CLEANERS FROM VENUS, THE
ON ANY NORMAL MONDAY (CAPTURED TRACKS)
With sleeves designed by Newell's partner at the time-often hand-colored in by Newell and Elliot themselves- the Cleaners From Venus had their second album.
The new issue was then packaged up and sent off the Sounds and NME, both of gave On Any Normal Monday honorable mentions in their cassette review columns.
The biggest surprise however came from the more conservative Melody Maker, whose own Patrick Humpries gave the Cleaners project a glowing review in that paper.
So far as Newell was concerned, this was a football kicked through the greenhouse window of the conventional music business.
This jangle-pop classic album has been completely remastered and offered on vinyl for the first time, keeping the Cleaners' unique sounds, but also making the listening experience more audible.
Lol Elliott and Martin Newell, who together formed the legendary lo-fi band CLEANERS FROM VENUS met in the small town of Wivenhoe, southeast England at the turn of 1980s.
Newell, a rock singer and part-time kitchen porter who'd left his band the previous summer, and Elliott, a drummer and former hippy traveller, had much in common.
They shared a love of sunny 1960s pop music, punk rock and musical comedy. Neither Elliott nor Newell cared much for any kind of musical rule book, both were dismayed by the new right-wing politics which had now taken over their country.
Both were in their twenties, had time on their hands and were keen to create something new.