This is a tribute to Peter Gutteridge as put together at the "Unofficial" Flying Nun music vault.
Peter Gutteridge: Death & weirdness in the surfing zone
What can you say about an artist with such a distinctive viewpoint as Peter Gutteridge? He was in The Clean, The Chills, The Great Unwashed and of course - Snapper. The latter being the most uncompromising yet comfortable fit for a musical vision as pure as his was. He even came up with the riff to The Clean’s “Point that thing somewhere else" and could’ve easily rested on his laurels. Fortunately for us, he didn’t.
He died today so that’s that. My condolences go out to his friends and family, particularly as this news is still so new.
His legacy will live on in his wonderful music, which I’m already thinking about. Here are a few of my favourite tracks from across his career(?) which is not easy to do as there are so many beautiful songs to choose from.
The first is “Can’t Find Water, a killer Great Unwashed song. I was lucky to see this performed for the first time by The Clean and Peter in February this year (lucky to see Peter play with the first line up of The Chills a few years ago too):
Snapper was the fully realised Gutteridge sound machine - full off drony-fuzz-pop-attitude and groove. Read this detailed entry at Audio Culture for more details. Again, there are too many tracks to choose from but “Eyes that Shine” nicely illustrates the ferocious beauty of the band:
In later years, his performances and songs offered a different experience. A tortured fragility that still had power and presence as shown by this cover of Toy Love’s “Don’t Catch Fire”.
If you love these songs (and you should!), make sure to check out his extensive and influential discography. You won’t regret it.