Clean/Chills/Snapper’s Peter Gutteridge R.I.P.

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Key part of the “Dunedin sound” even though he chafed at the label.

By Fred Mills

According to the Flying Nun label New Zealand musician Peter Gutteridge died Sunday, Sept. 14, the cause of death not yet disclosed. A co-founding member of The Clean in the late ‘70s, Gutteridge went on to co-found The Chills and, more recently, Snapper. He also released a solo album in 1989 titled Pure. He was in his early ‘50s at the time of his death.

Flying Nun posted this message to fans:

“We are greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Peter Gutteridge today. Peter was a Flying Nun original, a founding member of The Clean, The Chills and of course his own brilliant band Snapper. A great talent, he was also member of the Great Unwashed, involved in many Dunedin bands and went on to release beautiful solo material across the years. All of us, and so many people around the world, have been touched and effected by his music, whether it be the swirling fuzz of the guitar or haunting piano melodies, Peter was a true hero of New Zealand music, and will deeply missed. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this very sad time. Thank you Peter for all the music, may you rest in peace.”

Rolling Stone, describing the musician as “reclusive” and not necessarily enamoured of being lumped in with the so-called “Dunedin sound” that Flying Nun fostered, additionally reports: “The singer-songwriter had played some reunion shows with Snapper last year after completing treatment for drug addiction. Earlier this month, Gutteridge had played his first-ever concert in the United States. The gig, in Brooklyn, found him playing Pure in its entirety.”

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