The Cleaners From Venus* ‎– Under Wartime Conditions

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Man At The Off Licence ‎– TAO 008
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Cassette, Album
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Tracklist

A1 Summer In A Small Town
A2 Johnny The Moondog Is Dead
A3 Hand Of Stone
A4 Drowning Butterflies
A5 Radio Seven
B1 Fracas On West Street
B2 Lukewarm Lovesong
B3 A Blue Wave
B4 A Song For Syd Barrett
B5 The Winter Palace

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Subtitled "A Collection Of Pop Songs".
Recorded between January and May 1984.

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trondme_langhus

October 10, 2014
From www.rainfallsite.com:
The overall feel of this tape is 1968 Deram flip side whimsy punctuated with U2 windchimes and searing acid-guitars. There's lots of Syd too, (often filtered through Hitchcock) and Beatlesque '66 pop-rock (a nod to the deceased ex-Moondog) which, when added to the stoned between cuts chatter, gives an air of English eccentricity to the proceedings. There's a really refreshing breadth of material and Martin Newall proves that even with unsophisticated equipment, real songwriting talent shines through. Ace tracks are "Hand Of Stone" (an ecological blues with social and political comment), the apocalyptic "Blue Wave" and "Song For Syd Barrett". The latter isn't a blatant attempt to sound like Syd but the aura is definitely reminiscent of the man. Both sides flow out on almost ethereal instrumentals: "Radio Seven" with its harpsichord flavour and "The Winter Palace" with its collage of bells.