Jaden Qayyum Obituary, Death – After being reported missing during the end of the previous month, the body of Hamish Kilgour, the longtime drummer for the New Zealand indie rock band The Clean, was located and he was discovered to have passed away. He had reached the age of 65. Kilgour was located in Christchurch, according to the news website Stuff that is based in New Zealand. According to a representative for the police department, the investigation into the death has been turned over to the coroner. The musician had been seen at the Palms retail center in Christchurch, New Zealand, just before they went missing.
Kilgour, who was born in 1957, and his brother, David Kilgour, together with a number of different bassists, including first Peter Gutteridge and subsequently Robert Scott, established The Clean in the late 1970s. Kilgour was the band’s co-founder. The band’s first record, which was titled “Tally Ho!” and was released in 1981, was the second release on Roger Shepherd’s Flying Nun Records. This track contributed to the establishment of what would go on to become a famous independent rock and pop label.
Before disbanding, the band issued two extended plays (EPs), titled “Boodle Boodle Boodle” in 1981 and “Great Sounds Great” in 1982, respectively. In 1986, Flying Nun issued a collection of their earlier recordings under the name “Compilation,” despite the fact that the band had been dormant for the better part of the decade of the 1980s. In the late 1980s, The Clean got back together and started traveling again. In 1989, they released their live record titled “In-a-Live,” which was recorded in London. The band’s debut studio album, titled “Vehicle,” was issued jointly by Flying Nun and Rough Trade the year after it was recorded.
In the years that followed, the band’s level of activity fluctuated from time to time. After the release of their second album, titled “Modern Rock,” in 1994, the band released “Unknown Country” in 1996 and “Getaway” in 2001. Another collection of early albums from The Clean was compiled and released under the title “Anthology” in 2002 by Flying Nun and Merge in a cooperative effort. In 2009, the band released their very last studio album, which was titled “Mister Pop.”
Kilgour was a pioneering influence on the “Dunedin sound,” which came to be linked with many of the bands that were released on Flying Nun. Kilgour was a member of The Clean. His distinct approach to drumming can be heard throughout the entirety of The Clean’s record. It is simultaneously loose and muscular, and it serves to anchor the jangly guitars and melodic basslines that his colleagues play.
Kilgour maintained a career in music outside of The Clean for a considerable amount of time, participating in a wide variety of projects. Most famously, he relocated to New York in the early 1990s and, together with Lisa Siegel, founded the band known as The Mad Scene. First album, titled “A Trip Thru Monsterland,” was released in 1993, while the band’s second album, “Sealight,” came out in 1995.
The year 2014 marked the release of Kilgour’s debut solo album, titled “All Of It And Nothing,” which was issued by the American label Ba Da Bing. Four years later, he released his second solo album under his own name titled “Finklestein.” Kilgour was honored with induction into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2017 as a member of the band The Clean.