Submarine Bells

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Submarine Bells
Studio album by The Chills
Released 1990
Recorded Jacobs Studios, Surrey, August-October 1989
Length 35:52
Producer Gary Smith
The Chills chronology
Brave Words
Submarine Bells
Soft Bomb
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

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 Warner Bros. Records subsidiary Slash Records, to release the album in the USA. The album reached #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.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Martin Phillips.

  1. "Heavenly Pop Hit"
  2. "Tied Up in Chain"
  3. "The Oncoming Day"
  4. "Part Past Part Fiction"
  5. "Singing in My Sleep"
  6. "I Soar"
  7. "Dead Web"
  8. "Familiarity Breeds Contempt"
  9. "Don't Be - Memory"
  10. "Effloresce and Deliquesce"
  11. "Sweet Times"
  12. "Submarine Bells"


The album won Best Album at the 1990 New Zealand Music Awards.


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Preceded by
Safety in Numbers by Margaret Urlich
New Zealand Music Awards Album of the Year
Succeeded by
Body Blow by Headless Chickens