The Clean performing in 2010
|Origin||Dunedin, New Zealand|
The Clean are a New Zealand indie rock band that formed in Dunedin in 1978, and have been described as the most influential band to come from the Flying Nun label, whose repertoire included many major components of the "Dunedin sound".Led through a number of early rotating line-ups by brothers Hamish and David Kilgour, the band settled on their well-known and current line-up with bassist Robert Scott. The band name comes from a character from the movie Free Ride called Mr. Clean.
Hamish and David Kilgour started to play and write music together in Dunedin in 1978, "building up a fat songbook of primitive punk, minimalist pop, infectious folk rock, and adventurous psychedelic instrumentals. Their sound was built around David Kilgour’s off-centre, 1960s-influenced guitar, Hamish’s motorik drumming, and melodic driving bass, first from Peter Gutteridge, then Robert Scott".The band's 1981 debut single "Tally Ho!" was the second release on Roger Shepherd's Flying Nun Records label. "Tally Ho!" reached number 19 on the New Zealand Singles Charts, giving the fledgling label its first hit.
Even with the group in abeyance The Odditties compilation tape of unreleased material appeared in July 1983, followed by a live EP, Live Dead Clean, in 1986, and a greatest hits collection called Compilation and second Odditties tape in 1988.
For most of the 1980s, The Clean were disbanded; during this time, the Kilgour brothers worked together on an experimental album and EP with the deliberately punny titles "The Great Unwashed" and "Clean Out of Our Minds".
In 1989 and 1990, the Clean toured New Zealand, the United States, and Britain and the rest of Europe to promote their album Vehicle.
In 2003, the two-disc compilation Anthology, released on Merge Records, awakened new interest in the band in the US, building on an international reputation that had been enhanced by endorsements from prominent '90s indie groups such as Pavement and Yo La Tengo.
The band continues to release records on US and New Zealand labels—their most recent album being Mister Pop in 2009—and they toured the US as recently as 2012 and 2014.
Flying Nun Records is an independent record label formed in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1981 by music store manager Roger Shepherd.
The Dunedin sound was a style of indie pop music created in the southern New Zealand university city of Dunedin in the early 1980s.
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Hamish Kilgour is a New Zealand musician notable for founding The Clean along with his brother David in 1978. He later moved to New York City and formed The Mad Scene in the early 1990s.
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