The Greatest Living Englishman

from The Cleaners From Venus

With his glam-rock days over, Martin Newell embarks on further adventures in a DIY pop career that remains steadfastly outside of the mainstream music business. Forming Cleaners From Venus, a lo-fi rock band, his songs soon gain an international cult following. Tangled up in the coat-tails of punk, he is befriended by Captain Sensible, XTC's Andy Partridge and various other musical oddballs. Then, defying all advice and expectations, he becomes a widely published pop poet.

Covering two decades from 1975 to 1995, The Greatest Living Englishman is the second instalment of Martin Newell's funny and poignant rock memoir. It is the sequel to This Little Ziggy.

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The Cleaners From Venus Wivenhoe, UK

The Cleaners from Venus are these four 65 year-old guys who all dress the same and look a bit like each other. They live together in a house and sing these very popular guitar-based songs, in between having lots of adventures. Every week it usually ends up with the band being chased down the street by groups of women in their late 50s, who all have a fave member that they'd like to go out with. ... more

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