Kaleidoscope World

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Kaleidoscope World is an early song by New Zealand band The Chills. It appeared as the first track on the Dunedin Double, a seminal EP shared between four bands, which launched those bands' careers nationally and internationally (the other bands were Sneaky Feelings, The Verlaines, and The Stones). While not strictly a single, and never released as such, Kaleidoscope World is regarded as an early Chills manifesto. Written by Chills frontman Martin Phillipps, "Kaleidoscope World" was, like many other early releases from the Flying Nun label, recorded in very lo-fi surroundings, on Chris Knox's four-track tape by Doug Hood in a room at Paul Kean's house. The line-up of the Chills that recorded the song consisted of Martin Phillipps (guitar/vocals), Alan Haig (guitar), Frazer Batts (keyboards) and Terry Moore (bass). The song features a swirl of jingle-jangle guitar over a background bass pulse and quiet synth, and is a prototype and epitome of what came to be known as the "Dunedin sound". The EP, and "Kaleidoscope World" in particular, were the launching pad for Dunedin's acceptance as an important source of New Zealand music. As engineer Doug Hood said of the track: "It was the one that made you think, boy, there's really something special happening here."The song became the title track of The Chills' 1986 compilation Kaleidoscope World, which collated all the band's early single and EP releases. 


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1995
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I'd look at you, and perhaps you'll smile at me
Loving my kaleidoscope world
The stars and planets just glide on by
Cold and patient like white gods' eyes
We smile a lot, loving our kaleidoscope world
It gets a bit cold so we turn on the heater
Things are great but that makes it neater
We'll never die in our kaleidoscope world
Come along baby we'll live in our kaleidoscope world
Come along baby we'll live in my kaleidoscope world (etc)
Kaleidoscope world
We go for a swim in the deep of space
A thousand colours reflect off your face
The stars surround us as we sail on through our kaleidoscope world
Don't need a red light bulb - I can see Mars
We've got a stereo and electric guitars
The sounds we make echo on through our kaleidoscope world
Like this...
If we were floating in a space capsule
I'd look at you and perhaps you'll smile at me
Loving my kaleidoscope world
Come along baby we'll live in our kaleidoscope world
Come along baby we'll live in my kaleidoscope world (etc)
Kaleidoscope world

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The Chills

The Chills are a guitar and keyboard-based rock band from Dunedin, New Zealand. The band is essentially the continuing project of singer/songwriter Martin Phillips, who is the group's sole constant member—for a time in the 1990s, the act was billed as Martin Phillipps & The Chills. In the 1980s and 1990s, The Chills had some significant chart success in their homeland, and were a cult band in other parts of the world as one of the earliest proponents of the Dunedin Sound. more »

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Written by: MARTIN JOHN JAMES PHILLIPPS

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