Number ThirteenCleaners From Venus
Following the release of Living With Victoria Grey, Martin Newell, under the Cleaners from Venus moniker, once again began taking his musical career seriously, releasing a few singles and two vinyl LPs. After busking and loosely recording some demos, Cleaners from Venus signed to the independent label Deltic Records. Previously, Newell and Nelson gained quite a bit of media attention for their guitar driven rock by refusing to tour by anything but bicycle as the Brotherhood of Lizards. This generated a lot of attention for the band, but unfortunately Nelson left for other adventures before it could fully come to fruition.
What we find in Number Thirteen is a transitional period for Newell. Intended as a demo, the cassette received positive feedback, but ultimately led nowhere. At 37-years-old, Martin Newell reflected upon the almost two decades of hard work and musical activity which had led him to this point. One morning he got up and began to coolly put his instruments away. He turned his small upstairs music studio into a room for books and writing. He decided to turn to the life of gardening that he'd always thought upon.
However, the simple life of a gardener would not last long. Newell soon found renowned with his poetry and writing, penning a semi-regular column for London's Independent, appearing on many TV and radio programs and publishing several collections. Finally, in Autumn of 1992, through another series of connections and coincidences, he was asked if he would like to make a solo album, with none other than XTC's Andy Partridge in the producer's chair. The first thing that he did, before dusting off his long abandoned instruments, was send Andy Partridge a handful of songs from the Cleaners from Venus' Number Thirteen cassette. Number Thirteen is one of the many stepping stone releases that have led Martin Newell and the Cleaners From Venus through their storied career. Available for the first time on vinyl, and seeing it's first wide release, Captured Tracks is pleased to give you Number Thirteen.