Vol. 2

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This part of the collection covers a three year period between 1983 and 1985 for the Brit Lo-Fi combo, now being described as a "D.I.Y Beatles." While the rest of the 1980s rock world had immersed itself in epic and often empty gestures, the Cleaners concentrated on neat little pop songs of a quality and standard that, as one critic later noted, "pop music elsewhere had pretty much forgotten." By now, one of the band's founding members, Lawrence Elliott had left the band. Its chief songwriter, Martin Newell, like the captain of a strange pirate ship took charge, and Cleaners from Venus went sailing....

Within this second fractured pop feast, there are three remastered albums by The Cleaners: In the Golden Autumn (1983), Under Wartime Conditions (1984) and Songs for a Fallow Land (1985). There is also fourth disc; A Dawn Chorus - Early Cleaners and Beyond contains all previously unreleased tracks, many genuine treasures. The Cleaners had a back story and you can now witness some of its fragments.

Still today, the chief question asked about the Cleaners from Venus is, "Why they weren't huge at the time?" The answer is that Martin Newell believed that if they involved the music business in their work, the music might be spoiled. They therefore never bothered approaching a record company. For most of their existence, in fact, they didn't even have a telephone. The Cleaners weren't so much independent, as genuinely feral. You won't have heard pop music like this for quite some time. Now listen.


1. Ren E (Who's Driving Your Car?)
2. A Holloway Person
3. Ghosts in Doorways
4. The Autumn Cornfield
5. Please Don't Step on My Rainbow
6. Balloon Drop Shadow
7. Krugerrand Gladiators
8. Golden Age Saturday
9. Marilyn on a Train
10. Sandstorm Inparadise
11. Victorian Society
12. A Fool Like You

1. Summer in a Small Town
2. Johnny the Moondog Is Dead
3. Hand of Stone
4. Drowning Butterflies
5. Radio Seven
6. Fracas on West Street
7. Lukewarm Lovesong
8. A Blue Wave
9. A Song for Syd Barrett
10. The Winter Palace

1. Sun Comes to the Wood
2. Julie Profumo
3. Soul Monday
4. Gamma Ray Blue
5. Heroin Clones
6. Winter Palace 2
7. Golden Lane
8. Stars Are Cold
9. Late Night
10. Beyond

1. Roots and Beginnings
2. Russian Picture
3. Bon Temps Roulez
4. Mrs. Killer
5. Slyvie in Toytown
6. Young Jobless
7. The Secret Dreams of a Kitchen Porter
8. It's Been So Long
9. Something in My Eye
10. When Fire Burns Dreams
11. Amateur Paranoiac
12. Drowning Butterflies [Big Expensive Version] [Version]
13. Beyond the Blue Horizon