Friday, September 21

The Chills - Amsterdam 1987 + bonus

De Melkweg
Amsterdam, Holland
Feb. 20, 1987

soundboard recording (sound quality Ex)

REPERCUSSION: This is the New Zealand band with which Peter participated significantly during recording sessions in the early 1990s in California for the album Soft Bomb (see more info below). If you don’t know The Chills, this show would make a pretty good introduction.
The Chills in the early days: simply electric

BIG THANKS to pherron and einzack for sharing this fine show!

SAMPLE: "Dan Destiny & The Silver Dawn (Melkweg 1987)"

01 intro
02 brave words
03 doledrums
04 dan destiny and the silver dawn
05 night of chill blue
06 I think I thought I'd nothing else to think about
07 matthew and son
08 I love my leather jacket
09 ghosts
10 wet blanket
11 creep
12 the oncoming day
13 singing in my sleep
14 16 heart-throbs
15 the great escape
16 living in a jungle
17 pink frost
18 rain
19 look for the good in others and they'll see the good in you
20 moonlight on flesh
21 background noise
22 drunken sailor
23 frozen fountain + applause

DISC 1 (MP3@320)
DISC 2 (MP3@320)

DISC 1 (Alt. Link)
DISC 2 (Alt. Link)

The (early 1990s) Chills, around the time Peter joined them to record Soft Bomb


The Chills' Soft Bomb
I don’t know how Peter got connected with The Chills, but this much I can tell you: he was asked by the band to join them in the studio in late 1991 and early 1992 in Burbank, CA to record one of their best-known albums, Soft Bomb. In the liner notes, Peter is credited as contributing “Guitars (electric, acoustic, dobro & slide), Keyboards, and Violin” — plus he’s the third of 40+ people thanked by the band, after the producer and assistant producer. 
      "Male Monster from the Id" — best-ever song title?      
At the time of the Soft Bomb sessions, Peter co-wrote a song with Chills leader & lead singer Martin Phillipps. The very compelling song is called “Big Dark Day” and, rather inexplicably, was left off Soft Bomb. Instead, it was relegated to B-side status, at least being featured on “The Male Monster from the Id” single release and, subsequently, on some editions of a greatest hits collection. 

The “Male Monster…” CD single is worth seeking out, and not only to hear Peter’s co-write. The single’s title track is one of the best on the album and a second B-side, “I Wish I Could Do Without You,” is also no throwaway.

READ MORE ABOUT THE CHILLS' MUSIC  at AllMusic and The Chills' web site


  1. Thanks Rob. Some nice rarities I hadn't heard and show really kicks in gear in the latter third.

    1. Glad to hear you're enjoying it. My pleasure to share...

  2. Wow, what a nice blog. Really looking forward to hearing this Chills set, thank you for taking the time to post. Thanks also for the tip re Big Dark Day: a songwriting team of Holsapple/Phillipps sounds fascinating.

    1. My pleasure, RPM. Welcome aboard. Hope you can find "Big Dark Day"...