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a heavenly pop hit if anyone wants it

October 19, 2006

chills logothere isn’t a lot of good things to say about Dunedin, New Zealand.  it’s cold, and full of obnoxious university students who do stupid things like racing wheelie bins down the world’s steepest street.  luckily, Dunedin managed to justify its existence when it gave birth to its own breed of indie/college rock affectionately known as the Dunedin Sound.  arguably one of the best bands to get lumped into this genre is the Chills, who are one of those bands that really epitomises the sound of NZ music.  unfortunately, for one reason or another, the band has always struggled, going through a number of member changes and break-ups, and never selling as many records as they should.  you can support them by buying their albums from the official Chills site, or at SmokeCDs.com (they ship worldwide).

the following three songs are considered NZ classics.  “Pink Frost” is haunting and melancholy, and the video features front-man Martin Phillipps wandering alone through the Otago landscape.  there is a popular misconception that “Pink Frost” was dedicated to the Chills’ late drummer Martyn Bull, who died of leukemia, but the story is that Bull left Phillipps his favourite leather jacket, and the sentiment made its way into the song “I Love My Leather Jacket”.  and finally, i wouldn’t be the first person to say that “Heavenly Pop Hit” definitely lives up to its name…

the video for “Pink Frost” is courtesy of Bedazzled, a great music blog that has iPod-friendly downloadable videos and mp3s.  i found their site because they have one of the only Chills videos on the ‘net, as well as lots of other hard-to-find stuff.  also, apologies for the poor quality of the “Leather Jacket” video, but it’s a version i found on YouTube and converted to a Quicktime mov.  and the only video of “Heavenly Pop Hit” i could find is on the VH1 site, but apparently i’m not allowed to watch it because i don’t live in the United States.  hmph.

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