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Anthology [Reissue]

Artist: The Clean

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Label: Merge
Album: Anthology [Reissue]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Tally Ho
2)    Platypus
3)    Billy Two
4)    Thumbs Off
5)    Anything Could Happen
6)    Sad Eyed Lady
1)    Point That Thing Somewhere Else
2)    Fish
3)    Flowers
4)    Side On
5)    Slug Song
1)    Beatnik
2)    End of My Dream
3)    On Again/Off Again
4)    At the Bottom
5)    Getting Older
6)    Scrap Music
1)    Whatever I Do Is Right
2)    Two Fat Sisters [Live at the Rhumba Bar]
3)    Odditty
4)    Quickstep [Live at the Gladstone]
5)    At the Bottom [Live at the Gladstone]
1)    Drawing to A Hole
2)    I Wait Around
3)    Blue, The
4)    Someone
5)    Big Soft Punch
6)    Diamond Shine
1)    Big Cat
2)    Outside the Cage
3)    Safe in the Rain
4)    Secret Place
5)    Do Your Thing
1)    Linger Longer
2)    Too Much Violence
3)    Trapped in Amber
4)    Psychedelic Ranger
5)    Late Last Night
6)    Ludwig
1)    Wipe Me, I'm Lucky
2)    Franz Kafka at the Zoo
3)    Clutch
4)    Balkans
5)    Indigo Blue
6)    Chumpy
7)    Twist Top

Performer Notes
  • The Clean includes: David Kilgour, Hamish Kilgour, Robert Scott, Peter Gutteridge.
  • Flying Nun Records' first band, and certainly one of the most important to come out of New Zealand during the post-punk era, The Clean's oeuvre has been one of lasting influence and genuine depth. From their early, gritty, no-fi 7-inches and EPs to their later re-formed output of the early '90s, their inimitable amalgam of punk, garage, and '60s Byrds-tinged psychedelia highlights an effortless knack for emotional, highly melodic songwriting that successfully balances the line of sincerity and good-natured humor for which so many bands strive and fail.
  • Disc one of this indispensable set has all the early, classic songs: the silly organ-soaked frenzy of "Tally Ho," the scrappy sing-along "Beatnik," the Pavement-covered "Oddity," and the gorgeous lament, "Getting Older." Disc two compiles the best songs from The Clean's reformation during which they made 1990's VEHICLE, '94's MODERN ROCK and '96's UNKNOWN COUNTRY. Most often operating as a trio, the core of The Clean were the brothers Kilgour, David and Hamish, with bassist and Bats frontman Robert Scott. While The Clean remain a cult band, their fanbase is loyal and obsessive; and while they've influenced countless bands over the years, if not the entire subgenre known as indie-pop, it's rare that any of their followers hold a candle to their charm, poeticism, and remarkable skill at making the simplest chord structures seem unequivocally rich and full of meaning.

Professional Reviews
Spin (p.104) - "This droning double-disc ropes in 46 tracks, from missing link 'Platypus' on down."

Spin (3/03, p.120) - 8 out of 10 - "...New Zealand's the Clean played surf rock like it was a winter sport, expanding jangle pop into boundless exotica..."

Entertainment Weekly (1/24/03, p.101) - "...The arc of their initial development is breathtaking....Disc 2, from their later years, testifies to remarkable staying power..." - Rating: A

Magnet (4/03, p.112) - "...This two-disc set cherrypicks the best from the band's two-decade career..."

Mojo (Publisher) (3/03, p.124) - "...There's a wonderful charm to their simplicity..."

Format:Vinyl (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Mixed
Release Date:14 July, 2014

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