Prior to releasing their first new album in years, Martin Phillipps’ The Chills have re-recorded the classic Pink Frost single from 1982. A moody and compelling early slice of indie pop with a plaintive vocal line and doom-ridden lyrics set against an exquisitely deep guitar riff, the original was probably the greatest single piece of music which came out of New Zealand’s legendary Dunedin scene and the Flying Nun label.
First the original, with a video shot around a faux Scottish castle on the Dunedin peninsula.
Compare it with the new version after the break…
A brave move perhaps taking another shot at your greatest hit. Phillipps has said his main motivation was to record the song as it is performed today, and certainly The Chills’ back catalogue is plagued by poor recording quality and limited availability. I think it was worth it- Phillipps voice is in fine form, and while the performance loses some of the original’s mystery, it gains in euphoria.