The Clean Profile

Andrew Schmidt
16 Apr 2013

The Clean were the first South Island-based post-punk group to gain a national following, on the back of a brace of instantly memorable songs including ‘Tally Ho’, ‘Anything Could Happen’, ‘Beatnik’ and ‘Getting Older’.

Through 1981 and 1982 they placed a string of vibrant indie EPs and singles in the New Zealand Top 20. The keyboard-driven classic ‘Beatnik’ from their second EP Great Sounds Great... rose as high as No.4, aided by heavy touring and a witty video set in a bohemian coffee bar.

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The Clean and The Furys at Auckland's Windsor Castle, September 1979
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Letter to RipItUp 1981
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May 1982
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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The third release from The Clean, and their second 12-inch EP from June 1982. Great Sounds Great, Good Sounds Good, So-So Sounds So-So, Bad Sounds Bad, Rotten Sounds Rotten!! was not only an extended play release but its title was made to match.
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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Diamond Shine
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Getting Older
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Robert Scott, David Kilgour, Hamish Kilgour
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The Clean, a Flying Nun promo shot from the late 1980s
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Drawing To A Whole
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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A still from the 1981 Boodle Boodle Boodle shoot
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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The Clean in June 1990: Hamish Kilgour, David Kilgour and Robert Scott
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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The Clean - live at Vera, Groningen, Netherlands, 1989
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The Clean in Dunedin, circa Sepetmber 1981: Robert Scott, David and Hamish Kilgour
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The Clean's Bangers and Mash Tour, 2007
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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Anything Could Happen
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Robert Scott and Hamish Kilgour at Chicks, Dunedin, 1 February 2014
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Dunes - featuring Super 8 footage from The Clean's first trip to New York City, 1989
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Chris Knox filming Hamish Kilgour and Robert Scott during the 1981 Boodle Boodle Boodle cover photo shoot
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Getting Older, the 1982 single touted as their last release and thus the Flying Nun catalogue number LAST 1
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Letter to RipItUp 1981
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Yesterday Was (Live from the Gladstone in Christchurch, 4 July 1981) Bob Sutton Collection
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A very early Clean at Logan Park High School, Dunedin 1979 - Peter Gutteridge, Hamish Kilgour, Lindsay Hooke and David Kilgour
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The Clean at Chicks, 1 February 2014. L to r: Hamish Kilgour, Robert Scott, David Kilgour
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Peter Gutteridge guests with The Clean at Chicks, Dunedin, 1 February 2014.
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Robert Scott, Hamish Kilgour, David Kilgour
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Boodle Boodle Boodle on 95bFM's Extended Play
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Quickstep (live at the Rumba Bar, Auckland, 15 May 1982)
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The Clean, 1981: Hamish Kilgour, Robert Scott and David Kilgour. This was one of the very first Flying Nun publicity shots.
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Shivering (Live at The Gluepot, Auckland, 12 October 1990) Bob Sutton Collection
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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Tally Ho (Union Hall at Otago University, Dunedin, 22 March 1996 part of the Flying Nun 15th Anniversary concerts) Bob Sutton Collection
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Hamish Kilgour, David Kilgour and Robert Scott, 1982
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Oddity (live at the Rumba Bar, Auckland, 15 May 1982)
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Beatnik
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Interview 1989 - Bob Sutton Collection
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Diamond Shine, live at Chicks Hotel, Port Chalmers, Dunedin 31 Jan 2014 - filmed and edited by Andy Ellis
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Chris Knox filming The Clean during the 1981 Boodle Boodle Boodle shoot as Doug Hood watches
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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Filming an unreleased Clean promo video for Happy Birthday John in Chris Knox and Doug Hood's backyard in Jessel Street, Grey Lynn, 1982.
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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The Clean at the Rumba Bar, Auckland, May 1982
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Tally Ho
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The 1981 publicity shot used by Chris Knox when he drew the Boodle Boodle Boodle cover
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Filling A Hole (live at the Fulham Greyhound in London on 13 July 1988) Bob Sutton Collection
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Hamish Kilgour at Chicks, Dunedin, 1 February 2014
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
Labels:

Flying Nun


Merge Records


Rough Trade


Arch Hill Recordings

Members:

David Kilgour - guitar

Hamish Kilgour - drums

Peter Gutteridge - bass

Lyndsay Hooke - drums

Debbie Shadbolt

Jessica Walker

Martin Phillipps

Doug Hood - vocals

Robert Scott - bass

Trivia:

Hamish Kilgour has a group called The Mad Scene with his wife Lisa Seigel in New York. They have released several albums.

Robert Scott is a key member and songwriter for the long-lived South Island folk rock group The Bats.