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

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

They were better than the BO, dude.

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

the blue orchids were tuneless tripe

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

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

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

Dan Savage will back me up, I think.

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

Gosh thanks for forgiving me for that Dan. That was a problem for me for several years.

Ozzy Goth Beatles (Bimble), Sunday, 1 February 2009 06:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

God, Submarine Bells is just perfect.

Anatomy of a Morbius (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 August 2009 01:58 (nine years ago) Permalink


I paid too much for the lp a whiles ago, don't think I've listened to it yet, will now.

i think there was a 7 inch w/it too?

wilter, Monday, 10 August 2009 02:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

kaleidoscope world came with a bonus 45, is that the one you're thinking of?

badpowderfinger (electricsound), Monday, 10 August 2009 02:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

was jamming out to a bit of heavenly pop hits myself this w/e

badpowderfinger (electricsound), Monday, 10 August 2009 02:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

pretty sure it's submarine bells, i think the guy i bought it off might've just chucked it in with it. will look tonight.

wilter, Monday, 10 August 2009 02:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

just put on brave words. classic!

mizzell, Monday, 10 August 2009 02:21 (nine years ago) Permalink


badpowderfinger (electricsound), Monday, 10 August 2009 03:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

thankig u

wilter, Monday, 10 August 2009 03:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

Allegedly, Martin will have something new out soon-ish. I've heard that before, though. Sad about his career arc (or lack thereof) this decade. So much talent in that man.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 21:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

Man, almost a year and nothing. Anyone have any scoop on what Martin is up to?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 3 June 2010 02:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

played a bunch o' gigs in australia a couple of weeks ago. still got it, though the mix was atrocious. i think they've got a new EP out too?

Help Im minger (electricsound), Thursday, 3 June 2010 02:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

Hmm haven't heard anything, and there's nothing on here: Chills Official Discography but I may be out of touch.

Bill E, Thursday, 3 June 2010 03:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

they definitely had something recent at the merch stand, but it might well have been that 'stand by' EP as i didn't look that closely

Help Im minger (electricsound), Thursday, 3 June 2010 03:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

I listened to it today too, for the first time. “Competent” is a good word for it. I liked it as I listened to it but I don’t feel super compelled to go back to if.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 06:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

ooooo just bought this thanks people

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

Didn’t wow me on first listen, but it was ok

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

It's good but not as good as the last one iirc/imo.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 19:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

The first song's not amazing imo but the rest kills!

yuoowemeone, Friday, 21 September 2018 10:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

Hmm, I find this way better than competent, maybe partly because Silver Bullets showed his full range of talents intact, so this plays as a very deliberate follow-up set of modest pop songs, ambitious in its economy.

geoffreyess, Saturday, 22 September 2018 21:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

xp The first song's lyrics are pretty interesting though. Phillipps still rides the line between storyteller and thinker, so it's hard to tell if he actually has sympathy for ignorant people or is just playing a guy who feels he ought to.

geoffreyess, Saturday, 22 September 2018 21:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

The American tour is on:

19 Feb: The Bellhouse, NY, US
20 Feb: The Middle East, Boston, US
22 Feb: White Eagle Hall, Jersey City, US
23 Feb: Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, US
24 Feb: The Black Cat, Washington, US
26 Feb: Outer Limits Lounge, Detroit, US
27 Feb: The Empty Bottle, Chicago, US
28 Feb: The Turf Club, Minneapolis, US
2 Mar: The Wayfarer, Costa Mesa, US
3 Mar: The Echo, Los Angeles, US
5 Mar: The Catalyst, Santa Cruz US
6 Mar: The Chapel, San Francisco, US
8 Mar: Dante’s, Portland, US
9 Mar: Sunset Tavern, Seattle, US
11-17 Mar: SXSW, Austin TX, US

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:54 (five months ago) Permalink

Great news! Was listening to Snow Bound the other day and thinking I'd never get a chance to see them again, given all Phillipps has been through.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 21:10 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

First DC appearance since 1996 last night was a good mix of old and new songs. Phillipps voice was strong and band was helpful instrumentally and with backing vocals

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 February 2019 16:48 (three months ago) Permalink

Was that one of the shows with Springhouse? I would've loved to see that lineup but there are different openers by the time they get to my city.

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 05:21 (three months ago) Permalink

would've liked to go to the Brooklyn show, but I do not pay $30 to see bands anymore. (the Mekons perhaps)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 06:01 (three months ago) Permalink

great to hear band is getting good reception -last time I saw them the songs still held up but the backing group assembled by Phillips detracted from the songs because they sounded so flavourless - like cardboard cutouts trying too hard to get everything right -maybe they have gotten better

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 07:39 (three months ago) Permalink

I am seeing them tomorrow night, which might be the first time they've been in Chicago since 1996, similar to DC. I was at that show in 1996, possibly and probably at lounge ax, and I remember being really disappointed. but I'm looking forward to tomorrow because I hear the current band and Martin are doing great.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 14:34 (three months ago) Permalink

Was that one of the shows with Springhouse? I would've loved to see that lineup but there are different openers by the time they get to my city.

― geoffreyess, Tuesday, February 26, 2019 12:21 AM (nine hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Springhouse opened at the Jersey City show. Great show! The other opener... well he seemed nice and was dong his best.

Evan, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 14:52 (three months ago) Permalink

Very much looking forward to Chicago show - last two records have been really good!

BlackIronPrison, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 15:48 (three months ago) Permalink

Springhouse did a temporary reunion and played the DC, Philly, and another show or 2. They have Jack Rabid, the longtime Big Takeover editor on drums. I liked them better than other opener Brion Starr’s Bowie/Reed/T Rex homage.

I first saw Chills in 90. Missed the 96 tour. This latest DC Show was just $20, and with no service charges if you bought the tickets at Black Cat. Onstage in DC, Philipps grumbled that Warner Brothers won’t reissue the Chills releases on that label.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 16:07 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah Brion Starr is who I was referring to. Seems to worship those acts you've listed and was definitely putting in a great effort; I just feel like he didn't really have any tunes unfortunately.

Evan, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 16:18 (three months ago) Permalink

This thread made me want to listen to Brave Words and it's not on Spotify??

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 16:25 (three months ago) Permalink

You’re right, that Homestead label release is not on Spotify. A rip is on YouTube now

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:14 (three months ago) Permalink

Yep, I found it and listened to it....!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:22 (three months ago) Permalink

sounding great right now, really one of my favorite singers. just gorgeous.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 28 February 2019 05:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Brion Starr, man. We saw that dude walking around beforehand and thought, huh, he's trying pretty hard. Then we saw him play and we were shocked to see him try even harder. I thought they sounded like Television if, yeah, Television had no tunes.

The Chills were great. Martin made a couple of references to that 1996 tour, which really bummed me out at the time, because it wasn't very good. He's grumbled that that he barely remembered it. Someone asked if it was behind "Sunburnt," and he quipped back "apparently."

He also made note of all the "SB" songs and albums in the Chills arsenal, and not only had I never noticed, he was impressed the crowd thought of more than he had! "Sunburnt." "Submarine Bells." "Soft Bomb." "Snow Bound." "Silver Bullets." "Sketch Book." "Somewhere Beautiful." "Secret Box." "Stand By." And so on.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 28 February 2019 12:50 (two months ago) Permalink

First time in the states in yonks and I'm out of the country. Don't you hate when that happens?

I'm very happy for Martin's renewal, he'd been out of sorts for so long, to say the least.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 28 February 2019 15:11 (two months ago) Permalink

The cringe look on his face was great when some punter yelled for 'Submarine Bells' two songs after he had just played it! I thought it was a great show, and I brought my Submarine Bells inner sleeve for Martin to sign, but didn't feel like fighting the crush of mega fans at the end.

BlackIronPrison, Thursday, 28 February 2019 15:12 (two months ago) Permalink

One of these bands I never got into. :-( Which is a shame.

nathom, Thursday, 28 February 2019 21:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Not too late, (as discussed above) Snow Bound from last year is really great. Excited to see them tonight, hope we hear Bite (among many many other songs).

by the light of the burning Citroën, Thursday, 28 February 2019 22:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Snow Bound is just about as good as Soft Bomb and Submarine Bells, in its own contemporary way.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 28 February 2019 22:10 (two months ago) Permalink

I must respectfully disagree. "Snow Bound" is good but the tunes don't linger in my head like stuff from "Soft Bomb" and "Submarine Bells".

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 1 March 2019 04:15 (two months ago) Permalink

I can hum "Time to Atone," "Easy Peazy, "Harmony." Whether you want to is another question.

Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 1 March 2019 11:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Well, maybe that's fair, give or take an "America Says Hello." But I think if someone started with "Snow Bound" they wouldn't miss something fundamental about the slick side of the Chills that they would get starting with one of those other big-budget records. Similarly, if most of the songs on "Snow Bound" were dropped on "Soft Bomb" I think they would fit in pretty well, highlight or no.

I will say, apropos of nothing, that "Submarine Bells" is one of the prettiest songs ever written, and it was a surprise and a pleasure to hear it played live.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 1 March 2019 12:40 (two months ago) Permalink

You know, I was reading an old interview, and while I understand the standard narrative that by the time "Soft Bomb" came out there was just no place for the Chills in the mainstream ..."Out of Time" was one of the biggest albums of the year! Still don't think there was a place for them in the mainstream, but there was clearly more at work. Label fuckupery. HIs accent.

Huh, I knew they were session guys, but I had no idea the rhythm section of "Sunburnt" was Dave Gregory and Dave Mattacks!

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 1 March 2019 12:49 (two months ago) Permalink

"Sunburnt" has some great tunes but overall it's spoiled by poor production.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 1 March 2019 12:58 (two months ago) Permalink

Lovely set last night here in SF. New songs sounded great, old faves as wonderful as ever. My girlfriend thought "Submarine Bells" was the pinnacle of the show.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 7 March 2019 19:56 (two months ago) Permalink

appreciate everyone recommending the tour. show last night in PDX was great and what a huge sound.
entire band sounded amazing, especially on the violin tracks.

campreverb, Saturday, 9 March 2019 21:39 (two months ago) Permalink

St. Paul show was wonderful, one of my favorites by anyone ever honestly.

geoffreyess, Sunday, 10 March 2019 07:30 (two months ago) Permalink

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