Hamish Kilgour

One of New Zealand music’s maverick spirits, Hamish Kilgour formed The Clean with younger brother David in Dunedin in the late 70s.

A major part of Flying Nun’s early success, they were hugely influential internationally, particularly in US indie circles, where fans include members of Pavement and Yo La Tengo.

Hamish Kilgour - Finklestein (Ba Da Bing!, 2018)
The Great Unwashed | Neck of the Woods
Bailterspace with Hamish Kilgour, New York City 1988
The Bilders (as per the 2013 album Flavour Of The Meat), Bill Direen, David Watson, Miggy Littleton, Hamish Kilgour, snapped in a NY Subway, the evening after their recording session
Photo credit: Courtesy of Bill Direen
Hamish Kilgour - Opening (Welcome to Finkels), 2018
Hamish Kilgour, The Secret Project, NYC 2013
Photo credit: Photo by Ian Laughlin
Tiny Ruins and Hamish Kilgour - Hurtling Through (2015)
Hamish Kilgour and Roger Shepherd, Flying Nun offices, mid 80s. The lines on it are by photographer Stu Page, in an attempt to hand-define the photo more
Photo credit: Photo by Stuart Page
Hamish Kilgour talks about The Clean 0n 95bFM's Extended Play
The Bilders - America (Live at Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn, 18 May, 2013)
The Great Unwashed 'Neck Of The Woods' video shoot. The curtains in the back became the covers for the ill-fated 2x7-inch release, that rendered the vinyl unplayable. L to R: Stuart Page (with Pete Gutt mask by Ronnie Van Hout), Greg Rood (Dir), David Kilgour, Hamish Kilgour. TVNZ studios, the "Miss NZ set", 1984
Photo credit: Stuart Page collection
Hamish Kilgour on EVR.com's The Holy Shit Sound talking about seeing The Ramones
Tiny Ruins, Hamish Kilgour - Hurtling Through (EP, 2015)
Hamish Kilgour, Auckland 1979, perhaps with The Sobs
Photo credit: Photo by Jamie Jetson. Deborah Colette Gilchrist-Shadbolt collection
Letter from Hamish Kilgour to writer Andrew Schmidt, circa 1983
Hamish Kilgour, The Secret Project, NYC 2013
Photo credit: Photo by Ian Laughlin
The Mad Scene, Brooklyn, NYC, 2004 - Hamish Kilgour, Robert Vickers, Lisa Siegel
Photo credit: Photo by Stuart Page

Flying Nun

Merge Records



As part of The Clean, Hamish Kilgour 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.

After The Clean split in mid-1979, Hamish, now as a frontman, formed The Sobs in Auckland with Michael Lawry, Gary Hunt and Peter Hoffman, ex-Terrorways. They were short-lived and he soon headed back to Dunedin.

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