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 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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