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The Clean, Unknown Country and “Live Dead Clean” streaming now

VIA PRESS RELEASE | New Zealand’s legendary group The Clean have dusted off several releases from their catalog and made them available on all digital platforms! Today marks the digital debut of the band’s 1996 studio album Unknown Country and that of “Live Dead Clean,” a six-song EP of early live tracks recorded in 1981 and 1982. Pop some “Champagne & Misery” to celebrate.

The Clean’s David Kilgour and Robert Scott on Unknown Country: David Kilgour: The Clean always wanna try something different, but on this LP, we were obsessed with the idea. Tracks like “Wipe Me, I’m Lucky” and “Franz Kafka at the Zoo” are fine examples of the approach, I reckon. Quite a long way from “Tally Ho!” and “Beatnik”! I remember we generally left vocal ideas to last, after the tracks were recorded, so we never really knew where we were headed. Might also explain all the instrumentals! Made during the Balkan War, hence the reference. And for the freaks, I think “Balkans” is the only Clean track ever to not actually feature the Clean playing. It’s all Alan Starrett, as we removed the backing track.

Robert Scott: This album is very different from our other albums. We didn’t go into the studio with many “song” ideas—a lot of it was written on the spot. I really enjoyed recording this as it was free of expectation. We weren’t playing much live at the time. It does contain some of my favourite Clean songs such as “Twist Top,” “Wipe Me, I’m Lucky,” and “Valley Cab.” Certainly our most experimental album.”

In addition to the releases mentioned above, Compilation, Vehicle, Modern Rock, and In-A-Live are available for your listening pleasure on your favorite digital service today.

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