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  • Formed: Liverpool, Lancashire, England
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: http://www.clinicvoot.org
  • Recent Activity: 01.19.17 RT @queenzeeuk: #ThrowbackThursday Supporting @Buzzcocks and @clinicvoot at Art's Club last August, we got in a bit of trouble for that sho…
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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Liverpool's art punk four-piece Clinic formed in 1997 out of the ashes of Ade Blackburn and Hartley's previous band, Pure Morning. The duo added Brian Campbell and Carl Turney to the fold and released the thrashy debut single "IPC Sub-Editors Dictate Our Youth" on the group's own Aladdin's Cave of Golf label; it reached number nine in John Peel's Festive 50 singles roundup that year. 1998 saw the release of equally well-received singles like "Cement Mixer" and "Monkey on My Back," which also showcased Clinic's blend of chugging, Velvet Underground-style guitars, icy, Suicide-esque keyboards and drum machines, and Blackburn's acidic, Lennon-esque vocals.

In 1999, the band signed to Domino Records and released "The Second Line," which was subsequently used in ads for Levi's Jeans in the U.K. Clinic began a flurry of activity in 2000, releasing their first album, Internal Wrangler, and the singles "The Return of Evil Bill" and "Distortions." That summer, they appeared at Scott Walker's Meltdown and All Tomorrow's Parties festivals and toured with Radiohead. The following year, the group returned to the studio and Internal Wrangler was released domestically in the U.S. In early 2002, Clinic resurfaced with their second full-length, Walking with Thee, which provided a more spacious, atmospheric take on the group's sound. That spring, the band launched a full-fledged tour of the States.

Two years later, Clinic embarked on a tour of the U.S. before the release of their third album, Winchester Cathedral, and another tour after its arrival. The band reunited with Gareth Jones, who mixed Internal Wrangler, for Visitations, a rawer effort that harked back to Clinic's early days. Visitations was released in late 2006 in the U.K. and early in 2007 in the U.S. Early in 2008, the band released the single "Free Not Free" as a free download; the full-length Do It!, which took a more streamlined approach than Visitations, surfaced that spring. For 2010's Bubblegum, the band went in a gentler, chamber pop-inspired direction. Clinic self-produced their next album, 2012's psychedelic Free Reign, enlisting Oneohtrix Point Never's Daniel Lopatin to mix certain songs and issuing one version of the album as a glow-in-the-dark Frisbee with a download code for the music.

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  • 01.19.17 RT @queenzeeuk: #ThrowbackThursday Supporting @Buzzcocks and @clinicvoot at Art's Club last August, we got in a bit of trouble for that sho…
  • 01.14.17 RT @roberthamwriter: Didn’t realize @clinicvoot appeared on Letterman way back when. https://t.co/0q83yWZN1g
  • 01.11.17 RT @EnrichoMena_III: Temporada de festivales viene en camino y no veo ninguno en donde esté @clinicvoot ?? No les gusta la música buena a l…
  • 01.11.17 RT @RogerQuimbly: Not only did he piss on a bed, he also had a shit in a lift. https://t.co/Psn4Gh4ELN
  • 01.04.17 RT @EnrichoMena_III: cuando se le ocurrirán a esos de @clinicvoot venir de nueva cuenta a México!!!
  • 01.02.17 RT @radioscopia: continuing #pop bliss with #clinic song 'baby' from their album #bubblegum. https://t.co/3fWwHh9Nod https://t.co/Cog9jlP42M
  • 12.31.16 RT @fcotapiarobles: Another year gone and my fave bands still are #ELO @clinicvoot @petshopboys @kingcreosote @LosSantosDumont @TheRialtoBu…
  • 12.29.16 RT @fdcincshop: The Lost Tapes Record Club - Sun Song by The Earl Hennessy Trio https://t.co/U9s6BaY3c9
  • 12.27.16 RIP Carrie Fisher. May The Force Be With You x
  • 12.23.16 RT @past_prisoner: "Internal Wrangler" de Clinic est probablement l'album le plus implicitement érotique qui soit.
  • 12.22.16 Happy Christmas from Clinic https://t.co/uhtP7Ou5Zo
  • 12.22.16 Cheers mate. Glad you like. Thanks 😷👍 RT @MrFauxReal: @clinicvoot I think I'm one of your top fans. Your music is so dope. Damn.