the chills c/d?

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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...

was not expecting this! his voice sounds pretty good.

mizzell, Tuesday, 2 July 2013 15:31 (five years ago) Permalink

guitars chime pleasantly too, nothing earth shattering and no "Pink Frost", but then what is?

Neil S, Tuesday, 2 July 2013 15:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Pretty much sounds like the Chills! I wonder if this means he's ...cleaned up? Dealt with his depression?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 July 2013 15:45 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm excited -- hoping for a tour!

john. a resident of chicago., Thursday, 4 July 2013 20:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Why in all the press for the new track are they saying it's the first new Chills music since 1996? The Stand By mini-LP came out in 2004. Does that not count as an official Chills release for some reason I've not heard about?

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 4 July 2013 20:31 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Err, meant to post this link instead:

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

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

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

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

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

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

tylerw, Monday, 23 March 2015 14:51 (four 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 (four 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 (four years 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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