Thrills, Kills & Sunday Pills

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Thrills, Kills + Sunday Pills
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Studio album by
Released20 September 2004 (2004-09-20)
Los Angeles
Genre Post-grunge, alternative rock
Label Universal
Producer Howard Benson
Grinspoon chronology
Panic Attack
Thrills, Kills + Sunday Pills
Best in Show
Singles from Thrills, Kills + Sunday Pills
  1. "Hard Act to Follow"
    Released: 9 August 2004
  2. "Better Off Alone"
    Released: 4 November 2004
  3. "Hold on Me"
    Released: 21 February 2005
  4. "Bleed You Dry"
    Released: 13 June 2005

Thrills, Kills + Sunday Pills is the fourth studio album by Australian alternative rock band, Grinspoon. It was released on 20 September 2004 by record label, Universal Music, with Howard Benson producing. On the ARIA Albums Chart it peaked at No. 4; ARIA certified the album as platinum for shipment of 70,000 units. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2005 it won Best Rock Album.

Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1970s and became widely popular in the 1980s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music. The term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or simply the independent, DIY ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music. At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, that is seen to be descended from punk rock. Although the genre evolved in the late 1970s and 1980s, music anticipating the sound of the genre can be found as early as the 1960s, with bands such as The Velvet Underground and artists such as Syd Barrett.

Grinspoon are an Australian rock band from Lismore, New South Wales formed in 1995 and fronted by Phil Jamieson on vocals and guitar with Pat Davern on guitar, Joe Hansen on bass guitar and Kristian Hopes on drums. Also in 1995, they won the Triple J-sponsored Unearthed competition for Lismore, with their post-grunge song "Sickfest". Their name was taken from Dr. Lester Grinspoon an Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, who supports marijuana for medical use.

Howard Benson American record producer

Howard Benson is an American music producer and multi-instrumentalist. Benson was nominated for the Producer of the Year Grammy Award in 2007 and 2008.


Four singles were issued: "Hard Act to Follow" (August 2004), "Better Off Alone" (November), "Hold on Me" (February 2005) and "Bleed You Dry" (June).

Hard Act to Follow 2004 single by Grinspoon

"Hard Act to Follow" is a song by Australian rock band Grinspoon and was released as the lead single from their fourth studio album Thrills, Kills & Sunday Pills. It reached No. 24 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was ranked #16 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004.

Better Off Alone (Grinspoon song) 2004 song performed by Grinspoon

"Better Off Alone" is a song by Grinspoon which was released as the second single from their fourth studio album Thrills, Kills & Sunday Pills.

"Hold on Me" is the third single released by Grinspoon from their fourth studio album Thrills, Kills & Sunday Pills. It was released on 21 February 2005 on the Universal Records label. The initial single release included a lapel pin badge under shrink wrap, with 'Hold On Me - Grinspoon EP' themed artwork. It debuted on the ARIA Singles Chart at No. 44.


Grinspoon's fourth studio album, Thrills, Kills + Sunday Pills, marked another change in their musical direction – their third album, New Detention (June 2002), had been more commercial than their earlier work. [1] The band's founding mainstays are Pat Davern on guitar, Joe Hansen on bass guitar, Kristian Hopes on drums and Phil Jamieson on lead vocals and guitar. [1] [2] They recorded the new album in Los Angeles with Howard Benson (Motorhead, Sepultura) producing. [1]

<i>New Detention</i> 2002 studio album by Grinspoon

New Detention is the third studio album by Australian alternative rock band Grinspoon. It was released in 2002 by record label Grudge, which peaked at No. 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart. By December that year it was certified platinum for shipment of 70,000 units.

Pat Davern is an Australian musician and the guitarist for Grinspoon. His solo album Alexander the Elephant in Zanzibar was nominated for the 2016 ARIA Award for Best Children's Album.

Phil Jamieson Australian musician

Philip "Phil" Jamieson is an Australian musician from Hornsby, New South Wales. He is a founding member and singer-guitarist for the rock band Grinspoon.

Ed Nimmervoll of HowlSpace remarked that for the recording they had "deliberately put aside any song that sounded typical Grinspoon, Benson encouraged the band to keep things simple and concentrate on the songs in their own right. The result was the 'Poppy-est" album of [their] career. They knew that some of their hardcore fans would initially find the album difficult to accept." [1]

Edward Charles Nimmervoll was a prominent Australian music journalist, author and historian. He worked on rock and pop magazines Go-Set (1966–1974) and Juke Magazine (1975–92) both as a journalist and as an editor. From 2000, Nimmervoll was editor of HowlSpace, a website detailing Australian rock/pop music history, providing artist profiles, news and video interviews. He was an author of books on the same subject and co-authored books with musicians including Brian Cadd and Renée Geyer.

Thrills, Kills + Sunday Pills was released on 20 September 2004 by record label Universal. Four singles were released from the album: "Hard Act to Follow" (August 2004), "Better Off Alone" (November), "Hold on Me" (February 2005) and Bleed You Dry (June). Grinspoon had started their tour in support of "Hard Act to Follow" on 26 August 2004 and continued to 4 September. [3]

Bleed You Dry 2005 song performed by Grinspoon

"Bleed You Dry" is the fourth single by Australian post-grunge band Grinspoon from their fourth studio album Thrills, Kills & Sunday Pills. It was released on 13 June 2005 via Universal Records, which peaked in the top 100 on the ARIA Singles Chart. The music video for "Bleed You Dry" was directed by James Hackett and Jean Camden and was a finalist in the 2005 SoundKILDA music video competition as part of the St Kilda Film Festival.


Thrills, Kills + Sunday Pills peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Albums Chart, [4] and by December was certified platinum for shipment of 70,000 copies. [5] The lead single, "Hard Act to Follow", reached No. 24 on the related ARIA Singles Chart, with "Better Off Alone" and "Hold on Me" both appearing in the top 50; the final single, "Bleed You Dry", peaked in the top 100. [4] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2005 it won Best Rock Album and was nominated for Best Group. [6]

ARIA Charts main Australian music sales charts

The ARIA Charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The charts are a record of the highest selling songs and albums in various genres in Australia. ARIA became the official Australian music chart in June 1988, succeeding the Kent Music Report which had been Australia's national charts since 1974.

The 19th Annual Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards were held on 23 October 2005 at the Sydney Superdome at the Sydney Olympic Park complex, thus continuing the previous year's innovation of televising the awards on Sunday evening. A varied cast of presenters included Merrick and Rosso, stand-up comic Dave Hughes, Gretel Killeen and David Hasselhoff.

The ARIA Music Award for Best Rock Album, is an award presented at the annual ARIA Music Awards, which recognises "the many achievements of Aussie artists across all music genres", since 1987. It is handed out by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), an organisation whose aim is "to advance the interests of the Australian record industry." To be eligible, the recording must be an album in the contemporary rock, modern rock and active rock formats, and cannot be entered in other genre categories. The accolade is voted for by the ARIA Judging Academy, which consists of 1000 members from different areas of the music industry, and is given to a solo artist or group who is either from Australia or an Australian resident.

As of 2008, the album has gained mostly positive reviews due to it containing the pop of New Detention while placing themselves in a more teen-oriented direction. However, there have been complaints by fans explaining that Grinspoon were "selling out".[ citation needed ] Undercover's Tim Cashmere felt that "[it] ain't too shabby for your average everyday Grinspoon fan, but if you're not a Grinspoon fan by now, this album won't change your mind." [7] He noted that Benson's contribution "didn't come through so much in the actual song writing or structure of the album, more in the great sounding guitars that he brought through in the band… something the band had been almost hitting, but never quite achieved until now." [7]

Track listing

All tracks written by Phil Jamieson and Pat Davern, [8] unless otherwise shown.

1."Hard Act to Follow"3:27
2."Hold on Me"2:45
3."Choke" (Jamieson, Joe Hansen)4:27
4."Bleed You Dry" (Jamieson, Hansen)3:26
6."Rising Tide" (Jamieson)4:23
7."Better Off Alone" (Jamieson, Davern, Scott Russo)3:53
8."Kiss It" (Jamieson, Hansen)3:26
9."She's Leaving Tuesday" (Jamieson)4:00
10."Nylon" (Jamieson)3:37
11."Hideaway" (Jamieson, Russo)3:39


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