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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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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A Rough Trade publicity shot from June 1990. L to r: David Kilgour, Robert Scott and Hamish Kilgour.
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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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Diamond Shine, live at Chicks Hotel, Port Chalmers, Dunedin 31 Jan 2014 - filmed and edited by Andy Ellis
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Beatnik
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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Boodle Boodle Boodle on 95bFM's Extended Play
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Yesterday Was (Live from the Gladstone in Christchurch, 4 July 1981) Bob Sutton Collection
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The Clean - live at Vera, Groningen, Netherlands, 1989
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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.
Photo credit: Photo by Carol Tippet
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Interview with David Kilgour, 7 July 1994. Directed by Ross Cunningham.
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The Clean in June 1990: Hamish Kilgour, David Kilgour and Robert Scott
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The Clean at Chicks, 1 February 2014. L to r: Hamish Kilgour, Robert Scott, David Kilgour
Photo credit: Photo by Bob Sutton
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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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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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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Dunes - featuring Super 8 footage from The Clean's first trip to New York City, 1989
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Quickstep (live at the Rumba Bar, Auckland, 15 May 1982)
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Letter to RipItUp 1981
Photo credit: Murray Cammick 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
Photo credit: Photo by Jeff Batts
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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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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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nterview with Hamish Kilgour, David Kilgour and Bob Scott of The Clean, after the release of their album Modern Rock. Directed by Ross Cunningham.
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Diamond Shine
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May 1982
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Interview 1989 - Bob Sutton Collection
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A still from the 1981 Boodle Boodle Boodle shoot
Photo credit: Photo by Carol Tippet
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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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Drawing To A Whole
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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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The Clean and The Furys at Auckland's Windsor Castle, September 1979
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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The Clean in Dunedin, circa Sepetmber 1981: Robert Scott, David and Hamish Kilgour
Photo credit: Photo by Craig McNab
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The Clean at the Rumba Bar, Auckland, May 1982
Photo credit: Courtesy of Flying Nun
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Robert Scott and Hamish Kilgour at Chicks, Dunedin, 1 February 2014
Photo credit: Photo by Bob Sutton
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The 1981 publicity shot used by Chris Knox when he drew the Boodle Boodle Boodle cover
Photo credit: Photo by Carol Tippet
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Getting Older
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Robert Scott, Hamish Kilgour, David Kilgour
Photo credit: Photo by Tim Soter
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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Robert Scott, David Kilgour, Hamish Kilgour
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Chris Knox filming Hamish Kilgour and Robert Scott during the 1981 Boodle Boodle Boodle cover photo shoot
Photo credit: Photo by Carol Tippet
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The Clean, a Flying Nun promo shot from the late 1980s
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From the Boodle Boodle Boodle booklet - came with first copies, 1981
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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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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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Chris Knox filming The Clean during the 1981 Boodle Boodle Boodle shoot as Doug Hood watches
Photo credit: Photo by Carol Tippet
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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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Tally Ho
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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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Letter to RipItUp 1981
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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Hamish Kilgour, David Kilgour and Robert Scott, 1982
Photo credit: Photo by Craig McNab
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The Clean's Bangers and Mash Tour, 2007
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Peter Gutteridge guests with The Clean at Chicks, Dunedin, 1 February 2014.
Photo credit: Photo by Bob Sutton
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Hamish Kilgour at Chicks, Dunedin, 1 February 2014
Photo credit: Photo by Bob Sutton
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Oddity (live at the Rumba Bar, Auckland, 15 May 1982)
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The Clean was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2017. The Hall of Fame is an initiative of Recorded Music NZ and the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), whose support of AudioCulture enables the site to stream music content.
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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

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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.

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Labels:

Flying Nun


Merge Records


Rough Trade


Arch Hill Recordings