The band existed between 1981 and 1984 and was formed by the brothers Mats and Torulf Nilsson. After the demise of Sundsvall's most famous (and orthodox) punk band Massmedia in 1980, the two brothers moved to Linköping to study, and they were eager to play again. It was originally planned as a solo project by Mats, but it resulted in Huvudtvätt (HT). With new influences from the US hardcore scene and England’s Discharge, they took a step towards a tougher punk style.
HT was focused on the Swedish market. All the song titles had a cleaning theme, and the ambiguous lyrics were humorous but serious at the same time.
The band also appeared on the international market as Headcleaners, whose name came from a cleaning cassette. The music was shared with HT, but the social critical English texts were written primarily by Janne, at the Uppsala label Malign Massacre. Through him the band also contacted and got a record deal with the English label Xcentric Noise Records and Tapes. With the help of this label and other contacts, highly valued discs and tapes were spread with great success all over the world.
Huvudtvätt had during their four years four different singers: Huw, Hasse, Janne and last but not least Lasse P. Patrik of Massmedia took care of the drums, except on the last album when the band borrowed from Kurt I Kuvös. On stage Huvudtvätt only performed once during their career. It was in Sundsvall in autumn 1982.


R123384-A Huvudtvätt - Vårt Fria Land album art Huvudtvätt / Kurt I Kuvös Huvudtvätt / Kurt I Kuvös - Vårt Fria Land Really Fast Records R123384-A Sweden 1984 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MASS Z-16 Huvudtvätt - Huvudtvätt / Picnic Boys album art Huvudtvätt / Picnic Boys Huvudtvätt / Picnic Boys - Huvudtvätt / Picnic Boys (EP) Massproduktion MASS Z-16 Sweden 1981 Sell This Version
MMS 001 Huvudtvätt - Disinfection EP album art Headcleaners* Disinfection EP (EP) Malign Massacre Records MMS 001 Sweden 1981 Sell This Version
THIRD 1 Huvudtvätt - The Infection Grows EP. album art Headcleaners* The Infection Grows EP. (EP) Xcentric Noise Records THIRD 1 UK 1983 Sell This Version


none Huvudtvätt - Extrem P album art Headcleaners* Extrem P (EP, Comp) Malign Massacre Records, Massproduktion none Sweden 1982 Sell This Version