Lol Elliott and Martin Newell, who together formed the legendary lo-fi band Cleaners from Venus met in the small town of Wivenhoe, southeast England at the turn of 1980s. Newell, a rock singer and part-time kitchen porter who'd left his band the previous summer, and Elliott, a drummer and former hippy traveler, had much in common. They shared a love of sunny '60s pop music, punk rock and musical comedy. Neither Elliott nor Newell cared much for any kind of musical rule book, both were dismayed by the new right-wing politics which had now taken over their country. Both, were in their 20s, had time on their hands and were keen to create something new.
With sleeves designed by Newell's partner at the time - often hand-colored in by Newell and Elliot themselves - the Cleaners From Venus had their second album, originally self-released in 1982. The new issue was then packaged up and sent off to the Sounds and NME, who both gave On Any Normal Monday honorable mentions in their cassette review columns. The biggest surprise however came from the more conservative Melody Maker, whose own Patrick Humpries gave the Cleaners project a glowing review in that paper.
So far as Newell was concerned, this was a football kicked through the greenhouse window of the conventional music business. This jangle-pop classic album was completely remastered and is reissued here on vinyl for the first time since 2012, keeping the Cleaners From Venus' unique sounds, but also making the listening experience more audible.
"It's an appropriate time to revisit Cleaners From Venus, as the lo-fi pop aesthetic they first embraced three decades ago is surfacing in the decidedly damaged work of indie artists like Ariel Pink and more." - Pitchfork
"Among aficionados of lo-fi, hi-quality UK pop with more than a dose of British dry wit, musician/author/poet Martin Newell (founding member of the Cleaners From Venus) is considered godlike." - Blurt