The Clean–Anything Could Happen

While The Chills may be remembered more prominently, The Clean recorded arguably the best song to come out of the Dunedin Sound movement.  Jangly, but not precious, slacking, but not underachieving, Anything Could Happen is as impossibly simple as it is catchy.  Hamish Kilgour is playing the drums like he’s trying to stay awake.  Peter Guttridge sounds like he learned the bass yesterday.  It’s the roguish charm of David Kilgour that propels the track.  His woozy delivery of downright Dylan-esque lyrics and laid back 60s-style strumming catapult the song into all-time classic territory.  Not a moment is misplaced in the surreal pop masterpiece whose ripples can still be felt decades later in lo-fi records recorded around the world.


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