Every once in a while a record comes along that it is so perfect it almost defies description.
The Clean’s first full-length record – Vehicle - falls into that bracket. Released in 1990, it is one of the catchiest, most insistent pop records from the Flying Nun discography. Melody Maker at the time described it as; “so joyous, so completely unaffected and unpretentious it’s absurd.” And that pretty much sums it up.
Recorded in London’s Black Wing Studios, following the New Zealand trios’ re-union tour in the late 1980s, Vehicle is The Clean at their brilliant best. Right from the opening "Drawing To A Whole" to the beautiful "Diamond Shine", these 13 tracks show a band coming back together in a celebration of noise.
Now available again on Flying Nun Records on double 12” LP and CD, the re-issue also includes the bonus live EP In-A-Live – a recording of the one-off 1989 London gig that led to the reformation. Presented in a gatefold set that includes not just that great piece of cover art (done by guitarist David Kilgour), but liner notes from the band, photos, posters and a pull out In-A-Live 12" sleeve.
Label:Flying Nun Records
Cat #: FN147/FN529
Format: Double LP, CD, Cassette + Digital
Recorded: Blackwing Studios, London, July 18-21 1989. Engineered by Alan Moulder, Ken Kennedy.
Members: David Kilgour, Hamish Kilgour + Robert Scott
- Drawing To A Whole
- I Wait Around
- Bye Bye
- The Blue
- Some One
- Diamond Shine
- Getting To You
- Big Soft Punch
- Big Cat
- I Can See
- Anything Could Happen
- Point That Thing Somewhere Else
- Whatever I Do Is Right