't produced very well, don't you? 'Cuz it wasn't.

Ich Ber ein Binliner (Tom D.), Thursday, 13 November 2008 10:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

The production on Brave Words (courtesy Mayo Thompson, I believe) is pretty thin-sounding, but in many ways I prefer it to the more lush sound of the later albums. The songs, in and of themselves, shine through.

DLee, Thursday, 13 November 2008 14:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I've still got the Kaleidoscope World album on vinyl! God loves me!

Ozzy Goth Beatles (Bimble), Sunday, 1 February 2009 05:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

Pink Frost could melt a good section of under 25 year olds in this day and age, I'd reckon.

Ozzy Goth Beatles (Bimble), Sunday, 1 February 2009 05:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

Dan Savage will back me up, I think.

Ozzy Goth Beatles (Bimble), Sunday, 1 February 2009 05:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

I mean Dan Selzer...shit. I used to get those names confused. I'm sorry.

Ozzy Goth Beatles (Bimble), Sunday, 1 February 2009 05:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

That's ok. I like Dan Savage.

The Chills were great. Brave Words is underrated.

dan selzer, Sunday, 1 February 2009 06:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

Err, meant to post this link instead:

i'll be your mraz (NickB), Thursday, 29 August 2013 22:24 (four years ago) Permalink

Aw, you got me excited for new material. A live album will be nice and all but I want me some fresh meat!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 30 August 2013 02:26 (four years ago) Permalink

Yes. More new songs please. Its only been a million years.

Hinklepicker, Friday, 30 August 2013 06:17 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Just listened to "Sunburnt" and "Stand By" for the first time in years - both weaker than I remember. The overly busy and loud keyboards on "Sunburnt" hurt many of the songs, though it does have some killer cuts like "Come Home" and the title track. "Stand By" has full-band versions of some of the demos that were released on "Sketchbook" and I prefer the demos.

Still hoping for one helluva comeback from Martin! "Molten Gold" was good.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 23 March 2015 13:29 (three years ago) Permalink

that recent BBC sessions disc is fantastic. hadn't heard those before...

tylerw, Monday, 23 March 2015 14:20 (three years ago) Permalink

They were part of the "Secret Box" set, have you heard that Tyler?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 23 March 2015 14:47 (three years ago) Permalink

i haven't... aside from the first few albums, i'm not super knowledgable.

tylerw, Monday, 23 March 2015 14:51 (three years ago) Permalink

yikes, looking at the prices it goes for on discogs i should have hung onto that thing (and sold it now!)

no lime tangier, Monday, 23 March 2015 15:00 (three years ago) Permalink

i taped that last john peel session off the radio when it was broadcast originally. so good, and it's great to hear it again!

cgi bubka (NickB), Monday, 23 March 2015 15:02 (three years ago) Permalink

some little known live phillipps on this playing with mike dooley ex-enemy/toy love/hundred dollar band

no lime tangier, Monday, 23 March 2015 15:04 (three years ago) Permalink

^possibly still floating around on slsk

no lime tangier, Monday, 23 March 2015 15:05 (three years ago) Permalink

Spoke to Martin Phillipps last year – interview here

Unsettled defender (ithappens), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:01 (three years ago) Permalink

so, reading that his habit corresponds to when his record collection started showing up in the used bins around town... i did wonder. wouldn't have guessed he was such a zappa fan to be honest.

no lime tangier, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 18:18 (three years ago) Permalink

How do you know it was his stuff?

One time I met him and showed him what I had just bought and he said, "I want that." He loved collecting music as much as making it.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 19:12 (three years ago) Permalink

he has the dastardly habit of writing his name on the cover/label, even down to how much he paid for them in the case of the copy of the byrd's younger than yesterday that i have :-/

and yeah, no question he's a massive music fan

no lime tangier, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 19:19 (three years ago) Permalink

oh man, that makes me sad

cgi bubka (NickB), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 19:22 (three years ago) Permalink

sorry for bring things down :-(
gonna feel a twinge of guilt whenever i listen to it now

no lime tangier, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 19:40 (three years ago) Permalink

i was a huge fan from the first time i heard "Pink Frost" on, saw em live several times in that '85-92ish period (I think at the Knitting Factory on Halloween night, maybe '88?). Sorry to hear about MP's spiral, hope he makes the best of it henceforth.

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 20:00 (three years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

So this exists now. Apparently there is finally a new LP due soon.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 12 August 2015 23:17 (two years ago) Permalink

Ah! There is. It's called Silver Bullets and it comes out at the end of October.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 12 August 2015 23:19 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Is this out now? I've seen reviews ...

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 23 October 2015 20:47 (two years ago) Permalink

One more week.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 23 October 2015 23:45 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Just saw this:

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 12 November 2015 18:02 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

one of a few bands like Wire, Eleventh Dream Day, quietly putting out really good new albums

Amira, Queen of Creativity (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:29 (two years ago) Permalink

I top tenned this record. I love the guitar tunes and Philipps reengaging with the world, sometimes awkwardly.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:49 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Playing NYC Popfest next month, also Jersey City on May 23.

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Friday, 15 April 2016 15:16 (two years ago) Permalink

Thank you!! Very psyched about this. As a Hoboken resident I always cherish JC shows of bands I love.

Evan, Friday, 15 April 2016 15:27 (two years ago) Permalink|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/ILX/ThreadSelectedControllerServlet&__utmv=-&__utmk=223477019

^ why is in this url?

Evan, Friday, 15 April 2016 15:28 (two years ago) Permalink

world(wideweb) domination

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Friday, 15 April 2016 15:51 (two years ago) Permalink

Morbius posts ticket link on ILX thread

Evan clicks on ticket link on ILX thread

Evan is bemused that ticket website shows him as having been referred from ILX thread

glandular lansbury (sic), Saturday, 16 April 2016 00:59 (two years ago) Permalink

I was surprised that it tracked referrals so well. I didn't think it would trace an indirect path, since the link I posted is for tickets to the show and Morbs posted the homepage. What do I know.

Evan, Saturday, 16 April 2016 01:57 (two years ago) Permalink

lute bro (brimstead), Saturday, 16 April 2016 03:51 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

anyone go to the nyc/nj shows?

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 May 2016 22:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I went to both. Were you there?

Evan, Tuesday, 24 May 2016 23:33 (two years ago) Permalink

how were they?

rockpalast '82 (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 25 May 2016 13:13 (two years ago) Permalink

Fantastic! Heavy on new material, though they played Pink Frost, Kaleidoscope World, I Love My Leather Jacket, Heavenly Pop Hit etc. Sound balance was a bit better at Monty Hall, partly due to the fully carpeted room I'm sure. They even had a new song called Easy Peasy that they haven't recorded yet, so more Chills material is on its way it seems.

Evan, Wednesday, 25 May 2016 13:20 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

There's a documentary in preparation for which a kickstarter campaign is currently running:

willem, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:50 (ten months ago) Permalink

Late last year, we were filming with The Chills lead singer Martin Phillipps when he was informed he had a 30% chance of dying within six to twelve months if he did not make substantial lifestyle changes. His subsequent decision to reconcile with the world and confront past mistakes has provided the foundation for a compelling and dramatic documentary narrative.

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 September 2017 16:21 (nine months ago) Permalink

Anyone know what that actually means? I know he's been battling Hep C for years. :-(

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 25 September 2017 17:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

Heroin I assume.

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Monday, 25 September 2017 17:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

Both, I think. Heroin then hep.

Hey, how is Chris Knox doing?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 25 September 2017 18:04 (nine months ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

New album Snow Bound out in September. Yay! I've barely gotten over how great Silver Bullets is.

geoffreyess, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 05:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

What's the latest on the documentary and Martin's health?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this is the most recent news i could find about martin's health -

just sayin, Thursday, 5 July 2018 01:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Two tracks posted so far on Soundcloud and they're sounding good!Two albums in three years, what's going on? It's very unlike Martin.

Grantman, Saturday, 7 July 2018 09:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Phillipps contracted the virus after he and a friend had been getting high. The friend left one of their used syringes in a paper bag that Phillipps picked up. The needle pricked him and spread the virus, he said.

Oh, come on. Good to hear he's getting help and/or getting a little better, though. That last Chills albums was great, a proper return to form.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 7 July 2018 13:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I saw him play in a record store here last year; seemed alright.

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 7 July 2018 13:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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