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There are four artists with this name.
1. An English post punk band
2. An American hardcore punk band
3. An Australian rapper
4. A hip-hop group from Estonia
5. A psychedelic group

1. Clinic is a Liverpool based quartet noted for their eclectic and often fast-paced sound. Their distinguishing style can commonly be recognized by their prominent use of vintage keyboards and organs, most notably the Philips Philicorda, and peculiar off-scale chord progressions. They also make deft use of melodica, clarinet, flute and more recently harpsichords, dulcimers and strings. With influences ranging from to obscure , , , ’60s and weirdness beyond. All with Ade Blackburn’s distinct vocal delivery and lyricism.

Clinic was formed in 1997 by Ade Blackburn and Jonathan Hartley following the split of their previous band, Pure Morning. They developed early notoriety for featuring instruments (primarily keyboards/organs) that were acquired at various rummage sales and flea markets. Brian Campbell and Carl Turney joined the band and soon their first EP I.P.C. Subeditors Dictate Our Youth was released on their own Aladdin’s Cave of Golf record label. The EP made John Peel’s Festive 50 at the end of the year and two other self-financed singles followed in 1998.

In 1999, the band signed to domino records and the first three singles were compiled on a single CD or LP. The following year their debut album proper, Internal Wrangler, was released. Album tracks “The Second Line”, “The Return of Evil Bill” and “Distortions” were released as singles - “The Second Line” was later used in a television advertisement for Levi’s jeans, and reissued.

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