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.
1982's self-released Midnight Cleaners - although not entirely a Newell solo project - was recognizably the last of the original Cleaners From Venus albums and is home to two of the band's biggest hits "Factory Boy" and "Only A Shadow." The end of the first chapter of their story, the cassette-only Midnight Cleaners was completely remastered and is reissued here on vinyl for the first time since 2012. This release brings about a new way to listen to the iconic band, making them a lot more audible without losing the little foibles and intimacy that make them unique in the first place.
"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