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The Clean were a band that formed in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1978. Led through a number of rotating line-ups by brothers Hamish and David Kilgour, the band (usually a trio), forged a distinctive and quirky sound that relied heavily on organ melodies and simple chord progressions. They carved out a distinctive, noisy but melodic sound, distinguished by David's screeching, distorted guitar. In 1981, a fan of the Clean founded the Flying Nun label to release their first single, "Tally Ho." A follow-up track off one of their early EPs, "Beatnik", also achieved success, as did the second single, "Getting Older". In the ealry 80s the band released 2 eps and two singles. Tally ho, Boodle Boodle Boode and Great Sounds all charted in the top 20 in NZ. Since the late 80s the band has occasionally reformed and recorded new material releasing 3 more Lps on Flying Nun in NZ and Merge Records in the USA. The Vehicle Lp was also released in Europe & the USA by Rough Trade. In April 2007 the band toured NZ and are now considering ways of writing and recording new material over the next 6 months. Touring the world is also a vague idea! Hamish lives in NYC. Robert and David live in Dunedin, NZ. All are active as solo artists (or in Hamish's case , active as a Mad Scene).
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