THRILLS AND CHILLS by Helene Smith.
I know three facts about this song. One, it's from an Eccentric Soul release that I got from Katie and Chris. They were so excited about it they made me open it early. Two, the liner notes say that Thrills and Chills is an answer song to another song called Chills and Fever, and that it "firmly established Helene Smith as the first lady of Miami soul." Third, it's an absolute killer.
The backing band was drawn from Florida A&M's Incomparable Marching 100 band, and there are at least 100 little bells and whistles in the arrangement. There's somebody keeping the beat with the kick drums, some chinky guitar, some funhouse organs, some bubbly bubbly bass, some guys having a blast with their backing vocals, and a really smooth, sweet vocal from Ms. Smith. Loads of fun in under three minutes!
Photo: Rollingwood, 2006.