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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

In off-topic but slightly related news, Die Die Die have signed to Flying Nun today.

Bill E, Thursday, 3 June 2010 11:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

Heroin I assume.

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

Both, I think. Heroin then hep.

Hey, how is Chris Knox doing?

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

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

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

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

just sayin, Thursday, 5 July 2018 01:40 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

boy, is this new album good!

The Silky Veils of Alfred (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 16 September 2018 12:53 (five months ago) Permalink

This one and the last one!

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 16 September 2018 14:00 (five months ago) Permalink

oh yeah. picked it up for a road trip yesterday, what a delight. this has been one of the most remarkable comebacks of all time.

geoffreyess, Sunday, 16 September 2018 16:58 (five months ago) Permalink

so good I spilled hot sauce on the sleeve :(

geoffreyess, Sunday, 16 September 2018 16:59 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah it's a fine treat of an album. Really nice to see that Martin has simply and (hopefully) easily found a really classic groove again.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 16 September 2018 17:04 (five months ago) Permalink

Power chords!

The Silky Veils of Alfred (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 16 September 2018 17:07 (five months ago) Permalink

I got it on Friday - it's probably 15 years since I last went into a record shop and bought an album on the day of release. It's a great album. It's very evenly paced, I can't help feel that it's missing a closing 'ballad' like Water Wolves or Submarine Bells. May this late career flourish continue, and when I last saw the band and spoke to Martin he was still adamant that there will be a remixed reissue of Brave Words.

Grantman, Monday, 17 September 2018 08:52 (five months ago) Permalink

I had a listen today, and something about these competent new albums from 80's underground luminaries makes me sad. I had the same reaction to the 2017 Dream Syndicate album. I think maybe they make me realize that, like Martin Phillipps and Steve Wynn, though I still have some good years ahead of me, I'm no longer 22.

enochroot, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 02:18 (five months 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 (five months ago) Permalink

ooooo just bought this thanks people

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

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

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

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

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

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