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Simplicity and modesty were the watchwords for this unassuming, quietly brilliant New Zealand band who, while no one was looking, refashioned the face of guitar pop with a series of life-affirming, - produced singles in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. The Clean were untutored New Zealand schoolboys who recklessly embraced punk’s do-it-yourself ethos, carelessly crafting a brace of classic tunes in the mold of their heroes the Kinks, the Easybeats, and the Velvet Underground. Their unerring instinct for jagged pop hooks and relentlessly hummable organ riffs served them well on the witty, irreverent tunes collected on Anthology, from the sly put-down of “Beatnik” to the wide-eyed sincerity of “Anything Could Happen”. The Clean single handedly invented a scruffy, lo-fi aesthetic that would influence countless bands, from the Chills to Apples In Stereo, yet none of their many disciples were able to recapture the thrilling sincerity and reckless sense of possibility that made the Clean so captivating as they crafted songs as guileless and perfect as “Tally Ho.”

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Amazing change of pace

The Clean are quite simply different from most music people in the USA have heard. It's best described as a fine line between punk and post-punk, which is in my opinion, glorious. Extremely original and extremely talented, and this album does a good job of showing their evolution. Mostly strong, with the exception of a couple songs (namely Ludwig). Highly recommended tracks: Tally Ho Billy Two Thumbs Off Point That Thing Somewhere Else Fish Flowers Getting Older The Blue Big Cat Safe in the Rain Twist Top But just buy the whole album. If you've managed to stumble upon this gem, then do yourself a favor and give it a shot.

Check out the album... you will enjoy..

Songs on the album like Tally Ho may be catchy, but if you take the time to listen to the album you wont be dissapointed, despite the fact that it is an anthology. A song like Someone will really grow on you. As a matter of fact, I know a couple using this song in their wedding (strangely enough). This band suffers, no doubt, from Clash comparisons, though it should be noted that they are much more pop oriented.

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Formed: 1978

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The Clean were one of the most influential New Zealand bands of the post-punk era. They formed in the town of Dunedin in 1978, when Hamish Kilgour (drums) and his brother David (guitar) recruited David's school friend, guitarist Peter Gutteridge. Soon afterward, they opened for New Zealand punk rockers Enemy. The Clean were one of the first bands in the country to play original material. They carved out a distinctive noisy but melodic sound, distinguished by David's screeching, distorted guitar....
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