Peter Gutteridge

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Peter Gutteridge
Born(1961-05-19)19 May 1961
Dunedin, New Zealand
Died15 September 2014(2014-09-15) (aged 53)
Auckland, New Zealand
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboards
Years active1978–2014
LabelsFlying Nun Records
Associated actsThe Clean, Snapper, The Chills

Peter Gutteridge (19 May 1961 – 15 September 2014) was a New Zealand musician, credited with pioneering the "Dunedin sound" with The Clean and The Chills.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Gutteridge was a founding member of The Clean in 1978,[2] alongside Hamish and David Kilgour, whom Gutteridge had known from his schooldays.[3] He was a founding member of The Chills in 1980, staying with the band for only a few months.[4] He left because he found the environment "too controlling."[5]

In 1982–83 he was a member of The Cartilage Family, alongside Shayne Carter.,[6] for their two performances.[7] After leaving the band, he rejoined with The Clean's Kilgour brothers to form The Great Unwashed in 1983, bringing four songs he had written for The Cartilage Family.[7] The band later performed on the John Peel Show.[8]

Gutteridge later formed the band Snapper, with whom he performed from 1986.[9] Other bands in which Gutteridge has been involved have included the Alpaca Brothers and The Puddle.

Gutteridge released one solo album, Pure, on Xpressway Records in 1989.[10]

Peter Gutteridge died on 15 September 2014, in Auckland, New Zealand.


SPIN Magazine noted, "the lilting looseness of bands like Yo La Tengo, Ducktails, Beach Fossils, and Twerps owes a fair debt to the sound that Gutteridge helped craft."[1]

Yo La Tengo covered "Gentle Hour" and Wooden Shjips often covered "Buddy" in concert.[5]

Gutteridge did not particularly like being associated with the Dunedin sound. He stated, "People didn't think about the sound of things, people put on guitars and then clanged out stuff. I just got tired of a guitar sound that wasn't thought about. I had my own personal style. I mean, I wrote [The Clean's] Point That Thing [Somewhere Else]' at 17."[5][11]

Michael Hann, writing in The Guardian music blog, indicated that he derived some of his fame from his label: "Whatever Gutteridge’s feelings about his peers, he did not exist in a vacuum: part of what drew people to his work was the knowledge of the other Flying Nun bands" but that he was different and influential in his own right.[8]



  • Pure (1989), Xpressway Records X/WAY 9

with Snapper[edit]

re-released 1992, Flying Nun Records (FN216)
  • ADM (1996), Flying Nun Records (FN294)

Extended plays[edit]

  • Snapper (1988), Flying Nun Records (FN110)


  • Snapper (1988) – Charted No. 49 on the NZ Singles chart.[12]
  • "Dark Sensation" / "Snapper and the Ocean" (1990)
  • "Vader" / "Gentle Hour" (1993)
  • "Alive" / "Hammerhead" (2002)


  1. ^ a b Joyce, Colin. "New Zealand Indie Rock Icon Peter Gutteridge Dies".SPIN. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  2. ^ Davey & Putschmann (1996), p. 34
  3. ^ Eggleton (2003), p. 100
  4. ^ Davey & Putschmann (1996), pp. 24–25
  5. ^ a b c Holland, Wes. "Gentle Hour: Snapper's Peter Gutteridge." 14 April 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  6. ^ Dix (1988), p. 286
  7. ^ a b Colbert, Roi. "The Cartilage Family – Profile". Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  8. ^ a b Hann, Michael. "RIP Peter Gutteridge, one of New Zealand music's spiky heroes." The Guardian Music Blog. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  9. ^ Davey & Putschmann (1996), pp. 82–83
  10. ^ Davey & Putschmann (1996), p. 155.
  11. ^ "Death of underground music legend Peter Gutteridge". The New Zealand Herald. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  12. ^ "18/12/1988 Singles Chart".Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 August 2016.


  • Davey, T. & Puschmann, H. (1996) Kiwi rock. Dunedin: Kiwi Rock Publications. ISBN 0-473-03718-1.
  • Dix, J. (1988) Stranded in paradise: New Zealand rock'n'roll 1955–1988. Wellington: Paradise Publications. ISBN 0-473-00638-3.
  • Eggleton, D. (2003) Ready to fly: The story of New Zealand rock music. Nelson, NZ: Craig Potton Publishing. ISBN 1-877333-06-9.