Anthology (Reissue)

The Clean

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MRG220R | Release Date July 15, 2014

Anthology serves as a celebration of The Clean, a band whose influence extends so far beyond their New Zealand home that even if you have never heard of The Clean before, you have surely heard of some of the bands (Pavement, Yo La Tengo, and Superchunk, to name a few) who have been influenced by their unique blend of homemade garage rock, hook-filled melodies, and psychedelic experimentalism.

The album is a compilation of songs from across The Clean’s legendary musical career, which began in 1981 and continues today. Merge originally released the 2-CD Anthology in 2003, but in celebration of our 25th anniversary, we felt the time was right to release this essential collection on quadruple LP.

Hamish and David Kilgour formed The Clean in 1978. Hamish played drums, and David picked up a guitar and figured out how to play it as he went along. Various other folk passed through the Kilgour brothers’ orbit during the first two years or so before Robert Scott (The Bats) joined on bass. Hamish, David, and Robert all wrote songs and sang in The Clean, who made their first recordings for the renowned New Zealand label Flying Nun in 1981.

Anthology kicks off with The Clean’s call-to-arms debut “Tally Ho!”; the story of the infectious track’s $60 recording bill is now legendary. From there, it continues with the early EPs Boodle Boodle Boodle and Great Sounds Great in their entirety. The hits—“Billy Two,” “Anything Could Happen,” “Beatnik,” and “Getting Older”—and live favorites like “Point That Thing Somewhere Else” and instrumentals “Fish” and “At the Bottom” all serve up memories of the joyous noise that characterized The Clean of that time. These recordings, mostly made by the band with Chris Knox and Doug Hood at the helm of the 4-track, capture the bright, raw sound of a classic garage band.

After a brief breakup, the band recorded Vehicle, their first full-length, in 1989. Vehicle was made in three days and engineered by Alan Moulder (later to become one of the top producers of the alternative era, recording the Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, and My Bloody Valentine). The sounds of Vehicle and the two albums that followed it, Modern Rock (1994) and Unknown Country (1996), make up the bulk of discs 3 and 4 of the vinyl Anthology. The Clean used organ and other keyboards to mix bouncing pop tunes with continued experimentation.

In addition to selections from these full-length recordings, Anthology includes two songs released only on an American 7-inch and two that appeared on a bonus flexi-disc with the Modern Rock LP.

The Clean’s story is on-again/off-again purely by design. It suits the trio’s creative desires and keeps them clear of the machinery that threatened to interfere with that process from the moment they threatened to get awfully popular awfully quickly over thirty years ago. The Clean’s modern age has seen them splitting time and hemispheres: David Kilgour has a reputable solo catalog; Robert Scott has The Bats; and Hamish Kilgour has been an endearing and enduring fixture in New York City, playing with assorted combos. 

Track/Song Title Artist Duration Price MP3 Track
Play Tally Ho The Clean 02:41 $0.99 Buy
Play Platypus The Clean 03:16 $0.99 Buy
Play Billy Two The Clean 02:22 $0.99 Buy
Play Thumbs Off The Clean 02:58 $0.99 Buy
Play Anything Could Happen The Clean 02:38 $0.99 Buy
Play Sad Eyed Lady The Clean 03:02 $0.99 Buy
Play Point That Thing The Clean 05:27 $0.99 Buy
Play Fish The Clean 02:24 $0.99 Buy
Play Flowers The Clean 03:25 $0.99 Buy
Play Side On The Clean 02:03 $0.99 Buy
Play Slug Song The Clean 03:19 $0.99 Buy
Play Beatnik The Clean 01:57 $0.99 Buy
Play End Of My Dream The Clean 04:08 $0.99 Buy
Play On Again / Off Again The Clean 01:46 $0.99 Buy
Play At The Bottom The Clean 03:50 $0.99 Buy
Play Getting Older The Clean 04:18 $0.99 Buy
Play Scrap Music The Clean 01:30 $0.99 Buy
Play Whatever I Do Is Right The Clean 02:32 $0.99 Buy
Play Two Fat Sisters (Live) The Clean 02:54 $0.99 Buy
Play Oddity The Clean 02:33 $0.99 Buy
Play Quickstep (Live) The Clean 05:52 $0.99 Buy
Play At The Bottom (Alternate Version) The Clean 03:26 $0.99 Buy
Play Drawing To A Whole The Clean 02:03 $0.99 Buy
Play I Wait Around The Clean 02:40 $0.99 Buy
Play The Blue The Clean 01:46 $0.99 Buy
Play Someone The Clean 01:52 $0.99 Buy
Play Big Soft Punch The Clean 02:32 $0.99 Buy
Play Diamond Shine The Clean 03:13 $0.99 Buy
Play Big Cat The Clean 01:41 $0.99 Buy
Play Outside the Cage The Clean 05:07 $0.99 Buy
Play Safe In The Rain The Clean 02:55 $0.99 Buy
Play Secret Place The Clean 03:32 $0.99 Buy
Play Do Your Thing The Clean 04:13 $0.99 Buy
Play Linger Longer The Clean 02:27 $0.99 Buy
Play Too Much Violence The Clean 03:50 $0.99 Buy
Play Trapped In Amber The Clean 03:15 $0.99 Buy
Play Psychedelic Ranger The Clean 02:50 $0.99 Buy
Play Late Last Night The Clean 02:48 $0.99 Buy
Play Ludwig The Clean 02:10 $0.99 Buy
Play Wipe Me I'm Lucky The Clean 03:11 $0.99 Buy
Play Franz Kakfa At The Zoo The Clean 01:58 $0.99 Buy
Play Clutch The Clean 02:15 $0.99 Buy
Play Balkans The Clean 01:20 $0.99 Buy
Play Indigo Blue The Clean 02:33 $0.99 Buy
Play Chumpy The Clean 03:45 $0.99 Buy
Play Twist Top The Clean 02:04 $0.99 Buy

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What is the difference between MP3 and FLAC files?

Merge offers the highest quality MP3s possible. They are encoded without DRM using the LAME version 3.97 encoder at non-variable rate of 320 kbps. At this quality level, the sound is essentially indistinguishable from a CD.

We also offer FLAC digital music files. FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, an uncompressed audio format. As such, FLAC files provide a perfect digital copy of a given piece of music.

MP3s eliminate audio data in order to reduce file size. FLAC files are by definition 'lossless' and are a perfect digital copy of the original source material. Because of this, a FLAC audio file is much larger in size than an MP3 file. While FLAC audio is ideal if you listen to your music on a higher-end home stereo, or enjoy close-listening on headphones, it does not have as widespread playback support as the MP3 format.

*Note: FLAC files do not work in iTunes.