Friday, September 14, 2007


1980's New Zealand spawned a new strain of rock music fostered in Edenic isolation by the independent label Flying Nun Records. The bands comprising the label's roster developed their own idiosyncratic styles free from the American and British pop flux which is capable of turning gold into shit through the machinations of a bloated record industry.

The Clean's "Tally Ho" and "Anything Could Happen" are good examples of this sound. It's not abrasively garage/punk, nor is it slick pop. It's some dizzy, freakish hybrid between the two. And it rules.

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