The Clean - Anthology
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 from across The Clean’s legendary 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. 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. 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 in 1989. Vehicle was made in three days and engineered by Alan Moulder (Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, 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. 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.
LP1 - Tally Ho, Platypus, Billy Two, Thumbs Off, Anything Could Happen, Sad Eyed Lady, Point That Thing Somewhere Else, Fish, Flowers, Side On, Slug Song.
LP2 - Beatnik, End of My Dream, On Again/Off Again, At the Bottom, Getting Older, Scrap Music, Whatever I Do Is Right, Two Fat Sisters (live at the Rhumba Bar), Odditty, Quickstep (live at the Gladstone), At the Bottom (live at the Gladstone).
LP3 - Drawing To A Hole, I Wait Around, The Blue, Someone, Big Soft Punch, Diamond Shine, Big Cat, Outside the Cage, Safe in the Rain, Secret Place, Do Your Thing.
LP4 - Linger Longer, Too Much Violence, Trapped in Amber, Psychedelic Ranger, Late Last Night, Ludwig, Wipe Me, I’m Lucky, Franz Kafka at the Zoo, Clutch, Balkans, Indigo Blue, Chumpy, Twist Top.