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The CleanAudio CD
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What can be said about the Clean? In 1978, they were the seeds of New Zealand punk and the reason for the founding of Flying Nun, one of the greatest record labels that ever existed. They carved out a big sandbox for everyone to play in, and their influence resonated not only in New Zealand but around the world. Not only do bands like Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices, Sonic Youth, Pavement, and ... Read more in Amazon's The Clean Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 21, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B00007L7E1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Over the last 24 years, New Zealand's The Clean have influenced countless bands with their unique blend of homemade garage rock, hook-filled melodies, and psychedelic experimentalism. This double CD documents the band's development from the late 70s to the early 90s and includes out of print and hard to find singles, EPs, and tracks from the first three LPs.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So very very Clean March 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Clean is a powerful but nebulous presence in the world of indie rock -- the New Zealand band is known to music critics and die-hard indie fans, but sadly not to the masses. The fact that they are still little-known after two and a half decades is just proof that fame doesn't always come to those who deserve it.

The simply-named two-disc "Anthology" gives a suitably good retrospective of the Clean's career, in pretty much chronological order. One disc is devoted to their early work: the fun organ-laced garage-rock "Tally Ho," which was the song that propelled them to New Zealand's musical top, as well as the rough "Billy Two."

The rough, lo-fi pop continues changing in the second, which has the later music and some rarities. Starting with the Clean's reunion, it has such excellent (and eclectic) styles as jangly guitar rock, keyboard pop, and the Britpoppish flavors of "Secret Place" and "Diamond Shine." Surprisingly, the smoother production doesn't at all take away from the enjoyment of the music.

It's a pity that bands from New Zealand don't get the recognition that British or American bands do. If they did, the Clean would probably adored with Pavement and Radiohead. Sadly, they have not gotten that recognition, but that in no way reflects on their music -- this edgy, quirky rock is similar to the best of today's top indierock bands, but conceived years before those bands existed.

"Anthology" serves more than one function. It's two hours of fun, gloriously inventive rock'n'roll, but it also serves to illustrate how their sound expanded over time. The Clean started off with very little, which gave their music a fun, rough sound, but with new production and more money, they polished their sound up.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Junkmedia Review - So fresh and so clean February 21, 2003
Format:Audio CD
25 years ago, The Clean formed as a trio in a small town in New Zealand. It was a relatively unusual hobby for kids to have then and there. For four years they unexpectedly achieved a good amount of success with a number of singles and EPs, before breaking up for the first time. A full-length compilation called, um, Compilation brought together all of these EPs and some other odds and ends and was seen to be the final memorial for this legendary band. The Clean reunited, though, in 1988, beginning the second phase of their recording career, which is still going strong today. Anthology sums up their entire career, reprising most of the tracks on Compilation and adding a second CD of most of their post-reunion output.
The difficulty in reviewing something like Anthology lies in the fact that the article can look at multiple qualities of the package. Does The Clean even deserve to have a lavish two-CD, 46-song set devoted to it? (yes, definitely) If so, did the record label(s) involved do a good job with it, making sure the tracklist gives a thorough look into the world of The Clean? (absolutely) Are the songs any good? (yes, they're tremendous)
So with the quick answers behind us, let's move forward. I truly fell in love with this band all over again upon many listens to Anthology. In a way, that's a sure sign of this compilation's success, as die-hard fans won't need any more convincing. This set seeks to convince newcomers that there's value in knowing who this band is, and it makes its case with a two-hour-plus set. But enough talking around the music.
The Clean were and are unlikely masters of scrappy, simple and energetic pop music. Songs like "Tally Ho" and "Billy Two" set the pace for much of their early work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Essential Underground Pop! February 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
There is real cause for celebration here. If you're already familiar w/ the Clean, you'll want this as a definitive retrospective which includes many rarities. Disc 1 contains ALL of the seminal early stuff, and Disc 2 is a very well picked selection of tunes from "Vehicle", "Unknown Country" and "Modern Rock" plus another couple hard to find 7"s. If you're unfamiliar with the Clean but curious enough to be reading this, delay no further! I'd say it's required listening for fans of the Velvet Underground, the Beatles, Pavement, GBV, or anyone else capable of making timeless, unforgetable music out of 3 or 4 chords and a guitar! Thank you Merge records.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go for it, G.... December 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
You're getting all this wonderful, ingenious music for $17.00? This makes you lucky, my friend. Do not question the curiosity that took you to this particular album as you search Amazon.

If you are curious about this band, you will surely see, and come to realize, that your curiosity was well warranted. This is a cournucopia of a band that makes you all warm. No matter what. Makes you happy and warm. That's really about it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the clean cleansed my musical soul, it did July 11, 2004
By Davy
Format:Audio CD
thank goodness for merge, the label who has given this legendary new zealand post-punk/spacy twee pop group a well-deserved wider audience. so far this year my most valuable musical discovery. this 2-disc collection is essential, 46 songs, all of them delightful and effervescent, for 13 bucks. simply unbeatable.
kudos to the clean for being the band that kickstarted my favorite musical genre of last year, kiwi-pop (chills, bats, verlaines, straitjacket fits, etc...these are good places to turn if you like what you hear with the clean).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great compilation by a great band.
Published 1 month ago by Nicholas
5.0 out of 5 stars FRESH
This is the kind of music that finally convinces you to create music. I think so, and so does Steve Malkmus of Pavement, "we never really seriously considered making music until we... Read more
Published on February 25, 2011 by Ryan R. Costello
5.0 out of 5 stars clean it right
This Anthology collection captures most of the bands best, pop-oriented moments. A lot of experimenting took place in order to create a good number of these songs, and so for that... Read more
Published on April 19, 2010 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential indie NZ music
A not-to-be-missed compilation of early tracks (80's) and later songs (1990's) from the world-famous-in-NZ band, the Clean. Read more
Published on May 27, 2009 by slabbb-of-ages
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cleans best work
The Clean kick-started the illustrious New Zealand label Flying Nun in 1981, providing a key blueprint for indie-rockers from Australia (the Chills) to California (Pavement). Read more
Published on March 3, 2005 by joe larkin
4.0 out of 5 stars These are big fish
Jangly guitar pop that adeptly crosses the (often) very broad line between Punk and Psychedelia. A few misfires, sure, but such is evolution. Well worth the ducats.
Published on July 13, 2004 by Richard Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars importance to music can not be denied
The importance of this band on music can not be overlooked. They really were one of the first bands to make it ok to record your record so it sounded like you were playing... Read more
Published on October 4, 2003 by doug
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Garage Band You've Never Heard
Pop Kulcher Review: The Clean are part of that small number of truly wonderful, legendary bands known almost exclusively to music critics and a few indie bands who cover their... Read more
Published on July 15, 2003 by Pop Kulcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiwipop heaven!! Add a few stars to this review...!!
Yay! New Zealand "kiwipop" has never had more than a devoted cult following in the US (and hardly *anyone* listens to it in NZ! Read more
Published on March 7, 2003 by DJ Joe Sixpack
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