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Hamish Kilgour

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Hamish Kilgour
Kilgour in 2011
Kilgour in 2011
Background information
Born(1957-03-17)17 March 1957
Christchurch, New Zealand
DiedNovember or December 2022 (aged 65)
Christchurch, New Zealand
GenresIndie rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Instrument(s)Drums, vocals, guitar
LabelsFlying Nun Records, Merge Records, Ba Da Bing Records

Hamish Kilgour (17 March 1957 – November or December 2022) was a New Zealand musician who co-founded the indie rock band The Clean with his brother David in 1978. Kilgour also co-founded the band Bailter Space in 1987 and later recorded as a solo artist.


Kilgour was born in Christchurch on 17 March 1957.[1]

After the Clean temporarily split up in the early 80s, Kilgour co-founded the Christchurch space rock band Bailter Space in 1987, and recorded the Nelsh Bailter Space EP and Tanker album with the band.[2] In the late 1980s, while on a promotional tour with Bailter Space in New York City, Kilgour decided to remain in the city and left the band.[2] While in New York, Kilgour co-founded the band The Mad Scene in the early 1990s[3] with guitarist and bassist Lisa Siegel.[4] The Mad Scene released an EP Falling Over, Spilling Over in 1992 on NYC indie label Homestead Records. Hamish's former label, New Zealand's Flying Nun, released the band's debut album A Trip Thru Monsterland in 1993.[5] After some personnel changes, the band signed to Merge Records and their second album Sealight was released in 1996.

Kilgour's debut solo album All of It and Nothing was released on Ba Da Bing Records on 16 September 2014.

The Clean, including Kilgour, were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2017.[6]


Kilgour was last seen at The Palms shopping centre in Christchurch on 27 November 2022. He was reported missing by his family on 1 December.[7] On 6 December 2022, the police confirmed that Kilgour's body had been found.[8]



List of albums
Title Album details
All of It and Nothing
  • Released: 2018
  • Label: Ba Da Bing! (BING 128)
  • Format: CD, LP, DD

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Aotearoa Music Awards[edit]

The Aotearoa Music Awards (previously known as New Zealand Music Awards (NZMA)) are an annual awards night celebrating excellence in New Zealand music and have been presented annually since 1965.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
1992 Hamish Kilgour for Pink Flying Saucers Over the Southern Alps (various artist) Album Cover of the Year Won [9]
2017 Hamish Kilgour (as part of The Clean) New Zealand Music Hall of Fame inductee [10]


  1. ^ Dee, Erika (5 December 2022). "The Clean's Hamish Kilgour Real Cause of Death Foul Play? Singer Missing Since November". Music Times. Retrieved 6 December 2022.
  2. ^ a b Shepherd, Roger (8 December 2022). "Hamish Kilgour - The Last Beatnik". Flying Nun. Retrieved 11 December 2022.
  3. ^ "NZEPC – Capital of the Minimal – Hamish Kilgour".
  4. ^ "Flying Nun Records New Zealand – The Mad Scene". Archived from the original on 16 November 2007. Retrieved 2 December 2007.
  5. ^ "TrouserPress.com :: Mad Scene". Retrieved 2 December 2007.
  6. ^ Bevan, Darren. "New Zealand musician and 'Dunedin sound' icon Hamish Kilgour found dead". Newshub. Retrieved 6 December 2022.
  7. ^ Gibbs, Tatiana (1 December 2022). "Police searching for award-winning Kiwi musician last seen four days ago". Stuff. Retrieved 1 December 2022.
  8. ^ "The Clean's Hamish Kilgour found dead". Stuff. 6 December 2022. Retrieved 6 December 2022.
  9. ^ "Aotearoa Music Awards". aotearoamusicawards.nz. Archived from the original on 25 October 2020. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  10. ^ "HOME INDUCTEES". www.musichall.co.nz. Retrieved 16 August 2021.

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