28 Sep 2017

‘Anything Could Happen’ by The Clean

From Nights, 6:52 pm on 28 September 2017

We are now outside The Empire in Princess St, a 5 minute drive south from the Beneficiaries Hall. The hotel which was so pivotal, it allowed the young ambitious songwriters of the Dunedin school to play original material when many hotels would not. The order of the day of the hotel trade was to play covers. The Clean were the first of the Dunedin bands to play this pub, run by John and Maureen Simpson, and this song is one of their best. In the video David Kilgour looks like a young Bob Dylan. This is off the EP that made The Clean, 'Boodle Boodle Boodle'. The lyrics of the song were written by Hamish Kilgour. As a young man a relative had told him he needed to get a steady career when all Hamish wanted to do was rock'n'roll, the creative life. Richard Langston met Hamish when he was a reporter at the Evening Star in 1978/79 - Hamish tried his hand at reporting but he was far too much of a romantic and creative for daily journalism. (Part of Bryan Crump and Richard Langston's Dunedin: A Magical Musical Tour)