|Studio album by The Chills|
|Recorded||Jacobs Studios, Surrey, August-October 1989|
|Genre||Pop, Alternative rock|
|Label||Slash/Liberation, Flying Nun Records|
|The Chills chronology|
Submarine Bells is an album by New Zealand group The Chills released in 1990. This was the band's first album on a major label, as Martin Phillips signed to Slash Records, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Records, to release the album in the USA. The album reached number 1 on the New Zealand album charts and had significant support from American college radio. The album was awarded gold status in New Zealand and represents the peak of The Chills' popularity at home.
The album is often acclaimed as The Chills' most diverse piece of work, with the aptly named "Heavenly Pop Hit," the surreal "I SOAR" and the combative, harder sound of "Familiarity Breeds Contempt". It is considered to be one of the defining albums of the Dunedin Sound.
The supporting tour for Submarine Bells culminated in a triumphant home-coming concert in Dunedin Town Hall.
All songs written by Martin Phillips.
- "Heavenly Pop Hit"
- "Tied Up in Chain"
- "The Oncoming Day"
- "Part Past Part Fiction"
- "Singing in My Sleep"
- "I SOAR"
- "Dead Web"
- "Familiarity Breeds Contempt"
- "Don't Be - Memory"
- "Effloresce and Deliquesce"
- "Sweet Times"
- "Submarine Bells"
The album won Best Album at the 1990 New Zealand Music Awards.
Safety in Numbers by Margaret Urlich
|New Zealand Music Awards Album of the Year
Body Blow by Headless Chickens