ROBERT SCOTT ON THE CLEAN'S MISTER POP (2021): It's pop, mister. But different

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ROBERT SCOTT ON THE CLEAN'S MISTER POP (2021): It's pop, mister. But different

As we noted when the Clean's David Kilgour walked us through track-by-track of the band's Unknown Country of 1996, the US label Merge now has the rights to Clean's complete catalogue they have decided to issue two of the band's albums – Unknown Country and Mister Pop (2009) -- on vinyl for the first time.

Elsewhere recently wrote a lengthy reconsideration of Unknown Country and we also reviewed Mister Pop at the time.

Neither of these albums were critically embraced but time and distance allows us to hear them again in a different way perhaps.

Just as David provided some background to the Unknown Country songs, now Robert Scott makes some observations of Mister Pop.

Over to you Robert . . .
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a1960649154_10Mister Pop, an album started in Brooklyn and finished at Burlington St Dunedin. Engineers Gary Olsen and Tex Houston.

This album was made in bits and it shows here and there, maybe some writers block, or just us trying to get on the same page. The best parts of it are wonderful to my ears ... Enjoy 

Song by song thoughts?

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Loog.

A lovely slow groove, languid changes and cracking ooh aahs by Haunted Love.

Loog
 

Are You Really on Drugs

A Brooklyn one, no bass ? Wacky fractured mix, David will know what it means.

Are You Really on Drugs
 

In a Dreamlife U Need a Rubber Soul.

Pure pop at its catchy best, this went well in the live set, driving and in your face ... just a little, great slide lead, a story of some kind of life, a Burlington one ... I think.

In a Dreamlife U Need a Rubber Soul
 

Asleep in the tunnel.

Idea formed whilst sitting in traffic in the Holland tunnel in NY, I get to play guitar! weird cross vocal in the breakdown, hard to hear what we are singing.

Asleep in the Tunnel
 

Back in the day.

A Hamish classic free form vocal ideas, one part is about the sun shining in through the aeroplane window, deep wisdom with a jaunty upbeat feel. Sparse production.

Back in the Day
 

Moon Jumper.

Juno synth madness, featuring Alan Starrett on violin, a Burlington St jam, I try and put some structure into it.

Moon Jumper
 

Factory Man.

Classic 60s britpop a la the Kinks, observations of everyday life. Kitchen sink production alot going on, done live a bit.

Factory Man
 

Simple Fix.

Mutant pop from another planet, we got obsessed with various synth sounds and wanted to try them all out in this tune, ebbs and flows in its structure and sweetness.

Simple Fix
 

Tensile

One of my faves, Krautrock vibe and great momentum, "the car is somewhere to hide" almost drawing on The Passenger by Iggy in its ideas, synth and bass-driven with a great guitar motif, should have been a hit.

Tensile
 

All Those Notes

A sweet bent tune, claustrophobic production almost knocks it off its stride, "when the rain comes through we'll be happy". could have been in a David Lynch movie.

All Those Notes

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Screen_Shot_2021_03_17_at_10.17.07_AMThere is more about the Clean at Elsewhere (including interviews and overviews) starting here

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You can hear and buy Mister Pop at bandcamp here but the album is also now available to pre-order on limited edition vinyl here

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