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Newtown Neurotics - Kick Out! LP + 32 Page Booklet

Newtown Neurotics - Kick Out! LP + 32 Page Booklet

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Five or so years ago a beat up, slightly water damaged copy of Newtown Neurotics first LP ‘Beggars Can Be Choosers’ came through the shop. I couldn’t recall anyone ever singing the praise of this second-wave UK punk group and was pleasantly surprised at how amazing an album it was.

I soon became obsessed with the record and how the band managed to be political in a way that felt very linked to everyday life and somehow balanced an earnest sincerity with a self-deprecating sense of humour around both punk music and activism. The songs RULED and the liner notes had advice on how to escape an unsafe family situation (how to apply for youth allowance, a council flat etc), addresses of feminist/radical bookshops and other useful information.

I found even the occasional reggae-ish breakdown charming and am glad to say that this compilation of non-album singles only heightens my feelings of endearment towards The Neurotics. It’s all great, but maybe look up ‘When The Oil Runs Out’ or ‘Kick Out The Tories’ for a starting point. Side B has a couple of Ramones covers which nicely illustrate both groups ability to contain a sweet humane spirit within the supposedly snotty world of punk rock.

Great soundtrack to a slightly teary pogo party! File this record alongside other essentials by The Damned, Alternative TV, The Adverts and The Buzzcocks. Keep an eye out for the forthcoming documentary Kick Out: The Newtown Neurotics Story. – Nic