4ZZZ launched its glorious tradition of counting down listeners' 100 favourite songs on New Year's Day 1977. More than 10 years later, 2JJJ in Sydney (which employed many ex-Zed staff) began conducting its own Hot 100. Because 4ZZZ held the rights to the name Hot 100, there was a little bit of legal biffo when TripleJ became a national broadcaster, so they changed the name of their survey to the "Hottest 100".
Formed around high school friends Bek Moore, Rachael Cooke
and Alison Bolger in very early 90s Brisbane, Clag played a kind of psychotic kiddie punk, full of one note Casio keyboard solos and lyrics about cows, goldfish and gravy-covered hot chips. Their apparent innocence, however, was merely a front, disguising examinations of the human psyche that grew darker as the band progressed.
Live, the band would face away from the audience and play with masks taped to the backs of their heads, or dress in hospital gowns and bedeck the stage with fluffy Mr Men toys. Musically they were equaly confusing, staking out a bizarre middle ground between the Shaggs, Bikini Kill and the Banana Splits, In short, Clag were one of the most head-scratchingly strange bands in the world, and those who came across them either recoiled immediately or developed a lifelong obsession.
After the release of three 7" singles in the 90's and a relocation to Melbourne, Clag finally returned into the ether from which it had emerged, taking, it seems, most of it's now rare and treasured vinyl with it. Band members went on to play in other bands such as Beaches, Minimum Chips and the Sixteenth century.
In the second decade of the new century however, Chapter Music have reached back in time to release a definitive compilation that traces the history and development of the one decade wonder that were Clag. The 23 track reissue, 'Pasted Youth', comes with a 16 page booklet packed with photos and extensive liner notes. It includes all their officially released recordings, plus a whole raft of bonus material, including a live-to-air session on Brisbane’s 4ZZZ-FM, and a chaotic, foul-mouthed live recording from Melbourne’s Empress Hotel.
To celebrate the release of 'Pasted Youth', Clag have reformed temporarily in 2012 to play a couple of shows and expose the younger generation to the 'experience' that comprises a Clag performance.
"Clag is one of Australia's best punk bands, even if (and because) they will annoy the living shit out of you, until you finally succumb to and/or understand the way they operate"
Mess and Noise, 2012