Consider this album (featuring the blog's namesake!) and the Clean Anthology the beginnings of a Flying Nun primer; later this week we'll hopefully be posting some lesser-known FN for your listening pleasure. Until then, enjoy this slice of pop perfection courtesy of Martin Phillipps and whoever he decided was in his band that week. Essential listening. - Ariel
Kaleidoscope World is the Chills' essential document, although it's not an album but a collection of tracks from early- and mid-'80s EPs, singles, and compilation cuts. Perhaps that's not surprising: the Chills are more skilled at crafting interesting odds and sods than sustaining interest over the course of an album, where their somewhat monochromatic approach tends to drag things down. The influence of Syd Barrett/early Pink Floyd is stronger on these early tracks than it would be on subsequent releases, both on the easygoing sing-along numbers and the more experimental outings. The highlight (of both the album and the Chills' career) is their New Zealand hit single, the haunting "Pink Frost."
[Richie Unterberger, allmusic.com]
"I Love My Leather Jacket"