Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Chills - The Heavenly Pop Hits , Greatest Hits

The Chills are a guitar and keyboard-based rock band from Dunedin, New Zealand. Based around the one continual member of the band, singer-songwriter Martin Phillipps, the Chills have gone through an astonishing number of line-ups since founding in mid 1980 in Dunedin. At last count, there had been some 20 different line-ups. Another reason for the Chills' inconsistent output is Martin Phillipps' health - for much of the 1990s he was laid low with hepatitis, a side effect of his then drug addiction problems.

Despite their successes, it was not until 1987 that the band's first album Brave Words was released. Several more albums (including a compilation of the early singles) were released during the late 80s and early 90s, before the band called it quits in 1993. During this period the band produced three albums, which included memorable songs such as Submarine Bells and Rain, as well as their biggest hit, the accurately titled Heavenly Pop Hit. Three years later, a reformed band (under the name Martin Phillipps and The Chills) released one further album, but after that the band again split, with Phillipps recording solo work, and also appearing as one of David Kilgour's band The Heavy Eights.

The Chills reformed for a second time in 2003, and have since been working on new material, some of which appeared on a mini-album, Stand By e.p., in 2004. One intriguing feature of much of the Chills' output is a repeated use of the initials "SB" for their albums. This extends to Phillipps' one solo album, Sketch Book: Volume One.

HEAVENLY POP HITS: THE BEST OF brings together 16 of the finest recordings from popular 1980s New Zealand group The Chills such as "Doldrums" and "Double Summer."


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