The (Newtown) Neurotics began in the late seventies sounding like a politicized, Anglicized Ramones ( ("C'mon C'mon Don't be so slow, be like The Ramones - go man go!" they once sang) but gradually developed a sound they described as "good pop on a bad budget".
The Neurotics were an under-appreciated part of a loosely-affiliated anti-Thatcher/pro-pop music scene that included everyone from The Housemartins to The Redskins to Madness to the Style Council to Billy Bragg. Exactly when the band hit their peak is a subject of some debate, with some advocating for their early singles and others, such as yourS truly, arguing that they were a bit plain as a straight-up punk band and really found their most distinctive voice on releases like 1985 's "Repercussions".
While you should not judge this out-of-print collection by it's incomprehensibly dreadful packaging, you should realize that its merely a decent overview and far better releases (that don't leave off "Living With Unemployment" [!]) have superseded it and should be sought out via the links below.
When do you think the Neurotics hit their peak? Let us know in the COMMENTS section (where you'll also find the His Master's Voice link).
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