DAVID KILGOUR ON THE CLEAN'S UNKNOWN COUNTRY (2021): Track by track down the sidetrack

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DAVID KILGOUR ON THE CLEAN'S UNKNOWN COUNTRY (2021): Track by track down the sidetrack

With the US label Merge now having the rights to Clean's complete catalogue they have decided to issue two of the band's albums – Unknown Country (1996) and Mister Pop (2009) on vinyl for the first time.

Elsewhere recently wrote a lengthy reconsideration of Unknown Country, an album which didn't find much favour with critics and some fans, but now band member David Kilgour walks us through the songs. And sometimes seems as confused as listeners were at the time.

5294350_300We also reproduce at the bottom the original PR piece which came with the album.

Over to you David . . .


Wipe Me I'm Lucky

Started out as a full band track. We took the drums out except the hi hat which we reversed. UC was about trying something different. 

Wipe Me, I'm Lucky
 


Champagne and Misery

Duetting brothers.

Champagne & Misery

Balkans

I think the USA was bombing the Balkans at the time, hence the title, but it does have a highland goat herder feel dontcha think? As you find out later this was a band track originally. We took the band out and left Alan Starrett's gorgeous overdubs.

Balkans I

Clutch

DK and Robert (Scott) duetting. I dig the production on this one.

Clutch

Franz Kafka at the Zoo

Started as a band track and somehow ended up like this. One of my favourite Clean tracks.

Franz Kafka at the Zoo

Whisk

Interludal silliness that was used in a movie somewhere down the line.

Whisk

Indigo Blue

I've a nice old homemade 10 string lap steel, which features here. Another sweet little tune from the brother.

Indigo Blue

Chumpy

Playing around with Krautrock (?) and Alan Starrett takes it to the east via his loverly viola playing. Deserved a lyric and vocal but that never happened.

Chumpy

Get the Liquid

What if we just jammed these three (?) ideas together? A bit cut and paste. What the fuck are they on or on about? Mmmmmm, not sure! ha!

Get the Liquid

Happy Lil Fella

Just plain odd. What the fuck is this?

Happy Lil Fella

Tweezer

More interludel nothingness.

Tweezer

Rope

bro song [David and Hamish Kilgour]

Rope

Twist Top

Protest pop

Twist Top

Cooking Water

A jammer, I wish the guitar was louder but Davey didn't get his way.

Cooking Water

Valley Cab

Inspired by Robert and DKs nightly taxi drive home after recording at Fish St. Good work Robert. 

Valley Cab

Wall Walk

Another cut and paste job but it works for me. Moving ahead and no repeat of parts. 

Wall Walk

Balkans

A slightly fuller version.

Balkans II

Screen_Shot_2021_03_04_at_4.38.30_PMthanks for listening and have a noise day!

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There is more about the Clean at Elsewhere (including interviews and overviews) starting here

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You can hear Unknown Country at Spotify here but the album is also now available to pre-order on limited edition vinyl here

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