Chelsea (American band)

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OriginNew York City
GenresPop rock[1]
Years active1970–1971
Past membersMichael Benvenga
Peter Criss
Chris Aridas
Mike Brand
Peter Shepley
Stan Penridge

Chelsea was an early 1970s band from New York City, best known for having future Kiss drummer Peter Criss before he joined in 1973. They released one album, the self-titled album Chelsea, in 1970. Shortly after recording their, unreleased, second studio album the band broke up.[2]

In August 1971, the band became LIPS. A trio consisting of Criss and his Chelsea bandmates Michael Benvenga and Stan Penridge.

By the spring of 1972, LIPS was just the duo of Criss and Penridge. They eventually disbanded completely.

Their sound has been compared to the Moody Blues, Procol Harum, and The Raisins, with whom Criss recorded as a guest musician in 1968.[1]

In 1973, Pete Shepley and Mike Brand recorded an unreleased album which included post-Chelsea Michael Benvenga, a pre-Kiss Peter Criss, and on two songs Gene Simmons as session musicians. It was titled Captain Sanity.


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Studio album by
ReleasedLate 1970
RecordedEarly 1970
LabelMCA Records
ProducerLewis Merenstein
Chelsea chronology
Peter Criss

Chelsea is the only album released by the band. Peter Criss is credited as Peter Cris in the liner notes.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rollin' Along" (Shepley, Brand) – 2:34
  2. "Let's Call It a Day" (Shepley, Brand) – 3:05
  3. "Silver Lining" (Aridas, Benvenga) – 2:49
  4. "All American Boy" (Shepley, Brand) – 3:55
  5. "Hard Rock Music" (Shepley, Brand) – 5:10
  6. "Ophelia" (Shepley, Brand) – 2:38
  7. "Long River" (Shepley, Brand) – 6:41
  8. "Grace" (Shepley, Brand) – 3:17
  9. "Polly Von" (Aridas, Benvenga, Brand, Cris, Shepley) – 5:01
  10. "Good Company" (Shepley, Brand) – 1:44


  • Peter Shepley – lead vocals
  • Mike Brand – guitar
  • Chris Aridas – guitar
  • Michael Benvenga – bass, vocals
  • Peter Criss – drums
  • John Cale – viola on track 7 and 10
  • Steve Loeb – piano on track 8


  1. ^ a b "AllMusic overview-Chelsea". Retrieved 2009-01-25.
  2. ^ "Kiss FAQ-Peter Chriss". Archived from the original on 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2009-01-25.