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The Newtown Neurotics, an underated British punk band with a socialist lyrical bent whose classic first album “Beggars Can be Choosers” in 1983 was stylistically indebted to the Ramones, but with outraged lyrics more akin to political punkers The Clash. The band formed in suburban Newtown Harlow Essex outside London, but eventually dropped the “Newtown” from its name and broadened their approach, including slower tempos and horn arrangements. Members included lead singer and guitarist Steve Drewett, and bassist Colin Dredd, who came down with pleurisy, and the band in turn called it quits in October 1988 with a farewell show at at the Fulham Greyhound.

The Newtown Neurotics reformed for a few reunion shows in London & Brighton leading up to Blackpool’s 2006 Wasted and 2008 Rebellion punk festivals, their biggest British audiences to date.

The Neurotics: Steve Drewett - Simon Lomond - Colin Dredd

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Newtown Neurotics

Beggars Can Be Choosers (Razor Records) 1983 (now available on iTunes etc via

as the

Repercussions (Jungle Records) 1986
Kickstarting a Backfiring Nation (Jungle) 1987
Is Your Washroom Breeding Bolsheviks (Jungle) 1988
Never Thought EP (Jungle) 1988
45 Revolutions a Minute: Singles 1979-1984 (Jungle) 1990


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  • frostbitter

    Top band. [2]

    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • VinnyCrever

    It reminds me much more of The Jam then Ramones.. In fact they don't remind me Ramones at all.. :D Anyway I guess "When The Oil Runs Out" would be a brilliant soundtrack for the Putin's escape from Russia.. XD

    30 Dec 2011 Reply
  • cupim_jr

    awesome i just can't stop listening to it

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • viragom

    I think I'm in love

    19 Jan 2011 Reply
  • whuts

    Top band.

    14 Jan 2011 Reply
  • wretched-one

    Classic band in a league of their own :)

    12 Oct 2010 Reply
  • sneezebrains

    in the words of Henry Rollins "Great fucking band"

    25 Aug 2010 Reply
  • dejasenti

    great lyrics too

    6 Feb 2010 Reply
  • LibraSnake77

    Rebellion Warm-up in London this Saturday!

    29 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Topo77

    People just never understood of payed the attention that Neurotics deserve, probably because they got late to catch the fashion going on...

    8 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Handzar

    Neurotics are more similar to artists like Redskins, Billy Bragg, New Model Army or Attila The Stockbroker than The Gonads or Menace listed here.

    2 Nov 2008 Reply
  • isabolinha

    neurotics live is awesome! my favorite band.

    24 Oct 2008 Reply
  • sataf

    Beggars Can Be Choosers is one of the best punk albums ever made.

    19 Oct 2008 Reply
  • attilastockbrok

    one of the greatest bands - ever! I should know!

    1 Oct 2008 Reply
  • abclaret

    Massively underrated, still sound good today - something which cant be said for their peers

    20 May 2008 Reply
  • fiche

    I disagree with 'this is what the Ramones were trying to be.' The Neurotics took what they loved about the Ramones and made it their own. The music, lyrics, everything - this band is amazing.

    20 Apr 2008 Reply

    don't believe, don't believe, don't believe what you read

    12 Apr 2007 Reply
  • ProtexBlue

    Such an awesome band

    3 Dec 2006 Reply
  • sataf

    This is what the Ramones were trying to be.

    27 Jun 2006 Reply
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