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Dolly Birds & Spies

by The Cleaners From Venus

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Terrence Burke
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Terrence Burke The release grabbed my ears the very second that I listened to it. Martin is a wonderful songwriter who's music has been a part of my life since the late 1980s.
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Enofa Even by Martin Newell's standards, this set of catchy mid-fi pop is top-drawer stuff. Favorite track: Trade Winds.
Trampus Rex
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Trampus Rex Martin Newell is so consistently great. This one ranks with his best.
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dylandagenais25 Every time I hear a new song Martin Newell writes I think it's the best song I've ever heard. One of the great pop writers of all time. Dolly Birds isn't new ground for Martin, but who cares? It's another album of consistently great tunes. Not a bad track on here and some that now rank among my favorites. You can't really go wrong with any of his albums but this one is just great front to back. Favorite track: James Thorne, Antiquary.
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Trade Winds 03:40
D'Arcy Spice 03:23


PLEASE NOTE: We initially hope to get the CD out April 24th, but ongoing COVID-19 general wonkiness might cause some delays with dispatching/various postal services, especially for overseas orders.

All songs by Martin Newell / Cleaners From Venus

Recorded in Marvy Mid-fi on an 8-track recorder.

Played on a bunch of old guitars and an upright piano, kitchen percussion a lovely old Yamaha DX27 with no RAM memory and other dodgy old electronica. I make music with out of whatever's closest to hand.

Martin Newell and Cleaners From Venus are all over social media and the internet. We can be contacted.


released April 24, 2020

Artwork and design by Jodie Lowther at Karakasa

Back Cover Photograph by Jim Symonds R.A.

Management & Development by Johnny Vertigen

Music publishers: Notting Hill Music, UK


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The Cleaners From Venus Wivenhoe, UK

The Cleaners from Venus are these four 67 year-old guys in a band who dress the same and look a bit like each other. They have loads of tawdry adventures, usually with a group of over made-up women a few years younger than themselves. As a consequence they often spend their free time in prayer and quiet contemplation trying to atone for a shared guilt which they find very difficult to process. ... more

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