The Newtown Neurotics
|The Newtown Neurotics|
|Also known as||The Neurotics|
|Past members||Colin Dredd
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. 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, contracted 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 and 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 Walsh (Drums) and Adam 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.
In 2015 Simon Lomond rejoined the band for a string of dates including a performance at the Rebellion Festival. Original bassist, Colin Dredd (Masters) died on 19 May 2015
- Beggars Can Be Choosers (Razor Records) 1983
- 45 Revolutions per Minute: Singles 1979-1984 (Jungle) 1994
- Punk Singles Collection (Cherry Red Records) 2000
- Punk Collection (Captain Oi!) 2001
- Triumph Over Adversity (Live in 1987) (Cruel Binary) 2015
- Repercussions (Jungle Records) 1986
- Kickstarting a Backfiring Nation (Jungle) 1987
- Is Your Washroom Breeding Bolsheviks (Jungle) 1988
- Never Thought EP (Jungle) 1988
- His Masters Voice - The Very Best Of 1992
Compilations featuring Neurotics' Tracks
- 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'
- "Steve Drewett' s Jenga Society: Colin Masters aka Colin Dredd 1956-2015". jengasociety.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-16.