The Newtown Neurotics
Also known as 'The Neurotics'
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The purpose of this website is to provide interested people to the delights of one of the most underrated punk bands of the Eighties. Although they were time and again critically acclaimed their uncompromising political views prevented them from getting the radio exposure they so richly deserved. To read what the critics thought see below...
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There are a lot of people who were into the band but had trouble getting hold of the records, with the help of this site we hope to be able to point a lot of you in the right direction and answer any questions you may have about the band or their songs.
Formed in 1979 by Steve Drewett, they began like so many others to attempt to get their clumsy fingers around three chords and ape the Ramones who were their heroes.
Sporting Joey Ramone length hair Steve would sneer at cries of "Bloody Hippie" from the audience but after a couple of numbers nobody cared they just went into pogo frenzy.
The early stuff from the band like "Hypocrite" and "When The Oil Runs out" singles were both great melodic punk songs on the type found in the early eighties but both were written prior to the election of the Thatcher monster.
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even "Mindless Violence" raised some awkward Questions as Chris
Bohn the singles reviewer in the NME on 12th June of that year pointed
One of their most popular live songs was "Living with Unemployment" which although was based on a Members song "Solitary Confinement" had a quality and anger all of it's own. So much so that it's performance at the Fulham Greyhound in 1987 prompted J.C.Carrol, main songwriter of the Members who was in the audience that night to say, "you've made an old man really happy"
It's role of marking unemployment as a key component of the forces that shaped the eighties was recognised by Seething Wells of the NME who made it Single of the Week on the 26th July 1986. He wrote......
The Members "Solitary Confinement" strapped to a slab, jerked
vertical and exposed to the slashing Wagerian lightning of class hatred.
Cower, you Simpering post-modernist poodles. Quake, ye running dogs of
The Neurotics have a stunning track record - "When the Oil Runs Out", "Mindless Violence", "Kick Out the Tories"- but this, this is their finest hour. Steve Drewett's voice gets rougher and grubbier - like a rubber glove poked full or fag - burn holes. The band mash and mesh tighter and harder. Articulate, bigoted and snotty. Almost the perfect pop single. " We are the scroungers whoo, whoo, whoo........." ...and there's plenty more where that came from, see below!
Click on the link below and write whatever you want. It could be a way to locate or offer up for sale rare Neurotics records, cd's, live tapes or other memorabilia. Just leave a text or text and voice message about what you want or what you have for sale and other visitors to the guestbook can reply by clicking on your name. Or leave a message about anything, the screen is yours!
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