Led by brothers David and Hamish Kilgour, The Clean is one of New Zealand’s defining bands. Reflecting on the band in light of the recent passing of drummer Hamish Kilgour, our own Marc Masters called the band’s songs “charmingly rough and buoyantly catchy.” That signature sound was in place from the very beginning, as this week’s episode of the Spindle, dedicated to The Clean’s 1981 single “Tally Ho!” backed with “Platypus,” makes clear. Join John and Marc as they drop the needle on a Kiwi indie rock classic and reflect on what makes The Clean and Flying Nun Records so special.
About The Spindle: The 7-inch record isn’t just a format—it’s an art form. On each episode of The Spindle podcast, music writer Marc Masters (Pitchfork, The Wire, Bandcamp) and music historian (and music maker) John Howard dive into a great 7-inch, dissecting its background, impact, and the reasons why it stands out as a small plastic piece of music history.