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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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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.
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