Clint Boon

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Clint Boon
Born (1959-06-28) 28 June 1959 (age 56)
Oldham, England
  • Musician
  • DJ
  • Producer
  • Engineer
Years active 1986–present
Associated acts
Website Clint Boon official site
Notable instruments
Farfisa organ

Clinton David Boon (born 28 June 1959) is an English musician, DJ and radio presenter. Boon originally rose to fame as the keyboard player (and sometimes vocalist) of Inspiral Carpets.[1]

Music career[edit]

Born in Oldham, Lancashire, Boon joined the Inspiral Carpets in 1986 after previously playing in a band called The Mill.[2] After the Inspiral Carpets split in 1995, Boon went on to form The Clint Boon Experience releasing two albums under this name – The Compact Guide to Pop Music and Space Travel (1999), and Life in Transition (2000).[3] In this year the band released the single "Do What You Do (Earworm Song)", which featured Fran Healy,[3] the lead singer of the band Travis. Boon has his own record label, 'Booney Tunes', signing artists such as Elaine Palmer, and has also been a regular DJ at a number of nightclubs around England, and in Wrexham, North Wales. He rejoined the Inspiral Carpets for two sell-out tours in 2002 and 2003.

Media career[edit]

Boon made a cameo appearance in the 2002 film, 24 Hour Party People as a train conductor and also worked with Cosgrove Hall providing music for the Engie Benjy cartoon series.[4]

In 1995 Boon began working for Liverpool's Crash FM after being recruited by DJ Janice Long and has also stood in for DJ Terry Christian on Century FM in Manchester.[5]

In 2005 Boon became head of music of the Oldham-based radio station, The Revolution, where he presented the 1000–1400 weekday show.[6] in 2006 he left the station for, then rival station, Xfm Manchester where he began presenting the drivetime show.[7] The following year Boon received two Sony Award nominations for his XFM show in the Music Broadcaster and Specialist Music Programme categories.[8] Boon has a cult following, with regular listeners to his show being unofficially enrolled in the Boon Army. He recently took part in a 5-a-side football competition as part of Xfm Manchester's Nike Show. Boon Army F.C. was born from this and hope to have regular games soon.

He has been a resident DJ on Saturday nights at the club 'South' in Manchester for ten years, while also hosting other nights around the UK.[9]

References in Popular Culture[edit]

In 2008 Boon had his portrait painted by Manchester-based artist Adam Hayley. The portrait represents many aspects of Boon's life and incorporates references to his Manchester roots. The portrait was unveiled at Manchester's Mooch Art Gallery on Oldham Street, in the Northern Quarter.[10]

Charity Work[edit]

In 2013 Boon became patron of SiMBA, a charity supporting parents who have lost a very young baby, following the death of his daughter Luna Bliss, who was born prematurely in April 2012 at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester, and died 34 days later.[11] Boon's middle son Hector wanted to raise money for the hospital and was sponsored to have his long hair cut with the fundraising appeal becoming known as Hector's Fund. The Boon family continue to raise money for St Mary's and to date Hector's Fund has raised £40,000 and paid for custom-made mother and baby feeding chairs for the hospital.[7]

In January 2015 Boon launched a campaign to recruit runners to take part in the 10K Great Manchester Run to raise money for the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity and the Saint Mary's Hospital Charity's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Members of the public were invited to sign up and run as part of the Boon Army to raise sponsorship money for the charities.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Boon currently lives in Stockport, with his wife Charlie and their children Oscar, Hector and Cassius.


The Clint Boon Experience
Inspiral Carpets


  1. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. p. 264. ISBN 9780062272294. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Clint Boon". Metro. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Wendy Mitchell (3 March 2001). "Boon Wants to 'Transition' Artful Set to US". Billboard. pp. 13, 15. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "IMDb: Clint Boon — Filmography". Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Bray, Elisa (16 April 2007). "The Independent: Clint Boon — My Life in Media". Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Challenge Radio: Presenters – Clint Boon". 31 October 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Torr, Martyn (14 October 2014). "Oldham Evening Chronicle: This Is How It Feels: The Highs and Lows — Part 2 of an Interview with Clint Boon". Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Sullivan, Carolyn (2 April 2007). "The Guardian: From Rock Stardom to Radio". Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "South Nightclub Website". Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "University of Salford Website: News – Salford Graduate to unveil portrait of Clint Boon". 24 February 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Paul Britton (29 May 2013). "Manchester Evening News: Clint vows to help grieving families after losing little girl". Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Great Run Series: Clint's Boon Army for Morrisons Great Manchester Run". 30 January 2015. 

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