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Cleaners from Venus

Best Of...


record store day exclusive 2017 - LP

Released: 22nd Apr 2017

out of stock

this is a record store day 2017 release. Stock will be available in store on a 1st come 1st served basis, strictly 1 per customer. Any remaining stock will be made available online at 12.00am Saturday 29th april.

Not sure where to start with The Cleaners from Venus? Look no further than this limited edition compilation of tracks culled from across the artist’s catalog of 9-plus albums.

 The legendary lo-fi band began in the small town of Wivenhoe, southeast England at the turn of 1980s. essentially the project of Martin Newell, a rock singer and part-time kitchen porter with a love of sunny 1960s pop music, punk rock and musical comedy.  He never cared much for any kind of musical rule book and broke new ground with music that garnered a cult following. Newell created a highly-influential sound that continues to inspire to this day.  The absolute opposite of a musical perfectionist, the founder Cleaner believed that great pop was to be had by doing things quickly, in a slapdash fashion and by “fumbling around in the dark in search ofhappy accidents”.  “An accomplished masterpiece of guitar pop home recordings rivalling the work of R. Stevie Moore and Chris Knox, among others” - Pitchfork  “The most extensive of singer/songwriter Martin Newell’s various projects, Cleaners from Venus recorded some of the finest -- and most neglected -- British pop/rock of the 1980s..” - All Music  “[Newell’s] single-mindedness is responsible for the timelessness of these recordings, as well as their greatness. Issues of sound quality pale once the near-genius of some of these sketches reveals itself. Think of the history of pop music poured into a blender and then drip-fed in real-time into a budget cassette recorder and you might begin to get the idea. It’ll take years to fully appreciate them; better start now” - Record Collector.  Limited to 500 copies for the UK and Eire.

Best Of...


  1. Blue Wave
  2. Marathon
  3. Marilyn On A Train (1982)
  4. Only A Shadow
  5. Corridor Of Dreams
  6. Golden Age Saturday
  7. Johnny The Moondog
  8. Song For Syd Barrett
  9. Julie Profumo
  10. Gamma Ray Blue
  11. Follow The Plough
  12. The Mercury Girl
  13. Germayne (Like A Cathedral)
  14. The Tear Collector
  15. Haunt Your House