The Newtown Neurotics

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The Newtown Neurotics
Also known as The Neurotics
Origin Harlow, England
Genres Punk, post-punk
Years active 1979–1988
2006–present
Labels Jungle Records
Website http://www.neurotics.org.uk/
http://steve-drewett.com/
Members Steve Drewett
Adam Smith
Dave Walsh
Past members Colin Dredd
Don Adams
Simon Lomond

The Newtown Neurotics (later just The Neurotics) are an English punk rock/post-punk group formed in 1979. They are noted for their openly political music.[1]

History[edit]

As The Newtown Neurotics, the band began their career playing punk heavily indebted stylistically to The Clash and The Ramones. They released a series of singles from 1979 - later collected on the album 45 Revolutions per Minute - and debut album Beggars Can Be Choosers in 1983.[2] Over the course of the 1980s, the band dropped the "Newtown" from its name and simply became The Neurotics; along with the name change came a stylistic broadening, including slower tempos and horn arrangements. They released several albums on noted UK postpunk label Jungle Records. Lead singer and guitarist Steve Drewett took openly socialist stances in his lyrics throughout the course of the band's career and currently displays an anarcho-syndicalist sticker on his guitar. When the bassist, Colin Dredd,[3] came down with pleurisy, he left the band; Mac (Travis Cut /The Pharaohs /The Skabilly Rebels) was brought in to play bass for some farewell shows (at which the band's entire catalogue was played), and the band called it quits in October 1988. Drewett went on to form an Afropunk band called The Indestructible Beat, which disbanded in 1995. Steve Drewett plays occasional solo gigs.

The band reformed as The Newtown Neurotics for reunion shows in London & Brighton leading up to Blackpool's 2006 Wasted and 2008 Rebellion punk festivals, their biggest British audiences to date. A new rhythm section of David 'Gravy' Walsh (Drums) and Adam 'Smithy' Smith (Bass) (Both from Harlow Newtown) have been backing Steve Drewett since 2007, including an appearance in the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool for the 2009 Rebellion Festival. In 2010 Steve Drewett made his first US appearance, playing at The Big Takeover magazine's 30th Anniversary festival.

Album discography[edit]

Newtown Neurotics

  • Beggars Can Be Choosers (Razor Records) 1983
  • 45 Revolutions per Minute: Singles 1979-1984 (Jungle) 1994
  • Punk Singles Collection (Cherry Red Records) 2000[4]
  • Punk Collection (Captain Oi!) 2001

Neurotics

  • Repercussions (Jungle Records) 1986
  • Kickstarting a Backfiring Nation (Jungle) 1987
  • Is Your Washroom Breeding Bolsheviks (Jungle) 1988[5]
  • Never Thought EP (Jungle) 1988
  • His Masters Voice - The Very Best Of 1992

Compilations featuring Neurotics' Tracks[edit]

  • Punk & Disorderly III - The Final Solution (Anagram Records) 1983 - Track 'Kick Out The Tories'
  • Wake UP (Womble Records) 1986 - Track 'This Fragile Life (live)'
  • Not Just Mandela (Davy Lamp Records) 1986 - Track 'Africa' (with Billy Bragg)
  • The Shit Factory (Warner) 1998 - Track 'Living With Unemployment'

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