The Clean to receive the Taite Music Prize 'Independent Music NZ Classic Record'

IMNZ (Independent Music New Zealand) have announced the 2017 recipient of the ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’ award, which acknowledges Aotearoa’s rich history of making fine records that continue to inspire us and define who we are.
The judges have given the nod this year to The Clean – Boodle Boodle Boodle (Flying Nun Records, 1981) as one of Aotearoa’s classic records. The award will be accepted by members of the band and awarded to them by Doug Hood, who recorded the EP with Chris Knox way back in 1981.
Founding member of The Clean, David Kilgour, says it’s a great pleasure to accept this award. “Especially as it’s in the spirit of Dylan Taite, someone I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of times throughout his life,” he says. “Boodle was a really important recording for The Clean and all involved in many ways. I have nothing but joyous memories of making Boodle (give or take the odd seizure!) – I’m reminded almost weekly about the work we did in those short few years in the late 70’s / early 80s. It never ceases to amaze me how far the recordings have travelled. The work we did back then pretty much propelled me into a life in music.
In some ways, everything I’ve done since this period has been in the shadow of this work really, but I’m lucky I got a shadow! Ha!”
The Clean
Boodle Boodle Boodle
Flying Nun, 1981

L – R: The Clean - Hamish Kilgour: Drums, vocals / David Kilgour: Guitar, vocals / Robert Scott: Bass Photo credit: Craig McNab, 1982 Images courtesy of  

L – R: The Clean - Hamish Kilgour: Drums, vocals / David Kilgour: Guitar, vocals / Robert Scott: Bass
Photo credit: Craig McNab, 1982
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This EP followed the pioneering Dunedin band’s top-20 debut single ‘Tally Ho’ into the charts, peaking at number five and staying in the Top 40 for 19 weeks.
Five songs were recorded over three days in a hall on Bond St in Auckland’s Arch Hill. The recording was overseen by Chris Knox and Doug Hood using Knox’s Teac 4-track machine and a budget of $750.  Chris also drew the cover art from a photograph by Carol Tippet of The Clean sharing a bath. Chris Knox provided backing vocals on the song “Sad Eyed”.

The EP was recorded Sept 7th and 8th, 1981. It was listed as FN003 in the Flying Nun Records catalogue after The Pin Group’s #1 and The Clean’s ‘Tally Ho’.
The five songs were all ‘Kilgour-Kilgour-Scott’ compositions, except ‘Point That Thing’, which was written by the Kilgours and Peter Gutteridge.
The building in Bond St was a Legion of Frontiersman field headquarters, which was nicknamed ‘Frontear’.


This year the Taite Music Prize will be announced at a presentation at The Civic’s Wintergarden in Auckland on Tuesday 18th April 2017. IMNZ members Lil’ Chief Records are scheduled to curate special live performance sets for the gathered guests. Alongside the main prize, two additional awards will be presented at the ceremony: the Independent Music NZ Classic Record Award and the newly created Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Award, celebrating the freshest talent of Aotearoa, and including a $2,000 cash prize and a live performance slot at Auckland Live Summer in the Square 2017/2018 – Auckland’s biggest backyard summer party.
Previous Taite Music Prize winners:
2010 - Lawrence Arabia - Chant Darling (Honorary Bedouin Records)
2011 - Ladi6 - The Liberation Of (What? Music)
2012 - Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Seeing Records)
2013 – SJD - Elastic Wasteland (Round Trip Mars)
2014 – Lorde - Pure Heroine (Universal Music NZ)
2015 – Jakob – Sines (Shoot The Freak)
2016 – Silicon - Personal Computer (Weird World/Domino Recordings)
Previous Independent Music NZ Classic Record recipients:
2013 - Gordons – Gordons (Flying Nun)
2014 – Various Artists - AK79 (Ripper Records)
2015 - Herbs – What’s Be Happen? (Warrior Records)
2016 – Upper Hutt Posse – E T? (Jayrem Records)