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The Chills are a band from Dunedin, New Zealand fronted by the rare talent of Martin Phillipps. Originally formed in 1980, The Chills had a revolving cast of band members with Phillipps remaining the only constant. His knack for writing fantastic pop songs led to chart hits back home and a cult following around the world.
With early releases via the legendary NZ label Flying Nun, The Chills produced a number of critically acclaimed recordings such as the single “Pink Frost” (their first hit) from the compilation album Kaleidoscope World and “Wet Blanket” from the LP Brave Words.
Joining influential labels Creation and Homestead, they then moved to Warner Brothers imprint Slash and onto the world of majors. The BBC's John Peel invited them in for a number of BBC sessions (1985/1987/1988) which were released for the first time 2017. The Chills live energy is the central reason why The Chills are remembered fondly in all of the 39 countries that they have thus far visited. It’s the combination of this AND the consistent quality of their songs which have established The Chills as one of the most well-known New Zealand groups to date - particularly in the US, UK and Europe.
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