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The Clean's Anthology to be reissued July 15 on 4xLP

The Clean's Anthology to be reissued July 15 on 4xLP
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.

In addition to selections from their full-length recordings Vehicle (1989), Modern Rock (1994) and Unknown Country (1996), Anthology includes The Clean’s call-to-arms debut “Tally Ho!", the early EPs Boodle Boodle Boodle and Great Sounds Great, and a few previously hard-to-find singles. 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 Anthology is available for pre-order on 4xLP along with a brand new shirt design in the Merge store.