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The Clean's debut Ep Boodle Boodle Boodle has been announced as the 2017 recipient of the ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’ award. 

Part of the annual Taite Music Prize the award acknowledges Aotearoa’s rich history of making fine records that continue to inspire us and define who we are. It 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 Boodle Boodle Boodle 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 with all five songs ‘Kilgour-Kilgour-Scott’ compositions, except ‘Point That Thing’, which was written by the Kilgours and Peter Gutteridge.