Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cleaners from Venus

I mentioned this a couple weeks ago, but now there's a review of the Cleaners from Venus reissues up at Dusted.

The Cleaners from Venus
The Cleaners from Venus, Vol. 1
Captured Tracks

This initial trio of reissues documents the first three DIY cassette-only releases made by Cleaners from Venus, a British duo whose lo-fi pop experiments filtered British eccentric pop, a la The Kinks, Syd Barrett and XTC through the most minimal of recording technology and a scrim of politically engaged madness. The two Cleaners – Martin Newell and Lawrence “Lol” Elliott – met in Wivenhoe, a small-ish coastal town in southeast England at the beginning of 1980. They convened every day from November 1980 to April 1981, working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to write, perform and record songs. Two a day was the goal.


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